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Posted at 2:15 PM ET, 01/16/2011

Open thread: Capitals vs. Senators

By Washington Post Sports Editors

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The Washington Capitals (24-14-7) have lost three straight, but they're hoping for some repeat success this afternoon against the Ottawa Senators (17-22-6), whom they beat to snap an eight-game skid back on Dec. 18.

Faceoff: 3 p.m., Verizon Center; TV: CSN, NHLN; Radio: 1500 AM

Update: 2:39 p.m.
Alexander Semin is not on the active roster for this afternoon's game, which likely means he's been placed on injured reserve after missing the past three games with a lower body injury, the nature of which was not disclosed by the team. Even with the move to IR, it has been over a week since Semin took a hip-to-thigh hit in the third period against Florida on Jan. 8 in his most recent appearance, so he would be eligible to return at any time.

Based on warm-up here's what the lineup should look like against the Senators:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Johansson
Laich-Perreault-Knuble
Chimera-B.Gordon-A.Gordon
Hendricks-Steckel-Beagle

Defense
Schultz-Green
Alzner-Carlson
Erskine-Hannan

Goal
Neuvirth
Varlamov

Scratches: Eric Fehr (shoulder), Tom Poti (lower body) and Tyler Sloan.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | January 16, 2011; 2:15 PM ET
Categories:  Lineups, Ottawa Senators  
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Comments

I guess DJK is still "injured"?

Posted by: chriscaps | January 16, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Katie, ask the coach why he keeps playing his softie favorites (ie. Chimera, Gordon, Steckel) over guys like DJK? I know guys, Steckel had a nice hit on Fehr. Too bad he doesn't hit the opposition like that. Boyd Gordon, hadn't played in forever and then doesn't have to work his way back into the lineup - the guy gets a free pass. Erskine is playing the best hockey of his career and has to sit when Poti returns. Then Erskine looks rusty in his next couple games. Chimera had an edge to his game when he first came over last year and he's just as soft now as the rest. If Laich didn't talk after every game, I wouldn't even know he had even played in the game. Ovechkin needs to go back to playing old game and not worrying about injuring someone. Backstrom? I'm thinking he must be hurt. Caps just aren't that good and if they don't make some changes, WILL NOT make playoffs. Besides, we won't win the cup with an AHL coach anyway. Ted and George are too proud to admit they don't have a clue.

Posted by: StanleyCap | January 16, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Katie, how about an interview with DJK?

Posted by: StanleyCap | January 16, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

4-3 Sens in OT.

Posted by: festus75 | January 16, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

hmmm, what a surprise? no one clearing the crease leads to a quick 1st goal

Posted by: StanleyCap | January 16, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

haha! look at Mike Green fall in front of Neuvy! hahaha

two action items for the caps
1) choose a full time goalie
2) trade Mike Green asap!

Posted by: Nats1924 | January 16, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

whoa, a different look on the powerplay

Posted by: c_majors | January 16, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Soft in the crease...

Backstrom carries the puck through 3 opposing players and as soon as he taps it to 8, turnover...

Earlier on the PP, 8 nearly turned the puck over behind our net.

Another lousy start for 8...

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 16, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

An instant replay of sorts...

19 carries the puck deftly from our d-zone through a few Sens and 8 turns it over in a fraction of a second trying to be too cute...

Fail

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 16, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Ovie looks a bit overweight - If he lost 15 25 lbs he'd regain some of this quickness.

Posted by: Nats1924 | January 16, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

They are just horrible. They just don't show up to play.

Missing the playoffs is a real concern. Forget the Stanley Cup at this point. McPhee hasn't proved he can find his a$$ with both hands, let alone a cup.

Posted by: underpants2 | January 16, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

OV ...must still be at last nights party. Brutal.

Posted by: capper3 | January 16, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Caps miss the net enough on their shot attempts

Posted by: StanleyCap | January 16, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Well, that was a fantastic pass by 8.

Just 2 or 3 more plus plays and he'll break even in the first.

Right now, it's about 3 or 4 bad plays to 1 good one.

Not the ratio you wanna see from a guy make nearly $10 mil per.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 16, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Caps defense is pitiful...nice system you are trying to install marshmallow man. Learn how to coach a team you "dip-n-dots" lovin fatty. Good Luck on keepin your job BB. Install a system that works, ya know the one that worked the last how many seasons?! You will be sitting on the couch with your dip-n-dots this time next year!

Posted by: brettjbaxter | January 16, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Neil, Ruutu, Fischer - would take any of them on the Caps. Would Bruce even play Neil on his team when he has Gordon, Steckel, Chimera and Beagle?

