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Posted at 10:42 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Capitals shut out for second time in three games, fall 5-0 to Devils

By Katie Carrera

This was the second utterly forgettable performance by the Capitals in the past three contests so it only seemed fitting that the two games wound up with the same finish. But Monday's 5-0 loss to New Jersey featured the added drama of an injury to Michal Neuvirth, which prompted some goaltender shuffling.

Here's the rundown of the ripple effect with the goaltenders tonight:

--Neuvirth tweaked a lower body part this morning, is officially listed as day-to-day and "could probably play on Wednesday" in Carolina, Boudreau said. After this morning's skate, Neuvirth had a leg taped but he did take shots in the warmup skate. It wasn't until the pregame skate that Braden Holtby knew he was starting against the Devils.

With Neuvirth injured, the team recalled Semyon Varlamov from Hershey. While Varlamov arrived prior to the start of the game his skates did not, so for the first period Neuvirth served as the backup netminder.

Varlamov's skates got to Prudential Center in time for the second period and he switched places with Neuvirth on the bench, but Boudreau said the only way he was putting in another goaltender was if Holtby got hurt.

Washington asked for permission to switch goaltenders from the officials and informed the Devils of the situation before the game started.

"I don't know," Boudreau said when asked why the Capitals didn't call up a healthy Dany Sabourin instead of Varlamov, who has just recovered from a groin injury and played on back-to-back days in Hershey this weekend. "That's the decision we made. We didn't assume that Holtby was going to get hurt and Varly could have a real good practice with us tomorrow. From what I've gathered Neuvy is day to day and could probably play on Wednesday, but I mean if that was the case, then we might have sent Varly back to play another game. There's a lot of things going on in a quick amount of time."

--Also on the injury front, Mike Green did not play the final 12 minutes 50 seconds while Tyler Sloan left the game in the first period with 1:46 remaining and never returned. "They both got hurt during the game. We'll know more in the morning," Boudreau said.

--Boudreau was asked about whether he would hold Holtby or the defense more responsible for the wrap-around goals that the Devils' Jason Arnott scored.

"On the first one Sloan goes right over and sort of blocks Holtby from getting back," Boudreau said. "I mean and there's no reason for it. We had John Erskine and [Marcus] Johansson I think going after Arnott behind the net. There was no reason for Tyler to go there, and once he blocked Holtby out he couldn't get back in so it was a breakdown on his part.

"The other goal, watching it briefly, Holtby lost sight of it. He was looking in the other direction and with Arnott's long reach he put it in the middle of the net but Holtby was on the right side and I don't know if him or [Jeff] Schultz saw where the puck went."

--Along that same line, no one was willing to say that this loss and the five goals on 13 shots for the Devils, were solely Holtby's fault.

"A little bit," Karl Alzner said when asked if he felt the team let Holtby down. "The last couple games he's been in we've been not good at all in the first period and that's unfortunate for him. He's the guy you look at first when you get three goals scored against you so I would definitely like to see it for him. He's a young guy trying to prove himself just like me. It's really disappointing."

--With nothing working for Washington offensively, or really anywhere, Boudreau shook up the line combinations in the second period and move Alex Ovechkin alongside Marcus Johansson and Matt Bradley. It was a place where you don't usually see the captain often.

--The Capitals haven't had many practice days this month, but they will get the chance tomorrow afternoon with a 1 p.m. session scheduled at RBC Center in Raleigh. It could be a rather intense workout as Boudreau promised the media: "we'll make up for it tomorrow."

By Katie Carrera  | November 22, 2010; 10:42 PM ET
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Disturbing trends with this group. When do we get a real 2nd center???? Why does it seem like the Caps are regressing? Or is it just all the infusion of youth? They can really use some leadership - a Pronger type of guy.
My post is almost as disjointed as the Caps are sometimes......

Posted by: marksman37 | November 22, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

There is no excuse for getting shutout twice in three games to crappy teams!

This is a team with Ovechkin, Semin, Backstrom, Green, Laich etc....

