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Morrisonn Out with 'Upper Body' Injury

The team didn't provide many details, but Shaone Morrisonn is sidelined with an upper body injury. The defenseman left the game late in the first period after being checked by Jeff Hamilton. Morrisonn clearly was favoring his shoulder.

It didn't look good, but we won't know anything more until tomorrow morning. So check back.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 1, 2008; 11:46 PM ET
 
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Crap talk about timing. Alright now would be a really great time for Pothier to do another of the sudden recoveries like last season....

Posted by: DC FURY | April 1, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Tarik-just finished reading your article very good as usual, as for Mike Wise's.....I'm just gonna go ahead and ask it; Did Olie sleep with this dude's wife or is it just physically impossible for him to write an article about the caps and not bash Olie? Last time he stuck his nose into the Caps affairs he caused a complete up roar that you've got to believe distracted the team so why is he doing it again now? How he was able to both put in his neighbor's opinion (like we care anyway). How he wrote an almost decent article about Ovechkin's MVP status and the Caps Playoff push(I say almost decent because all it was was him echoing what the media, yourself included, has been saying almost nonstop for the past few weeks), but in just the last paragraph make the entire two page article about how worthless he thinks Kolzig is. Can't this guy just cover the Penguins or something and leave us alone?

Posted by: DC FURY | April 2, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

That was the first game I've been to in a couple weeks. Isn't playoff hockey fun!!! If they play like that in the next two games good things will happen.

Posted by: Bubba | April 2, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

When the refs let them play, the game is sooo beautiful to watch.

For one of the rare time this latter 1/2 of this season, they let both team skate without the clutching & grabbing.

Called the both teams for the jersey holding.
Obviously it helps a skill team like the Caps.

Funny how skills win out when the refs call it the way it suppose to.

Is Pothier's concussion a career ender ala Troy Aikman?

Posted by: Victor | April 2, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

I think Potier's career is over, if he does come back it will be next year. The morrison injury did not look to bad, nothing bent the wrong way or anything, probly just landed the wrong way hard on the ice which will just make him sore for a day or 2, from the looks of it I think he will be 100% come Thursday night.

Posted by: Troy | April 2, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Oy, hope nothing is seriously wrong with Morrisonn!

I think we need to start talking about Ovechkin having the best season by a left winger in NHL history. Robitaille's LW goals record was set in 92-93, when the top dozen scorers all had more than 100 points, 3 players had more than 63 goals, and Selanne and Mogilny both got 76. Ovechkin is setting his in a season where only 2 players (probably) will end up with more than 100 points and the closest goal scorer is 10 (!) goals behind him. Today's game is much more defensive and goaltenders are larger and better than they were in 92-93, and yet Ovie still tied (and might break) the LW goal scoring record. Incredible.

Posted by: Ultra | April 2, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

I'm optimistic about Pothier but I can't help recalling Brett Lindros and his situation. Lindros was only in his mid twentys and two grade-two concussions ended his career. The Caps never have released Pothier's details (not that I'm aware of) but he is not a factor this season folks, sorry.

If Mo is out a week, our guys need to step up, just like we've been doing since Nov 22, ya know?

Great win tonight, sorry I was not there. It almost makes up for the dichotomy of emotions I had at the Pitt and Bos games.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | April 2, 2008 2:09 AM | Report abuse

No fear in Carolina, they are already selling playoff tickets... Being a bit over-confident?

http://hurricanes.nhl.com/

Posted by: Gui | April 2, 2008 5:32 AM | Report abuse

UPDATED:

CAR (1 point): Last Game April 4th
Capitals (L)
TB (Home) (3-4 vs TB)
FLA (Home) (5-2 vs FLA)

OTT (2 points): Last Game April 4th
MTL (Home) (L)
TOR (Away) (3-4 vs TOR)
BOS (Home) (4-3 vs BOS)

PHI (1 point): Last Game April 6th
PIT (Away) (4-2 vs PIT) - tonight
NJ (Home) (1-5-1 vs NJ)
PIT (Home) (4-2 vs PIT)

BOS (1 point): Last Game April 5th
NJ (Away) (1-1-1 vs NJ) - tonight
OTT (Away) (3-3-1 vs OTT)
BUF (Home) (4-1-1 vs BUF)

I put the Canes at 1 point ahead because that is what it will take to pass them. We do not have the tie breaker over them. We own the tie breaker for all the other teams. The good news is - BOS and OTT still have to play each other - let's hope it's not a 3 point game.

I am still sticking with my predictions:

Carolina - 0-2-1 (91 points)
Philly - 0-2-1 (92 points)
Boston - 2-0-1 (96 points)
New York - 2-1-1 (96 points)
Ottowa - 1-1-1 (95 points) (hopefully less)

Today is my last day of blogging during the regular season. I will be back on the 10th. Maybe I can watch the games on the ESPN Ocho in Panama.

You know what is interesting - "for every action, there is an equal reaction"... maybe that describes us and Ottawa - they were in 1st place while we were in last... could be something there.

Glad to see MTL keeping PIT honest in the standings.

