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'OvechKam' Coming to a TV Near You

When the Caps host the Flames next Wednesday, viewers at home will be able to get a unique view of the action. A special broadcast on CSN+ will feature a camera focused on Alex Ovechkin for the entire game, giving fans an "unprecedented look at the most prolific player in the NHL today," according to Comcast SportsNet.

More from Comcast:

The CSN+ broadcast will use a split screen so viewers are able to watch the "OvechKam" and regular game broadcast simultaneously. Comcast SportsNet's primary channel will air the Capitals-Flames live in high definition with the traditional full-game view.

I'm told that TSN and Rogers Sportsnet in Canada have done similar broadcasts, focusing an iso-cam on Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.

Guess I'll have to record the game so I can check it out when I get home.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 5, 2008; 3:12 PM ET
 
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Long time due. TSN did almost that. They'd show repeats of Ovechkin's shifts/sequences when one camera was focusing on him. Finally it's on Comcast for those who have it.

Posted by: Yo | March 5, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

First! (maybe?)

Posted by: Pothier's Thumb | March 5, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

miked up too??

Posted by: dave | March 5, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Darn! Too slow. The story of my life.

Posted by: Pothier's Thumb | March 5, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Now back to Kolzig

Posted by: Yo | March 5, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Asked on the previous blog - Do you know who was skating at Ketler Iceplex this morning. I thought it was Federov because he was wearing a helmet with 91 on it, however, if Federov is there - it could not have been him.

Was it Pothier?

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

How about SeminKam?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Could be interesting! I guess I'll have to DVR it just to see what it's like...Someone remind me :)

Posted by: K | March 5, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

@828

I don't know. But I will ask GMGM tonight. That would be great news for Brian.

Posted by: Tarik | March 5, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

That would be great if it's Pothier.

I know Comcast had an Ovetch-Cam for a little while for highlights, but this looks to be a lot more then that. Should be an interesting experiment.

Posted by: EricS | March 5, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Tarik,

He was just skating full rink laps - nothing serious - just laps around some cones set at each goal line.

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

828, it's all part of Papa Schultz's extremely complicated misinformation strategy. Don't be fooled! ^_^

Posted by: tallbear | March 5, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Do you know who was skating at Ketler Iceplex this morning. I thought it was Federov because he was wearing a helmet with 91 on it, however, if Federov is there - it could not have been him

@828

shhhh... Scouts, they are everywhere, that's why Pothier was wearing 91 and 91 was wearing Pothier. If you saw 8, it was actually Semin... But they are scratching their heads in Buffalo right now asking the same question.

It's not about the game, it's all about the maneuvers. Maneuvers are what makes the difference between correct and falcified scout's report and win or lose in hockey.


General Chief of Staff Papa Panzer Schultz

Posted by: Papa Panzer Shultz | March 5, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

91 is wearing Pothier? Like Silence of the Lambs?

Posted by: AP | March 5, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

No takers on that one?

Posted by: AP | March 5, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I am planning on attending the Caps/Flames game so I'll be DVR'ing this to watch when i get back. It'll be kinda weird staring at Ovechkin on the bench while play goes on during the game....

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 5, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Ovechcam: ridiculous. It's a team sport not a personality cult. The last thing I want to watch is Ovechkin picking his nose on the bench.

Posted by: twils | March 5, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Especially riveting will be watching him serve a bench minor for too many men.

Posted by: old time hockey | March 5, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we'll get to see him send one of his infamous text's to his girlfriend!!

Posted by: AP | March 5, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

LOL! I liked this, Yo.

"TSN did almost that. "

I was waiting for:

'Then they realized that TSN stands for The Sidney Network, and decided they couldn't feature AO.'

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I will compile a montague (sp?) of all his best snot-rockets of the night.

While I do agree it is a team game, the guy attracts attention that this town really needs.

Posted by: FFS Enough | March 5, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Is this a slow news day T? And yes I took the liberty of shortening your name Tarik, because you're cool like that.

Posted by: AP | March 5, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Really hope the guys pull a win out tonight against the slugs. Watched the game last night and it was pretty physical. Hope they are tired. Even Miller got feisty.

Oh, and is it just me or does Afiniginov (sp) remind anyone else of Semin. He has some wicked moves, but also gets thrown off the puck a lot. He even looks kinda like him. Actually, I kept waiting for the VS announcers to comment on how much he looks like Ovie. (They were so boring I am not even sure it was the same announcers from the previous Caps game, but was still expecting it).

