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Olympic roundup: U.S. advances; Russia falls


(Julie Jacobson/AP)


Some morning links:

*Alex Ovechkin: "The will be a lot of dirt poured on us from the media and from people who don't know anything about hockey. But to the people who support and love us, I would like to say that we tried our best." (Heavy Medal)

*Tracee Hamilton on Canada taking its game back: "You could feel the collective exhale of an entire nation (someone had garlic for lunch). Even the guy with the 'Hockey is Canada's Game' sign finally sat down, much to the relief of the rest of the fans, who know that, for Pete's sake."

*One goal is enough as Team USA beats Switzerland.

*Team USA plays Finland next, who took down the Czech Republic, 2-0. Meanwhile, defending champ Sweden fell to Slovakia, meaning all the Caps' Olympians are now done.

*Wilson takes a good shot. (Heavy Medal)

*Photo galleries: Switzerland-USA | Canada-Russia

*Zach Parise talks about the USA's win:

*Ovechkin, shift by shift vs. Canada (NHL.com)

*Ovechkin on the loss. (Japers' Rink)

*Mike Milbury uses the word "Eurotrash" to describe the Russians' playing style. World does a spit take. (Puck Daddy)

*Canada's statement win. (ESPN)

*Michael Farber on Zach Parise: "His personality is as vanilla as his game is a blend of 39 flavors." (SI)


Caps roundup

*The Caps are back at practice after using the Olympic break to get healthy (and watch hockey).

*Ted recommends this story on Ovie. (Ted's Take)

*Not Caps-related, but D.C. hockey-related, and sad: Fort Dupont could close.

*More on the Caps' practice. (Ed Frankovic)

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 25, 2010; 5:43 AM ET
 | Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, Olympics, Semyon Varlamov, Tomas Fleischmann  
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Comments

One last thing about the Semin/Boyle hit. During the 1st intermission of the Sweden/Slovakia game they were showing highlights of Canada/Russia. Jr says something along the lines of "Boyle isn't going to take a cheapshot from anybody". Then as they show the replay of Boyle slewfooting he says "Ooh how did that feel Semin?!" what a bunch of db's.

Posted by: ludeman95 | February 25, 2010 6:08 AM | Report abuse

Didn't like seeing the Caps players lose, but having all of them have entire week off before playing March 3 may not be such a bad thing....

The Sweden loss was more shocking than the Russia loss. Sweden had looked great this tournament.

I guess GO USA (except Orpik) the rest of the way. Speaking of Orpik, anyone else notice the last 2 minutes of Sunday's game, while Canada was furiously trying to score, Orpik wouldn't check his teammate Crosby?? Pens players just suck in general.

Posted by: adamkatzen | February 25, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Semin was finishing his check. Boyle made a gutless retaliatory cheapshot. The announcers are jingoist biased homers. It all made me sick.

Posted by: crooks_c | February 25, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Everybody's blaming Russia, and there's plenty to blame there, but the Canadians in the first period played as well as any team I've ever seen. 21 shots on goal and they were all top-notch chances. Nabakov just gave up, it was too much.

Russia failed to realize, obviously, that the KHL'ers would adapt to speed and ice surface.

Failure to change goalies even at 3-0 was inexplicable.

On Kovalchuk: When he declined the Atlanta offer and got traded, I said he'd never again see a contract like the one he turned down unless he was reading another player's deal. Kovalchuk IMO is a declining asset. A great dimension, but only one dimension. In a world where Ovi is 9.5, gaborik 7.5 and Semin is 6.0, I don't see how you can make Kovalchuk anything above 8.0.

6 yrs/$48M is tops for him. Given the choice, one or the other, would you take Gaborik or Kovalchuk? I myself am on the fence.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 25, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

would *not* adapt

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 25, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Semin was finishing his check. Boyle made a gutless retaliatory cheapshot. The announcers are jingoist biased homers. It all made me sick.

Posted by: crooks_c | February 25, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

all of the announcers INCLUDING Milbury are American so how does that make them "homers"??

all this whining is just pathetic and it's not even about the Caps this time

Posted by: joek443 | February 25, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

As for Sweden, I didn't watch them much, I was sleeping, but they didn't score much at all. Don't they also have a number of non-NHL players? And how was Forsberg?

It is very possible, simply, that by using the NHL rink, and the Canadians and Americans being all from the NHL, and the NHL being the world's premier league, that those two countries have the best teams to compete in this tournament. They certainly have the two speediest squads.

Had the Olympics been held in some trashy place, like Europe, on one of those trashy European ice surfaces, filled with trashy European fans, the results might have been different and maybe some trashy European commentator would be bashing the Canadians.

Doesn't Milbury just fit the stereotype of the "ugly American" from the 70s and 80s?

I will write my congressman and ask that Milbury be declared "persona non grata" in his own country.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 25, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

as far as Semin's hit, the hit in itself wasn't bad but the timing of it was... if you got hit like that in the waning moments of a blowout, you'd get upset too

Posted by: joek443 | February 25, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

I want to see a "Ted's Take" on Milbury's comments. Then I want to see what the league's European players do as a result of this. I would say, if I were specifically a Russian player, I'd announce that I would have no more communication with anyone from NBC until discipline had been metted out.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 25, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

The Russian coach should be drawn and quartered for not pulling Nabokov earlier. Yes, the Canadians played an outstanding first period, but, Nabokov obviously did not have his "A" game last night.

and joek443....if you can not see the bias Milbury shows to Canada you are a bigger fool than all the "whiners" you say are posting here!

Posted by: PhilR | February 25, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

One more thing - Yzerman is still a doofus for taking Pronger over Green. Even if Canadians win the gold, their GM forced them to take the hard road instead of the possibly easier road.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 25, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Joe443-- true on the timing of Semin's hit but do you really think the ensuing slewfoot in retiation was appropriate? I don't. And it was much more damgereous.

As for commentators my problem is with Milbury on just about every team--he shows contempt and shouldn't be trash talking. At least Cherry actuallly throws in some analysis with his rants. And in the comentary of the other sports the announcers have not been so blatent in their preferences.