Posted by: StanleyCap | January 16, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

ov is actually kindof moving today...and steckel just got owned by someone half his side in the d zone

Posted by: c_majors | January 16, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

90 continues to be one of our best forwards over the last few weeks... I don't know if that's a good or bad thing.

55 continues to show his total lack of speed to go with his lack of toughness. Bad combo.

And 39 has been pretty strong over the last few weeks but he is still way too easy to knock off the puck for a guy his size. I wonder if he lacks core strength.

In general, this team is collectively as soft as Boudreau's belly. We aren't scoring dirty goals cause we're too soft as a whole. We give up those kinds of goals for the same reason.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 16, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Green is awful right now.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 16, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

maybe they should skate for 20 minutes before games to simulate playing the 1st period. that way they can come out in the 1st period thinking it's the 2nd period and maybe actually play well.

Posted by: sargeantmofo | January 16, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Is Backstrom even playing today?

Posted by: StanleyCap | January 16, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Is Backstrom even playing today?

Posted by: StanleyCap | January 16, 2011 3:49 PM

He was one of our best players in the 1st. He carried the puck through about 10 OTT defenders and got it to a 8 number of times but 8 turned it over again and again and again within a fraction of a second.

19 also pounced on a turnover right in front of the net, dropped it to 8 who couldn't get the shot on net. There was a D-man right there and his stick is curved but there was room to get it on net.

19 also was in good positioning every time I watched him and got the puck out of the d-zone a few times.

He had a fine period.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 16, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Is Backstrom even playing today?
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Yep, he lost the opening faceoff which led to all the pressure which led to the goal. Why was the top line out there instead of the grinders?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 16, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

lol @ 52-55 as a top D pairing...

At the other end, I actually look more forward to the young guys and call-ups like 90, Beagle and Gordon getting on the ice than 8. I expect more smart, positive plays and good hockey out of thsoe guys.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 16, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

And Perreault's been getting manhandled out there recently.

At least he's trying hard...

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 16, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Well, that was an inspiring first period.

We're well on our way to another anemic loss. Can't wait for the inevitable post-game comments about how we need to start quickly, play with intensity and get shots on net -- and somehow just can't figure out why we never seem to do it.

This team has a dead heart. That's obvious. Changes must be made or it will go nowhere. The only question now is how long ownership and management will kid themselves about it.

Posted by: fanzee71 | January 16, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

great. Now I'll have to suffer thru another series of comments by geniuses like Bouds and Laich after this game about how important it is for this team to play a full 60 minutes.

nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! I can't take it anymooooooooooooooooooooooooooooore

btw, anyone on this gutless team know how to finish a check? I gotta rank the Caps in the bottom 3 in the entire NHL right now with regards to their grit. Bottom 3, arguably dead last.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Did Joe B just call this a goalie duel? What duel? I've watched about half of this contest and I haven't seen Brian Elliott have to make a save yet.

Posted by: fanzee71 | January 16, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Brutally bad shift by 74.

8 unaware of the pressure behind him coughs up the puck to the middle of the ice in the d-zone.

That amazing save by Neuvirth came after 15 battled his tail off behind the net but despite all the effort, he wasn't strong enough to win the puck or force it away.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 16, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

i take that back, andrew gordon seems to know how to put an opposing player on his butt. Sad that a raw green rookie is trying to set the tone for the rest of the team.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

And 52 nearly got beat for a breakaway but was able to cover... too close though.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 16, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

#19 out there to take the opening faceoff at the start of the second, same result but, thankfully, no goal against.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 16, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

If this keeps up, pretty soon people are going to stop showing up to games. And that's about the only thing that might get Ted Leonsis to seriously consider a major change. As long as he's looking at sellouts every night, he'll never change anything.

Posted by: fanzee71 | January 16, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao, backstrom is playing no where near up to his potential.

Posted by: StanleyCap | January 16, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

The Thrashers played without heart.

Posted by: fanohock1 |

maybe in isolated cases.

The only reason the Thrash are even a playoff threat this year is because they do play with heart. On paper they're still largely a team of grinders.

And somehow the lowly Thrash seem to find a way to get guys like Boulton, Cormier, Thorburn and company onto their roster. 3 guys who wouldn't ever see the light of day on the Caps.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

This team just seems disinterested. I think it may be time for a different voice. There is too much talent on this team for them to be so anemic offensively.