I am really discouraged right now....

Posted by: OVI4LIFE | November 22, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Fire BB!

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | November 23, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse


Yea, it is the end of the world. We've watched a ton of playoff hockey, and seen plenty of old Patrick division foes win cUps.

Those teams NEVER just took nights off in our building. It seems like we got torched every time Marty and Stevens went through our building when they were winning cUps. I don't remember Mario taking a night off. He was always kicking our rear, EVERYTIME he came to town. Brian Trottier and Bossy were all over the rink when they were winning cUps.

So, it is the end of the world, because this group doesn't have the BRASS B'S to win a cUp.

This coach is Mr. MaGooooo !!!!!!!!!
GMGM drafts and hires lazy hockey players.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | November 23, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse


Oh,wise one. What the hell is going on with the caps ??

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | November 23, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

@ Hunterforcoach

I agree 100%. Dating back to the Caps glory days of the 80's and 90's the teams were always built on gritty and hardworking players. This all culminated in the 98 Stanley Cup run with a team that consisted of players like Hunter, Simon, Berube, Reekie, Tinordi, etc. These were hardworking, tough players that wanted to win so badly that they willed an average team to the Cup finals. This was a team constructed by David Poile, who left this lineup for new GM George Mcphee. And since he's taken over the rest is history. This team he's built is too young, too European, too soft, too babied, and just built for multiple Southeast Division Championships (Hoo-ray!!!).

I love the Caps. But this team is headed for its usual playoff disappointment.

Posted by: chrisclarksucks | November 23, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Lets not go jumping off the Anacostia bridge just yet (in hindsight I should have done it the night Pat La Fontaine score in OT 4 of Game 7 - saved myself a lot of grief to last a lifetime) -- BUT here are tonight's Top 5 cold-hard facts (no copyright infringement intended):

#1. We have seen this show before...feels like groundhog day.

#2. Since we have seen this show before, I get to pick who will be this April's Game 7 slayer -- my money is on Tampa (assuming we are a 3 seed and they are a 6). Something new and refreshing -- like the neighborhood tramp we have been "done" by the Islanders, Rangers, Penguins (multiple times - those horny bastards), Flyers, Canadiens...yes - someone new...we get to make Mike Smith the "HOT" goalie of this year's playoffs...maybe it will be Dan Ellis - who knows...exciting stuff!

#3. We have yet to play one complete game -- maybe the 3-0 in CAR was that, but it too had its moments, maybe the 7-2 at home to NJD but certainly had its moments. You simply cannot comeback in the 3rd in the Playoffs...the trap we saw tonight...word is getting out on how to play the Caps and John MacLean would like to thank Jacques Marting for that insight.

#4. Between the goal after goal after ugly goal tonight, I had to sit through 200 commercials by that Phat Phrog. What is up with this guy? Is he this hard up for cash?? And, that freaking bird call ad, I wanted to break my TV. I think it was 3-0 at that point. Hadeed Carpet -- REALLY????

#5. Something is wrong with Ovechkin. I have been watching him since the season began. He has lost the zip on his one-timer. His puck control is all but that of a drunken sailor. How many more times will someone steal the puck when he plays point on the PP...geez Louise - and this is the greatest player in the world? The DVDs and GR8 nonsense -- someone is punch drunk on his past -- lets talk today, buddy. I repeat: SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH OVECHKIN -- either he has lost a step or he is not himself for whatever reason.

Those were today's Top 5 cold hard facts!

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | November 23, 2010 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Face it, craps fans. This will be what you'll be seeing for a long while. As long as Boudreau keeps on winning the Southeast Division and keeping the team in contention _for the President's Trophy_, he'll be here to stay.


Posted by: slurpeesarecool | November 23, 2010 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Wow. I wonder what my haters have to say about this now. Even I'm in shock at how mediocre this team is playing... sure they're still at the top of the league in points, gf-ga differential yada yada that Mr. Leonsis loves to rattle off every day and pretend that everything's great... but please, any non-dellusional Caps or hockey fan would tell you that this season, the Caps have not played anywhere close to be mentioned as a contender. Way too many passengers and inconsistencies every game.

