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Poll: Greatest Capital of All Time

Leonard Shapiro's new book ranks all sorts of bests and worsts from the DC sports region.

Head here to check out former Caps writer William Gildea's top 10 Caps, and to vote on who you think is the best all time.

By Katie Carrera  |  December 16, 2008; 2:15 PM ET
 
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wow....hard to say. Just really depends.I would have to go with Rod Langway, because he was the key cog that saved the franchise. And him leading the team to the playoffs, being a Norris trophey winner.
Scott Stevens gets a few votes, Olie for what he meant to the organization and the community. Ovie for what he has done already !

1. Langway
2. Ovie
3. Olie
4. Stevens

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 16, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

P. S. I made my list before I peaked at what the book had.....and SECOND......not sure if it sloppy or not, ask Avery.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 16, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

kelly miller in the top 10? hmm. no. i'd put pivonka above kelly miller. larry murphy is obviously a hall of famer, but much of that success was at pitts/detroit. not so much here in dc. yvon labre...no. guy charron, yes. dino? no. i'd put kono ahead of him. what about kevin hatcher? i think he led the league in points for dmen one year. ps. it sounds like this is all in the past tense, which is why i question putting ov there. he will occupy the top spot in 15 years.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 16, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Don't know about greatest, but my favorite was Hunter.

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Where is Bengt Gustusson, maybe the most talented until the Alex's came along. Have to agree on Murphy and lose Labre and Miller.


Posted by: RichC3 | December 16, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

olie over bondra? that is laughable.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 16, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. Langway, Bondra, Ovi, Kolzig, Gartner, Hunter - that's like the indisputable top 6 (in any order). There's a bunch of guys worthy of 7-10. Didn't watch Labre in person so I can't comment on him. Kelly Miller seems sort of a maybe choice. Loved him, but top 10 all-time?

Posted by: koalatek | December 16, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

As mentioned above, Langway saved the franchise and brought it a decade of respectability after its first 8 years of futility. Never was able to get us over the hump, but he was one of the best defensive defensemen to ever play the game, and he was a Cap.

Ovi's only got 3 years under his belt, he'll make this list, but it's still early.

After Langway, as far as legendary Caps, you gotta have:
- Hunter, who defined grit and scored the OT goal against the Flyers
- Gustafson, who played his heart out every night for the Caps, and was always a favorite
- Bondra, who pre-Ovi was the one who lit up the arena
- Calle Jo, who developed into a world-class D-man in front of our eyes

I'd hesitate putting Stevens or Murphy on there - because they were both great, but unfortunately their best years were not with the Caps. Same for Gartner, which is why I don't understand retiring his jersey.

Posted by: katzistan | December 16, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

why isnt there a place to check off the sexy lumberjack?

Posted by: _stevo | December 16, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

What about Locker or Ken Soubourin?

Posted by: Leeguru | December 16, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Please do not forget the immortal Dennis Maruk. Scored 50+ goals several times on the dismal late-70's and early-80's teams. And had a magnificent mustache.

Posted by: jgperras | December 16, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

all seriousness, gotta be kolzig by a hair over langway

Posted by: _stevo | December 16, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Where is Ryan Walter or Dave Christian?

Posted by: MReilly9 | December 16, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

no neil sheehy or craig berube?

Posted by: _stevo | December 16, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you're laughable

Posted by: superpaqman | December 16, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

craig berube????

kolzig by a hair over langway????

Posted by: richmondphil | December 16, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

jagr did a lot for this organization

Posted by: Leeguru | December 16, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

What? No Bobby Gould?

Here's why he gets my vote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XDaCrCTrXM
(Move to the 4:54 mark of the clip)

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | December 16, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

@leeguru
thats true, everyday i thank jagr for his stellar play and leadership while he was hear

Posted by: _stevo | December 16, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

@Leeguru: The greatest thing Jagr ever did for the Caps was to leave and get us dropped in the basement, which led to the draft that landed us Ovi.

Posted by: kittypawz | December 16, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Why does everyone forget about Michal Pivonka?? I believe that he still holds the Capitals record for most assists (though, I'm no statistical guru)...#20 will always be my favorite!

Posted by: luvfades | December 16, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

i forgot about gus. he belongs on this list somewhere. labre had no talent, other than to be a great competitor and the last of the original caps.

how about ron low. guy used to get pounded every night. how he won 8 games that first year is a minor miracle.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 16, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

You can sorta compare Labre to Q Laing
They both give it there all, but there isnt alot to give. Kudos to the both of them for putting their heart n soul into each and every shift,every second on the ice but.....I cannot put Ivon Labre on this list...sorry.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 16, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

5 syllable's answer this question

Lou Franciscetti

His 4 goals and 8 assists in 87-88 were a thing of beauty.

