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Ovechkin tossed from game vs. Blackhawks

Alex Ovechkin got tossed from the Caps' game in Chicago at 12:16 of the first period for boarding defenseman Brian Campbell. Ovechkin got five minutes for boarding and a game misconduct, which led to a Blackhawks goal by Jonathan Toews at the end of the power play.

This is Ovechkin's second boarding major/game misconduct this season, which, according to the rulebook, means he must sit out the next game. Update: It looks like Ovechkin might get lucky:The rulebook states that when a player has played in 41 consecutive games "without being assessed a boarding and/or a checking from behind major and a game misconduct," his current record will be wiped clean. Exactly 41 games have passed since the last boarding call (Nov. 25), so he should avoid an automatic suspension.

"I don't even think he hit him; he just kind of pushed him from the side," Coach Bruce Boudreau told NBC analyst Pierre McGuire during the second period. "There was nothing malicious about it."

McGuire and fellow analyst Mike Milbury also discussed the incident in between the first and second periods, and both said it was a push from behind that could have been a minor penalty instead. Milbury called it an "unfortunate fall" by Campbell.

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Comments

Again not a ticket to the dressing room!

Posted by: RedRocker | March 14, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

they should've signed Madden instead of BMo...

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

wow great perfomance against an elite team. the problems that we had in the beginning of the season are still there. the defense is horrid, period. we face high octance offenses like chicago, we're done. we can't outscore people. we don't have the defense to win the cup. lately the offense has been all out of sorts. they were not ready to play this game, that's clear. no matter what you think about ovie's hit, he needs to be smarter because he's hurting the team when he takes dumb penalties and he's not on the ice.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

right, you just hate Poti and Corvo

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 1:43 PM |

Um..yes. Those would be the two I don't like. Are you drunk already?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:44 PM |


And now you are saying how we shouldn't have signed BMo! LOL! Talk about irony. My hate for players is purely subjective, you don't like players to the point of not wanting to have signed them. IRON-Y.


Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Also, that save by Niemi was retarded.

Caps can't buy a goal.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Also, that save by Niemi was retarded.

Caps can't buy a goal.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

after the tampa loss I wanted to see more focus, passion and urgency. this game has been anything but. we look disinterested and bored as hell. we're skating around like it's practice. i sure hope they can just "turn it on" come playoff time.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

OK help me out - thats three game misconducts...regardless of what we think the call should have been isn't a one game suspension automatic for OV now for getting another boarding misconduct?

Has it been 41 games since the kneeing penalty?

Does he now have to play even more carefully the rest of the season?

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 14, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

@ Rachel216,

Wow... just wow. I don't know if you are upset over 1 period of play, or really think this team is doomed. If the latter, you should seriously seek some help. Even in a 7 game series of the playoffs, teams toss up an egg here and there. Please leave the doomsday prophesies for when it is really relevant. This is the best team we have fielded in over a decade. If you can't enjoy that... well.. maybe you can watch the skins or nationals.

sheesh.. I guess it's not a bad thing to want to win them all.. but really... seriously?

Posted by: fricknoutstandin | March 14, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

hmmm let me see, they suck in PK and Madden is about the best penalty killer around, has been for many years... and has 3 rings

is that good enough of a reason to sign him, mr. know it all?

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

"Wow... just wow. I don't know if you are upset over 1 period of play, or really think this team is doomed. If the latter, you should seriously seek some help. Even in a 7 game series of the playoffs, teams toss up an egg here and there. Please leave the doomsday prophesies for when it is really relevant. This is the best team we have fielded in over a decade. If you can't enjoy that... well.. maybe you can watch the skins or nationals."

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Which of the last three losses (incl. today) has given you the most confidence come playoff time, and why?

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

They've been in our defensive zone the entire game. I can count on one hand how many good chances we've had.

And I thought the Tampa Bay game was bad, this is even worse. I just want this game to end.

Very disheartening. I wish they came out with more passion. I see no passion whatsoever. They've given up and that's very dissapointing. Niemi's had one easy day of work.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Well the last time the Caps played in Chicago in March 2008 they lost 5-0 and looked awful. Then they won the rest of their games to win the southeast division on the last day of the season.

Again the Caps must sleep in a dungeon if they did not think this young excitable team would not be up for them at home?

This is why winning first overall will be important. The Caps need to face teams like that at Verizon Center not United Center....home ice advantage matters!

Silver lining: the Hawks are not getting any practice with our "A" game.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 14, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"They have almost unlimited discretion in that situation, they used it, and you just have to hope that refs around the league use their discretion similarly if Ovechkin or another Capital gets hit like that (although I seem to recall not too long ago a Capital, I think it was Green, getting pushed into the boards in a very similar way and the player not even being penalized)."

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Again, this is the problem.

Without fail, the refs *Don't* use that discretion when its hits against us. You're thinking of the Koci Hit on Green where he sent a falling green headfirst into the boards with intent to injure and he didn't even get penalized, let alone suspended.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:50 PM |

Thanks. I was wondering what Koci hit people were talking about. Yes that's the one I had in mind. That looked like a pretty dangerous play to me, and I was shocked he did not get penalized or suspended.

GMGM will be forwarding a tape of that to the NHL now, if he didn't already.

Anyway, I'm not all that broken up about it. These things happen. I hope that, from now on, the refs will make similar calls should Capitals be at the other end of hits like this.

The Koci-Green incident was, in my opinion, more than a little ridiculous and was clearly worse than the Ovechkin hit today. It looked to me like Koci was actually intending to hurt Green.

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

"BB must be an idiot for playing Corvo..."
"again BB must be blind not to see that Pothier was better than Corvo, right?"

Two quotes by Joek443 in the last post. He was being sarcastic, implying that we shouldn't question BB/GMGM's decisions, like signing Corvo.

"they should've signed Madden instead of BMo..."

Another quote from Joek443. He was not being sarcastic, implying that HE knows better than BB/GMGM, questioning their signing.

Irony is;
a) An element
b) A one-horned animal
c) Joek's post on CI

Joek = Joke.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

We all seem to forget that these are not playoff games ! We are rattled..Yes but far from out of the picture here !

Posted by: RedRocker | March 14, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Another good, "clean" check by Ovie. Fortunately the Refs are no longer restrained by IIHF rules and put him where he belongs.

And now Boudreau is spinning it as a mere "push".......

The guy's a menace, and it's just a matter of time B4 someone lays him out.

Posted by: jdarby21 | March 14, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

^Trading for Corvo.*

Fixing that before he calls me out on it. It's what he does..calls people out on things that have nothing to do with the point of the post.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

". I hope that, from now on, the refs will make similar calls should Capitals be at the other end of hits like this."

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That's kind of the point, though.

Sure, you would "hope" that. The problem is that without fail, 10 ties out of 10, we *don't* get those calls.

You can hope all you want, but reality never supports it.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

fricknoutstandin: The defense gives me absolutely no confidence and neither does the PK. I won't sit here and praise them and say everything's fine and they'll win the Cup. Playoffs are a totally different animal and I AM concerned with the defense.

Now what's wrong with the offense beside Ovie not being there?

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Another good, "clean" check by Ovie. Fortunately the Refs are no longer restrained by IIHF rules and put him where he belongs.

And now Boudreau is spinning it as a mere "push".......

The guy's a menace, and it's just a matter of time B4 someone lays him out.

Posted by: jdarby21 | March 14, 2010 2:02 PM

Except that Mcuire and Milbury said it wasn't that bad.

Except that IIHF regulations are WAY tighter than the NHL's.

Except that Ovi didn't do anything dirty in the Olympics.

Except that people try to lay him out, and bounce off him.

What were you saying?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil = the biggest narcissist around

anytime you comment on anything that differs from his view, he thinks it's a personal attack on him

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216

The only player who seemed to play with any sort of offensive passion is the one who got penalized. Yes, Alex Semin.

Granted he made mistakes in the process. Penalty one. The hook, which was a dubious call.

Penalty two. The interference where he couldn't stop himself in time when trying to score.

I would say Penalty 2 took the life out of the Caps.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

"Another good, "clean" check by Ovie. Fortunately the Refs are no longer restrained by IIHF rules and put him where he belongs.

And now Boudreau is spinning it as a mere "push".......

The guy's a menace, and it's just a matter of time B4 someone lays him out"

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Are you really arguing that it wasn't a push?

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Meh...Caps can't buy a goal this game.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

42.6 Fines and Suspensions - Any player or goalkeeper who incurs a total of two (2) game misconducts under Rule 42 and/or Rule 44, in either Regular season or Play-offs, shall be suspended automatically for the next game of his team. For each subsequent game misconduct penalty the automatic suspension shall be increased by one game.

So, yeah, if Ovechkin had a game misconduct for either boarding or hitting from behind previously this season, then an automatic one-game suspension would be mandatory.

So, has Ovechkin had a game misconduct for boarding or hitting from behind this season?

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

What a shot!