When is the mainstream media covering the Caps going to start holding BB, OV, Green and Backs accountable? When are they going to start questioning their work ethic, intellectual abilities, and their horrific execuation?

They have it easy here. The fans aren't hard enough. Mgt and coaches coddle them like no other. The local media is robotic and offers no real cricism or insight into the team's problems, except for Mike Wise once in a while who doesn't even cover hockey anymore.

What a shame.

Posted by: BigGameSid | November 23, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

#5. Something is wrong with Ovechkin. I have been watching him since the season began. He has lost the zip on his one-timer. His puck control is all but that of a drunken sailor. How many more times will someone steal the puck when he plays point on the PP...geez Louise - and this is the greatest player in the world? The DVDs and GR8 nonsense -- someone is punch drunk on his past -- lets talk today, buddy. I repeat: SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH OVECHKIN -- either he has lost a step or he is not himself for whatever reason.

Those were today's Top 5 cold hard facts!

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | November 23, 2010 1:36 AM

I can name so many players who are better than Ovechkin it's not even funny. Very sad to see a fallen super star of his calibre in this league. I'm wondering if he can even last until age 27 before he bolts to Mother Russia because the lack of passion and work ethic he displays night in and night out will make his play decline more than ever.

I've said it many times, his conditioning is not where it needs to be for a supposed elite athelete/superstar. Whether its all the booze, late night activities, ho's, drugs... whatever he may have been doing every summer, it's caught up to him. Russian Machine is breaking down, mentally and physically.

I hope for his sake and for Caps fan sake that he gets his sht together soon.. somebody needs to wake him up because he's got the Lebron James treatment from everyone. Somebody ie., a Mario Lemiuex figure needs to be his mentor and role model (Larionov for coach anyone?). He's disconnected from reality. Starting next season after another playoff disappointment, he needs to start training and focusing on the game.. so the hockey world can see the old OV perform the way he can again.

Posted by: BigGameSid | November 23, 2010 2:07 AM | Report abuse

The Caps suck and Ovechkin is done..... Oh wait, this is the world where the Caps are tops in the East and Ovechkin is still tied for 4th in the league in points. Fallen super star? HE IS STILL 4th IN THE LEAGUE IN POINTS PEOPE! Yeah he is real bad on the PP, he is only 4th in the league in PP points and 3rd in PP assists. He shoots a lot and scores a lot and everyone says he is a puck hog who doesn't play team hockey. He gets assists and doesn't score and everyone says his has something wrong with him. It seems no matter what he does people will find something at fault with him. He is also still 4th in the entire league in hits so while he hasn't had as many big hits he is still playing a very physical game. His puckhandeling skills must really be bad, he has as many giveaways as Crosby and Crosby doesn't have as many takeaways.

Aren't many of you who are getting so worked up about a bad three games the same people who said the regular season didn't mean anything? So which is in?

We are still 10th in the league in shots against per game. Last year we were 18th so we are improving with our team defense and for all the praise we have given Neuvy this year, most of which he deserved, we still have had our #1 goalie out for all but a game and a half. Neuvy has looked a bit tired of late and with Holtby and his 84.5 save % we have been forced to overplay Neuvy. That is part of the reason why our team is tied for 14th in team save %.

Oh and our team is horrible offensivly we are only 4th in the league in GF/G. Our PP sucks too we are only 5th and we turn over the puck too much and give up goals on our PP, oh wait that has only happened twice this year and our PK is 9th all our special teams are horrible and we only have 4 short handed goals.

Will the people who will jump off the bandwagon after a bad week in the regular season please leave so the real fans can go to games more often.

Thank you.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 23, 2010 3:05 AM | Report abuse

You guys are truly ridiculous.

