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Morrisonn Aiming For Game 1

Today's practice was extremely optional. But I can tell you that injured defensemen Shaone Morrisonn (upper body) and Jeff Schultz (undisclosed) did not skate. Both Morrisonn and Schultz were in the building today, though, and I managed to catch Morrisonn on the way out.

He didn't say what was wrong with him, but said he's aiming to return to practice on Wednesday and possibly play on Friday. I haven't had a chance to speak with Schultz yet, but I'm hearing he's also a possibility to return for Game 1.

If one or both are unable to play, however, the Caps will have to make a recall, which would likely be Josef Boumedienne or maybe prospect Sami Lepisto. Just in case, it's possible one or both could be at practice tomorrow.

I'm writing about Cristobal Huet for tomorrow's Post and his incredible run over his past nine starts, all wins. It's the longest streak for a Capitals' goalie since Pete Peeters won nine in a row in 1987.

A lot has been made about Alex Ovechkin's record-breaking season (and deservedly so) and Bruce Boudreau's system and how it coaxed more out of the Caps (also deservedly so) and Brooks Laich's newfound scoring touch. But to me, the most important player down the stretch was Huet.

He gobbled up virtually every rebound and steered tough shots harmlessly to the corner. He also made all of the big saves, and he made them under pressure, like the clutch stop he made on Radek Dvorak late in the first period against Florida on Saturday night.

But most of all he did it with a measure of calm that had a settling effect on his teammates during scrambles.

Huet, a pending unrestricted free agent, didn't want to say much about his future in Washington. But he did say the events of the past month are going to make it harder to sign elsewhere.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 7, 2008; 1:01 PM ET
 
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Posted by: me | April 7, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

It would be a big boost to get these defensemen back. It would be a boost for Hershey as well, but there are costs to their affiliation.

Posted by: uncatim | April 7, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I really hope Huet, signs with the CAPS I could not agree more that he was very key in the team making the playoffs

Posted by: Anonymous | April 7, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

There is a picture (i believe) of shultz in the game against tampa getting his arm run over in a collision by a panthers skate- i have been assuming that this is why he is out.

but the picture might not be of shultz i havent checked- its an AP photo on espn if anyone is interested

Posted by: Anonymous | April 7, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

As I mentioned before I think not starting until Friday might actually help get some of those guys back. But if they're not ready to go, they should not play.

I also would like to give a shout out to all the posters who ridiculed me for suggesting that the Penguins tanked Sunday's game against Philly! It's now considered common knowledge by commentators from TSN and columnists from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

But I guess I don't know what I'm talking about.

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | April 7, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I really hope Huet, signs with the CAPS I could not agree more that he was very key in the team making the playoffs

Posted by: | April 7, 2008 1:18 PM

careful...you'll get the olie crowed all riled up!

Posted by: HIPHIPHUET! | April 7, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Hip Hip Huet!
Go Caps!

Posted by: Huntvetchkin | April 7, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

@Tarik

I dont think you should report what is wrong with either of the d-men. I do know that having us start on Friday is a big boost when it comes to those two. They might not be good for a Wed, or Thursday start.

Is there any potential of a closed practice, or will Philly have scouts at Kettler all week?

Posted by: SA-Town | April 7, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Pete Peeters

Posted by: agp1962 | April 7, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Tarik - What's up with this "extremely optional" stuff? Who knew there were different levels of optional? Or is this just code for "no one showed up?"

Just kidding -- I'm just giddy about the playoffs. Looking forward to the Huet article! You're right, he was absolutely key down the stretch.

Can't wait for Friday!

Posted by: Jill | April 7, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the kick @$$ work Tarik.

Posted by: Go Skins Go | April 7, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

hehe I guess King Huet is sleeping or we'd hear the jumping up and down :D *offers him a beer*

I agree with you Tarik Huet has been incredible. Especially in the last three games, the ones that counted the most. Only 3 goals allowed and all of them were weird.

Very good news about Mo and Schultz. I wonder how BB is going to handle the Flyers. Thanks goodness we have a few days to regroup.


Posted by: mauree | April 7, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I know we have injuries, but I don't like optional at this point in the season. Maybe not a contact day, but still should skate and pass, need to stay sharp! I know they need a rest, but I don't want anyone to think it's time to rest now, because when you rest, your down and out, we need to be focused and busy staying out of trouble!

Posted by: Greenie | April 7, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Tarik...
Thank you, Tarik...
Thank you, Tarik...
Thank you, Tarik...
Thank you, Tarik...

My prayers to King Tarik have been answered.

Huet is #1 priority out of three UFAs (Feds, Cooke) to sign. W/o him I don't see a success for Caps.

Posted by: King Huet | April 7, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

In all this Huet talk, let's not forget that Kolzig has shown more class and grace then anybody.

He could have easily been a locker room tumor . .instead he has shown why he deserves another contract (albeit as a backup) with us

Side note, it was great to see that his 300 win accomplishment was the second video behind Ovie's goal in the video tribute to the season.

It just goes to show you class starts at the top with Ted L. and permeates the entire organization from players to coaches, staff and dare I say it the fans!

Posted by: WhooHoo | April 7, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

"Huet, a pending unrestricted free agent, didn't want to say much about his future in Washington. But he did say the events of the past month are going to make it harder to sign elsewhere."

Tarik, that last sentence of yours put a big smile on my face!

Posted by: Joe B | April 7, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Great Stuff Tarik - I hope Mo & Sarge are back.

Any word on Clark? He hinted at the Florida game he may be back - That would be huge.

Does Steckel get in the line-up or does BB ride the winning wave???

Posted by: Deep South Caps Fan | April 7, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

@ tarik

I agree with you, Huet has been a major force in getting the caps into the post-season ...

I'd love to see him sign with us for next season, but then where does that leave Olie? And Johnson for that matter?(although it's a little too soon to be talking about that now that we are in the playoffs for real!)

Posted by: pricklypanda | April 7, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

There is no bigger Penguin hater than me, but I actually emailed Dave Molinari of the Post-Gazette this morning about what the Philly reporters were saying, especially Phil Sheridan of the Inquirer. He emailed me back and I wasn't aware the Pens had beaten the Flyers 3 times in a row.

Posted by: dave | April 7, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Someone in the last thread, in response to the comment that the last 12 games have been playoff games for the Caps, pointed out that the opponent may not have reciprocated in sentiment or tenacity.

I would also add that there is no way to simulate an NHL playoff series. A day on, a day off, four to seven games in a row facing the same opponent. Tempers flare, weaknesses are exposed, and mistakes are much more costly (ask Esa Tikkanen). Defense and goaltending are paramount.

I don't know if the five-day layoff is going to help (Morisonn and Shultz heal up) or hurt (lose momentum, overthink). But I do know that if I'm a Caps player, I am picking Fedorov's brain right now.

Posted by: John in Mpls | April 7, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I'll be back in lineup as soon as possible.

Thank you for your great support, Caps fans!

We will have an awesome run, because we are the team of destiny. We BELIEVE!

Papa Half Slap Shot Gun Commander, 'Kill 'Em Dead' Achtung Panzer Führer, 'Hockey Gods Humble Servant' Schultz

Posted by: Papa | April 7, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

@dave
I still don't think it was a tanked game. I know it seemed cautious, but I don't think tanked. It doesn't matter that much anymore, I'm looking forward to the rivalry!

Posted by: Greenie | April 7, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Ahem, that's Vezina Trophy winner Pete Peeters.

Posted by: Pete Peeters | April 7, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Finally...I get to see my team on national TV!!! But, it was fun hopping from bar to bar during the season trying to catch a game here and there.
As for Huet and Federov, McPhee simply MUST sign them. A real no-brainer.
GO CAPS !!!

Posted by: Caps fan in SC | April 7, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Papa Half Slap Shot Gun Commander, 'Kill 'Em Dead' Achtung Panzer Führer, 'Hockey Gods Humble Servant' Schultz

Now that would like great on the back of a jersey.

Posted by: BearsWoooo | April 7, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Couple things now that I have my head straight...

1. The mohawk with the beard should be the way these caps go....Love to see 37 yr old Feddy sporting the hawk.

2. Not sure if people remember this but even with Alfredson and Fisher out, Ottawa is a dangerous team in the playoffs. Every player on that team has oodles of playoff experience. They have been there, done that. They have always had goaltending problems but always seem to come together during playoff time. Look for that series not to go the way you think.

3. Filly can get physical all they want. This is OV's stage, this is what a player of his caliber is built for. Can you shut him down for 4 out of 7 games? I think history will show you that you can't. And let us all remember Montreal, the more you play physical, the more he plays physical and the better he plays (4 goals, tons of big hits and a missing tooth: The Ovechkin hat trick). I am really looking forward to seeing him take the playoffs by storm.

4. Filly has only seen Huet once this year, way back on Nov. 1st. Montreal won 5-2 It takes a while to figure out a goalie and one game 5 months ago when he played for a different team isn't enough. It has to make them nervous that all the game film the will be watching will be of him playing like a man possessed. I mean really, half the goals against him came of the LEGS AND STICKS OF CAPITALS.

Posted by: Repost by Roger #94 | April 7, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Baildog:
Game 5 is probably not on sale yet since there might not be a game 5 ...

Posted by: Boo! | April 7, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Huet's politically correct "the events of the past month are going to make it harder to sign elsewhere", is nice babble, but a load of crap.

If anything, it will make it EASIER for him to sign elsewhere as he's more likely to get a big pile of cash somewhere else.

Posted by: old time hockey | April 7, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Can we please at least give the guy some "Respect" and spell his name correctly!
FEDOROV - please skip the "E" and insert "O"!
The guy is awesome give him some true love by learning the correct spelling of his name otherwise he won't sign (just kidding)!!!
@JSchon you know how much I want him back next year already!! Are you sick of hearing about it yet???

Posted by: Greenie | April 7, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

BRENDAN HAYWOOD IS A DISRESPECTFUL PIECE OF %$&#! I HOPE THE WIZARDS GO OUT IN THE 1ST ROUND! SEE BELOW!

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Brendan Haywood shares a building with the most exciting player in hockey. The Washington Wizards center could leave his locker, make a few turns down the hallway and arrive at Alex Ovechkin's stall in about 20 seconds.
It might as well be a mile.

"That 'Ovech-ski' guy plays for them, that's all I know," Haywood said. "Don't know who the guys are. I couldn't pick out five hockey players out of a lineup."


Posted by: Bob | April 7, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

whoever posted the comment about the ESPN picture about Schultz being stepped on is wrong. That picture is clearly Emminger. It says so in the caption also. Please don't go starting rumors based on clearly wrong information. If anybody ACTUALLY knows or has reasonable speculation on Schultz, please tell.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 7, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Brendon "The Ugly Giant" Haywood couldn't pick five words out of a sentence!!!!

Posted by: Roger # 94 | April 7, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

@old time hockey

If anything, it will make it EASIER for him to sign elsewhere as he's more likely to get a big pile of cash somewhere else.

Money is the main consideration, but players want to play for winning teams. With Ovechkin Caps is such a team for years to come.

After Detroit won the first two Cups, a lot of players were willing to sign for less, that's how Detroit got CuJo, Chelios and several others.

Just look at Fedorov. He is wise now, he had a nice fat contract, but was wasted in Columbus. It won't surprise me at all if he'd sign with Caps for less this summer.

Because winning is priceless, it makes you happy, no money can guarantee it.

Posted by: King Huet | April 7, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

"That 'Ovech-ski' guy plays for them, that's all I know," Haywood said. "Don't know who the guys are. I couldn't pick out five hockey players out of a lineup."

