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Ovechkin Nose How to Put on a Show

So how great was Alex Ovechkin's four-goal performance in the Capitals' 5-4 win over Montreal? Let us review, shall we?

*With 70 points (he also set up the other goal), A.O. is atop the league in scoring for the first time in his career. He's got two more points than Daniel Alfredsson and Vinny Lecavalier.

*With 43 goals, he's leading there, too. That's five more than fellow countryman Ilya Kovalchuk.

*During the game, he suffered a broken nose (courtesy of Francis Bouillon's shoulder), stitches on the inside of his cheek (Alex Kovalev's stick) and stitches on the inside of his lower lip (puck).

*Last night was his second four-goal performance this season (the other came in an 8-6 win over Ottawa on Dec. 29) and it marked the fourth time in which he's recorded three or more goals in his career.

*Until last night, he had never scored more than two goals at home.

*With a plus-4 rating, he set a single-game career high.

*His 13 goals in January are the most he's ever scored in a single month.

But here was my favorite Ovechkin moment from last night:

"Today was special day," Ovechkin said after the team doctor went to work on his nose, which he broke for the fifth time. "I broke my nose, I have stitches, I score four goals. Everything go to my face."

Russian machine never breaks.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 1, 2008; 12:42 AM ET
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If the Caps make the playoffs, that's the game that will win Ovechkin the MVP.

Posted by: zamboni | February 1, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is the best player in hockey, I don't care who's injured.

That's the good news. The bad news is the goaltending situation is an unmitigated disaster.

I'll ask it again -- why has McPhee never been asked on the record why he passed on Bryzgalov? Roll your eyes if you want, it doesn't bother me.

Read Vogel's column over at Dump 'n Chase. What you'll take away from it is that #1 goalies do not grow on trees.

This season, there was a 27-year-old #1 goalie just dangling out there, who we could have had for nothing. NOTHING!! And it appears that the majority of people on this board are willing to give McPhee a pass on that as if it never happened. Well, it did happen, and he has never been asked once why.

I love the work Tarik does. I love this blog and I check it several times a day. But as a member of the general public I simply do not have access to McPhee. Tarik does, and McPhee should have been asked to explain this.

AND MORE IMPORTANTLY.. What will he do now. I'd love to see this team score five goals a night, but it's not going to happen. Is there a trade to be made? I've looked around and I don't see anyone willing to give up a starting goalie.

The only other option is to bring up Machesney. I ask you -- could he be any worse than what we have now?


Posted by: Oneal | February 1, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

agreed, zamboni.

Posted by: Tarik | February 1, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Is it OK that I am giddy over OV's performance? MAAAAAAAAAAAN soooooo awesome. Also, may I make the point that the Caps are now 9-1 when my Sombrero and I make it to VC.

No way that last goalby montrel should have counted. If the goalie is on top of the puck and you lose sight of it, you blow the whistle. Still, it gave us a better finish so I can't complain too much

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | February 1, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Hey Oneal

You just witnessed one of the great all time performances by a caps player and your splitting hairs about goaltending...give it a rest for a night and try to enjoy what this team (and this player) is doing.

And just to add, you sign Bryzgalov, you've got almost 9 million wrapped up on three goaltenders in the same year that you have to sign your best player (Ovechkin), best defender (Green) and several others. Lastly, Phoenix claimed him off waivers when they had a worse record and were higher up on waiver wire. Give it a rest.

Posted by: nhcaps | February 1, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

4 goals including one scored with a broken nose. Why is he not the face of the NHL? Even The Onion got in on the action this week. Little blurb on their print edition this week. "NHL Out 3-5 Weeks With Injured Poster Boy" Not to rag of Sid, high-ankle sprains suck majorly, but Alex is the new NHL. He does everything. He had more hits than goals tonight.

Posted by: EricS | February 1, 2008 2:23 AM | Report abuse

What are you talking about Kolzig played pretty dang well tonight, and Brett is a good backup. I think Kolzig is having an alright season, even though his numbers don't prove it. But if you watch all the games all the goals that are "soft", a defensemen should of picked up or our wingers should of got the puck out of the zone. Our goalies are having a pretty good season, I don't care what the stats say.

Posted by: Thomas | February 1, 2008 2:23 AM | Report abuse

Ovie is even more impressive in person.
This is my second game this year, and man that cross ice pass from jurcina to Ovie is a thing of beauty! No Goalie not even Bryz Oneal is going to stop that shot!

Ovie, especially this year is starting to take over games and lead his team, will them really to victory. He skates so hard and just goes right through people. Amazing!

I thought Olie played OK. He was left out to dry a few times and the last goal should have not counted. He covered it and there is no way the ref seen it. Even the one at the end of the period was debatable.

Posted by: Capfan1 | February 1, 2008 2:51 AM | Report abuse

I am with Oneal on this one. If we make the playoffs with all this great fire-power and end up losing it because of Kolzig being weak to fairly strong we are going to be pretty ticked as caps fans.

Lets be realistic! We need to fix the goaltending before, and if, we make the playoffs. The goaltending has been subpar this season. Yes, Johnson has been fine and has some good performances, along with Kolzig. But you dont go the the cup with a "par" goalie and 2 superstars. If we want to go deep in this thing we MUST improve the goaltending right now! I know its tough to say bye to Kolzig he has been a loyal Cap. But it is essential that we make this change soon. To make no change in goal would only be hurting the caps. I can promise you that it will be seen when the caps are hitting on all cylinders and Kolzig goofs it all up by letting in a couple of those softy's.

Posted by: stonestom | February 1, 2008 3:01 AM | Report abuse

I really can't understand all those who continue to support Kolzig. The first goal wasn't his fault. The rest of them could have been stopped by a real goaltender. The Caps are never gonna get a cup (or into the playoffs, it seems sometimes) with Kolzig as #1. He is literally the worst goalie in the league. Look up the numbers, he's the WORST.

Posted by: Kip | February 1, 2008 3:22 AM | Report abuse

OV is amazing!! THE Best player in hockey today, no-one else comes close, and I think tonights performance proves that. He is defining a new role for super elite hockey players...modern day Gordie Howe perhaps. Maybe better than Gretzky, who can take over a game like that. I've watched many Mario games and he always seemed slow and boring, while racking up 4 points per game. OV is just flat out FUN to watch play!!

Also, as a long time caps fan, let's give Olie some credit. He's still a great goalie. I think. The other options out there are not as good. And that's not just loyalty speaking, however, loyalty is cool = team identity. No need to make everyone a pure commodity.

Posted by: cali | February 1, 2008 4:05 AM | Report abuse

@ Kip

Any Goalie could suck with the way the caps play these days. Olie has been an A+ goalie in this league for a decade or so, and other old-timers (hasek) do well with really good teams in front of them. It kinda bums me out that the face of the franchise (before OV) is so easily moved aside.

I still think he does a great job, and hope he returns for at least two more years. If Olie had a couple better DMen in front of him he would rule.

You guys forget, that Olie has been one the best goalies in the league for the past 10 years!! gee-wiz!!


Posted by: cali | February 1, 2008 4:16 AM | Report abuse

Last night was the first Caps game I've attended under the BB regime. Let me tell you I enjoy BB hockey better then Carrot-Top hockey!!

