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Morrisonn, Corvo not practicing

The Caps are on the ice here at Centre Bell, but defensemen Shaone Morrisonn and Joe Corvo are missing.

Morrisonn left Monday's game in the second period with an undisclosed injury. No word yet on Corvo.

I'll have another update in a bit.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 20, 2010; 11:54 AM ET
 
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Eek!

Posted by: dwelkinor | April 20, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Alzner?
Erskine?

Where is Juice?

Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | April 20, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Juice is still weeks away. I imagine it would be Erskine and Sloan.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | April 20, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sure that means Erskine Sloan if it holds. I do not believe it would be a good idea to thrust Karl in there.

Hopefully ShaMo and Corvo will be ready to go.

Posted by: Justafan | April 20, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

bring on the lumberjack

Posted by: _stevo | April 20, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Per Corey: Corvo said he's fine - will play tomorrow. Just resting.

Posted by: JillC | April 20, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Greeting from Baghdad! Extremely happy we are up 2-1. I watched Game 1 while in Kuwait, and went back to my tent bummed. Missed Game 2 because I was flying north to my present location. I also missed game 3 because Armed Forces Network must not have picked up the TSN feed. Will miss game 4 for the same reason. I got assigned a CHU (containerized housing unit). I went to move in and my roommate has this Pittsburgh crap laying out, of all the possible places a guy can be from, Pittsburgh. Luckily he is a big Steelers fan but not much of a hockey fan. He agreed with me that LaPew was a whinny B!@#$ when he played but wouldn't commit to Crosby. I told him that according to some of you guys that he is the most disliked whinny guy in the league. Anyhow, it's really hot and I can't watch the game tomorrow so it sorta blows here. Just as long as the Caps keep winning I will be a happy camper. Will check in again in a few days

Posted by: fatboy08 | April 20, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

you can't play Erskins against the Habs, they're too quick... Sloan would be the better choice if one of them had to go in

Posted by: joek443 | April 20, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

@fatboy08: Glad to hear you are putting your bunkmate in his place! Stay safe!

Posted by: dezlboy1 | April 20, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Erskins = Erskine

Posted by: joek443 | April 20, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

@fatboy08:

Stay safe, and Thank You for your service!

Posted by: CapsKnewbie | April 20, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

OMG, I would rather call up Jay Beagle than play Erskine or Sloan...

(I know Beagle is a forward)...


The game is too fast for Erskine, and it's too smart for Sloan.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 20, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

John 4-skine

Posted by: griz0615 | April 20, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40,
For Caps viewing, you might try Sully's. On route 50 maybe a mile west of route 28 on the left. I haven't been on a game night, but a few friends have said that there is usually a good crowd for the Caps games. They have had the Red Rockers in there a couple times this season. Good luck.

Posted by: _Mark | April 20, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see Alzner in there if Morrisonn can't play. I know Boudreau likes to have three lefties and three righties on defense, so Alzner would work, but I'm guessing Erskine will get the call instead.

I know this is silly, but was I the only one annoyed that Locker couldn't get "bleu, blanc et rouge" right last night? He kept calling them "rouge, blanc and bleu," or "rouge, bleu and blanc." And to reiterate what some others were saying in an earlier thread, it drove me crazy that he acted like the game was over when there was still half of the third period left.

Posted by: Steph22 | April 20, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Watching the replay on CSN...looks like about 2 minutes into the 2nd, Shaone Morrisonn was poked in the midsection with a stick or an elbow. He played the puck right after, but you could tell he got dinged. Hopefully it's just a bruise and he'll be back Wednesday.

Posted by: emc7x | April 20, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

You can bet your last nickle that Coach B will put in Erskine before Sloan. I don't think they would even consider Alzner at this time.

For the next game , I would get Walker in the line-up. I realaize it's tough to change up a line-up that wins, but we need a lil sandpaper out there.

I hope they play Varly the next game then give Theo the next game at home..........

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | April 20, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Still, I hope neither of them are banged up too bad. I think both of them have been playing solidly, even though neither has been spectacular. On these boards, it seems like you don't want to get mentioned as a defender and I think I've heard ShaMo's name called the least.

Posted by: dwelkinor | April 20, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Greetings Fatboy and God bless. Do you ride a Harley?

Posted by: zmega | April 20, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

it's Varly's job to lose... BB is NOT gonna rotate the goalies like he did during the regular season no matter what he said after Game 2.

unless Varly stinks up the joint in Game 4, you're not gonna see Theo back in Game 5.

have you ever seen any team SC cup winning team rotating the goalies in the playoffs?? BB is not gonna try to reinvent the wheel.