What an jack@$$. No wonder I hate basketball. I hope the WIZZERS have to fold!

Posted by: Basketball sux! | April 7, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Brendan Haywood couldn't pick 5 hockey players out of a line up because, statistically speaking, its more likely that hockey players would be picking NBA players out of a line up. Haywood can't see the hockey guys from the wrong side of the one way glass...

Posted by: old time hockey | April 7, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I hate Philly. Everything about that city (aside from the cheese steak) just plain sucks.

Posted by: Steve R | April 7, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

@ Brendan Haywood

If it hadn't said he plays in the Caps' building, I woudln't have known who Brenadan Haywood was.

@ Boo!

I swear in the past, you bought tix, and they were good for "the third homegame of the playoffs," be that Round 1, Game 5, or Round 2, Game 1, or Round 2, Game 3. And if there was no "third home game of the playoffs," then you waited a couple weeks to get a refund.

Posted by: Baildog | April 7, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

@Old time,

Good one!

Posted by: Steve R | April 7, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Haywood said nothing bad, Ovech-ski is a referral to Gretzky. See? He even knows who Gretzky is.

But I can bet he doesn't know Trotzky.

Posted by: King Huet | April 7, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

old time hockey,

I'm not so sure. If you're Huet, do you take a little more money or contract length to go play for a team like Atlanta or Toronto? Or do you give a little discount to play on a team that's actually going places?

Posted by: HolyOlie | April 7, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

"That uh, Ovech-ski guy, ah, ahuh-huh, of course he's good and stuff, he's lucky he's from Russia where like, hockey came from and stuff. Right Beavis- I mean Gilbert?"

Posted by: captnclark | April 7, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

@Steve R,

Thanks. Remember, Portland players spent so much time in custody a few years ago that they started calling them the "Jailblazers".

@King Huet,

Yes, I know, in theory, money isn't everything. But, that works if you're Detroit and everyone on the team is an all-star. And, the offers need to be in the same ballpark. If GMGM offers him 4 million for 3 years and say, Tampa Bay, offers him 8 million for 5 years, then he would sensibly go scoop pucks out of the net in Tampa until his pile of money is big enough to block all shots without him. Not saying that's going to happen, but professional athletes aren't guaranteed a lot in their jobs. Money is the one thing that is for certain.

Posted by: old time hockey | April 7, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I am not a huge basketball fan, but I would hazard a guess that most of the Caps (besides OV) couldn't pick 5 wizards our either.

Posted by: Grape8 | April 7, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

no need for hate. i'm sure many of the caps players can't pick five basketball players out of a lineup either. go caps! go wizards!

Posted by: no need for hate | April 7, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Baildog:
I see what you are saying. I am a STH so I got all my playoff tickets in advance, and they are like you said. However, I don't think they offered playoff packages to non-STHs?!? Not sure - you may want to check with Caps guest services. Regardless, hope to "see" you there!! :-D

Posted by: Boo! | April 7, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Brendan Haywood? I never even heard of him...but he sounds like a dumb a$$

Posted by: Haywood who? | April 7, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

For what it's worth, I couldn't pick Brendan Haywood out of a lineup, or any of the Whizzards for that matter. As a matter of fact, since Jordan and Barkley are long since retired, I couldn't pick any pro basketball player out of a lineup unless Shaq still playing, but I'd only recognize him due to his Oscar-worthy work in 'Kazaam.'

Posted by: HolyOlie | April 7, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Oi, Tarik -- Let's keep those injury reports vague going forward, OK?

Posted by: UK | April 7, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

@ Haywood --- he doesn't know a rebound when its in front of him so what's to expect from him, besides 7 feet of worthless mass.

Posted by: Go Skins Go | April 7, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

the 2 things you need to play basket ball

height of 7 feet or more
IQ of 75 or less

Posted by: get a clue dummy | April 7, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

UK:
Not Tarik's fault - the Caps are intentionally as vague as it gets when it comes to injury reports.

Posted by: Boo! | April 7, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I read that Haywood comment this morning and I just laughed. I couldn't pick 5 NBA players out of a lineup, either. There just simply isn't much overlap between the two fanbases. Nothing worth getting our panties in a bunch about.

Although at least that Ovech-ski guy (that Polish hockey star!) attends Wizards games...

Posted by: Jill | April 7, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

@2:10 and others berating the posts of others......

In case you forgot this is a blog. Blogs sometimes contain rumors!!! To berate someone who is posting simply because they don't have the extreme hockey knowledge you have is just BS. I would love to look at some of the old blogs and read all the bad information given by these so called experts. And another thing, if you are gonna berate someone have the nerve to put your name on that post so the person can respond. Some people think they own the stinking internet!!!!

GO CAPS!!!!!

Posted by: Phil | April 7, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Vague injury reports this time of the year are not going to be exclusive to the cas

Posted by: JamesD | April 7, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

@Haywood who?
Brendan Haywood, or Brenda Haywood to most Wizards fans, or Brendan Todd Haywood to Etan Thomas, is the Papa Schultz of the Wizards. When he stands tall and protects the paint he can be a force, but when he plays soft he's a Panzer. He even has a half hook shot instead of a half slap shot!

Posted by: no need for hate | April 7, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

RE: Haywood

With the way Phonebooth money works, Haywood should be damned grateful that the Caps play there, and do everything in his power to go thank each cap for making the Wizards better next year.

It pains me that each $7.00 beer goes into Polin's pocket, and not Uncle Ted's.

Hey Ted, how about you set up your own beer-booth out of your suite. I'll give you $10 a beer if it goes to resigning Green, Morrisonn, Laich and Huet!

Posted by: FFS Enough | April 7, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

i more think it's funny what Brendan said. People seem to be getting really ruffled about something small. Don't get too bent Brendan plays a different sport I bet he couldn't pick 2 Nats players out of a line up either. So what, not his bag... yours.

Enjoy the playoffs.
-g

Posted by: g | April 7, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, resigning Huet worries me as well - he seems like a perfect fit for this team, but every win over the last month was probably worth another quarter million to him in free agent contract bidding. With so few competent goalies on the market right now, there is going to be a *huge* bidding war for Huet's services. I'd imagine an Ottawa or a Tampa, or even LA would offer him upwards of $5-$6 million and 4 years - more than the Caps can afford right now. This makes me sad. But let's think about this stuff later.

I am hoping we can get Feds back next year as well - as I posted before, I am pinching myself every time I see that number 91 out there for the Caps. How cool is it that Sergei Fedorov plays for the Caps? His goal on Saturday was one for the ages - a perfect combination of fluid beauty and dramatic timing. Please stick with us, Sergei!!

Posted by: katzistan | April 7, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

It's Brenda Haywood btw. He's just bitter because Alex was at Gilbert's 25th birthday and Brenda got the shaft.

Posted by: dave | April 7, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I bet that over-sized jerk couldn't pick two wizrds out of a line up.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 7, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

He can't even spell NHL, let alone pick 5 NHL players out.

Posted by: Haywood who? | April 7, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

@old time hockey

I agree, money is the main factor, but not everything. Feds signed a good contract with Anaheim, but Detroit actually offered him more, I guess Feds wanted to change a scenery after Kournikova left him.

CuJo was offered more money in Toronto, he chose Detroit for less. He wanted to win. Toronto is still waiting for the Cup.

Now the latest, Nylander! He could get more in Edmonton.

So yeah, money is the main factor, but in a new NHL with the salary cap it is less factor, because nobody will offer a ton. They could before, but not now.

Posted by: King Huet | April 7, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

King Huet:
Nylander's bigger deal in Edmonton comes with a divorce ...

Posted by: Boo! | April 7, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Also, I did say that the caps have been playing playoff hockey for the last month. And while I can agree that there is no substitution for the real playoffs.

My main point was that I don't think mentally there is going to be that big a leap for the young caps. They've been playing single game elimination for the last 7 games. And you can't tell me that when we played Carolina they didn't look at that as a season making / breaking game.

So, Yeah I stand by that. I don't think this team is going to be rattled by loud crowds or high pressure games. They're about as prepped for that as anyone. Do I think they might take a moment that first game to adjust. Sure. But just a moment.

I rally only say this because I had read someone saying they think the caps are hot but might get rattled by playoff hockey.

I just don't see this happening.

Lastly, the addition of Federov looks even better now that we are in the playoffs. Hopefully these young guys can learn from his experience.

Posted by: g | April 7, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Um, has Wilbon lost his mind?

"Reston, Va.: C-A-P-S CAPS CAPS CAPS!! C'mon Wilbon, you and Tony have been attempting to talk hockey lately, but you need to step it up and grab Ovechkin for 5 good minutes this week!

Michael Wilbon: You know, that's an interesting point to consider. I don't know that it will happen because the general sports population, in other words the people who watch our show, don't watch a lot of hockey...look at the TV ratings. And Ovechkin is simply not recognized outside of D.C. BUT, he could be a star...Problem is, his English isn't great and I don't see much a personality in TV interviews I've seen done locally...Gotta check into that more... "

Ovechkin isn't recognizable outside of DC?
Ovechkin doesnt show much personality in TV interviews?

Posted by: Leigh | April 7, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

No need to hate on the Wizards or Basketball. I love the Caps and hockey, but I'm also a fan of the Nats, Redskins and Wizards. Brendan Haywood is a below average Center, who wouldn't be starting on most NBA teams, so who gives a crap what he says? All that should matter here is that the Caps destroy the Flyers in the upcoming series.

Posted by: k-tron | April 7, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Oi, Tarik -- Let's keep those injury reports vague going forward, OK?

I agree, those darn Philly scouts are everywhere. :-) But seriously, if Paul Kukla reads this blog, why not the scouts?

Posted by: King Huet | April 7, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Who really cares what Michael Wilbon says. He is the biggest moron around!

Posted by: Wilbon=Jerk | April 7, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I don't know... I think Haywood might be starting on plenty of teams. If he keeps up his improved play.

But that seems so far besides the point right now. Who cares what BTH knows or doesn't knw about the CAPS. We are the fans. We know our team... And frankly until BBB took over there wasn't really all that much to pay attention to regarding hockey in this town. There was alex... and kolzig... but yeah. I mean cmon, I'm a fan, but it was easy to let hockey slide for a while. I can't hold it against anyone for not knowing.

What I will say is this... after this season I hope it is unavoidable! Go caps!

Posted by: g | April 7, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

i've been holding off on getting my Huet jersey, trying to wait until he re-signs. I just said screw it and bought it today. I do hope he stays, along with Fedorov, as well.

Posted by: MNMNT | April 7, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I hate the wizrds and that arrogant no-talent moron hayorth or whatever his name is should shut his mouth and be glad he is tall. Otherwise he would be welcoming folks to walmart or emptying the trash at McDonalds.

Posted by: b-ball h8er | April 7, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I went the cheap route and got the Huet t-shirt yesterday.

Posted by: MNMNT | April 7, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

What's with all this stupid BB hate? So pointless.

Posted by: g | April 7, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Clearly Wilbon has confused his Alex's...

Posted by: JB | April 7, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Any sports writer that STILL refuses to cover hockey in DC is a dummy.

Posted by: Jordan | April 7, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

um... because basketball sucks

Posted by: Anonymous | April 7, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I'm glad 7 foot basketball players are not at hockey games sitting in the row in front of me.

His comment is just a reflection on the self absorbed world of NBA basketball.

