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Here are a few quick post game notes, some of which did not make it into the print edition:

Boudreau wouldn't commit to using Fedorov on defense again Thursday in Pittsburgh, but as he noted, it's been a success so far.

"Don't ask me that right now," he said with a smile. "He's played there twice and we've won 5-1 both times."

Fedorov, paired with Milan Jurcina, skated 20:21, took four shots, had an assist and finished +3, the best on the team. Jurcina, meantime, had his best game in a while, scoring his first goal in about a year and posting his first plus game (+2) this season.

*Boudreau also wouldn't say which goaltender he plans to start against the Pens after Brent Johnson picked up his 100th career win tonight. Johnson

*The 10 shots were the fewest the Caps had ever allowed, though it looked to me like a couple of shots were not counted (Boudreau agreed, by the way). Either way, it's a record. The previous low was 11.

"Ten, 15, what ever they had, anytime you can hold a team under 15 shots, you had a hell of a game," Boudreau said.

*Boudreau picked Alexander Semin (two goals) to take the penalty shot. But the refs, after a lengthy delay, ruled that the shot must be taken by Michael Nylander, since he was carrying the puck when Willie Mitchell fired that loose stick at him.

*Nylander's goal was the first on a penalty shot since Matt Pettinger notched one on Nov. 23rd, 2005 against Tampa Bay. They had missed their previous six, four by Ovechkin.

*The announced crowd of 16,847 - it was a strong turnout for a Western Conference opponent on a Monday - snapped the team's nine-game home sellout streak (including the playoffs).

*Nicklas Backstrom, though he didn't factor into the scoring, was given the red hardhat for effort by his teammates tonight. The young Swede had three shots and won 55 percent of his faceoffs in 21:36 of ice time.

*The three stars: Semin, Nylander and Fedorov.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 14, 2008; 12:01 AM ET
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Well shoot, maybe I should have made the trip. Coulda made it 16,848.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | October 14, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Nice job, and kudos to the Caps!

Posted by: i rock the red | October 14, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

this team's got heart, that's what i love about it.

Posted by: diehardcapsfan | October 14, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

what a fun game! Incredible performance by the Caps. Very strong defensive effort. and congrats Johnny for notching 100 wins

Posted by: CapsFanInHollywood | October 14, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

I'm so glad I flew in from alaska for this weekend and saw the two games. this one was amazing. what an offensive domination. what a great penalty shot by Nylander and Semin is really enjoying himself out there, thanks to Feds, finally broke that kid out of his shell, look at him go. Great game let's keep the wins coming

pics from the game

pregame skate

Posted by: GoOVcaps | October 14, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Did you eve bother to ask OV, Semin, Seregei or ANYONE anout comrade Alexei Cherepanov's death? YOU SHOULD BE FIRED..TODAY!

Posted by: Al | October 14, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

@ Al
wow what a jack@ss comment. it is truly sad about cherepanov and I'm sure everyone who knew him especially the ones you listed above are going to be saddened by his loss.

why should tarik ask about that right after a game. save that for tomorrow. and it isn;t really appropriate either. would you want someone to ask you bout someone you knew who just died, its personal. i'm sure they will all be mourning him tonight in their own time

Posted by: GoOVcaps | October 14, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Can we vote Al off the island? Tarik is like, the best beat reporter ever. Plus, why sour a win with that kind of a downer? God rest the kid's soul, but TBH I'm tired of reading about it.

Posted by: Murshawursha | October 14, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Well, the Canadian press don't give props to the Caps. Instead, it's Vancouver that didn't show for the game.

Why am I continually surprised?

Posted by: Greg S. | October 14, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be surprised. Vancouver DIDN'T show up for the game. The Sedin twins and Demitra as well as a few other players are better than that. Their defense was none existant. To our credit, we did an AMAZING job of taking advantage. And, while we did a great job of covering the center of our defensive zone, we did a terrible job of covering their point men (At least, for the first 5 minutes).