1. We are tied for first in the East with 30 points!!! Sure, this has been a horrid week, but it happens. Look at the Blues they've been struggling after a hot start. Pens started slow. Look at Chicago they're playing mediocre. Over-Reacting taken to the max!

2. Ovie has not played well lately, but people are starting to worry about him declining and the contract was bad? I mean come on. Ovie will turn things around.

3. Before we start babbling about trading Holtby already, lets stop and think about how we have been playing defense. The turnovers have been awful leaving our goalies in a tough spot. Were fine with Neuvs and Varly.

4. Lets hold up on the fire BB comments. Ill give him this year to see what he can do in the playoffs. After all, he has the best record in the league the last 3 years.

5. Sloan sucks. Trade flash and something else for a stay home dman.

Everyone needs to relax. If this continues on for another few weeks then yeah we should worry. But it is way to premature to start calling for peoples heads. The caps will be fine!

Posted by: digster1013 | November 23, 2010 3:08 AM | Report abuse

Beautiful post icehammer, someone with some common sense.

Great post man.

Posted by: digster1013 | November 23, 2010 3:10 AM | Report abuse

Three games ago, the Caps were on the verge of setting the best start in franchise history through 20 games. Now the sky is falling for some fans. Can we just relax about the regular season?

Yes, it was highly disappointing to see lesser teams make us look like a lesser team, but I'm more concerned about the injury outlook than the few blips in the loss column. How much longer will Poti be an eggshell? Why did we extend thus guy 2 more years? We struggled to breakout of our zone and some offensively when Green was out last time. Can he stay healthy? Will we see Varly and Neuvirth splitting time, as was the plan, so they both might be sharp more often? Carlson reminds me of a young Scott Stevens. Alzner looks like another "shy away from the hits" young dman like Schultz. That will hurt us in the post-season and predictably, yield penalties, when the opposition pressures us hard. I hope he adds a modest physical element to his game. Schultz is starting to be slightly more physical after three or four seasons. Maybe it won't take Karl that long to figure out it is necessary in this league. Don't have to kill people, but you do have to tie them up and neutralize them.

Posted by: cwiseman | November 23, 2010 5:18 AM | Report abuse

As an deserter, I can only laugh at the Caps now, and I'm lovin' it. Look on the dark side, so long as Boudreau keeps on winning, you'll keep on having him. Your fellow fans don't know hockey and will keep on filling the seats at Verizon like drunk dogs.

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | November 22, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievably stupid comment! Based on this statement every fan of every sport that supports a team that doesn't win the World Series, Superbowl, NBA championship, Stanley Cup, or any other title is an idiot to support their team. I've heard it all now. Jack A of the year award goes to.........slurpeesarecool.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 23, 2010 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Ovechkin, i think 14 Ga in last 3 games is enough pain in the ass for any captain to think about stepping up.
all this night life in the media and optional skatings can be tolerated during good times only. And I can't take losing streak as a good times.
Mr, BB - please, bring some hot red pepper to the locker room and put into the player's stuff. Or you'll have to eat it all alone in april.

Caphaters - you actually love caps, but just are not able to confess :-)

Posted by: Michael01a | November 23, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Everyone needs to relax. If this continues on for another few weeks then yeah we should worry. But it is way to premature to start calling for peoples heads. The caps will be fine!

DEFINE "the Caps will be fine"... you mean another great regular season followed by a quick exit in the playoffs???

Posted by: joek443 | November 23, 2010 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Carlson reminds me of a young Scott Stevens.

LMAO dude, did you ever see Steven play when he was with the Caps?

Carlson is closer to the ole number 8 than than 3... have you ever seen Carlon lay a knockout hit on someone like Stevens used to do on a regular basis?

I like Carlson but he's no Stevens!!!

Posted by: joek443 | November 23, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

I know I am a pegged koolaid drinker on this fine blog, but that game just ticked me right off! Is it the end of the world for the Caps...of course not, but GMGM and Leonsis are sitting on their hands when EVERYONE else KNOWS we need another solid sahd and/or center! I am a huge Ted fan and have always supported him, but we simply don't have what we need right now!