Posted by: Stormblue | April 7, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

This has nothing to do with the story or conversation, but let me say I got to shake Coach Boudreau's hand today, he's a funny SOB

Posted by: AP | April 7, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Stormblue

good call. I'm glad I don't have to sit behind them as well. I can only imagine trying to explain the rules to them. "no it's not a "foul" when players bump into eachother, and no, a sprained pinky is not career ending in hockey"

Posted by: Anonymous | April 7, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

If Steven Stamkos ends up on a SE team, would you rather Tampa or Atlanta? The SE could soon be one of the tougher divisions to play in.....

Posted by: Grape8 | April 7, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Haywood would probably get a 7 point handicap in a one-on-one game against Mrs. "Ovech-ski". Guy is a borderline NBA player, at best.

Posted by: nhcaps | April 7, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Did Wilbon actually say that Ovechkin doesn't show much personality? What rock has he been hiding under?

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | April 7, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I think the Caps are in a great position to sign most / all the players we want.

We have been way under the salary cap for a good many years, and have kept the room to grow into (see Young guns).

Kolzig is not the answer for a starting goalie. Huet has been great this year. However, there are several other RFA's out there. It would be nice to keep him, and I hope we can sign him. But he is 32, and only has limited NHL experience (This was his first season with 40+ starts).

Looking at the fact that Ty Conklin is also an UFA and has almost similar season stats based on games played, along with the fact that M A-F is a RFA, I think that teams may be looking at Pitt first, as they are going to be way more constrained by the cap.

Other UFA / RFA goalies:
Johan Hedberg, David Aebischer, jose theodore, and numerous others. Not to mention that if Ottawa is looking, they will be getting rid of Emery or Gerber.

Thus, there are plenty of goalies out there. I don't think Huet will get such a large bid that the Caps won't be able to match within reason, and keep him for 3 or 4 years to see if our prospects mature to being NHL caliber.

What I do know, is that we are in great shape with prospects and youth, and have all the pieces to make some solid cup runs. Let's just hope management makes the right decisions (no more Jagr mistakes).

Posted by: fricknoutstandin | April 7, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse


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If Juwan wants to be in the front office, I hope he's learned not to give a max contract to himself.

Posted by: Lindemann | April 7, 2008 8:58 AM

Brendan Haywood is a freaking idot. That supid @$$ can hardly even foem a complete sentence. Basketball is just somethng for talentless thugs to do in between their prison stints! I hope this team misses the playoffs every year and is forced to fold!! By the way Haywood..you suck and no one outside of 2 blocks of the phone booth has ever eve heard of you. Why don't you go back to scrubbing toilets at Burger King you big, ugly, stupid looking MORON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Basketball sux! | April 7, 2008 2:20 PM

What the @#$%^& is an antawn? Jerk can't even spell his own name.

Posted by: It's Antwan!! | April 7, 2008 2:30 PM

wizards eat crap!

Posted by: wizards eat crap! | April 7, 2008 2:35 PM

Brendan Haywood is a freaking idot. That supid @$$ can hardly even foem a complete sentence.
Posted by: Basketball sux! | April 7, 2008 2:20 PM
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And how exactly does one go about doing that?

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Posted by: sodumb | April 7, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Here's the hope that we might see Pothier (AND Nylander)

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, who missed most of the season with a concussion, has been cleared to play in the playoffs.

He is back practising with full contact after being cleared by his doctors.

Bergeron began to practise last month, but could only hit his teammates and not be hit.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli says the team would see how Bergeron responds in practice before deciding whether he'll play in the first-round playoff series against Montreal, which begins Thursday.

Bergeron hasn't played since last October.

Posted by: King Huet | April 7, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I am a big basketball fan and a big hockey fan. Why are people trashing basketball over here? I come to this blog to read about hockey, and the wizards blog to read about basketball. If you want to talk about basketball, join me in the wizards blog. If you don't like or don't know anything about basketball, then just don't talk about it. Lets just stick to hockey over here.

Posted by: basketball | April 7, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Wilborn ooozes personality

Posted by: JamesD | April 7, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Yes, you can be a Caps and Wizards fan (which I've been all my life!). People are taking Haywood's comments way too personally when it's clear he meant no harm to anyone.

Having a hot goalie going into the playoffs is as important as momentum. Ollie carried us to the '98 finals when he got on a roll during the playoffs. Huet is a Top 5 goaltender, in his prime, and set for huge payday as a FA. He'd be a fool to commit to staying with any team until after the playoffs. As much as Ovechkin is the league MVP, you can't go far in the playoffs without the "man between the pipe". Look for Huet to be the key to beating Philly in the playoffs.

Posted by: wizfan89 | April 7, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Quite frankly I am much more stunned by Wilbon's ignorance then Haywood's.

One of the reasons newspapers are losing subscribers is that they are only reporting the things that interest the journalist . . .Wilbon, as much as I love his writing is losing touch with the audience. The things he thinks he know just ain't so.

Posted by: WhooHoo | April 7, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

We have to be very careful with offering HUET money. He's a hot goalie and nothing more. He has been lights out her over the the last couple of months but has not been consistent over the years. Look at philly,tampa, etc. It takes away flexibility away; JAGR. Plus we have 2 rookies prospects that are about 2 years away.Giving HUET max money could screw us over just like JAGR. Plus we owe raises already to clark,semin,0VIE,backstrom. There's only a few goalies that are consistent and deserve top dollar. Broudeur,luango,nabakov.

Posted by: smartfan | April 7, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

@Grape8

The SE has been an elite conference with regard to top offensive players. Stamkos isn't going to make the conference any better. The most exciting to watch is the SE, because it's more open and some would describe "less disciplined".

However, the NorthWest isn't going anywhere. Top to bottom, all 5 teams are playoff worthy and stacked with great systems and players. In the East, the Atlantic will remain the elite division with the Pennsylvania and NY/NJ rivalries. I don't think you could find too many fans that wouldn't wish for the Caps to get sucked into the Atlantic if we could.

The purists will never give the SE any credit (no matter how many sun-belt cups are won), because that's just the way it is.

Posted by: fricknoutstandin | April 7, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

@King Huet

I agree. Every hockey player realizes the CAPS are a team on the move. 34-17 since Thanksgiving isn't a fluke. Huet seems very comfortable here....and successful. I could see him signing.

Posted by: Dezlboy | April 7, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

So, I like hock, but I think some hockey fans need to be medicated. Can you guess why?

Because they are wrapped WAY TOO tight and spew crap all over a message board that Brendan Haywood doesn't even read... because the HATE basketball. How pointless is that?

If you want something to hate try hating on small minded people.

If that isn't good enough, then maybe hate on the Penguins and Crosby who look to be the class of the NHL right now. (that is popular)

Still need something to hate on? Well OK, but it won't be fun. This time you might consider that the caps BARELY got into the playoffs and probably won't be able to retain Huet or even possibly a disgruntled and graying Kolzig. A team who's owner just got finished submarining AOL, and has his sights basically did the same thing to a CAPS team one year after a Stanley Cup appearance. But don't bring that up to him, because he has been known to punch ticket holders. I haven't mentioned Oates or Jagr ... or plenty of other things that could be picked on.

NOW DO I think you should hate on the CAPS? of course not, I don't think you should hate on anything. Just showing you how stupid / annoying it can be. Let it go, it's one player BTH who is a bit ignorant let's ask the caps players if they know who he is and be done with it.

Posted by: sodumb | April 7, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Hay
take delight to commiserate with with BBcode :( for me does not revolt out to spawn references to the attractive pictures and video on the topic. Or regurgitate down affiliation on this topic

Posted by: Masterslip | April 7, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

@Sodumb

Go away. Your name says it all. As Caps fans, riding high on a wave of emotion, and having to kill a week before the first playoff game, we will hate on whatever we can get our hands on. Now go.

Posted by: Leeguru | April 7, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

fricknoutstandin

I didnt mean to imply that I think the SE is weak. I argue the exact opposite all thetime. What I mean is that any time there is the potential for a 1st round overall pick to join your division, its grounds to take some serious notice. Adding Stamkos to a Tampa team with Vinnie and Marty - that is a scary team to have to face 8 times!

Posted by: Grape8 | April 7, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Wilbon's comments are more concerning than the Wizard's guy (whose name I can't even remember). Does Wilbon have ADHD or is he really that clueless? I could understand some people preferring other sports to hockey. I personally don't get tennis. But how could any sports professional not know that Alex Ovechkin sweats more personality than most athletes in one shift?

Posted by: Kim | April 7, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I don't think there are too many people who are saying Huet deserves top (goalie) money. What I hear people saying is that they hope the Caps sign him to a contract to keep him here. If Huet is looking for 5 or 6 mil a season, or isn't willing to take a 3 (or MAYBE a 4 year deal), I don't think it makes sense for the Caps to sign him.

I'm sure someone else has thrown this out, but if he would sign for about 4 mil per year for 3 years, that would be a good deal for both sides -- tho maybe better for the Caps than for Huet. :-)

Posted by: Jeff | April 7, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

who would win?

Posted by: tarik vs. ivan carter | April 7, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

@Leeguru

I really wish you would lose the "guru"...kind of a cheesy rip-off, don't you think?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 7, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

@BB defenders,

As a long time VIP Caps STH, I have had enough with the Wizz-Bangs. Its not just the crappy ice or the perks that the BB VIPs get that we don't, its the complete lack of respect for the Caps from the Poulin sports empire. The last straw for me was when the Vz ushers were all wearing "Vote for Gilbert" buttons to get Agent Zero into the All-start game. When I asked "Where's the 'Vote for OV' Button?" they basically said they don't wear hockey stuff.

Haywood may or may not be indicative of the other players. My recollection is the Brash and Agent Zero are friendly. But, Haywood most certainly reflects the attitudes of his ownership towards the Caps, and for that both are deserving of scorn. Or better yet, maybe we can ignore them and they'll go away, like the Sta-Puf Marshmellow Man.

Posted by: old time hockey | April 7, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

@Annonymous

Yes, a very Cheesy rip off! Isn't it great?

Posted by: Leeguru | April 7, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Slow day....Anyone else read the Dan Steinberg article about the Red Out. Talked about the guy dressed as Santa and then about Matt Cooke's buddies?

Apparently Matt Cooke's buddies were thinking about streaking if he scored a goal. I just knew he was cool!

Posted by: Kim | April 7, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

@Leeguru

I suppose...I guess i don't fully understand the hatred towards the infamous puckguru...cheese on!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 7, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

NBA basketball doesn't exist to me - only college ball - it's where the true game and love for the sport is addressed on the court, and not on the NBA the land of overinflated salaries that don't allow the average person to afford a seat in the house and with egotistical attitudes I care not to pay attention to or acknowledge. What a waste of time in my book - I like icons such as Larry Byrd and M.J. but they played the game because they loved it (yeah the money too, but they genuinely loved the game and respected everyone else who played)! Now that is worth watching, just like Ovie/Feds/Kozie/Backie/Nylander/Green etc... Now they are worth watching and spending money on!!!!

Posted by: Greenie | April 7, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

It's not hatred. That is such a strong word. It is ridicule directed at those that jump the negative bandwagon as soon as the Caps do poorly, yet are nowhere to be seen when they are successful. You don't see any of those guys around; Chief, Puckguru, SomeoneElsewhoKNows, etc.

Posted by: Leeguru | April 7, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Up here in Montreal we get that stupid "PTI" show on TSN/RDS. Horrible. The worst programme ever; is this show supposed to be a joke of some kind? I would like to inform Mr. Wilbon that since his show is airing in Canada, Alex Ovechkin is very, very much recognized up here, and just about any hockey rink in North America. Oh, wait, he works for ESPN. You know, the "let's just pretend the NHL doesn't exist" network.