Posted by: RedRocker | March 14, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

@Capsfan75, rachel
Mike Knuble has had the best chances this game.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

This is hilarious.

The Hawks are doing so much extracurricular crap now, because they know they aren't going to get whistled for anything, and if anything, a cap will get whistled for retaliating.

Anyone else see that "horecollar tackle" (football term).

Hilarious.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

anytime you comment on anything that differs from his view, he thinks it's a personal attack on him

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 2:04 PM |

Dude..you tried to troll me constantly last thread for "questioning" BB/GMGM.

What is the first thing you do in this post? Question GMGM.

Shut the hell up. You are beyond annoying.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I wish Semin wouldn't do curl and drag and slow the offense down all the time though. It's getting annoying to watch him try to reset the offense and screw everything up.

I'm just soooo pissed I left what I was doing early so I could watch this CRAP. I see no passion or energy. I think they just weren't ready to play which is unacceptable. BB better put them through a very hard practice. This is the time to tune up for the playoffs.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216

Don't worry, he will.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

@ youaresquishy

OV got a game misconduct early in the season agianst Buffalo...it appeared bogus for his hit on Kuleta. Still he was ejected.

Then the kneeing hit against Gleason which he was suspended for. He was ejected from that game as well.

Hopefully the league can consider removing the misconduct if they look at the video and see that the ref shouldn't have given it.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 14, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

so is Chicago's defense THAT good??

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Another good, "clean" check by Ovie. Fortunately the Refs are no longer restrained by IIHF rules and put him where he belongs.

And now Boudreau is spinning it as a mere "push".......

The guy's a menace, and it's just a matter of time B4 someone lays him out.

Posted by: jdarby21 | March 14, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

darby, go learn about hockey. The Ovechkin hit WAS clean, and the only reason it should even have been penalized was because Campbell did end up going hard into the boards. You want to see a dirty hit, look at Koci's hit on Green earlier this season. Look at Cooke's hit on Savard. Look at Richards' hit on Booth. All Ovie did was push Campbell, and Campbell simply got his skate caught and went down. Just because you are jealous that Ovie is the best player around doesn't mean you should go spouting nonsense like that.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 14, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

A lot of this is BB's fault. It was more evident in the TB game, it's masked this game by the horrid officiating and the outrageous ejectiong.

But GMGM screwed him by giving him all these Fwds. Now he's back to playing with the lines, and no one knows what each other is doing. Laughlin said last game that BB would need to cement the lines "with 8 games to go." I think he needs to do it sooner than that.

None of the lines have any chemistry.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

CapsFan75: And sorry to keep "bashing" Semin since I know you love him but sometimes he just makes my head hurt. I don't understand him sometimes.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Ah yes. Ovechkin got a game misconduct under Rule 42 (boarding) against Buffalo on November 25, 2009.

So since this is his second game misconduct for boarding this season, a one-game suspension for the Capitals' next game in Florida on Tuesday is automatic under Rule 42.6.

So, Ovechkin gets a nice rest.

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"so is Chicago's defense THAT good??"

They're pretty good. They're also getting some breaks. There's been a couple unconscious saves by Nemi, and the post bailed them out on that last one. Oh and the best player in the league got tossed fromthe game on a joke call.

Short answer is "Yes, but."

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

2 many stupid players on the caps. no cup for this team.

Posted by: DCFanatic | March 14, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

@rachel

The Blackhawks defense is that good - they are big with great awreness and they are probably the best team in the league in goals against.

All the other teams we worry about (like Pittsburgh) are the same as the Caps in GAA...just hope Chicago gets bounced in the conference.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 14, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

That's what Tarik said. I should really read Tarik's posts before I start talking. I'm gonna go away now.

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Shut the hell up. You are beyond annoying.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

LMAO, like I was saying...

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

VTDuffman: I gotta agree with you. When we won 14 in a row we had the same lines every single game. Now he keeps messing with them because we have so many frickin forwards there is no chemistry. Everyone is off and a step behind. The passing has been especially bad lately.

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I honestly don't see what Corvo brings on either side, defense or offense. I don't see it. I'd rather have Pothier back.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

so is Chicago's defense THAT good??

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 2:11 PM

It's one of the best, if not the best.

They are a much more balanced team than us, even with their goaltending issues.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 14, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"So since this is his second game misconduct for boarding this season, a one-game suspension for the Capitals' next game in Florida on Tuesday is automatic under Rule 42.6."

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The league can review and rescind the misconduct penalty.

They won't, since it's a Cap, but they could (And have several times this season alone for other teams).

Just Sayin'.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

new day, same dooomsday comments. *yawn*

@Rachel- if they upset you so much with their lack of passion, then defect. Go find a more "passionate" team. If you want the game to end, change the channel.
Believe it or not, I was happier when this team was awful and I only had to deal with OTHER team's fans saying we sucked. Now, with the best team in 10 years our own bandwagon fans are griping. Swell.

Posted by: Chad8 | March 14, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

The NHL should look at the video and rescind that automatic suspension, which they are allowed to do. It was an obvious blown call.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 14, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

@ youaresquishy

teams can appeal a game misconduct within 48 hours of the end of the game.

I think Washington has a good case - just send in the NBC tapes.

Also I think if the game misconducts are separated by more than 41 games played by the player the count resets....I know OV missed some games but he might be over the 41 games between misconducts.

They still should appeal it.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 14, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Chicago is playing without Hossa and Campbell and played in another city last night.

We lost Ovechkin and got behind the 8-ball early but Chicago is also a really, really good team.

As hard as it is to admit, they may be better than us. Don't just look at the standings. They play in the much better conference as evidenced by the West dominating inter-conference play.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 14, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

"Except that Mcuire and Milbury said it wasn't that bad."

Oh, that changes my mind, talking heads. Obviously the refs disagreed. They don't hand out 5 minute majors and gamers every week.

"Except that IIHF regulations are WAY tighter than the NHL's."

My point exactly. Specifically, there are 87 rule differences. Better not to call than call the wrong one.

"Except that Ovi didn't do anything dirty in the Olympics."

Tell that to Jagr.

"Except that people try to lay him out, and bounce off him."

Give it time. He'll slow down in a few years and reap what he sows.

It's so sad, such an extremely talented hockey player, yet such a dirty one.

Posted by: jdarby21 | March 14, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

LMAO, like I was saying...

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 2:15 PM |

So you are perfectly okay with admitting you don't know anything about hockey, and constantly contradict yourself? You sure aren't defending the fact that you constantly contradict yourself...

Great. I can accept that I take everything personally as you say, as long as you admit that you constantly contradict yourself.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Why can't the Blackhawks stand up? They make the ice look slippery floppin' around all over the place.

Clean hit by OV (or push as Milbury says). Campbell's fault he can't handle OV's strength. Step aside chump.

Can't wait to play them in the Cup because t

Posted by: IceNutz | March 14, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

*yesterday afternoon (not last night)

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 14, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

"if they upset you so much with their lack of passion, then defect. Go find a more "passionate" team. If you want the game to end, change the channel.
Believe it or not, I was happier when this team was awful and I only had to deal with OTHER team's fans saying we sucked. Now, with the best team in 10 years our own bandwagon fans are griping. Swell."

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What a retarded comment. Just because this is the best team they've had in a decade doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. To dismiss anyone who disagrees just makes you look like a tool.

They haven't been playing with passion since the Olympics. It's obvious to anyone with eyes.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

From reading this post and the previous one the reason the Caps are losing is NOT because Chicago is playing better, but because the refs have it for the Caps and Semin is ... well, at fault for everything.
Am I correct?

Posted by: hock1 | March 14, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

chad-Well I would've expected them to come out with passion. You're playing probably the best team in the east, you shouldn't need extra incentive to play them.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I am really dissapointed in the Caps right now! They should have com out strong in the 2nd, but only knuble, Chimera, and Belanger are bringing it.

We have got to pick up the physical part of the game! We have so much talent and we are simply being passive and a littl sulky!

I say we try bringingin Alzner and sitting Corvo. He should be better by now.

Posted by: capscoach | March 14, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is the greatest talent in the league but no Captain should have 3 game misconducts in a season. I know our record is outstanding since he got the C but that is more of his talent than his leadership. BB had almost no choice in giving him the C but 39 or 21 should be wearing it.
We'll probably get by the first round on talent alone but we have too many soft euros and ruskies to beat the good teams.
Semin please stop the toe drag 6 times a game.

Posted by: markfromparkville | March 14, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

"Tell that to Jagr."

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You don't actually think that Jagr hit was dirty, do you?

Holy crap, that hit wasn't even a penalty under IIHF rules, how could it have been dirty?

Oh, wait, the number on the jersey of the person making the hit.

go back to Pensblog, troll.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Give it time. He'll slow down in a few years and reap what he sows.

It's so sad, such an extremely talented hockey player, yet such a dirty one.

Posted by: jdarby21 | March 14, 2010 2:18 PM |

LOL...wait you really think Ovi's hit on Jagr was dirty?

