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Ovechkin misses out on Art Ross, Rocket Richard

Well, the final game of the regular season didn't go the way the Caps or Alex Ovechkin had hoped.

But none of that matters now. The second season is upon the NHL, and the Caps are set to host Montreal for the first time starting later this week (the schedule will be announced tonight).

First things first, though. Ovechkin will win neither the Art Ross nor the Rocket Richard trophies this season. A scoreless effort in a 4-3 shootout loss to Boston, and a two-goal (so far) performance from Sidney Crosby, has made sure of that. Crosby is up to 51 goals, one more than A.O.

For the game recap, click here (mine will be up soon). For Gene's story on Ovechkin's day, click here. Click here for videos of Ovechkin and Coach Bruce Boudreau.Then come on back for a few notes:

*Boudreau did all he could to help Ovechkin have another big game, including skating him 9:22 in the first period, 25:55 for the game and putting him on a line with Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin in the second period. But the Bruins, despite playing without Zdeno Chara and starting backup Tim Thomas, still managed to keep Ovechkin off the score sheet.

Ovechkin took five shots on goal. But after Thomas robbed him with an arm (or glove) early in the second, Boudreau said Ovechkin realized it wasn't meant to be.

"Once he missed that great chance that Thomas made that great save on, I think he realized, 'Oh, it's not going to happen today,'" Boudreau said. "Boston, it looked to me like their whole concern was to not let Alex score."

*As for Semin, he notched No. 40 in the first period today. That means Ovechkin and Semin combined for 90 goals, the highest total for teammates this season. That also made them the first Russian born teammates to score 40 goals in the same season.

"When he wants to play, and he's wanting to play an awful lot these days, he's as skilled as they come in this league," Coach Bruce Boudreau said of Semin, who also became the ninth Russian to score 40 goals. "When people just focus on our one player, he comes through. It's a pretty good second weapon to have."

Semin has eight goals and six assists in his past 11 games.

*The players and coaches had already left the building by the time we knew the Canadiens would be their first round opponent. But let me take a guess here on what tomorrow's hot topics are going to be.

How about Montreal's second ranked power play vs. the Caps 25th ranked PK? The Habs scored five times on the PP in the team's four-game season series (the Caps went 2-1-1).

What about the starting goaltender? Boudreau said after the game that he had made up his mind. But before the contest, he hinted strongly that it could be determined by matchup.

Now, let me get the straight so there's no confusion. I think Jose Theodore has earned the right to be the Caps' No. 1 on opening night, and I would be shocked if he's not. But the fact that Boudreau did not start him in any of the three games in which he suited up does add a little intrigue to the matter.

Overall, Theodore is 2-1-0 with a 4.05 goals against average and .877 percentage against Montreal. Varlamov is 2-0-0 with a 1.94 and a .930.

And how about Ovechkin's affinity for playing against Montreal? In 20 career games, he's got 11 goals and 13 assists.

*Two more notes: The Caps set franchise records for attendance (749,357) and fewest penalty minutes (940).

The schedule should be out late tonight. The Caps are off tomorrow, but Boudreau will speak to the media around 10.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 11, 2010; 7:14 PM ET
 
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Comments

Semin is getting hot just at the right time. I hope he keeps it up.

Theo's numbers against Montreal aren't so hot... so does that factor into BB's decision? Although I agree with Tarik that it'd be pretty shocking if it wasn't Theo come game 1.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 11, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Bring on the Frogs.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 11, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

crosby and stamkos are sharing the rocket

Posted by: gocaps01 | April 11, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

The first game is no secret. The Wizards are playing the Pacers Wednesday night so Game 1 is Thursday night. There is no discussion on that.

Posted by: croftonpost | April 11, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

None of the top 4 seeds had winning records against their opponent.

Washington was 2-2 against Montreal
New Jersey was 1-5 against Philly
Buffalo was 2-4 against Boston (and only once did a team score more than 3 goals)
Pittsbrugh was 2-2 against Ottawa

I still think at least 3 of the favorites will win if not all 4, but the matchups do make it a little more interesting.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 11, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

The most annoying thing about playing Montreal is their fans overdo it with the OLAY OLAAY chant..... last night they did it when they knew their team got a point and the Habs then quickly lost in OT.....sometimes their fans start the Olay chant in the second period. They're not a good team their fans shouldn't be firing up the other team...should they?

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | April 11, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Washington yes
New Jersey yes
Buffalo no...they will lose to Boston (somehow)
Pittsburgh over Ottawa in 7

In the west...

