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Photo: 'The Save'

Photographer Clyde Caplan captured a fantastic shot of Simeon Varlamov's stick save against Sidney Crosby in the second period of Game 1 today. Check it out:

See the full-size version here. (Photo courtesy of Clyde Caplan)

Speaking of photos, two of our favorite mobile shots sent in during the game are after the jump:

"Rockin the Red!!" (Sent in by Cheryl)

"I thought he needed some red!" (Sent in by Tom)

For more fan photos, go to from your mobile phone and click on "Caps Playoffs Central." And to add your own photos, email them to

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 2, 2009; 11:43 PM ET
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i understood about the 'lucky' and 'ba$^&rd'
again - you're so right!!

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | May 2, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

oo7, Yeah, I've missed every M/W game since the semester started, but these are the last ones. Not very smart on my part, but its almost over!

Caps are last in the Beardathon of all EC teams, btw.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | May 2, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

The photo makes it looks like the puck crossed the line. The videos make it obvious that it didn't, but this photo shows that it was a hair of an inch from crossing the line. We might not want to show the NHL this.

Posted by: HobbesLionheart | May 2, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

That is a great photo of "The Save". My new desktop background.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | May 2, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse


Glad you saw today's game, even if you weren't happy with the corner of the lower section. Too bad, you'll miss the next two games because of exams.

Today, on Metro, I actually talked to a young fellow who had graduated from JMU a couple of years ago. He didn't go to the game but hung out at the Green Turtle, a nearby eatery, to watch the game and was happy to the results. (He's actually hanging out with a female Pens fan tonight -- they plan to avoid the subject of hockey.)

Metro was certainly screwed up today. Long wait for train from Metro Center. (I noticed some Caps fans must have walked from the game to the Smithsonian and got on the Orange line before Metro Center since I saw tons of Caps jerseys already on the train.

(Repost from previous thread)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 3, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Today truly shows what Varlamov could do when he faced a good offensive team, like Pittsburgh. Okay, the game wasn't perfect but good enough to win. The Pens had over 30 shots on goal. If the Caps win this series, Varlamov should get more respect.

Montreal looked like a good team at the time Varlamov made his debut back in Dec. They had no shortage of offensive players and were near the top of the Conference at the All Star break. Of course, they spent most of the second half of the season self-destructing.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 3, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

the official name of the image should simply be:


Posted by: kfirsow | May 3, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Let's GO CAPS!!! F the flightless birds and cyndy!!!!

Posted by: skins1110 | May 3, 2009 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: richmondphil | May 3, 2009 12:50 AM | Report abuse

CapsFan75, I was definitely glad I made it! And its not that I wasn't happy with the low corner, because hockey in any form makes me happy, particularly Caps hockey, its just a druthers thing. I'm trying to pick up more of the "plays" aspect of the game and its a lot easier to see that from higher up.
The lower level is great for feeling like you're really in the action. The rink the Tier II junior team back home played in didn't have lower level seats behind the "visitors' net", it was just part of the zamboni tunnel. My dad grew up with all the facilities guys, so I got to watch the games from there. But on the plus side, my preference is certainly cheaper!
Yeah, I took the orange line from Metro to Ballston and it was ridiculous. I always feel bad for the poor folks who get caught in game traffic, especially the folks unfamiliar with the area; they get so flustered.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | May 3, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

those photos show that varly got the heel of his stick on the ice in the only place that could have stopped the puck. luck or skill? either way i'm liking his instincts and reactions - the kid is amazing. i've got a much better feeling about this series AND the next

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | May 3, 2009 1:08 AM | Report abuse

"Ducks forward Mike Brown escapes suspension"

i guess if no bones are broken - every hit is a clean hit

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | May 3, 2009 2:25 AM | Report abuse

Cap'n Kirk:

If Hudler hadn't come back in the game, Brown would have been out as long as he was out, IMO. It's a stupid idea, and it's not really consistent or fair, but Colin Campbell has said that it depends on the injury inflicted how long the suspension will be.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | May 3, 2009 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Uh, take that picture down!! It looks like the puck is behind the red line...