Posted by: joek443 | April 20, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I luv every Caps on the roster but Walker is almost as slow as Erskine.
Better to spot him than force him no matter the lead in the series.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 20, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

And to reiterate what some others were saying in an earlier thread, it drove me crazy that he acted like the game was over when there was still half of the third period left.

Posted by: Steph22 | April 20, 2010 12:33 PM |

Steph22, he was correct mais non?
I went to downstairs to the gym after it was 3-0.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 20, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

We'll keep you updated 'fatboy08'. Thank you for your service!

In short..Caps looked like a team taking control of a series last night. All 4 lines rolling.

Posted by: arioch666 | April 20, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Varly is 9-6 and Theo is 0-2 in the playoffs for this team... that's the only stat that matters to the coach.

Posted by: joek443 | April 20, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

@Capsfannmiss

As I stated in an earlier thread who do you sit to play Walker? Gordon played great in both games he was in and is important to our PK. Taking Bradley out for Walker isn't much of an add in grit. Chimmy has been a great spark all series. Fehr has been another big spark plug this series. BMo might be a choice but then we are short a center or have to have Flash play center and move Belenger down to the third line but the second line was very stong last night just didn't score. I know some here have been hard on Flash this series but he made a great pass to set up the first goal in Game 2 and it is just a matter of time until he breaks through.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 20, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Steph22, he was correct mais non?
I went to downstairs to the gym after it was 3-0.

It turned out that we won, yeah, but it's playoff hockey. A team scores two quick goals (and we have certainly seen that happen), and suddenly it's a totally different game. I don't celebrate until the final buzzer!

Posted by: Steph22 | April 20, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

JOEK...

I agree with your logic, but I think Varley got mentally drained throughout the playoffs last year. I think if we and it's a BIG IF, we get up 3-1...you might see Theo...not saying I agree with it, but just a gut feeling.

Regarding Walker...send him back to Carolina for the rest of this series. He is TOO SLOW and MTL is a fast transition team. That is the ONLY reason why switching Steckel out with Gordon worked. Gordon is faster and quicker than Steckel.

Regarding Erskine...see my comment on Walker. I think Sloan is an ECHL defenseman at best, but at least he can skate and is quicker. So, I think sloan would get some spot duty. Poti and Carlson seemed to play great with MORE icetime (just like Poti did when green was out)

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 20, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Weird comment during the game from BB who said he wants Green to stop worrying about playing D and focus on his offense. Did anyone else catch that or was I hearing things? Poor Green, it's like he can't make anyone happy.

Also someone made a good point about no one complaining about Carlson's little mistakes (don't get me wrong, he has been fantastic) but they're always quick to call out some of our other D-men.

People see what they want to see, I guess.

Posted by: letsgocaps3 | April 20, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Play Theo in the phone booth, Varly on the i-way!

Posted by: joecct77 | April 20, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

BB is taking the right approach given the goalies at his disposal. Neither of them seem to be able to put together an extended string of dominance (Theo's unbeaten in regulation streak this season not withstanding). That said, I think he has confidence that both guys can bounce back well from a poor outing, and I too have faith that Theo will rise to the challenge if/when he's called upon. Until then.... it's Varly...

Posted by: chombie13 | April 20, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

@Letsgocaps3...

Seriously, has green played ANY defense this series? And he has 1 point.

The guy was terrible last playoffs and he hasn't looked very good this playoffs...

maybe he should only concentrate on offense...because he STINKS as a defenseman...which is why Canada kept him home for the Olympics!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 20, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

It turned out that we won, yeah, but it's playoff hockey. A team scores two quick goals (and we have certainly seen that happen), and suddenly it's a totally different game. I don't celebrate until the final buzzer!
Posted by: Steph22 | April 20, 2010 12:56 PM |

Not trying to be argumentative but I have a lot more faith in our boys than blowing a 3-0 lead in playoffs where EVERY1 knows the importance of the game.

Maybe they haven't taught every1 else but
50 wins supposed to teach these Caps players that.

Also, the 2nd period flow & body language said enough for me after playing+watching hockey since I was a tot.

"People see what they want to see, I guess" - my new favorite phrase from letsgocaps3.

Comparable to my - data doesn't lie but ppl do.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 20, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I thought BB was saying that he did not want Green to abandon his offense and focus entirely on defense. BB still wants him to look for those spots to step up and look towards the offensive end. He has been much better defensively since the olympic snub and aside from a few glaring slip ups, he is been pretty solid overall. I choose not to define him by the mistakes alone, but rather by the whole of his game.