But still I don't have a problem with how JR expresses his preferences. So I am not offended when he prefers one team over another. Milbury--whew. I am writing a letter today because his Eurotrash comment to disgusting to all of the European teams.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 25, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

If anyone finds an email address for NBC Sports let me know....I just listened to the Eurotrash comment, way over the line....JR looked stunned that it came out of Milbury's mouth...

Posted by: PhilR | February 25, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: JillC | February 25, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

I imagine that many Caps fans are demanding that 2 heads be served up on platters today - Cam Janssen and Milbury. I can't say I'm very certain that either will happen.

I get that Milbury, his agent, or someone at NBC decided that it would be a good marketing idea to have Milbury be the American Don Cherry. I don't think that type of bigotry and all-around ignorance will fly in the US. Would baseball tolerate an announcer disparaging Latin players as a group? Even Milbury's less offensive attempts at "analysis" either just state the obvious or miss the mark. He adds nothing substantive to a broadcast.

Posted by: zmega | February 25, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

nbcolympicsfeedback@nbcuni.com
nbcsportshelp@nbcuni.com

FLOOD them.

Every European player in the NHL should be offended by that "Eurotrash" comment. Milbury should be fired. He should not be able to make commentary on a junior pee-wee game played by three-year-olds after this.

Dude really showed great Olympic spirit of cooperation among nations with that one...

Posted by: irockthered | February 25, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

To Whom it May Concern,

I have held my peace throughout these Olympic games for the most part, but I feel that I must come out and say something about Mike Milbury's racist slur, "eurotrash". The term, apparently, is along the lines of "white trash" or "redneck" as applied to Europeans, and is not appropriate, and should not have been used in an NBC broadcast. Period. Milbury should apologize to Team Russia, and to all Europeans for his remark. I am very angry about this, and as a result will be unlikely to watch your network when he is on the air.

From Wikipedia (which, by the way, already has Milbury's comment up in both the article on the term Eurotrash and in Milbury's biography), "Eurotrash is a derogatory term used chiefly in North America for Europeans, especially those who perceived to be young, wealthy, and resident in the United States."

Urban Dictionary defines the term Eurotrash as "A certain people and outlook, those who are products of a sneering, overly-socialized culture who take perverse pride in their stylized, postmodern, lazy lifestyles, and those who would choose to emulate this."

Another definition is "Typically of Eastern European descent, eurotrash are pale, lanky nocturnal young adults temporarily living in the United States to take advantage of inflation and return to their home countries. Eurotrash usually work as chambermaids, waitresses, or McDonald's drive-thru cashiers. Though they are supposedly working to pay for tuition, Eurotrash almost always blow their not-so-hard-earned money on FCUK shirts, hairgel, highlights, unnecessary jewelery, green shoes, and anything that says "Dior" on it. When not lamenting their grueling 4 hour shifts and screwing up orders, they interact solely with people from their own country. Some well known hobbies of Eurotrash include smoking cheap cigarettes, drinking copious amounts of vodka, refraining from the consumption of food, making rude and/or lewd comments in obscure languages, and complaining about how there is no "Discotek" nearby." and there are 31 other definitions, none of them complimentary.

Milbury needs to make a public apology, and he needs to be reined in before he ruins these Olympic games.

Sincerely,
~Sal Robertson

Posted by: irockthered | February 25, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to our all Caps at the Olympics....

Come on home and lets rock the red...

Go U.S.A!

Posted by: SA-Town | February 25, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Agreed! I was deeply offended. And I will write.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 25, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

We've seen a number of cases, going back 20 years or so, of commentators making ethnic or racist slurs during sporting events (example: Jimmy the Greek). These announcers have been summarily fired. However, in all cases, I think, the players being referred to were American. So you had one American making a comment about another group of Americans. Some might perceive this as different, Milbury commenting about Russians. But it's no different, it's derogatory, and everyone should be offended.

Wherever Jimmy the Greek is, Milbury should be sent there too.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 25, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

And to our all of our Caps--come home to DC. You have support and appreciation here.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 25, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Why, oh why, should we ever question the hockey brilliance of Mike Milbury? I mean look at the wonderful job he did coaching/gm'ing the Isles. He was simply awesome, just look how well the team did with all those sweet draft-picks and their impeccable record during the Milbury era.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | February 25, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Jimmy the Greek, Howard Cosell on Monday Night Football, Rush Limbaugh on ESPN....this comment falls in the same category and should be dealt with in a similiar fashion.

Posted by: PhilR | February 25, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Can the Caps deny Milbury a media credential for the next NBC game and/or the playoffs? That would be sweet - if he wasn't allowed in the Verizon Center!

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | February 25, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of dirty hits, did anybody see Backstrom get sent head first into the boards by the Slovak?

According to this internation hockey rule that I pulled from the Yahoo article discussing Ovechkin's hit on Jagr, there should have been some kind of penalty:

"Rule 540 - Checking to the Head and Neck Area - A player who directs a check or blow, with any part of his body, to the head and neck area of an opposing player or "drives" or "forces" the head of an opposing player into the protective glass or boards, shall be assessed at the discretion of the Referee, a minor and a misconduct penalty; a major and game misconduct penalty; or a match penalty. When injury occurs, a match penalty must be assessed."

But there was nothing and referee appeared to be right by the play. Backstrom was apparently going off on the referee after getting back to his feet.

Regardless, Backstrom played the best and most consistently of any Caps player at the Olympic games. It's good he didn't get hurt on that play and the same can be said about Semin after he got VICIOUSLY slew-footed by Boyle. Let's hope that Ovechkin's finger is okay as well.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 25, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Its time to get back to their daytime jobs. We need to forget about this traveshamockery. Refocus on what is important, your Washington Capitals (Power Play music blaring). Root for the US and season nagging injuries to the Canadians.

Posted by: JSchon | February 25, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

And I'm in the camp that thinks the Russian coaches deserve a lion's share of the blame for that trouncing last night. I'm not even talking about the decision to keep Nabokov in the game for so long. That was more like a product of deeper failures on their part as far as I see it.

The Russians were just totally out of sync with each other. They lacked any concept of team play and didn't seem to be following any kind of gameplan, at least not a legitimate or effective one.