Posted by: Kim | March 5, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

@Chief Boo!,

Leeguru is out of tow

Posted by: Steve R | March 5, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Alright now everyone, how about a little positive karma for our team tonight. The sky is not falling and locusts have not plagued our land. However, I am going to will a certain gigantic lizard (or whatever the heck Godzilla was anyway) to have his game of the season and show us all how important it is to have depth.

By the way, I still love Mike Green, Bradley is advancing on my list, and I predict that all four Russians on our team will have a big night.

Posted by: Kim | March 5, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I second the request to have Ovechkin mic'ed for the OvechKam night!
That would be really interesting to hear what he said the whole game.

Posted by: Stormblue | March 5, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Miller may speak Japanese, but I am pretty sure that Godzilla kicked a lot of Japanese tush.

Okay, time for me to go have my pregame meal and start all of my pregame rituals.

Posted by: Kim | March 5, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

It would be cool to have OV mic'd. We'd find out if he speaks English or Russian on the ice haha.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 5, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

BB's job is secure for now but Ruff's is not. I'm just hoping the pressure to make post-season weighs heavy and it gets to them first. Either way, we just need to stay out of the box and play the game BB dictates. Nothing we all don't already know.

Let's Go Cap-I-Tals!!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 5, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of cameras, did anyone notice the cameras in goal Mon night? Did folks at home get the goal cam view, or did they just do that in prep for the Sun NBC game?

Greg:
From your last post on the previous thread, you're my hero! :-)

Someone Else Who Knows Steve:
Leeguru is out of tow?!? Where was he towed to? Do they not have Internet access at the impound lot?

I am SO ready for tonight's game - I hope the lamp looks like flickering Christmas tree lights! :-D LET'S GO CAPS!!!!

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

You know what stinks? Comcast Sports Net has been dropped by cable providers on the Eastern Shore. Both Easton Cable and Atlantic Broadband dropped CSN as of March first citing rising fees and the lack of the Orioles. I guess they don't think people care about the Caps, Wiz, and Terps East of Annapolis. I picked the wrong night to stay overnight for business. Good thing there is a Green Turtle in Easton with DirectTV.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 5, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

"I will compile a montague (sp?) of all his best snot-rockets of the night."

And I will compile a Capulet.

Posted by: John in Mpls | March 5, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Tarik
Why is Semin always put on the right wing when his natural position is left? I don't understand why BB doesn't put Semin on the left and someone else on the right.

Posted by: Puck the pens | March 5, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Yeah! I hope the back of Miller's neck gets a sunburn from the red light going off all night!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 5, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Meh. When I first heard yesterday that there would be a camera ON Ovechkin for this game, I envisioned a helmetcam type of view where we would get to see what Ovechkin sees out there on the ice. This is a lot less interesting.

Posted by: Brad | March 5, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

@ John in Mpls & @ FFS

The Montague versus Capulets booger montage for the OV-Cam. I love it! Who says Shakespeare is dead? Maybe we can get Booger from Revenge of the Nerds to sing "We're gonna need a montage, yeah" from Team America. Followed by a rendition of America, F---, Yeah!" Then show the marinet get down scence. Yes, it's all coming together.

Posted by: JIM | March 5, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

How about a "Capeman" cam?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Not Capeman again

Posted by: JIM | March 5, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Capeman?

Posted by: Confused | March 5, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

@Boo,

"N". Town, not tow....

I need a new handle. S.E.W.K.S. is almost as bad as "Capeman"

Posted by: Steve R | March 5, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

@Confused,

Capeman is an accountant who lives in his mom's basement. On game day, he wears a red cape to the phone booth & he has disco balls on sticks that light up.

Did I miss anything?

Posted by: Steve R | March 5, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Do the Caps have practice at Kettler on the 11th and 13th... Thanks

Posted by: Go SOX GO | March 5, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh yea, and JIM doesn't think the dicso balls are the least bit cool.

Posted by: Steve R | March 5, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I hope Bruce opens the game with the Bradley-Steckel-Cooke line again. Let Buffalo put its top line out on home ice, then the Caps will take it to them right off the bat (or "right off the stick" in hockey terms).

Posted by: rogerr | March 5, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

@Boo!

the goal cameras were there because the Caps game was the VS game for the night

Posted by: mike | March 5, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know what channel the Caps game is on tonight vs. Buffalo? Caps site says CSN-DC+. In Fairfax, that usually means channel 74, but the guide shows College Basketball. When I called Cox they told me it's only on Center Ice.

If you can help a man get his Caps fix, thank you in advance!