On Saturday, I honestly believe that we will need just one point to make the playoffs. We should know by Friday, April 4th as to what we will need, but I believe it will only be 1.

Posted by: 828 | April 2, 2008 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Gui, Caps are selling playoff tickets too...

Posted by: 828 | April 2, 2008 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Some thoughts from afar.

Crowd noise:
Couldn't get a true picture of the red effect from the brief highlights I've watched but I could pick up how loud the crowd was last night. Deafening!

Huet:
Christobal made at least 2 world class saves but saved the best for the pivotal point of the game. 2-1 up, with a double minor powerplay, the Caps give up an odd man rush. Huet absolutely robbed Scott Walker with a huge glove save. Incidential, the crowd noise then was as loud, if not louder than any goal! Giving up shorthanded goals is always a killer. To have done so last night, meaning a 2-0 lead had also be surrendered, would have been criminal and season threatening. Maybe the Caps would have gone on this tear with Kolzig in nets, maybe they wouldn't. It's something we will never know. What we do know is Huet has been huge and GMGM deserves great credit for getting him. Now just need to keep him.

Semin:
He was a one man wrecking crew early on. There was a need to take the physical play to the Canes last night - who would have thought it would come from Sasha? What next, an Erskine hat-trick? Flash blocking shots ala Laing?

Mo:
Need more news on Mo. Lets hope he is ok.

Take a look at the standings and in particular the final column, last 10 games played 9-1-0. Looks pretty good up against everyone else eh? If we do make it in, I don't think anyone will fancy playing a team on such a roll.

If this isn't the closest finish on record then I'd have loved to have seen that season!

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | April 2, 2008 6:46 AM | Report abuse

828,

Enjoy Panama, make sure you get a hat!

I think the teams in this race will win more than you think. They are all desperate so I think it will be:

Canes: 2-0-0
Total: 94 points (44 wins) (3rd seed)

Sens: 1-1-0
Total: 95 points (43 wins) (6th seed)

Flyers: 2-1-0
Total: 95 points (42 wins) (7th seed)

Caps: 2-0-0
Total: 94 points (43 wins) (8th seed)

Bruins: 1-1-1
Total: 94 points (41 wins) (1st Tee)

The Bruins/Sens game is key. If the Devils win in 60 minutes tonight, then any regulation finish in the Bruins/Sens game gets us in - providing of course we win out.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | April 2, 2008 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Dave, you think Philly is going to get 4 points out of playing PIT twice and NJ once?

I seriously believe the Canes are going to lose tonight... just have that feeling.

I was laughing with the (1st Tee)... good stuff. I hope there isn't a lot of 3 points games and I hope things will start going our way with all the "help" we need.

Posted by: 828 | April 2, 2008 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Where is that Toronto fan that said they were sorry for not helping us out against Boston?

Okay, you screwed us with Boston, now help us with Ottawa - do it!

Posted by: 828 | April 2, 2008 7:07 AM | Report abuse

@828

Ok, i couldn't find them on the caps web site, probably didn't search well enough... Are they not supposed to be sure before doing this?

Posted by: Gui | April 2, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Carolina has an interesting psychological task ahead of them tonight. Either they are going to be fighting mad, and roll by about 7-2, or their frustration that their coach showed last night, then also from losing, is going to not have disappeared on the short turnaround time, they will be unfocused, and lose. My guess is they will win big.

Last night was a nice win. But the Caps must win the last two to make last night at all meaningful in the final playoff ladder.

But in terms of hockey and the city, last night was tremendous. Regardless the final result of this season - that shouldn't be forgotten.

Posted by: Eddie C | April 2, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

While I'd much see Mo back in right away, Eminger can step in effectively. The guy will be playing for pride and a chance to show off his skills for next year -- he has to be despereate to look good for a contract somewhere in the league next year. Pothier is not coming back any time soon; I don't think he has even been skating for conditioning. The Caps can also recall Sami from Hershey. No need to panic as long as Mo can come back for the playoffs. That's right, playoffs; this team cannot be denied.

Posted by: JIM | April 2, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

While I'd much see Mo back in right away, Eminger can step in effectively. The guy will be playing for pride and a chance to show off his skills for next year -- he has to be despereate to look good for a contract somewhere in the league next year. Pothier is not coming back any time soon; I don't think he has even been skating for conditioning. The Caps can also recall Sami from Hershey. No need to panic as long as Mo can come back for the playoffs. That's right, playoffs; this team cannot be denied.

Posted by: JIM | April 2, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Gui, at least the other day, I saw the Caps home page with the same thing that is on the Canes site. (Buy playoff tickets). Maybe they were told to take it down. I am assuming they are trying to sell tickets so they aren't stuck with their pants around their ankles trying to get all the tickets sold. Who knows - either way, I would say it's not a good thing to do. The Rangers were the only team that I saw that did not have tickets for sale on their home page - maybe they believe in the bad luck thing too.

