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Ovechkin among those not at practice

Players are on the ice now, and among the notable absences include Alex Ovechkin, Mike Knuble, Alexander Semin and Eric Belanger.

Jose Theodore was the first goalie on the ice, followed a few minutes later by Semyon Varlamov. Of course that hardly answers the question who will be in goal tomorrow night, and I don't suspect Coach Bruce Boudreau will shed light on the subject when he speaks to the media shortly.

Practice shouldn't take long, so check back for updates, video and players' thoughts heading into Game 7.

By Gene Wang  |  April 27, 2010; 11:33 AM ET
 
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Comments

I don't like it, but folks this is why we play for home ice, to play game #7 in our barn. Fans need to bring it to the barn tomorrow night. We have been on the other side of coming back and coming back one game short. Time to repay the favor.

It is our building, it is our team. STAND BEHIND IT!

Let's go Caps!

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | April 27, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm not saying practice is everything at this point in the season...but why is it always the same guys who choose to not skate during the optional practices...???

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 27, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Any recalls?

What happened with Poti last night?

Posted by: thomas20 | April 27, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

optional practice = optional effort
(unless your too injured to practice and need a helper to get on the ice come game time)

I can't remember the last 'players coach' to win the cup. Hey bb they boys don't have to like you but respect and listen to you and your staff.

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | April 27, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. Semin is not skating. Oh, probably cause he is resting his wrists from pumping in a few goals last night.

Posted by: SuperZ3383 | April 27, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Never say die! IRON EAGLE! The story of the 2010 CAPS

Posted by: btolley | April 27, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I am betting Montreal does not have "optional" practice today. We are going into game 7 and our captain doesn't even think its important to practice today...And everyone wonders why the Caps have no success in the postseason

Posted by: hart2014 | April 27, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I am growing more and more frustrated...

As much as I think Green is a waste of money, I do appreciate hearing that he is on the ice at practice.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 27, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

@ CTCapsPhan

The energy just isn't the same at the phone booth anymore. Now that the Caps are the hottest ticket in town you get the wine and cheese corporate crowd that doesn't even know what offsides is. It will basically turn into FedEx field indoors. That place has no atmosphere because most of the people that are actually fans get priced out. I foresee it getting worse too. Last year and the year before it was fans at the games... now it's people who just want to be "seen" there or want to tell their friends they were there. It's a shame...

Posted by: Firepelosi | April 27, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. Semin is not skating. Oh, probably cause he is resting his wrists from pumping in a few goals last night.

Posted by: SuperZ3383 | April 27, 2010 12:15 PM


What do wrists have to do with skating?

Look, everyone here understands your super clever dig at Semin, but at least have it make sense.

Posted by: Fro_ | April 27, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

One, two, three, RAM!

I vote we get Randy the Ram on D. He's got a lot of heart and dates strippers like the Caps of old - Stevens, et al.

One game season. WIN.

Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | April 27, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The energy just isn't the same at the phone booth anymore. Now that the Caps are the hottest ticket in town you get the wine and cheese corporate crowd that doesn't even know what offsides is. It will basically turn into FedEx field indoors. That place has no atmosphere because most of the people that are actually fans get priced out. I foresee it getting worse too. Last year and the year before it was fans at the games... now it's people who just want to be "seen" there or want to tell their friends they were there. It's a shame...

Posted by: Firepelosi

Totally agree. When I get seats on the lower level, it is so much more quiet than the nosebleeds. The real fans can't afford to pay $150+ per ticket. It's definitely a problem.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 27, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

If anyone should not be skating it should be Flash, Semin, Green, and Laich. The team needs to practice playing without them since they don't show up during the games.

Posted by: Firepelosi | April 27, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

If anyone should not be skating it should be Flash, Semin, Green, and Laich. The team needs to practice playing without them since they don't show up during the games.

Posted by: Firepelosi

HAHA a 60 minute powerplay. Another golden nugget! Well done.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 27, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

@firepelosi

Man that was probably the most poignant comment I have seen in this whole series...Kudos

Posted by: hart2014 | April 27, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

i mean a 60 min penalty kill for the Caps.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 27, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Here are two ideas for the anemic power-play (which to my mind is more of a problem than goalie--even a mediocre PP would have ended the series in the Caps' favor by now).