Posted by: Shmoo | March 5, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

@Brad A helmet cam on OV? That would be fun to watch, if only just to see how many board busting hits it would last.

Posted by: TheCapitalist | March 5, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Here is hoping that the Caps bottled the magic they had on Monday night that allowed them to pour in the goals and kept the Bruins bottled up.

Here is hoping that Olie CLEARLY sees and stops the 20 or so shots that the Caps allow the Sabres to get off.

Here is hoping that the Caps understand that they are in the playoffs for the playoffs: no letting up; just like in the playoffs.

If the team can make a sustained stretch run, then the season won't be a "complete failure.

LET'S GO CAPITALS!

Posted by: Clarendon | March 5, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

With a win the Sabres would be in the playoffs holy circle tonight. They know what's at stake - they're going to want it bad.

Just an heads-up for Bruce: play smart. Don't play thinking we're the best in the league. The Sabres can be so good.

45 minutes till face off... it's going to be such a huge game... excitement!

*wears GO CAPS red letters on his chest*

Come on boys!!!

Posted by: mauree | March 5, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Steve:
Yes, I know - you meant 'town' ... once again, my humor (or lack thereof) fails me. Anyway, so SEWKS is not workin' for ya, huh? Come on ... it sounds like Gadzooks! ;-)

mike:
AH! That explains it! :-) Thank you!

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

RE: Capeman
haha, well I have not seen Capeman yet but I have no problem with fans bringing a little personality to the game with them. I'd rather have a Smiley (horn guy) or a Goat (loud guy) and presumably a Capeman in place of a disinterested DC profiessional. Then again, I DO wear a lucky Sombrero to games. But trust me, there is a worthwhile Capitals related story behind it. Just ask Karl Alzner. He'll be able to tell you about it.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 5, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Shmoo:
It is supposed to be 74 - I think the channel guide is wrong.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

See, if you all would have been down for the road trip - we would be up there right now representing DC in "not a thing to do" town called Buffalo.

This game makes me nervous a bit - but I hope they learned their lesson with the way they played against Toronto.

Hope ATL breaks its 8 game losing streak in regulation tonight as well.

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

okay, I just asked GMGM about the mysterious skater at KCI today. It was Michael Nylander.

Posted by: Tarik | March 5, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Shmoo:
Yup - the channel guide is wrong - the Caps pre-game show is on Cox 74 now ...

Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Sombrero -
I was thinking - if I won the lotto, I would go to ALL the caps games and dress up as the Ultimate Warrior with the 2nd logo painted on my face... the one that is shaped as a W and an Eagle - such an awesome logo.

Thought that would be pretty cool. I am at most games, but wish I had the time and money to make it to every single game.

A win tonight makes us that much closer to our Two 7 game win streaks...

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Michael Nylander? Good Lord!

Posted by: Finn | March 5, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Tarik,

He looked bigger than Nyls and had a scruffy look to him. There was a guy holding a baby next to the benches, so I am assuming that was his kid.

Glad to see he was out skating.

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

@828
why like the Ultimate Warrior lol?

Posted by: mauree | March 5, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

mauree,

Just thought he looked cool - he had a W painted on his face... thought the Caps W/Eagle would look pretty tight... I could wear the Red Mullet too...

One day, you will see me on tv... one day...

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking 4 - 2 Caps tonight. Ovie gets two goals and closer to 60 for the season!

Posted by: Bmore Caps | March 5, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Quick everyone, what channel is the game on in Alexandria, Cox cable?

Posted by: Butter | March 5, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Butter

Channel 74

Posted by: Yosh | March 5, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, sorry I'm working with Comcast in Bmore.

Posted by: Bmore Caps | March 5, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

@828
I loled the way you said it :D "if I won the lotto, I would go to ALL the caps games and dress up as the Ultimate Warrior"

923 mississipies till the face off... 922 mississipies till the face off...

Posted by: mauree | March 5, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

How about the KolzigKam so we can sit at home and watch Kolzig on the bench picking his nose while Huet STOPS THE PUCK!!!

Posted by: Mitch | March 5, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Atlanta is ahead

Posted by: Finn | March 5, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Atlanta is ahead

Posted by: Finn | March 5, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

mauree - people were talking about the characters at the VC - I just took it to the next level... :) glad you got a laugh from it.

Hopefully, we can laugh at the Sabres tonight like we laughed at the Bruins on Monday.

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Nyls skating? Good for him. I bet he is one frustrated camper right now. A competitor like him has to be bummed he's not out there for the push. Hope his healing is going well.