Posted by: garg8050 | January 16, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

that PP looked worse than the caps

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 16, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

@cstanston

Team doesn't check. Gordon and Shultz actually slow up in the corners.

When was the last time you saw an open ice hit by a Caps player? Sloan - two years ago in Calgary?

Posted by: StanleyCap | January 16, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Hot Goalie....

Posted by: festus75 | January 16, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

#8 Haynesworth actually played that shift!

Posted by: festus75 | January 16, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

i was gonna say the same thing about the lack of interest on the part of the Caps.

this team sure isn't playing like it wants to save anyone's job.


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cstanton1:
i think this team can win as they are - even with their flaws.
they could increase their chances of winning with more effort and execution. they do need to play more physical.

-----------------kirk------

but that's the point kirk. This team doesn't play with more effort and execution. So us simply wishing for it to happen isn't going to make it so. I've been wishing for that since 1999.

Time for a change.

They managed to win MORE games in the recent past without the requisite effort and physicality. So even if we got back to that level of the past 2 seasons it wouldn't be enough. imo

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

35 minutes in, the Capitals finally produce some pressure 5-on-5. But then, what do you expect against a great team like Ottawa. Oh, wait...

Posted by: fanzee71 | January 16, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

The Verizon Center - where bad goalies from around the NHL come to get healthy.

Posted by: zmega | January 16, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Nice play by 8. That's like his 2nd or 3rd positive play of the entire game against many more bad ones.

What a rough stretch for 74...

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 16, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

good shift by the young kids. AGordon ran some nice interefence off the faceoff. Then Carlson actually sealed the fwd along the boards while Alzner ran another player off the puck to get the play going back toward the Ottawa zone.

simple plays like that is how you create a more competitive atmosphere. Now if they'd just do it ALL the time instead of on the crest of a winless streak during a game they're losing to a bad team. And it would be nice to see that type of play from our veterans, not just the young kids.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Laich, offsides on a 3 on 2.... "It's been going on for maybe a month or six weeks, it's something that needs to be addressed and it only comes down to the individual," Washington's Brooks Laich said of the Capitals' slow starts. "The individual needs to be ready to play when the puck drops. It's nothing the coaching staff can do."

Posted by: festus75 | January 16, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

But 8 is still too upright and casual in the d-zone and doing too much puck watching.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 16, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

this is about where a good leader would start a fight. Usually after laying someone out with a huge hit.

I could see Mike Richards do that. Ditto Iginla.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

This once exciting team has become a nightmare to watch. Things will be changing soon in Chinatown.

Posted by: DCFanatic | January 16, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Time for a change.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 4:23 PM

short of finding 20 new guys to put on the ice - what are the options? a new coach might help short term, a new gm would have even less effect to play on the ice. one or two players won't change the attitude. the guys need to have more pride/heart - they certainly have the ability.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 16, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

CAPS Played a full 10 minutes of that half!

Posted by: festus75 | January 16, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

8 with a fantatic effort on the backcheck unfortunately followed by an absolutely horrible decision and turnover at the other end.

Late in the shift, dump the friggin puck in!!!!!!!

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 16, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Kirk, I think you greatly underestimate the impact a good coach and good on-ice leadership can have a team's intensity and attention to detail. The Capitals clearly aren't listening to Boudreau, OV or any of the other "leaders" on this team. If you fix that problem, you'll see a major difference.

Posted by: fanzee71 | January 16, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I could see Mike Richards do that. Ditto Iginla.

Semin for either of them

Posted by: StanleyCap | January 16, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey losers, the net is that 4x6 thing in the middle of the ice, on the goal line. The objective of the game is to put that little black thing (a puck) into that net thingie and you then get a 'goal'. It's worth 1 point. If you do that more than your opponent you will win the game. Do it less, you lose.

Posted by: festus75 | January 16, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Nothing to worry about, folks...

We're just facing an elite goaltender who is hot right now.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 16, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

tmac, I'm not quite as down on OV as you are (because I don't think that's possible) but him as a captain is a joke.

Posted by: fanzee71 | January 16, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

tmac, I'm not quite as down on OV as you are (because I don't think that's possible) but him as a captain is a joke.

Posted by: fanzee71 | January 16, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

short of finding 20 new guys to put on the ice - what are the options? a new coach might help short term, a new gm would have even less effect to play on the ice.
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i think you're completely wrong on this kirk.