After that, you realize no one is going to take you seriously, right?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

How much longer?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | March 14, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

VTDuffman: Exactly. Thank you. Just because you're a fan it doesn't mean you can't criticize. I guess everything in your world is lovely. And I don't need your advice thank you very much.

hock1: Well not exactly. ;) Caps haven't played well and haven't used their heads, that's the reason why they're losing. (Add in the fact the refs are RETARDED.)

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I've been a Caps season ticket holder for 15 years and this is the best team we've ever had. It saddens me when a great player doesn't use his head and as a result hurts his own team.

I've looked at today's Ovechkin hit multiple times and clearly it was premeditated stupidity. If he doesn't learn to control himself there's no way the Caps will win the Cup this year.

Posted by: remy117 | March 14, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Dude..you tried to troll me constantly last thread for "questioning" BB/GMGM.

What is the first thing you do in this post? Question GMGM.

Shut the hell up. You are beyond annoying.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

it's always about YOU, ain't it... whenever someone disagrees with you, it's just to annoy you, is that it??

LOL the true sign of a narcissist...

just for the record I don't hate anyone who plays for the Caps unlike some people do... I may not want them on the team, I don't hate'em

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Alright, time to stop messing with lines. I know they have too many players, but you don't want to go into the playoffs with line that have played together less than 10 games. Before the trades the team had great chemistry, all 4 lines were producing, and no defence in the league could stop them. Now things are getting switched up so often, guys don't know where to go and where their other players are going to be and there's next to no offence. I wrote at the trade deadline that it's dangerous to mess with chemistry when everything's going well even if you are getting better players. This is what I meant.

Posted by: Stu_c | March 14, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

"Why can't the Blackhawks stand up? They make the ice look slippery floppin' around all over the place. "

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There's no incentive for them to stop. The refs wouldn't dare call them for diving, but they might get another free penalty.

If I were Quenneville I'd be telling them to flop, too.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

VT- thanks for critiquing my comment. I get as disappointed as anyone when the team looks like this. It is dishearening, I just don't want to get carried away with the "sky is falling" mentality. They're laying an egg on the ice, on national TV to boot. It's unfortunate, I just don't think it's the end of the world. They're being outplayed and OV was wrongfully yanked. Sucks, but they're still my team and I have confidence that they can go deep once the line shuffles settle and they get a chance to gel..... Anyone care to argue that?

Posted by: Chad8 | March 14, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

That was to chad: I guess everything in your world is lovely. And I don't need your advice thank you very much, not VTDuffman.

BTW, Ovie's out next game says the rulebook.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Am I correct? - hock

Yes. You are.

Posted by: nimes1 | March 14, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

@mark from parkville

The Caps were on a slide between captains when they lost to Carolina, San Jose and LA...

Its a good thing they gave OV the captain "C" because they only have lost three games since January 4th with him as captain.

He obviously gets respect of his teammates.

Still there is no team in the NHL looking forward to trying to beat them 4 times in a playoff series.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 14, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, you're getting ahead of yourself. The NHL does not go by the rules; it's all subjective. Respectfully, you do not help us fans by speculating about worst case scenarios. It's almost a jinx. Stay positive please.

Posted by: Irreverent_inDC | March 14, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

@hock1

The officiating hasn't helped us today.

On Semin (the red headed step child who gets blamed for everything, including the lack of world peace, global warming, poverty in America), he got penalized twice. I would say he was playing with passion. That's not his problem. He's NOT stupid, despite what people think.

Penalty 1: A called hook. He had stolen the puck and was charging from the defensive zone to the O zone. The hook was a bit of a dubious penalty. But I can see some things the Chicago could have gotten a penalty on during that play that were not called.

Penalty 2: when they had nearly killed the major. He tried to score but took one step too many and ran into the goal tender for interference.

Yes, Sasha may need better "brakes" so to speak but he's the only guy who was generating anything. I think the second penalty basically sucked the life out of the Caps.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

@jdarby

Did you seriously write that Ovie's hit on Jagr was dirty? I hope you were typing that with a knowing smile because that was a ridiculous comment. It was perfectly clean. Hell, Jagr even said the hit was his fault because he wasn't paying attention skating through the neutral zone.

Posted by: CDon | March 14, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

"From reading this post and the previous one the reason the Caps are losing is NOT because Chicago is playing better, but because the refs have it for the Caps and Semin is ... well, at fault for everything.
Am I correct?"

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No. The Hawks certainly are playing better.

My problem is that it's impossible to tell exactly how much better they are playing because of the horrible officiating.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

it's always about YOU, ain't it... whenever someone disagrees with you, it's just to annoy you, is that it??

LOL the true sign of a narcissist...

just for the record I don't hate anyone who plays for the Caps unlike some people do... I may not want them on the team, I don't hate'em

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 2:25 PM |
God, you're stupid.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Is it over yet?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | March 14, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

fyi

UNDER RULE 23.5 Fines and Suspensions – Stick Infractions, Boarding and Checking from Behind Category

When a player or goalkeeper has played in 41 consecutive regular League games without being assessed a boarding and/or a checking from behind major and a game misconduct according to Rules 42 and 44, he will have the previous game misconduct penalties removed from his current record. They will remain part of his historical record.

A player or goalkeeper’s total games played will cover a two-year time period from the date of the first game misconduct penalty for each category of foul.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 14, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Is the troll section of the Doofus Brigade full yet? I think jdarby volunteered for it.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 14, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

These two teams will be in the finals.

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Can we just ruin Niemi's shutout?

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm unable to watch the game but the recent play is maddening. Early in the year Ovi, Green, Poti, Gordo, Semin, and many others were out injured or suspended and this team found a way to get the job done with Hershey players and hard work. Now they are healthy with new players and they cannot get it done. Granted that their record is superb and every team will eventually have some breakdowns, but what is up with not coming out strong in the first period?

They have the luxury of experimenting and losing games before the playoffs, but during the playoffs they better tighten up and work 60 minutes as if their lives depended on it. Hard work and solid goal tending is the only way to win a cup.

Posted by: evtoi | March 14, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Good job Brooks

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I turned the channel for a second and we had a 4 min. PP - can anyone tell me what happened?

Posted by: suzannepdc | March 14, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

God, you're stupid.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

cheer up and have some soju...

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Here's a little life folks, don't give up just yet.

Posted by: Chad8 | March 14, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

sweet. now 5 on 3 for TWO FULL MINUTES. lets get one with the 2-man, and give ourselves a chance to force OT in the last 12 minutes.

Posted by: kman2 | March 14, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Ssemin sold the bejeezus out of a high stick to his previously cut upper lip. sweet

Posted by: Chad8 | March 14, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Caps just doing what they always do...play 20 minutes of hockey..haha.

Here we go...

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

it's always about YOU, ain't it... whenever someone disagrees with you, it's just to annoy you, is that it??

LOL the true sign of a narcissist...

just for the record I don't hate anyone who plays for the Caps unlike some people do... I may not want them on the team, I don't hate'em

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 2:25 PM |
God, you're stupid.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:27 PM

can you two just get a room already and get it over with

Posted by: shawnshupe | March 14, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil and joek443 -- let it go or take it outside

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 14, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: remy117
"I've been a Caps season ticket holder for 15 years and this is the best team we've ever had. It saddens me when a great player doesn't use his head and as a result hurts his own team.

I've looked at today's Ovechkin hit multiple times and clearly it was premeditated stupidity. If he doesn't learn to control himself there's no way the Caps will win the Cup this year."

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finally, a Caps fan who isn't blinded by the "O".

I agree, it is a great team when not saddled with Ovie's poor judgment.

Posted by: jdarby21 | March 14, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Here we go folks....

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

His last suspension was at the very beginning of December. From my count, that was 39 or 40 games ago.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 14, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

this just in, Poti still sucks and Corvo was the worst trade of the year.

Also if this is Boudreau's playoff lineup it just that he's still in love with Boyd Gordon for no apparent reason. Scott Walker should be playing today. And the defensive lineup isn't as strong as it can be. But then you can pin that on the genius George for going after the one player on the trade market we didn't actually need - another damn offensive defenseman who doesn't have any desire to actually play D.

on the bright side at least the rest of the Caps aren't caving in to a tough Hawks team in a tough place to play. Shows some character

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 14, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

awesome. 2 goals in less than 2 minutes. we're back in it folks!

Posted by: kman2 | March 14, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

jdarby- that's sarcasm I imagine?

Posted by: Chad8 | March 14, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

We're back in this game!

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 14, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Oh MY

Posted by: amorris525 | March 14, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Wow!

At least it got interesting...

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 14, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

wow.

Posted by: Chad8 | March 14, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"Hell, Jagr even said the hit was his fault because he wasn't paying attention skating through the neutral zone.Hell, Jagr even said the hit was his fault because he wasn't paying attention skating through the neutral zone."

Jagr's a gentleman.

"Posted by: timmyv38 Is the troll section of the Doofus Brigade full yet? I think jdarby volunteered for it."