A few things:

*Obviously Ovie was the man of the hour. That dude is UNREAL!! I swear, if Semin had half the intensity that Ovie does the Caps would be deadly. I'm not saying Semin is a bad player. But it would be nice to see him muscle up a little more in the corners.....and stop diving!

*Kolzig was hot and cold. That save he made in the 3rd period though where he went into the splits and threw his blocker up to get the puck was unreal....and it also made my man area hurt for a bit!

*Has anyone noticed that Kozlov has a tendency of whiffing a lot of his passing/shooting attempts? Case and Point, his assist on Ovie's 3rd goal. Granted the whiff worked out great and pushed the D back a little further which opened up more room for Ovie. But that poor guy manages to whiff at least 3-4 times a game.

*Speaking of Kozlov, did anyone in attendance see him nearly get KABONGED by the flying Burrito during the TV timeout in the 2nd period? He was just standing there minding his business at the faceoff dot and all of a sudden this Chipotle burrito comes landing next to his skate. That was pretty comical.

*Alright, I've said enough. Overall, what a fantastic game. It was nice to see the never quit attitude in person. Rest assure I will be attending more games before the season is through!

Let's Go Caps!!

Posted by: Mitch | February 1, 2008 5:31 AM | Report abuse

Incredible game! OV is amazing! Not sure how much more I can take but then again it's addicting. Nice to see the game covered prominently on the front page of the sports section where it belongs...great article by Wise. As I told my nephew, we are witnessing history being made.

Posted by: LetsGoCaps | February 1, 2008 5:54 AM | Report abuse

This game shold not have gone to OT. Thank you Poti for standing behind the net watching the action as the habs dug under Olie for the puck. Maybe next time you should be out front CLEARING THE CREASE!!! You can't let those guys stand there and chop at the puck and dig under your goalie! Put someone on their wallet for once!

Posted by: BearsWoooo | February 1, 2008 6:01 AM | Report abuse

Kolzig had some pretty big saves last night. I think he should be back in net Saturday.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 1, 2008 6:06 AM | Report abuse


Go back to bed, sleep for 30 more minutes and then get up on the right side of the bed. Yes, Poti screwed up, but I'm sure BB will be in his ear about it today. We got the W and that's really all that matters.

Posted by: Mitch | February 1, 2008 6:15 AM | Report abuse

Now we've seen it before our very eyes - Ovechkin bleeds goals!

On goaltending - I'm a new hockey fan of about 5 years and Olie is the only goalie I've known. He's done a lot of great work and must be a big part of what got me into hockey (who else was there before Ovie after Bondra and Gonchar got sent off). Still, some of the folks here are asking questions that must be asked, especially in conversations between BB, GMGM and Ted. It will be a cruel twist of fate if Olie can't sustain his greatness for the coming of age of the rebuilt Caps that he has worked so hard and patiently for. It would also be wrong to leave him in goal at the expense of the new youth movement, BB and the fans (who deserve some playoffs hockey - many of you have waiting longer that I have). If Olie doesn't pick it up, I see him being the one to say it's time; but I'd rather see him win the cup.

Posted by: TheCapitalist | February 1, 2008 6:32 AM | Report abuse


Your correct that we bash, criticize, ridicule, make sarcastic remarks and throw Olie under the bus quite a bit. However, and I think I speak for a good majority of the Caps fans on this blog that deep down inside not only would we love to see the Caps win the Cup but we would love to see Olie win the Cup. The man certainly deserves praise for sticking with the rebuild when all the other veterans wanted no part of it.

Posted by: Mitch | February 1, 2008 6:46 AM | Report abuse

How does Olie not close up any room between him and the pipes for MTL last goal?

He played REALLY well for the first 25-30 minutes... after that - a joke... but then again, I look back and they only had 6 shots the first period, and another 7 or so in the 2nd.

I agree with Mitch - we would all love for Olie to step up to the plate and lead us to the Cup... but as of late, it's not going to happen. If he allows 3 goals, he helps his Goals Against Average... you kidding me?

Alex on the other hand... are you kidding me? are you serious? Just when you think he can't do anything more - he goes out and does something like that. Energizer should sponser him - he keeps going, and going, and going... who cares about the rabbit?

back to back losses still in effect... thanks BB.

BTW - Brent is the goalies name - not Brett... and he is now the starter - Olie is the backup... deal with it.

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 7:13 AM | Report abuse

"In the third period, we came back again, but Ovechkin was too strong. Would some body put a fricken bell on him..."

Posted by: Guy Carbonneau | February 1, 2008 7:17 AM | Report abuse

How awesome is that pick of Alex on the home page of Let's have a caption contest for that...

"this is my house" seems so calm...

was a great night at the VC last night... told you all to bring a hat you didnt like....

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

I liked the way Alex and BB praised Olie. Looking at the last goal, which is the goal that brought all the trolls back (well to be honest I was pissed too): Olie doesn't have any faults. Latendresse should have been tied up.

If you look again at the goals, Olie is not to blame - he actually made some awesome saves.

To BB: the team need to focus on the two minutes after scoring - it happened twice last night, but wasn't the only occasion.

What an incredible goal the third of Alex.

Posted by: mauree | February 1, 2008 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Goalies and field goal kickers are the same 1-day you're the hero next day you're the goat.

Posted by: Chad | February 1, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

What an incredible goal the third of Alex.

Posted by: mauree | February 1, 2008 07:24 AM

I read this and got to thinking about the 100+ goals Ovie has scored in his 3 seasons here and I honestly cannot think of a goal that hasn't been incredible. With the exception of an empty net goal here or there they've all pretty much been highlight reel material. Heck, even his empty net goal in Ottawa was highlight reel stuff considering it came from close to 200 feet away.

Posted by: Mitch | February 1, 2008 7:34 AM | Report abuse

I agree with our amazing D, both goalies should be ashamed. I mean did you see Shultz stand there while the Habs skated around him? Totally amazing! Did you see Erskine skate around like he was blind? Wonderful! And Eminger! What can one say about a talent like that? How about he suks? Poti our 4th forward on every play, now he is great. Guys get used to it, if you were not a teenager and knew anything about hockey you would be praying for Witt to come back to teach these kids how to play D evry once in a while. Tarik you were great on XM yesterday and did not once mention we need a goalie, thanks. You did however say an older D'man would be a nice addition. Go Ovie, Go Caps!

Posted by: Bob | February 1, 2008 7:34 AM | Report abuse

hey 828, thanks! i actually brought a hat! ovie should've had an assist on his own 1st goal, too--amazing effort.

Posted by: rich | February 1, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse


You are right on.

Posted by: Caps fan in NJ | February 1, 2008 7:54 AM | Report abuse

"Olie doesn't have any faults."

Yeah, if you don't mind a goal being given up every 5th friggin shot, sure. Wait, I'll make it better, 4 goals given up on 12 shots in the 2nd and 3rd periods. Does wonders for an already stellar save %.

So yeah, he has no faults. Keep drinking that Kool-Aid.

Posted by: Olie Troll | February 1, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Only goalies - it's not their fault... people don't say - oh, it was the wind... or, they line let a guy through that was not even close to block the kick... or, the sun was in his eyes.

Here, people make excuses for the goalies. And, as much as the bashing is getting old - the excuses are getting old as well.