The way you effect a change that affects the entire team is precisely by changing the coach and GM. In some cases the GM has done his job well and outfitted the team with the right kind of players. And its the coach who needs to be dumped. In this case, the roster is not as strong as you may think it is so personnel changes are in order as well. But also, a different coach would at least be able to motivate these guys to give a better more consistent effort. Bruce is unable to do that.

its all fine to say these guys need to play with more pride, etc. But part of the issue is that GM has constructed a team with few leaders, and a very low level of character. So the team doesn't have it within itself to simply pull itself up by the bootstraps. For yrs this team under McPhee has lacked character and a mental toughness. Forget the physical stuff.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Mike Green turns the puck over more than anyone in the history of hockey! Caps can't pass. They shoot from too far away. They suck, everyone. They are playing like they did under Hanlon, before Boudreau arrived and installed his vaunted system. Caps are undisciplined and a group of individuals. They suck as a team. I finally have had enough! I'm usually the guy who believes they will pull out of it no matter what. They have shown me NOTHING in the past month and a half. They need to wake up and play together. I want to pull my hair out everytime they get in the offensive zone and turn the puck over.

UGH! I wish i could curse on here so you would understand how really frustrated i am. Time to trade for some guys who have character and can teach this team how to play as a unit.

Posted by: jmurray019 | January 16, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

No one willing (or able) to get in front of the goalie for all the outside shots in that period.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 16, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I love the old Caps--this team just isn't the same. I appreciate the focus on defense--but our lack of scoring is rediculous with the talent we have. These days I never feel confident in getting a win--what a shame.

Posted by: budgriff1 | January 16, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

what has been the one recurring longstanding criticism of the Caps shared by many? That despite being a talented team, their achilles heel is their questionable defensive play, work ethic, and toughness.

That's why each yr in the offseason or the deadline you read "McPhee may be looking for a tough defender"

GM obviously doesn't think he needs that but the rest of the league and media know that to be a big criticism.


anyway, their weaknesses have caught upto them in a multitude of ways, mostly in the playoffs. Now its catching upto them in the reg season (ironically when they've finally done more than pay lip svc to the defensive end of things)

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

"i think this team can win as they are - even with their flaws.
they could increase their chances of winning with more effort and execution. they do need to play more physical."

ftr, i don't consider that "pontificating" :)

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

its all fine to say these guys need to play with more pride, etc. But part of the issue is that GM has constructed a team with few leaders, and a very low level of character.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 4:41 PM

this would be my point on why a coaching change would most likely only result in short term gains in terms of play on the ice.
it almost sounds like this team needs to be blown up - and by that i mean changing about a 1/3 of the on ice personnel.
of all the options - changing the coach would seem to have the greatest chance of improving things

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 16, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Chimmychanga with another predictably strong effort on home ice.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

ooh, mike green being challenged by chris neil in front. I really like the way Neil competes. And he's smart enough to engage the better players on the other teams instead of just the tough guys.

I could really see him be a factor for us if we got him. He'd be the only role player on this team not afraid to throw a big hit on a guy like Malkin or Crosby and then whirl around ready to drop the gloves with whoever challenged him. He knows his role very well. and he can also play the game

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

After Sarge pusses out along the boards, Mike Green with a BIG hit in the corner.

and look...a goal! go figure

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

i knew they had heart - hahahaha

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 16, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Oooh, bad defensive play by the Sens there.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 16, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Perfectly timed and executed hit by 8.

Great effort by Beagle and crew earlier.

We're still lucky not to have given up 2 or 3 in this game.

Let's see what they do now...

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 16, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Big hit Green, big hit Ovy, goal.

I don't suppose they'll take any lessons from that though.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Optional boozes late night every night.

That is a fact.

That's why he never makes morning skates.

That's why he looks overweight.

That's why he looks slower this year.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 16, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

and.....let's see how the tone of comments changes.

Posted by: thickman22 | January 16, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

more heart than i thought :D

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 16, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

i knew they had heart - hahahaha

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ

really? because they scored 2 goals against Ottawa after another listless start to a home game?

lol

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I do love the guy (Optional) but he has to respect the body. It does go through a lot over the season.

Cut a little of the sauce, and get back into shape.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 16, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Optional boozes late night every night.

That is a fact.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 16, 2011 5:04 PM

would that make you one of his drinking buddies

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 16, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

time for them to envoke their 'new' found defense

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 16, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

the comments should stay true to the course of the game. When they underachieve and don't display the necessary effort or emotion, they should get railed for it.

Predictably, they've turned it on again in the 3rd.

Nothing really changes from game to game. They don't play hard for 60 mins, they fall back, they turn it on at the end. And either mount a comeback or not.

not really a sign of a great team.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

@ Capt...