It was a great team effort, and the Caps deserve all the glory for it. But it's one win.

I hope not to see too much shake up in the lines, and I hope Kozlov is ok. A 5-1 win like that? Amazing. Fedorov on D I like. Our third line is much much better, and our Second line is slightly improved, while our 3rd defensive pairing becomes legit.

I love having a third line as an energy line, and that's exactly what it was today. Brashear's line looked great too. It's very nice to have FOUR lines we can throw out there. And, I think with Feds on D, we can roll 3 d-pairings, and keep Poti's minutes a little down, which makes him more valuable.

Posted by: Whiter Mage | October 14, 2008 2:57 AM | Report abuse

Great game last night, exciting the whole way through. I would have liked to see Johnny get tested a bit more this early in the season, but it's awesome to hit another record (10 shots Against).

A bit delayed, but good for you Lee, training your daughter early. Once she gets that timing down for her goal chant, you will be golden.

RIP Cherepanov

Can't wait till Thursday, heading to the folks house... (Dad is a Penguins fan), to watch the CAPS dominate.


Posted by: Super | October 14, 2008 5:17 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, fire a reporter who blogs at midnight -- after filing his story -- to keep the fans informed.


Posted by: @ Al | October 14, 2008 6:42 AM | Report abuse

first...yeah, A1 off the island - is that what passes as sensitivity at your house? Flaming at Tarik won't bring him back and only tarnishes his memory.

Second and most important - Semin looks like a friggin terminator out there so far! That one goal he got was after about four attempts in as many seconds from both sides of the net...he just keeps coming! Also another goal was after he just came after a lone Canuck deep in their d-zone and that harassment led to shakey pass that got lost and led to a goal. I was laughing at how terrifying it must be to have that guy all over you alone in your zone... What a BEAST!

Posted by: TheCapitalist | October 14, 2008 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Semin was an animal last night. Not just on his goals, but in his determination to get to the puck, keep the puck, pass the puck. Was a little surprised he did not get the red hard hat.

Oh, and how about him psyching out Luongo before the penalty shot. At first, I thought the refs were icing him. But he just kept circling, circling... Poor Luongo, he was sweating Semin's quick release then got Nylander's slow steady shootout clinic.

It did look like Nick faired better last night. Not favoring his ankle quite so much, and seemed to be getting more into the groove as the game wore on.

Posted by: Kim | October 14, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

What an impressive performance. Was able to see the game since it was on Versus last night and I've never seen the Caps dominate so thoroughly for an entire game like that. Gotta like this team.

RIP Cherepanov. Truly tragic.

Posted by: Caps fan in NJ | October 14, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

I agree - the Caps were great last night, but it was not their best performace. They win was so big because Vancouver played a terrible game.

If you want me to pick up one of those shirts for you, just let me know.

I am surprised that Ovie gets so many penalty shot / SO opps - he just does not have the record to support it. Glad BB did not plan to go with him when he thought he had the option last night. I say give 'em to Semin, Koz and Nyls (and Bradley, of course! ;-)). Ovie is so amazing in regular play, but in a penalty shot / SO situation?!? Fuhgedaboutit.

Posted by: Boo! | October 14, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

what a great offensive performance last night. i couldn't help thinking about the start to last season when it didn't appear these guys knew each other, much less played together. so fluid, such good passes especially to the trailing d. and nylander looks fantastic. the guy can stickhandle in an outhouse and his penalty shot was phenominal.

i would love to see a picture of the hardhat..

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | October 14, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Dude, you're a hoot. You want to fire the guy because he does his work (makes his deadline) before he blogs?

Posted by: C-way | October 14, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Re: Federov on Defense... he did this at the end of the 2006/2007 season for the Bluejackets when their defensive core was decimated. While he did well, and didn't complain, he did admit he does not want to consistently play defense, and is only comfortable doing it under unusual circumstances.