Posted by: Gord | April 7, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Hi all!!! Caps in the playoffs how great is this! I have been trying to get tickets online all morning but no avail...have they completely sold out? should I try VC box office? suggestions

Posted by: Pat | April 7, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

i agree with basketball @ 2:59,

all this name calling is boring!

hey, let's call Tarik names...
like ULTRA-SUPER-AWESOME!!!


Posted by: easy now | April 7, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"Hockey and basketball have so many similarities, but yet they have so many differences," Wizards point guard Antonio Daniels said. "The way they handle a puck is the same way we handle a ball. The big difference is, No. 1, the temperature, No. 2, the score. You can go watch a whole hockey game and the final score will be 1-0."

This really cracked me up.

Posted by: MNMNT | April 7, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

again i will reiterate that i thought maple leafs fans were dumb till i read this mindless garbage posted by you cap fans. I can't believe you think this is going to be a cake walk... i will give your team credit where it is due you have the best player in the world on your team and some talented forwards... but philly is deeper on forward 7 20 + goal scores... philly is deeper on defence and your team is banged up on D. yesterdays game the flyers took runs at pitt becuase the game before they took runs at our primeire forwards ie briere... we won't be taking dumb penelties. Honestly everything here in philly is as follows... we didn't care who we played we actually wanted to play pitt cause we hate them but we'll take you guys on now i guess. Let it be known now do not be surprised if the flyers win this series we have a lot of X factors on our team such as jason smith timmonen and mike richars. Huet has about as much expierence as biron so no edge there as well. plus your going to sit there and tell us that huet is better then brouduer? because i believe a couple of nights ago we chased him out of the net... just a heads up our offence is a little more balenced then yours. It will be a tough series... We will take runs at your players and test your toughness thats a given being that everyone on this flyers team is tough and can hit. I would say that the caps would win this series if it werent for the simple fact that defence wins hockey games and right now the flyers are playing incredible team defence. I haven't cuaght many caps games but i know your D is banged up... remember that

Posted by: Jeff | April 7, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Remember when Chief would show up after a loss just to post

"The rebuild is not over."

What a jerk-ass.

Posted by: Jordan | April 7, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Remind me again why we care what Brendan Haywood knows about hockey? Wilbon, well, that's another story. His argument that the national audience 'doesn't watch much hockey' is abiding by the journalistic philosophy of giving the people what they want vs. giving the people what's most important. That's the same philosophy that puts meaningless campaign story after campaign story on A1 before actual news.

Posted by: Dinger | April 7, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Jeff...go blow a goat

Posted by: Pat | April 7, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

@Gord,

And worse for us, the PTI guys are based here and employed by this very paper...

Posted by: old time hockey | April 7, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, any update on Clark's possible return? It would be good to see him against Philly, just his sort of series.

Posted by: Kiltman | April 7, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

@Jeff

No real hockey fans think this series is a cake-walk.

Your ranting is comical though...Very Philly like.

No matter who wins the series one thing is true...

Philly people move to D.C to live and work...D.C people dont go to Philly...The scale is heavily tipped brother...See you at the rink...

Posted by: SA_Town | April 7, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

pat...spoken like a true maple leafs fan err captials fan? i guess... im not really sure what a captials fan sounds like ... here in philly they are somewhat of a myth

Posted by: jeff | April 7, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Jeff, you spelled defenSe wrong. That definitely weakened your argument. Oh, you can test our toughness all you want. OV, along with Cooke, Brash, Brads, etc, won't be afraid to test yours as well.

Posted by: spellchecker | April 7, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

@FFS Enough - Don't feel too bad for Ted. Lincoln Holdings owns 48% of Washington Sports & Entertainment. Abe isn't getting all the profits from that $7 beer.

Posted by: Jill | April 7, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

@Jordan,

You know what? I hope the rebuild isn't over. Think about what this team will do when it is over!

Posted by: Leeguru | April 7, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

@ Jeff - I don't recall anyone here saying "cakewalk". Its going to be a tough series. We Caps fans like our chances as you Flyers like yours. Settle down and enjoy what could be one of the best match-ups in the east.

Posted by: Grape8 | April 7, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Ok Jeff sorry that was a bit haste...its just let us enjoy our fun! Do you really think we care about Maple Leafs fans and what they post? Come on man. You made a good point about the D though I gotta give you that. Its going to be a rough series but just remember when you are "taking runs" at our players we do have brashear, cooke, bradley, and possibly clark to return the favor...dont get caught with your head down!

Posted by: Pat | April 7, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

@Jeff,

I hear that Hatcher is going to make a comeback this season. I really have a lot of respect for him. I mean, it isn't many guys who can still play in the NHL with a walker and a cane.

Posted by: old time hockey | April 7, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

@ Leigh

Much as I like Wilbon, he IS an employee of the four-letter network, and has to tailor teh show accordingly...

Posted by: Baildog | April 7, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Guys, Jeff is right on, he clearly prove why philly will win: ovie is the whole team, we cant play D, and huet is getting lucky- i mean the guy hasnt "caught many caps games this year" so that makes him an expert.

RE: basketball- dont take this personally- Gilbert Arenas (if you dont know who that is you are worse than wilbon) made comments earlier in the year to the effect of "ive heard Gtown basketball is good, but i dont know." This is just like Brendan toward the caps- both teams play in the same building as the Wiz and have been getting tons of attention in the local media. But gil didnt know anything about the gtown team- some of who's players he could end up playing against/with- and its not because hes stupid (hes not), its because hes focused on is own team and them winning. would you care if ovie said something like this about the wiz? (he wouldnt because he loves bball, but go with it) no one here would be talking about how stupid ovie is, they would be saying stuff about how he is focused and doesnt have time for anything but hockey- quit with the double standard.
Let it go, it doesnt matter.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 7, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

BY the way, I loved the new Caps fans that sat behind me last Thursday. One girl kept screaming every two minutes, spring break style, but really sounded like a loud shrieking cat that was dying. "WOOOOOOOOOO-eeeeeeeeeaakk-oooooh!"

It was comedic also to her chant Brashear's name when an altercation started and he wasn't even on the ice.

Her boyfriend kept yelling "KICK HIS A**!" every time someone got checked into the boards. "YEAH! YEAH KICK HIS A**!"

I love all the new fans but a few of them I'd like to dropkick back to wherever they came from.

I'm not claiming to be a superfan nor am I going to get into a pissing contest on how long I've been a fan because I think that is stupid... but pleasssssssse learn about the game... And if you yell/cheer for a player, make sure he's on the ice first.

Posted by: MNMNT | April 7, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

@Jeff

Isnt Scotty Hartnell out for 2 games with a completely busted face? Good lord put him in net and cover that bloody shnoze up with a mask!!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 7, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

http://www.phillysucks.com/

I just wish they would stay in their disgusting, sewer like crap hole of a town from birth until death.

PS Their cheese steaks blow.

Posted by: Philly Blows | April 7, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

cook brash and brads can barley skate... theres a reason we let brash go we have a kid here named riley cote who was just called the toughest player in hockey by some guy named Georges LAraque. Ovie scares me he scores at will and i like that backstrom kid, but i have to admit to you guys people in philly have been through a lot of playoffs and like i said DEFEN"S"E wins games... your guys D doesn't really scare me.

Posted by: jeff | April 7, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

come on jeff no reply to SA Town? philly is weak sauce brother! rocky isnt real and the eagles cant win a superbowl hahaha i hate philly almost as much as pittsburgh

Posted by: Mark | April 7, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Jeff, hate to tell you this but your guys Offen"c"e doesn't really scare us!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 7, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

yeah hatcher won a stanley cup... and you know what i think he won a stanley cup?

Posted by: jeff | April 7, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Repost:
Should we get a crew together at JMU_CapsGirl's bar to watch one of the away games?

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | April 7, 2008 9:22 AM


Ummmmmm, only if you want to drive two hours from DC and sit in my friend's living room. JMU is in Harrisonburg, VA; not Harrisburg, PA. Sorry, guys!!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 7, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

yeah hatcher won a stanley cup... and you know what i think he won a stanley cup as a captain, but your right he's old and he can barley play hockey anymore... but he's hurt and quite fankly i don't want to see him back in this series he's slow and i like kukkonen

Posted by: jeff | April 7, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

@Jeff,
How does one "barley skate"? Just curious.

Posted by: Jay | April 7, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

@Jeff

I agree with what what your saying but it's not like that. It's about supply and demand. Supply of #1 goalies are low this offseason and demand is high. He's making 3.2 right now. This might be his last big contract why would he sign for 4 mil for 2 years? I wouldn't. He could easily get. 5 mil a year for 5 years easily. I agree, we shouldn't offer more that 4mil for a 4 year deal or 5 mil for a 2-3 years deal.

Posted by: smartfan | April 7, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

@Jeff
For the record I think you can BARELY understand English.

Posted by: Jay | April 7, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

@Jeff

I certainly hope the Flyers take the same attitude towards the Caps. Right now no team in the East wants to face them. They don't back down from anyone. They are young and full of energy. And except for the last 2 weeks, the Flyers seemed to limp into the playoffs.

Thanks for stopping by, but you too may go home. enjoy your cheesesteak. With cheese wiz.

Posted by: Leeguru | April 7, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

@ MNMNT It's unbelievable what idiots some of the "new' fans are. I heard the same thing yelled repeatedly by a guy sitting in front of me. Everytime there was a hit he was yelling for a fight to break out. "kick his ass". I missed only two games this year so maybe I'm a little miffed at the homer mentality of these new fans. Come on board but come on out next October, November, December etc. And learn the game for pete's sake. Oh, and stay in your seat until the whistle blows.

Posted by: Esa Tikkanen | April 7, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

"barley skate"...sounds tasty
(skate = a Cartilaginous fish)
you should be on top chef jeff!

Posted by: what? | April 7, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

well I'll leave you guys with this to think about and sorry i couldn't respond to you all. I'll be back on here whether the flyers are up in the series or down. If you aren't concerned with this teams O then you're ignorant why else would they finish #2 on the powerplay. This series will come down to team defense just as every playoff series seems to be. I think we'll all have a clearer picture of how this series will unfold after game 1. I really want you guys to think about this though... I am only one flyers fan and i managed to get under your skin pretty badly without saying anything too unintelligent. this is going to be a long series and philadelphia is a crazy place to play and an extremely intimidating environment. I believe ranked # 1 by vote of all NHL players. If we win only one game at your guys joint we take over home ice advantage... scary thought

Posted by: jeff | April 7, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

@Jeff,

Oooooh, Riley Cote. I bet Brash may beg to be a healthy scratch now. Let's go to the tape shall we...

http://hockeyfights.com/fights/38348

(For those who can't watch: Its Brash pummeling Cote into the ice in their only fight this year. I'm not sure Cote even landed a shot.)

If he's the best you've got, tell him to take his purse and go wait in the press box.

Posted by: old time hockey | April 7, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Huet has played great and would be an asset on just about any team in the NHL. Of course, you would think he wants to be a number 1 goalie on whatever team he plays for, right? On top of that he and his wife enjoyed their time in Canada. So one might thing a CA team would have the inside track. But before we go there, which teams need a #1 goalie? Meaning which teams do not seem to have a number 1 under contract in 2008-2009. Well, there is Washington, Col., ATL., DET., LAK, PIT. If he did want to go to a CA they would have to trade something away or buy someone out to make room for him. If you look at the above selections who would you select? Well he was a King at one time, maybe there?? I don't think so, they got rid of him. PIT is not a good fit, they will keep Theo. So I think it is down to Wash., DET, or COL, I throw out Atlanta because who really wants to play there? So if you are Huet I think a 3-4 year deal with Wash or Det would be the way to go. Of course who has the cap room for him? Well Det has plenty and so does Wash. I think OTT would love him, but who wants their goalies and do they really want to buy their contracts out. Thoughts?