First, MOVE--the set-up has been far too static, with Backstrom down low on the right boards wasting time trying to make a perfect cross-ice pass for a one-timer, and then sending it back to the point and, often as not, having the pass intercepted, deflected, and cleared. Only movement can get the MTL defenders out of formation and open up space (altho Semin had a couple of terrific chances last night from the slot which he just didn't convert).

Second, how about experimenting by putting both Knuble and Laich on the PP unit *at the same time*? All those shots from outside didn't help last night with little traffic in front to screen and/or get rebounds. Perhaps putting both garbage men (that's a compliment) on simultaneously to crash the net might up the odds of getting some ugly goals--which the Caps desperately need if they're going to solve Halak tomorrow night.

Posted by: jhershb | April 27, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Fro_

You have to skate to be able to score.

As many have said in this thread, these "practices" should not be optional. And, if they are, it would mean a lot if the whole team showed up still.

Posted by: SuperZ3383 | April 27, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about the practice thing. If Ovie will be better tomorrow if he rests and doesn't practice today, then isn't that the right way to go?

I don't know how bumped up these guys are but do you really think one practice is going to mean anything?

I'm fine with whatever prepares the Caps the best for tomorrow's game, and maybe some extra rest is the answer for that.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

No Poti tomorrow.

Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | April 27, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Tyler Sloan back in the lineup? We're toast.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | April 27, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

CHOKING DOGS!!!!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

No Poti tomorrow.

Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | April 27, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse


Uh Oh!!! We are done!!! Poti is the 4th leading point producer on the Caps in the playoffs! How can we replace that?

Posted by: Firepelosi | April 27, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I guess everyone commenting on not practicing has the other 15 playoff teams' practice report for the first round on hand to compare who shows up or not.

It's one idiotic post after another from optional practice = optional effort to some retarded joke about Semin's wrists.

@ Soaringcaps,

First off it's not the same people not practicing. Belanger had his mouth rearranged so excuse him for taking a day off. Knuble is usually at practice but if you knew anything about playing his style (and being 30 years old doing it) you might appreciate some rest after playing 6 physical games. Semin has obviously something dinged up since he wasn't at the practice everyone attended. And lastly, when you play like 25 minutes a game like Ovi does, at his pace, it's probably wise to rest your best player's legs so he come out fresh tomorrow.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 27, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

lylewimbledon: You're a friggin' loser. You have put the same post up a number of times. What are you going to say when the Caps win tomorrow? Oh, they were supposed to win? This team cannot win in any discussion with fans like you. Hit the tennis court already and get out of the hockey realm.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 27, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

i hope the teams trip home was better last night as they looked slow and tired in game 5.Not sure why team had to wait for 3 hours on aircraft for customs as most teams pre-clear US CUSTOMS when they leave CANADA.
They better come out hard and get a couple past HALAK early to set the tone for the game or may be looking for a golf course on Thursday!

Posted by: kevinbrown1111 | April 27, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone EVER read an interview where Semin said he wanted to win the Cup? I don't think he gives a damn as long as someone pays him big bucks to play hockey. I don't think he has the drive for/goal of the Cup as a year-end outcome. And no, let's not get into the "it's a Euro player thing" - it's not, as Ovie, Selanne, Gonchar, Malkin, the Swedish contingent in DET and others have proven- it's just Semin.

Posted by: Varly | April 27, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

ov is always the first one off the ice and practise cause he is the star.....unfortunately his star has dimmed and he pay check hasn't so what does he care........crosby goes further into playoffs than he does AGAIN

Posted by: dshowler | April 27, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I think Montreal would of swept Ottawa...Ottawa was a joke in the first round...real cup-cake.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 27, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Varly, Semin plays with no heart. Oh, wait, wasn't he the one that raced back and dove to swipe the puck away on a break-away in game 5. Some of you act like this game is easy. They have had 92 shots on goal the last two games. Halak has flat out stolen two games. It isn't due to lack of effort. If they were "choking" they would be getting dominated and being outshot. The difference in the last 2 games in Halak, nothing more.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 27, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

It's time. It's very much time.

George McPhee, resigned to his fate, slowly walked up the stairs toward the elevator at Bell Centre at the end of the game. "We played great," Washington's general manager said. "Their goalie was just greater."

He paused, looked up, and added, "Another [expletive] Game 7."
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this is why McPhee is quite possibly the stupidest person on the face of this earth.