Posted by: Duff | October 14, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

50 Things to expect at times this season.

50. We will lose games - ATL 10/10
49. Ovechkin will not score - ATL 10/10
48. Someone will get hurt - VAN 10/13 (Kozlov)
47. Semin will have a defensive lapse
46. Schultz will look flatfooted
45. Poti will take 2 dumb penalties in 1 game
44. Alzner will look like a rookie at times
43. You'll scream for Backstrom to shoot instead of pass
42. Green will get caught way out of position - ATL 10/10
41. Kozlov will annoy you for not being more physical - ATL 10/10
40. Flash will get knocked off of the puck - ATL 10/10
39. Brashear wont fight when you want him too - ATL 10/10
38. Bradley will fight when you dont want him too
37. Semin will toe drag excessively
36. We'll lose a game we had no excuse losing - ATL 10/10
35. We'll win a game we had no right winning
34. Theodore will let in a softy - ATL 10/10
33. We'll start off slow - ATL 10/10
32. We'll have defensive lapses - ATL 10/10
31. We'll go 0 for on the PP - CHI 10/11
30. Bourque will play on the big team
29. Lepisto will play for the big team
28. We'll lose in OT
27. We'll get shutout
26. We'll look bad - ATL 10/10
25. We'll look unbeatable - VAN 10/13
24. We'll embarrass some teams - VAN 10/13
23. Semin will amaze us with his skill - VAN 10/13
22. Ovechkin will score a hattrick
21. Green will skate through an entire defense
20. Laich will go to the butcher - CHI 10/11
19. Boudreau will look like a genius - VAN 10/13
18. Theodore will win us a game
17. Our defense will win us a game - VAN 10/13
16. Clark will take a puck somewhere he doesnt want too
15. Alzner will make all of us believers in him
14. Nylander will cut up a defense - VAN 10/13
13. Backstrom to Ovechkin will be heard multiple times a game
12. We will sell out at the phonebooth - CHI 10/11
11. Other people will take notice
10. We will thank Fedorov for coming back another year - VAN 10/13
9. Schultz will crush someone
8. Alzner and Green will skate together
7. We will see Ovechkin/Fedorov/Semin
6. Brashear/Steckel/Bradley will be the best line on the ice - CHI 10/11
5. Chief will complain about management - Everyday
4. Wendel will ask why arent we playing Laing - Everyday
3. smartfan will sound really dumb - Everyday
2. People in here will overreact to negatives - Everyday
1. People in here will overreact to negatives - Everyday

This is why its fun being a fan.

Posted by: JSchon | October 14, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Amusingly, the Vancouver papers are noting that the Caps game was a pay-per-view event for them and people wasted 12.95 loonies.

Posted by: tallbear | October 14, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

So glad to see the Caps come out with a game like that! With the back-to-backs against calgary, guess the nucks went all out against the flames and saved little for us. I'm ok with that, the Caps needed a game like that! They were great!

As for the lines, I loved seeing Nyles up on that 2nd line - i really hope he stays there. I am also kind of hoping that Feds stays on D for Thursday. Erskine may be a little slow to face Pitt. We'd have a better chance for success if we went with last nights lineup (pending outcome of kozlov injury). After Thursday I guess it will be time to re-evaluate.

Posted by: Grape8 | October 14, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

on the Caps website, you can see Brooks being interviewed with the hardhat on (10/11). Go to Caps365 under Multimedia.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 14, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Props to MNMNT and Sombrero for the tix last night... Great seats...

Saw all the boys there... Rod, Dick, Johnson, Peter and Willy.

I hope we see a lot of Erskine on the healthy scratch column. Fedorov on the blueline is a damn good thing.

I have to admit that I am really juiced to see Fehr play, hopefully on the 1st line. I would not change any other lines.

Posted by: JSchon | October 14, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

I've decided to forget every time his electrifying talent has given in to tantrum: Alexander Semin is the bee's knees. The grit, guile, and GO he showed last night were *such* fun to watch.
If 28's game is about done growing up, ain't nothing to say but 'Holy Cap!'