Posted by: rachel216 | May 3, 2009 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Just don't want to start a controversy... like Pens fans saying it was in.... but clearly on the tv replays from the above angle it didn't cross, but why does that picture seem to show the puck across the line?

Those pictures are nice, richmondphil.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 3, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Uh, never mind. When I enlarged the picture, it was right on the red line, yeah no goal. Sorry, keep the pic up. =) Sorry for my freaking out.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 3, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Great photo of the idiot Pittsburgh fan. If only we could identify him and help him live in shame. LETS GO CAPITALS!

Posted by: mjwies11 | May 3, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I say we make it more of a tradition to take CAPS stickers to games and creatively find ways to put them on opposing fan's jerseys. That's frickin' hilarious!

Posted by: wienerdog4410 | May 3, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I love how the Pens think they should have won that game, crysbaby talking about "the goalie's desperate save" -- the more disrespect they heap on the Caps the more the Caps will get pumped to kill a bunch of flightless fowl. Bring on game 2 -- the Caps will be buzzing from the first puck drop to the end buzzer

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | May 3, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Oh man, what a save, even crazier after seeing theses photos. Was at the other end of the ice so we couldn't see much live. Totally agree that it was lucky but Varly's reaction time was amazing. Watching that save in real time is just unbelievable.

Love the sticker idea, might cause some brawls but it is a hockey game! Got a picture of a guy's shirt- #8 with the players name "God". Will send that in when I get home.

Posted by: mrszilla | May 3, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse


Totally agree, I actually WANT them to talk trash, we play better when we have to fight to prove something. Expecting the pens to come out full throttly Monday, we need to do the same.

Posted by: mrszilla | May 3, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

*throttle (On my phone)

Posted by: mrszilla | May 3, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Reply to those that say this photo looks like the puck might be in:

Remember the rules of the game. The puck has to fully cross the plane that extends from the goal line straight up. A puck is 3 demensional and clearly that puck is on end, leaning out of the goal. In that situation, white could be showing between the puck and the goal line, and the whole puck is still not across the line. In the photo above, that seems to be close to the case. But clearly the ENTIRE puck is not completely over the plane the goal line represents.

Posted by: booster1844 | May 3, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

@ mrszilla, first off, how is mrzilla? jk'ing

I expect the Pens to come out fired up, too. But now the Caps should be able to settle down and play their game. I think the Caps will play even better in Pittsburgh given how they played in NYC and on the road later in the season. These guys bond under pressure. Look at how Poti relished the boos by the Rangers fans. They feed off the energy in the phone booth AND on the road. This team loves adversity and being the underdog. I think BB plays that up

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | May 3, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Great photo, love the title Nyet! Love that as a title for this series - Nyet this time!

Posted by: bluejeener1 | May 3, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

What a great game. It was a little scary at first, but at least we were able to hold the lead. Sadly we will not be able to make Mondays game so we are selling our tickets. Section 121. Over $100 cheaper than what stubhub is letting them go for. One row up from the Caps tunnel. Please email me if your interested.

Posted by: NatyBG | May 3, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

another point on that picture. even if a picture emerged of the puck in the back of the net doing a jig, it doesnt over.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 3, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I keep one thought in mind. We did not play our best game, in fact it was probably a mediocre game at best, and we still won.

Bring the fury and passion. Play our best and we can't lose.

Let's go Caps!

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | May 3, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Yes, we were extraordinarily fortunate to be ahead 2-1 after 1. But we pulled together and did what we had to do and we converted when we had to on the PP.

Special teams could make the difference in this series.

Posted by: Sonyask | May 3, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Quick question for anyone who can help me out:

Someone mentioned the other day that the latest issue of The Hockey News magazine has Ovechkin on the cover. I never have any luck finding copies of that magazine here in the states (used to buy it religiously when I lived in Toronto), does anyone have any suggestions of where I might find one (or is it a subscription only affair?).