Sharks yes
Black Hawks yes...but a hard series
Vancouver will lose to Kings
Detroit wins over Phoenix

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | April 11, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

The Caps were 2-1-1 against the Habs. Not 2-2.

Posted by: croftonpost | April 11, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I just got finished watching the game on DVR.

Semin took a near knee-on-knee and Green went down hard and then later went down to block a shot.

In their previous game, Semin took a shot to the chest and Green nearly got sent head-first into the boards.

While they apparently escaped serious injury, we don't know if there will be any lingering minor injuries. Even if that is the case, we won't hear about it.

Was it worth it?

Boston had something to play for and rested some of their key players.

The Cavaliers in the NBA are resting all their key players down the stretch.

I hope that the benefit of playing those guys was worth it.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 11, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Nice piece on Ovie in NY Times magazine today by Charles MGrath first round prediction Cap's in five.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 11, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure what everyone is so worried about with the Habs. We are 2-1-1 vs them this season which is the same record they have against us so no advantage there. We have the first two games at home so we have a chance to go back to Canada with a 2-0 and the fans going out against the Habs.

Also if you look at the other East matchups all of the others top teams are in the same boat as the Caps or worse. The Flyers are 5-1 against NJ, the Bruins are 4-2 against the Sabers, and the Sens are 2-2 against the Pens.

Also with the way Lundquist played the today I would not want to play him in the playoffs. We saw last season how he can steal games and possibly a series from a team. The Habs two goalies have very little playoff experience. Price is 5-10 in the playoffs and Halek is only 0-1 with 97 total playoff minutes. Everyone talks about our goaltending and how we don't know who is starting game one we got matched up against the one team whose goaltending situation is worse then ours in the first round.

I know that our PK struggles aginst the Habs is not very good but our PK has been fairly strong at home this season and we did just set the record for least penalty minutes in a season and normally in the playoffs there are even less calls. The Habs are also a team that struggled down the streach were some of the other teams we could have faced including the Rangers had to play very well the last few weeks and would have been on a much bigger roll then the Habs are.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 11, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer97

Nice perspective on things.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 11, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

@croftonpost

I was simplifying to just wins and losses for all not counting OT or SO losses.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 11, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I know this is off topic. And I wanted to post it in one of yesterday or Friday's threads but didn't have my act together.

I would like to see a Caps celebration ornament that's based on one of the goals the Caps scored on Atlanta where all 5 of our best Plus/Minus guys were on the ice. It isn't every game where we start all 5 of them.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 11, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Their goaltending situation is wayy better than ours.

Halak is their #1 and he is really good. Still, Caps should be able to score on him.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 11, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Their goaltending situation is wayy better than ours.

Halak is their #1 and he is really good. Still, Caps should be able to score on him.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 11, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Fine. Then if they score 99 goals we'll score 100.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | April 11, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Their goaltending situation is wayy better than ours.

Halak is their #1 and he is really good. Still, Caps should be able to score on him.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 11, 2010 8:41 PM

I think they went with Price against us all four times this year, in spite of Halak getting more starts this year. Maybe Martin knows something we don't?

And he has about 3 periods worth of playoff experience.

Talented? Yes

Really good? Not so sure.

Lundqvist-like good? No way.

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 11, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

This series has so many storylines...

1. The number 1 player in the world, who is Russian, going to Canada to play "their" sport.

2. Don Cherry will have a coronary when Ovie jumps into the glass dozens of times in this series.

3. Theodore going back to Montreal to play the Canadiens.

4. Ovie planting Gill into the net again, but this time having the goal counted.

Posted by: robostop10 | April 11, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Theo's numbers against Montreal aren't so hot... so does that factor into BB's decision? Although I agree with Tarik that it'd be pretty shocking if it wasn't Theo come game 1.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 11, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Rachel:

Those numbers Tarik mentioned are totally skewed by the game where Montreal beat the Caps in OT to break the streak. Neuverth had started the game but was pulled after giving up a couple of weak ones. Jose played very well and made some incredible saves to keep us in it and allow us to come back, but he gave up 4 goals in 37 minutes, which is bound to screw up anyone's stats.

Posted by: Justafan | April 11, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Theodore has earned the shot to start this series. He has played very well this year. He deserves it.

Posted by: robostop10 | April 11, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

How come there is no massive mourning for Crosby winning the whatever-its-name-trophy by one goal? Maybe it is too painful for anyone to contemplate? I am not even sure that the Stanley Cup would wipe out this disappointment for me.

Well, maybe this will set Ovie on fire.

Posted by: caraveli | April 11, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

1. Goaltending - Doesn't have to be spectacular, just needs to be solid every game and keep the games close till the offense gets going. But to win the Cup, your goalie has to steal a couple games along the way in the playoffs.