Posted by: redlineblue | October 14, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

What an AWESOME GAME!!! I'm still (exhaustedly) bouncing off the walls! :)

Posted by: i rock the red | October 14, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I was surprised that Semin did not get the hard hat. I guess they're trying to recognize someone who didn't get one of the three stars, which is probably a good idea. That was an amazing game for Semin. Before the season started, I predicted Semin for a 40+ goal season, and he is certainly looking awesome so far. He was tough on the boards, took no penalties, and had no give-aways. It was clear two years ago that he has talent on an elite level with Ovechkin, but he needed to get the mental part of his game in shape. Since last spring, it looks like he has finally clicked on the head-game part. Look out NHL, and Semin bashers on this blog, please take note!

And for those of you who thought Fedorov was not worth his $4M salary, please watch the game tapes from last night to see a clinic on how to play defense. Watch the way he played the angles perfectly, how he knew when to play up and when to get back, how he controlled and cleared the puck in his own zone, and how he almost scored a couple of goals with his great shot. Hockey lovers should enjoy this season as much as they can, because it is a pure joy to see a master like Fedorov out there--no matter what position he plays. Maybe he'll play on defense enough this season to teach Jurcina how to play the position! (Actually, I really liked the three defensive pairing last night, and it was good to see Gordo in the lineup.)

The passing was incredible last night too. Someone compared the Caps game to the Red Wings, and I thought there was some truth to that. Great to watch both of those teams. January 31st should be a great game.

Posted by: HockeyBob | October 14, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Damn we covered over half of those 50 in 2 games.

Great game for CAPS! I thought it might be a tough game for the naucks before hand, but you still have to play the games on the schedule. They had two good emotional, divisional/rivarly games with Calgary, then had to travel and play THE BEST team on the East. Was still a dominating performance by the CAPS,they had a great game, passing was awesume!

Funny thing, some people out there say "You stop OVie from scoring and you stop the caps......hummmmmm.........

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | October 14, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Good comments, HockeyBob. It is hard not to think of Niedermayer when you watch Fedorov on defense: the smooth skating, never getting ruffled, the laser passes.

I'll add that it is also great to see Ovie not force it on a night that wasn't happening for him and take a back seat to his teammates - the great 8!

Posted by: Shaggy | October 14, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

My takes from the game -

ICE was awful. Lots of bad passes, and slip shots by both teams.

Fed's looked very sharp on the back with open room to skate and turn on a dime. With him and Green back there, we look awesome breaking out of the zone.

Nylander is so smooth with the puck..Any thoughts of him being available for a trade is silly.

Semin also looks very sharp with the puck handeling

Im not a fan of Ovie on the PK last night. With Gordon in the lineup, I think Ovie's legs should be saved for 5-5 and PP.

Johnson wasnt tested much with shots, but played a smart game to cut things off, and didnt mis-manage the puck at all.

I hope Kozlov is OK, but I feel confident with our depth if he has to sit for a few games.

Posted by: SA_Town | October 14, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Just as there's knee-jerks to bad things, there can also be knee-jerks to the good. The D looked very good last night, but frmo 414 it looked a lot more like Van just couldn't handle the travel from Calgary last night. That team was AWFUL.

Feds made the D look good last night. Even more so, he was doing things you don't typically see defenders do. Some of those things could have very quickly turned into odd-man rushes the other way and been a huge problem. These are the same type of things when we see other players do it, we get angry at them cause they don't always work. (Specifically, pinching @ the redline - worked 2x or more last night for 91, cost us 2-3 goals on Friday night).

The experiment was fine and dandy, but seeing it again may come down to how well Kozy is doing.

I enjoyed how much BB was playing with the F lines last night in the 3rd. Probably seeing who might work best with who. If Kozy's injury isn't serious, I'd just toss Fehr on the top line. But if this is something that's going to linger, we may need to move Clark back to his rightful position and have a Flash, Fehr, Nyls line.