Unfortunately - we did not have to score 6 last night... but, it would have made for an easier win. Thanks Olie, for making Ovie play better and score more goals.

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

For all of you Olie doubters and I have been one this year, read Mike Wise and you'll find the answer. "Yeah, they let a few through the flippers. But mostly the lights flash, the scoreboard lights up and you walk away feeling good about how you spent your quarter". Translation by BB - we'll win 6 to 5.

Posted by: Esa Tikkanen | February 1, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

I think it was the greatest individual performance ever by a Capital.

As for the goaltending situation, I am in full agreement that Olie certainly is not playing very well. I also do not think Johnny is a #1 goalie.

As for the time he was available, we were dead in the water and GMGM would have been crazy to add a third goalie to a last place team and tie up all that money in the goalie position for a team that sure looked like it was not even remotely a playoff team. I think it was absolutely the right decision to not go anywhere near Bryzgalov.

As for adding a goalie before the deadline, I do not see the point (unless it was just a ridiculous steal of a deal). Amidst all of the whining over Olie's performance this season, the defense seems to get quite a free pass. Our defensive coverage is nothing short of terrible in our zone. The scoring chances we allow in relation to the amount of shots that we allow is as high as any team in the NHL. I think there are very few goalies that would have impressive numbers on our team right now. Olie might be the right guy for this team right now. He knows his numbers are going to be ugly, but he also finds a way to win games. It reminds me some of Grant Fuhr with the Oilers, when they were winning all of those 6-4 games.

This team still has some significant holes and really is not a team that we can fairly expect to go deep in the playoffs this year. Making the playoffs would be tremendous. I would much rather see a shutdown dman here before a new goalie, if we were going to do something this season.

With all that said, this team wins when Olie plays, more often than not. Since Dec. 8, Olie has started 18 games. The Caps have points in 14 of those games and have won 11 of those games. What more can you ask of a goalie? Isn't his job to win games?

I think it was very telling to hear OV and BB both compliment Olie last night. This team wants him as their goalie. He is their guy; he is still the senior leader of this team in many ways.

If I were management, I would stick weith these two goalies and go as far as you can this year with them...then make some decisions in the offseason.

Posted by: cw | February 1, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Esa Tikkanen,

I have been saying that for weeks now... score 6, we win... no matter who is in goal. We have to score...

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

I'm 48 years old and have been a season ticket holder since the late 70's. I got hooked on hockey watching the Chicago Blackhawks as a youngster in Chicago. I mention this because last night was the best game I have ever been to in 40 some years. That was AWESOME to watch. The determination by Ovie and the patience of BB. I've never seen a player dominate the physical and finesse part of the game the way number 8 does. We are truly watching history. Let's soak it up.

Posted by: Terry B | February 1, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

I've been following your comments and you're right. This is fun.

Posted by: Esa Tikkanen | February 1, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Esa, congrats - you are now in the 6 goal club!!! Finn, Steve R, Esa - let me know when we need to raise it to 7.

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 8:11 AM | Report abuse

I don't recall you people b*tching and moaning about me letting in the same number of goals on Tuesday night.

The D let the Canadiens get the inside track and let them draw the defense to open up a man on the far side one too many times. They didn't clear out the slot, which had white jerseys camped in it for most of the Montreal goals.

There have been plenty of games where Olie deserved the criticism. Last night's game was not one of them.

Posted by: Brent Johnson | February 1, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the membership into the SIX GOAL CLUB. An honor to say the least.

Posted by: Esa Tikkanen | February 1, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Also, that last Habs goal was a load of crap. Credit the official next to the net with an assist for the late whistle.

Posted by: Brent Johnson | February 1, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Hey Brent, the D allowed 17 shots in 3.5 periods. That's pretty good.

Posted by: Esa Tikkanen | February 1, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Johnson - you had 40 shots on ya the other night...

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

@Olie Troll

I was referring specifically to the last goal. I was very pissed and my first instinct was to blame Olie. But do you really think it's his fault? Latendress was happily, freely and lonely taking wacks under Olie's arm/neck. If you really think that Olie is to blame, then I'm sorry but your name is appropriate.

As for the other goals: maybe the one at the end of the 2nd with .4 seconds to go was weak - but it would have been one heck of a save. The truth is, the Caps relaxed right after the 3rd goal, then AGAIN after the 4th.

It's unfortunately that we have to score 5 or 6 to win a game, but if that's what it takes to win, I'll take it.

My goodness Oneal... are you going to copy and paste the same post every time you think Olie played bad?

Where is Boo! when I need her, I'm on her bandwagon and she need to pilot this thing :p

Posted by: mauree | February 1, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Its not shots that we allow, it is scoring chances. there is a difference and this team gives the other teams more SCORING CHANCES than any team in the league. I like BB's style, enjoy the wide open play, but with our group of kids on D there are going to be a lot of open nets, a lot of times the other team gets 3 straight shots on goal, and hence a lot of goals against.

Posted by: Bob | February 1, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Forget "alexander the great", "the great 8", "ovie"... I'm using "Russian Machine" from now on after last night's performance

Posted by: Russian Machine | February 1, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse


Goalies and field goal kickers are the same 1-day you're the hero next day you're the goat

Apparently you are the goat even when your team manages to win games too. Even kickers are forgiven when they miss a late field goal in regulation and his team still wins in OT. Olie will not get any support any more, it seems, whether he wins or loses, and I think if the Caps brass are going to trade him, it should be simply because his so-called fans don't respect him win or lose.

One last thing:

OVIE = RICHARD TROPHY + ART ROSS TROPHY = HART TROPHY!!!! Can we finally say, "Crosby who?"

Posted by: Matt | February 1, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Look, Kolzig is 8-2-0 in his last 11 home starts and 8-2-1 in his last 11 starts overall.

The defense might not have allowed too many shots overall, but the chances that Montreal had were premium.

Seriously people, pop a Xanax or something. You know as well as I do that Olie will be the starter until this season's over, like it or not.

Posted by: Brent Johnson | February 1, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse


I'm 53, have been watching this game for a very long time, and honestly believe we're seeing something from Ovechkin that has never been seen before. I literally do not know what to say after the game last night. Watching this guy play is a once in a lifetime experience.

Posted by: Fred | February 1, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse


Yes, it was Olie's fault. Any goalie knows to close the cap between him and the pipes - had that happened, the puck would have been stopped with his shoulder and Gordon's stick... so yes, it was his fault. If he does that, who cares if Gretzky and Lemuiex are on the other side.

Olie is getting wins because of goal ("run") support... not because he is a "great" goalie

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Look, there's no doubt that both goalies (tho especially Olie) have had some bad games, and given up some really bad goals.

That said, you look at the first goal last night against Olie, and not a single goalie in the league is going to save that. The 2nd one? Definitely should be considered weak. The 3rd one, great passing play by Montreal, got Kolzig to move first, and in it went. Not a weak goal in my mind. The 4th one? Ugh, what a disaster...but it wasn't Olie's fault. There are 2 or 3 Caps ON Olie, or on the wrong side of him, PLUS the whistle should have been blown.

Like Brent Johnson said above, there are plenty of games that the goalies play can be dumped on. I don't think last night was one of them. Additionally, the fact there were fewer shots doesn't mean there were fewer excellent scoring chances.