As for BB...he NEEDS to get Ovie going! Other than that I really can't complain too much about him when he isn't being given what he needs.


since you seem to magically DISAPEAR whenever the Caps WIN a game...Shut Up!

Posted by: capscoach | November 23, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

I was able to see the Ovechkin DVD and for those that haven't, and question Ovechkin's drive would probably change your minds if you saw it. He is all about winning. His family is all about winning. He is very very close with his parents. He also appreciates the fact that he is playing in the NHL. I may have the quote wrong but he talked about hockey in general and he finished the sentence with "the NHL has changed everything."

I too believe he is in a slump but it is not due to lack of effort or partying. He is among the leaders in scoring but he just looks a little off. I believe we will see Mrs. Tatyana Ovechkina here in DC very soon to give Alex some home cooking and a refuge. The best players in the world have problems with their confidence at times. It is all relative. If Brooksie had 10 goals and 26pts he'd be having a banner year, for Ovi, he is not meeting HIS expectations.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 23, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Wow 3 games, 14-15 goals. The defense is a sieve and Holtby is swiss-cheese. And the offense is AWOL. I thought BB had these guys buying into a new defensive minded system, but the last three games are a skid-mark on the Caps' boxers. Welcome to your 3 year anniversary, Bruce.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | November 23, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Inconsistent play can be pinned on the leaders in the locker room only so much. Most of the leaders in this locker room are quite young themselves and still learning how to lead, I mean who are the elder statesmen other than Knuble and Poti? No, this inconsistency has got to fall squarely on BB at this point for allowing it to occur without holding players accountable and to another extent GMGM for not putting more of those experienced vets in the locker room. This crap of being off for 8-10 games, hot for 10-12 games, off for another 8-10 games has got to cease. I thought maybe I was wrong about needing a coaching change a couple weeks back but now that feeling is rearing its ugly head once more.

Posted by: PhilR | November 23, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse


You are beginning to reach the boundaries of the dark siders with that last post!

Posted by: PhilR | November 23, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

I heard that there are players on the team like ovechkin and green partying a little too hard during the season...i.e. staying up all nite and drinking and getting looks pretty obvious that we have completely lost focus...we just need to regroup and we'll be alright...This CAPS team has givin the DC Area a winning team for the past three years...something we havent had in a I'm willing to have some patience since it is still not even at the midpoint of the season yet

Posted by: kickass10101 | November 23, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

I,m not worried. There's a common denominator in both shutout games , Holtby. Carry on.

Posted by: guer_j | November 23, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

I think the rumors about these guys partying too much are BS. They are professional athletes and may cut loose if they have a couple days between games but when it comes down to it, this is their profession and I highly doubt they would throw away millions of dollars just to party. There will be plenty of time for that after they retire at a decently young age as very rich men.

Posted by: PhilR | November 23, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Today has all the trappings of a fight at practice.

Rationalize it however you want people, but the team is underperforming. It's sad to think about, but thats where they are. Hopefully the net result is that the team hits their peak in april, may, and june.

Posted by: GFisher1 | November 23, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse


Really? You are going to blame last night on Holtby? There were defensive breakdowns all over the ice all night long that left him out to dry on numerous occassions. He should have had one or maybe tow of those goals, that is it. That is still at least three in the net and a goose egg at the other end, how is that Holtby's fault again?

Now the Atlanta game I can agree with you on, he should have had the 2nd and 3rd goals in that game.

Posted by: PhilR | November 23, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

It would help to send Johannson to Hershey and bring up Matthew Peroit. Just because we spent a ton of money on the kid doesn't mean that he is ready for the NHL. MP on the other hand is small physically but has a huge heart. He is a guy with a whole lot of want to, which is what this team needs.

Posted by: bags956 | November 23, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

To all the Sloan bashers:

Tyler Sloan left the game in the first period with 1:46 remaining and never returned.