Posted by: 828 | April 2, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

I see Ottawa the odd team out. They have dropped three in a row by a margin of 11-3, the last two being shut-outs. They have lost their mental edge, and they in the Air Canada Centre for the Leafs final home game tomorrow. TML will slaughter the Sens just for Ontario bragging rights. The next night, Ottawa closes out the season with Boston who have found a way to win important games. Put a fork in the Sens. BTW no way the Flyers get more than 2 points with the Pens playing for first in the east and the Devils with a hot Bourdeau.

Posted by: JIM | April 2, 2008 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, i saw that before as well on the caps site, but don't remember seeing that you could actually buy some.

I definitively not for singing the victory song before the job gets done :) Not for bad luck, just that i couldn't stand being teased afterwards if i got i wrong...

Posted by: Gui | April 2, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

One last thing before getting ready for work -- Go Bolts! Beat the humilated Canes tonight (no rest!). I pray that Halpern scores the GWG.

Posted by: JIM | April 2, 2008 7:39 AM | Report abuse

1) All teams that have a shot try to sell playoff tix long before the season is over. Many use it in conjunction with trying to enlargen their season ticket base, etc. Not sure/when they go on sale to the general public though
http://newfaux.blogspot.com/

Posted by: FauxRumors | April 2, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

828,

Look at the teams the Flyers and Bruins (and Canes for that matter) have dropped points aginst in recent weeks. Not the team you would have thought. They seem to be finding a way to win games they shouldn't.

If that wasn't the case we wouldn't be were we are now and we'd all be talking about the 1st round.

My predictions are worse case as well. We still make it in with the Flyers going 2-1-0 so all the better if they lose tonight and prove me wrong.

Glad you enjoyed the 1st Tee gag!

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | April 2, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Great game last night. Every played well. Huet was huge. Ovie was all over the place. Sweet goals by Semin and Laich. Even Flash played well. But for me the best part of the game was Laviolette's reaction after the Semin goal. I thought he was going to stroke out right there on the bench!

Having the the best player in the world for 13 years - $124,000,000.00

Acquiring Fedorov, Huet, and Cooke - A draft pick a prospect and a bald Zamboni Tire

Watching Peter Laviolette take a fit and nearly have a stoke right on the bench...PRICELESS!

Posted by: BearsWoooo | April 2, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

The other point is, amongst all the teams fighting for their playoff lives at the moment, we are the only ones with our destiny not totally in our own hands. Everyone else knows that if they just win their remaining games they are in. We have to do that but also have to count on other teams like the Pens *shudders* helping us out.

That could all change tonight if Tampa and Mr Halpern can do us a favour and beat Carolina. It doesn't even have to be a regulation win, a shootout win for Tampa puts our playoff lives in our hands.

Judging by the quotes coming from Torts in Tampa (see Japers Rink) he is not the biggest fan of the Canes so hopefully they will be out to pee on Carolina's chips.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | April 2, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Where does the Post get off planting the story on the Caps' win last night over Carolina mid-fold (mostly below the fold) in the Sports section, and having two stories (one about the Beijing Olympics - the most polluted in history; and one about Gilbert Arenas, who hasn't played in months) at the top? Who cares? Right now, the Caps are the best story in town. If the Nats make it to the playoffs, they can take their turn later. The Olympics and Gilbert Arenas don't count for a hill of beans. How about the Post does a little more to support the team?

Posted by: JK | April 2, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

@ Victor

I agree. Carolina can cry like babies about the calls ... but when a team like Carolina plays dirty and is always swinging their sticks and clutching and holding and grabbing, they get what they deserve.

And seriously, if you bop Ovechkin in the head, you're going to get a penalty. Don't mess with Mr. MVP.

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | April 2, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

So what happened that caused the Canes to get the unsportsmanlike conduct call last night? I could not see what was happening ...

JK:
At least we have Tarik ...

Dave:
You missed a heck of a game - time for you to move back to the US!! ;-)

Gui:
I already "have" my Caps playoff tickets - I got them as part of a STH deal.

Posted by: Boo! | April 2, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Dave
"Judging by the quotes coming from Torts in Tampa (see Japers Rink) he is not the biggest fan of the Canes so hopefully they will be out to pee on Carolina's chips. "

You are on fire today!!! I'd like to pee on Carolina's chips as well.

Posted by: 828 | April 2, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

828:
Have a safe trip! We'll miss ya ... hopefully we will have "something" to talk about when you get back!! :-D

Posted by: Boo! | April 2, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Boo!, Staal slammed the bench door and broke the door - that was the unsportsman like conduct.

The whole game (about the penalties and the bounces), I was thinking - that usually happens to us.

Washington - NHL's new Hockey Town

Posted by: 828 | April 2, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

828:
Oh wow ... THAT explains it! Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. Thank goodness it went in our favor (all night!) for a change - hopefully that will continue!! ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | April 2, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

@828 - I was thinking the same thing. This is the first time in a great while that calls went our way. Canes fans are noting the *horrible* reffing ;)

VC was awesome last night!! Fans were so loud, and it is also quite nice to see the volume of posts on this blog from last night too. Over 500! Wow.

Hopefully Morrison will be back without missing any time. He looked really mad about leaving the game, but you could tell he was hurting. If we need, Eminger can step in.

Lets go Caps!

