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Posted at 6:55 PM ET, 11/20/2010

Open thread: Capitals vs. Flyers

By Washington Post sports editors

The Washington Capitals (14-5-1) look to rebound from last night's 5-0 loss in Atlanta as they host the Philadelphia Flyers (12-6-2) at Verizon Center. Chat about the game in the comments below, or join the conversation on Twitter and see your tweets here by using #caps.

Faceoff: 7 p.m.; TV: CSN; Radio: 820, 1500 AM.

Click here for a live game summary.


By Washington Post sports editors  | November 20, 2010; 6:55 PM ET
Categories:  Philadelphia Flyers  
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Comments

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Posted by: nicety251 | November 20, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

This is why the chat has gone to Twitter. WaPo chats aren't mobile. Oh well. Back to work.

Posted by: nicety251 | November 20, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

That cheap shot Hendricks took with 15 seconds to go is the exact reason you need King in the line up !! BB, he's not going to play well if he plays 6 minutes every 10 days. Watch the old Blues footage. The guy is a decent athlete.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | November 20, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Well, that was a period of largely solid team defense, forwards and defensemen alike, minus Semin's penalty and Carlson getting schooled again. Let's see if they can sustain it when the Flyers get going.

The offense was solid too other than the lack of finishing. Fleischmann is notorious for shanking on golden chances. He must've had 5-10 of those last season.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Well, that was a period of largely solid team defense, forwards and defensemen alike, minus Semin's penalty and Carlson getting schooled again. Let's see if they can sustain it when the Flyers get going.

The offense was solid too other than the lack of finishing. Fleischmann is notorious for shanking on golden chances. He must've had 5-10 of those last season.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

is there really any value to this stupid twitter chat thing? i can't even understand half the posts in there.

Posted by: sargeantmofo | November 20, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

@sargent -- right on brother the twitter crap needs to go

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | November 20, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin with stoney hands over the past several games dating to the first game against the Sabres.

You have to be happy with the chances we're generating and the defensive effort though.

It's good to have to battle and keep it tight in close games if you want a bright spot.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

what's up with all these staches?

feel like watching a bad '70's movie.

Posted by: joek443 | November 20, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Hint to the Capitals.... The net is in the center of the ice, generally behind and often in the vicinity of the goalie.

Posted by: festus75 | November 20, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

See! Laich knows where the goal is! unfortunately he didn't read the second half of my post; the goalie is generally there too!

Posted by: festus75 | November 20, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Caps should shorten the bench. Roll chimera, bradley, MJ, and uh....chimera, bradely and MJ,and uh....

Posted by: festus75 | November 20, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

The Caps have played well enough to be up by a few goals but now they're going to start feeling it from the back-to-back. It'll likely be a real challenge to keep it tight down the stretch.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't mind the aggressiveness but all these PKs are gonna take their toll on already tired legs.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

That's too bad. Good effort but the fatigue is gonna increase in the final period.

It'll take a pretty great effort to pull this one off.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Well, this one's over. Time to flip over to the Terps.

Posted by: festus75 | November 20, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Fehr - 2 minutes for finishing a check....

Posted by: gonchpup | November 20, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

You'll be back - that game's over.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 20, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I'll be less disappointed than usual if the Caps end up losing this one which is likely, everything considered.

They played very good hockey early and could've/should've been up 3 or 4-0.

I honestly prefer that than seeing them play badly and being lucky to win.

In the long run, playing the right way and developing the right habits are paramount.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Not surprising. Semin usually continues in pursuit and Green looked a little sluggish moving his legs. Fatigue.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Good to see. Let's see if the adrenaline helps overcome the fatigue down the stretch.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

this just proves that it does not have to be Ovi and Green on the PP all the time.

Posted by: joek443 | November 20, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Failed clear but that was a pretty nice goal. Green needs to do better to tie him up but those little things happen when you're a little tired. The last 2 goals probably don't happen when we're fresher.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Is that a hat trick for Semin?

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Sweet!