What, are you 3 years old???

Posted by: jdarby21 | March 14, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

didn't some genius say that the game was over earlier???

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

D*mn!! way to go fehr

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 14, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA oh baby!!!!

THE GREATEST SHOW ON ICE STRIKES AGAIN!!!

IT'S A NEW BALLGAME FOLKS!

Posted by: kman2 | March 14, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

nice hustle by Stecks. I love this team!

Posted by: elicea | March 14, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

finally, a Caps fan who isn't blinded by the "O".

I agree, it is a great team when not saddled with Ovie's poor judgment.

Posted by: jdarby21 | March 14, 2010 2:36 PM

I actually call Ovi out on his reckless hits all the time. Tmac, and other posters here have called me out on it before, noting my negativity towards Ovi's play sometimes. And it's true, I'll be the first to admit it.

What does this have to do with you calling the hit on Jagr dirty? That is when I stopped taking you seriously.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

So do all the doubters think now ?

Posted by: RedRocker | March 14, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

unreal...never saw this coming after first 2 periods

Posted by: Todgak | March 14, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

and lets remember, all of this WITHOUT OVIE.

oh baby this is amazing.

Posted by: kman2 | March 14, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75
I have replayed both penalties to Semin.

Penalty1. I agree about being dubious, to the point that the Chicago player along with Emeric thought it was against Chicago.

Penalty2. The reason they almost had the penalty killed was because of the outstanding play he did to steal the puck and get the breakway (say what!? Semin made a good play while defending? what a "brain fart"!) unfortunately, the puck was rolling almost to the end and he ran out of ice before he could control it and make a play - but hey, no excuses. It was his "brain fart" fault.


Posted by: nimes1 | March 14, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

these nbc guys were writing off the caps when ovi got tossed - not so much now

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 14, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Boy some teams just take dumb penalties, don't they? ;)

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 14, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

LETS GO CAPITALS! How those haters on NBC feelin' now?

Posted by: mjwies11 | March 14, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

CAPS CAPS CAPS!!!

Posted by: dc33 | March 14, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

oh and that penalty on Ovechkin was just evidence of some media backlash and Ovechkin's reputation. That was not even close to being worthy of a boarding game misc

I just hope it doesn't change Ovechkin's game and make him tentative. Also not the worst thing in the world for this team to learn to play without Ovechkin. Chimera and Fehr have been disappointments today. I expect to see more desire out of those 2.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 14, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

So do all the doubters think now ?

Posted by: RedRocker | March 14, 2010 2:40 PM

I threw in the towel, I'll admit. I NEVER throw in the towel for any game either. ..it's usually rachel, Capsfan75, etc.. (No offense guys..:) )

Shouldn't give up on the 20-minute Caps, huh? haha.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Interesting. 43 Capitals games have occurred between this game and Ovechkin's last game misconduct for boarding. Ovechkin has played in exactly 41 of them.

So, he did in fact play in 41 consecutive games without getting a game misconduct for boarding or hitting from behind. So Rule 23.5 erases Ovechkin's previous game misconduct penalty for boarding for purposes of whether he must get an automatic one-game suspension under Rule 42.6.

Thanks yesisaiditfirst.

So there's no automatic one-game suspension after all. Wow.

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget we've also had 2 breakaways, a post and a Knuble near tap in.

We've had our chances on top of the 3 goals.

Not to mention a couple of Backstrom point blank shots.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 14, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

WOW who saw that coming??? I don't take away anything I said earlier but look what happens when you move your legs and play with some passion?

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

@darby

Jagr may be a gentleman. I don't know. But he didn't say the hit was his fault because he's a gentleman. He said it because it's true. Hit was clean.

And your comment about Ovie's continued reckless play is inaccurate. Look at his entire career. I don't see a pattern.

Posted by: CDon | March 14, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow, talk about quick strike capability. Never give up on these guys.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 14, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Jeebus Christ, I Fracking hate this team!

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

gotta hand it to Steckel - 7 hits today and a great hustle assist on that goal. How does anyone ever make the argument that Boyd Gordon could even think about replacing Steck in the lineup

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 14, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

so Semin gets boarded just like Ovie did to Campbell, and there's no call? wtf?
lets get some consistency here, zebras!

Posted by: kman2 | March 14, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget we've also had 2 breakaways, a post and a Knuble near tap in.

We've had our chances on top of the 3 goals.

Not to mention a couple of Backstrom point blank shots.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 14, 2010 2:42 PM

Knuble's been great. He's had a couple of great chances.

Just took a while to finally crack Niemi.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"Jagr's a gentleman."

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Anyone with the most rudimentary of hockey knowledge would know that you're either an idiot, a troll, or both if you think that that Jagr hit in the Olympics was dirty.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I've triple-checked this, but you can do it yourself here: http://espn.go.com/nhl/players/gamelog?playerId=3101

The last game misconduct Ovechkin got for boarding was on 11/25 against Buffalo. He got another game misconduct for the knee-to-knee hit in Carolina on 11/30, but that actually has nothing to do with Rule 23.5 or Rule 42.6.

So, there's no automatic one-game suspension. However, there may well be a one-game suspension because of Ovechkin's recent overall disciplinary history. I expect a one-game suspension.

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

@shawnshupe, butcher

I gave it up a while ago before you told me to, but good job re-bringing it up. :)

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

how does Scott Walker get benched against a team like Chicago who isn't exactly a finesse team? Just blows my mind that we finally trade for a guy who is supposed to provide real grit upfront and then in our supposed playoff lineup today against a tough team he get sat down. wt f?

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 14, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

@nimes1

Yes, I know it was a brain fart for Semin for Penalty 2. Seems that he's been having trouble putting on the brakes, so to speak. His problem is NOT stupidity or lack of effort.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Great shift...

man..the puck rolled right over Semin's stick...that was it.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

they almost killed off the 5 minute major before Semin turned a shorthanded breakaway into a total adventure as only he can and it became a 5 on 3

so they could've tied it at 1 but turned into 2-0... other than the Ovie penalty, they really didn't play that badly in the first

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Game's done. Caps aren't even moving their legs.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

who's STUPID now??

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

All things aside, this would be one HELL of a Stanley Cup Finals...

Posted by: Chad8 | March 14, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

And it's Lindsey, not Tarik, who wrote the above post.

So Lindsey should amend her post. It's not true that Ovechkin "must sit out the next game." And I stand corrected as well.

That's some good knowledge of the Rulebook and/or quick legal research, yesisaiditfirst.

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Niemi has been sick this game.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Lindsay, I meant. Sorry about the misspelling!

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

You got me. I said the game was over before it was. I'm so stupid.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I am only reading the game summary but there must be quite a momentum switch. It says the hawks have 0 shots in the 3rd and we have 3 of 9 in the 3rd, 27 shots to 20 overall.

Posted by: evtoi | March 14, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

VTDuffman - it's both.

Ovie should not receive a suspension, but likely will. Twice this season, he has been suspended for a hit that was only worthy of a minor. I see no reason the NHL won't continue that trend.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 14, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

It is great to see the Caps not giving up today!

Posted by: MReilly9 | March 14, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

That Kane line is GOOD. So glad that Toews took that puck out of the zone. whew

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 14, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

knuble and steckel have been beasts along the boards, they've registered 12 hits combined but really its been about 20 hits for those 2 tonight

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 14, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Man..another great shift by the 4th line there.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

OT time now!

Posted by: MReilly9 | March 14, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse


Bruce, "Brushed him aside?" He launched him into the boards and deserved a game misconduct. Ovechkin has to tone it down a little when it comes to the physicality. He is going to maim or kill somebody one day.


Posted by: mortified469 | March 14, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

What an interesting game. Two top teams showing signs of why they are elite and why they still have major problems.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

WAY TO COME BACK AND EARN THAT POINT!

The Boys showed some heart!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 14, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

100 points.... great effort by the Caps to force OT. Now let's finish this.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 14, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

100 points

I have been a Caps fan since 1981 - but must admit even though they play flat some games like today and like against Pittsburgh a few weeks ago these comebacks are the most exciting things I have ever watched.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 14, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

mortified, did you even see the play? "Launched him"? Ovie barely pushed him, Campbell's skate just got stuck and that was why he went flying.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 14, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Best point of the season, bar none.

We may not have played our best but I never saw this one coming.

And, man, we had our chances to finish it off, too.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 14, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom and Toews playing dice together in thwe faceoff circle..haha. 19 and 19.

Green..gotta shoot that puck....

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

good god Poti and Corvo paired up together in a tied game. Boudreau, you just tryin to give this game away? It looks like the Hawks are on a PP because neither Poti nor Corvo are adept at taking the puck away along the boards. The Hawks forwards can cycle that puck at will

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 14, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

HOLY COW!!!!!!

BACKS!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 14, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

never.give.up.

Posted by: Chad8 | March 14, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

CAPS WIN..CAPS WIN...CAPS WIN!!!

Posted by: MReilly9 | March 14, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

holy macaroni!!! what a freakin game!