Team Canada probably has more talent, top to bottom, than the Russians but, in my opinion, the biggest discrepancy in that game last night was how the two teams were able to organize and utilize their talent.

The Russians were playing as invidiuals and most of the forwards (other than Datsyuk and maybe a couple of others) were beyond irresponsible, defensively. This isn't the Caps so that's not an excuse.

Meanwhile, the Canadians looked like a finely-tuned machine that had been playing together for more than a mere couple of weeks.

Credit the Canadian coaches for figuring out a way to make all that talent work together.

Discredit the Russian coaches for not doing the same and for not making any real, effective in-game decisions besides the late goalie change.

The Russians weren't generating much of anything in the offensive zone and could barely get the puck past the opposing blue line most of the night yet nothing seemed to change, tactically. The defensive breakdowns didn't seem to get any better, either, until it was too late and the Canadians had taken their foot off the pedal.

It was as if the Canadian coaches knew exactly how to prepare their players for the Russians but the Russian coaches were completely clueless as to what to expect and how to counter it. I'm not saying it was all on the coaches but they certainly seem to be a guilty party and were pretty clearly out-coached by the competition.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 25, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Playoff Game 1 Question.

The season ends on Sunday the 11th.

The Wizards have a home game on Wed the 14th.

It is pretty much a given we open on Thursday the 15th, or Friday the 16th right?

Is there any way we would play on Tuesday the 13th with only one day rest?

Posted by: SA-Town | February 25, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

I have no issue with Boyle responding to a hit like that late in a blow out. The problem is he took the cowards way and hit him from behind, slew footing someone is a very dangerous thing to do. If he was upset he should have just faced his bongo beat down like a man!

Posted by: overhead | February 25, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Over the past few years i have enjoyed reading the comments of fans who are knowledgeable on the sport of hockey.(tomlinfl1-tmac2yao-joek443)
Yet some other comments always make me shake my head and wonder why they had to go there.
Two comments from the last post fall under that category.
~~
And what did Sidney do in game 7 of the red wings series? oh yeah NOTHING.
Posted by: rachel216 | February 25, 2010 6:24 AM

Sorry, lifting a piece of silver that weighs 35 pounds is something.
If Ovie got to the SCF game 7 and got injured during play, would you still say he did, nothing?

~~
As far as the comment Capsfan75 made in the last post.Wow.
@wtf_e_fehr,
I too am still looking for a response.


Go Country.

Posted by: akus2 | February 25, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

If you want to comment about Mike Milbury, the e-mail address is: nbcolympicsfeedback@nbcuni.com

Posted by: greggwiggins | February 25, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Tony Kornheiser just get suspended 2 weeks by ESPN for commenting that Hannah Storm's wardrobe is inappropriate? I think that was a bit excessive, but certainly what Milbury said is way worse, no?

Posted by: zmega | February 25, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

as far as Semin's hit, the hit in itself wasn't bad but the timing of it was... if you got hit like that in the waning moments of a blowout, you'd get upset too

Posted by: joek443 | February 25, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

at what point do they stop playing hockey? seems like the canadians didnt stop hitting either. you play to the whistle. it was a clean hit and thats all you need to know. he didnt give him a two handed slash, he didnt hit him in the head and he didnt take a slap shot at luongo from inside the cirles with less than a minute left. sorry, nothing wrong with the hit or the timing. the only thing wrong was boyle's reaction.

at what point should getzlaf refrain from heckling malkin from the bench?

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | February 25, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

gregg: Thanks for that link. I just emailed:

The “Euro Trash” comment was over the top. He’s becoming nothing more than an American version of Don Cherry. Is this what you want and is this the best your network can do?

Tom O, Orlando FL

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 25, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Tony Kornheiser just get suspended 2 weeks by ESPN for commenting that Hannah Storm's wardrobe is inappropriate? I think that was a bit excessive, but certainly what Milbury said is way worse, no?

Posted by: zmega | February 25, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

yes it was excessive especially since Kornheiser was right about Hannah Storm's wardrobe but they are both employed by espn... that's the difference

Posted by: joek443 | February 25, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

do you ever watch european television? what makes you think everyone on TV over there is always objective towards Americans?

all this whining about Milbury is rather silly... if you don't like him, stop watching him

Posted by: joek443 | February 25, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I'm hoping it is just a bad coincidence but that last two "big games" for Ovie his team got beat badly. Game 7 last year against the Pens and last night. Last night actually reminded me a lot of that game.

I am NOT blaming Ovie or implying anything but am just pointing it out and it is likely we will hear a lot about this through the playoffs until the Caps win the SC. I'm hoping it is just an aberration.

Also, I dislike how so many writers and fans state things like "if you check the Russians they will fold" or things of that sort. Russia did beat Canada in the quaterfinals in the 2006 Olympics. Why didn't that checking work then? According to these writers if the Canadians checked the Russians for 5 minutes they would have folded.

Also, the 2006 and 2010 Olympics would make Ovie 1-1 in quarterfinal games against Canada, with a game winning goal. And whle the Vancouver games are more meaningful for Canadians because they are in Canada, I can't see the Vancoucer games being any more meaningful than the Torino games for the Russian players.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 25, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Send emails to NBC and FCC...check

If there is any justice Boyle should be suspended for the next game. Complete cheap shot after getting rocked cleanly into the boards. Grow a pair dude and take your medicine. If you want to get back, hit someone cleanly coward.

Posted by: Moose33 | February 25, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

joek,

Most of us don't watch European television. We watch American television and have come to expect certain things out of the people that cover sporting events. In American culture, it is almost unheard of to hear a comment like that during the coverage of any sport. It's only a small step below the Imus comments from a couple years ago as far as I'm concerned.

And it's not as simple as not watching him if you don't like him because he often covers the sport that brings us all to this blog in the first place.

The fact is that most of us would love the option of not having to watch him which is why so many people are sending in the e-mails.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 25, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

The Eurotrash comment, Milbury's approval of the Semin slewfoot, Mike Green's omission from Team Canada, etc. Hopefully the players know that we support all of them and view them as Washington Capitals, regardless of country of origin. We, the fans, are not racist or unfairly biased. We are fans who support the team 100%. The best reply that Ovechkin, Green, Semin and all can have to Mike Milbury, Don Cherry, and the rest of their ilk is to quietly and passionately win the Stanley Cup. Let's hope these Olympic experiences light an even hotter fire under their hockey backsides!