Ultimately, we got the 2 points we needed.

Big game on Saturday...Go Caps!

Posted by: Jeff | February 1, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Everyone wants to jump on Olie for giving up quite a few goals, but someone posted how the Caps got too relaxed after they scored goals 3 and goals 4, and I for 1 agree. This team is young and need to learn how to close out games and stay focused for the entire 60 minutes. You can't blame Olie when his team infront of him thinks, "We have a lead for Olie, now he must do the rest himself." I'm sorry guys, but no goalie in the NHL is good enough to stop everything, especially when he has the youngest defense in the NHL in front of him. Olie has given up some softies, but his defense lets him hanging out to dry more often that not.

Posted by: Matt | February 1, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

The picture on the following link may change, but right now it's a shot of the final Montreal goal.

Someone tell me how:
1) the whistle shouldn't have been blown (where's the puck?)
2) it's Kolzig's fault that his 2 D-men and Gordon are on him and NOT on Latendresse.

Posted by: Jeff | February 1, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

That game was awesome! I think everyone needs to stop with the getting a new goalie thing...its not gonna happen. In order to get another goalie before trade deadline we'd have to give something up and personally I don't want to give up any of our good assests and no one is going to want our mediocre ones. I agree with those that are saying (Tarik included) that we need a good veteran defensemen...a stay at home one. I think Erskine is horrible and don't know why we have him. Olie is ok but not great but I don't think he's horrible either. I was kinda proud of Semin yesterday b/c he made some hits so yeah he's got his issues and he gets lacksidasical at times but I say give him time. He'll never be Ovie but he's still good.

Posted by: K | February 1, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Best wrister of the year for the hat trick.

Look the goalie situation is what it is, there is nothing we can do about it. The Caps are going to win these types of games. This is BB's system, its exciting, its offensive. There are going to defensive lapses.

Although Olie gives up some softies, there arent many goalies that would have a .910 sv % and a 2.5 gaa here.

The Caps will catch CAR and the playoffs will be fun to watch. The goalie situation aint gonna change this year.

Posted by: JSchon | February 1, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I agree, the whistle should have been blown - however, the ref was right behind the cage - he saw the puck. All I am saying - had he sealed off that gap, there would not have been a goal... and the game may have not gone into OT.

How many scoring chances did the Habs have last night?

I'm all for the win - glad we won. We need the points. I'm just tired of all the excuses... man up - Kolzig did last night... he said he didn't know what happened.

Again, I would love to see Olie play like he used to. But, right now, that isn't happening. Sure, he has been in the Caps organization forever... but what do you all want? It's like one person said - I would rather win by allowing 4 goals than lose and allow only 2 goals... well, for me, I feel the same way, but, I would rather go deep into the playoffs and have a good shot at the cup than just barely make the playoffs and get eliminated the first round or not make the playoffs at all.

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

don't think this has been discussed yet, but.....with chris clark possibly done for the season, anyone else think they should give Ovechkin the "C" now?

i think the fact that he could possibly win league MVP, lead the league in goals as well as points at year end, says enough. But factor in everything else that he brings to the table, is it even a question? The best part about him is that he's always giving credit to everyone else.

Since rookie year, i've said he's the best player i've ever seen. last night did not change the way i feel

Posted by: Jordan2 | February 1, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

@ TheCapitalist:
"Ovechkin bleeds goals!" I love it >> FYI I am stealing this slogan and making it my own 

@ Tarik:
What were you saying about the caps need for a physical presence in front of the net???

Posted by: livinit | February 1, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

for the record - I'm not saying we need a new goalie... I just hate when people make excuses for something or someone. I'm a realist - hence... "6 goals and we win"

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse


I heard Pothier is done for the season as well - both him and Clark are out... sucks!

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse


Whats your source on both Clark and Pothier done for the year? I think Pothier might be done. It cant be good that things are this quiet, he has had concussions before, and it can be very serious to have multiple.

Posted by: SA_Town | February 1, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Comcast showed the replay of the final MTL goal from behind the net ... the puck is in clear sight the whole time, unfortunately.

I can see why the referee didn't have a quick whistle. The puck was never covered ... it merely slid under Olie and out the other side.

I'm just glad Ovechkin is on MY team!

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | February 1, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse


gf heard it from someone... she told me about Clark and Pothier... both out indefinately.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 1, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Boudreau said at a press conference yesterday that both of them should be considered out indefinitely, rather than day-to-day (which is what they're technically listed as). Not good news at all, though Clark has begun skating in earnest again.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 1, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

From Yahoo Fantasy Hockey:

Feb 1 On Thursday, coach Bruce Boudreau said that Pothier (concussion) "is still a long ways away" and is out indefinitely, the Washington Post reports.

Clark is considered day-to-day.

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

A new phrase must be coined. The Gordie Howe Hat Trick-a goal, an assist, and a fight-has always been the measuring stick for a gritty performance. What I saw last night transcends any performance I've seen in a long time...maybe ever. So the new measuring stick for a gritty (and sublime) performance:

1)Four Goals;
2)An assist;
3)5 hits;
4)A broken nose;
5)Two stitched cuts

"The Cinco"

Posted by: Harry | February 1, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

>I'll ask it again -- why has McPhee never been asked on the record why he passed on Bryzgalov? Roll your eyes if you want, it doesn't bother me.

I'm wth ya on that, Oneal!

I'm gonna re-post Hockey fan commercial, I love it.

Hey, Ovie!
I love you!
Best thing in the World!
You own this nursery!
[Pointing at Cindy]: Loser!
[Pointing at Briere]: Loser!
[Pointing at Ovechkin]: Best thing in the World!

Yes, Ovie, you are the best hockey player in the World, ever.

Papa 'Panzer' Schultz

Posted by: Papa 'Panzer' Schultz | February 1, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Where is that hockey fan commerical????

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

What a performance by Ovechkin lasy night! My Dear God!

828, but he still didn't score 6 goals! :)

Kolzig... well, two (maybe three) great saves, otherwise, 4 goals on 21 shots with a .810 SV%. Enough said.

Posted by: Finn | February 1, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

How long do you think before we hear another Crybaby a$$ licking story from the "hockey media"? I think they do know that they should have picked Ovechkin, but they just can't admit it.

Posted by: Finn | February 1, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

we're fine at goalie, kolzig will do the job. hard to ask of any goalie to allow 1-2 goals per night with the style of hockey we're playing. it's high risk and aggressive so while we can score it puts a lot of pressure on our defensive end...

Posted by: dudes | February 1, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse


I know right - Alex should have had at least two more.

It's not Kolzig's fault... it's the defense, the refs, the ice, Hanlon's firing.

Kolzig is winning games because of the offense. The best defense is a great offense and that includes 6 goals being scored... 8, if playing Ottawa.

I will tell you why we won this game. We did not get in the box too much against the #2 PP team in the nhl. Brashear got a stupid one, but the PK bailed us out. Look what happens when you play "smart" hockey...

damn, I would have liked to have pick up them wings today.

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Ovie was given the number 1 Star for Thursday by NHL. As for Playoffs, I believe we get in but defense is a season away (either by update or current D improving) before "going deep" is possiblity. On Third Hab goal, the Camera could not see the puck until it came out so I don't know how the Ref could. And, lastly, if it was still the 80's, Brash would have had a word with Bouilon and Kovalev about "taking liberties."