Posted by: Jay | April 7, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

@jeff.

This guy is a pure looser on a caps comment board for the washington capitals and is a philly fan. can you say L000000000000000ser.

Dude so much high price acquisition and you guys have to play cheap shot other players and get suspended. What a class organization. comparing biron & HUET. biron is going to get lit up. That is your greatest weakness and it has been for a while. You guys still have him cause you overpaid for that scrub and no one will take him.ESPN cays over the last month verizon center has become the hardest place to play while philly sells out every game you can hear a pin drop there. Were red and crazy your black and reserved.

All the experts say that the weakest teams in the east are boston,philly,sens. Philly fans talking like there the #1 seed there a reason your the 7th seed. You guys suck

Posted by: smartan | April 7, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness the Flyers fan jeff has stopped capitalizing his name...I wouldn't want anyone to mistake him for me. :-)

Smartfan -- my point is Huet has a $ figure in mind, and the Caps should have one of their own. If they don't match, you unfortunately let him walk and spend the money elsewhere. And that isn't a knock on Huet...he's been fantastic. But I don't think the Caps can afford to spend 5+ mil on a goalie next year and still sign Green, Laich, Morrisonn, etc.

And to the other jeff...while you may not fear the Caps D, the Caps have given up 37 goals in their last 20 games. The Flyers have given up 54 in their final 20 (and that includes 2 shutouts to end the season). The Caps have also outscored the Flyers 65 to 60 in those 20 games. Just saying...

Posted by: Jeff | April 7, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

@JEFF

the season series was split 2-2 with each team winning at the others place, just a thought- you guys may be intimidating but dont mean that every team that goes in loses

Posted by: Anonymous | April 7, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

@smartan

careful with your comments guys i might have to bring in more dumb stupid ignorant philly fans here to start talking sense to you all. I'm not personally attacking any of you but if you guys don't want to talk hockey and just trash talk then coming from a filthy philly then let the games begin

Posted by: jeff | April 7, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I am das Führer of Caps defense and we'll handle pesky Phlyers forwards just like we did Malkin, Crosby, Heatley, Alfredsson, Zettenberg, Datsyuk, Kovalchuk and other top forwards in the NHL. I can only name Richards that is worth mentioning from Philly. In the last winning series our d didn't allow more than 20 shots on goal, we are all in black in +/- category.

How about Phlyers d? I don't think so.

Papa 'das Führer of Caps defense' Schultz

Posted by: Papa Schultz | April 7, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

@Jeff

Washington Capital = America's Team

Everyone loves our MVP, and unless you are from the lovely city of Philth-a-delphia...No one cares about you, or wants you to win.

Philly vs. the World...You though Sidney got all the media press...Just wait to see what your up against now that we're in..Worst to First.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 7, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

jeff, if you are a frequent reader of this board then you know that cap fans get under each others skin more than any flyers fan ever could. and thanks for not "saying any thing too unintelligent". i know that's a high bar you've set for yourself and other flyer fans, so we appreciate your efforts.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | April 7, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Huet is solid. He's a good fit here, and they really need to re-sign him. The guys play better with him in net, you can see it out on the ice. Sign him to a three year deal...

Posted by: MNMNT | April 7, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

@jay

Come on man. PIT,Col,ATL are set at goal. Fleury,& Kari are young studs. Col has money wrapped up with theres. DET is a posiblity cause they like veteran goalies. I see him going back to canada though. He likes it there. Calgary & Vancover are set but after that everyone needs one.

I hope the caps stay away from overpaying him. This is the problem in the league golaie get hot team overpays and get stuck look at all the teams that have this problem. T0R,0TT,Philly,TB,etc.

Posted by: smartfan | April 7, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

OV was just given the Gordie Howe award by XM's Espo Awards for most valuable player. oh, and look! He's being interviewed! And he can be understood!

Posted by: Leeguru | April 7, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh my goodness, all the negativity. Let's face it, all of the teams in the playoffs are good. All of the teams in the playoffs want to win. All of the fans of teams in the playoffs think their team rocks! Hockey players are cool!

All I know is that I am so excited that for the first time in a long time I can enjoy watching my team in the playoffs instead of just watching to watch. The playoffs change everything. I am so happy our guys get to experience this.

I am going to have a good time, and will not let anyone bring me down. Time to have fun!

Posted by: Kim | April 7, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

smartfan, I think Jay might be thinking that Lehtonen may not stay in ATL, although I'm not sure what his contract status is. They're not giving him much help out front. I certainly don't want the Caps overpaying Huet, but if things go well in the next few weeks,I could see him staying here for a few years with the hope of getting his name on the Cup a couple of times. DC may not be Canada, but its not like moving from Montreal to Tampa Bay or anything.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 7, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

@jeff

I have no problems just talking hockey. If you attack the caps then I will attack your team. ESPN.com says the caps are the hottest team in the league and the they will win in 6. To me it depends on how your goalie plays. I still don't think you guys can score a lot. It's the best series in the east. PIT was for sure trying to loose that game to you so dont put any stock in that. They wanted to the sens and so did everybody else. To me for the high price team that you are they haven't played consistent hockey. 0nce we made the coaching change we have dominated.

Posted by: smartfan | April 7, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

@Sa-Town
I'm canadian so your preaching to the choir by calling the caps "americas team" last i checked it doesn't matter who loves a team. Dallas cowboys are "americas team" they always win the superbowl right? thats a pointless arguement right there. I expect the caps to get all the press no one likes the flyers unless you are a flyers fan. You don't think we go through this every playoffs. Everyone says the same SH#$ each year we make the playoffs. Ovie's a hell of a player, but we don't hate him like we hate that sissy sidney. Everyone here respects Ovie cause hes a hardnosed hockey player. He's a lot like what the flyers are trying to examplify. A through back to old hockey. and since you guys all decided to trash our city then i will say this. It's a shame that ovie will waste his carrer in a city that barley understands the game of hockey. Ive been to washington... lots of homeless. Ovies carrer will be wasted in a city that will turn out less then 20000 people in a stanley cup parade. it's a shame. trash the city all you want i hate the city we have murders every night at least 3-4... As for cheese steaks i don't eat them never liked them. I'm more of a Subway guy myself, but back to hockey... which is what we should all be focusing on. It will be a damn good series between "america's sweethearts" and "the evil broad street bullies". Both sides like their chances, I like knowing that pitt feared us enough to purposly try to avoid us in the first round... even if you guys do make it past this series you'll do so with an very banged up bunch for sure

Posted by: Jeff | April 7, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Why do you guys keep addressing Jeff? It's obvious his mental capacity is quite limited, he can barely spell his own name... and everything else.

@ Esa Tik's
Yeah man, it was pretty bad. I kept mocking the girl, without looking back, and I think she said, "Don't hate..."

I started laughing and started doing the Gremlin sounds again. But the screams, man, I really wanted to turn around and slap her back to Manassas.

But there's nothing you can really do, the fan base is growing, which is great... You can't help the people that come once or twice a year to an event as "something cool to do." Especially when the Caps are the hottest tickets in town right now.

The Verizon Center really needs to get better users or train them better. Service there sucks overall in general, from ushers to concession stands.

I heard that the service at the new Nationals Park was nice. So it can be done, but as always, I'm sure the ushers are just pissed off that the Wizards aren't playing, so they are just bitter at all the hockey fans.

Posted by: MNMNT | April 7, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

and i like kukkonen

Who is kukkonen? Finish Matt Cooke?

Posted by: King Huet | April 7, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

@Grape8

I know what you mean about the SE, I was just tyring to point out that although I think we have some of the elite talent, it probably is one of the weakest divisions. Don't think Stamkos will change that.

If Tampa does get him, it could be a double edged sword. They are already reeling with the Cap and trying to keep their "skill" players on the roster at the expense of other positions. They may be better served to trade down for additional picks in the long run.

Florida on the other hand, could really use him and be huge. I'd be most concerned with them, and 2nd most with St.Louis (only because they are not SE). The Blues with Stamkos could very well be the best team in the league in the next few years (along with our Caps) with all the young talent they have.

PS - loved your post on the TSN site with the Pitt/Philly story.

Posted by: fricknoutstandin | April 7, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

From G&M:

And what about facing a Flyers team that has revived its "Broad Street Bullies" persona?

"What can I do? If they want to hit me, hit me," Ovechkin says. "I don't care. ... It's the playoffs. No friends on the ice."

He certainly plays that way. This is no finesse-only forward.

Don't forget: During the very first shift of the very first game of his very first NHL season, Ovechkin pounded an opposing player into the boards so hard that a beam came dislodged from the glass.

Posted by: King Huet | April 7, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

@smartfan
you're listening to ESPN? they are the biggest joke analysts out there. Personally I don't read predictions from analysts because when it comes down to it no one knows what a series in the playoffs will be like untill game 1 is played. they also predicted some odd years ago that anahiem would be swept by detroit and each round after they would lose... the ducks won the cup. Analysts are no different then you and me. they guess. Washington is hot. So is philly. Washinton can score... so can philly. Washington is banged up... so is philly. It's an intruiging series. I am concerned of your guys O ive said that all along. Huet is a good goalie and i love federov. I grew up admiring him when i was a wings fan back in the 93 - 98 era. I'm not sure hes the same player anymore. On a side note who else thinks that the pens are going to be severly upset by the sens... i have a funny feeling about this one haha lets all cross our fingers

Posted by: jeff | April 7, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

FYI... Philadelphia Flyers Roster

Centers
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BORN * BIRTHDATE
48 Daniel Briere 30 5-10 179 R Gatineau, Quebec 10/6/77
17 Jeff Carter 23 6-3 200 R London, Ontario 1/1/85
34 Jim Dowd 39 6-0 190 R Brick, New Jersey 12/25/68
18 Mike Richards 23 5-11 195 L Kenora, Ontario 2/11/85
53 Denis Tolpeko 23 6-0 194 L Moscow, USSR 1/29/85
20 R.J. Umberger 25 6-2 200 L Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 5/3/82

Left Wings
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BORN * BIRTHDATE
32 Riley Cote 26 6-2 216 L Winnipeg, Manitoba 3/16/82
19 Scott Hartnell 25 6-2 210 L Regina, Saskatchewan 4/18/82
40 Vaclav Prospal 33 6-1 195 L Ceske-Budejovice, Czechoslovakia 2/17/75
25 Patrick Thoresen 24 5-11 188 L Hamar, Norway 11/7/83

Right Wings
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BORN * BIRTHDATE
27 Steve Downie 21 5-11 192 R Newmarket, Ontario 4/3/87
24 Sami Kapanen 34 5-10 185 L Vantaa, Finland 6/14/73
22 Mike Knuble 35 6-3 230 R Toronto, Ontario 7/4/72
15 Joffrey Lupul 24 6-1 205 R Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta 9/23/83
9 Scottie Upshall 24 6-0 197 L Fort McMurray, Alberta 10/7/83

Defense
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BORN * BIRTHDATE
5 Braydon Coburn 23 6-5 220 L Calgary, Alberta 2/27/85
2 Derian Hatcher 35 6-5 235 L Sterling Heights, Michigan 6/4/72
6 Randy Jones 26 6-2 200 L Quispamsis, New Brunswick 7/23/81
28 Lasse Kukkonen 26 6-1 190 L Oulu, Finland 9/18/81
26 Jaroslav Modry 37 6-2 220 L Ceske-Budejovice, Czechoslovakia 2/27/71
77 Ryan Parent 21 6-2 205 L Prince Albert, Saskatchewan 3/17/87
21 Jason Smith 34 6-3 215 R Calgary, Alberta 11/2/73
44 Kimmo Timonen 33 5-10 194 L Kuopio, Finland 3/18/75

Goalies
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BORN * BIRTHDATE
43 Martin Biron 30 6-3 163 L Lac St. Charles, Quebec 8/15/77
30 Antero Niittymaki 27 6-1 195 L Turku, Finland 6/18/80

Posted by: King Huet | April 7, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

@Jeff

Get back to work! Most of us on this board probably own stock in your company.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 7, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Kimmo Timonen

I like this name, I always want to say

Kimmo THERAPY

Posted by: King Huet | April 7, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Well, since jeff is canadian, I'd give him a bit more credit than those dumb PA fans

Posted by: King Huet | April 7, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

@Jeff

I grew up admiring him when i was a wings fan back in the 93 - 98 era

HOW CONVIENIENT!!!!HAHAHAHAHA

I bet your a Patriots fan in the 2002-2007 Era...