Posted by: Grape8 | April 2, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

828,
Glad a nice Northern English expression, all be it watered down for family viewing, brought a smile to your face.

Boo,
I was last in the States in 06 but only to NY and Seattle. Next time I have to make sure I visit in season and get to DC again. I was 15 on my last visit and was only a Redskins fan then!

Re Staal and the broken door. Someone should have shouted "Hey Staal, you're not even the best player in your FAMILY!"

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | April 2, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Wow great crowd and great game by those Caps last night. All I can say is I knew it was on when I saw Schultz actually give out a couple hits against the boards last night.

Posted by: AP | April 2, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

AP, don't forget Semin actually hitting someone - he layed out Staal - maybe he will get on the NHL's "hits of the week". I could not believe - right after that, Schultz got dirty - keep it up.

Posted by: 828 | April 2, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

562 posts yesterday is that a record?

What an inspiring win yesterday.

NJ, Tampa and the Pens can all do us a big favor tonight.

Go Cindy!

If will probably come down to saturday's game. I can't imagine how the VC will be :D

Posted by: mauree | April 2, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

828 - Oh yea I almost for got about that one, I almost spit out my cheese fries when I saw that. Did you guys notice all 3 stars last night were our deadline deals? And what about OV's reactions when he was on the screen?

Posted by: AP | April 2, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

What about Huet telling 18,000 people that "We're going to go all the way".

Easy Huet... chillax... Lets get in... then lets go all the way...

Posted by: JSchon | April 2, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Seriously folks. Can you stop cheering so loud? I was upstairs trying to work. :-)

Posted by: Tarik | April 2, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Ovechkin - M.V.P.

Huet - K.O.C (King Of the Crease)

Bye, Kolzig...

Posted by: K.O.C | April 2, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

AP, the Caps website says that the 3 stars last night were in order in which they were brought here/signed... So, the show "Lost" is real!!!

Posted by: 828 | April 2, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Last night on the radio, they were saying Mo's probably out a while, though I don't know where they got that info. Looked like he dislocated a shoulder or something - I'd imagine he'll miss the last two games. Not good - he's the counterbalance to Green, but someone else is going to have to step up. I'd put Eminger in there over Lepisto, he's less of a liability and has more experience. This is what he's been waiting for, now's the chance to step up.

I wonder who you pair with Green now, though? Jurcina? Dude's slow as dirt and not exactly swift with the puck, but he's the only one close to Mo in terms of defensive focus. (Erskine? Ugh...)

I was at the game last night, but didn't get what was going on when Laviolette got the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. I just saw the entire section behind him start standing up and pointing, and then the ref came over and pointed to the penalty box. What I totally didn't understand is what Laviolette was complaining about, since his team had just gone on the power play - who whines about another team's penalty? Any info?

Posted by: katzistan | April 2, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

JSchon - I think he was in the moment... def cool to see him really happy. This is his first 30 win season. Hope he keeps it up and stays for a while. He was so happy last night - it was cool.

Posted by: 828 | April 2, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

OH, speaking of Jurcina - Tarik - tell him to stop pushing the guys with the puck into the net. He has 2 assists in the last couple of games by pushing the other player into the net for a goal. Also, he may hurt Huet as well.

Posted by: 828 | April 2, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

828...
I was smiling when he said it, I was smiling watching it for the 6th time.

Its great... I just thought talk like that was for us and not for the players... but its cool... really cool

Posted by: JSchon | April 2, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Tarik - Very funny! I know you were used to working in silence at games before Thanksgiving.

I keep watching that play where Coach L was so pi**ed at where there were matching penalties called, OV and Wallin. While he could be angry, the more I see it, the more I realize that Wallin came in late to the fray and threw a couple of pushes and hits. If he was in the first part of the scrum, maybe nothing. But coming in late cost him.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 2, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Having been at the old Cap Centre for many a playoff game back in the day, I have to say that was by FAR the loudest arena experience I have ever had...unreal. I couldn't be prouder of how the team responded in the biggest showdown of the year. Who says there aren't hockey fans in DC? All of the red and crazy outfits (I had my jersey and my fleece helmet, which is 3-0 since I have been wearing it during games) was great to see. Keep it going for Thursday! Go Caps! Hip Hip...

Posted by: Roose | April 2, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

All I can say is wow! Husband, daughter and I made the game last night - and was one of the best games this year!

Loved Semin doing his Ovie imitation (not just banging the glass after the goal, but laying out the biggest hit of the game).

Loved the crowd chanting MVP for Ovie after the goal and hamming it up on the big screen.

Loved even more the crowd going wild when BB was on the big screen and the guys on the bench urging the crowd on!

No matter what happens in the next two games, the way this team has come together is definitely appoaching movie worthy.

Sorry about the noise Tarik. Actually, no I'm not. The crowd was rocking and I am glad the guys got to experience that kind of enthusiasm for such a big game.

Posted by: Kim | April 2, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

The next 2 days are seriously going to drag at work. Caps/lightning can't get here fast enough...