I wish, because I'm sure he pays!

I could go through how I know, but nobody would 1) care or 2)believe me.

I have nothing to prove.

But that is why he looks slower and he looks heavier.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 16, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

really?

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 5:06 PM

that one was a joke

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 16, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

this comeback routine will not work in the playoffs

Posted by: captainobvious | January 16, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

btw, did i mention we're playing for essentially amounts to a very good AHL team?

Fisher, Alfredsson are it. Neil and Ruutu are 2 nhl grinders. The rest of their forwards are very good AHL players. I wouldn't get too excited about having to come back in the 3rd v this team.

Defensively they're ok. Even Phillips looks slow out there.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

this comeback routine will not work in the playoffs

Posted by: captainobvious


thank you capt obvious.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

time for them to envoke their 'new' found defense

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ

do the ottawa senators even play "offense" ?

hehe

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

19 and 22 with some excellent work along the boards. They could do more of that consistently if 8 would put in the same effort or if it's not an issue of effort, then he needs to get batter it at technique-wise.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 16, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow what a lucky goal by Chimera...

BUT WE WILL TAKE IT!!!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 16, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I predict an empty netter for Haynesworth tonight.

Posted by: festus75 | January 16, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

But that is why he looks slower and he looks heavier.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 16, 2011 5:11 PM

it is entirely possible - but so many make comments as 'fact' that it gets hard to distinguish someones knowledge from their opinion.

and there goes hands of stone

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 16, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

seriously, why don't they just play Chimera in home games? he's a totally different player. Forechecks, backchecks, hits, crashes the net. Even scores.

Just bench him in road games where he's too scared to play the way he needs to.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

After Sarge pusses out along the boards, Mike Green with a BIG hit in the corner.

and look...a goal! go figure
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C'mon man, it wasn't the hit that caused that.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 16, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

no, it didn't lead directly to the goal but he took his guy out instead of just peeling away from the hit like we're used to seeing from too many of our D. And by taking him out that's one less guy left to backcheck back up the ice.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

@ Capt

I get cha...look, that's what I was told by someone in the very close "know". It's possible he could be making up the story.

But why spread bad rumors about "The Franchise"...?

Who knows.

Fact is what we do see. He's slower, heavier and he is NOT the same player he was a year ago. I don't care what system he is playing.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 16, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Nice cycle there.

Posted by: festus75 | January 16, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

ovechkin is not scoring as much as last year

Posted by: captainobvious | January 16, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

only three skaters do not have at least one hit - backs, knuble and ... erskine - whats up with that?

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 16, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

captainobvious:
i'm looking forward to your posts - this could be as good or better than chickenlittle's

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 16, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

beagle's playing well, good job digging out that puck

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

How come nobody goes after players who crush our stars?

Where is the heart to stand up for your teammates?

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 16, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

only three skaters do not have at least one hit - backs, knuble and ... erskine - whats up with that?

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ


Kirk, its called an ABERRATION!

lol, too easy.


now i'd like you explain the other 64 games a year where that isnt' the case

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

only three skaters do not have at least one hit - backs, knuble and ... erskine - whats up with that?

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ

thank god semin, poti, and flash aren't playin..then you'd have 6 guys without a hit tonight :)

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Erskine with no hits? That's not going to sit well up north.

Posted by: zmega | January 16, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

8 showed some jump and skill after that 1st goal but he made a dumb and then smart play on his last rush up the ice. First, instead of simply dumping the puck in or taking it to the corner, he sent a wild pass through the middle that very easily could've been taken the other way. We somehow kept possession though then he held and made a smart backhand pass to a waiting player in the corner. That was my point the other day. He treats every possession the same and chooses not to recognize the game situation. It's an ego and self-entitlement thing, imo, that leads to him not making smarter plays at certain times.

It's good to win but we were lucky not to give up more goals earlier in the game. After that goal, they played with the right energy level but even when a team is depressed and in a funk, they have to bring the right intensity to the rink and they didn't for the majority of the game. A better team than a depleted Ottawa team would've made us pay more for our mistakes and weak play for much of the first 2 periods.

Good to see Carlson put the puck in the back of the net but he had a brutal game in his own end. I think Alzner, who has been really impressive recently, has played better than him over the last few weeks.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 16, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Optional boozes late night every night.
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What's the drink of choice?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 16, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

if they could play ott for all of their remaining games - i'd feel better about securing a playoff spot

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 16, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I'd say nice game Caps but, they should have won this one. So I say, let's see how you do in the next one.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 16, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Reading the earlier posts was HILARIOUS...

even when we were losing I thought we were playing pretty well (minus the first 10 minutes) I think a 50 minute game is pretty good.