Maybe a Yankees fan in the 60-64 Era??? HAHAHAAA

Posted by: Anonymous | April 7, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

@Sa-town
haha actually you probably do... Johnson and Johnson pharmaceuticals. I'm young and in college but my dad's one of the ceos for their branch Jannsen Pharmatceuticals

Posted by: Jeff | April 7, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

it was convienient cause i lived there idiot... and i hate football

Posted by: Jeff | April 7, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow...multiple CEO's...must be a well oiled machine.

Posted by: Jeff | April 7, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Look at these d-men? They are all midgets to me.
Braydon Coburn 6-5
Derian Hatcher 6-5
Randy Jones 6-2
Lasse Kukkonen 6-1
Jaroslav Modry 6-2
Ryan Parent 6-2
Jason Smith 6-3
Kimmo Timonen 5-10

I am tall 6'6" Papa Schultz and I approve this message

Posted by: Papa Panzer Schultz | April 7, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

@papa Panzer
wow you're right you are tall... you definatly should put on skates and show those flyers defensmen a thing or two about playing the game of hockey... idiot

Posted by: Jeff | April 7, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

err @ Jeff haha

its Johnson and Johnson... it's more then a machine... they are a scary company Id say near monopoly but becasue america has become a complete capitalist nation no one cares about monopolies anymore. *sigh* if only ron paul was given more consideration... until they labeled an extremist and chased him out of the election with labels, lies, and smiles... i'll never understand you americans

Posted by: Jeff | April 7, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

1. Fed. Or. Ov. Fedorov.
2. If Bettman doesnt have some of Sindy's black-and-white striped security watching out for Ovechkin, can we all agree to pay Brashear's fines with our washpost points? I'm just sayin'.
3. Puckguru and Chief were right all along: the Caps will never succeed with GMGM at the helm. Who hired BB? Ovechkin, Alzner, Green, Backstrom, Neuvirth, Fedorov, Huet, Bourque, Steckel, Semin, Jurcina? We're doomed.
This year I had an 11-game seat plan. I think the 11-year seat plan is the heads-up play.
y'all (excluding effwits from the city of--ew!--'brotherly luuv') added fun to my season. Thank you. GO CAPS GO!

Posted by: redlineblue | April 7, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

@Jeff
We are really not interested in the simplistic mumble you bring to our blog, so could you please leave! If I wanted to hear about Philly blahblahblahblah crap then I would come to your blog, but honestly it's the type of fans Philly breads - Jack-in-the-boxes like you - hmmmm and the reason we can't stand you or your team - so there - couldn't hold back anymore! So, be gone, we don't need the likes of you here - your wasting my time!
You just wish you were a CAPS FAN - you have CAPS envy! Oh and by the way, in case you missed it, we are taking home all of the Hardware, and your team, looks like nothing to me!

Posted by: Greenie | April 7, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I am concerned about that thug Downie. You can't put Brash in the first line. Should Erskine play d with Ovechkin's line?

"If Flyers antagonist Steve Downie thought it wise to headhunt Dean McAmmond in a preseason game (for which he got suspended 20 games), how much fun will he have going after Ovechkin? "

Posted by: King Huet | April 7, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

@jeff - canadian midget

How tall are you?

5'2"? I bet your girlfriend is head taller than you, if you have one.

Papa 'simply taller than any Phlyers midgets' Schultz

Posted by: Papa Schultz | April 7, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else notice that we have been getting more trolls lately? I guess that is the mark of a team on the rise!

Posted by: Leeguru | April 7, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I will concede to Jeff the following points:
a) playoff hockey is a whole other game and as much as I believe the Caps will win, we're really not going to know anything about anything until the series starts. Five days off is a blessing and a curse and having guys back in the lineup and the sole fact that this is indeed the playoffs is going to change things.
b)I will laugh hysterically when OTT hands PIT their collective butts on a silver platter. Even the PIT fans I was watching the game with on Sunday thought they were playing horribly. Whether they didn't want to play Philly, or they were saving their energy (and Sindey) for the playoffs doesn't matter. Kharma is a terrible thing to mess with.
However, I will disagree with him on the grounds that a) Ovie knew exactly what he was doing when he signed that 13-year deal. DC may not be an original-6 town, or a real "hockey market", but once upon a time, Philly wasn't one either. Philly has had an NHL team seven years longer than DC has. Ovie, Ted and GMGM know that this town can become a hockey town, we just need a team to get behind, which we have now. Just like Philly had the '73-'75 seasons, we have our '08-'10 seasons.
b)Once upon a time, when they were "America's team", Dallas was good. (Find someone now who still honestly believes that thats not from Dallas.) Every team goes through good years and bad years (unless you're the Leafs, in which case, I'm sorry, I really am). We've had bad years and so have you. We are having a good, no, great year. Your year has gone well too. Both teams have made it into the playoffs on their own merits. The fact that we are both in the playoffs deserves recognition. There isn't a truly bad team in them. Sure, OTT is tanking, but they did so after a great start. We were bad at the beginning of the season, but are more than making up for it now.
Regardless of how "Ovie has carried our team", since Coach B has taken over, our *entire* team has prospered. Laich has had a career season. Green, too. Every single guy on our team has flourished this season.
That said, I have every faith that our Caps team can beat your Flyers team. I can't wait for Friday!

Let's go Caps!!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 7, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

@Leeguru
I didn't want to be nasty, I was just tired of the senseless banter - wish trolling was restricted, not interested in what they have to say ever!

Posted by: Greenie | April 7, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

@smartfan
I see him wanting to go back to Canada as well, however I do not see the fit. These guys are all under contract next year.
EDM=Roloson and Garon
MTL=Price
CAL=Kiprusoff
OTT=Emery and Gerber
TOR=Raycroft and Toskala
VAN=Loungo
Who is traded to make room for Huet?

Posted by: jay | April 7, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

definatly

he he he... Them canadian midgets can't spell...

Papa Big Giant Schultz

Posted by: Papa Schultz | April 7, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Three Stars of the Week in the NHL:
1) Carey Price
2) Jaromir Jagr
3) Cristobal Huet - Huet posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.00 goals-against average and .955 save percentage as the Capitals (43-31-8, 94 points) finished first in the Southeast Division and made the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. He stopped 21 of 22 shots in a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, Apr. 1. On Apr. 3, he made 18 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning and closed the week with a 25-save effort in a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers, Apr. 5. Since being traded to Washington from Montreal at the deadline, Huet has appeared in 13 games, posting a record of 11-2-0 with a 1.63 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and two shutouts.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | April 7, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

XM Update:

The Espo Awards:

MVP: Ovie (Interviewed)
Coach of the year: BB (Interviewed)
Breakout Player: Mike Green (interviewed)

Woo Hoo!

Posted by: Leeguru | April 7, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Three Stars of the Week in the NHL:
1) Carey Price
2) Jaromir Jagr
3) Cristobal Huet

Vive le Huet!

Kindly bow to the King, he deserved it!

Posted by: King Huet | April 7, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

@jeff

We have our differences but the one common ground that caps and philly fans have is our dislike for the pens. I hope they loose in the first round cause they sure did lay down that last game to draw them. To start with sens only had one line that could score; always have had goal tending problems.

They shouldn't have even made the playoffs. If Carolina beat Florida and then washington beat florida the odd team out was the sens. They made it by Carolina loosing not them winning.

Posted by: smartfan | April 7, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

@ Leeguru,
I always knew those guys were smart.

let's go Caps!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 7, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

@jeff

If it wasn't for your first sentence... why did you have to call us "dumb"? The rest of your posts are ok, I actually agree with some of your points. I fear the Flyers, they're not only very physical but play well.

@everybody else
I don't like that some here kept on insulting Philly fans like that. This has been a blog where people freely, and mostly intelligently, had very good discussions about hockey. Let's keep it this way, or go to another board.

I actually enjoy quite a lot other teams fans coming here to share their views (as long as they don't insult, ok jeff?), why chase them away? We do not hold any truth, and it's insightful, not to mention cool, to get other fans perspective on players, teams, etc.

Anyway... 2 days until the most intense and most fun event in all sports: NHL PLAYOFFS BABY!


Posted by: mauree | April 7, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

By the way, we have a Pitt fan here at work. I already told him and my colleagues that if the Sens beat the Pens after they *cough* chose them for the first round, I'll offer beer to everybody. Tall order but gosh I wish it happens.

Posted by: mauree | April 7, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Sorry everyone, but I am in a goofy mood. How many hours until the game?

Biron to Briere: "Danny, I hear the Caps went on a Segway tour. Want to go?"

Briere: "I don't know..."

Biron: "It's okay, I am sure we can do it."

Briere: "Let's go for it."

They go riding down the streets of DC (backwards).

Wilbon to Hayward: "Hey look at those guys on Segways, isn't that Ovechkin and Kolzig?"

Hayward: "No, I think it is Tom Brady and that Sporty Spice dude."

Ovechkin, Bradley, Backstrom, Green, and Semin walk by.

Ovechkin: "Guys, hide me it is that Wilbon guy I keep avoiding and one of those Wizards guys that keeps asking for my autograph."

Green: Sees the Marty and Danny. "What are they doing?"

Bradley: "Hey Marty and Danny, wrong way dudes."

Biron and Briere: "How do we stop these?"

Ovechkin and Backstrom: Laughing. Turn to Semin and say, "Segways only work for Caps."

Semin: "WHAT IS SEGWAY!!!!"

Posted by: Kim | April 7, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I am a sports fan. I can have an intelligent conversation about the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, college sports, soccer, golf, Nascar, boxing and the list goes on. People need to realize that most athletes are so wrapped up in their careers that they don't have the time to pay attention to other sports. The NBA and NHL seasons are played at the same time. Remember someone asked Haywood the question, he didnt offer a statement. Athletes do not lead the same type of lives we do. We have time to watch sports, compete in fantasy leagues and attend sporting events. I went to birthday party where there were a dozen kids about the age of 16, they knew nothing about hockey, but they could tell me about NBA basketball in the 80's. Sorry folks, hockey isnt that popular here.