Posted by: AADCDERM | February 25, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

joek443: Look, the guy's a pompous jerk. Anytime someone (Cherry, Milbury, Howard Cosell back then) comes on tv and puts themselves in front of everyone else - he is asking for it.

Not to mention we are supposed to be more sensitive these days to these kind of slurs that attempt to sterotype an entire group. I expect drunken idiots of all nationalties to talk that way, but not the mouthpieces on television. Milbury represents NBC and he's doing a tremendously bad job of it. And, on top of it, he specifically offended my favorite player right after Ovi did NBC a huge favor with that half-hour interview. Ovi and the Russians might just clam up like Eddie Murray did when he was hurt by the press in 1979. And the network would deserve it.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 25, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Yes I posted this in another comment section, but here it is again.

I will bullet my points for easy reading (this should help that idiot Millbury)

1. Ovechkin did not play like a star. If he wants to win any championship of any sort (and I want the Caps to win the Stanley Cup), he better get consistent with defense and back-checking. Defense is not just the occasional big hit.

2. The 3rd and 4th line of Russia just sucked. Totally overmatched.

3. Nabakov was horrible. To beat Canada, you need Miller-like goaltending.

4. Semin's hit on Boyle was like most hits I have seen all year in the NHL and in the Olympics. And most are not penalized.

5. Boyle is a microcosim of Canada's team. They can play hockey, but they have all taken on the personality of Cherry. Classless punks, all of them.

6. Mike Millbury is horrible. Clearly, he is constantly attempting to overcome his immeasureable shortcomings as an analayst by saying ridiculous things. He is trying to be Cherry for NBC. I don't get NBC. Its not difficult. You have class guys doing analysis for NFL, hockey does not need hooligans in the booth. What an infantile toolbag.

7. How can Millbury call anyone Eurotrash with a nose like Detective Jacques Clouseau? (Pink Panther)

8. I officially like Malkin now for the elbow. Well done.

9. Bad night for the Caps players, good grief (All teams with Caps lost).

10. I hope the USA beats Canada to a pulp. Glad my country does not have one winter sport to hang its hat on, and that is it....for eveything.

Posted by: jackstraaw | February 25, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

@joek - I think the Milbury situation is way beyond "silly." There are lines that should not be crossed in network broadcasting. Racial and ethnic slurs are at the far extreme of language that has traditionally not been tolerated by U.S. national networks (and the FCC) over the past, oh let's say 40 years. And if you want to watch national broadcasts of hockey, it's hard to avoid Milbury.

Posted by: zmega | February 25, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

@joek443

Your reasoning makes no sense to me.

You are saying that since other people in different areas are doing something wrong that it is okay for people here to do that same thing.

It is similar to people saying that since athletes often cheat on their wives that it was okay for Tiger to do it.

To use an old saying "two wrongs don't make a right".

Posted by: sgm3 | February 25, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Boyle's hit was vicious and incredibly dirty but it sounds like it won't lead to a suspension because, according to that Yahoo article, the governing body doesn't ten to review plays that only led to minor penalties.

Now, to be as unbiased as possible, remember that Semin took a bit of a cheap shot at Crosby earlier in the game when he cross-checked him from behind and knocked him to the ice. I'm not sure if he did anything else beyond that which wasn't picked up on camera.

Regardless, perhaps Semin was already on the radar of several of the Canadian players because of his shot on Crosby and that contributed to Boyle's overreaction. That in no way justifies that incredibly dangerous and vicious slew-foot but it might partially explain why he did it.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 25, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

crosby flopped on that semin crosscheck in the first like he was taking sniper fire

Posted by: _stevo | February 25, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

55% of the NHL is from Canada
2.8% of the NHL is from Russia

Average salary for Canadians is 1.7 million and Russians is 3.38 million

Russia has star power, but when it comes to depth, it's no contest...

The NHL is also not taking chances on Russian role players...they would rather take an english speaking North American...This Olympic game is meant for USA and Canada...

On the big ice next time, it could be very different...Is the next Olympics on big ice by the way? Im not 100% sure..

Posted by: SA-Town | February 25, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

oh and the announcer said "I bet alex ovechkin had something to do with that" when crosby went down from the bump by semin

Posted by: _stevo | February 25, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the non-call on Backstrom's face plant into the boards: the only thing I can think of is that it looked like it happened NEXT to the referee, as opposed to in FRONT of him.

As for Milbury's choice of adjectives. "Eurotrash" is certainly more equivalent to "redneck" than it is to "n****r". And, in the context that he said it in, his poor choice seems more like calling someone "retarded" or "gay". Insensitive, yes, but calling his comments racist cheapens the term. Worthy of an apology, which he can issue and put behind him in the first ten seconds of the next telecast, but not discipline.

Posted by: hockeyweasel | February 25, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

1. Kornheiser should look in a mirror before he ever comments on anyone's appearance.
2. Milbury is a jerk (however not all NBC NFL guys are classy, i.e. Olberman).
3. Anybody got any fresh trade rumors?
Go Caps!

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 25, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to know is why AP ran the headline that "Crosby, Canada dominate Ovechkin, Russia to reach semifinals"
Crosby had nothing to do with last night's domination. Toews, Perry, Doughty, and even cheap shot artist Boyle had more to do with the victory than Crosby. It's one thing to constantly compare Crosby and Ovie, but give other players their due credit in a headline. He's not even the Captain of the squad, so you can't even chalk it up to "well, he's their leader..."

Posted by: sasha_206 | February 25, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

want to see a "Ted's Take" on Milbury's comments. Then I want to see what the league's European players do as a result of this. I would say, if I were specifically a Russian player, I'd announce that I would have no more communication with anyone from NBC until discipline had been metted out.

Posted by: tominfl1
_________________________________________

Have you been reading other coverage on the games outside of the Post? Ovechkin did some interviews, and it seems the NHLers provided some interviews to their hometown reporters, but as a whole, the Russian team blew off the media, including the Russian media. That's why Eddie Olczyk eviscerated the Russian team management in the third period. Stupid Russians still think they're fighting the Cold War. Good riddance.