Now, on to the game.... Let's Go Caps

ps: tivo ovechkam now so you won't have to remember next week-that's my plan!

Posted by: 3vafans | March 5, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Nyls skating? Good for him. I bet he is one frustrated camper right now. A competitor like him has to be bummed he's not out there for the push. Hope his healing is going well.

Now, on to the game.... Let's Go Caps

ps: tivo ovechkam now so you won't have to remember next week-that's my plan!

Posted by: 3VAFans | March 5, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

CAR tied it up

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

CAR up 2-1 now

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey! I'm in B'more City using Comcast. Anyone else not getting the game on CSN+? C-Span didn't switch over. Help!

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | March 5, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

We don't look that great...

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

We needed that Steckle Shorty...
needed that Schultz break away

CAR - up 3-1

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

OVIIIIIE!!!

Posted by: MikeZ | March 5, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

YESSSSSS....

Keep it up - we are playing like crap - but that will help

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

YES ALEX!!!

Posted by: mauree | March 5, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

So quite...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 5, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Meant so Quiet there... he he..

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 5, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

40 min to go... C'mon zilla - keep up the good work... one period at a time.

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Still See It... my fav commercial

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

I like Ovie's strast' commercial, personally. It expanded my vocabulary of badass Russian words.

Posted by: MikeZ | March 5, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

I walked right through the hallway and past Ovie to get on the ice at Kettler when they were filming the Ovie commercial.

Posted by: Jordan | March 5, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that is a good one too...

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Canes are up 4-1...

There should be no reason we should lose to ATL this season again...

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Great - Kolzig is down now... We have 3 goalies and they decide to get injured... this is not what we were hoping for with 3 goalies.

Guess everything happens for a reason...

Looks like it got his neck

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Pre-game conference joke of the night by Ruff.

After a tirade how excellent Ovechkin is, Lindy Ruff answers how they are going to contain Ovechkin. Lindy Ruff: "We are gonna put three guys on him".

The crowd erupts in laughs...

Posted by: Yo | March 5, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Olie - shake it off and shut them down...

Lock it up

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Another PP? Ugh ...

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

59 foot wrist shot to Kolzig 5 hole

Posted by: Yo | March 5, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

NICE!!!!

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Does Fedorov look lazy?

Lucky on Backstrom's goal! Should have been a penalty!

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Yo, I am with you - however, that one was tough... what matters is that Backstrom just scored... give him the Calder now.

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Boy, Miller did not know what hit him ... did you see him look around? "Huh, huh? Which way did it go?!?"

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

federov looks at wrist shot but lets it go by....why not try to block it?...he is not our pk answer.....maybe brash should get some pk time..

Posted by: wendel | March 5, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Greg S.

Should not have been a hooking penalty against the Caps on their PP goal - Afenoganov (sp?) was holding the stick.

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

The replay looked much different...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 5, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Backstrom can finish. I wish he would shoot more as he has a good shot. He's an amazing passer but over time he will get more comfortable with shooting the puck instead of looking to pass first all the time. The more I watch him, the more he reminds me of Forsberg.

Posted by: Lowell | March 5, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Nope. Replay shows a good check by AO. Nice shoulder.

Would love to see Brashear get his 300th! He'll be re-negotiating his contract as a scoring winger! LOL

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I think Fed looks alright - think he is alright on the PK as well. Wish he would have punched on of his two shots in though.

He is mainly there for his leadership - I honestly believe he is doing wonders for Semin.

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

That is what I meant, no call was the right call.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

On leadership, I'm sure. He didn't look very - animated - on PK on the sscore.

Afino is amazing, no?

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Caps are 91% when leading after 2...

We NEED this win... let's keep it up... 20 min left.

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Wow ... I'm not a nail biter, but this game could drive me to it! I hope we build a nice lead so that I can start breathing again. ;-)

Greg:
Afino is amazing, yes! :-)

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Afino and Semin are 2 of a kind... both make the opponents look like lil league'ers

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Think we will go after him? Just get a bunch of Russians on our team... that is why we changed back to the Red.

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Washington Reds?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Get a Ruskie team? Like the Detroit of Fedorov's time? Not bad. I don't know what the budget looks like. You know that Green will be re-signed for some pretty good bucks. I think that Huet will be, too. Not too sure about Fedorov, though, or Cooke.

We can't get Afino anyway. People on this blog have a tough enough time with our own players (FedOrov). We get Afinogenov will drive them nuts! And, yes, that's how you spell it.

