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Panthers 7, Capitals 4

Update: The Penguins beat the Canadiens, 3-1, which means the Caps' first-round playoff opponent is officially the New York Rangers.

Jose Theodore and the Caps could have used an adrenaline-boosting victory tonight in their final game of the regular season, but the out-of-contention Florida Panthers wouldn't hear of it, highlighting Washington's defensive flaws in a 7-4 thrashing at BankAtlantic Center.

(Weird, meaningless fact: The Caps' season began and ended with a 7-4 loss.)

The Caps also fell short of two goals tonight: a franchise-record 51st win of the season and getting Alex Ovechkin his second straight scoring title.

Tarik will have some postgame notes and quotes later on tonight.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  April 11, 2009; 9:31 PM ET
 
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Comments

Caps really haven't played well since the trade deadline. I think we are in for an early first round out.

Posted by: festus75 | April 11, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

NOOOO! NOOO LUNDQVIST :(

Posted by: rachel216 | April 11, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

If we can't consistently button up defensively, I guess we are going to have to score the $#it out of King Henrik

Posted by: johnzilla | April 11, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I think we'll step it up. Seriously. Show a little faith in the guys!

Posted by: irockthered | April 11, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I hate games like these. Everytime it felt like we were getting momentum and tied it, a defensive breakdown happens and they score.. just PLEASE do not let this happen during the playoffs.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 11, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

King Henrik has the ability to do what Theodore cannot, and that is steal games. #60 needs to be on a short leash. I would have Varly ready to go at any given moment. The team plays tighter with Varly. Theodore is toast!

Posted by: diner99 | April 11, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I predict a high-scoring series between us and the Rangers. Rangers will get very chippy.

It rests on the play of Theo and Lundy, and our response to their chippiness.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 11, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Also - big important piece: Nobody was hurt. This game did not change anything for us; it did not change anything for Florida. We're still 2nd seed, and they're still going golfing tomorrow.

And we went 4-1-1 in April. THE WHOLE YEAR we were above .500! Every single month.

The bottom line is that we did not care about this game. We didn't *have* to care about it. The Panthers were out; we'd clinched our spot and couldn't get any higher. The most important thing was coming out of the game with everybody intact, and we DID that.

Posted by: irockthered | April 11, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

By all means show some faith. We've played some beautiful hockey this year. Some of fairly recently -- I loved that Tampa win a couple weekends ago.

The matchups are all set -- only thing left for tomorrow is home ice in the keystone state matchup.

Rangers have to play another game; we get to prepare for the playoffs starting now.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 11, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, and the Bruins lost their last game, too... Against the Sabres, 6-1. A team who can let a lesser team like that walk all over them can't possibly go very far in the playoffs. :-p

Yeah-right. Bee. Ess. :-p

Posted by: irockthered | April 11, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

It rests on the play of Theo and Lundy

-richmondphil

We all know who would win that, unfortunately. :/

Posted by: rachel216 | April 11, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Rangers - Capitals will be a fun series. Good goaltending and bad offense vs bad goalie and good offense. Both bad defense.

Gotta get ready to call/yell at my Rangers fan friends.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 11, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Now that their opponent is locked up, anybody know when playoff tix will go on sale to the public?

Posted by: vzotsky | April 11, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I think we'll step it up. Seriously. Show a little faith in the guys!

Posted by: irockthered | April 11, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

yeah go rock the red buddy

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 11, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

One good thing: At least Philly is playing Pittsburgh! YAY!! :D

Posted by: rachel216 | April 11, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Rangers - Capitals will be a fun series. Good goaltending and bad offense vs bad goalie and good offense. Both bad defense.

Gotta get ready to call/yell at my Rangers fan friends.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 11, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

NY's defense is much better than ours. They just don't score from the blueline. But they play a hardnosed stifling defensive style. If we had their defense I'd feel comfortable saying we'd win the 1st two rounds this year.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 11, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Interesting note: Mike Green has more points than any of the Rangers forwards.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 11, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, and the Bruins lost their last game, too... Against the Sabres, 6-1. A team who can let a lesser team like that walk all over them can't possibly go very far in the playoffs. :-p

Yeah-right. Bee. Ess. :-p

Posted by: irockthered | April 11, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

If we'd left it all out on the ice in our last game the way boston did against montreal then maybe you'd have a point.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 11, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Here is what i'm afraid of. Bonehead plays
by JT60

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJSoGUzjve4

Posted by: diner99 | April 11, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Caps really haven't played well since the trade deadline. I think we are in for an early first round out.