Posted by: Jumpy66 | February 25, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

The Yahoo article seems to suggest that Olympic officials base their decision on supplemental discipline based on whatever decision the on-ice officials make. In other words, if a player commits a major infraction that deserves a major penalty but the on-ice officials don't clearly see what happened and only assess a minor, then the Olympic officials won't intervene. The Olympic officials would intervene, however, if the on-ice officials made the proper call. I hope the Yahoo article is wrong on this point, since this approach would make absolutely no sense.

Posted by: zmega | February 25, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Enough with the Olympic Hockey Exhibition.

I wouldn't trade one Stanley Cup for 100 Gold Medals for whatever players/teams I was pulling form.

I am hoping all the Caps return healthy and HUNGRY!

Posted by: hockeypuck1 | February 25, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

@Jumpy - I guess the janitorial staff is still laid off at the steel mill?

Posted by: zmega | February 25, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Milbury needs to apologize, pure and simple. His comment was completely unacceptable and uncalled for. Frankly, I'm getting fed up with the good ole canadian boy mentality (I am of Canadian heritage). It's bad for the NHL as it brings the game into a negative light.

I thought Ovechkin looked fatigued last night. It may be my imagination but that is what I came away with while watching him. I also think it may be a blessing in disguise that all the Caps are done. Every player on the team now will get at least one week off from physical competition to allow their bodies to heal somewhat.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | February 25, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

@zmega

Awesome comment to Jumpy-LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: AADCDERM | February 25, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I feel the same way, hockeypuck1.

Unfortunately, I think most of, if not all, the Caps players who attended the Olympics place Olympic Gold above the Stanley Cup.

And because we grow attached to these players and support them, it's hard to simply blow it off, even as a fan, because we know how much this event meant to them and how much it hurt them to come up short.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 25, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

hockeyweasel: I'd like to see one of the figure skating announcers get away with saying one of the skaters was wearing a "gay" outfit. Or if he were to call the Russian coach's decisions "retarted."

Your comment has merit to some extent because "Euro Trash" is in no way the same as true slurs. Milbury was commenting with regards to the "style some witin a group use," not being derogatory toward an entire group. Still, he stepped over the line of responsible broadcasting. Let me ask you this way: If, at work, anyone us to referred to one of our colleagues as "gay," "retarded" or "Euro Trash" (or "Redneck"), how do you think the HR department would deal with us?

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 25, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

For those of you who want Millbury's head on a platter, you will love this blog post.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bd-gallof/mike-milburys-comments-ov_b_476364.html

Posted by: jackstraaw | February 25, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

What a day of hockey. All Caps eliminated in one fell swoop. In one way...it's a good thing. In another way..it sucks.

Backstrom had a BEAUTIFUL pass on Alfreddson's goal last night, but unfortunately it was not enough.

I can't wait for USA to go all the way! Then we can get back into our Caps hockey...exciting times ahead people..the deadline is only three days away from the end of the Olympics!

Posted by: richmondphil | February 25, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

6 yrs/$48M is tops for him. Given the choice, one or the other, would you take Gaborik or Kovalchuk? I myself am on the fence.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 25, 2010 6:58 AM |


Gaborik, if somehow one was guaranteed he wouldn't get injured.

Kovalchuk is my favorite player outside the Caps, but that's just a subjective opinion based on my love for him when he burst on the scenes in the early 2000s.

Gaborik is a beast. He kills penalties, he back checks, he's probably the fastest skater in the nhl, and he has hands like Semin.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 25, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

as far as Semin's hit, the hit in itself wasn't bad but the timing of it was... if you got hit like that in the waning moments of a blowout, you'd get upset too

Posted by: joek443 | February 25, 2010 7:14 AM |

OH, what the hell ever.

Play a full 60 minutes, and keep your head up. The hit was fine.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 25, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

yeah play 60 minutes and go nuts when you score a goal with 10 seconds left in the game in which your team is down by 5 goals... I'd be really impressed

Posted by: joek443 | February 25, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

You have the inference skills of an infant.

Finishing a simple check =/= "going nuts"

Posted by: richmondphil | February 25, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

when was the last time Semin hit anyone like that playing for the Caps? he's not a big hitter and everyone in the NHL knows it. he was frustrated and tried to take it out on Boyle... simple as that

Posted by: joek443 | February 25, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Ovie should blame Malkin and Gonchar for the loss and proclaim they will be punished for betraying Mother Russia on March 24th....

Now that would be a headline...

Posted by: SA-Town | February 25, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Oh well...too bad...now let's concentrate on the Stanley Cup!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 25, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

@joe443

I know you like to be the devil's advocate, but whatever Semin did is irrelevant in this case. Slew footing in any situation but especially in retaliation is just WRONG. Even Boyle admitted it he was wrong.

Personally I hope that Semin brings that physicality back to the Caps because in the end I still care about the Caps success in the playoffs a lot more.

As for Milbury, if I had a choice I wouldn't listen to him. But given that he and JR are the tandem guys commenting on the Olympic hockey I am stuck. I've enjoyed the games the most when it's been JR by himself. If it comes down to team USA vs team Canada, I really wonder how Milbury is going to handle the game. Because I'm TEAM USA all the way.

So thanks everyone for the links and addresses for registering complaints.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 25, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

lol..So Semin finishes a check, and he's the one frustrated? Not the guy who got up and slew footed him?

Semin's perfectly legal hit, what's the worst that could happen? Boyle falls down, and gets hurt. Well, it's legal. Quit crying.

Boyle's completely dangerous hit, what's the worst that could happen? Semin falls down, helmet could come off, gets hurt. Well, it's ILLEGAL.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 25, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

@joek443

Yes, Semin was frusturated, but how can you berate a guy who handles his frusturation by making a physical play completely within the rules?

It doesn't matter that he normally doesn't hit like that or he has made earlier dirty plays. You can only look at this play and it was a legal hit.

There were also other hits, by both sides, alongside the boards in the last 5 minutes. Not as hard, but they were hits. Why are those ok? What is the line of how hard a hit can be?