He glosses over yet another slow start.

Someone needs to educate him that you keep playing with fire you'll get burned. And if we had played the type of game we played for the last two-thirds for the entire series we'd have closed em out in 4, mayb 5.

I see the same old apologists are now pointing to the "hot goalie" excuse. Wow. There's been a run on blinders I hear.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

@cw7thmd & doughless

Thanks for you comments concerning Halak. I was beginning to think it was me and I had watched a different game or something. I don't want to take anything away from Halak. He played well, and his positioning was excellent. But, as we say many of the 50+ shots hit him in the crest. Several more were long distance and he had clear sight lines. Okay, there were a few really good saves especially in the 3rd. But, I didn't have a lot of "OMG how in the [heck] did he stop that" moments. And the times that the Caps did get some traffic and pressure the puck hopped over their sticks or whatever. It just wasn't their night. But, tomorrow night is a new night.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | April 27, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Where did you read no Poti for tomorrow night?

Posted by: adamkatzen | April 27, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

@firepelosi

It isn't enough to have to listen to your amateurish drivel regarding the game. Now we have to listen to your opinions regarding the intensity of the fans in the lower level seats. I'm sorry you cant afford to sit in the lower level but frankly I've been sitting there for 25 years and have forgotten more about hockey than you will ever know. The wine and cheese crowd as you call them are successful people who understand the game and dont yell "shoot" or "hit" as yahoos like yourself constantly do and claim to be true hockey fans. There are plenty of good fans in all of the levels, you seem to be one of those people who resents anyone who can afford something you cant. Perhaps if you didn't sit and post nonsensical comments all day you might get some work done and increase your salary. BTW the term is offside not offsides genius.

Posted by: bondtrader | April 27, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Semin played better over the last 2 games. I wouldn't say his effort has been playoff-worthy but its been pretty acceptable. His first 4 games have not been acceptable overall. One freaking backcheck or diving sweepcheck does not excuse the other shifts where he was just going thru the motions.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"Not sure why team had to wait for 3 hours on aircraft for customs as most teams pre-clear US CUSTOMS when they leave CANADA."

The Montreal airport dedicated to chartered and private aircraft is in St. Hubert, which does not have a U.S. preclearance facility.

Posted by: cactus165 | April 27, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

92 shots but most are the blueline dump in variety from semin and the others who refuse to dump and cycle....we need traffic in front all game long not just in the deperate waning moments

Posted by: dshowler | April 27, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I cant stand any of you new bandwagon fans, you are truley morons... We haven't even played the game yet and you are saying its over...Come to section 401 Row J seats 3-4 to see a true die hard caps fan...

Posted by: CapsBaby | April 27, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

BTW Crosby did not have much of a hand in putting away the Senators. In game 6 Crosby had 0pts and was a -2. His secondary scoring came through. That's where Flash, Fehr, Semin and company need to contribute. Ovi has 9 points, 5 of those goals in 5 games, he has done his part. To continue to say that Ovi is failing compared to Crosby is rediculous, Ovi performs well in the playoffs. His goals have come at crucial times in the series too. He doesn't always just score the goal that makes it 6-1. He usually scores the goal that gets them back into the game like in games 2 and 5, or gives them a lead late in the game like in game 4.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 27, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Halak had to make about 3 tough saves last night. And you expect that in the playoffs. A lot of our players (Flash, Semin) shot the puck right at him when they could have lifted it up or taken an angle. Laich was in front of that net all night long and he had no chances at rebounds because the shots that came in were pretty easy to stop. Again, maybe 3 or 4 tough saves where Halak robbed us. But that doesn't excuse the other winnable games we've lost nor does it excuse yet another slow start. Sometimes the game is won or lost in the 1st pd. The Caps have gotten used to coming back from slow starts so they havent' adjusted their tendencies

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock

"They have had 92 shots on goal"
Very true but I feel like if there was a stationary mannequin in the middle of the net Semin would still have 0 goals and the team might have six or seven more total. Point being if they don't get traffic in front of him they don't score. They just seem to fire shots directly at his mid section giving him more and more confidence with every shot. At this point I feel like it should be quality as opposed to quantity. Granted there were six or seven GREAT saves by Patrick Roy last night... But I thought we made this "adjustment" after game 1?