I never liked him in the first place, but when he doesn;t play in the game, how can you blame him for the loss?

Yeah, he can't play for crap, but there's others who didn't show up.

Posted by: jwash4472 | November 23, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

So where have the Capitals been spotted partying into the wee hours this season? Everytime the team gets into a slump that is the rumor that gets thrown out there. These guys get spotted in the Russia house by some fan that thinks they're in the "in crowd" because Ovi stopped in for drinks and they saw them there, and the Caps party "all the time." The Capitals players are big media news. If these guys were out on the town getting lit up all night it would be big sports news. The only place I see these accusations pop-up is in here.

On another topic, Bill Clement was on NHL Home Ice and he was talking about the crazy losing streaks followed by crazy winning streaks. The streaks of 4-5 wins followed by 4-5 losses and often with goal differentials like the Caps two 5-0 losses. FYI, the Capitals weren't even in the discussion. BTW, don't look now but the high flying Kings are now 13-7. I believe they are 6-4 in their last 10 and have a losing record on the road too. We are hitting the "dog days" of winter.

I do wish BB would settle on lines though. For those that have played hockey at a truly competitive level they understand just how important chemistry with linemates is. BB makes good points as far as exploring options during the season so he can change lines on the fly in the event of injury. Right now, it seems like familiarity might be in order to get some of these guys some confidence.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 23, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Couldn't agree more about consistent lines....that is absolutely what is needed right now to get some cohesion going for these guys. The constant shuffling leads to giveaways and bad passes as player X thinks player Y will be in a certain spot but they are in fact 20 feet away from that spot.

Posted by: PhilR | November 23, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

I actually think MJ is a bright spot for the team. Carlson also. Green has been pretty incredible all year. Semin has had a couple of lapses but he has been the best two way player on the Caps. OVI these days is coughing up the puck and creating offensive chances for other teams. He looks just horrible. Folks he has not looked that good since before the Oympics. As a team they have not played that well. I still think BB does not know how to fine tune the team and should be replaced. Get ready for another disappontment.

Posted by: pkme | November 23, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

bags956: The Caps haven't spent a ton of money on Johansson.

jwash4472: Hmm, Sloan ran into Holtby even though there were already two Capitals on Arnott. Sloan should have gone around the other side of the net to take away the wrap-around. He was also on the ice for the break-away that resulted in the penalty shot. Sloan is supposed to at least have speed yet Erskine was the one that at least touched the dude on the break away. The loss wasn't totally Sloan's fault but the fact is, where there is smoke there is fire, and there seems to be a lot of smoke around poor ol' Sloan.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 23, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Players who are not living up to expectations

Johannsen (sorta, though looking better every game)

I do not count injured players.

BB needs to call a team practice that everyone who can walk must them ragged with a focus on SMART play...I feel like the Caps are not a thinking team. Following practice they need to have a lengthy team meeting focused on building back up morale (after a mean practice) and a new attitude towards smart play with a fire to win!

Posted by: capscoach | November 23, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

how anyone can compare Carlson to a "young Scott Stevens" is beyond me. We have too many nice, gentlemanly players on the team...why hasn't DJK been given a chance to energize the team? Losing 2 in a row, displaying ZERO emotion, and then playing the worst team in the conference and he still can't get a jersey?? I'm starting to yearn for likes of a player like Darcy Verot again, who if nothing else would make these meek losses entertaining with his antics

Posted by: vermontcaps | November 23, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

In the imortal words of Doug Adams (Adams division name sake) "Don't Panic!". The CAPs are not playing well offensively right now. They will. However, this just exposes their weakness, in that they clearly are not a playoff built team. It was highlighted in the article in dump'n chase yesterday re: Bruce Boudreau's three year anniversary. '“He did a lot of things,” says Caps right wing Matt Bradley of Boudreau’s early effect on the team. “He tweaked some of our systems stuff and brought his more offensive system into play for us. With guys like [Mike Green] and [Alex Ovechkin] and the other guys we had back then and [Alexander] Semin, that’s more of a style that was conducive to the way we should be playing.' As we've seen the O will carry the regular season, but playoffs? There is no reason to expect that the CAPS will do any better than any other year because Defense is not in their DNA. Hasn't been since McPhee took over, and won't be until the CAPS management is no longer content with filling the stands, making money and "contending for a cup every year." They must change to "do what is necessary to win the cup." As once was drilled into the fan base (was it just last year?) Nothing Else Matters.