Great game last night. A little bummed that the last shot was counted, as it was taken from outside the blue. But as BB said, there were probably a few more than 3 through the first 2 periods. Then again, from 414, it's hard to see what reaches the goalie and what doesn't.

Posted by: FFS Enough | October 14, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

@JSchon - And here I was about to ask you to repost that list with the ones we'd covered checked off. Awesome stuff.

@capsfanmiss - I still think that Ovi is a factor every time he steps on the ice, whether he scores in a game or not, simply because when he's on the ice, the opposing D is all over him. They have to be or he'll wreak havoc. If the D is all over him, that frees Semin or Backstrom or Nylander to be the monsters they can be out there, because all the top line D is spending all their minutes covering Ovi.

Posted by: this space for rent | October 14, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse


am I dick?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 14, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

JSchon- The ice was in very good shape in the 1st, and it was a pleasure watching the ice harden much faster than normal after warmups in the abnormally cold building. After the 1st, it again was pretty quick to re-freeze, but after the 2nd it was not the same story. The puddles in the non-zamboni end are atrocious and something has to be done.

Some other thoughts. Watching the replays of the first goal, I'm curious what BJ was upset about. He looked as if someone on D made a mistake, but he saw the puck the whole way and should have made the stop. That was a classic "Olie-Hole"...high glove shoulder. Great shot, but on a PP, you can't cover everybody. All passes were covered on that play.

Backstrom absolutely deserved the hard-hat today. He made some amazing passes last night. A few long breakouts, 2 that should have been goals if Ovie didn't whiff (he's getting a lot more ice than puck early in this season) or Nyls could put that one home on the PK.

I really would have liked to see Clark and Backstom get their lay-up goals last night. Guess the timing was just off. We need to get the confidence back in those two.

If this team can play like that for 2/3 of the games this year, we'll be looking at home-ice throughout.

Posted by: FFS Enough | October 14, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

First off, RIP Cherepanov.

Secondly, I am, actually, curious to know how our Russians took the news of his passing. I mean, did any of them know him personally? He was a good bit younger than them, so, outside of a few Ovechkin-led-practices (or something) I wouldn't have expected a whole lot of contact between them (them being any of our Russians, not just Ovechkin). Anything about that?

The game last night was wonderful to watch at home (damn influenza). It is still a little strange, though, that Backstrom still only has one point and Ovechkin still has no assists. Hopefully, their line will start to dominate soon.

How much longer does Alzner have to stay up in Hershey? It'd be nice to get him here and get Feds a normal offensive shift again :-). Then again, Feds stepped up into the offense so much last night, it was like it didn't even matter. Maybe we should just keep him there so that we can run a Semin-Nylander-Laich-Fedorov-Whomever line! That is a stacked shift right there.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | October 14, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Actually Anonymous, you are Johnson...

My prediction for Thursday night lineup...



Theo get the nod...

Posted by: JSchon | October 14, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

It was like a playoff game...felt so exciting! I loved seeing Feds on D and especially liked it when 91 amd 92 were together on the ice. There was so mych BS this summer about "will 91 and 92 fit on team" and now we get to see them not just on same team...on ice together. They are noth so smart, mature mentally yet just as fit physically as the young boys. They will be able to do amazing things together if we can keep it this way.

Posted by: LetsGoCaps | October 14, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Really stoked to see Semin play up to his potential. This team has scarry potential. They have absolutely dominated the last five periods. Yet, the Thrashers prove they can be very mediocre. I pray that the Caps we saw the last two games show up in Pissburgh.

Posted by: JIM | October 14, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I remember over the summer... more than few people people in here didn't want Green back or didn't think he deserved a big contract.

Well that selfish, non-defensive minded, reckless, out of position, immature party boy has 3 goals and 2 assists and has 16 sog and is a +3.

Not bad for a 23 yr old.