2. Keep It Simple Stupid - this starts with Ovi... he has to simplify his game and not try to do to much every shift. He'll get his chances, he just needs to be more patient and trust his teammates. He doesn't have to do everything because the team around him is good enough to go all the way. Everyone just needs to give 100 percent... they get in trouble when they try to give more than that.

Posted by: joek443 | April 11, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Well Crysby gets the rocket. Hope you're happy Boston. Is that what you wanted? Did you get what you wanted?

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 11, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Whatever gave people the impression that the Habs' goaltending isn't good? Halek is, I think, ranked third in the league in terms of save percentage. I suppose it doesn't matter whom we play against if we are on. And if we are off, we can play against the worst team and still lose.

Posted by: caraveli | April 11, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I think the Pens are going to have a hard time getting passed Ottawa. That will be an interesting series.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 11, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

i just hope the series is completely on comcast/nbc. no Versus please.

Posted by: kman2 | April 11, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Their goaltending situation is wayy better than ours.

Halak is their #1 and he is really good. Still, Caps should be able to score on him.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 11, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse


And yet there are still constant rumors that they are going to trade Halak at the end of the season and keep Price.

Also the Habs have lost their last 3 (two in OT or SO) all of this while fighting for their playoff lives and playing three of the worst teams in the East.

Here is what the Habs have going coming into the playoffs. Since March 19th they are 3-4-4, their PP is 5 for 40 (12.5%) and their PK is only 22 for 28 (78.6%). In that time they played only 5 playoff teams and only won 1 of those games. This team has backed into the playoffs they should be beaten in no more then 6 games.

Also going into today it was either the Habs or Rangers, did anyone here really want to have to face Lundquist in the first round given how he played today?

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 11, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

With Theo vs. Montreal, the numbers up there are skewed by a couple games. At the Verizon Center vs. Montreal, Theo is 2-0-0 with 1.44 GAA and .951 save %. At Montreal though, he is 0-1-1 (the OT loss was in relief of Neuvirth). In March '06 (with the Avs), he gave up 8 goals on 36 shots to the Habs, and then he had the relief of Neuvirth this season, where he gave up 4 goals on 25 shots. Those two games are why his numbers are so horrible.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 11, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Whatever gave people the impression that the Habs' goaltending isn't good? Halek is, I think, ranked third in the league in terms of save percentage. I suppose it doesn't matter whom we play against if we are on. And if we are off, we can play against the worst team and still lose.

Posted by: caraveli | April 11, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse


I never said that it wasn't good they just have a contriversy about who their guy is Halak played half of the games this year and most of the recent games but the Habs struggled down the streach and there are still rumors of Halak being traded at the end of the season because the club thinks Price is going to be their guy.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 11, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

How come there is no massive mourning for Crosby winning the whatever-its-name-trophy by one goal? Maybe it is too painful for anyone to contemplate? I am not even sure that the Stanley Cup would wipe out this disappointment for me.

Well, maybe this will set Ovie on fire.

Posted by: caraveli | April 11, 2010 9:18 PM

Why should there be? The NHL gave Crosby a few extra games to do it, and he needed all of them. It took him 9 more games to catch and pass Ovie. Plus, there was the one Ovie goal against Montreal that was stolen from him. Bettman and Campbell wanted to set it up so Sid could get awards, and they did it - congratulations. Everyone still knows who the better player is.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 11, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Sort of off topic but does anyone thing that the Sabers wanted to finish 3rd? They started Lalime in a game where if they win they were the 2nd seed.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 11, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

So where's the schedule?

Speculation was that the Rags would earn us a daytime start Sunday, but that Habs won't and we'll play Saturday night. If TEB is correct and we play Thurs/Sat that is very good by comparison. Our chances of rockin the red right over them on a Saturday night at VC as compared to a noon game are much better.

Posted by: Justafan | April 11, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Sort of off topic but does anyone thing that the Sabers wanted to finish 3rd? They started Lalime in a game where if they win they were the 2nd seed.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 11, 2010 9:46 PM

I can't see why they would. Boston already had the 6th seed clinched, and Buffalo was better against any of their other potential opponents this season than they were against Boston. But it is interesting that they would start Lalime over Miller, unless Miller really needed rest - which might be the case, since he started yesterday.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 11, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

ice,

didn't they pull their goalie with a 1-1 tie to try and win it?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 11, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Here we go, from the Montreal Gazette:

"The dates for the first-round matchups have yet to be officially announced, but the first two games will be played Thursday and Saturday in Washington to provide Hockey Night in Canada with a marquee game on the weekend."


http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Habs+earn+playoff+date+against+Caps/2790219/story.html

Posted by: Justafan | April 11, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer--but didn't they pull their goalie in the last minutes to try to win it in regulation (since they knew that if NJ got a point, they'd automatically clinch the 2nd spot)?