Posted by: festus75 | April 11, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

you can't say stuff like this here, it upsets certain "fans" :)

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 11, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Jose Threeormore is back.

Posted by: FancyDan | April 11, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

JT's play is linked to our defensive play. I'm not a big fan of his so I have no agenda when I say this. But a goalie has to be able to trust his defensemen to make certain plays and to trust his forwards that when they get the puck inside our blueline they will make the correct "safe" play and get it out. Does this team do that ? no. Thats going to affect a goalie. Even Patrick Roy started making boneheaded plays in Montreal once his defense sprung leaks. You do things like overplaying an angle or overplaying the puck when you don't trust the team in front of you. Or you try to do too much. He's not a great goalie but he's a lesser goalie than he could be because he doesn't trust the players in front of him.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 11, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse


Caps really haven't played well since the trade deadline. I think we are in for an early first round out.

Posted by: festus75 | April 11, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

you can't say stuff like this here, it upsets certain "fans" :)

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 11, 2009 9:55 PM

I doubt there are many serious hockey analysts picking the Rangers to beat the Caps in this series. If Caps fans want to lead the charge in suggesting the CDaps will lose it fine.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 11, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Rangers defense was pretty mediocre, and I laugh at the thought of Redden's contract. It wasn't until Torts when they started to buckle down defensively. They had tons of blowout losses pre-Torts.

They have looked really good defensively the past month and a half, but it wasn't there all season.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 11, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

If I was a goalie and had Schultz in front of me, I'd be very nervous.

Posted by: FancyDan | April 11, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Jose Threeormore is back.

Posted by: FancyDan | April 11, 2009 9:56 PM |


He never left.

Posted by: diner99 | April 11, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

did anyone happen to notice that Boston also left a big steming pile out on the ice tonight. Let's get the playoffs here and started already. There was absolutely nothing to motivate them tonight. Atleast we didn't loose 6-1 like Boston.

Bring on the Rags, and whatever side show freak Avery wants to be on any given night.

Get behind rock'n the red and the 50 win team folks, it's playoffs and bashing a 50 win team is just plain f*d up

Posted by: caps28fan | April 11, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

BU wins it on a fluky goal

Posted by: Sonyask | April 11, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216 - Really?

So why, then, are the Caps 3-0-1 against the Rangers this season?

Let's see...

Game 1: 3-1 Caps (Johnson vs. Lundqvist)
- Johnny: 28/29 for .965 (Johnson is .903 career - ahead by .062)
- Lundy: 25/27 for .925 (Lundqvist is .917 career - ahead by .008)

Game 2: 5-4 Caps (Theodore vs. Lundqvist)
- Theo: 21/25 for .84 (Theodore is .908 career - off by .068)
- Lundy: 31/36 for .861 (off by .056)

Game 3: 2-1 Caps (Theodore vs. Valiquette)
- Theo: 21/22 for .955 (ahead by .067)
- Vali: 29/31 for .935 (Valiquette is .912 career - ahead by .023)

Game 4: 5-4 Rangers (Theodore vs. Lundqvist) in the shootout.
- Theo: 28/32 for .875 (off by .033)
- Lundy: 26/30 for .866 (off by .051)

Yeah, we're definitely doomed to lose against the Rangers in round 1. For sure. NOT!

Posted by: irockthered | April 11, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Um, Boston played their backup and sat their three best players. Caps played their top guys, and still stunk it up.