BTW, I was saying "Nope" to my comment on the assumed no-call penalty.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Carolina is gonna get those 2 points.

At least it'll be in regulation, hopefully

Posted by: MikeZ | March 5, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Does it sound like the NHL.COM ad says "Crosbytch?"

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I hope we sign Green and Huet...

I dont see why we wouldnt sign Fed - he would def have to settle for less... Cooke - who knows... he seems to fit in with BB's system.

One thing I know - we have some good depth now... that is a good thing - also, might be able to get some good buys with them.

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Fedorov doesn't look lazy, he does look old.

Faceoffs - 2/2 (50%), 3 shots

I think he plays better than in previous game. We'll see.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't really matter for the game or Alex, but Kovalchuk scored.
Would be nice for Alex to get 60 sooner than later.

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Stay out of the fricken box... that is what usually hurts us.

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

what is up with the penalties?!? good grief ...

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

@Greg S.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who hears that.

I thought Crosby had a new nickname in the DC area when I first heard it.

Posted by: MikeZ | March 5, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

The Caps are taking a lot of penalties tonight and this has me worried. Why do Buffalo fans hate Ovie so much?

Posted by: Lowell | March 5, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

another PK - thank goodness! come on boys!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Does Jurcina hate Kolzig or something? Has anyone kept track of how many times he's deflected the puck at him?

Posted by: MikeZ | March 5, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

JEEZ!!!! SOMEONE get Juice a compass!

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Lowell:
I don't know if they are booing tonight because they thought Ovie should have had a penalty earlier (just before Backs scored), or if it is a carry over from last season - he had an unfortunate check against Briere last year and they never forgave him for it.

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

@Lowell
Last year, Ovie boarded Briere and knocked him out. It was a fairly late hit, and Briere was already leaving the ice, so he smacked his head against the bench door.

Posted by: MikeZ | March 5, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

sabres fans hate ovie for a hit on Briere last season. It was not the cleanest hit. On another note Why do the "Sabres" have an image of an American Bison on their sweaters? Just call yourselves the Buffalo Buffalos already.

Posted by: kevbpgc | March 5, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Again - stay out of the box...

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

The refs will even this out eventually.

Posted by: mauree | March 5, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Godammit. Yet another penalty.

That's the Caps for you: always setting their fans up for heartbreak.

Posted by: MikeZ | March 5, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

@kevbpgc
That's not a bison on their jersey. It's the Horned Slug.

Posted by: MikeZ | March 5, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Feds got up pretty quick from that high flying check

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Lowell:
Actually, your question makes me think of one of my favorite Ovie clips. Have you seen the one where he is gliding on the ice in the old away sweater, kindof leaning to one side, with his hand cuffed to one ear? That was at a game in Buffalo (probably the first one after "the" incident?!?) - he had been getting booed all night, so right after he scored, he put his hand up to his ear like that. I don't know if his point was BRING IT ON or WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY NOW or what, but it was pretty funny, regardless. That clip always makes me smile! :-)

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

9 min to go - c'mon boys...

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

mauree:
eventually?!? the game is almost over!

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Yeah PK! Okay then the Slugtown Slugs. Whats with the "Sabres"? Is Buffalo a center of Antique weapons dealers/ manufacturers?

Posted by: kevbpgc | March 5, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Have not seen much of Semin tonight - he is due for something to happen...

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I remember that clip, Boo! It's definitely one of my favorites.

"Louder! Your boos are music to me!"
-(Believed to be going through Ovie's head at that moment)

Posted by: MikeZ | March 5, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

YES...

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

ALLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEXXXXXXXXXXX THE GREEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTT

Posted by: mauree | March 5, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

OOOOHHHHH!!!!! Got reeeeaaaaalllll quiet there!!!

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

OVIIIIIE!!!

kevbpgc,
"The winning choice, "Sabres," was chosen because Seymour Knox felt a sabre was a weapon carried by a leader. He also noted that a sabre is swift and strong on offense as well as defense."

Posted by: MikeZ | March 5, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Mike:
Exactly! I dug it - especially when it happened real time. I thought, good for him! Speaking of, WOOOO HOOOO Ovie!!!!!!! B E A U T I F U L !!!

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Now, lets keep the lead... gotta love Alex

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

@Boo!

I meant that the refs will end up giving the tie to the Sabres. But Alex took care of that for now :D

Posted by: mauree | March 5, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

OK, I usually don't get overly excited when I watch games at home, but I got loud after that goal ... stirred up the critters! Oops!!

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Is that clock going backwards??? Seems S-L-O-W!