Impressive stuff from the Caps. They could've kind of given in at this point but they battled hard on tired legs.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

good to see BB acting like nothing happened when Fehr scored the tying goal..

Posted by: joek443 | November 20, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

@#28 hattie:

It is! A slash, an interference, and a trip.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 20, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I hate shootouts when the Caps are involved but it is what it is.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is just off right now. He passed that into his glove.

2 posts for Semin.

Still, a good point everything considered.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

8 and 28 with hat tricks tonight.

28 with a hat trick of penalties.

8 with a hat trick of breakaway misses.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Another game, another loss albeit a shootout. 4 GAA. No team defense. No individual defense, Mike Green still is clueless back there. Guys making the usual mistakes. Coaching failures becoming redundant.

Nice to see some fans starting to realize the truth about OV and his lack of "hockey IQ" which contributes to his eroding game. It's a shame because I believe he would be by far the best player in the world overall if he puts his mind and heart in hard work and being a student of the game.

You wonder why OV and so many of the Caps stars take optional skates off, unlike other super elite players of the league who rarely skip their practices?

CONDITIONING.

Ted will undoubtedly look at the half glass full, dress the team and situation up in every positive way and pretend that everything is alright... when you know that it isn't.

The question is how long is this team, this coaching staff, and management going to realize that they can't win with some of these guys?

Posted by: BigGameSid | November 20, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Grr! What a way to lose! But at least they got one point.

Will Fehr now move up to the top line? On second thought, maybe the Laich/Flash/Fehr line should be left intact but given more ice time on Monday than our "formerly" top line.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 20, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

@BigGameSid

It's Saturday night and you are spending your time trying to aggravate random posters on a Caps website by criticizing Alex Ovechkin.

Why? Don't you have anything better to do?

Posted by: sgm3 | November 21, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

Big Game Sid is our resident troll for this year. I bet he won't be posting when a) the Caps win or b) Ovi breaks out of his slump.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 21, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

POSTGAME THOUGHTS AND RANT:
First the poster BigGameSid made some valid points tonight.

Yes it's a game in November and yes it's a game that I'll be happy they got a point out of a game they didn't deserve.

MIKE GREEN: Any of you can challenge me to a healthy debate but bottome line is that I would trade a healthy amount of his points in for him to play better defense. He is a liability more than anything back in the defensive zone. Instead of attacking the puck - he worries about trying to shoulder and muscle an opponent off the puck - taking the body first. Even though he gets knocked around most of the time. Case in point - look at his performance in the playoffs. He was turned and twisted by Carter on the 3rd goal as he basically was allowed to walk in and shoot. THen I believe it was him on Nodl for the 4th goal. THat's when you crush someone off the puck. Easier to sit here and type this when I'm not the one out on the ice. I get it but quite frankly I want more defense out of Mike Green otherwise - while he's got value I'd love to see if McPhee would even consider the notion of looking to trade him for a solid top defenseman. However, I'm rooting for Green to prove me wrong and play better defensively but I'm fed up with the play in the D zone.

FLEISCHMANN: They can't package or trade him away striaght up soon enough for me. I'm finished with him. One shift summed it up for me - a timing pass to a charging forward towards the net wasn't even close then he comes back down on the ice and in an attempt to clear the puck - swings and misses it. Unreal. It's no wonder Boudreau doesn't seem to be high on him. I know the man is a faceoff guy but there is an upgrade out there somewhere.

I appreciate the teams fight to get back in the game and still get a point out of it.

BIGgameSid is absolutely right. The stars like Ovechkin and some of these guys should be attending this optional practices. I'm not saying everyone but it seems like there continues to be too much freelancing at times out there on the ice. Ovie needs to clamp down along with this entire team and step up.

It's on this coaching staff to have this team playing more consistent near the end of the season because of they start getting into track meets again with their opponents - it will mean another short playoff season but again it's only November. Time to see how things shake out.

ICE BREAKERS GOAL SHAKERS

Posted by: Jonathan6 | November 21, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

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