Posted by: FancyDan | April 11, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

In an attempt to help the case for or against the caps, mind you guys, the playoffs are an entirely different world than the regular season. A loss in game 82 and a 3-0-1 record against your 1st round team really means nothing.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 11, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Too mad for Miami. A deflection and BU wins it. Great game though.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 11, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

RPhil: A loss in game 82 and a 3-0-1 record against your 1st round team really means nothing.

yep, it means nothing. And the Rangers are a BETTER team after the trade deadline. The Caps are not. Teams tighten down in the playoffs, the Caps will find it much harder to maneuver on the ice in the playoffs than they did in the reg season. And the Rangers have been playing some solid shutdown hockey this last month.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 11, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

@festus75 - The Caps haven't played well since the trade deadline? Hmmm... so why, then, are we 4-1-1 in April and 6-5-2 in March, for 10-6-3 overall... since the trade deadline?

Oh - right. Our opponents were all terrible too.

We had a bad spate in early March. We pulled out of it. And tonight's game did not matter one single WHIT in the grand scheme of things. I'm glad we came out undamaged, and that is what matters to me in the long run. We'll be healthy for the playoffs. :-)

Posted by: irockthered | April 11, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Um, Boston played their backup and sat their three best players. Caps played their top guys, and still stunk it up.

Posted by: FancyDan | April 11, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

ahh facts!

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 11, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how many of you watch other teams, games, series besides the Caps but Theodore got lit up in every game of last year's second round playoff series against the Wings. I think he gave up 4 goals in a 5 minutes span in one of the games. Now I suppose you can blame the Av's defense right? Come on, the guy is not as good as Varly right now. Let's not talk about anything but right now. Varly should be playing in this upcoming series. The team has better chemistry in front of him. Like last year, Huet had chemistry with this team and that is why they went on a 11-0 roll. JT60 does not have that chemistry. He is a back-up goalie.

Posted by: diner99 | April 11, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, we're definitely doomed to lose against the Rangers in round 1. For sure. NOT!

Posted by: irockthered | April 11, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

you sound like a hockey cheerleader more than you do a knowledgeable fan. Once I put you in context it makes it easier to understand where you're coming from.

Put it this way, if the Caps get past the Rangers in the 1st round I'll be here eating crow and I'll be happy as a clam in doing so. You have my word on that. I'll be ecstatically happy to be proven wrong. But I don't think it'll happen. I think the Rangers take us in 6 games based on the matchups. At best we drag it out to 7 games. However I am really looking forward to this series because I think this team and organization will grow from it.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 11, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Must admit we were rooting for BU in the Frozen Four. My daughter was nearly ready to give up on BU when they scored their 1st goal near the end and followed that with the tying goal.

An amazing game! (Yes, I know most of you were probably rooting for Miami.)

Tom Poti is a BU alum, by the way.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 11, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I don't see how any of you can call it either way like that.

The Rangers game the past month and a half, we have not played against. We played them we they had horrible defense, and absolutely no scoring ability at all. Now, with the addition of a competent coach and their various deadline acquisitions, they are a much better Rangers team. Ask any Ranger fans, they will tell you straight up, a month ago they had no chance against the Caps. Now they have a very good chance.

If Rangers get a foothold early, I think Lundy will take the rest of the series. If the Rangers continue to not score and draw to many penalties, they will succumb to our hyper offense and PP.

It will be a fun series.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 11, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Check out the NHL and Yahoo superstats on Theodore. In 3 games against the Rangers this year he has given up 9 goals. That is a bulging 3.0 goals against average. Without Ovie there to save his bacon in OT he would have been 1-2 against the Rangers. Instead he was 2-1.

Posted by: diner99 | April 11, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

irockthered: Don't read so much into stats. Things decided in the playoffs don't have much to do with what happened in the regular season. In any sports, you should throw away what happened in the regular season cause they don't mean anything in the playoffs. The playoffs are a totally different animal. Remember, all 4 games were CLOSE. Let's not forget, we were down 4-0 before we came back, the Rangers had controlled the game through 2 periods. The 5-4 shootout game wasn't pretty either. Plus, we haven't played them since their new guys arrived. Those stats that you stated don't give me confidence in Theo. His save percentage in each game is almost the same or worse than Lundqvist's...

Posted by: rachel216 | April 11, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

anyone want to guess the healthy scratches in game 1?

My gut feeling is, if the caps had played a helluva game tonight and won like 5 to 1, you'd probably see nothing change in game 1. Bruce never messes with the lineup after a win, esp a good win. But after tonight's game its a virtual guarantee that Poti comes back in (even though that makes little sense considering he hasn't played well in 2 months).