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

mauree:
ah! well, that's different ... ;-) glad we have a little breathing room, but not much - a lot can happen in 4 minutes!

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

We should really start chanting MVP when we see Alex at the VC.

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

NO GOAL NO GOAL

(I know they're gonna give it to 'em...)

Posted by: MikeZ | March 5, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Olie has been petty good in this game. Only about 3 more minutes left in the game, and Olie has only let in 1 goal. Lets keep it that way..

LETS GO CAPS!

Posted by: elicea | March 5, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Puck was in... whistle had blown

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Ugh...

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Not looking good - hope we can keep it up... 4 min left. Not liking this at all...

3-1 or 3-2... just means Alex gets a hat trick.

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

taking a long time on this. The suspense is killing me!

Posted by: elicea | March 5, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

What the hell happened to goalie interference? The Sab was hacking the crap out of Godzilla in the crease...

Posted by: MikeZ | March 5, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Did it? In time?

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

2:49 left to go... not 4 min

Just give it to us - you have called enough penalties.

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

NO GOAL! SWEET!

Posted by: elicea | March 5, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Thank you

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

No Goal!

Posted by: Steve R | March 5, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Wow, finally a break, the Caps haven't even gotten a power play tonight and they get that call to go for them? Suprising

Posted by: SuperCaps | March 5, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Alex has been out there forever...

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Breathe!

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

finally a power play... :-)

Posted by: elicea | March 5, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh, it's against them - game over!!!

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Now THAT was a nail-biter.

Posted by: MikeZ | March 5, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

WOOOHOOOOOOO!

Posted by: elicea | March 5, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

OK!!!

Now. Olie sucked, didn't he? :D

He looked good out there.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

A break on that goal but the Caps deserved this win. They needed the win and they delivered. Olie did good.

Now, forget it. Next game is the most important game of the season now.

Posted by: mauree | March 5, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Huge Victory, Huge game by Olie. All the haters (including myself haha) can take the day off tomorrow

Posted by: SuperCaps | March 5, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Olie pretty much sucks. Horrendous performance on his part. Lost ANOTHER one for the team. Oh wait ... :-X

Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I'll admit - Olie looked really good... guess Huet is teaching an old dog new tricks. :)

Great stuff tonight!!!

Posted by: 828 | March 5, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Fedorov finished with +/- 0, faceoffs 6:3 67%

Nothing special, but not bad too.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Good 60 minute game. We'll win these almost every time we play them.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see what all the Olie bashers have to say! Funny, they've been awfully quiet tonight ... mauree - can you write a program for that?!? ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

From ESPN.com RE: fantasy playoffs:

Washington vs. New York Rangers
If Crosby's tied up in La Belle Province, well, Ovechkin should be on Broadway. The Russian star has never been in the postseason, and GM George McPhee's multiple moves at the trade deadline deserve some kind of playoff reward. Rangers superstar Jaromir Jagr, of course, played for the Caps before deciding not to try anymore. In general, getting the Caps into Manhattan for a significant playoff struggle would have to help that franchise get some badly needed face time. Finally, Bruce Boudreau, the Caps' coach, is the patron saint for all those minor league bench bosses who had to wait and wait and wait for their chances to coach in the big leagues while others less qualified got their shot.

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Did Olie look good? Kind of... But I'd rather won't see him again in the net. 59 foot wrist shot by Kotalik in 5 hole, very questionable. And then Kolzig falls into the net instead of in front of the net, pucks goes in because of it... They just couldn't tell if it completely crossed the red line or not, but it was on the red line for sure.

...no, I don't want his super good plays, too nerve-breaking...

Just hope Huet will take over from now.

Posted by: Yo | March 5, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh, bite me!

There you go, Boo!

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Yo:
Way to be in the momment and celebrate the fact that Olie had a good game. 1 of 26 and the 1 was on a PP?!? Come on, already ... even Miller let in 3 of 23!

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Are the pathetic Buffalo fans still booing Ovie because he shoved Briere from behind last year and Brier crumpled up like a girl and flew into the boards? Or is it because he smokes them for so many goals? If it's because of Briere...that's stupid, he sold them out for a fat contract and regardless, he speared Ovi and Jurcina in the groin in games after that hit anyway (because he's a punk and a coward...I friggin HATE Danny Briere).
Regardless, keep booing losers, cuz Ovi eats it up goal after goal.

Posted by: Sam | March 5, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Everytime I see or hear "Yo" now, I think of Miller in the Amp commercial... "Yo-mamma-ween." I don't know why.