Posted by: SA-Town | December 16, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Wild Thing

Posted by: meagle | December 16, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I'll take 4 years of Ovy over 10 years of Olie.

Posted by: theskinnypost | December 16, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Olie was a part of the organization for 18 years if I'm not mistaken

Posted by: _stevo | December 16, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Lee,

“jagr did a lot to this organization”

fixed that for ya'. :)


Posted by: _Mark | December 16, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Don Beaupre, Bobby Carpenter in place of Miller and Labre.

Revise Scott Stevens to read The Limo Squad (Scott Stevens, Dino Ciccarelli, Geoff Courtnall and Neil Sheehy)

Posted by: puckman | December 16, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

@puckman

ahh the limo squad...too bad those were all my favorite players that got run out of dc about 2 weeks after that happened and my parents would never tell me why until later in life

Posted by: _stevo | December 16, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Frustrating that Larry Murphy--a Hockey Hall of Famer--isn't even on the list. I recall the morons who booed him every night he was with the Caps. They wouldn't know good hockey if it bit them on their collective butts. But Larry got the last laugh when he hoisted Stanley Cups with the Penguins and Red Wings. One of the greatest plays in Caps history surely was Dale Hunter's breakaway to beat the Flyers.But who set that up with a perfect pass? That's right, Larry Murphy.

Posted by: StevefromSacto | December 16, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

As a Caps fan growing up in the 70's and 80's, I would say Maruk for the 70's and Gartner/Langway/Stevens for the 80's. No particular order. 90's would have to be Olie and Bondra. Ovechkin is looking like he may go down as the greatest Capital of all time - but we need to see how long he goes and/or stays with us.

Posted by: ebberger | December 16, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

GustaFFson, people. GustaFFson. Don't disrespect him like that. Easily the best playmaker this franchise ever had, other than Oates, who came late in his career.

Posted by: tmac2yao | December 16, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me, GustafSSon.

Posted by: tmac2yao | December 16, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

this list is flawed without Todd Krygier on it.

Posted by: The_Spear | December 16, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I just want to know where Killer Kaminski is.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | December 16, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

This seems like an off season poll.....

Repost because I really want to see what people think about the lines and who is expendable once players get healthy.

Can you imagine, Green-Schultz, Poth-Poti, Juice-Alzner....I think we could def make a run at the cup with that back line.

Send Mo on his way bc he is by far the most inconsistant. I love Big E but he could go and keep Sloan as a 7th. Send Clarkie on his way, not needed. I like Bradley/Gordon but one of them has to go so Fehr can get back in the line up.

OV-Backs-Semin
Flash-Nyls-Laich
Fehr-Feds-Kozzie
Brash-Stecks-Gordo/Brads

What do ya'll think?

I like Laich on the 2nd line because he is a net clasher as is Fehr on the 3rd line.

Posted by: numero94 | December 16, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

larry murphy struggled his last couple years here in dc. fewer goals and more of a defensive liability. he's in the hall of fame for his play after leaving the caps. he may never have developed into that player had he stayed in dc.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 16, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

No Al Iafrate or Craig Laughlin?!?! c'mon!! ;-)

Posted by: sargeantmofo | December 16, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

theodore is going to top that list by year's end

Posted by: _stevo | December 16, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Is Stevens really a "Top Cap". Great playre to be sure, but his golden years were all in New Jersey. Guess I'm not entirely sure what the criteria is. If we're going by greatest to wear the jersey, we probably have to include JJ. (ducking).

Calle, I guess, but he never super impressed me. Maybe Jim Carey? He had a great couple of years before he became terrible. What about Dino?

Posted by: oldtimehockey | December 16, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Thanks mark. I knew I missed something

I'm trying to remember the Caps of the first few years. I was young, but I remember some of the games. Pre-Bryan Murray caps.

Posted by: Leeguru | December 16, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

What, no love for Bobby Carpenter? Ha! Just seeing if you're paying attention!

Posted by: cao091402 | December 16, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I think the top 7 are pretty on point, though maybe not in that order. I'd have to say Konowalchuk, Beaupre and Pivonka/Hatcher for my 8, 9 and 10(tie).

Stevens is a Devil, not a Cap.

Maruk, Jensen and Labre aren't on the list because frankly the Caps stunk it up the first few years. That would be like saying that Brian Bradley is one of the best Lightning players ever. Being the best on a bad team doesn't say much.

By the way, we never boo'd Larry Murphy... we barked at him because people said his face looks like a dog's face.