Posted by: sgm3 | February 25, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

Yes that was a beautiful pass. In the end I was most impressed by Backstrom;s Olympic play. He has been so wonderfully complete. I've really enjoyed watching the Swedes play--overall that is. Started out slow last night

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 25, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Oh, so now because he's not a big hitter, he's not allowed to finish checks.

If Ovi did that to Boyle at the end of game, it would be perfectly okay, right?

Hockey is a 60 minute game, if you can't keep your head up for every second of it,then that's your fault.

Bobby Ryan checked the hell out of Oscar Moller with seconds left in a decided game. Everyone praises him for "finishing his checks" and "playing 60 minutes." Semin does it and he's an ass.

Tell me some story about some player in the 70s who used to finish checks. It's what you do best..talk about irrelevant players to show us how old you are.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 25, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

have you people just started watching hockey yesterday? Semin was lucky that it wasn't an NHL game... if you hit anyone like that with a couple minutes left in a blowout, you should be ready and willing to drop the gloves and defend yourself

Posted by: joek443 | February 25, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

@joek443

Are you saying Semin wasnt ready to bust a drum roll on his head? I think Semin has proven he is a willing combatant...

Posted by: SA-Town | February 25, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

joek443,

That is exactly what's wrong with the NHL. Why do players have to defend themselves and fight after delivering a clean hit?

Time left on the clock and the score have nothing to do with the situation.

Posted by: Moose33 | February 25, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

So joe443, what about the slew foot? What exactly are you so upset about, because I don't get it. Are you really saying that Boyle's actions were okay! Why are you making such a big deal out of this?

BTW Semin did NOT received a penalty for that hit. The penalty was for high sticking--the ref's arm was up BEFORE the hit. So apparently even the refs agree that the hit was okay. But Boyle did received a penalty for the slew foot. Correct call IMO.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 25, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

also I'm all for Semin hitting people, finishing his checks and throwing his weight around.. he should deliver hits like that more often but it actually MATTERS.

Posted by: joek443 | February 25, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Well, that's funny, because I have already provided an example in the NHL. Guess what..no fight happened.


You honestly think one is justified in retaliating on a legal hit just because it was at the end of a game? And Larry Murphy sucks and Mario Lemeuix is the best PK'r ever, right?

Posted by: richmondphil | February 25, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

have you people just started watching hockey yesterday? Semin was lucky that it wasn't an NHL game... if you hit anyone like that with a couple minutes left in a blowout, you should be ready and willing to drop the gloves and defend yourself

Posted by: joek443 | February 25, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

wrong. now, some players unfortunately have taken it upon themselves to fight anyone who dares to make a clean hit on them or their teammates. that is a trend that needs to stop. games are sixty minutes long. did you sense any letup by the canadians at that point. no. in fact one of their own was heckling malking from the bench of all places.

i'll repeat, that was a clean hit. also, its not like he took a run at crosby or some lightweight. dan boyle can handle himself and he got hit cleanly. if he had an issue with it, then man up and try and hit semin or one of his teammates cleanly. but he didn't. first he slashed him, then he slew footed him and high sticked him on the way down. how that was only a 2 minute penalty is beyond me.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | February 25, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

@joek443

How hard is a player allowed to hit in the last 5 minutes of a 7-3 game?

Posted by: sgm3 | February 25, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

but when it actually matters

Posted by: joek443 | February 25, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

That is exactly what's wrong with the NHL. Why do players have to defend themselves and fight after delivering a clean hit?

Time left on the clock and the score have nothing to do with the situation.

Posted by: Moose33 | February 25, 2010 11:25 AM |

Co-signed.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 25, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WAkcfCYEsQ


BOBBY RYAN IS SCUM! HE SHOULDN'T DO THAT!

Oh, wait..you're saying he is "known" as finishing checks? Well okay, then it's okay then!

Posted by: richmondphil | February 25, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

hit people when it actually matters and do it every game... NOT just when you're frustrated

Posted by: joek443 | February 25, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

as far as Semin's hit, the hit in itself wasn't bad but the timing of it was... if you got hit like that in the waning moments of a blowout, you'd get upset too
Posted by: joek443 | February 25, 2010 7:14 AM |

You've always advocate playing tough through the final horn & this comments is contradictory to that.
Esp. when it was a shoulder to shoulder hit with every1's head up & the puck barely leaving the stick.

Ppl always talk about Semin's this or that. The facto f the matter is the one time he finishes his check, the critics get upset & bring up some stupid double standard code of conduct.

Posted by: Rocc00 | February 25, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

@moose33 and @richmondphil

Well said!

I'm ready for the season to begin again. I'm ready to hear about the Caps practices again.

Tho' I'm Olympic hockey weary today--go Team USA!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 25, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

How hard is a player allowed to hit in the last 5 minutes of a 7-3 game?

Posted by: sgm3 | February 25, 2010 11:28 AM |

Between 2.7-4.9 on the Richter scale. Retaliate if it goes above 4.9. If it is above 6.0, then slew-foot him from behind.


Sarcasm aside for a second, imagine if Semin's helmet came off on Boyle's slew foot...well, he would've cracked his skull on the ice.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 25, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

So why should we be paying $250 for a 60 minute game when we really should only charged $194.38 cause apparently the last x minutes of the game is just like a loveless marriage on ice...going through the motions.

Posted by: Rocc00 | February 25, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the hits on Crosby and the Boyle: Isn't it just like our Sasha? He's true grit.

Semin = sandpaper

Really, I was encouraged to see those things last night.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 25, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

@Jumpy66

The players just did what they were told! Don't blame them! The Russian coaches an mangers were just HORRIBLE!

Posted by: capscoach | February 25, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

@tominfl1 -- I believe Jimmy the Greek is appropriately enough in hell at the moment. He died in 1996.

Boyle's cheap shot on Semin was way worse than either Ovie's or Green's hits that they were both suspended for recently. And the hit on Backstrom into the boards with no penalty was ridiculous! It seemed to me the refs were doing everything in their power to give the Slovaks that game last night. The amount of power plays they had was incredible.