Its early in the season, but as history recent and old points out he is going to have a great season.

By the end of the year, my prediction is that his $5.25M per year number will be considered a bargain. I also would entertain extending Semin's deal if he continues this type of play.

Posted by: JSchon | October 14, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

And to add to Green's numbers. His 3 goals are all on the PP, which does not count to his +3. He also has a GW.

Posted by: JSchon | October 14, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Jschon -- I agree with your lines except for 2 options 1) switch Clark and Fehr. 2) Johnson gets the start.

Posted by: Go Skins Go | October 14, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse


Fehr right to the 1st line? I like the kid, but do we think he's in game shape after not playing at all? Pre-season is one thing. Regular season, something else... Of course, the flip side is to scramble the lines which has its own issues.

Re Al. At first I was going to make some crack like "Why is Corey over here posting?" but then decided that Al is too much of a nimrod for us to pay any attention to. Maybe he's the stay-puf marshmellow man: if we ignore him, he'll vanish.

Posted by: old time hockey | October 14, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

JSchon - you can check off Semin toe dragging excessively. That second goal was nasty.

The caps shat on Vancouver... they were squating and throwing poo at them. This is what I expected this year... I just hope we can do it against the teams we hate - Pitt, Buf, and Philly...

Posted by: 828 | October 14, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Anyone notice that we did better 5 on 5 than on the powerplay?

Tarik, does Feds like playing D? If he likes it, I see him buying more time in the NHL... seems to be less wear on him that if he was a forward for a few more years.

Posted by: 828 | October 14, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

@old time

I'm not worried about his conditioning, he started camp when everyone else did and practices with the team. I worried about his mental game, he has to focused to play with OV.

I wouldn't change the other lines, lets face it the OV/Back/Koz line aint doing much. It will be fine, I'm not worried, but replacing Koz with Clark, instead of Fehr might be more of a risk.

I just wouldn't alter what we have going, because its going well.

Posted by: JSchon | October 14, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse


Another contract extension for Semin would be great, if GMGM can do some magic with the CAPS up against the Cap. That'd be funny with two extensions in 2 years. I just can't imagine Semin wanting to play elsewhere with how he relies on his fellow Russians.

Posted by: JIM | October 14, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse


The good news is that we dont have to worry about Semin until 2010/2011. We will have cash to spare this summer. I would try to seal him up before he has 2 great seasons back to back.

But this Fedorov defense thing is way too intriguing. If Fed's plays D and ends up with 10G 30A +20, why wouldn't we want him back? I would.

Posted by: JSchon | October 14, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Gordon, should never sit another game, that line and the Nylander line were dominant. Apparently Federov should always be paired with Jucina, Erskine needs to go any way.

Posted by: dtrain | October 14, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

OK, I see no mention of the REAL pressing issue here: THE HOCKEY SONG WAS MISSING BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHTS. I thought I might be the only one who noticed, but the folks in back of us on the Metro were also griping. WHAT'S UP WITH THAT? That's like not playing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" for baseball.

Posted by: Zamboni | October 14, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

The NHL commish discussed Alexei Cherepanov's death in the season subscriber chalk talk last night. Agreeing that it was tragic, he explained that the NHL requires that two ambulances be in the building during all games (one for fans, one for players) and if one ambulance leaves, another one must replace it immediately. He said the league is committed to player safety.

This talk was very interesting, BTW, esp on the issue of goalie equipment.

Posted by: MH | October 14, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

@ 828

I noticed that too. We were in their zone constantly in the 2nd period, except when we were on the PP. I think it may have been because Vancouver could dump the puck without getting called for icing while on the PP.

Excellent game last night, and a strong turn out for a out-of-conference game on a Monday night.

Feds was excellent on D and he definitely brought up Juice's play as well. I wonder whether playing with Feds or avoiding being a healthy scratch on Thursday was a bigger motivator for Juice.