Posted by: dfe1 | April 11, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

I thought Varly had a not so good game today, especially in the shoot-out. BBs choice of shooters was interesting - indicated to me that he could care less if Boston won it.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 11, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

No NJ scored to win on a PP with 3 seconds left so they may have pulled the goalie for the last 3 seconds but at the point there was no point.

Also the Caps just tweeted games 1 and 2 Thursday and Saturday at 7 for both. Games 3 and 4 are Monday and Wednesday also at 7. I am glad that the Saturday game is not an afternoon game since we seem to not do as well in those games.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 11, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Justafan | April 11, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

ice,

I thought I saw an NHL on the fly replay that showed NJ scored an empty-netter.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 11, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Game will definetly be Sat night, Hockey night in Canada. Ovie loves playing there. I expect on his first shift he is going to hit someone.......hard to set the tempo. OV has all of the above trophies with his name on them, only one missing.

PS...as I said several threads back, DO NOT TOUCH Presidents CUP UNTIL JUNE", and BB gave orders as such, no one touched. It is not the one we want.

Posted by: RichC3 | April 11, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Nice finish to the end of the season IV ..OV . Maybe next time you won't play so dirty and get suspended ! Now lets get on with the playoffs so you can return to Russia in a week!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | April 11, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Here's what happened: The Sabres were down two men in the final minute against NJ. Needing to win in regulation to get second place, (1 point by the Devils would have given NJ second place), the Sabres pulled Lalime for an extra attacker in the last seconds. Langenbruner scored into an empty net before Lalime made it to the bench with 3 seconds to play. Empty netter and a power play goal at the same time.

Posted by: gebster | April 11, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

How come there is no massive mourning for Crosby winning the whatever-its-name-trophy by one goal? Maybe it is too painful for anyone to contemplate? I am not even sure that the Stanley Cup would wipe out this disappointment for me...

Posted by: caraveli | April 11, 2010 9:18 PM

Huh? It is over. Ovechkin didn't win mostly because he played in substantially fewer games. I am focused on the playoffs and winning the Stanley Cup. I hope the Caps are too because if they're like you and sitting around worrying about Crosby and the Pens they'll be out in the first round.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | April 12, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

You just knew that Boston would put all their effort into shutting down Ovie and Pittsburgh would put all their effort into feeding pucks to Cindy and getting him as many goals/points as possible. Not like Ovie sat back didn't try yesterday. If had played the same number of games as Sid or Sedin, he could have had 57. Oh well, awesome season and on to the playoffs. Go Ovie!!! Go Caps!!!

Posted by: AmyS1 | April 12, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Let's not lose perspective Timmy. It did take Crosby 9 mre games than Ovi, but it took Alex 70 more shots and 4 more empty-netters. I am a fan of hockey so I hold no bias for either, but if you play the games played card... look at the other stats. With that said, I see the Caps in the ECF with little trouble. The Pens a very rough time with Ottawa. The darkhorse of the East, Buffalo. Miller can shut a series down (look at the Olympics), and they have an explosive offens that can get a team down early. Who's ready for playoff hockey?

Posted by: stop_it | April 12, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

"You just knew that Boston would put all their effort into shutting down Ovie and Pittsburgh would put all their effort into feeding pucks to Cindy and getting him as many goals/points as possible. Not like Ovie sat back didn't try yesterday. If had played the same number of games as Sid or Sedin, he could have had 57"

Please...

Who took the most shots at the net this year?

And he still didn't get it.

Don't get me wrong, he is absolutely brilliant, but don't make sad excuses...he had his chances. More than anyone.

Playoffs are all that matter anyway. Let's see if he can lead them to the cup.

Posted by: spynnal | April 12, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Ovie fans can legitimately bring up the fact that he played fewer games. Crosby fans can legitimately bring up the fact that Ovie had many empty-netters.

Truth is ... it doesn't really matter. These individual accolades are meaningless when compared to getting your name etched on the cup. Should be an exciting playoff season!

Jeff

Posted by: PensFan98 | April 12, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

"How come there is no massive mourning for Crosby winning the whatever-its-name-trophy by one goal? Maybe it is too painful for anyone to contemplate?"

Because the trophy we want has Lord Stanley's name on it.

Posted by: miseaujeu | April 12, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

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