I've been on this blog for about 3 months now, and to be honest there are a lot of people in here that would certainly turn off the "bandwagon" fan with behavior that would classified as unfriendly. Why? Because they arent "real" Capitals fans. Please people, live and let live. That's the nature of sports in Washington DC.

I probably go to dozen Caps and Wizards games a year, 4 or 5 Redskins games, I'll probably go to 20 Nationals games. UVA Football games, GMU basketball games. Does that make me not a Caps fan?

If Wilbon and Tony want to talk NHL now, let them, dont hate. They are ignorant to what we already know, if they are late to the game, sobeit. Its better to be late than not be there at all. Let the 2 buffoon away and maybe draw more bandwagon fans to the CAPs, maybe some of them will be the diehards of the future.

The truth is, the Hockey heads on ESPN, dont know d!ck either.

The Capitals are great, hockey is great, let part-timers participate in rooting for our team. Only good things can happen from it.

Posted by: JSchon | April 7, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

kim's on drugs

Posted by: Anonymous | April 7, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Jeez guys. Why are we jumping all over poor Jeff. The guy actually attempted to talk hockey. Just because he's a Philly fan we jump all over him. He makes some decent points, and shockingly he thinks his team will win. Give him a break. If you let him get under your skin, just wait until the delusional Philly fans find their way over here, the ones who can't complete an argument without the words "you su**!" included.

This will be a great series, and I think its going to be 6 or 7 close games. Our injuries have me worried a bit, so far we've been able to withstand them, I just hope they don't all catch up with us at once. Huet has been instrumental in helping overcome some of the injuries on the back line, if he keeps his play up I'm not too worried. We know (see 1998) that hot goalie can get you pretty far.

As Jeff says, going into Philly with the series tied 1-1 will be tough. But at the same time if we can win Game 1 and 2, all the pressure falls onto the Flyers.

Posted by: JPC | April 7, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Briere listed at 5'10"? Did they measure him while wearing his skates?

Posted by: old time hockey | April 7, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Why are we jumping all over poor Jeff?

I agree. Besides he is a midget like the rest of his Phlyers team.

Poor jeff... I feel so sorry for you and your Phlyers.

Papa Big Panzer Machine Schultz

Posted by: Papa Big Panzer Machine Schultz | April 7, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with JPC. I dont post much but read the comments and Jeff was actually trying to talk hockey without being disrespectful. Trust me, I hate Philly as much as the next person and pray daily that they never win a major championship in any sport ever but give the guy a break. If he starts shooting his mouth off and insulting us or the Caps, then by all means let him have it. That's my 2 cents.

Caps in 6.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 7, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so now there's another Jay posting so I'm going to have to change my name on here I guess and use my Caps boards name. So for anyone who met me at Summers, I'm now going to post under this name (since the last two posts by Jay weren't me).

To the other Jay's topic of Huet, he listed the following teams as needed a #1: Washington, Col., ATL., DET., LAK, PIT. I don't think Pittsburgh will be looking for a #1 goalie, I believe they'll lock up Fleury and keep Conklin around (unless both just flop horribly in the playoffs). The Pens can't afford to pay big bucks now as they have a huge amount of RFA/UFAs who are due raises. Atlanta is set and content with Lehtonen, he was amazing towards the end of the season. Detroit is content with Osgood breaching the gap to their goaltending prospects and they might bring Hasek back for 1 more year since the tandem worked so good this year.

I'd actually weigh in with a slightly different list of teams that might be looking for a #1, as follows: Washington, Ottawa, Boston, Tampa, Colorado, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Of that list, Ottawa can't afford a #1 unless they dump salary (most likely Gerber) so I don't think they're in the market for a Huet. I'm not sure Tampa can afford a #1 right now and they did trade for Smith whom they may not be enthralled with now but they seem to be willing to give him a shot. Chicago would have to dump Khabibulin's salary and that's not going to happen.

So that leaves Washington, Boston, Colorado and LA. Of that group, I think Washington's only real competition is Colorado. And Theodore has played very well and I think they might still be hung up on what to do with Budaj. I just don't see Boston paying out what Huet will want and LA, well, that's a mess of a situation.

I'm very hopeful Huet will be coming back, I'd say this might be the best fit for him over the next few years.

Posted by: StikSav | April 7, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Leeguru:

Sorry it didn't work out with the game - I gave it my best shot! I do have an extra Ovie bobblehead - if you want it, it's all yours!

RE: the "guru" exchange, I am guessing that was written Puckguru ... ;-)

Oh, and please stop feeding the trolls ...

Posted by: Boo! | April 7, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

strike 1 against jeff: hes from canadia
strike 2 against jeff: he's a flyers fan
strike 3 against jeff: he is picking fights on the internet.


jeff is officially felted

regards,
lurch papa

Posted by: lurch papa | April 7, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Boo! I'll take it! My daughter LOVES OV!

Thank you for trying

Posted by: Leeguru | April 7, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey all
Philly fan here...again, some of you jumped all over me a few days ago when I was attempting to play nice on the blog..but whatever.

Anyhow..its going to be a good series. In all 4 games played between the 2 teams, neither team really won convincingly. Sure the Flyers had a 1 minute lapse the final time the teams played and the Caps scored 2.but Philly came back and made it close.

I dont know what the worry is about people headhunting, that rarely happens in the playoffs. Downie probably wont see much time. He has been in the lineup the last 2 games only because Briere has been out. But Downie has been great when in. He gets a lot of room on the ice when he has the puck and he can hit like a freight train.

On the rest of the O side of things. Sure they have had troubles of late but have come around. Remember, this is a team that went a long string of games score 4 or more goals. They can put the puck in the net at an alarming rate.

Jeff Carter is fast....deceptively fast. Umberger has a lot of outside speed too. Prospal and Briere (provided he is healthy) have found a great give and go chemistry. Hartnell is going to get under the skin of every player on the ice and then go out and set up a big goal, thats the type of player he has been.

Lupul scored 20 goals and played in only 55 games. If he wasnt hurt most of the 2nd half he would be up in the high 30s and maybe 40s

Upshall doesnt score a ton but when he does, its a big one. He has a lot of great breakaway speed and has more moves than he knows about. He can play almost any situation and on any line. Look for him to be a factor in a game or 2 during this series.


Ryan Parent is probably the worst D man. He wont see much time as long as everyone else stays healthy. Kukkonen has played his way back in the lineup and blocks a ton of shots and plays with a bit of an edge. He always clears the crease nicely and never allows people to meander around the net for rebounds.

PP and PK

Flyers PP - 2nd in the league; however, they show a reluctance to shoot. Timonen passes way too much and when he does shoot it is a low percentage shot. Typically they have been looking to set up Coburn sneaking down the right side for a 1 timer.
It can and will score if given too many chances.

PK has been suspect at times but when its on, its on. Jim Dowd, Mike Richards, RJ Umberger, Mike Knuble have been specialists in this area. They can and will score shorthanded.


Rough stuff

Riley Cote - prototypical energy enforcer type player. Coach has been putting him out in late game situations more and more though. He has shown he can play in different situations and not be a liability. He will throw a big hit and will rattle the opposing players. He has come around from the beginning of the season by not taking too many uncalled for penalties.

He will take on anyone in a fight. We all know that playoff hockey does not give much of this but he'll go.

Goaltending

Biron and Huet..hmmmmm..numbers say Huet is better but I think its going to be an even match. As someone who follows all regional teams pretty closely, both goalies are almost cut from the same mold. Similar syles and when they are off, you know it but when they are on, forget about a rebound, its not coming.

Coaching -

The X factor in this whole thing I think.

Both Boudreau and Stevens have never coached in an NHL playoff game. Personally I think Stevens is a terrible coach who doesnt play the chess match too well during the game. BB seems more of a run and gun guy who puts anyone out there at any time.

In this area, neither team has the edge..both coaches are inexperienced at this level...yes, i know Boudreau has been coaching for eons but this is a whole different ball game.

Prediction.

Who knows, ask me after game 1 but this is going 6 maybe 7 games. Look for at least 2 double OT games in there too.


What this is going to come down to is toughness, both mental and physical. The team that blinks first is done in the first round.

Posted by: BtoeK | April 7, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Looking back to the last few times we were in the playoffs, I can recall thinking that we'd be going home early, as the other teams were just better.

This is the first year in my Caps loving history (which ~15 years granted) that I see the team going places. Anything can happen with this team! Keep playing together boys and LETS GO CAPS!

Posted by: Raber | April 7, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Leeguru:
My pleasure - just let me know where to send it.

BtoeK:
No comment on what you "said" just how you said it - thanks for coming here for an 'exchange' rather than to be an instigator (ala Jeff). I welcome that anytime!! OK, just one comment on what you said :-) - I have to agree - this could easily go to 7. Regardless, I am sure that it will be an exciting series to watch!! :-D

Posted by: Boo! | April 7, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Leeguru | April 7, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Its going to be a throwback to the old days.

I dont listen to the so called experts on predictions because 99% of the time they are totally incorrect.

When the puck drops, keep that scouting report in mind.
Oh, and when I say Carter is deceptively fast. He really is. It doesnt look like he is going that fast, but then all of a sudden the jets are on and he is gone. I can see him giving the bigger D some problems.

Posted by: BtoeK | April 7, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

To add to Boo's comments, BtoeK, thanks for stopping by. I agree, it will be a bit of a throwback series. FOrtunatley for the Caps they have shown they can play whatever style needs to be played for the opponent they face. Fast and furious or slow grind it out, they have done both. I'm looking forward to it. Just sucks we have to wait for Friday.

Now go straighten Jeff out.

Posted by: Leeguru | April 7, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

@BtoeK

F**k you your worthless piece of cr*p!!!

Just kidding...lol... just thought I'd summarize how this message board treated the last Flyers fan.

I think the smartest thing you said in a pretty lengthy and mostly thoughtful post was the last: it will come down to mental toughness and the first team to blink (crack) is going to lose. I completely agree. And what's interesting is that both of these teams have shown a tremendous amount of mental toughness at the end of the yaer. I actually think the Caps have an edge here, and I almost never think any DC teams have the edge here (I've been conditioned to last minute failures). The Caps advantage I think will come from their all-out run and gun style typified by Ovie... he (and the team) will just go at such a rate that they don't even think about mistakes or failure. At least, that's what I hope.

Nobody seems to talk about the Ovie-Briere matchup. I still loathe Briere after his spearing incident at Buffalo (when he speared Ovie in retaliation to Ovie's accidental hit from behind). That's just not respecting the game, and it's something I really do worry about with Philly. I hope I'm wrong though because the series could be really fun if it stays clean. Two very good teams peaking at the right time.

Posted by: TripDonkeys | April 7, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

» EXPRESS: What's you predictions for the post-season Caps?

» SCHLEIBAUM: Well, it's gonna be rough -- I mean trying to figure out how we are going to spend the whole post-season celebrating. The Caps will have won the cup so they will be ready to party.

http://www.readexpress.com/read_freeride/2008/04/playoff_anthem_darkest_hours_lets_go_cap.php

Posted by: King Huet | April 7, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, people are saying Downie will be headhunting Ovie, etc. Don't forget that the Caps now have Cooke, who many will say is one of the dirtier players in the league - I'm sure he'd stir things up in a similar fashion if retribution is needed.

And Cote's not a bad fighter. He's just not as good as Brash, it seems. But Cote's brave and will hang in there with anyone - but remember, he's still a pup compared to The Donald.

Posted by: Kip | April 7, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I dont claim jeff, he has his own agenda and it seems to be working like he intends.

I know the caps can play any style that come at them, but I think if they want to make a run at anything they need to play their style instead of adapting.