Posted by: A Hardwick | February 1, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Here's the commercial:

Papa 'Panzer' Schultz

Achtung! Ovechkin!

Posted by: Papa 'Panzer' Schultz | February 1, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

After looking at the picture of the 4th Montreal goal, I have a feeling that Jurcina knocked the puck back towards Olie for the cover and at the same time Gordon landed on top of Olie which prevented him from covering the puck allowing to trickle across the crease for the goal. Obviously that was a clean goal, but I'm not so convinced about the 2nd Montreal goal at the end of the 2nd period.

Posted by: Mitch | February 1, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Oh, yeah yeah yeah Papa... seen that one... you just tweaked it with Crosby and Briere... good stuff.

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

A Hardwick,

Watching Brash from the stands last night was something else. He tried to bait everyone that came in contact with him into a fight....even Koivu. Unfortunately for us Caps fans none of the Canadians accepted because they knew Brashear would beat the living daylights out of them.

Posted by: Mitch | February 1, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

I disagree with you about the last goal, but appreciate the level and education of the discussion :D

Somebody said that all AO goals are spectacular, none in particular is special... well I think his third is unique - it can be an emblem of Alex type of game. So much passion and skill! Do you see how he shoots almost from the blue line and put so much power with the whole body that he skids up to the net? Priceless...

Posted by: mauree | February 1, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Achtung, Ovechkin!

Here's the impact that Ovechkin has:

- Kozlov will set his new record on goals scored just like Zubrus and Clark did before.

- Backstrom will beat Kane in points and will get rookie of the year.

- BB will get 'Coach of the Year'

- The team... [not gonna jinx it]

Did you see Kovalev yesterday? He was skating around and his body language was saying: I am as good as Ovechkin!
So was Semin... :-)

No, you are not!

Posted by: Papa 'Panzer' Schultz | February 1, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse


What are you questioning about the goal at the end of the 2nd? Video replay showed it clearly in the back of the net before the clock ran out.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 1, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Washington fans- go easy on Kolzig; your defence and centre must absolutely clear the crease in that situation at the end of the game (plus, they didn't account for the guy who poked in the tying goal; with that being said, I don't know if Kolzig lost sight of the puck or just couldn't get on top of it), although if I'm Guy Carbonneau this morning, I'm sick to my stomach for the same reason. How do you let Ovechkin stand three feet in front of the blue paint unmarked on the game-winner? I mean, if you're Montreal, let's see- he already has a hat trick and an assist; I'd be telling the defence "make someone else beat us". Kolzig probably 'should' have covered that puck, but honestly, the defence and the centre did him no favours either.

Posted by: Patrick | February 1, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse


Backstrom might come back and take the rookie points lead, but I doubt he'll edge out Kane for the Calder. It's not like the Richard, which is awarded purely on numbers - it's more subjective and voted on by the Hockey Writer's Association. Kane has had incredible numbers on a team where he is the only real standout, and frankly just isn't very good. He's pretty much a lock for it.

AO for the Richard and Hart, BB for the Adams - those are good bets if the Caps keep on track for another couple of months. I'm sure Nicklas will have his fair share of awards in the future, but Kane is just too strong this season to challenge for the Calder even if he does beat him in pure numbers.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 1, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Love Kolzig...but...he let in...what? 4 goals on 3 shots. Terrible goal keeping. Looks like he is fighting the puck; the ice; his legs; his positioning. If we average 4 goals against with him in goal, no one can expect AO to match that against every team down the stretch. Hope Ollie finds his form soon; if not we are in big trouble.

Posted by: MLK | February 1, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse


I agree completely. Well said.

Like someone said before - Olie has deserved the blame on plenty of nights, but yesterday's game wasn't one of them. Chill out, folks.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 1, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Maybe we can sign Brad Richards this summer. I think he's a UFA

Posted by: Anonymous | February 1, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

All the talk is about Ovechkin (which is well deserved), Klozig and the D-Men. My biggest concern is finding a second line center.

How much linger can we keep plugging in Laich & Gordon on that second line? Who can we bring in to be a viable 2nd line center for the balance of the year?

Any thoughts?

Posted by: Red Dragon | February 1, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Pothier and Morrison out + Ollie is old x Johnny is a career backup = must score 5-6 a night.

Alternate equation: Pothier and Morrison out + Ollie is old x Johnny is a career backup = trade for Campbell or some other blueliner to shore up a fairly weak defense

Schultz is a year away (at least) from being a physical presence - Erksine is just too slow - Eminger just never made it all come together + Green is awesome as an offensive blueliner - Poti can be a darn good offensive blueliner (shoulder injury?) - Pothier is out - Morrison is hurt = HELP in the crease and clogging up the passing lanes, trade Buffalo for Campbell

Posted by: JIM | February 1, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

It's amazing how good a goalie can look when the five men in front of him do their jobs consistently. A good deal of the bad goals this year have come from poor overall defensive zone play rather than goofs by the goalie. Look at our six D vs. Montreal last night (average age 24.6) vs. Detroit's six D-men that played against Chicago the night before (average age 33.1). Caps GAA is 3.12 (ranked 25th) and Detroit's is 2.08 (ranked 1st). Caps D just needs more experience and goals against will go down.

Posted by: Steve in Jersey | February 1, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Mitch, the last goal it looked mostly like Jurcina knocked it towards the end of the net, wheter Olie was expecting a whistle or flinched when Gordon fell on top of him he broke his seal on the pipe and Jurcina knocked it right in front, not Olie's fault if you asked me.

Posted by: CapFan8 | February 1, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse


Its discussed about once a week I think. Look if there is anyone else Id like to see the "C" on, its AO, seriously, but the man himself has said a couple of times he doesnt want it - yet. Just be patient.

Oh and Russian Machine = INVINCIBLE

Posted by: captnclark | February 1, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

PS Kovlov is getting better and some real chemistry with OV, now if he could use that size to demolish some people (please)

Backstrom is growing into a real bluechip center

Semin is slowly getting his groove back, but he needs help on that 2nd line -- no other true top two linemates -- some juicy centers and rightwingers are out there for trades (Pettinger, Eminger, Schultz, Erksine, Flash and picks all available)

Posted by: JIM | February 1, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Do you think Laich and Gordon are doing a bad job? I kinda like them on the 2nd line b/c they are tough and Semin/Flash aren't...also I don't think Kolzig was as bad as everyone is saying last night. Even BB was saying that there were some major breakdowns in defense and boy were there ever. I say we forget about obtaining another forward and get a solid d-man

Posted by: K | February 1, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Achtung, Ovechkin!

@Red Dragon

I think we need to fix porous swiss cheese D first. Olie is a concern as well, but Bryz is gone and we have to forget it.

In p... D wins, for scoring goals we have Ovechkin.

Posted by: Papa 'Panzer' Schultz | February 1, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

The "Siberian Nightmare" won us the game...

Tarik - you remember Christain Okoye... I say we start calling Alex - the Siberian Nightmare... see what he thinks.

Semin has dibs for the next hat trick against ATL... The Siberian Nightmare needs some help to meet the teams quota.

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I am not sure that I really even support this idea, but I'm just gonna throw it out there.