Posted by: festus75 | November 23, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

when Johannson returned to the line up we started to start this fart we have going . Im not saying its his fault but we have others that can ... our defense is not there but once aweek . If we played at home for a full season I think we could go 82-0 . lolol

this team has not HEART . Our head coach has no displayed fire on the bench. Our team captain has a issue with greatness. Ov has not been the same dominating player he was before this . He is playing without a purpose . Does OV have a girlfriend that is playing with his head right now ? He seems to moaping around .. I have been a caps fan since 1978 . All this talk about sloan & flash is true , sloan has no clue at times . He seems to just be fogged in .

This capital club that is run by Mcfee needs some adjustment . These players have been skating togather for 3-5years. I feel that they are TIRED OF COACH BB . This team has NO direction , they have NO desire to WORK NIGHTLY every night . The overall scheme system which ever was adjusted over the summer and put in place in training camp. At the start of the season it look very well the results showed. But where is that system now ? we have no clue in regard to force ourselfs on other teams by making them pay for silly mistakes. In other words everything this team is doin is back firing . BB should remove the " C " from OV to simply show this team that no one is safe. Washington needs a shake up it maybe the coach will be fire while eating turkey later this week . This would allow him to fully apply himself to the ads we see. This team needs a eye opening adjustment in the net . Our to top goalies are still wetting the bed. We need another Huiet type brought in here . We need a ball poping defensemen in here to teach these so called veterns . We don't have that right now . If I was T. L. we would be having a meeting on which trades would work best.

This team is stell we could use some fresh hearts . Otherwise it will be 4 years in a row . If thats the case next summer will be a major overhaul to the roster !

Posted by: terryreece | November 23, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

This recent Caps "slide" is exactly what they need to prepare for what they will see in the playoffs... A bit of regular season adversity could be just what the doctor ordered for this team. I for one do not want to see this team peak in the winter like last year.

The dark siders and the Penguins trolls love to say (when we are winning) that the regular season does not matter. Now when we lose a couple of games the regular season suddenly matters? You can't have it both ways...

As for Ovie...he has made a conscious decision to set aside regular season stats to be a team player. He is trying to change his game (albeit with some growing pains) and also not wear himself out during the season. Am I the only person that can see this?

Posted by: allCAPS | November 23, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

The comparision of Carlson and Stevens seems really off. Stevens was the most physical and mind you one of the most vicious hard hitting defensemen in the league. He was feared. A better contrast would be that of Chris Pronger. Both have offensive skills, one is a Hall of Famer and Pronger will be, both sacred the heck out of their opponents and the rare they can play both sides of the ice. Carlson if you watch him is a positional D men who plays more like a Lidstrom. I will say it is way too early to make any judgements of comparing Carlson to Hall of Fame players who are simply the best in a generation. On that not doesn't Sloan play like pat Ribble. Just kidding Pat would throw his body in front of the puck

Posted by: pkme | November 23, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

The closest thing the Caps have to a Scott Stevens as far as being mean on defense is Erskine. That of course is where the comparsion stop. if the Caps had a Pronger or a Stevens they would have won a Cup last year.

Posted by: pkme | November 23, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse


I'm in agreement with you and was saying the same thing about Ovie.

It's amazing that some people just want to criticize. If Ovie was scoring tons of points and goals those same people would be complaining "Why is BB playing him so much? He needs to save himself for the playoffs!" If he isn't scoring tons of goals and points its "Ovie stinks, he needs to change his game, they should remove the "C", and BB should be fired."