Posted by: capswench | February 25, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

@joek:

I think you lose on this one buddy.

Sometimes discretion is the better part of valor.

Might I suggest you pick a new subject? Would you like to agree or disagree on where I put earlier that Kovalchuk will be lucky to get 6 yrs/$48M, much less that outrageous amount the Thrashers offered and he turned down.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 25, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

According to ESPN's NHL rumors page, Caps and Blues talking trade...

http://insider.espn.go.com/nhl

Posted by: robostop10 | February 25, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: robostop10 | February 25, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Lets talk trade deadline. Less than a week away.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 25, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

@tominfl1 -- I believe Jimmy the Greek is appropriately enough in hell at the moment. He died in 1996.

Posted by: capswench | February 25, 2010 11:52 AM

Yes, and I posted earlier that they should send Milbury where Jimmy the Greek is.

When Milbury dies, I hope he's sentenced to spend eternity with Alexei Yashin just so he can be reminded forever how stupid he was.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 25, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Ppl always talk about Semin's this or that. The facto f the matter is the one time he finishes his check, the critics get upset & bring up some stupid double standard code of conduct.

Posted by: Rocc00 | February 25, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

LOL that's just exactly my point... he decides to finish his check for once and it's when his team is down by 4 goals with just a couple minutes left in the game

I'm sure Boyle got up after the hit and saw who it was and decided to go after him.... if it was Ovie, he probably would have let it go. I'm not condoning what Boyle did but I can understand why he was upset.

Posted by: joek443 | February 25, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Tkachuk and Jackman?

Posted by: richmondphil | February 25, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, last time I talk about Milbury....Promise....wanted to post my email to NBC....

Last night I sat in my recliner stunned as the phrase "Eurotrash" came out of Mike Milbury's mouth describing the play of a European hockey team. This derogatory term, which is borderline racism in my opinion, has no place not only on television but in the Olympic atmosphere as a whole. I was always taught growing up that the Olympic's were created to instill goodwill and respect between all the worlds nations, well NBC, Mike Milbury's statement more promotes the degradation of other nations. Could this possibly be what your network really thinks is responsible broadcast journalism? I must say that my two children are huge hockey fans but from this point forward my family as a whole will be boycotting not only NBC's Olympic coverage but the Sunday NHL games broadcast on NBC until something is done about Mr. Mibury. I refuse to have my children exposed to possible bigotry when I can prevent it and in this case I can by simply not allowing them to view Mr. Milbury and his verbal antics. I will also be referring this incident to the FCC for a further ruling as I am sure others are doing as well. NBC you need to do the right thing here and publicly denounce Mr. Milbury's comments and put in place an appropriate disciplinary action. There have been other examples in the past such as Howard Cosell, Jimmy the Greek, Rush Limbaugh, and Don Imus that you can base your decision by. Until then, I will be avoiding your network at all costs and will urge all of my friends to do the same.

Sincerely,
Phil Rogers

Posted by: PhilR | February 25, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Tkachuk and Jackman would make me extremely happ for the right price...

Posted by: PhilR | February 25, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

@joe443--"I'm not condoning what Boyle did..." Thank you for finally for making that point. Boyle himself said that the hit was probably clean but that he got upset and shouldn't have gone after Semin the way he did.

Trade rumors--interesting. I'm sure the GM phone lines across the leagues are quite busy!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | February 25, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Went to the Wizards game last night. Buddy of mine got freebies from someone. Sick seats actually. But did I enjoy the game? I suppose- I was in the Acela club watching the Russia game the whole time. Pretty sure it was more packed than the actual arena.

In case anyone was curious- the Wizards are still terrible.

Oh, and FTW:
"When Milbury dies, I hope he's sentenced to spend eternity with Alexei Yashin just so he can be reminded forever how stupid he was."

Posted by: Fro_ | February 25, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Milbury is going on NHL network now. They are giving it the "Mike being Mike" whitewash.

Posted by: zmega | February 25, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Tkachuk would be nice as he is UFA after this season.

Jackman would also be nice, but he's at 3.625 for the next 2 seasons. We would have to move Poti, or a cobmbo of ShaMo and X player. Doubt it would be Poti. You know what- I'm sure there are tons of other ways to make this work. My mind is blank today though, so I don't even know why I attempted to comment about this.

Go USA.

Posted by: Fro_ | February 25, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

When Boyle took down Semin like that, I was waiting for Matt Bradley to skate out of nowhere and destroy him.

Posted by: jcleggette | February 25, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITJyVfiDKQc

Here is Larry Robinson taking Milbury to the wood-shed...

Posted by: SA-Town | February 25, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it... but Canada is not losing another game... I just can't imagine Canada losing a Gold medal game on home ice... Last week for USA was like regular season, I don't think they will be able to beat them in a do or die situation.

Posted by: tony325 | February 25, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Is Carlo any good from the Blues?
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/players/2853

Posted by: Rocc00 | February 25, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

@jcleggette

Fabulous comment. In 4 years, lets have Brads change citizenship to Russian to keep the peace.

Posted by: AADCDERM | February 25, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Is Carlo any good from the Blues?
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/players/2853

Posted by: Rocc00 | February 25, 2010 12:41 PM |

Naw, he's basically a Sloan-type. 6-8th d-man.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 25, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

OK, do what I did and go to the NHL Network website. Down on the right click on "contact us." Then they give you a drop-down menu on which subject you are writing them about. I chose "NHL Diversity."

I am a paying customer under Brighthouse in Central Florida. I am appalled at Mike Milbury's "Euro Trash" comment last night at the Olympics. Since the customer is always right, I guess I'm right in demanding that you keep him off the air.

Thanks,
Tom O. Orlando, FL

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 25, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Any news on Janssen yet? Isn't this taking far longer than usual? I hope it's because they're getting ready to really come down hard on him - although I am enough of a realist to know that's probably not the case.

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | February 25, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"Ameri-trash". Yea, that sounds really bad too. "Milbury-trash" now that has a nice ring.