Posted by: Jake K | April 2, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

I can't say I'm very optimistic about Mo's injury. Just ask Clinton Portis. That's a separated shoulder. Hopefully it's not a broken one... Separation and he might be back for some playoffs...but I doubt we see him this week.

His reaction down the tunnel speaks volumes on how bad he perceives the injury to be.

I did find it very interesting to see who was splitting time with Greener after the injury. JoeB and Locker were talking about how he'd rotate the 5 D... but in reality, Poti/Schultz remained largely unchanged for most of the game. The canes being unable to stay out of the box helped keep green on the ice without a partner and Jurcina/Erskine were paired for most of the rest of the evening.

However, it was Big John who was called upon most last night to skate beside Green. That says something to me about how valuable BB feels big John is. We'll see Thurs night who gets paired with Green. I wouldn't be shocked to see Emmy get placed along side Green based on their time in Hershey.

Wish I could post a picture on here... Since I can't, you all will have to use your imaginations. Best describing Semin's play last night: Monty Python's Killer Rabbit...

"Look, that rabbit's got a vicious streak a mile wide! It's a killer!"

Posted by: FFS Enough | April 2, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

A view from Canes side...even the writed in Raleigh admited caps took it to them in First period.
http://www.newsobserver.com/796/story/1021801.html

Posted by: Rich C | April 2, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

How classy was it last night when Fedorov cheered for the crowd when he was announced for the 2nd star? ok I'm done with my love fest, time to get my mind right for tomorrow.

Posted by: AP | April 2, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

In regard to the hit on Morrisonn, I've been hit like that when your not expecting it and I'd have to believe he separated his shoulder. Probably not too bad of an injury, I'd think he'll be out about 2 weeks.

Posted by: Jake K | April 2, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Uncle Ted! Can we keep em'?! Pweeeeese!!!

These new guys are really stepping into the roles they were brought here for. LOVE those deadline deals!

As much as I feel it will be hard to find spots for them next year... I wish we could keep em all AND open things up for Bourque next year.

Posted by: FFS Enough | April 2, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Man what a game. The only negative is that I had to watch the game here in Charlotte, NC. I had to endure the awful commentary from the Canes broadcast. I don't know how many time I had to hear that Ovechkin gets star treatment. My favorite quote was that the caps were getting "the home town" calls last night. Seemed like sour grapes to me.

Great win last night.

Posted by: NC Mayhem | April 2, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

FFS, there just isnt enough money laying around under the salary cap to keep everybody...

Lets enjoy them while they're here... Maybe Fedorov after a long play-off run will decide to take a paycut and play with us for 2 more years as our 3rd line C or 2nd line winger.

Posted by: JSchon | April 2, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

NC Mayhem:

Let's face it, if the roles were reversed, we would be saying the same thing. Not saying they are right or we would be right, I just know how fans can be. In the end, everything balances out. We have had our share of perceived bad calls this season and now we are seeing other teams complain about them. Que sera sera.

Let's Go Caps!

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 2, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Tough break about Mo. I'm guessing we won't see him Thursday or Saturday -- which, while not devastating, would be very unfortunate.

Posted by: Jill | April 2, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

still wondering...is there a way of finding out if/when this game will might be re-aired on Comcast??

Posted by: MTB | April 2, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

@MTB

I looked on the Comcast website and I do not see any replays scheduled.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 2, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

CT Caps Fan

Not only bad calls but we had our share of refs tackling our defensemen!

Posted by: BearsWoooo | April 2, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Comcast's schedule does list the re-air of the Caps game.

Posted by: JSchon | April 2, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Mo apparently had too much swelling last night to get a good Xray. He's getting one this morning and we'll know later.

Losing him hurts. Hurts huge.

Posted by: dave | April 2, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

@JSchon - when is it scheduled to replay?

Posted by: MTB | April 2, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

JSchon

You've seen me here talk about the 3 guys we picked up. While I don't think the cap is really the issue we'll be facing, it's guys returning from injury that will push the new-guys out of the fold.

The more I see Cooke and Feds play, the more I wish we could find a way to squeeze them in.

Posted by: FFS Enough | April 2, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

-FFS Enough

I totally agree about the new guys. Cooke is a beast on the forecheck. Fedorov makes great plays, is great on the backcheck and owns (Ooooowwwnsah, oooooowwwnsah) the faceoff circle. And as for Huet, HIP, HIP....

I wouldn't be surprised to see Lepisto get another call up.

Posted by: BearsWoooo | April 2, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

@dave from UK
If philly goes 2-1-0 they have 95 points and go by us

Posted by: billd | April 2, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

No More &*%$#@ 3 point games!

Posted by: OV4MVP! | April 2, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, by the way shouldn't the guy who leads the NHL in goals, points, game winning goals, power play goals, shots, and tied a record for goals by a left wing be MVP whether or not the Caps get in the playoffs? I mean seriously, how do you defend against the guy? Give him space and he will shoot and score, give him time, and he will deke you and score, step up on him and he will run you over and score! OV FOR MVP!!!!!!!! MVP MVP MVP MVP

Posted by: OV4MVP! | April 2, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Yahoo/AP story today.. Still rated 16th overall...what are they watching...this team has won 9 out of 10 Shttp://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/recap;_ylt=AvLRo3VCIAPhPKkRffexsVF7vLYF?gid=2008040123

Posted by: Rich C | April 2, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

@ Boo! - the unsportsmanlike bench minor was for Laviolette going nuts on the officials. Check out the official game summary - it specifies "Abusive Language." http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20072008/GS021189.HTM

By all accounts from the folks watching at home, he was beyond apoplectic.