I think we do need a 2nd line center, but it'd be tough to argue giving up many of the assets in the organization to get one. Who does that leave? Forsberg...who announced yesterday his agent has permission to seek a contract.

Now, Forsberg has lots of injury issues, and he probably wouldn't even be willing to DISCUSS the Caps, but I think it'd be worth GMGM picking up the phone and making a call.

Realistically -- unless we can get someone for a couple of picks, the roster on the ice last night (except for the return of Mo) is the roster that is going to have to get it done down the stretch.

Posted by: Jeff | February 1, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Pothier could stay gone for all I care, it's not like he adds a lot to this team honestly. But I do wish Clarkie was back by now. Kind of worrysome.

Posted by: IrresistibleForce | February 1, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

2nd line center is probably the least of our concerns. They'll just slide Kozlov there if needed and put whomever on Backstrom's right.

If you really want an unrealistic name, well there's a UFA Swedish center looking to latch onto a contender for a Cup run. :)

Posted by: tallbear | February 1, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Achtung, Ovechkin!

With Clark out indefinitely, the team must give "C" to Ovechkin, esp. after yesterday's game performance.

He is ready for it. It was more than a year when he said he was not ready. Now he is, his English is good enough... And dog gone it, people love him...

Posted by: Papa 'Panzer' Schultz | February 1, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse


Dont ever listen to anything from your girlfriend, or anyone elses for that matter. Especially about hockey.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 1, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

@ papa panzer schultz

My concern is that most of the defensive breakdowns occur when the second line is on the ice. I though Gordon / Laich was supposed to bring balance to the trio.

Having Semin & Fleischmann on the same lines is a HUGE defensive liability.

Posted by: red dragon | February 1, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Siberian Nightmare? I like it!

Achtung, Ovechkin!

Posted by: Papa 'Panzer' Schultz | February 1, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I thought Alex is from Moscow, which I isn't anywhere near Siberia, right?

Posted by: Jordan | February 1, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Are you implying that girls don't know anything about hockey?

Posted by: hockeyfan | February 1, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Yeah... Semin is the one from Siberia.

Posted by: tallbear | February 1, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Well, Blake is available, landing him would be awesome.

Send Eminger + pick.

What do you think?

Achtung, Ovechkin!

Posted by: Papa 'Panzer' Schultz | February 1, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

SA-Town - thanks for the advice, but she actually knows quite a bit of hockey - she does the research and it seems like she is right on target with this one.

Now football - that is a different story...

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I cannot see Sindy Corbie getting a broken nose and scoring 4 goals. Just a gut feeling...he he.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 1, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, Moscow is in the west while, the North Eastern part of Russia is part of Siberia... eh, I tried... I still think Tarik should ask if he likes it or not.

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Dude, Ovechkin's not from Siberia. He's from Moscow.

That's like calling me the Alaskan Menace, despite the fact that I've never been within 1,000 miles of Alaska.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 1, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

@ papa panzer schultz

I think Rob Blake could turn out to be a very solid addition, because I don't think Pothier is coming back anytime soon.

Posted by: red dragon | February 1, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

...In that it's on the same continent as Moscow, yes, but apart from that, not really.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 1, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

"Washington Capitals' Boyd Gordon, front left, Milan Jurcina (23), of Slovakia, and John Erskine, back center, pile up on goaltender Olie Kolzig (37), of South Africa, as Montreal Canadiens' Guillaume Latendresse (84) scores during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, in Washington. The Capitals won 5-4 in an overtime. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)"

Tip o' the cap to the CBS factcheck department . . . the same people who brought you the forged Bush National Guard documents

Posted by: Jan Smuts | February 1, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

BTW - Awesome Caps love on the sports front page today.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 1, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Siberia is a region - Alaska is a specific state/place... so no, it's not like calling you the Alaskan Assasin which is better than the Alaskan Menace.

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

DMen we might want...

Why would we want Blake? I do not think he has been effective in his own zone for 5 years. If people think he is, I certainly hope you have watched Kings games this year before saying that. He is not an answer here.

I see Brian Campbell mentioned as well. Campbell is a real talent, but much more of an offensvie guy than we need right now. We need a rock solid stay at home, first pair dman. The kind that probably will not be available before the deadline. I would not think it would be wise to give anything up for a guy like Campbell, when we have Green. Now Green is a complete disaster in how own zone right now, but he has the offensive skills and you have to believe he will get better defensively with experience.

So I do not get at all why we would want Blake or Campbell...unless we are giving up nothing. Then Of course I would take Campbell....but no way on Blake...

Posted by: cw | February 1, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Blake could help us out and he may not mind coming here considering how bad the Kings are...we should go for it.

Posted by: GoCaps!!!! | February 1, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I'll ask it again -- why has McPhee never been asked on the record why he passed on Bryzgalov? Roll your eyes if you want, it doesn't bother me.

I agree with you 100%! I am an Ollie fan; however that move would have really helped this club now and in building for the future.
As for;

Lastly, Phoenix claimed him off waivers when they had a worse record and were higher up on waiver wire. Give it a rest.
By nhcaps

You are wrong. The Capitals had the worse record at the time. gmgm (DEADMAN WALKING) passed on Bryzgalov! He must have been too concerned about how he would cover for Hanlon at the time. Fortunately Ted stepped in to give Cap fans a decent Thanksgiving. gmgm gave Sutherby, a previous first round pick to Anaheim for a 2nd round pick in 2009. Bryzgalov was placed on waivers on 11/16/07 and claimed on the 17th. Sutherby was traded on the 19th. Trades don't and shouldn't happen over night. But considering that time line even if the Caps didn't have the worse record (which they did) it seems they still had a shot to get him. I'll include a quote from gmgm's buddy Brian Burke.

We set a deadline. I made an agreement with Don Meehan (Bryzgalov's agent) and I said this will be the timeframe. We'll get those two LA games and if I have not been successful in moving him by then, then I'm going to put him on waivers. One of the teams that's been kicking tires on him, I called them last night and said 'This is your last chance to get him before he's available on waivers, so as of tomorrow, you're at the mercy of standings as the team with the lowest position in the standings has priority in a waiver claim.' I said 'As of tomorrow, you're taking your chances' and I never even got a call back. This is a team that had expressed interest."
"I'm content and I've said to ownership I'm content. I've turned over every stone here as far as being able to move him for something and now it's time to keep our word."
Why wouldn't Burke trade Bryzgalov for Sutherby and keep his pick and his word?
One thing to keep clear the Capitals new found success is because of BB not gmgm! This team WILL go no where under his guidance.

Posted by: someone else who knows | February 1, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I'm hoping that gmgm gets the ax this summer even though the Caps are playing well. someone else who knows is right we have improved so much due to BB and not b/c of gmgm....

Posted by: K | February 1, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

someone else who knows,

Interesting, because they seem to be going somewhere right now with the players that GMGM put there, and last time I checked, GMGM was still in office. Also, what in God's name makes you think that Ted was responsible for canning Hanlon?