Posted by: _Mark | April 20, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Green was left off of Team Canada because he can't play defense. Booooooo So I guess Team Canada selected Boyle because he can score on his own goaltender with a wicked backhand. Soaringcaps, you should have kept your original handle as sinkingcaps because you are another one of the friggin' complainers on this board.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 20, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Green was fine last night. Even for D who can unquestionably play D, Montreal fans are calling for Hamrlik's head. Guess for some that's what it means to be a fan.

Posted by: Justafan | April 20, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

staal, kesler, Datsyuk are the selke finalists. Maybe next year backstrom will get some run

Posted by: _stevo | April 20, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

staal, kesler, Datsyuk are the selke finalists. Maybe next year backstrom will get some run

Posted by: _stevo | April 20, 2010 1:24 PM |

No way. I love Backstrom as much as the next guy, and he's a great two-way player, but Kesler and Datsyuk are beyond bridiculous in that two-way category. Staal is also really, really good.


RE; Speed

Why are people hinging someone's return to the lineup on his perceived lack of speed? Erskine is slow, but you know what, I bet he will try to eliminate space on the rush like he needs to. He'll also make sure no Hab is in Varly's crease.

If Any D-man is injured, my first go-to would be big ol John.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 20, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

@Fanhock...

Who's complaining...the boys are up 2-1, playing well.

And what I had an OPINION about early in the year has all come true...

1) I didn't want theo to play in the playoffs, well, that worked itself out.

2) I said Erskine and Sloan are terrible...they aren't playing in the playoffs.

3) I said I wanted Alzner and Carlson up with the big club...ok, 1 out 2 isn't bad...and Carlson is playing (at least right now) like a STUD!

I had comments about Shultze and Green...and down the stretch I was VERY complimentary about Green's play. He was playing physical...and I also admitted I was incorrect about Schultz, however, I don't think he is higher than a 3 on our team.

Who's complaining! I LOVE what's going on right now...and it's being done with out Semin...as soon as Semin gets going, LOOK OUT! :)

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 20, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Doughty to the VAN bench last night;

"Come my way...I'll hip check the **** out of you."

LOL

Posted by: richmondphil | April 20, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Green played well last night, his best game of the series by far, especially defensively.

I really hope ShaMo is ok, he's been our most physical defenseman in this series and has played well overall.

I seriously doubt Theo plays game 4 but wouldn't be surprised to see him again in the playoffs. Varly is great for a few games at a time but seems to wear down when he plays every game.

Flash needs to step his game up and put the puck on net. He's trying to make cute passes to Semin and it's not working.

I'd also like to see Walker at some point in the playoffs but like Steckel he's slow. Against Montreal, which is a small team built on speed, those guys are a mismatch.

Belanger has been very impressive in the series as has Gordo.

Posted by: WazzuBrian1 | April 20, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

RE; Speed

Why are people hinging someone's return to the lineup on his perceived lack of speed? Erskine is slow, but you know what, I bet he will try to eliminate space on the rush like he needs to. He'll also make sure no Hab is in Varly's crease.

If Any D-man is injured, my first go-to would be big ol John.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 20, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

__________________________________________

The lumberjack was by far our best defenseman in the playoffs last year IMO

Posted by: WazzuBrian1 | April 20, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Shout out to Fatboy 08 -- Dude, keep it comning, if you want games Tivoed and sent to you I can make it happen. Smurphy@murphyputnam.com I'm not on comments that often so email.

Posted by: milfordone | April 20, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

For those complaining about Locker giving the game to the Caps in the third period, I was watching the game via hockeystreams on the 'net and it was the TSN broadcast. Before the third period began the TSN crew (Pierre McGuire and some play by play guy) were giving the game to the Capitals. I know we have been conditioned to fear the worst, but I imagine that knowledgeable observers at the game could get a feel for just how physically dominant the Caps were last night.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | April 20, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Also someone made a good point about no one complaining about Carlson's little mistakes (don't get me wrong, he has been fantastic) but they're always quick to call out some of our other D-men.

People see what they want to see, I guess.

Posted by: letsgocaps3 | April 20, 2010 12:59 PM |

This was in reference to Carlson leading the Caps in turnovers.

BB is taking the right approach given the goalies at his disposal. Neither of them seem to be able to put together an extended string of dominance (Theo's unbeaten in regulation streak this season not withstanding). That said, I think he has confidence that both guys can bounce back well from a poor outing, and I too have faith that Theo will rise to the challenge if/when he's called upon. Until then.... it's Varly...

Posted by: chombie13 | April 20, 2010 1:02 PM |

How quickly people forget how dominant Varlamov was before his injury. Top 5 in the league in GAA and save %.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 20, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I'd probably put Sloan in if needed. At least on the road. When you have last change and can match lines, Erskine would be fine. But Erskine is good and physical and against the small Montreal forwards, he could work out really well. I don't think having Corvo out of the lineup would hurt much defensively because he's been taking a lot of risks, but Morrisonn has been pretty solid.