Posted by: BlondeCapsFan | March 14, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

WOW Backstrom! What a great play and then finish!

What a move....WOW

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

THE. MOST. AMAZING. COMEBACK. YET!!

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 14, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

giggle

Posted by: uncatim | March 14, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Ye of little faith! Lets Go Caps!

Posted by: RedRocker | March 14, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

WOW! Backstrom turns it over, then recovers and gets the puck back, then rushes up ice and scores. HOLY CRAP! BACKSTROM!

Posted by: elicea | March 14, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Great play by Backstrom! Comeback complete!

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 14, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

BACKSTROM!

Posted by: catymac | March 14, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

LOL! What a game. What a team.

See you in the finals, Hawks.

These two teams WILL be in the finals.

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Name your price Mr. Backstrom!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 14, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Best goal of the year from Backstrom! 1st star for him.

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 14, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom made up his turnover, made Seabrook look like a clown and buried it!

Holy wow!

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

COMEBACKSTROM LOL

Posted by: Chad8 | March 14, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

There were a few Caps fans sitting a few rows behind the Caps bench celebrating the GWG...Great to See!

Posted by: MReilly9 | March 14, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

wow. just wow. WOW!

Posted by: kman2 | March 14, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

lasdjf;ladjfkladsjklfnvadklsnvkladsjf

Those are my thoughts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 14, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

ohh my the conspiracy against the caps, the to many men non-callagainst caps in overtime, the trip from semin overtime. ITS A CONSPIRACY against the caps.

Posted by: cocorules | March 14, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Gotta agree with yesisaiditfirst - as bad as they are for my cardiac health I just love that you can never ever call a game over with these guys.

Posted by: catymac | March 14, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Please sign Backstrom to a 500 year contract... NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 14, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

AWEF"NSOME BACKSTROM!!!

Posted by: CapCenterholdover | March 14, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable. I admit it - I gave up on them at 3-0. Remarkable heart and guts.

Posted by: zmega | March 14, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Best goal of the year from Backstrom! 1st star for him.

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 14, 2010 3:07 PM |

Honestly..best goal of the year. Period.

He made up his turnover, shook Seabrook, and shot the puck perfectly.

Absolutely sublime.

Best Swede in the NHL. Hush, all you Wings and Canuck fans.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Respect us without Ovie, now, MikeyM!

Posted by: Hattrik | March 14, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Show Backie the money!

Posted by: IceNutz | March 14, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Play of the season for the Caps.

Backstrom makes a mistake.

Then makes up for his mistake by backchecking and preventing a possible goal.

Then carries it to the other end after a long shift and uses a sick move and finish to seal it.

Awesome.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 14, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

boy do I hate bandwagoners...

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse


Eat me, Coco. Nice name.

Posted by: zmega | March 14, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Ha Ha sorry Wilbon

Posted by: heathdog1119 | March 14, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Chimera was under-rated today. So good on the forecheck. Green played well. Backstrom was great. What a third period and overtime. I think everyone on here were going to kill one another after the first two periods, but now we can hopefully all be BFF's again.

Posted by: Aldred15 | March 14, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom for President. Move over Obama.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

gotta admit I lost confidence after the call on OVIE but once again, our team showed they can play THIS game

Posted by: CapCenterholdover | March 14, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

this team needed this win. they've been FLAT since the end of the winning streak PRE-Olympics. even those 3 wins after were marred with inconsistent play and were a result of "winning solely because of superior talent". we need soemthing to spark this team to those blowout wins we were seeing during the win streak.

Posted by: kman2 | March 14, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

It's a conspiracy against the caps, the caps having to many men on ice in overtime, Semin with the trip in overtime and no call on both.the Semin dive not sure what hit him a stick or if he got shot. ITS A CONSPIRACY AGAINT THE CAPS (Sarcasm)

Posted by: cocorules | March 14, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha Mcguire sounds so upset..love it. See BB reaction on bench? Man is he happy

Posted by: Todgak | March 14, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

@Aldred

NBC announcers gave a lot of love for Chimera.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Notice there are no Pens fans on our comment boards now!

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 14, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin deserved the penalty but if his name wasn't Ovechkin, it would barely be a story.

As is, it'll be a much bigger topic of discussion even though it wasn't even half as bad as Koci's hit on Green. That hit barely got any pub.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 14, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

What do you think BB told the boys after the 2nd period. Probably not fit for family consumption, but it worked.

Posted by: zmega | March 14, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Chimera was great in the 3rd and OT. He is so fast and always plays hard - he was a great pickup. Also have to give credit to Steckel for setting up the tying goal with that hustle. But Backstrom... wow. Just... wow.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 14, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

it was boarding and earned a 5 min major. some of the calls against ovie have been questionable but i figure they got this one right.

Posted by: jobrie18 | March 14, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I feel bad for Ovechkin. He is not a dirty player. Reckless, overly aggressive at times, sure... but he just plays hard.

This team would be soft as butter without him.

He needs to learn to pick and choose his spots better and he will.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 14, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Disagree with you on Fehr. He scored the tying goal. And Chimera created some chances.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

As is, it'll be a much bigger topic of discussion even though it wasn't even half as bad as Koci's hit on Green. That hit barely got any pub.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 14, 2010 3:14 PM |

Or Lapierre's hit on Nichols, which was the definition of scumbag.

It got hardly any press.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

The Caps won. What are all the naysayers to do? oh, my!

Posted by: hock1 | March 14, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing how many trolls come on our boards when thing go wrong for us. (Or for any of the Caps)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom was tired and wanted to go to the bench just before he turned the puck over...then when he got it back he thumped up the ice only because the odd man rush was there. Pretty that he spun Seabrook to the outside and then Keith inside to beat the goalie. He beat their best defensemen.

That win is the one they needed to bring them back to the pre-Olympic level.

Laich, Chimera, Shultz, Backstrom, Gordon....they all got going in that game.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 14, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Ovie's hit was boarding, but was only of the 2 minute variety. He hit Campbell at the goal line, did nothing to drive him into the boards, and had no intention of anything other than knocking Campbell down. If Campbell's skate hadn't caught in the ice when Ovie was hitting him, he wouldn't even have touched the boards. It was a horrible call by the refs, and I hope the NHL rescinds any suspension - although I doubt that will happen.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 14, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what Back's potential really is when he doesn't have #8 to feed all the time...

after this performance, could this team put a line up on the ice with Semin, Ovi, and Backs on 3 seperate lines??????


Posted by: floms | March 14, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

zmega: What do you think BB told the boys after the 2nd period. Probably not fit for family consumption, but it worked.

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I would guess Knuble or somebody else stepped up in the locker room and said something. Hawks only had one shot on goal in the third against Caps 11.

Not complaining about the win, but could the caps please come out in the first like this?

Posted by: evtoi | March 14, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing how many trolls come on our boards when thing go wrong for us. (Or for any of the Caps)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 3:19 PM |

It was better ( and easier) when it was all the same ones. Now, it's all these people who just registered and haven't build up a relationship with us, haha.

In light of these new trolls popping up, it almost makes me miss stanleycup1907, etc, etc.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

1) The guys showed great heart in coming back.

2) I'm fearful on how long Ovi will be suspended. I'm guessing 5 games, hoping for less. (I'm also nervous on how much time Ovi will lose to suspensions in future years. Okay, I'll admit my earlier guess of 20 game per year was way too high.)


Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

man, Chimera has shown flashes of brilliance. Hopefully he'll be more consistent and just skate hard all the time. When he does he seems unstoppable.

What's up with all the Corvo haters? You all expect him to just automatically adjust to a new system, new players and play perfect defense just like that? You all crack me up.

Posted by: blushfilms | March 14, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Ovi CAN NOT get more that 1 extra game for this hit....I got 8th row tickets to see the Caps play in Raleigh on Thursday.it would be the first game under Bruce Boudreau ive seen him play in person .

Posted by: heathdog1119 | March 14, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

@VT

"Which of the last three losses (incl. today) has given you the most confidence come playoff time, and why?"

I say today's loss. So.. how does the crow taste today?

Rachel ordered it also.

Posted by: fricknoutstandin | March 14, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Adjusting to a new system doesn't entail making constantly stupid decisions.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else think the D looked REALLY good in the 3rd? I liked the presence around the net.

WTG BACKS!!!! I actually think we had a pretty decent game overall. Theo looked good...no goals were his fault.

Posted by: capscoach | March 14, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

the no Ovie games earlier this season did not go for nothing. The team has come nicely together. Next season I do expect Ovie to pick his game up on D and to become the ULTIMATE HOKEY PLAYER he is destined to be. Congrats Caps. How about if Ovie sits a game we see Green on the wing? he should be pretty good at it.

Do you think Carlson is cementing a playoff roster spot, seems like is playing for it?

Posted by: mmilen | March 14, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

2) I'm fearful on how long Ovi will be suspended. I'm guessing 5 games, hoping for less. (I'm also nervous on how much time Ovi will lose to suspensions in future years. Okay, I'll admit my earlier guess of 20 game per year was way too high.)