Posted by: rjma1 | February 25, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

CAMPBELL BLOWS IT AGAIN

(AP) New York: NHL Vice-President Colin Campbell announced today that St. Louis Blues winger Cam Janssen has been fired from NBC. Meanwhile, hockey announcer Mike Milbury has been suspended for three games for a "late hit." Both actions are effective immediately.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 25, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Lots of people talking about the Boyle/Semin thing. Semin hit Boyle a bit away from the boards but not from behind or anything, so it's a bit of a dangerous play but not really. Then Boyle went back to Semin and knocked him down. Not much to it other than that. Probably happens a few hundred times during the NHL season and no one notices because it's really nothing.

Posted by: Stu_c | February 25, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Although I like seeing Semin make an actual hit now and then, it was more fun watching him play the bongos on Staahl last year.

Posted by: capswench | February 25, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Milbury is going on NHL network now. They are giving it the "Mike being Mike" whitewash.

Posted by: zmega | February 25, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse


The problem with "Mike being Mike" is that means Mike being a bigot. I have no problem with him calling out the Russians for their play. I didn't think they played with any heart either. However, the "Euro-Trash" comment crossed the line, and is certainly contrary to the Olympic spirit.

Posted by: cainoo7x | February 25, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Semins hit was for Greenie. I think he deserves an big ATTTTaboy!!!! Caps all for one and one for all!!!!

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 25, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Semins hit was for Greenie. I think he deserves an big ATTTTaboy!!!! Caps all for one and one for all!!!!

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 25, 2010 1:51 PM


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So I guess #28's new nickname shall be "Khan"...

...as in:

"Thair ees en old Kleengon provairb, weech says revenge is a deesh best served cold....and eet ees very cold in spayse, Kark!"

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 25, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad the Caps players are done with olympics!!!!!!They will get those extra days of rest,then they can get to the stretch drive,and then drive to lord stanley's cup......GO CAPS...

Posted by: sporttraveler | February 25, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

On 106.7 they are arguing what would happen if Canada won the gold and Sid would have the Cup and the gold medal. This is making me sick. It's always gotta be Ovie VS. Sidney... I think it's seriously overrated and it's getting on my nerves now. It's like everytime Sidney's team beats Ovie's team, whether it's the in the NHL or Olympics, it's like Sidney is the sole reason why his team wins. Very frustrating...

Posted by: rachel216 | February 25, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Stanley Cup > gold medal

Posted by: Cerealman | February 25, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if there is practice on Saturday?? Still need some autographs on my jersey and already have all the Olympians so I figured Saturday may be a good day to show up for the rest of the guys....anybody help me out? Trying to get the entire squad to sign before years end...

Posted by: PhilR | February 25, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Yeah but it would be another "one up" on Ovechkin.

Yes, Sidney's team won last night but people need to stop saying Sidney beat Ovechkin head to head again because he didn't. Team Canada beat Team Russia. It's not like Sidney carried that team last night.

And just when you think Mike Milbury couldn't get any worse, he says "Eurotrash." This man needs to be fired and should no longer be on TV. He just thinks he can say anything he wants and it's very unprofessional and rubs people the wrong way.

Posted by: rachel216 | February 25, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

The Canadians were hitting everything that moved on the ice, all game long. Even after they had a resounding lead, they were hitting every chance they got. Some hits weren't even clean.

So if Semin wants to finish a check, a clean one at that, late in a game in which he and his team have been constant targets, then WTF does the score or the time left on the clock have to do with anything?

You play 60 minutes. Period. End of story. Are you saying that because the Russians were on the losing end of a blowout, they should just roll over and stop playing because there's only a minute or two left in the game? If that's your assertion then you know less about the game than you think.

Any coach in the world would praise Semin for finishing that check, especially when a lot of players may have been feeling sorry for them selves and just been trying to play out the clock.

You play 60 minutes. No coach out there would have wanted his player to not finish that check.

The fact of the matter is that the only villain in that scenario was Boyle and he was guilty of a dirty, retaliatory hit. Boyle should face a suspension, though I know he will not. The IIHF are weak in that department.

Posted by: Hordedog | February 25, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Even when Ovie does bring the cup to Washington it will ALWAYS be "Crosby vs. Ovechkin".
Don't let it bother you. Breathe in, breathe out. It's all good.

Posted by: KAS2 | February 25, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I watched a lot of TV while living in Europe for 3 years. I can say that not once in my time watching TV there, did I hear any remarks about Americans made by TV personalities that were derogatory in nature like Milbury's comment was.

Milbury is just the American Don Cherry. They are both loud mouthed xenophobes and neither is afraid to make that known.

As for Milbury's "Eurotrash" ramark, I think it was derogatory, inflammatory, insensitive and absolutely unacceptable for someone on TV to say.

I wrote a letter to NBC demanding he be removed from further coverage of Olympic hockey. I doubt though, that NBC will do anything of the sort.

Posted by: Hordedog | February 25, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Lots of people talking about the Boyle/Semin thing. Semin hit Boyle a bit away from the boards but not from behind or anything, so it's a bit of a dangerous play but not really. Then Boyle went back to Semin and knocked him down. Not much to it other than that. Probably happens a few hundred times during the NHL season and no one notices because it's really nothing.

Posted by: Stu_c | February 25, 2010 1:44 PM
for those of you who never played ice hockey what Boyle did was one of the cheapest of cheap shots you can do ..could have blown out Semins knee or split the back of his skull wide open if his helmet pops off ..no need to preface anything for Milbury just trash will do when describing him..

Posted by: heathdog1119 | February 25, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

You won't believe it. For those of us who enjoy Facebook, even if it's rare, there is a "Fire Mike Milbury" facebook page...LOL. How timely.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Fire-Mike-Milbury/341285133360?ref=ts

Posted by: robostop10 | February 25, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

You guys need to get over your Crosby obsession. It's unhealthy. Crosby wasn't a factor last night. Babcock used Nash against Ovechhkin, because he figured Nash could handle him physically. Bacock was right. Last night belonged to guys like Toews and Getzlaf, who were terrific. Milbury is a total idiot, but I miss him as GM of the Islanders, He was so good to my Ottawa Seantors.

Posted by: Ottawaguy | February 25, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Phone: 212-664-5210 switchboard for NBC Sports.

Posted by: ralCapsFan | February 25, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

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