The lack of scoring is worrisome for sure. Especially since Ovie and some others were getting chances...I think we are playing along the boards too much on offense...eventually you have come off the boards and shoot.

After the first 10 minutes I said out loud that I thought Laich would score tonight...he seemed to really want it...Ovie seemed to want it as well, but he couldn't quite get it. I think it will help if he saves the toe drag for just 2-3 times a game...he is much more effective when he does his bull in a china shop routine.

We held Ottowa to 23 SOGs! Our D played GREAT! The offense needs more flow. Ovie seemed fine on D tonight...a plus 1 and only one noticeable gaff.

MP is becoming a defensive liability along with Chimera (though I enjoyed his goal.)

Good game by the Caps...strong play on D.

Can anyone briefly tell me what happened with Alzner...how dirty was the hit, I literally changed channels right before it happened. Hope he is ok.

Posted by: capscoach | January 16, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Alzner was checked into the boards head and shoulder first.

Posted by: zmega | January 16, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Anyone watching football, too. I want the Jets to win but I don't think they have a chance against the Steelers. If the Pats win, next week's AFC Championship game will be epic.

Posted by: nicety251 | January 16, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I liked BBs idea to put MoJo on as a wing with Ovie...he is moving better and giving him a little less defensive responsibility might help him rack up some points and gain some confidence.

Posted by: capscoach | January 16, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

ovechkin is not scoring as much as last year

Posted by: captainobvious

What a great character. LOL Damn, wish i thought of it.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | January 16, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I want whoever that can beat the Steelers to win. If it's the Jets, fine with me.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | January 16, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Erskine with no hits? That's not going to sit well up north.

Posted by: zmega |

at least with big John even when he doesn't register a hit, he still swallows up forwards along the boards like he did a couple times tonight and get involved in some rough stuff around the net.

When some other guys don't register hits though, you kinda know they're not bringing any other type of physicality.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that MaJo is scoring some now but not really setting up teammates like a traditional center. So I like trying him at wing. How about trying him, MP85, and Chimichanga as an all-speed line?

Posted by: zmega | January 16, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

if they could play ott for all of their remaining games - i'd feel better about securing a playoff spot

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ |

I think what you meant to add there, if we could play Ott in every round in the playoffs, you'd feel good about perhaps winning the cup this yr

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

We held Ottowa to 23 SOGs! Our D played GREAT
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you do know that Ott is a horrible offensive team witht little to no offensive weapons, right?

"How about trying him (MaJo), MP85, and Chimichanga as an all-speed line?"

that would be a speedy line that skates fast. That's about all they would do. Like having 3 Todd Krygiers.

I think its time for the MP experiment to end. He's not an nhl calibre player. Just a guy who you can recall for a few games at a time to provide depth. They need to add a strong two way center on this team (someone a lot stronger than a Belanger type). That should push MP out of the lineup. I'm ok with MaJo being in there. He's stronger on the puck and just a better player at both ends than is MP.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

can I just say again though, as a real silver lining in this continuing mess that is the Caps. Mike Green's physicality is back! Every night, he makes sure he throws 3 or 4 solid hits. Shows me something about his character that even when he's struggling to put up points he's not discarding his 'edge'.

I think Schultz's physicality otoh is at an all-time low. He was more physical 2 yrs ago than he currently is.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Erskine with no hits? That's not going to sit well up north.

Posted by: zmega | January 16, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

What's up w/that, Johnny E.?? I hate to say it, but that might be the 3rd straight game w/out a hit...I'll have to check my records. C'mon #4, ya can't give people here any ammunition :)

Wish I could say he was playing tentatively because of his spot-duty, but more likely is I think he's been focusing on his offensive-play too much. Everyone remember him holding up his stick and calling for it from Backstrom the other night? Well, a few times tonight I thought he pinched in too low, but we kept possession and he didn't get caught. There was another sequence where he got off 2 or 3 shots on the same shift!! Too much offense, Johnny, and not enough banging. GET IT TOGETHER!!

Glad to see Laich break his drought, and Carlson's goal was huge. Good to see Alzner wasn't hurt, way to come back and finish the game #27!! Other than that, not much else to say other than I enjoyed reading CSTANTON1 and STANLEYCAP'S comments.

LET'S GET DJK IN AGAINST THE FLYERS!!