I doubt he'll get 5 games. Cooke got zero games for his vicious elbow. Who cares anyway if Ovie gets suspended - it would be a blessing in disguise. Suspension = rest for the playoff run.

Posted by: blushfilms | March 14, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

What's up with all the Corvo haters? You all expect him to just automatically adjust to a new system, new players and play perfect defense just like that? You all crack me up.

Posted by: blushfilms | March 14, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

a couple of know it alls who apparently think of themselvs as hockey Gods have been leading the charge against Corvo ever since they traded for him

so far I haven't seen anything to indicate that the trade has been a bust or he's worse than Pothier... I kinda like his calm style of play

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

@yesisaiditfirst

Stecks was way more influential than Gordo. But I agree Chimera has been pretty awesome lately!

I think GMGM has an amazing ability to find the average players that will help us the most. You can't always get stars, and he knows how to get those role players who will fit perfectly for our team.

Posted by: capscoach | March 14, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

What a game. After feeling so disheartened with Ovi thrown out followed by deep depression with the Caps' dispirited play in the second to an incredible third with 11 to 1 SOGs. Good defensive work by the guys. I was waiting for them to get mad. And they did--in the third. I loved Chimera's energy and drive as well as Steckel's determination to win the puck that led to Fehr's goal. But mainly I'm feeling the love for Nicky. To retrieve the puck after a dangerous turnover, bring it all the way back to the offensive zone, and then channel his inner Ovi to outwork Seabrook and shoot the puck between his legs. At this point I think he is now channeling his inner Backie.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | March 14, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I didn't display my distaste for Corvo until about his 3rd game.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

In fact...I said that Corvo was an upgrade over Pothier. I was defending Corvo.

Then..I watched him play. It's not hard to see, he makes decision-making mistakes all the time. Pothier showed much more offense and defensive ability than what Corvo has shown so far. Until Corvo shows something than what he has been, I will continue to display my distaste for him.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I think TMac made the point about the Hawks speed, and they are definitely fast. But they also count on a lot of small guys, and I wonder if they get worn down in a playoff series, especially against a bigger team like the Caps. Kane, Versteeg, and even Sharp are pretty small. All of their d-men are pretty small, except Seabrook. Campbell has to be one of the smaller d-men in the league, probably the reason why it was so easy for Ovi to launch him.

Anyway, I guess that's why they drop the puck and play the games. Time will tell.

Posted by: zmega | March 14, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Aybody see BB' post game yet? Are they showing it anywhere or do we have to wait for the caps site to put in on?

Posted by: capscoach | March 14, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75

You have to relax. Who knows with the Wheel of Justice. The Game Misconduct can also be rescinded. Or they could decide that the in game penalty was enough. As Ovi likes to say: "It is what it is" or in other words there is no point in expecting the worst. We just have to wait until it is reviewed.

I thought it was an overreaction by the refs but then I'm a Caps and Ovi fan. But we can be sure that GMGM will be in contact (if he isn't already) with Campbell about the matter and it really doesn't serve the league well to suspend Ovi and not suspend Cooke despite the fact that the two hits are different.

At least it's been long enough since the Koci hit Game Misconduct so it's not an automatic one game suspension. I read someone reporting that Nate tweeted that fact.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | March 14, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

so far I haven't seen anything to indicate that the trade has been a bust or he's worse than Pothier... I kinda like his calm style of play

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

just the fact that you would endorse him is evidence enough for me that he's probably weak as heck defensively. I disliked Corvo when he played for the kings. Has nothing to do with him being traded. I just had to laugh when it actually happened since he absoulutely was the antithesis of what this team needed on the defensive end heading into the playoffs. He's not a leader of any type, he can't get the puck away from a forward along the boards, he doesn't protect the crease. All he is is a prototypical offensive dman who is weak in his own end. You called it "calm?? lol

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 14, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Also noticed that we held chicago to only 23 shots! not bad against another another top offensive team.

Posted by: capscoach | March 14, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

@blushfilms

If nothing else, the announcers thought it should have been called a minor, not a major. And now it develops that over 1/2 a season (40+ games) have elapsed since his last major penalty. So, its may not be as automatic, suspension wise, as I feared.

I still will be nervous until we hear the verdict.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

@cstnaton1

He is trying to refer to me as the "know it all". Corvo's play has confirmed exactly what you said at the deadline; he sucks defensively. I tried to spin the trade that it was a good one for the Caps, but that is getting increasingly harder to do.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

@Capsyoungguns

Some one else also pointed out that enough time has elapsed between major penalties (40+ games) so it's not automatic.

And given that the announcers thought the 5 minute was ticky tacky to start with..... there's a chance and hope.

I'll still be nervous but there is some hope there....

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I am from Chicago. Ovechkin is a scumbag! It didn't take much guts to do what he did whatsoever!! But can you send us some players that do not give up; especially on the blue line. thanks!!!

Posted by: mderewicz | March 14, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The NHL apparently has to suspend Ovechkin for the next game, because he's gotten two game misconducts for boarding this year. Of course, one - guess which - was complete bull, so if they go ahead with that, it'd be a massive disappointment.

I get we want to stop people from getting hurt the way Campbell did, but it wasn't a malicious hit and it wasn't from behind. It's a sign of how awesome the Caps are that they still outplayed the Hawks and the refs.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | March 14, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

would be surprised if ov gets suspended. Lapierre was seen smirking on becnh after his hit showing no remorse which im sure made Col Campbells decision an easy one. Dont forget ov's little wave to Brian Campbell after his hit showing good gamesmanship and reinforcing there was no malicious intent.

Posted by: Todgak | March 14, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I am from Chicago. Ovechkin is a scumbag! It didn't take much guts to do what he did whatsoever!!
Posted by: mderewicz | March 14, 2010 3:52 PM |
Was that what he was doing? Displaying his guts?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom for President. Move over Obama.

Posted by: richmondphil

No--it was Ovi for President. Move over Obama.

Now it is Backie for President. Move over Ovi!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | March 14, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

On the trolls,

We got a lot of trolls when the Russians lost to Team Canada.

We also got a lot when Ovi got his 5 minute major in the Carolina game.

I'm no troll. Just an overly passionate, overly worried Caps fan who's waited too long for a Stanley Cup and who likes a couple of "bad boys" who are the age of my first child, with one of them reminding me so much of that same child. (And who sees both the good side of "luck of the Irish" and its bad side, "Murphy's Law".) And who remembers Larry Murphy and "whoop whoop".

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

After today's game, we are reminded why the saying "it ain't over til the fat lady sings" was made up for hockey. Too bad it was originated for the Flyers but..

By the way, I lived in Philly for 10 years where a statue of the "fat lady" (Kate Smith) was placed outside the old Spectrum where the Flyers used to play. Flyers fans not only call her the "fat lady" but also put a beer can in her outstretched hand after games (the statue, that is).

Posted by: AADCDERM | March 14, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Guess I shouldn't go back and read the beginning of this thread. Sounds like there are a fair number of trolls of both varieties: Pens and Hawks.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | March 14, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

hey here's a clip of a Caps prospect who is an offensive minded dman who doesn't play Joe
Corvo's "calm" style

brett flemming-OHL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGhEO-Gx-fg

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 14, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

@AADCDERM

I thought the Fat Lady originated with Dick Motta and the then Washington Bullets basketball team.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Wow. What a game. Way to go, Cardiac Caps! I was so bummed at the start that I ate an entire pint of ice cream in distress! Putting aside the potential negatives, I am just so proud of the Caps for not giving up and for battling back in a hostile arena. It really shows the character the Caps have.

Posted by: curlyqcapsfan | March 14, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

just the fact that you would endorse him is evidence enough for me that he's probably weak as heck defensively. I disliked Corvo when he played for the kings. Has nothing to do with him being traded. I just had to laugh when it actually happened since he absoulutely was the antithesis of what this team needed on the defensive end heading into the playoffs. He's not a leader of any type, he can't get the puck away from a forward along the boards, he doesn't protect the crease. All he is is a prototypical offensive dman who is weak in his own end. You called it "calm?? lol

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 14, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

that means a lot from a guy who thinks Bob Rouse was a better player than Larry Murphy... LOL I was thinking the same thing, the fact that YOU don't like him is all the seal of approval I need

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

@cstnaton1

He is trying to refer to me as the "know it all". Corvo's play has confirmed exactly what you said at the deadline; he sucks defensively. I tried to spin the trade that it was a good one for the Caps, but that is getting increasingly harder to do.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

if I had to pick the one offensive defenseman in the entire NHL who is the worst defensive player I'd say Joe Corvo. I really can't think of anyone else who is an offensive dman worse than him in his own end. Reminds me of John Slaney.