And Brashear..what happens to that big lug?

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 11, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

It seems as though some here would rather the Caps give their spot in the playoffs to another team (possibly the Panthers, Sabres). Many post here are already condemning the team because of a lost tonight.

This is the same team that won many games this season (same offense, same defense)as well as lost. They showed everyone they're a force to reckon with when they want to be.
We have been through the ups and downs with the team. They have already clinched playoff spot,#2 seed, division title. All the added pressure about breaking records don't always help.

The season is over for the Caps. Let's support them as they get ready for the playoffs. As we have witnessed before, this team may very well surprise all of us, and go farther than most of us expect them to.

Pat Sajak's prediction was: Caps vs CBJ and honestly when he said that CBJ was no where close to being in the final 8. They are now #6 seed. Let's just wait and see what the outcome will be.

Posted by: bajgirl | April 11, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Clearly not as fun as the Bos/Habs series. or the CHI/CLG series.
But a fun series.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 11, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I had switched to the Caps game during a commercial, after Ovi had scored, only to see the two quick goals by Florida.

I'll try to keep perspective. The Caps were 2-1 on this road trip. Actually, their record since the trading deadline was 10 wins, 4 losses and 2 overtime losses. (They were in the middle of their losing streak when the trading deadline happened.) That's assuming the Trade Deadline was March 4 (or am I off).

The Caps have actually played well against the Rangers this year.

When Theodore is bad, he's horrible. Let's hope the Caps bring their A game to the playoffs. Florida is typical of the teams the Caps do poorly against -- the ones just outside the playoff chase.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 11, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

The only thing that gives me hope is that a year ago, we ran the table at the end only to lose the first round of the playoffs. Now, we've coasted for 6 weeks at half speed (and still finished with a winning record, incredibly). The team is in "Richard Nixon mode," that is tanned, rested and ready. Now, let's see how deep they go. The D and Goaltending will make all the difference. I'm not optimistic.

Posted by: bucknelldad | April 11, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216 - Really?

So why, then, are the Caps 3-0-1 against the Rangers this season?

Let's see...

Game 1: 3-1 Caps (Johnson vs. Lundqvist)
- Johnny: 28/29 for .965 (Johnson is .903 career - ahead by .062)
- Lundy: 25/27 for .925 (Lundqvist is .917 career - ahead by .008)

Game 2: 5-4 Caps (Theodore vs. Lundqvist)
- Theo: 21/25 for .84 (Theodore is .908 career - off by .068)
- Lundy: 31/36 for .861 (off by .056)

Game 3: 2-1 Caps (Theodore vs. Valiquette)
- Theo: 21/22 for .955 (ahead by .067)
- Vali: 29/31 for .935 (Valiquette is .912 career - ahead by .023)

Game 4: 5-4 Rangers (Theodore vs. Lundqvist) in the shootout.
- Theo: 28/32 for .875 (off by .033)
- Lundy: 26/30 for .866 (off by .051)

Yeah, we're definitely doomed to lose against the Rangers in round 1. For sure. NOT!

We have not played the Rangers after their coaching change to a coach who has a great track record against the Caps and the acquisitions they made at the deadline. They added a hardnosed defenseman, and an agitator. Do you think Avery's not going to get in front of JT60 and trashtalk etc. It might not effect an elite goaltender like Devil#30 but it will most certainly throw JT's focus out the window.

Posted by: diner99 | April 11, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

diner99: Avery's antics did throw off Marty. Marty hates him and he didn't shake his hand at the end of a playoffs series. I'm scared for Theo, who is shaky to begin with, he will have to deal with Avery waving his stick in front of him. I mean, Theo already has to deal with his own defensemen screening him, and now Avery.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 11, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

@irockthered

Agree with your stats on the Caps "bad" play since the trading deadline. So bad since then that we had a winning record and a .600 plus winning percentage even when counting the Overtime losses as losses. Okay, we haven't had a winning streak lately but we haven't been bad percentagewise either.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 11, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

We have not played the Rangers after their coaching change to a coach who has a great track record against the Caps and the acquisitions they made at the deadline. They added a hardnosed defenseman, and an agitator. Do you think Avery's not going to get in front of JT60 and trashtalk etc. It might not effect an elite goaltender like Devil#30 but it will most certainly throw JT's focus out the window.