What kind of team are they? Are they run and gun or are they grind it out? If they sit back and allow the Flyers to dictate how it is going to be played, they wont advance...it works the other way too for Philly. The series will either be really long or really short for the team that has to adjust.

IMO, if Philly wants to beat the Caps, obviously controlling OV is one of the main things, but I think they need to control Backstrom instead. Video will show where Ovchekin scores most of his goals, so keep him away from that area and the probability of scoring goes down.

As for a guy like Semin, I think its been proven that getting under his skin and hitting every chance they get will be a key. Sure he can hit back but he has a propensity for taking selfish penalties. Fedorov and Kozlov...veterans..they can adjust to any D scheme coming at them and be successful. They have to be made to play AGAINST the Flyers, not Flyers vs. them..if you get what I am saying.

Mike Green, obviously a great puck handler who can unload a great shot when he wants to. I think his downfall is his strongest attribute as well. He skates too much and at times loses himself in the O side of things. But, he is scary when he gets going.

If the Caps want to win the series, they need to keep their emotions in check. Ive never like Cooke, ever. Purely because he seems to lose himself at the wrong time.

I dont think we are going to see a TON of scoring in this series.

Posted by: BtoeK | April 7, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

@Btoek

Here is the CAPs summary.

You know Ovechkin, so I wont go there.

1st Line.
Backstrom has been labeled "lucky" to have his points because he is on the same line with Ovechkin. Backstrom is a great and talented young player. He is smooth and seems to be able to slow the play around him with his stick and skating skills. He does need to be more selfish at times and he isnt the best on face-offs.

Kozlov has been around a while. He is huge but not imposing. He is a finesse player and plays a little too upright for my liking, but he is getting it done on the 1st line.

2nd line
Semin at times looks like the best player on the ice, even with Ovechkin right next to him. The problem is he tries a lot to do it by himself. He has been playing much better lately and wouldve tallied 40 goals if he wasnt out 21 games with a bum ankle.

Fedorov has been amazing for us. You talk about a smooth and calm, thats Feds. He effect on the team is much more than scoring or assisting. He is a great two-way guy still at 38 and will win many more face-offs than he losses.

Cooke is going to get under your skin. He is a fearless agitator, but he wont fight you. Think Darcy Tucker without dropping the gloves.

3rd line
Laich scored 21 goals this season. Most of them in front of the crease knocking in rebounds. He plays on all teams, PK, PP.

Fehr and Flash, honeslty, you might not even notice they are playing unless they are part of a score. Both are young and trying to figure it out. Flash will probably have more of an effect on games than Fehr.

4th line
Brashear, as Philly fan you know what he is about, most people love him here, I do. Gordon is a solid non-scoring line C. He wont hurt you but he probably wont do much on offense. Bradley is gritty and plays with a bit of a nasty streak. He will probably throw the gloves down in the series. Solid checking line.

Defense
Green is a young Paul Coffey, as some people have said. He is fast and his puck handling skills are very good if not great. Not perfect in positioning but we dont ask him to be. Morrisonn is the positioning guy in the pair, he got hurt vs TB, but he is hopefully going to play game 1. We need him.

Poti, solid, plays lots of minutes, not great, but good. Schutlz, imposing figure but could use a little more toughness. Jurcina, another load, just not really good at any one thing, just decent at everything. Erskine, when he fights, he may or may not be the punching bag, but he aint scared of nobody.

PK, PP
Our PP was so bad during a stretch it was painful, then all of sudden we were hitting over 35% of our PP. Ovechkin is always on, usually at the point with Green. If you take out Hanlon's PP record, we are actually over 20% on the PP. Our PK is average at best, and if Steckel is available to play it will get better, but I am worried about our PK vs your PP.

Goalies
Huet and Ovechkin have carried us. Huet is really good at controlling rebounds and is the type of goalie that can steal a win or two in a series, at least thats what he shown since he's been here. He has let in a few softies but he has made a dozen ridiculous saves too.

Coaching
I think you coaching situation is a joke. Boudreau has come in here, installed his system and we have thrived. 37-17-7 during his tenure, which comes out to 109 points over a full season. BB also has won a Calder Cup.

Take that to your leader.

Posted by: JSchon | April 7, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Jschon

Good analysis

With coaching..I agree. Stevens seems to be still finding his way and I there were better choices out there other than him.

Keep in mind though, he also won a Calder cup and a player and a coach. I just question his decisions sometimes. Maybe there is a method to his madness.

The game Philly played against Jersey last week, that was probably the most complete game I have witnessed under Stevens. If that is what he has been trying to pound through their heads, then obviously the coach is not the problem, its the players failure to execute.

Honestly, I think the series is a toss up 50/50 either way

Posted by: BtoeK | April 7, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I hate all the reporters and columnists who are coming out of the woodwork. Tarik and Corey are our guys.
Kornheiser,Wilbon and everyone else "suck it".

Posted by: markfromparkville | April 7, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

aaaaaaaaaaand I just became a season ticket holder. Finally convinced a buddy of mine to get a full season with me.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | April 7, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

@BtoeK

Good comments. While I've never felt the need to post (been lurking for waaay too long), I do enjoy hearing from the opposing fans in an intelligent manner. And we are all going to need something to occupy our time for the next 96 hours or so...

GO CAPS!

-CM

Posted by: CapitalMouse | April 7, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Wash everything out...I will even give #8. But we have two above all that will crumble Philly: BB and #91. And watch out for #28 he's gonna make Biron look silly. They will have no answer.

Posted by: Harry | April 7, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I don't suppose it would be possible to stick to hockey talk for the playoff run, rather than stoop to troll level? They are going to be around -- that's what happens when your team is hot. You can choose to ignore them or you can stoop to their level. There will also be intelligent fans of other teams stopping by to talk hockey as well. This should not be discouraged just because they are not Caps fans.

Today many here made the Caps message boards look good, and that's saying a lot. It was too hard to weed through the nonsense today to find any intelligent commentary. Another day like this one and I guess I'll stick to reading Tarik's posts and skip the reader comments.

Posted by: Jill | April 7, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Pete Peeters FTW

Posted by: Villainaire | April 7, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

TB get Stamkos

Posted by: JSchon | April 7, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Tampa just won the lottery, so I guess we'll be seeing a lot of Steven Samkos next season

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | April 7, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

@JSchon

The PP looks to me to be going through an "overpassing" phase. Once they settle down just a little more, I think our power play can be absolutely deadly. Fedorov has had a lot to do with our improvement, and hopefully it's going to peak in the playoffs. If it does, watch out.

@Jill

Right on.

Posted by: Fred | April 7, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

It took me 45 minutes to read these comments...don't you people work?

It's really good to see so many people at the games and totally into it. In 1998 when the Caps made the run to the finals, playoff games didn't sell out until the finals. The Caps were for years a playoff team nearly every year, but the fans were a core bunch. So when they made that run, it didn't generate too much swell.

Now with OV and this insane rally from the depths, they're the talk of the town and of the NHL. Ted's gonna sell a pile of tickets next year. The first two games are sold out unless you buy season tickets for next year.

@Sombrero Guy
Congrats on the tix. I upgraded from a partial to a full plan when they signed Jagr. The way I see it I'm still paying Jagr's contract and he got all my money upfront. But seriously having season tickets is awesome. Back then I was single and had a little money to burn. You're excited to go almost every night, even when they play Florida the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I went to 32, 28, 20, and 15 games consecutive years (last two years I split a plan). Then I got married and had kids. Since the lockout I've done 1, 5, and 7. Still, I want to go every night and have been so wanting to get a plan again with all this excitement...once the kids get a little older and can go to evening games.

Posted by: Bubba | April 7, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Hello, traveling in LA and I just caught up with all the posts. I have a real headache now.

@ Jill, agreed. Hard to find too much good hockey talk.

@ BtoeK: Someone posted earlier and this is worth noting again. The flyers have not played us since Feb. This team became very dangerous after the trade deadline.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 7, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

@Bubba

As a new (couple of year) fan I really admire you and all the fans like you, behind the Caps for so long. For me it was like that for soccer (so long ago).

I'd like to ask you this: is officiating this year worse than usual? This is my impression but I'd like the opinion of long time fans.

Posted by: mauree | April 7, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

With 22 games to go many here said they needed to go 15-7 to get to 92 points. Until Nashville's 91 this year, the fewest points to make the playoffs in the lockout era was 92. Turns out they needed to get 94, so they went 15-5-2.

Two of those 5 were the "devastating" loses to BOS and PIT. I'm now convinced the Caps "threw" the game vs BOS a la PIT vs. PHI yesterday (smile).

If they had beaten the Bruins that afternoon, the Canes would have made the playoffs and the Bruins would be out. There would have been a little less drama down the stretch with them having 2 more points...Saturday's game would have had no meaning.

Posted by: Bubba | April 7, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

@Bubba

thanks bro. I have always wanted to be a STH, but lack of finances through college and the first few years in the work world, plus the 75 minute commute from Baltimore have held me back. But now that I can split one with a buddy, I am sure I'll find (make) the time to go to 20 or so games. What I am incredibly excited for is the playoffs.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | April 7, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

@Mauree

I wouldn't say it's any worse or better. I've seen plenty of bad calls. Officiating always is inconsistent. Sometimes the calls go against you, sometimes for you. I think we all remember the 1% of bad calls, especially when they go against your team, but we forget the 99% that are right on. When the 1% happens during a crucial situation it's hard to take.

Bill McCreary, the guy who took out Morrison in that game (in Columbus I think) is considered one of the best refs. In 2002 he did the Cup finals and the Gold Medal game in the Olympics...but he also reffed the famous Stars/Sabres no goal game. Nobody is perfect.

It's hard to be a ref or a linesman in the NHL. You have to be nearly as good an athlete as the players. Actually, there's an interesting article on NHL.com about the NHL recruiting college players who aren't quite good enough to make it as players into the officiating ranks. The game is skating 30-40 mph, a slapshot is 100 mph. Hockey is just so fast. I think it's impressive that they do as well as they do.

That being said, when I play I give it to the refs. But our refereeing is awful. Sometimes I think they use magic 8-balls.

I'm watching the Nats game...UK and Memphis just isn't that interesting to me. If it were UCLA and UNC, I'd probably watch. Don and Bob had a discussion about officiating. There was a close call and the Umps were conferring...something you would have never seen 10 years ago in baseball. One of them made the point that the best Refs in the NBA are the ones who ask for help...something that's pretty common in the NHL these days, probably more so after they went from 1 to 2 refs a few years ago.

All officiating these days is subject to so much discussion because of how good replays are now. I think it forces a lot more scrutiny. Think how many calls get overturned by replay that before would have just been allowed to stand.

For full disclosure, I'm a Sharks fan who has been in DC 12 years now. I'll stay up until 1:00 am many nights catching West coast games. The Caps are a strong #2 in my book. I just love hockey. I've probably watched signifigant parts of 175 different games this year. A couple NCAA games, too. Frozen Four next year!

Near the beginning of Sharks second half run, they won a game in Detroit where the puck looks like it may have hit the netting behind the goal. Everyone lost sight of the puck and it plopped down next to the goal and Devin Setoguchi tapped it past Hasek. The Red Wings homers were livid.

None of the four zebras saw it to call it out or to call it good. They just let it play on. Hitting the netting isn't reviewable. The replay shows the netting move, but you can't tell if the puck hits the netting or it hits the glass which moves the netting.

Is it a bad call, a good call, or just one of those weird things that happened. Depends on your perspective.

Here's hoping for a Caps - Sharks final.

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