He's physically weak and plays very diminutively. We needed a real presence back there and McPhee dropped the ball on that. And if Scott Walker is a healthy scratch more times than not, I'd say the Walker trade means very little also. Belanger I like but I wish he'd get his nose dirty a bit more.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 14, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

that means a lot from a guy who thinks Bob Rouse was a better player than Larry Murphy... LOL I was thinking the same thing, the fact that YOU don't like him is all the seal of approval I need

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I said Bob Rouse added an element to the Caps that made us a better defensive team and we didn't suffer one bit from losing Murphy in that trade. Why do you think that right after we got Rouse we advanced past the 2nd round to the conf finals for the first time ever? Rouse provided us with more leadership and defensive toughness and with Stevens, Hatcher, Langway etc, that was quite a boost for the blueline.

Just figures you'd like a player like Corvo. I'm not surprised in the least.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 14, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I thought the Fat Lady originated with Dick Motta and the then Washington Bullets basketball team.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 3:58 PM |

Dan Cook. But close.
I am pretty sure an old O's announcer also gets credit.

Never heard of the Philly guys getting credit, though.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

@Capsfan75, ADDCCDERM

Actually, there appears to be a wiki on the quote, haha.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_ain%27t_over_%27til_the_fat_lady_sings

We were all wrong, it seems.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75

You are no troll. You overreact sometimes but there is no doubting your passion for these guys.

I'm still p*&%ed about the Game Misconduct but IMO winning this game without Ovi definitely makes a statement to the rest of the league: that Ovi may be the Captain and the heart of the Caps, but that they are also more than a one player team. They can get that "fire in the belly" even when Ovi is not on the ice. Of course it helps having Mean Lars (Japers' nickname) as backup.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | March 14, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

hmmm let me think... the old number 8 is in the HOF with his 3 stanley cup rings and whatever happened to Bob Rouse again??

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

@ravensfan20008

No, as we already figured out thanks to yesisaiditfirst, there is no automatic one-game suspension for Ovechkin. Lindsay Applebaum's post to the contrary is incorrect.

Rule 23.5 operates to erase Ovechkin's previous game misconduct for boarding on 11/25 for purposes of whether he must receive the automatic one-game suspension that would otherwise be caused by Rule 42.6 because Ovechkin played in 41 games before today and after that game in which he received no game misconduct penalty for boarding or hitting from behind.

The relevant part of Rule 23.5 states:

"When a player or goalkeeper has played in 41 consecutive regular League games without being assessed a boarding and/or a checking from behind major and a game misconduct according to Rules 42 and 44, he will have the previous game misconduct penalties removed from his current record. They will remain part of his historical record."

This provision by its terms obviously overrides and operates as an exception to the provision in Rule 42 mandating a one-game suspension for a player who receives a second game misconduct for boarding (and/or hitting from behind) in a single season.

There is no automatic one-game suspension for Ovechkin. There may of course nevertheless be a suspension.


Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

It was a little humorous to come here post-game and read through the sniping, the trolls (they always come out when things look the worst, right jdarby21?), and the "gawd we suck" outlook.

What a great third period. I thought that as the period wore on we truly found our stride, and our team D. Great job.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 14, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

hmmm let me think... the old number 8 is in the HOF with his 3 stanley cup rings and whatever happened to Bob Rouse again??

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 4:07 PM |

The king of taking comments out of context/selective reading strikes again.

I'll let you two go at though..I had my fill of pointless banter today.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

My memory fails me but what was Larry Murphy's number with the Caps?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

the caps were already were a great defensive team in those days with Langway and Stevens.. the problem in those days was scoring goals and Bob Rouse added something to the team??

that's like asking to trade for Kovalchuk when you already lead the world in goal scoring

Larry Murphy >>>>>>>>>>>>> Bob Rouse, end of story

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

ahh yes... the league working hard to get Cindi that all important scoring title. And all it takes to have him ahead of OV so far is 9 missed games...

Posted by: OVIwankanOVI | March 14, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216,

I'm surprised...unlike you to be so negative. It's never over until it's over.

@AADCDERM,

The saying "it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings" wasn't made up for hockey. It was made up by former Washington Bullets coach Dick Motta in the playoffs the year the Bullets won the NBA championship. It refers to the typical ending of a Wagnerian opera when the fat lady, often wearing a Viking helmet w/horns, sings the finale...hence the "it ain't over" reference. To attribute it to Kate Smith (from Greenville, VA, by the way) would mean the saying should be "it isn't started until the fat lady sings". Just sayin...:-)

Posted by: NorthFork1 | March 14, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

@ CapsFan75

Murphy wore Ovie's number

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

@Sonyask

I agree with you on all counts.

I'm too busy watching the game to be online anyway but I just breezed through the thread. Whew! Exhausting back-and-forth!

And why all the arguing amongst Caps fans. It's bad enough with the trolls.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | March 14, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Why hasn't the postgame interviews come up yet...they posted OV's but I want to see what BB has to say about the game

Posted by: capscoach | March 14, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

i never saw the pickup of corvo as trying to help the D - i just thought it was insurance if green gets hurt.
i never payed attention to corvo when he played the caps - but he takes himself out of position a lot

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 14, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

re corvo:

heard the 'canes fans called him "uh oh corvo".

wasn't he paired with tim gleason most of the time? tim gleason, the caps do not have.

that said, that 4-4 goal he took his man and that was stecks' read (unless BB calls a zone). either way stecks' made up for it with that sick hustle and pass to fehr.

go caps

Posted by: dml1077 | March 14, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

in BB we trust.

huge coaching win shuffling lines w/o ov and finding the chemistry.

go caps

Posted by: dml1077 | March 14, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

The saying "it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings" wasn't made up for hockey. It was made up by former Washington Bullets coach Dick Motta in the playoffs the year the Bullets won the NBA championship. It refers to the typical ending of a Wagnerian opera when the fat lady, often wearing a Viking helmet w/horns, sings the finale...hence the "it ain't over" reference. To attribute it to Kate Smith (from Greenville, VA, by the way) would mean the saying should be "it isn't started until the fat lady sings". Just sayin...:-)

Posted by: NorthFork1 | March 14, 2010 4:16 PM |

I posted the wiki above.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

according to espn news, Ovie WILL be suspended one game

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I thought we played pretty well today. We were deflated when Ovie got the boot, but we came back strong. As for the ovie hit, I think it was worthy of a minor or maybe even a double, but not 5 and GM. It looked a lot worse than it was because Campbell caught an edge. It's kind of laughable that he gets 5 and GM, but other people are hunting players down and taking head shots and getting nothing. What's with that?

Corvo is awful, plain and simple. Only problem is, he might be better the Erskine. Too bad Urcina isn't coming back anytime soon. I thought the rest of the defense played pretty well.

Sure glad we put another point on CHI and started this road trip off right.

Posted by: CAPSHOCKEY2 | March 14, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I watched that clip over and over. Yes it is a hit from the side/behind but Campbell does toe pick and with that toe pick Campbell goes flying. I think if Campbell keeps his edge they both go hard into the boards (standing) for a cleaner hit. You can even see how spread out Ovi's legs are, his plan was to guide him to the boards for a hit, finishing his check. It just looks worse because of the timing of the toe pick. It also doesn't help that Ovi is so much stronger than Campbell.

Will he be suspended? I don't know but I think they have to take into account the toe pick. I'm not gonna go with theory that Ovi's pushed caused the toe pick. When you have your edges cutting into the ice a push like that should just cause you to go faster in the direction you were skating. But when you catch an edge, you're toast. The toe pick happened right at first contact. I hope Campbell will be back in the line up next game and I hope Ovi doesn't get suspended.

The bottom line is, we won. Two points and a good gut check for the team after another poor start.

Posted by: natresgroup | March 14, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

It's really funny to read the posts from the sky is falling Caps fans. The broadcast crew and most of you said the Hawks controlled the 1st 40 minutes. Sorry the Caps outshot the Hawks by 1 in the second and were withing 2 shots overall after the 2nd even though though they were down 5 on 3, which included the 5 minute major.

Niemi looked behind himself 3 times in the last couple of minutes of the 2nd. You could feel the game beginning to swing in the Caps favor. Outshot the Hawks and their really really really really good defense 11-1 in the 3rd.
IMO the Hawks have bigger fish to fry as the playoffs approach than the Caps. They blew a game against the Red Wings, at home, after having a 2-0 by giving up 5 goals in the 2nd period. They blew a 2-1 lead against the Flyers yesterday by giving up 2 goals in the last 2:07 of the game. Now they blew a 3 goal lead and were lucky to even get to OT because the Caps OWNED them in the 3rd.

Good win Caps. Backstrom was a beast, and they proved again that they are far from a one man show.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 14, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

OVI will be suspended for 1 game by Colin Campbell simply because they are playing Florida next.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/players/profile?playerId=2077

Posted by: chatton | March 14, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

natresgroup - you realize that hockey skates don't have toe picks, don't you?