Posted by: Firepelosi | April 27, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

mmmmmmmm, cup cakes

Posted by: flee001 | April 27, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to hear that we in Montreal are not the only hockey fans who get wildly emotional when things go awry. I'm a Habs fan, but more importantly I'm a fan of the game...and this series has done the game proud, whichever way it ends tomorrow night. It was supposed to be a cake-walk for the Caps, but through hard work and great goaltending we've made a series of it. Go HABS!
JD in Montreal

Posted by: elducker | April 27, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I cant stand any of you new bandwagon fans, you are truley morons... We haven't even played the game yet and you are saying its over...Come to section 401 Row J seats 3-4 to see a true die hard caps fan...

Posted by: CapsBaby | April 27, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

its not over, the Caps could win game 7. Its just they deserve to be criticized because once again they make things unnecessarily hard on themselves. So what happens if we win game 7? Whats the next excuse gonna be? We lost round 2 because the other team was well rested and we weren't? There's always some built-in excuse right around the corner.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

One of the main problems has been the inability of the Caps grinders to produce anything. Laich and Knuble have failed to cash in on basically every rebound attempt including some glorious ones last game. These are two guys who both produced over 25 goals this year and both have not scored on a rebound yet and have failed on many attempts.

I understand the call for more grinders but if your top grinders continue to come up small then they are about as useful as Flash.

Fehr is the only power forward who has been able to score close to the net.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

It also looks like Shaone Morrisonn will be back in the lineup after missing two games with an arm injury, which figures to give the blue line a much-needed boost. (as per Tarik) ......

Really didn’t think Morrisonn was a boost to the blue-line – took the 1st penalty that Mtl. capitalized on ... on the ice for 2 goals scored against & no hits.

Posted by: gogetem | April 27, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

How the heck does anyone watch last night's game and claim the Caps got off to a slow start. F'in Halak made key saves within the first 3 minutes. A couple of them were so good both Joe B and Craig were saying Uh-oh, Halak is on. Again, cstanton1 take your apologist statement and shove it. The Montreal Canadiens are a 100 year old franchise and Halak just set a team record for saves in a 60 minute game. He stood on his friggin' head.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 27, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

where's the media criticism of Bruce's new revamped lineup? Anyone here couldve put a better lineup on the ice. Flash stunk. Steckel was a fish out of water on the wing. ShaMo was clearly still injured.

Between McPhee's deadline moves and BB's lineup choices, it hasn't left any margin for error.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse


@bondtrader

Very presumptious considering you know nothing about me. Perhaps, you shouldn't be so judgemental? I also was referring to all the fans not just those in the lower section. Whatever the case is prove me wrong... but I don't anticipate the VC being nearly as loud as the Bell Centre last night.

Posted by: Firepelosi | April 27, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Halak made about 7 or 8 top notch saves last night. Some were partially due to the inability of the Caps shooter to better place the puck, they were still top notch saves.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Firepelosi: Really, a mannequin? You don't remember seeing Halak flopping like a fish in his crease a few occasions. Even his team mates stood up exhausted and tapped him on the pads in disbelief.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 27, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

the Caps shut down their msg boards? ! ?

i guess the PR folks who usually post there to extoll the virtues of GM, Ted and all that is Caps finally got overwhelmed by the people. Can't stop a revolution!

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton

I don't often agree with you and/or your manner, but I do now. Well, basically. Halak played well, but not well enough for me to put the "hot goalie" moniker on him.


@others (with regards to saying it's over, they're done, or they're choking dogs, etc.)

You can say that after they lose, but to say it before they lose is a loser attitude. Winners think they can win until the very end. Even saying it doesn't look good, or the other team has the momentum is okay. But, to give up before the last game is what losers do.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | April 27, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

lol at Fanock

ok, you're right. Everyone else in the world could see the Habs were all over us, hitting us, they had the jump and we sat back and let them take it to us. But you're right. Nothing the Caps do is ever wrong. The Caps came out ready to play, ok.

Go shove it up your own.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

fanohock: I gave him credit and I said he made a few great saves. But there were also several that seemed directed right at him. The point is they need to make it more difficult for him.

Posted by: Firepelosi | April 27, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Update on Poti, please?

Posted by: letsgocaps3 | April 27, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I've been sort of surprised the last couple of games that the Capitals haven't been very physical. Bigger teams tend to keep hitting and really wear the other team down in a long series. They are controlling play so much that maybe they've just stopped doing it or are worried about taking penalties but it's a great way to try and force Montreal's defence to make rushed plays and turn the puck over.