For goalies, if you're winning you don't make any changes. Varlamov played great last game and got the win so you've got to stick with him until you have a reason not to. Once you have momentum you don't want to make any major changes like switching your goalie.

Still hoping for Walker to make an appearance.

Posted by: Stu_c | April 20, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

What about Green's comments and how they're being perceived?

http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/179631-caps-start-trash-talking?eref=fromSI

The link is on the NHL homepage on the Sports Illustrated site.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/nhl/

This could be bulletin board material and get the Habs fired up.

Comments? Opinions?

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | April 20, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

@BetterOffWithFedorov: This is obviously the kind of thing BB was trying to avoid. That said, it's hard to imagine Montreal getting any more fired up than they were last night, and that didn't work out so well. The fact of the matter is that what Green said is true. If the Caps play to their ability, they will win.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | April 20, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Eh, good for Green: he's right. Part of the playoff Jedi-mind-tricks game is to wear down your opponent psychologically, too. See, for example, Ovie's calling out Halak for looking nervous. Bulletin board material? Maybe, but he ended up getting pulled in the next game. Green is right, it's a simple fact, the Habs don't have much. They were an 8 seed that backed into the playoffs, and we've scored, what, 10 out of the last 12 goals in this series?

Caps need to come out strong in game 4, which is almost always the most pivotal game in a 7-game series. It's usually 2-1, and one team can either crack the series wide open, or the other team can instantly turn it into a 3-game series.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | April 20, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Also, I expect Ovi to be completely smothered next game. Habs just found out what happens if you give Ovi even a little bit of space...he is going to score. Period.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 20, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I guess that I just don't understand the all-too-frequent broad bush painting of Erskine as "too slow for the Canadiens" as the reason for not playing him. Most bloggers on this site would agree that Erskine was one of our strongest (if not the strongest) D-men vs. the Rangers in last years playoffs. One of the fastest Canadiens, Scott Gomez, was on that Rangers team last year and Erskine did very well against him. In addition, Callahan, Dubinsky, and a few other Rangers on that team are very fast skaters as well. And Erskine did just fine.

Erskine is fully aware of his limitations and thus has adapted his game to make sure that his personal limitations are not a team liability. For example, if you watch Erskine closely he will almost always make the safe play, rarely the risky one. When he has an opportunity to clear the zone, he clears it. He uses the glass very well. He doesn't try to stickhandle through traffic ... because he can't. But his giveaway total is very small because he doesn't take risks. The Caps have plenty of other D-men who can trigger the offense. But we don't have other defensemen except for Morrisonn (and occasionally Poti) who will clear the crease. And if Morrisonn is out, I think Erskine is the smart choice to take his place.

My two cents ...

Posted by: coveredwithhisdust | April 20, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Green was left off of Team Canada because he can't play defense. Booooooo So I guess Team Canada selected Boyle because he can score on his own goaltender with a wicked backhand. Soaringcaps, you should have kept your original handle as sinkingcaps because you are another one of the friggin' complainers on this board.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 20, 2010 1:15 PM


@fanohock1:

Ø HEY!! Did I give you permission to use my ATF (Anti-Troll Flamethrower)!?!? Ø

(note "sarcasmé" symbols).

Seriously, though: way to put that guy in his place. LMAO.

@tominfl1: Have you finished the paperwork assigning SoaringCaps to Company G? He might even qualify as a sqad leader or NCO. In fact, could you maybe find time to prepare a comprehensive TO for our future reference?

Posted by: Rhino40 | April 20, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I know that Soaring Caps (aka Sinking Caps) pretends not to be a troll, but nevertheless, he/she is annoying whenever he/she writes. I think it is all attention getting behavior. So, congratulations SC, you got the attention you so crave. Now go away.

Cool post by Fatboy08! Thank you for your service to our country. Stay safe. And thanks for helping keep things in perspective!

Posted by: dccitizen1 | April 20, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

@ fatboy08: Thanks for what you're doing for all of us. Great job in reminding your tent mate who the greater team is. Keep rockin' the red out there!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | April 20, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Morrisson was poked in the ribs with a stick which was noted by the broadcasters during the game. Hopefully, it's a bruise and not something worse as he's been one of our steadiest defensive defenseman. Big dropoff from ShaMo to Erskine. Corvo's injury wasn't mentioned but he didn't play during the 3rd period. The though of Sloan and Erskine as our 3rd defensive pairing doesn't make me very comfortable.

Posted by: wizfan89 | April 20, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

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