Posted by: AM Capsfan | October 14, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I think you put clark on the top line, put fehr on the third line. the lines have already been mixed up with the move of fedorov back on d. besides i don't think BB would mind having a flash-gordon-fehr line to reminisce his Hershey days.

Posted by: Andy | October 14, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

@Jschon - glad you could make it but thank MNMNT. Those were his tickets. Our plan was for him to sit with me and my friend using an extra ticket for another section but there was only one open seat around us and it appears he got blocked by the Ushers.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | October 14, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse


My buddy and I also noticed the hockey song has not been played. I hope the trend continues as I will not feel like putting a gun in my mouth this season!

Posted by: Leigh | October 14, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

The NHL Ice Guru was there last night and confirmed what Ted said about our ice, not the best,not the worst, in the middle. He said we usually ranked anywhere from 12 to 20 on ice quality. Far from as bad as most of the "experts" in the stands seem to think. Ice quality testing is done at the end of the game, not the start.

Posted by: Bob | October 14, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

@ Jschon -- I agree, the Caps should tie up Semin for as long as his buddy OV. I also like the idea of keeping Feds on the team, if he is willing to keep on playing. He certainly is playing well enough. But the lousy cap issue rears its ugly head. I hope it does not come down to a decision between Feds and ShaMo.

@Andy -- Yes, I agree, move up Clark and put Fehr with his Hershey buddies. Makes great sense to me.

Posted by: JIM | October 14, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Re: the hockey song

they played it at the philly pre-season game. perhaps they are rotating in-game entertainment?

Glad to see they did not "unleash the fury" in a 5-1 game last night either. save it for when its needed.

Posted by: stormblue | October 14, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Of all the things there are to be concerned about, i think my most distressing one is the one where Ovechkin still has no assists. it's been 3 games! he should have like 10 assists already! Atlanta game 7-4. 4 goals he didn't get points on. Chicago game 4-2. 2 goals he didn't get assists on! Vancouver game 5-1. 5 goals he didn't get assists on! That's AT LEAST 11 assists he should have by now!

Yes, it's a ridiculous problem that I'm glad to have :-).

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | October 14, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse


Even if Fedorov doesnt come back next year, I think Mo is in his final year with us. I expect and I think the Capitals expect for Alzner to be paired up with Green on the first line.

We also have Godfrey, Lepisto and Carlson knocking on the door.

I do not think Schultz is going anywhere.

Posted by: JSchon | October 14, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

@Jschon -- you may well be right, sir. I'd hate to see ShaMo go because I think he is a very reliable stay-at-home defender, but Alzner may take his place. I agree that the Sarge is here to stay and that room must be made for the other youngsters on defense. I think that, however, Godfrey and Carlson may be two years away. I just don't know. Good thing there is a season plus to figure that out. I'm still not convinced about Sami yet, not that I can't be.

Posted by: JIM | October 14, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Fehr will not clear waivers, he is not an AHL vet like QL, he is young and worth taking a chance on. We would be much better off trading him for draft picks!

Posted by: Bob | October 14, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The NHL ice guru may have taken readings at the end of the game, but there was a guy doing readings of the ice temperature at the beginning of the game as well. The arena was noticeably colder than it was for the preseason games or Saturday night. The ice looked somewhat better than usual, but it did deteriorate during the game.

And what a game it was! Federov looked like Mr. Fox in the 'Nuck's chicken coop - some of those guys didn't realize he'd taken the puck away from them. He's worth every penny he's paid. And it was fun watching how intently Semin was angling shots from the side during the practice skate only to see him use the same shot during the game. The only thing the 'Nucks were able to do was contain Ovechkin.

Posted by: Sec. 119 | October 14, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

The ice did look better than last season and it was definitely colder in the arena. The Red Rockers are everything we feared they'd be. I'm not sure what's worse: the outfits or the porno-ready hair, makeup, and tans. I'm disappointed in you Ted.

Posted by: Section 425 | October 14, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

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