Posted by: Jill | April 2, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Although it makes me want to vomit...

Lets Go Pens!

Posted by: Steve R | April 2, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

@MTB... i forgot the word "not". No re-air of the game, sorry for the typo.

FFS...

Man, I'm with you. Cooke is like the Tazmanian Devil with more skill. I think he fits in with us financially too.

Nothing would make happier to keep Fedorov, but in order to do that, he would have to A) take a pay cut and B) agree to center the 3rd line. I dont know if he'd do either. Maybe he would. I have played GM so many times and its crowded, really crowded. And I'm letting Bradley, Gordon and Fedorov leave.

OV/Backstrom/Clark
Semin/Nylander/Kozlov
Cooke/Fedorov/Laich
Brashear/Steckel/Bourque

what do you do with Fehr/Flash? And anyone else that shows well in training camp?

Posted by: JSchon | April 2, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

@Jill,

He was an interesting shade of purple. Made for good TV on hi-def.

Posted by: Steve R | April 2, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Laviolette went nuts 2nd period, not 3rd.

Posted by: 828 | April 2, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

To add to that...

Flash and Fehr both need to develop. There are a lot young players 1 year away from making a real push for playing time. Bouchard, Perreault.

Posted by: JSchon | April 2, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Next time you go to the brewery with Corey Masisak to Washington beat writers association, it's gonna be crowded with the bandwagoners, a.k.a Dan Daly (WT) and Mike Wise (WP) :)

FOUR articles about last game! Global warming arrived!

Posted by: K.O.C. | April 2, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Laviolette went nuts 2nd period, not 3rd.

Marc Crawford, circa 1998. He went nuts when Avs started losing momentum vs. Red Wings in playoff series, he knew it was the turning point. Laviolette looked like him yesterday.

Posted by: K.O.C. | April 2, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Best describing Semin's play last night: Monty Python's Killer Rabbit... "Look, that rabbit's got a vicious streak a mile wide! It's a killer!"

Killer rabbit, I love it. Semin was a killer yesterday.

Alex 'Killer Rabbit' Semin!

Posted by: K.O.C. | April 2, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Alex "Hossenfeffer" Semin

Posted by: JSchon | April 2, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Huet's best play was not a save, it was his play on the 5 on 3 PP Carolina had.

Nobody(?!) saw that Huet shot his leg out as Bayda skated by him, causing him to fall over Huet? And his subsequent sprawl???

"Penalty, Goalie Interference, Carolina"

We were only up 2-1 at that point and Carolina had scored the previous goal.

That negated the 5-3 where a team more than likely is going to score - and tie things up.

Can you think of another goalie in the league that makes that opportunity out of thin air for us at that critical moment?

Posted by: austinsteve | April 2, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: 828 | April 2, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

JSchon

Playing GM can be fun... What's even more fun is that the real GM has given us Fake GMs the ability to talk about letting Feds/Cooke go at the end of the season and not being sad about it.

The way they have played should be enough to get them offers, but, sorry guys, we're full.

I like your lines (esp. someone else who think Clark on 1st, Koz with Semin), except Bourque on the 4th line. The guy has tenacity, but he's quite small.

Going into camp next season, based on contract status and waiver priorities, I see Fehr/Bourque for 3rd line as the only positional battle to watch. Everything else is set. ...

Provided we resign Laich, Fehr, Bradley/Gordon.

Posted by: FFS Enough | April 2, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

From the Canes blogs:

"Could the NHL be any more blatant in their goal of getting Mr. 60+ goals into the playoffs by any means necessary? "

They actually sound like us a few weeks ago... too funny.

Posted by: 828 | April 2, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

FFS...

We cant keep everybody. I say you have to make a tough decision and let Bradley and Gordon leave. Given my choice if you keep one, you keep Bradley.

Posted by: JSchon | April 2, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I find it truly amazing that they think OV gets star treatment. Please. It is not like he will not defend himself like some other patsy stars.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 2, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I'd love to hear everybody's best moments of the game, mine were in no particular order:

1. When they put Ovie up on the screen and he encouraged the crowd
2. When the put Coach up on the screen and the players were all smiling
3. Semin pretending he was Cooke
4. Driving away from the stadium on Const. Ave hearing all the cars honking!!

Posted by: WhooHoo | April 2, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Man I watched some of the highlights with sound (the bar in CO had the rockies on the sound system) and am so jealous I wasn't there. The crowd was drowning out the goal horn. Comcast definitely had to tune down the crowd noise. Way to go caps fans.

I agree Mo looks like he has a seperated shoulder. Hopefully its not too serious and he can be ready in a couple weeks.