On the powerplay I have two comments. One, move the puck quicker. Thinking about it too much and allowing Montreal to keep up defensively. Two, get guys to the front of the net. Pass it to the point, have two guys (not one) in front, and start shooting. Could be a screen, or a lucky deflection, or a rebound, but open shots aren't going to beat Halak if he plays like that again. Keep it simple and don't give him a chance to make saves. Even if a lot of shots don't get through, if there are 3 or 4 guys right in front of Halak, shots that get through have a good chance of going in. If only 1 of every 5 gets though, that could still end up being two goals by the end of the night.

Posted by: Stu_c | April 27, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

hey Fanock, you still want Flash to play center? I mean, Bruce made all the right choices right? Think he's going to be a stubborn mule and put Flash in again? You know, just to cut off his own nose to spite the fans?

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Actually, the announcers on Versus were saying how the Caps came out fast and that the Habs were able to overcome it. They said this throughout the 1st period.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Fro_

You have to skate to be able to score.

Posted by: SuperZ3383 | April 27, 2010 12:26 PM

This is a factual statement. But skating and scoring are not mutually exclusive. So having one's wrists hurt has no bearing on whether or not they would be skating.

Like I said, if you're going to jump on a player- then do what you will. But just be able to do it the right way, so as not to sound like a fool.

Posted by: Fro_ | April 27, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

cactus165

i live in MONTREAL and most teams depart from Dorval airport and preclear US CUSTOMS including the Montreal Canadiens. I suspect this was the teams preference but was not a good decision based on the end result !

Posted by: kevinbrown1111 | April 27, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

@ cstanton1

They will win tomorrow night, and they will beat the Flyers in round 2. I will put money on it.. Yes the Caps haven't had the best series I understand that, I have gotten frustrated at time during this series. I don't think it anyone player or line. The caps when up 3-1 started talking about the Flyers, so that tells you focus was not on the Habs..The Caps came out fast last night, just didn't get any bounces. The is playoff hockey. From series to series and team can play night and day difference. I think the Caps figured they could come out and beat the Habs and not give 100%...I think the Caps will come out strong tomorrow night. Three game 7's in 3 years so we know how to play in game 7's...

I am just sick of reading "caps fans" bad mouth the team and saying its over, or crying about lines or players.. I am get frustrated too but support the caps and player 100% when they are down I support them the same as when they are up..

Posted by: CapsBaby | April 27, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Actually, the announcers on Versus were saying how the Caps came out fast and that the Habs were able to overcome it. They said this throughout the 1st period.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I dont; care what the announcers said anyway but for argument's sake. They said numerous times in the first how the Habs had the energy and physical advantage on us.

How do you go thru the 1st pd of a critical playoff game with 5 hits? The last one coming after the whistle? Who does that? Teams usually finish a game with anywhere from 35 to almost 50 hits. To go thru the opening period and repeatedly pass up opportunities to finish checks doesn;'t impress me one bit. They were not ready to take their game to a higher level. They reacted by playing and dominating the Habs after that. But again, this is a reactive team. They need to be behind the 8ball before a sense of urgency kicks in.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Bell Center holds about 4,000 more fans than Verizon. Another 4,000 screaming fans at Verizon would make it deafening if it isn't already deafening at times.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 27, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The play that sticks out in my head was about 4 minutes in. Semin unloaded a shot from near the point, Halak had a nice kick save but left a juicy rebound for a wide open Laich. But Laich choked and only got the puck about an inch off the ground instead of into a wide open upper portion of the net.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

@firepelosi

The Bell Centre seats over 21,000 + while VC seats over 16,000+ so it might be tough to match them in noise level especially since most of us lower level fans will have mouths full of cheese and not want to spill our wine

Posted by: bondtrader | April 27, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1: Actually my suggestion was to bring Matty P up from Hershey to play against the smaller and much quicker Habs. When have I ever said anything positive about Flash playing center?

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 27, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

sgm--

You said it yourself. If our shooters are hitting Halak in the middle of his gear, then how is that robbing us of a sure goal? Flash had his chance, Semin had numerous chances of which he either missed the net or hit Halak in a sweet spot. I don't consider those saves to be goals that were robbed.