I starting to believe that some people on here just want to complain about things. They do so to make themselves feel better about themselves. It's the easy way out and is hollow, to try to make yourself feel better by telling yourself and everyone else how everyone else is bad, which then implies you are better. However, those same people do nothing to actually better themselves, which is the better way to feel better about yourself. Instead of sitting around constantly criticizing everyone, how about going out and accomplishing something. Take pride in your own actions and your own accomplishments not others.

Posted by: sgm3 | November 23, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

You guys are only remembering the obvious physical aspect to Stevens game.

Posted by: cwiseman | November 23, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Sadly, it looks like the Insider had an infestation of trolls. My apologies to the rational thinking people who usually populate these boards. We'll return to our regularly scheduled normalcy as soon as we remove the lace panties the Crosby fans left behind and the bodies of those alleged Caps fans who jumped off the local bridges will be recovered shortly. And whoever finds a box of Metamucil, please make sure you contact Hunterforcoach. He'll need a heaping pile of it to loosen his stool. Helps him stay regular most days.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | November 23, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

do the playoff start on thanksgiving?

Posted by: heathdog1119 | November 23, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Better for the Caps to take some losses now than in the playoffs (assuming they make it to the playoffs). I'm not sure why so many people are calling for BB to be fired. Are you kidding me? This is a great hockey team. No team is immune to losing consecutive games. Period. They will bounce back. Ironically enough, they lost 3 straight and still take 1st place. Yep, 1st place and some are crying about it.

And what's with the cirticism of Ovi? Do some of you need reminding of what he's done for this team, especially the board's resident wanker, BigGameSid?


NHL First All-Star Team: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Calder Memorial Trophy – NHL Rookie of the Year: 2006

Kharlamov Trophy – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Lester B. Pearson Award (Most Outstanding Player): 2008, 2009

Ted Lindsay Award (Formerly known as
Lester B. Pearson Award): 2010

Hart Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player): 2008, 2009

Art Ross Trophy: 2008 (112 points)

Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy: 2008 (65 goals), 2009 (56 goals)

He also set an NHL record by being the first player to win the Art Ross Trophy, Maurice Richard Trophy, Lester B. Pearson Award and Hart Memorial Trophy as well as win all four in a single season (Note: The Maurice Richard Trophy was established for the 1998–99 season).[46]

He is also the only player to be named to the NHL First All-Star Team in each of his first five seasons[47]

Seriously, give the guy a break.

Posted by: SirPelleas | November 23, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Ovi has given so much and accomplished what many NHL players only dream of. How much more do you want from him? What about the team around him? I think they could try harder. If anything, maybe Ovi needs to get in their faces and light a fire.

Yes, I got those stats from Wiki.

Posted by: SirPelleas | November 23, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

can't believe how much whining and complaining I see on here. The Caps have the BEST record in the NHL! How much more can you ask? They aren't going to win every night. Stop saying absurd things like Fire BB/GMGM. Do you not remember what it was like just 3 years ago? Sit back and enjoy the fact that DC has a winning team.

Posted by: shwrtzify | November 23, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

can't believe how much whining and complaining I see on here. The Caps have the BEST record in the NHL! How much more can you ask? They aren't going to win every night. Stop saying absurd things like Fire BB/GMGM. Do you not remember what it was like just 3 years ago? Sit back and enjoy the fact that DC has a winning team.

Posted by: shwrtzify

they had the best record last year too. where did that take them? no where.

Posted by: rachel216 | November 23, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

"In 2000, Robbie Ftorek led the Devils back into the playoffs but was fired by Lamoriello with 9 games remaining in the regular season. Assistant coach Larry Robinson replaced him and the Devils went on to win their 2nd Stanley Cup." Source-wikipedia

We all understand GMGM is not smart as Lamoriello, but here is an example that it doesn't mean anything if team is winning in regular season it can also win in play-offs....

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | November 23, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Also don't forget about San Jose and their best records in nhl...

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | November 23, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

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