As for Bryzgalov, GET OVER IT. It's been over two months and we're winning without him. Let it go.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 1, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

The problem with looking only at number of shots is it does not tell the whole story. A shot from center ice that the goalie turns aside counts as a shot on goal the same as a point blank layup on a 2-0 break. The Caps D has done a good job of preventing the total number of shots in a game for the most part, but when they break down we have to rely on our goalies to make incredible saves to keep the puck out of the net. Olie made several incredible saves last night. You can't expect a goalie to be super human.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | February 1, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Sure wish I was at the game last night. Last time I saw a player dominate a game like that was Gretzky at the Cap Centre when he was a King.

Olie is simply awful right now and needs to be the back up. I am sick of watching him give up 5 goals on 20 shots every game. I know he's been a Cap forever and a great guy as well, but enough is enough. If we want to make the playoffs, I dont think we can do it with him in net.

Fired up to go on Saturday night. Too bad no Kovalchuk.

Posted by: fansince72 | February 1, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Getting Campbell would be great, but I think it's more like a pipe dream. Blake on the other hand is old, 38, and he can actually sign with Caps after the season is over. He won't get top $$ like Campbell because he is old. But I think he still has enough gas in the tank. Hey Lidstrom is as old, isn't he?

Besides, now Washington has Ovechkin factor. Players like Blake would want to come to Washington for less because of

Achtung, Ovechkin!


Blake had everything, he wants to win again like in Colorado and he can, with Ovechkin...

Posted by: Papa 'Panzer' Schultz | February 1, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Somebody find out the name of that train line that runs along Southern Russia
(See the aforeposted map)

THAT would make a good nickname for OV.

Posted by: pmoravek | February 1, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Trans-Siberian Railroad

Those that want Blake, have you watched him play this year on a regular basis? I am assuming you have if you want him here, and I do not understand what you think he would add. I am not talking about what he used to be...I am talking about what he is now.

Posted by: cw | February 1, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

> THAT would make a good nickname for OV.

Dude, Ovie is from Moscow. Did you mean Semin?

Posted by: Achtung, Ovechkin! | February 1, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse


That's the Trans-Siberian Railroad, but again, AO is from Moscow, and has only played in Moscow outside of the NHL and the World Championships (and Juniors). I think Russians would be a bit confused at that nickname...

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 1, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

> I am assuming you have if you want him here, and I do not understand what you think he would add.

Frankly, I haven't seen him.

But do you remember Larry Murphy story? He was written off by Leafs, fans were booing him. Detroit signed him and he was #2 d-man for SEVERAL years until he finally retired.

That's why Blake is worth a shot. It might not work, but imagine if it will?

Posted by: Papa 'Panzer' Schultz | February 1, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Whoever thinks Kolzig isn't doing good this year, do you watch all the games, beacuse he makes some pretty big saves. Most of the time the goals that do get by him arn't his fault. Yes there have been a few "soft" goals this year, but they are give aways by a defensmen or a forward. I'm not saying Kolzig is amazing this year, but I'm saying hes doing a good job. Who cares about stats. Watch the game and you can see that Kolzig is doing well this season, even though his stats don't show it.

Posted by: Thomas | February 1, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I think what we really need defensively are crashers who clear out the slot like a wrecking ball, keep the low man away from the goaltender, and clear the puck to forwards and offensive d-men to rush it to the offensive zone. I just don't see Blake filling that role adequately at his age.

We need one or two good stay-at-home types. It's the reason we're missing Morrisonn so much right now.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 1, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Larry Murphy was crap as a Capital too!

Posted by: snoopy | February 1, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Look, the team starts to heat up and the post writers that laughed at Tarik for the last few years suddenly want to cash in. I say we get Mike Wise his own blog, we could call it "Capitals Outsider"

Posted by: TheCapitalist | February 1, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Thomas, no one that speaks bad about Kolzig watches the games. They are all making up lies just because they can. Kolzig is not looking slow - he has the speed of a mongoose and the reflexes of a cat... people are so stubburn to think Olie is not doing well this year. And that is why Kolzig is starting every single game like he used too... and the media is wondering if he is going to retire... because he is doing such a good job for the Caps this year. What do they know - they don't watch the games...

Are the Redskin fans coming over now????

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

OV = The Moscow Dynamo

Posted by: Finn | February 1, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

That Railroad seems to go all the way to Moscow.
But nobody likes that

All right then, somebody else come up with something better.
It's officially a contest now.

Posted by: pmoravek | February 1, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse


Yeah, but can you really blame them? The Caps have stunk on ice since 00-01. The only real way to get the papers to write about the Caps consistently is to build a championship team and keep that level of skill for several years - something that the Caps have never really done.

Personally, I'm glad Wise is taking an interest. I hope more of them do. I hope once Wilbon recovers he rethinks his stance on hockey in DC and gives the Caps some love. Wise's column today was a good read, even if there were a couple of factual errors. It shows that the city in general is starting to take an interest, and that can only be a good thing.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 1, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse


I like that.


That was some A-1 sarcasm right there ;)

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 1, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm telling you - the Siberian Nightmare... you all don't remember Christain Okoye - the Nigerian Nightmare... similar...

Okay, what about the Russian Discussion...
The "Moscow - Ta'dow in your face, can you deal with that, Ovechkin"...

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

@ HolyOlie all true... Just want to make sure Tarik doesn't get shoved aside...

Posted by: TheCapitalist | February 1, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: ZMAN | February 1, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

As a girl who knows more about hockey than most men, I'd like to thank SA-town for his blatantly insulting comments. Boy you just really have women figured out, don't you. Remind me to never look at these comments after a victory, my giddiness over last night is pretty much gone right now.

Posted by: laing4prez | February 1, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Look at TSN.CA, Ovie's face is all over the page. He leads NHL in 3 categories now.

Crosby will be never be able to achieve that. He's good at secondary assists, but that's about it.

Posted by: Achtung, Ovechkin! | February 1, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Honey, is that you?

Just kidding.... :)

Posted by: 828 | February 1, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Hey Papa Panzer,
Any chance on Saturday for us to see your patented 'Panzerfaust' half-slapshot find the twine against the Thrash?

Posted by: Kurt | February 1, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

@laing4prez - Well said. I have been a hockey and Caps fan for over 20 years and it still doesnt suprise me to hear comments like that. As a female, hearing how "suprised" people are at how close I follow hockey and how much I seem to know -it just gets old. Don't let him kill your buzz.

Posted by: cs | February 1, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

ZMAN, Bouillon is not a chippy player but hardnosed tough SOB. The battle he had with Ovie was epic. Yeah, he nailed Ovie but it was good check. Likewise OV's battle with Komisarik. Hard, clean battles and truly magnificent hockey.

Posted by: Harry | February 1, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

'Panzer' Schultz

Nice Stuart Smalley reference:)

Posted by: BearsWoooo | February 1, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

How awesome is that pick of Alex on the home page of Let's have a caption contest for that...

"Don't make Ovie mad. You wouldn't like Ovie when mad..."

Posted by: JB | February 1, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Morning lads.

I'm a Habs fan and I just wanted to acknowledge a truly amazing performance by your very own Ovechkin last night. I was at the 1st game in Montreal and I was very disappointed so see him held off the scoresheet. Obviously I'm a homer and I was glad for the win, but I was probably more excited about seeing the best player in the league do his thing. As for last night's game, what can I say, unbelievable. The third goal? Zing. I didn't even see it go in. And neither did Huet. I have to agree about our late goal... it was hard to see from the replay but it did seem like the ref was generous with the whistle. It did make for a very exciting game :)

Posted by: Visitor | February 1, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

You don't tug on Superman's cape.
You don't spit into the wind.
You don't pull the mask off the Ole
Lone Ranger and
You don't mess around with Ovechkin.