Don't stop believin'

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | April 2, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Mine was when Ovie scored, Beninatti said "this is the cream on the cake" and the crowd went nuts.

Posted by: King Huet | April 2, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

http://www.neuroticnerd.com/capitals/

highlights and sweet take mixing the caps logo and their new theme song

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | April 2, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

@828

Good stuff from the Canes' blogs. You know what the best part is? The Caps have the best player in hockey and no one (especially on the Canes roster)can carry his jock. If anyone read the most recent Hockey News, Ovie is 12th in the League in hits! No one else on that list is anywhere near the top 30 in scoring in the League, yet the leading scorer in the NHL is that high. He truly can do it all..

Posted by: Roose | April 2, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

@Boo

Good for you for the Playoff tickets, hope you'll use them now! (really do)

Posted by: Gui | April 2, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

So Ovechkin tied Robitaille last night for most goals for a left winger in a season.

That would be the same Luc Robitaille who is the highest-scoring left winger in NHL history. The same Luc Robitaille who, albeit only for 45 games that regular season, was centered by the greatest player to ever play the game. The Kings went to the Cup finals that season.

Yes, the very Lucky Luc who scored 668 goals in his career, was an eight-time All-Star, and will be surefire hall of famer when he's eligible (next year, I believe).

This is great company to be in.

That being said, keep in mind our little Ovie did it with a nineteen year-old rookie on a team with no other all-stars and that might not even make it to the postseason. He won't match Lucky's point total from that season, but he already has 161 goals (to Luc's 144) and 147 assists (to Luc's 149) in his three-year career. 15 points ahead of the best offensive left wing in NHL history with two games left in his third season.

In ten more seasons, Robitaille is going to be honored to be in Ovechkin's company.

Posted by: John in Mpls | April 2, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

since i correctly picked last nights score of 4 to 1(also said semin and OV each with a pair), I will correctly pick tonights Canes score.

Tampa 4
Canes 2


Posted by: fansince74 | April 2, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

ESPN: It WAS a playoff game before the playoffs even started. Plus, as our good friend Damien Cox pointed out this morning, there are others performing wonders outside of Mr. Ovechkin. I find the whole Sergei Fedorov factor intriguing. Now, I am not saying he's like he was 10 seasons ago, but look what happens when you put a decent player on a decent team with the freedom to skate.

http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.php/hockey/comments/morning_talk/

Posted by: King Huet | April 2, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

@John in Mpls

Great post, John! Are you a former Vogel type beat writer for LA Kings? :)

Yes, Lucky Luc will be lucky to be mentioned in Ovechkin's company. That's why he is Lucky Luc.

But a lot of people will tell stories about Ovechkin too "Well, grandson, that year when Ovechkin got his first Hart (2008?), I was at the game, Ovechkin scored his 63rd goal, the crowd went nuts."

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The best thing we can take away from the game last night is that it insures that we will have two more exciting games at the Phone Booth!

I've always believed that fans can only marginally help the team, but after last nights game, I realized the players can hear and see the fans excitement. More importantly they feel and feed off of it.

As fans, we need to make sure we "bring it" for the next two games . . .

Posted by: WhooHoo | April 2, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

ESPN
Burnside (11:26 a.m.): Yes, he [Fedorov?] has quietly invigorated that offense, given some depth and helped Alexander Semin. Brooks Laich has 21 goals. Viktor Kozlov, often considered a lazy player, leads the team in plus/minus. This is a nice mix that GM George McPhee has put together. And Cristobal Huet, while not unduly tested last night, has been a steadying influence. Now, it's not just Carolina that is feeling the heat. Boston and Philly both know the Canes and Caps are hot on their tails and finish up with Tampa, Florida and Atlanta, three non-playoff teams. How cool

Posted by: King Huet | April 2, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

@AP
And what about OV's reactions when he was on the screen?

The best Ovie reaction last night was when he was in the bin for that roughing call and we scored. We jumped up and pounded on the glass...classic.

Posted by: keef | April 2, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Transcript from NHL Chat w/ Scott Burnside

Justin (NY)
For once and for all, who is the MVP? I know the playoffs are important, but how do you discount the season that Ovechkin has had?

SCOTT BURNSIDE
Oh, I agree. I think the whole discussion about if the Capitals don't make the playoffs, is Ovechkin MVP material has been rendered moot. Given his play and the team's play down the stretch. There are no guarantees, but as close as one can get, you can bet the farm that Ovechkin will be the new Hart Trophy winner come June.

Posted by: JSchon | April 2, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Wrote a long ass message which didn't post (grrr), so will repeat only the main points.

Morrison's injury looked like a broken collarbone to me.

We play both, Tampa and Florida the night after they play the Canes, so on the back end of back to back games. Also, the Canes have to play Tampa tonight without any rest after last night's game vs. us.

For tonight, let's go Tampa, Pitt and NJ!

Posted by: ranndino | April 2, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

No updates yet today?

Posted by: IrresistibleForce | April 2, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Updates...We NEED Updates!!!

Posted by: Tom | April 2, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

ranndino

Happens to me A LOT. I wrote a couple paragraphs about the officiating last night (HORRIBLE...) and karma for the Boston game (even though I don't think we had that big of an "upper hand" last night from the refs..."