Posted by: diner99 | April 11, 2009 10:23 PM |

They added a lot more than Morris (the most overrated and overpaid player dealt at the deadline) and Avery (who they got off waivers.) There is also 6'5'' Antropov, who can put the puck in the net, unlike a lot of his teammates. First sentence is spot on though.

But really though, I don't understand how anyone can call it either way already. Will be an interesting series, but I will probably be focusing my attention on some other 1st round series.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 11, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

At least we aren't in the Blues situation!

Vancouver, Detroit, or San Jose. oof.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 11, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Well, 7-1 with all our players in, huh? Not a great finish to the season, but its over, regardless. Now the real season begins.

All that was simply to get here. Rangers? Fun. Its gonna be a blood bath. I LOVE Caps Rangers matchups. Avery is gonna drive our boys mental. He's already got a list of things to say to Schultz and Theo. Still want to sit Brashear in favor of Aucoin? If you do, get your head checked. Its not the regular season any more. I prefered to get Price, but the Schizo Caps will face King Henrik.

GMGM made no moves at the deadline because the Caps were 'good enough. We'll see. Up close.

Posted by: oo7 | April 11, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

The Caps desperately need a captain. I love Chris Clark, but the Caps need someone who is actually playing to step up and start holding guys accountable for their terrible defense and unwillingness to play the system (especially since the coaching staff seems unwilling to do so).

The only thing that can stop the Caps in the playoffs is themselves. Unfortunately, they're pretty good at that.

Posted by: spacecadetkid | April 11, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

hey, look at it this way. There might be one other starting goaltender who is worse than Theo. That guy plays for Detroit, if(when) he sleeps, but they are obviously good enough to win with mediocre goaltending.

Are the Caps?

Posted by: richmondphil | April 11, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Short answer: No

Long answer: Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Posted by: spacecadetkid | April 11, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

00ps, 7-4.
I was thinking about Boston.
my bad.

Posted by: oo7 | April 11, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

hey, look at it this way. There might be one other starting goaltender who is worse than Theo. That guy plays for Detroit, if(when) he sleeps, but they are obviously good enough to win with mediocre goaltending.

Are the Caps?

Posted by: richmondphil | April 11, 2009 10:44 PM |

I guess we will know soon enough, won't we!

Posted by: bajgirl | April 11, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Deep breaths everyone. Look around the league, almost every playoff team vs non-playoff team game was won by the non-playoff team tonight, it looks to symptomatic of the emotions involved.

Posted by: AMHV2772 | April 11, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

First, anyone who thinks defensive flaws were highlighted by the game tonight just doesn't watch hockey. This was a pond hockey game with no hitting and no intensity.

For the alarmists out there, Boston lost 6-1 today, they are dooomed!!!!!

For those worried about Lundqvist. The Rangers offense is horrible, the Caps beat them 3 out of 4 games this season, and the Rangers would not have made the playoffs if not for their TEN shootout victories this season. The Rangers are a non-playoff team that made it based on a skills competition that does not exist in the playoffs.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | April 11, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I said it on July 1, 08 and I will say it now: You can't go anywhere with JT60. Did you see what the Wings did to him last year in round 2. He looked like a high school goalie. Will the Rangers crash the net like the Flyers did last year. I doubt it, that's the X factor. If we can keep their physicality at a minimum we can overcome the mediocre goaltending of JT60. I still say Varly is ready

Posted by: diner99 | April 11, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

@diner99

Are you actually comparing the New York Rangers to last seasons Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings?

All credibility lost.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | April 11, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I have to admit Im definately a little sick of this lack of faith in Theo. IMO, our problems with giving up a higher number of goals is more a product of disorganized defensive play and needless risk-taking in the defensive end. After his initial adjustment phase, Theo surprised me in being all the $2 mil per year goalie that we paid for.

In any event, lets stick it to the rangers.