Nothing personal, Yo. I just do. I think that ad's hysterical.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Greg:
You are no longer my hero ... :-P

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

??? Why not?

I wasn't saying that to you, Boo!

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

@Boo

Way to be in the momment and celebrate the fact that Olie had a good game.

Maybe I am too negative, but it's too nerve breaking. I'd rather celebrate the great game by Ovie. All 3 goals are his, even he didn't get an assist on 2nd one.

If it were before Huet, I'd be happy, now Huet has raised the level of Caps goaltending. We might see Olie again, but I sure hope not.

Posted by: Yo | March 5, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Olie was screened on Kotalik's goal. He really couldn't do much about it. Overall, good game by Olie.

Posted by: elicea | March 5, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Sam:
I agree - I remember when Briere speared Ovie; I vaguely recall the Juice spearing, and he also took a cheap shot at Olie. He plays dirty, cowardly and cheap. I can't stand him ...

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Olie was screened on Kotalik's goal. He really couldn't do much about it.

Why he was on his knees? And if he was on his knees, he must cover all low pucks...

Alright maybe I am too negative.. but after Huet I probably can't help myself... :-)

Posted by: Yo Mama | March 5, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Greg:
OK - you are my hero again! ;-)

Yo:
All I can say is, if Huet played the exact same game, you and others would be singing his praises right now. You gotta admit, that's pretty hypocritical ...

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Yo Mama -- he wasn't on his knees before the shot was taken. He was dropping to his knees to cover as much as the net as possible because of the Buffalo player screening him.

Giving up 1 goal to Buffalo, which put up 5 goals against Philly last night, is pretty impressive. Let's leave it at that.

Posted by: Jeff | March 5, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

@ Yo

Did you not see the replay of Kotalik's goal. Someone was right in front him. He could barely see what was going on. You ask why he was on his knees. He probably saw the puck late, and tried to react as fast as he could to save it. Unfortunately, he was unable to.

As much as I have been defending Olie this season, after that game against Toronto, i've started to realize, that his time is pretty much up. I agree with Huet being the #1 goaltender. Olie is too inconsistent for me to choose him as #1.

Posted by: elicea | March 5, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Shots from the blue line typically are on or near the ice. If a goalie can't see, they go into the butterfly to cover as much of the net area as they can. They're playing the odds. Unfortunately, Olie seems to have a puck magnate for knees.

Given that, I would rather have Olie in net than a hurt/ailing Huet. I want Huet healthy, or as healthy as he can be at this time in the season. There are some pretty important games left. Like 14 of them. If Olie plays like he did tonight, and the lads in front play 60 minutes each and every game from here on out, we'll be OK.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

HUGE win by the Caps tonight. Olie played a solid game, and no I don't blame him for having a PP shot get by him when he was clearly screened, and the puck may have bee deflected (couldn't tell, I was watching on a booth TV at the Green Turtle in Easton because no cable company down there was comcast sports net anymore).

@828
The Ultimate Capital Warrior would be awesome. A friend of mine goes to MD Terps home games dressed in Hulkamania gear. He was in a Baltimore Sun photo this past season.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 5, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

@Boo!

Whew!! :D

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Greg:
Yup ... definitely my hero ... ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

What's up with Carolina? Killin' me. It puts a damper on the evening. They won't lose. I want the three, not the 8.

Posted by: Butter | March 5, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

@GMGM

$6.0 for one year with signing and playoff bonus potential of $9.0. Need to keep the face of the organization!

Posted by: Olie's Agent | March 5, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

SEWKS:
You out there? Where's your post-game wrap up? After all, you are speaking for two now!

Posted by: Boo! | March 5, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

@Olie's Agent

And exactly what is it that you're smokin'? :)

Let's not go overboard, here. Which reminds me of a fishing story, but that can't be written about here... ;)

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Not going to say that Olie's been the best in the league this year... but let's put this another way for those that say he's the worst starter in the league... are there really 29 goalies you would trade straight-up (assuming salary wasn't an issue) for in the league for Olie? I mean would you rather have Philly's Biron/Niittymaki mess? How about Ottawa's Gerber/Emery? LA's Jason LaBarbera? Ellis/Mason in NSH?

Posted by: grinch | March 5, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much Sabres fans are crying about Ovechkins shoulder check that led to our second goal

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 5, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

@Sombrero Guy

All of them! They were grumbling about it for the balance of the game from the time it occurred. I thought it was a hook or holding myself. The replay, though, showed just how good AO really is.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 5, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

He was dropping to his knees to cover as much as the net as possible because of the Buffalo player screening him.