I have checked a few local bookstores, but they only seem to carry the special issues (prospects one now, and annual yearbook).

Thanks for any information!

Go Caps!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | May 3, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

The Caps seem to play better when they're disrespected. I've noticed that most of the hockey pundits were picking the Penguins to win this series.

That's been the case this year. They originally played the Rangers when the Rangers were ahead of them in the Conference standings and won 3-1 (the score was 2-1 most of the way but the 3rd one was an empty netter at the end). They first played Montreal when the Canadiens were ahead in points and beat them at home. This was after the "road trip from hell" where Green and most of the D had gotten hurt, Semin and Fedorov were already out, and they had just brought up a bunch of Hershey kids.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 3, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse


Right before the first goal of the Caps, I was thinking (and about to remark) that the first period of yesterday's game was reminding me so much of the first period of the 7th game of the Rangers game. Caps being outshot by a lot but down by only one goal.

Game 7 -- the Caps second shot on goal tied it up at the tail end of the first period

Yesterday -- the Caps third shot on goal tied it up

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 3, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

@ the Stanley Caps
I've seen the Hockey News in some 7-11's but it's been awhile, you might check there

Posted by: billd2 | May 3, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

@ jim

Hopefully Mr. Zilla is doing well, I'd like to see him dress and play in next season for Toronto. Would be nice for him to get one last good season before retiring! Such a good guy, he deserves it.

I totally agree, we play much better as the underdog, I was glad that a lot of people picked the pens to win bc our boys seem to need that pressure. And I'm impressed by our secondary shooters, really nice to see the non-Ovie lines contributing to the scoreboard. We are going to need that to get through the series.

That said I too disliked how they played in the first, totally reminded me of game 7. I don't know what the deal is, I guess it's just nerves? Still such a young team, in front of the home team crowd, further in the playoffs then before etc. But we cannot let them out shoot us or it will catch up and they will win. We have to figure out a way to come out guns blazing, not just getting it together in the 3rd. You can only get lucky so many times with cindy and co.

Posted by: mrszilla | May 3, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

RE: the soft goal (babochka), I think Varly is just setting them up to keep going to his glove the rest of the series.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | May 3, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Lots of gabbing about the Varly save that intimates luck, etc. You know what, you make your own luck. The dude didn't give up and I would suspect that these are the things he practices and runs through in his mind when thinking about hockey. I'd imagine all goalies do it and Semyon made it work yesterday. I don't care who made that save, it's simply stunning. Youth, vigor, size, flexability? Check, check, check. I totally understand the Pens not wanting to talk about it and I honestly think that Crosby's response to the question of that save was perfectly alright by me. It'd be pretty hard for me to see my "goal' get hammered on the line.

We need to hold serve on Tuesday and then head up to Pittsburgh and try to steal one.

Well played by the whole team yesterday.

Posted by: saintex | May 3, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, that photo does make it look like the puck crossed the line.

Posted by: CDon | May 3, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Some of these articles and comments make it sound like the Penguins came out and dominated the Caps for the first ten minutes. Yes, they had more shots, and yes, I agree they had the better of play, but it wasn't as lopsided as all that. The Caps had a Semin turnaround and a Clark tip both just miss, and Flash hit the post. There were as many scoring chances as in some entire games vs. the Rangers.

Trying to score on the Pens after playing the Rangers is like when a batter swings a weighted bat in the on-deck circle and then removes the weight and steps up to the plate, and suddenly the bat feels that much lighter. The same effort ought to yield much better results.

Of course, trying to contain the Pens' offense is an entirely different matter. Good job so far...

Posted by: christiansonm | May 3, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Saintex -- I don't care one way or another how Tuesday goes.

. . . game's monday, man ;)

Posted by: Sonyask | May 3, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Hi kids..

Here's the deal on that photo.. From the photographer.. : Clyde is not a media photog.. he's a fan, and sits in 420, a LONG way from the pens net. The reason it sorta looks like it's in is because of the long distance from the camera changes the vertical (it's called parallax) and in effect compresses the view. The puck never crossed the line and the puck was in the air when the photo was taken so it's impossible to determine exactly where it was in relation to the line under it.