Posted by: Rob | February 1, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

@Visitor - very classy, thanks.

@laing4prez - I love you man, I mean, woman.

Posted by: another woman | February 1, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Is there the weekly chat today?

Posted by: Finn | February 1, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse


I have attended at least 10 home games this year and watched almost every game on tv and Olie is playing like crap this season.

Posted by: fansince72 | February 1, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Goes to show there is no "Ow! My nose is broken!" in "Team."

Posted by: Tom | February 1, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse


whats up - you guys have an awesome team.

I too was disappointed about AO on Tuesday, but boy did he redeem himself.

I have to agree with some comment above... after last night victory, reading some of the comments here is discouraging. Luckily there's still some intelligent discussion going on. Just have to filter it.

Posted by: mauree | February 1, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Can we PLEASE allow Kolzig to ride off into the sunset??? There was a time when he was The Man, but the wins are not coming because of him anymore.

Posted by: Klim | February 1, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

olie is doing a good job despite the stats. he does let in some soft ones at times. last night montreal had very few shots on goal but the ones they did have were more than quality shots. you have to take that into consideration. teams that give up alot of shots but keep them all from the outside make the goalie look good. stats suck. quality of shots is what counts. olie played much better than huet did. he had some monster saves last night that most goalies couldnt. blame the point blank shots on the D and people not getting on a man. Olie has been here his whole career and very patient with a bad team for many years. team is getting better and he is a major reason why. we need him now more than ever.

Posted by: david | February 1, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse


I keep thinking about the scene in Blazing Saddles where Bart is loading up his gun to go out and confront Mongo and Jim says, "No, no. Don't shoot him. It'll just make him angry."


Posted by: HolyOlie | February 1, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Alexander Ovechkin the "Russian Cannotmist"

Posted by: Broseph | February 1, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Greetings from Jacksonville, Fl
I just wanted to say we are 8-0 when Kozlov scores---I think people were riding him earlier this year because he is so huge and maybe looks a little slower then others--But, when he gets a head of steam---WATCH OUT!!

Posted by: Ronnie Van Zant | February 1, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

going back to ovie earning the "C"... i think if we find out that Clark may be done for the season, Ovie should have that "C" sewn on to his sweater. any team making a pla---- push needs their captain in the lineup.

Posted by: capthis! | February 1, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse


I'll do my best. I am working on my half slap shot 24x7.

Did you see my pass to Ovie in OT? We rule!

Achtung, Panzer! Achting, Ovechkin!

Posted by: Papa 'Panzer' Schultz | February 1, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Thank you OV!!! What a performance.

And thank you WashPo for prominently displaying this great story on the front page of the Sports section where it belongs.

Posted by: kthhken | February 1, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse


Redeem himself!? lol... understatement of the year and it's only Feb 1st. :) Seriously though, Ovechkin is worth every penny. I remember what Boudreau said after he signed the deal (paraphrase), "it won't change him .. he'll still go out there and play every shift like it's game seven of the Stanley Cup final".

We were drooling in Montreal at the "possibility" (delusional) of being able to get a guy like Ovechkin before you locked him up in that 47 year deal. Happy for you guys, but it was sorta like finding out Jessica Biel got married.. "aw shucks, there goes my chance!" lol.

Yeah, thanks. we're having a good year and the playoffs looks like a possibility for us. :)

Take care to all of you and good luck!


Posted by: Visitor | February 1, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't know, the Moscow Missile? I really could care less what he is called right now other than Hart Trophy front runner.

As for him wearing the C, I think he has enough on his plate right now and does not need the distraction. Not for another season at least anyway.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 1, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or are fans of Canadians teams so darn friendly when they stop by to make comments. I wish they could teach Pittsburgh, Philly and Buffalo fans how its done.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | February 1, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I love fans of the Canadian teams. They're such a pleasure compared to the blathering rabble from a few choice teams in the northeastern US.


Thanks for the kind words. You've got an awfully formidable team and I'd love to see them take a Cup home if the Caps aren't up to the task (I don't think they'll be to that level for another couple of years). Take care.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 1, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

That's b/c Canadians can appreciate a good player when they see them instead of having tunnel vision....

Posted by: K | February 1, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

1. its a shame that we can't get more people out to VC to watch greatness. if we could, the headlines for wouldn't be about hart candidates getting injured and would be about ovie carrying this team on his back to a playoff run. every one of those other hart candidates has teammates in the top 20 in scoring to help carry the load.

2. many readers here are redskins fans and can see how constant change can ruin a team. a lot of people are calling for new players and getting rid of GMGM, but this TEAM is growing into something special and as weak as our D and goaltending have been, the TEAM is winning together. Throwing in some new players into a group that has grown together for the past couple of years could cause havoc to chemistry. Having said that, I would try really hard to get Sundin and send Emminger, Fleishmann, and a pick to get him. Those two haven't been a huge part of the team and calling up Fehr to join Sundin and Semin on the second line could work.

3. Our 3rd line is awesome...they don't get enough credit

Posted by: Pakk | February 1, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame Ovechkin is out on Saturday with a broken nose. First Ilya, and now Ovie.

Posted by: Thrashers Fan | February 1, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure Alex Ovechkin needs a nickname. I think Alex Ovechkin will be synonomous with greatness for a long time on its own. How can he not be the front runner for the Hart?

I am also a girl (who knows a lot about sports in general) and I cannot remember the last time there was an athlete like him. He is skilled at all facets of the game, he is smart, he is a tremendous team player, and he is just filled with such joy. But more important, here is a young man that is a wonderful person. Could we ask for a better example or role model?

Posted by: Kim | February 1, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Where's your source for that piece of news Thrashers Fan?

Posted by: Harry | February 1, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I think Ovie will be skating Sat.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 1, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

How about


Posted by: billd | February 1, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I read in the paper that he broke his nose. Thats got to hurt

Posted by: Thrashers Fan | February 1, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

@Thrahsers fan
He broke his nose then scored three goals, he'll be there Sat.

Posted by: billd | February 1, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

billd +1

And pray no Trasher touches him or he'll do a double hat trick on Saturday. Then he'll travel to Atlanta to possess all your women. AO can do that.

Posted by: mauree | February 1, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

@Trashers Fan

No more than last night and probably less!
Ovie is old school Soviet type hockey player not European wuss! Your team better have their helmets stapped on tight and your goalie prepared to eat puck!

Posted by: A Hardwick | February 1, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised more of you aren't talking about AO's third goal. I've been watching Caps hockey for 20+ years and I cannot recall anything like that. Full speed blast between the defenders legs. The goalie never had a prayer. Are you kidding me? We are seeing the evolvment of the next truly great player in the NHL. He's a Jordan on skates. He will beat you mentally as well as physically and he's only 22!

Posted by: johnnycap | February 1, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Funny you say that. 828's girlfriend told me the same thing.

Posted by: Berube | February 1, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is that Bettman and the NHL are really missing the boat by brownnosing Crosby so much and hitching their wagon to only him. Ovie is not only more talented, he's got a much more engaging personality.

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