Maybe he did it right technically. Dropping on the knees is to cover the pucks that go low. And the puck did go low.

I guess he too slow/old, that's it. Remember, there was no deflection and it was a WRIST shot, not 100mph slapshot, from a blue line.

I don't know, I am very suspicious of Kolzig from now on.

Posted by: Yo Momma | March 5, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

@Yo Momma

I was screaming at the TV "clear the screen, clear the screen" right before that shot. Granted we were on a PK and when you're down a man, one guy tends to be left unchecked but I wish one of our D had moved him out of there. That goal was a result of a screen. Not age, not lack of reflexes, just lack of visibility. On plays like those, the goalie plays the odds and guesses and ten reacts when he gets sight of the puck again. Can't blame Olie for that one.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 5, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

POTI SUCKS!!!! He was personally responsible for the only goal the Sabres scored, first he did not clear, then he left his guy standing in the crease and hit him after the goal was scored. He also let three Sabres skate around him and take shots on goal. He was an F-ing pylon tonight, bench him till April. Jurcina and Schultz were only a little better, our D was pathetic. Screw all the Kolzig haters on this list, with that D Roy would have looked bad most nights.

Posted by: Bob | March 5, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Where's Mitch? laing4pres for President!
GO CAPS GO!
GO GO GODZILLA!

Posted by: kevbpgc | March 5, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Hooray the Caps won. Boo on Kolzig's five hole. Boo on the refs for calling a bunch of BS penalties on the Caps. Boo on Schultz not delivering a half-slapper with moderate vengeance. Hooray for not having to yell at my TV too much.

That is all.

Posted by: Kip | March 5, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Well, I kept my promise and didn't watch Olie's start. But I had to tune in for the second and third periods. HAHA. Good game. Olie played well enough to help secure the win, but my SERIOUS complaints have been from the standpoint that Olie is simply no longer consistently like he was tonight. Not even close in fact. And HE STILL almost managed to let Buffalo back in it by inexplicably flipping onto his back (and into the goal) which resulted in the puck going in and a long review that THANK GOD went our way. There were also many juicy rebounds that we were fortunate enough to clear.

Hope Hip Hip Huet is ready for Saturday in Bean Town!!

Very sorry to hear about Stecks' injury.

HUGE road win. Ovechkin continues his MVP play and leadership and Backstrom made possibly the best pass I've seen this season by any player on his 60 foot saucer leading to Ovechkin's breakaway goal.

Posted by: MTB | March 5, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Boo! Thanks for the back up, let's start the Danny Briere is a B***H club. Although that is entirely irrelevant to the Caps great performance tonight, other than lame boooooing from lame Sabres fans.

Posted by: Sam | March 5, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Another huge win for the Caps. As a whole, the team is beginning to play playoff hockey. We went in and beat the Sabres in Buffalo for the first time since '03. Ovie was great tonight and I thought Olie played great too. It was great to see Green flying in to keep the puck from leaving the offensive zone. Bottom line...two points in the win column and that much closer to an elusive playoff spot. LETS GO CAPS! And a speedy recovery to Steckel. We need his grit, faceoffs, and PK.

Posted by: the highlander | March 6, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

I take it the game eventually came on CSN+ (Cox 74 in Fairfax County)?

Posted by: Bubba | March 6, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Yo

Ummmm...Kolzig is by definition a BUTTERFLY goalie. I hate to spell it out in such layman terms but the butterfly position is when a goalie is on his knees covering the bottom half of the net. I've been critical of Kolzig this year...especially regarding his lateral movement and coverage of the posts...but me thinks you're way off on this one.

/great game

Posted by: Yosh | March 6, 2008 2:34 AM | Report abuse

Tarik (or anyone else who might know):

Is there going to be audio on the 'OvechKam' ? ... or just video?

Posted by: Question . . . | March 6, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

@Question

It is my understanding that there will be a split screen, with the game on the left and OvechKam on the right, so there will be the regular broadcast feed from Comcast

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 6, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Olie has upped his game since the Toronto loss. I notice that when he came in after Huet got hurt he played with a fire I haven't seen in a long time. He was shoving Bruins trying to park in front of net. Getting into shooters faces after making a save. I think bringing Huet in only makes Olie better. We now have two goalies for the stretch run and don't have to worry about one getting worn out.

Posted by: Lowell | March 6, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Anyone know what channel CSN+ is on DirecTV?

Posted by: Mike | March 6, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

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