I don't have the benefit of tape replay, but the morning boxscores don't tell the story of what happened last night. You had to watch the game..

and you can see plainly, that the CAps when motivated are clearly the better team. So the "hot goalie" is only part of the reason they are going to a game 7

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1: Actually my suggestion was to bring Matty P up from Hershey to play against the smaller and much quicker Habs. When have I ever said anything positive about Flash playing center?

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 27, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

ok, if you're gonna be civil i guess i can too.

You never seem to like anyone questioning the coach's choices. Well, his choices are clearly hurting us right now.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

@ Capsbaby

I like your attitude. Shine on crazy diamond.

Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | April 27, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

No, the fact that the Caps greatly outplayed the Habs in the first 5 minutes (as commented by the Versus announcers and other analysts) shows that the Caps were proactive, not reactive.

However, when the Caps got scored on then the Habs started to outplay the Caps for the remaining of the first period.

So last night was NOT an example of the Caps not being proactive, but an example of the Caps poor reaction to an opponent's goal.

The Caps needed to, and need to, not get so shaken when they give up a goal.

I do agree that on many occassions the Caps have not been proactive and it has hurt them (games 1, 2 and 5 all come to mind).

But last night was definitely not an example of that.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

@ cstanton1

They will win tomorrow night, and they will beat the Flyers in round 2. I will put money on it..

-----------------------

don't do it, you may owe someone a pizza when all is said and done.

but either way, we'll let game 7 play out and then we'll see what happens. I think we have a 50/50 shot right down the middle of winning it. IF we swarm them the way we did for 2 periods last night. Even a great goalie will wilt if we start crashing the net the way Fehr did.

oh btw, i had no problem with the Fehr penalty. I think thats what we needed to stir things up a bit and nothing does it better than hammering a goalie. The Flyers did it to us, glad at least one player on our team had the guts to do that. Kudos to Fehr, and its only fitting he got the goal.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

@firepelosi

The Bell Centre seats over 21,000 + while VC seats over 16,000+ so it might be tough to match them in noise level especially since most of us lower level fans will have mouths full of cheese and not want to spill our wine

Posted by: bondtrader | April 27, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse


Good Point!!! Both of them. Not sure if you were being sarcastic or not considering I know nothing. I have only been a fan since 1988... So excuse me for my stupidity. Who cares if there are bandwagon fans??? Also, just coming on here to trash other people doesn't really make you any better then the people whose knowledge you are attempting to trash. You are an idiot and sound like you feel entitled to something because your a fan of this team. With your great knowledge of the Caps and hockey you should know this isn't anything new.

Posted by: Firepelosi | April 27, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

sgm

physicality is a key component of playoff success. We showed in the 1st pd that we had no interest in incorporating that element, would you agree?

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Shine on crazy diamond.

Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | April 27, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

and a tribute to Syd Barrett. Bravo!

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

@ Jordan_Kitts

Thanks buddy, I am getting so pissed at people on these boards I cant even spell or fully type my thoughts. I think most can figure out what I am trying to say...

Again sec 401 Row J, wanna see a true Caps fan I am in the same seats every game!! Before game I am doing what all true hockey fans do, go to a bar, and DRINK!!

Posted by: CapsBaby | April 27, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

@kevinbrown1111: not to dwell on it, but as a former (2009) accredited media (photographer) of the Canadiens, they do use St. Hubert as their home base -- and so do most visiting teams who lease/own their own aircraft. No security to deal with, no fans pressing for autographs -- cuts down over an hour out of the whole Trudeau process. Seeing how the Caps got stuck in customs, it's pretty safe to assert that it's where they took off from.

Posted by: cactus165 | April 27, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

I agree that not all of those are conisdered great saves. I still think they are good plays by a goalie to not let any of those to slip through the pads.

Halak did make a number of very good kick saves and glove saves. What makes it more impressive is that he let NONE of them in (fehr's shot he had no chance).

While most goalies, when playing very well, will still let 25% of those top opportunities in (so maybe one in 4), Halak let none in out of maybe 8 or 9.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

@bondtrader

BTW the VC holds 18,277 for hockey and the Bell Centre holds 21,273 that is a difference of 2,996. Don't try to skew the facts to try and prove a point.

Posted by: Firepelosi | April 27, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Poti out for a few weeks because of that puck injury.