Marty St.Louis is my favorite non-caps hockey player. He will solidify that in my mind if he can have a huge game against Carolina tonight. How do we get Comcast to show us that game?

Posted by: FFS Enough | April 2, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

1) If you have a chance look at the leading scorers in the season when Luc Robitaille scored his 63 goals over a dozen players had> 100 points paced by lemieux's 160. Robitaille's 63 was only good for 4th in goals that year!
2) Obviously scoring was much easier in those days. In 1993 numbers Ovechkin has about 85 goals.
http://newfaux.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Thought about it, read every post, and of course I have to respond specifically to the Raleigh whining and penalties for the last 3 games against them!!!
****First and foremost the game last night was electrifying to watch, wish I was there and next - JSchon here are some numbers for our stat gurus, you may like this one!!!

Penalty minutes Caps Vs. Canes 2007-2008

Date 10/06/07
Team 1st 2nd 3rd
Caps 2min. 4min. 2min. = 8
Canes 6min. 2min. 0min. = 8


Date 11/05/07
Team 1st 2nd 3rd
Caps 9min. 19min. 2min. = 30
Canes 9min. 4min. 0min. = 13

Date 11/24/07
Team 1st 2nd 3rd
Caps 2min. 2min. 4min. = 8
Canes 4min. 4min. 2min. = 10

Date 02/08/08
Team 1st 2nd 3rd
Caps 12min. 6min. 2min. = 20
Canes 14min. 6min. 4min. = 24


Date 2/23/08 - penalty minutes
Team 1st 2nd 3rd
Caps 11min. 4min. 4min. = 19
Canes 7min. 4min. 2min. = 13

Date 3/25/08
Team 1st 2nd 3rd
Caps 4min. 4min. 0min. = 8
Canes 2min. 6min. 4min. = 12

Date 4/1/08
Team 1st 2nd 3rd
Caps 0min. 6min. 8min. = 14
Canes 2min. 12min. 10min. = 24

Anyone can do the math, but I believe that if the stats tell the tale correctly.....
Caps spent 107 min. in penalties and
Candy Canes only 104min.

Let them suck on that-cry babies!!!!!
Talk about one-sided games.......
04/01/08 penalties (14min. vs. 24 min.)
COMPARED TO
11/05/07 penalties (30 min. vs. 13 min.)

Posted by: Greenie | April 2, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

@Greenie

Great job... Im very, very impressed. Thats been the tone of a lot of Canes fans the day after. We got screwed by the refs stuff.

As I said to them... We dominated the Canes from the beginning. Officiating is what it is, sometimes you get the calls sometimes you dont. Plain and simple. The Canse brought nothing to the game last night and thats what they got in return.

Posted by: JSchon | April 2, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

One more thing I forgot to mention. It's not a coincidence IMO that the winning streak came as soon as Boudreau stopped being politically correct with Kolzig and just gave the #1 goalie job to Huet. Should have done that as soon as we got him at the trade deadline. We'd be comfortably in by now, IMO.

P.S. I'm not "bashing Kolzig". Just stating an obvious fact. We're a much better team with Huet in net. I think that's been proven beyond any reasonable doubt now.

Posted by: ranndino | April 2, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Two of their penalties were obvious blood drawing fouls. We had a couple of phantoms against us as well (i.e. where was the foul on Semin?).

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 2, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

About officiating. First of all this was the first game when we got some questionable calls. Second, the goal Carolina scored should not have happened because someone on the Canes slashed the stick out of Laich's hands when he wasn't even near the puck. 100% interference penalty that wasn't called. I didn't see Laviolette blowing bubbles after that goal.

Posted by: ranndino | April 2, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

OK, one more thing. Laich has been so impressive in the last 2 months. Looks like a totally different player. Just watch him play now. He thinks he's a star in this league! He tries all sorts of clever tricks, holds on to the puck, makes plays, no panic at all. What confidence can do for a player! It's like we got a new player. He was a good checker and useful before. Now he's playing like a legit star and the numbers bear that out.

Posted by: ranndino | April 2, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

EVERYONE DRINK THE KOOL-AID....

Posted by: AP | April 2, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

@JSchon - that STAT posting was for you, because you always do the research and work hard for us blogger's, I thought I would give you the day off!!! ha ha
@ranndino - Laich is my new second favorite player, what a gritty guy - reminds me of one of my old time favorites - Dino, in front of the net, talk about a guy not afraid to get hit or go to the crease full steam ahead with smarts and composer - WOW, what more can you ask, with 21 goals to boot!!
@FFS Enough
I am a huge fan of St. Louieee''' as well
love to watch the guy sneak around the ice and avoid checks while scoring goals, he amazes me, as does Vinnie Lecavalier!!!

Posted by: Greenie | April 2, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

O.K. No more props for Tampa,

I want Semen to have another hit on the little midget (St.Louis) like he did last night (sorry little people, you shouldn't have to be classified in the same paragraph as Marty).

LET'S GO CAPS!!!

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

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