That's a once in a lifetime photo and I'll save my copy..! I'm betting Varly would love that to go above the fireplace mantle in his yet unpurchased mansion in Great Falls..! :)

Posted by: expert47 | May 3, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Loved reading this on Puckdaddy:

". Posted by Justin K Sat May 02, 2009 6:23 pm EDT Report Abuse
I was one of the Pens fans at the game, and I just want to say that the Capitals have some great fans. A lot of energy, standing during key parts of the game, different chants, and classy people on top of all of that. It was a fun game even being on the losing side just because of the atmosphere. That said, the Pens will get them back next game."

Now I won't omit the possibility that this is one of our trolls, but I love to read stuff like this. All the Rags BS about our fans and our house was so off base. We bring incredible energy for our team, and overall have a fine group of fans. VC and the Caps are a great combo.

Personally, I could do without the boos when Crosby touches the puck -- the loudest I heard that was a moment before he scored in the 1st. Seemed to die after. As much as I dislike him, that guy played a heckuva game yesterday.

Posted by: Sonyask | May 3, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

to everybody saying it was a goal: no.

There has to be white between the puck and the red line when the puck is flat on the ice. In other words, no portion of the puck must be in the red. In the picture, there MIGHT be some white between the lower edge of the puck and the line (although I don't see it), but the puck is at an angle, thus the most part of it touches the red. No goal.

Posted by: mauree | May 3, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Could someone more web-savvy than me put the music from this:

with this:

From :30 to 1:15 seems pretty damn rousing, with the crescendo at 1:03 pretty much perfect for the save itself.

Just an admittedly-cheesy thought, without the talent to back it up.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | May 3, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: richmondphil | May 3, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: richmondphil | May 3, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow nice article abt Naslund. Stuff like that is inspiring.

Posted by: mauree | May 3, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this has been posted already, but the playoffs leaders in Goals, Points, GAA are all Caps (Semin 5, Semin 10, Varly 1.29).

Posted by: mauree | May 3, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget assists mauree. Backstrom.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 3, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

@ Sonyask:

I agree. I wish every Caps fan would show class at the game. Cheer our guys and forget about theirs. By definition, we're fanatics for OUR team, not a-holes about the others. If we don't respect them as worthy competitors it cheapens our victories. Don't boo when Crosby touches the puck, cheer our guy when he steals the puck from Crosby or forces him to turn it over. That Pens fan had the right attitude as a visitor. Sportsmanship is as much about the fans in the stands as it is about the players on the ice. I'm tired of the hooligan encroachment in all sports these days.

Posted by: hockeyweasel | May 3, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm not complaining when Backstrom is putting up this many helpers, might need him to shoot some more to keep the Pens off guard. Last year he had 4 goals in the Philly series, although a few of those were on the PP.

Good start, we need tomorrow night.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | May 3, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Aside from the assists, Backstrom has been incredible at not losing the puck and at coming back helping our D. I'm really liking what he's doing.

Posted by: mauree | May 3, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

And although not at the very top, I noticed yesterday (before the Hawks game last night anyways), that Morrisonn was in the top five amongst plus/minus, with plus 6 (hey, its not everyday I see him on the top of any category!)

Go Caps!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | May 3, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

The Det game gets Pang instead of McGuire. Good for me but I feel bad for any of you guys that had to watch yesterday on TV.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | May 3, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Pang standing next to Pronger was funny.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 3, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

dont know if you all are watching, but there was just a big gaffe by the ducks... bouncing puck ended up going in off a Dman's skate... sucks to be him right now.

Posted by: mrszilla | May 3, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

thankfully for him its 2-1 Ducks now... moot point now!

Posted by: mrszilla | May 3, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

This photo makes it seems like the puck was maybe a centimeter from going in. wow.

Posted by: blindskateluke | May 3, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

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