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Posted at 2:28 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Capitals still looking for a fast start

By Katie Carrera

It's beginning to sound like a broken record in the Washington locker room these days as the Capitals continue to talk about fast starts in the first period. Tonight in Philadelphia, coming out strong may be even more important than it has been the past few games as the Flyers are 19-3-2 when scoring first and 15-1-0 when leading at the end of the first period.

"God, we've tried everything," Coach Bruce Boudreau said when asked about the slow starts. "I think right now it's more of a mindset where...it's like being in a slump. You sit there and go: 'OK, what bad thing is going to happen in the first five minutes of the game?' Then when it happens, you go: 'OK, it's over let's start playing.' We've got to get over it. We haven't played with a lead in an awful long time, it seems."

Boudreau said he recalled one game in particular when the Capitals got off to a fast start in Philadelphia, though: his first game as head coach on Nov. 23, 2007. Mike Green scored just 2:27 into the game.

Boudreau said he wouldn't mind a similar start tonight.

"It's the first thing you think of" when you walk in, Boudreau said of his NHL coaching debut. "I'd like the same beginning; a goal [2:27] in the first, but I don't really think that happens so often."

By Katie Carrera  | January 18, 2011; 2:28 PM ET
Categories:  Philadelphia Flyers  
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Comments

All right Caps! You have the priviledge of playing a game for a living...not many people have that opportunity. Time to step up and play like a team. No more individual efforts, play like a cohesive unit. And play like the games matter.

Go Caps!

Posted by: capscoach | January 18, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

They want a fast start, that means we will be down 1-0 within 2 minutes.

On Andrew Gordon, he does have a days issue but it is not tomorrow like that 10 game mark is his next game.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 18, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Got a very bad feeling about tonight's game, if they come out the way they have lately then I predict a 5-1 Flyer win with Neuvy getting pulled and Varly coming in for mop up duty. They simply look like a bunch of guys lost out there, the only reason they won that last game was due to INDIVIUAL talent.

Posted by: PhilR | January 18, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

"I think right now it's more of a mindset where...it's like being in a slump. You sit there and go: 'OK, what bad thing is going to happen in the first five minutes of the game?' Then when it happens, you go: 'OK, it's over let's start playing.' We've got to get over it. We haven't played with a lead in an awful long time, it seems."


And it's comments like that which have me convinced that BB must go.

Posted by: PhilR | January 18, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, It seems I'm not the only one just dreading tonight's game.

It cant be stressed enough that PHI has maintained their position of #1 in the East *Without Chris Pronger for the last month*.

Think about that for a second and try not to pee yourself just a little bit.

Posted by: VTDuffman | January 18, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

On Andrew Gordon, he does have a days issue but it is not tomorrow like that 10 game mark is his next game.

Posted by: icehammer97


That is why I figured there had to be a trade in the works when I heard he had been recalled a few days back. Guess I was giving GMGM a little too much credit in hindsight.

Posted by: PhilR | January 18, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Flyers 37 -Caps 1. The Caps will get a garbage goal at the end of the game when the Flyers are just yucking it up.

The Caps will only have 3 skaters(Ovie, Hendricks and Erskine) left for the last 10 minutes of the game as the tough Flyers will beat the snot out of the rest of the soft Caps and knock them all out of the game.

The reason DJK isn't left is because he will be thrown out of the game within the first 10 minutes. He will then come out in a disguise in the 3rd period but will get caught before getting on the ice, which will lead to a 5 minute major, a second ejection and a 10-game suspension.

BB will walk to the bus crying while he keeps on stating "Our team is tough! We just need to play a full 60 minutes."

GMGM will sob incoherently into his scarf for weeks on end knowing that the big, bad Flyers and their insurmountable toughness cost him his job.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 18, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Phil... you think all possible trade talk has suddenly stopped?

There was no deadline today.

Posted by: GFisher1 | January 18, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

@philr
@vtduffman

Your feelings of unease will be erased within the first 10 minutes of the game. DJK will suprise everyone, Erskine will be his tough usual self, and Ovi and Co. will ride the tidal wave of brawn surging through the Caps lineup to victory. 4-1 Caps.

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 18, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR - I've been a big BB supporter in the past, but that quote didn't exactly fill me with confidence, either.

Aren't coaches supposed to, um, coach? Or something.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 18, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

It's beginning to be a broken record in the press too. We get it, and I am tired of reading about it, and I am sure Bruce and co. are getting tired of being asked about it. Can't you think of something else to write about?

Posted by: Andrew16 | January 18, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

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