Posted by: TheGreat8 | April 11, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

uh, 2 million a year? no.

Posted by: oo7 | April 11, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Actually I am happy they lost. It will be much easier for our wonderful coach to have their attention going into the playoffs. They are NOWHERE near as good as they think they are so maybe, just maybe this loss will be a real positive. Our coach DOES have their attention AND respect (and vice versa) and the ability to smack them upside their collective head and they REALLY respond to him the few times he is forced to act like a babysitter. LOL LETS GO CAPS!!

Posted by: sonikitty1 | April 11, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Theo is Theo and our #1 guy. Deal with it.

He is playoff experienced and not the worst out of the 16 teams.

Let's focus more so on our very porous defense.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 11, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

porous defensive play, you mean, eh phil?
At least I think so.
it's not just the blueline all the time. There is such a thing as too much offense. I expected to see a tighter game, and instead they played high risk. the look on bb's face told the story: "this was not the game plan."

Posted by: oo7 | April 11, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

@diner99

Are you actually comparing the New York Rangers to last seasons Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings?

All credibility lost.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | April 11, 2009 11:15 PM

I'm not comparing last year's Red Wings to this year's Rangers, i'm only saying that JT60 has a focus problem and if he gets shelled we are in trouble. This is the same defense that played the Flyers last year and we came within a goaltender interference and wrong overtime headturn by Huet to moving into the second round. Defense in football wins super bowls, Pitching in baseball wins series and Goaltending in hockey wins Cups. Even old man Osgood was playing above himself in the semi finals and finals. That's the way Theodore will have to play. Above himself.

Posted by: diner99 | April 12, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Most significant thing in this game: Ovechkin scores a third period, game tying (at the time), beautiful goal after a little mini-drought. Alex needs that for momentum going into the playoffs. We've been getting secondary scoring (finally), Semin keeps on scoring, Backstrom keeps racking up the assists, and everybody (including the Caps) can be counted on to play tighter defense in the playoffs. Caps in 6 against the Rangers. Have some faith, people. Let's Go Caps!

Posted by: chevychase10 | April 12, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Rangers defense was pretty mediocre, and I laugh at the thought of Redden's contract. It wasn't until Torts when they started to buckle down defensively. They had tons of blowout losses pre-Torts.

They have looked really good defensively the past month and a half, but it wasn't there all season.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 11, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse


ERR THATS THE POINT RITE? ITS HOW YOU PLAY NOW NOT HOW U WERE PLAYING 6 MONTHS A+GO

Posted by: maven1918 | April 12, 2009 1:27 AM | Report abuse

irockthered

10-6-3 is pretty mediocre considering the teams the Caps played down the stretch. That's 10 wins and 9 losses.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | April 12, 2009 2:59 AM | Report abuse

This one comment caught my eye.
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Posted by: bajgirl
Pat Sajak's prediction was: Caps vs CBJ and honestly when he said that CBJ was no where close to being in the final 8. They are now #6 seed. Let's just wait and see what the outcome will be.
( that prediction was posted 2 weeks ago honestly did you look at the standings to see where CBJ's was two weeks ago?)


Posted by Dan Steinberg | March 31, 2009
Pat Sajak,""I'm looking forward to the Finals," he said. "Caps against Blue Jackets. Write it down.
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Just some basic info,
On April 1st, 2009, the BJ's were in sixth place with 86 points .
The Jackets have been above the playoff bar for five weeks.


Posted by: akus2 | April 12, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Posted by Dan Steinberg | March 31, 2009
Pat Sajak,""I'm looking forward to the Finals," he said. "Caps against Blue Jackets. Write it down.
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Just some basic info,
On April 1st, 2009, the BJ's were in sixth place with 86 points .
The Jackets have been above the playoff bar for five weeks.


Posted by: akus2 | April 12, 2009 10:55 AM

I do not read Mr.Steinberg's article, so I did not know he wrote about Pat's predictions. I stated his predictions from an interview either late Jan or early Feb, and at that time the CBJ's had lost 3 previous games. They were either 10th or 11th in the standings which led me to think that they wouldn't make it because they had a good few points to make up.

Posted by: bajgirl | April 12, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

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