@ Capsbaby - Anytime. We got this.

Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | April 27, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I agree that after the Habs goal the Caps were not nearly physical enough for the remaining of the 1st period.

They should've reacted after that goal by laying a lot of good, clean body checks. Ideally getting a good cycle behind the Habs net and laying the lumber on the Habs defenders.

They acted like scared children after the first goal. Until the second period started.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

TEB is aying the Caps might make a recall.

I think it is time to bring in Alzner and see what he's got (MP too). Pair Alzner with Carlson. It is risky, but the two have played a lot with each other and that could be helpful.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

i feel like we'll know who's going to win game 7 in the first 10 minutes of the game. I do feel like we took it to 'em in the beginning of the game. then we took a penalty and that helped to take away our momentum. oh and they scored on their PP.

Remember even in the playoffs we set records. Most series losses after being up 3-1 and now we could set another record, allowing an 8th seed team to win a series after being down 3-1.

I love the caps and it's only thru years of playoff disappointment that i've gotten this way. I've gotten used to disappointment and it sucks.

The caps just have to get it done and win this game. The players need to stay calm continue to get traffic in front and keep your sticks on the ice for rebounds or deflections that's the only way to beat a goalie who is playing very sound positional goaltending.

Posted by: natresgroup | April 27, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

They acted like scared children after the first goal. Until the second period started.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

and thats inexcusable for a team playing in its 3rd straight playoff season.

They're not battle-hardened at all. They're soft mentally. Part of that is the roster. Part of that is the coach. Any attitude is always permeated top down. McPhee's built a softer team than is required. And Bruce compounds the issue with some of his lineup selections.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

bringing up Alzner would be the single worst move they could make. Alzner is not even the top dman at Hershey with his play. Sean Collins is actually playing better hockey.

They actually have Alzner playing near the offensive net on the PP now. Its weird. He's usually within 5 feet of the net when a shot gets put on goal. He doesn't look very comfortable there.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Semin needs to step up his post-season play. Last 13 playoff games, 0 goals. Compare it to his regular season stats of burying a goal every other game on average. Don't know if it's drive or nerves, but something needs to change.

Posted by: spynnal | April 27, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Not trying to be a jerk here, but Ovechkin is the Captain. He should be on the ice practicing. That too me shows a sign of making sure that everyone and I mean everyone know that he is this team's full out leader that is leading by example. Then again he's been one of the hardest working forwards on the ice next to Fehr.

Posted by: blanknerc | April 27, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

@SA-Town: Your comment, "I think Montreal would of swept Ottawa...Ottawa was a joke in the first round...real cup-cake."

Just in case you didn't know, and obviously you didn't, The Sens were 3-1 against us this year. Yet again another moron bandwagoner trying to dis the Pens. If you only knew how bad you make the rest of us look throughout the NHL.

Posted by: stop_it | April 27, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

He's one of the hardest working so maybe he could be out there working on his stick handling.

Posted by: CapsFan44 | April 27, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

@SA-Town: Your comment, "I think Montreal would of swept Ottawa...Ottawa was a joke in the first round...real cup-cake."

Just in case you didn't know, and obviously you didn't, The Sens were 3-1 against us this year. Yet again another moron bandwagoner trying to dis the Pens. If you only knew how bad you make the rest of us look throughout the NHL.

Posted by: stop_it | April 27, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Home ice means nothing in the playoffs, especially to the CAPS. They will lose tomorrow night, they always do. CHOKING DOGS!

Posted by: DCFanatic | April 27, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I hope to not see most of you on this message board after we win tomorrow night. Save all the crying until the series is actually over.

Posted by: CAPSHOCKEY2 | April 27, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin and Semin were resting for the World Championships that will be taking place in Europe after they are eliminated. That's their SC.

Posted by: diner99 | April 27, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I agree with CAPSHOCKEY2. There is no way we lose tomorrow if we play the way he did last night. There goalie won't be as hot (just not possible, right?) and ours will be better. I think we get the first 2 goals in the first 10 minutes and completely turn the Habs gameplan into chaos. This is the same team that all of you were blowing all year long, ignoring the fact that they were giving up numerous goals/game. Scoring goals is only half of winning, stopping goals is the other.

Posted by: stop_it | April 27, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

That's their goalie, not there. Sorry I don't spell check after you guys fire me up.