Posted by: hphan7 | March 14, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Very funny posts today. Richmondphil was doom and gloom and seemed to have bad things to say about many posts that are people's opinions. Take it easy the Caps won. I am tired of reading all of the personal attacks. GO CAPS

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | March 14, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

A few thoughts:

1)For those of you bashing Semin, I disagree wholeheartedly. I think he was one of the Caps best two way forwards today.

2)The Bullets didn't originate the fat lady slogan but they were without question the reason it became a national phenomenon. Motta quoted another and it sprang to life.

3)I think the Ovi call should not have been a major but please people there is no conspiracy against us. The NHL officiating is subjective and with that comes inconsistency.

4)Am I the only one who thinks Backstrom just took his star up to a different level. That overtime sequence was as spectacilar as any you will ever see. He put the team on his back in overtime as if to say without Ovi it's up to me.

Posted by: croftonpost | March 14, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

I was beginning to gather that. The only thing good about Murphy leaving was that the number was available for Ovi to use.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

@hphan7 - Please, I'm not an idiot, you can catch the front part of your blade on the ice. We call that a "toe pick". I've played for over 24 years and I used to teach power skating and ice hockey back in VA, I know that hockey skates don't have toe picks. If you've played the game and you catch the front part of your blade on the ice and it trips you up, you come back to the bench and you say "I just toe picked out there."

I don't know why I even dignified that with a response.

Posted by: natresgroup | March 14, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

@croftonpost

Agree with you on most points. I especially agree on the point about Semin. He was showing effort when making the mistakes that earned the penalties. Everyone is now so eager to throw him under the bus.

It's not that he's "stupid" although everyone seems to think so. He couldn't brake in time.

Agree on the other points, as well. Motta may not have been the one who originated the "fat lady" but it did become a more national phenomenon.

On Ovi, the officiating and the NHL disciplinary system seems so capricious.


Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin should get the death penalty.

Posted by: playahatah | March 14, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who thinks Backstrom just took his star up to a different level."

No.

I've been saying all season that Little Nicky makes that first line go.

He's awesome.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 14, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

@croftonpost,

You're right...apparently, it originated with Ralph Carpenter, sports information director at Texas Tech, during a 1976 SWC basketball tournament game. Motta didn't originate it, but it was that series that brought the phrase to national attention...Motta may have gotten it from a sportswriter named Cook (I think) who used it after the Bullets lost game 1.

On to more important things...never give up on these guys.

Posted by: NorthFork1 | March 14, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

@playahatah

And Semin dies with him.

(Okay, that wasn't serious. But I don't think your last comment was either.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunate call against Ovie. Opposing players are afraid (and rightfully so) to take a hit from Alex so they tend to make a wrong move to avoid the brunt of it and sometimes get caught in a defenseless position. They should man up a brace for it!

Chimera needs to continue being a starter. Walker and B. Mo can split time although I like what Walker is bringing to the table. Any thoughts Caps Nation?

Let's keep up the good work Caps!

Posted by: DCSPORTSFANATIC | March 14, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

Is it one and only one game?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

This game will cost Ted about 1M$ extra when signing Backs :-)

As for the suspension - I am an Ovie fan. I saw no intention to hurt when he was pushing Campbell.
However, the message with a game misconduct is clear to me - don't kill people.
It is no coincidence, that people get flying around after Ovi's hits and that his shots on PP are so damaging (did you count the number of injuries Ovi inflicted?). Ovi is about 235 pounds and is the strongest (strength*speed) hitter in the league. It's only a matter of time when some poor fellow after Ovi's hit comes flying into the boards with his head for the last time in his life.
Campbell was close to it.
So, as strange as it is, there seem to be special rules for Ovi now, because he is so strong and scary.

Posted by: Michael01a | March 14, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

"Chimera needs to continue being a starter. Walker and B. Mo can split time although I like what Walker is bringing to the table. Any thoughts Caps Nation?

Let's keep up the good work Caps!"

Posted by: DCSPORTSFANATIC

I think the line up out there tonight was good. I especially liked the defensive pairings. Carlson had a great game. I agree with your comment on Chimera, his speed has been a total catalyst for the 3rd line which looked great with Fehr and Flash today. That being said, the occasional rest isn't the worst thing to keep his groin in good shape.

Posted by: chatton | March 14, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

@Michael01a

Someone on Japers suggested that maybe Ovi should lose a little weight so he doesn't cause as much damage to other people.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

natresgroup - My apologies as I don't know you and you don't know me. I didn't know that term and some people might not know the diff b/w figure and hockey skates. Relax buddy.

Posted by: hphan7 | March 14, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that all of you should remember that this is a very very god hockey team but that it cannot win every game nor even every period. That said, it usually takes more than 3 goals to beat this team. The CAPs willl probably have more games like Tampa Bay and todays, losing some but winning most. Y'all save up your angst, bile and nervy nerves for the playoffs, when they will be more approperiate.

adhardwick

Posted by: ehardwick | March 14, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

All the fair weather fans and the usual whiners were ready to do their usual crying today. I bet they had already started typing their "Caps stink" diatribe before the 3rd peiod started. I guess they had to hit the delete button!(lol)...Don't worry, they will be whining after the next loss. By the way, Florida beat San Jose, in San Jose saturday night!. You see, you little whiners, everybody has games that just don't go their way.........Great comeback Caps......I never lost confidence in you, although the usual suspects sure did.

Posted by: msg8568 | March 14, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

A wild comeback for the Caps. But, did Ove bering his "Eurotrash" game to the tilt?

Posted by: jharrington1 | March 14, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

"Except that Mcuire and Milbury said it wasn't that bad."

Oh, that changes my mind, talking heads. Obviously the refs disagreed. They don't hand out 5 minute majors and gamers every week.

"Except that IIHF regulations are WAY tighter than the NHL's."

My point exactly. Specifically, there are 87 rule differences. Better not to call than call the wrong one.

"Except that Ovi didn't do anything dirty in the Olympics."

Tell that to Jagr.

"Except that people try to lay him out, and bounce off him."

Give it time. He'll slow down in a few years and reap what he sows.

It's so sad, such an extremely talented hockey player, yet such a dirty one.

Posted by: jdarby21 | March 14, 2010 2:18 PM


Dirty? You mean as in Cooke dirty? Kaleta dirty? You are a joke, troll. Nice to see you ran and hid after the Caps came back. TYPICAL.


***sorry folks, but trolls humor me****

Posted by: Chase4 | March 14, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

jdarby:
they did ask Jagr about that hit. He said right after coming to the bench that he brought it on himself.

there are clean hits, there are stupid hits, and there are dirty hits. this was a stupid one. a minor or perhaps a major, but def. not worthy of a game misconduct or suspension

Posted by: j762 | March 14, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I assume folks have by now seen replays of Downie's slewfoot on Crosby. While Downie is obviously a jerk and a dirty player (as we know well from his cheap shot on Brads this year), I still think that this kind of play is brought on by the NHL's insistence on not punishing Pittsburgh players for dirty plays. You see Orpik take a run at Stamkos and you know that no one is going to do anything about it. So, you go after their best player in the hardest way possible. I hope Colin Campbell is proud of the ugliness he is adding to the game by being a gutless tool.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 14, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Nice game in the 3rd for the Caps, but.... Ovi better tone it down & clean up on his act. Knee-to-knees and UNNECESSARY hits like today's boarding on Campbell will take its toll. The NHL is taking notice of his borderline reckless style. I'd say that what goes around comes around, red shirts.

Posted by: BrentwoodBoy | March 14, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

What troubles me then is that calls will be based on past events and used to dictate the intent or severity of a hit. Refs won't be judging a hit based on the circumstances that led to it but rather the circumstances of a past one. It's like assuming that every hit after, Ovi WILL be intending to board someone, knee them, and will ALWAYS be playing recklessly. Stupid. I wonder if the rest of the NHL teams have a practice session or two of dramatic falling before each game against the Caps. They ought to at this point since the refs will call a stupid penalty on the Caps just because. *shrug*

Not following all the negativity either. By all means, vent but man, y'all sound like you've got nothing better to do than to carry on like you played the game yourselves. For the record, you didn't. And as a fan, I would imagine our team would prefer hearing us say we're still behind them and leave the b*tching about their play with the people who have a direct impact on fixing and correcting their problem areas - the coach and his staff. But you already knew that, huh? Cool. Just wondering.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 15, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Chase4
"Dirty? You mean as in Cooke dirty? Kaleta dirty? You are a joke, troll. Nice to see you ran and hid after the Caps came back. TYPICAL.
***sorry folks, but trolls humor me****"

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Doesn't seem like you're humored, you sound angry. I'm sure your Dr. told you that you must take your meds EVERY day for them to be effective.

FYI, I am neither a Caps nor a Hawks fan. In fact, I was pleased to see the Caps do such a splendid job coming back from such a deficit, that's got to be one for the books. I had to leave after the tying goal as I promised my kids I'd take them out to lunch and a movie. You see, I've got another life besides mindlessly calling people names and taking so seriously a game which has no bearing on real life.

Posted by: jdarby21 | March 15, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

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