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 16, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Reading the earlier posts was HILARIOUS...
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So glad to have been of service to you Capscoach.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 16, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

All the naysayers be damned!
Caps win!
Caps win!
Caps win!
Cheers to those who play the game and bring on the
Flyers (who can suck it).

Let's go Caps!

Posted by: chucktownCAPSfan | January 16, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Optional boozes late night every night.

That is a fact.

That's why he never makes morning skates.

That's why he looks overweight.

That's why he looks slower this year.

Posted by: SoaringCap

You do realize that Ovechkin was the first Cap at the rink today. Just wondering why you didn't bother to point that out.

Chimera has never displayed an accurate shot or good hands, but his goal was a perfectly placed shot. That was right through a tiny opening to bank it in off of Elliot's back. Great goal.

Ovie set up a few glorious scoring chances for MJ, too bad he wasn't able to bury them. Ovie also had about 3 glorious chances himself. I will take Ovie creating 6 glorious scoring chances(3 set ups and 3 for himself) in every game. Usually a few of those will go in.

Neuvy played great also(that blocker save in the 2nd was marvelous). For all the criticism that BB gets I think he deserves some credit for how he has dealt with the goaltending situation this year.

He seems to know when to put Neuvy and Varly in and has been rotating them very well. I think, so far, the Caps have gotten everything they could've wanted out of their young goalies.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 16, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I leave and they score 3 goals in a heartbeat. Clearly I'm the problem.

Posted by: fanzee71 | January 16, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

The capitals powerplay isn't as good as it was last year

Posted by: captainobvious | January 16, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton
you do know that Ott is a horrible offensive team witht little to no offensive weapons, right?'


Don't see why that matters...it was a good game. I enjoyed it...I didn't have to turn off my tv after the 2nd b/c they were lazy.

There is always a way to diminish a win with you, yet rarely an upside to a loss...the last few games we were allowing way to many SOGs and were not boxing out the center of the ice...we did it today so I am happy....this whole week has been a sad one for caps fans...so I will take a good game and enjoy it thank you very much.

Posted by: capscoach | January 16, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh...and that first PP while not great, looked A LOT better than previous games...they were moving their feet and got some shots off...improvement...hopefully will continue.

Posted by: capscoach | January 16, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

CStanton, I agree about MP85, but he is not going anywhere unless the Caps do bring in another center IMO. Perreault is the closest we have on the current roster to a true center who can play on a skill line (other than Backstrom). And it wouldn't surprise me if a trade for a center moves to the back burner until the team starts showing some consistent play. It would make no sense to trade away prospects or draft choices if the team does not show some good possibility of making and performing well in the playoffs. If they don't play any better/more consistently, some form of rebuilding is likely this off-season.

Posted by: zmega | January 16, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

I LOVE the Todd Krygier reference. I'll never forget that guy... Too d@mn fast for his skill level. Although I think they all (save for perhaps chimichanga) have just a little more skill than Krygier.

It was good to see that chimi was not afraid to shoot the puck tonight though. Can't knock that. You can't score if you don't shoot.

Posted by: sca187 | January 16, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Good finish for the Caps. We'll gladly take the 2 points!

Laich's tying goal gave them extra jump in the third. Carlson then fired a rocket off the face-off past a rattled Elliot. Good forechecking continued. Later, Chimera added some insurance with a Jagr-like goal off Elliott's back.

As for Alex, he had some golden scoring chances. I think it's just a matter of time before he gets his hands back. Whew, I just wish he would show a little more discretion with his passing.

With the injuries piling up, the Caps are really going to have to grind things out this week. Get well soon boys!

Posted by: Terptwin | January 16, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Phew, only the 2nd game in a row #4 didn't register a hit. Still blocked 3 shots and provided a presence in that span, and he hasn't been scored upon while out, so things aren't as dire as they might seem.

What bothered me about the game was thus: before the game, Locker spoke of injuries (Semin, Poti, Bradley, B.Gordon, ****55) and the # of games lost to injury, then proceeded to say POTI WAS THE KEY GUY, as far as injuries impacting the team. HUH??
No mention of DJK or his injury, as if he doesn't even exist.

Before the puck dropped, Joe B. plugged the game by promoting Caps "tough guy" Hendricks shedding some blood for the team. I like Hendricks, obviously, but I'm greatly embarrassed if that's who the team is selling as our resident tough guy.

Five minutes into the game, Ivan Carter informed the audience that BB was happy to have A.Gordon in the lineup because AG was happy to be up and "he wants guys in the lineup who are hungry and excited to play." I thought of DJK....is he not hungry or excited to play? He sure does practice a lot...