Posted by: stop_it | April 27, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I know it looks bad for us. It really does. But let's keep in mind there's one game left and we can turn this thing around. The entire team has time to reflect on where they stand, and where they want to be. The talent is there. Let's dig deep for victory. UNLEASH THE FURY!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: geester1 | April 27, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Optional practice = optional game.

You know your team is in trouble when the captain and inspirational leader of the team is ALWAYS the one who exercises his option not to skate. That's leadership for you.

It's been a consistent message all season.

Posted by: aybee27 | April 27, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

"TSN reports Alzner has been called up. Poti out with an eye injury."

Posted by: geester1 | April 27, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Practice? practice..???
After pre-season? after 82 games? after 6 playoff games..you call a PRACTICE?
Listen, if they don't know what they're supposed to be doing by now...oh, wait...that's right; there was no plan to do anything special. There has never been a plan. It's all 'ad-lib' run and shoot.
Oh my...!!

Posted by: scmonty1 | April 27, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey Halak won't be as sharp tommorrow,we kind of made him look better than he was alot of the shots were right at him and the shots we should have put by him Laich and Flash they didn't get the puck off the ice.Everybody just needs to stay confident,if the Caps play like they should we win

Posted by: ebarnes25 | April 27, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey Halak won't be as sharp tommorrow,we kind of made him look better than he was alot of the shots were right at him and the shots we should have put by him Laich and Flash they didn't get the puck off the ice.Everybody just needs to stay confident,if the Caps play like they should we win

Posted by: ebarnes25 | April 27, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Some of this s%#$t is good for a laugh. I'm glad I checked out the fan comments today. Nothing has changed with the teams game except a few less goals went in for us the last couple of games. This is the playoffs. Every series has been tight as every team in it has stepped it up. Don't try and tell me these guys aren't trying unless you've played the sport before. Anyone that has played knows that you may or may not be 100% for many reasons. None of these guys will admit when they are worn or hurt.
For the sake of game 7, I sure hope the Caps team and mgmt are holding it together better than us so called fans!So Keep the trash talk coming, it's actually somewhat amusing.

Posted by: fanofovie | April 27, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Ovi wasn't on the ice for game one either so it's no shocker. Will he show tomorrow night? Crosby would.

Posted by: caps1974 | April 27, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is the captain. If the team wins and he plays well, then him not being on the ice at "optional" practices is fine. But if the team goes ahead and completes this meltdown, then he's going to take some head and he'll deserve it. I don't care if he scores 5 goals. He's the captain now. It is part of his responsibility to lead these guys, so they are ready to play.

That's just the way it works.

Posted by: fanzee71 | April 27, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

How the hell can Ovechkin make his teammates better by practicing?

Posted by: 202character | April 27, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Caps win 5-2 with an ENG and I have at least 2 more weeks of reading these stupid message boards...sometimes I hate the fact that I get home from work at 2am and there is nothing on tv but king of the hill and Education Connection commercials...GET CONNECTED, FOR FREE!!!

Posted by: DCCapsfan19 | April 28, 2010 2:35 AM | Report abuse

Caps win 5-2 with an ENG and I have at least 2 more weeks of reading these stupid message boards...sometimes I hate the fact that I get home from work at 2am and there is nothing on tv but king of the hill and Education Connection commercials...GET CONNECTED, FOR FREE!!!

Posted by: DCCapsfan19 | April 28, 2010 2:35 AM | Report abuse

@SoaringCaps: For once I agree with you. Not sure why Semin of all people is being given a hall-pass, given his performance (or lack thereof) during this series. Granted he gets better every game but he's still not quite there. I don't get it.

Posted by: AmyS1 | April 28, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

is this Ovechkin the best captain in the history of the League or what!!! I guess it takes a few hours for roids to take effect; an afternoon appointment with chiropractor probably wouldn't have done the trick.

Posted by: NostraChronus | April 28, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

silver linings? Caps might not have a captain capable of leadership, and the Washington Post might not be able to distinguish between Barack Obama and Malcolm X, but chins up in the Beltway; what's in a name anyway. BTW, P Diddy called, said he wants his routine back from Semen/Simeon/Seymeon Varlamov. Pick a darn name already and stick with it, or find fans who are mature enough to deal with a name that sounds like a body fluid.

Posted by: NostraChronus | April 28, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

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