The code of silence concerning DJK MUST BE BROKEN! We know the nature of everyone's injury except for his, and it's not like divulging his injury would compromise the team's chances of winning a game. Tootoo and Rypien are in long-term counseling, is that where DJK should be??

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 16, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

The old-timers that played at the WC are still faster than Schultz.

Posted by: alanb1 | January 16, 2011 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Agree about DJK. I want some idea as to why he is still on IR.

@vermont

Erskine seemed to be avoiding major contact...I was thinking he might be a little sore or nursing some small injury.

Posted by: capscoach | January 16, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

you do know that Ott is a horrible offensive team witht little to no offensive weapons, right?'


Don't see why that matters...
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because unlike you, i'm not simply content with beating one of the worst teams in hockey. Is that how low our standards have gotten that we celebrate when this team once again has to mount a comeback against a bad hockey team?

i thought the goal was to advance in the playoffs. Last time i checked anyway.

what you call "diminishing a win", I call trying to avoid falling into the same traps over and over again. Which is having to use a strong 3rd pd yet again to salvage a win. Its not like we played a great game against a great team and then pulled it out. We've lost 3 in a row, we're not playing well at home, this is the type of game we should have come out from the drop of the puck and really showed a lot of hunger and whipped up on a poor team. Instead we play down to their level and then have to mount another comeback. If you're gonna be happy over that, then you're looking at things a little narrowly. And you shouldn't be surprised then when this team can't mount a comeback against a better team than the Sens.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

I LOVE the Todd Krygier reference. I'll never forget that guy... Too d@mn fast for his skill level

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jeff toms and todd krygier. Two extremely fast Caps players who had nothing but speed. Literally nothing.

Chimera's just a headcase in the sense that he acts tough on home ice (against certain teams and players) and fades into the sunset when he's in a hostile road situation. I would never ever ever want to go into battle with that guy. He's a cherry pickin situational player who plays much lower than his actual potential.

Compare that to a Hendricks who will probably play a grittier road game than he does at home. He's a guy whose willing to show up in the tough games. And infinitely more valuable to a playoff team despite lacking the speed and some of Chimera's other natural abilities.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

The code of silence concerning DJK MUST BE BROKEN!
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He's a 4th line young tough kid who plays for the Caps. He was screwed from the get-go!

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton

stop acting like I think everything is peachy with the team...i have said plenty of negative stuff...look at my first post.

Just b/c I am happy when they play well against a bad team doesn't mean I didn't notice the last 3 games...but a win is good and me enjoying it won't make the team try less hard against Philly...

And they played well for almost the whole game! The lack of scoring is a problem for sure, but we didn't give Ott many chances, and we had a lot of chances before we finally struck. We didn't have to salvage anything...any team that has only given up one goal is still in the game.

I liked the way we looked. And I knew you would isolate that one part of my post to make your point.

Caps have nothing to complain about in that game. Good D, the O eventually came, plenty of chances, and I'd say a 50 minute good game. You can complain about the first ten if you want....fine by me.

Me being miserable about every mistake the team makes will have no bearing on their success or failure...so I don't see why I shouldn't enjoy a good game...even if it was against a mediocre team

Posted by: capscoach | January 16, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

you need to align your views with mine. Otherwise our kids won't stand a chance.

btw, the reason we didn't give Ottawa many chances is because they suck offensively. That doesn't take away from the fact we've improved our team defensive play out of necessity. But we should have been all over that team in the first period tonight. Peppering them with shots, crashing the net, skating circles around em, crashing the boards.

Then and only then would a 3rd pd comeback win have been something to be happy about.

Otherwise, it just continues to mask their overall problems which resurface against some of the better teams.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

capcoach, you really think the Caps played well for most of the night in this game?

Wow. I could not disagree more.

Posted by: fanzee71 | January 16, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I'll give u that the first 10 minutes are a weakness for this team. But it was a saolid game...not the Caps fault the Sens suck. We play who we play and I am happy when they put forth a good effort and ticked off when they don't

Our overall problem is Offense...thats the only thing that held us back in the game...but the 2nd and 3rd periods were played well offensively...and Ott has a decent Defensive core. Sometimes you just gotta enjoy a win my dearest...your being angry won't make the team better, so just enjoy the win...and well played game.

Posted by: capscoach | January 16, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

@fanzee

we held the team to 23 SOGs, had lots of chances, only allowed 1 GA, scored 3...

so besides not scoring before the 3rd period...what did they do so terribly?

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