Posted by: jake81 | December 16, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and if it was pure popularity, Wild Thing would be top 3. Loved that guy.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | December 16, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Remember the days when the Flyers came to town with 25 bus loads of Flyers fan at the Cap Center. Bernie Parent in goal for the Flyers Bernie Wolfe for the Caps......ahhh for a game or two or Bernie out-played their Bernie.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 16, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

God forbid but if ovie dropped dead today, he'd still be #1. What other cap got as many awards in one season as he did last year and was one of its top 3 players over any 3 year period?

Next would be bonzai, langway, olie, huntsy (my personal all time favorite)

Posted by: 202-206 | December 16, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

For those of us outside DC - What did Pat Collins say on the air? And wasn't he a weatherman- why is he talking about hockey anyway? Shouldn't he be concentrating on clouds and Care Bears?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | December 16, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Gotta go with Hunter and Langway. Ovie and a couple others may be on that list 10 years from now.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | December 16, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

top enforcers?
brash
simon
kaminsky
peat
mulvey
kordic (NUT CASE-RIP)
chief
stevens (early days)

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 16, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

@sportsfan

no love for neil sheehy or alan may?

Posted by: _stevo | December 16, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Add Alan May to the enforcer list.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | December 16, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

@ dcsportsfan1

You forgot Alan May

Posted by: puckman | December 16, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

d'oh..ok, alan may. neil sheehy went to harvard which makes him ineligible for official enforcer status. brad stewart used to throw em pretty good too.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 16, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

i meant blair stewart...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 16, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

if you ever looked at the standings in the 70's - then there is no doubt the rod langway is the greatest capital ever. no one player ever had more impact on a team that stunk as bad as they did for as long as they did. OV will probably top the list somewhere down the line - but he had a strike year before he came in and an owner that 'had a plan' - so i don't think OV's impact was as important to the franchise. everybody else that ever donned a caps jersey can be #2

Posted by: kdwiedel | December 16, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Off Topic but

Michal Neuvirth leads the league with a 1.74 goals-against average and .938 save percentage

today on XM Boomer pronounced that Jose Theodore was the number one dissapointment as an unrestricted free agent this year, I could not agree more!!!

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

At the risk of spoiling the discussion and completely OT --

How do you guys like our chances tonight? I think as long as we don't come out flat and snooze our way through the game, we should be in pretty good shape.

Posted by: kittypawz | December 16, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

No way Dennis Maruk is not on this list. That is a miscarriage of justice. Labre being on that list is laughable, might as well put Mark Tinordi on the list in that case. If Maruk isn't in the top five, then there's no way he's below #6. Of course that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.

Posted by: JBrooke4 | December 16, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

kittypawz, if we don't come out with our heads up our butts we should be in good shape.

Posted by: Steve_R | December 16, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

@Steve_R: The problem is that that has been known to happen. (see: vs. Panthers)

Posted by: kittypawz | December 16, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

No Gary Galley on the list????

Posted by: TrappedinGA | December 16, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

You can't forget Konowalchuk - a hard-nosed, gritty performer that played for the CAPS for 10+ seasons.

I'd have to stick Kono in my Top 10.....

Posted by: lynchburgvacapsfan | December 16, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Hello All!

I agree about Rockin' Rod Langway being the best ever. How the NHL has changed since his playing days can be argued, but not too many players in any league or team can claim playoff appearances in all their seasons with the club.

Lets Go Cap-I-Tals!!!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 16, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

What would happen if Ovie had a career ending injury? Would he still be considered one of thee all time bests?

Posted by: redskinsux | December 16, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Some points of clarification:

1. Caps fans didn't "boo" Murphy, they "whooped" him.

2. Pivo does hold the franchise record for career assists at 418.

3. It may not be an indication of greatness, but Kelly Miller played 940 games for the Caps, 3rd all-time behind Bondra (961) and Johansson (983).

4. Peter Bondra leads the Capitals in career goals, points, even strength goals, PPG, SHG, GWG, SOG. He's in the top five in GP, GPG, and +/-.

5. Olie had nearly three times as many saves (18013) as a Cap as the next goalie on the list (Beaupre, 6040), and more than twice the wins (301 for Kolzig, 128 for Beaupre) and shutouts (35 for Kolzig, 14 for Carey).

6. I voted for Stretch.

Posted by: JohninMpls | December 16, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

From the previous, previous, previous ... :

uncatim:
I always knew that you were a wise man!

Greg:
You're a nut ... no pun intended!! :-) Speaking of, is it just me or do you have a thing for squirrels?

Posted by: --Boo-- | December 16, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

katzistan --

Mike Gartner's best years were not after he left the Caps.

In his 9 plus years in Washington, Gartner's best stats were the following:

50G,52A,102 pts
48,46,94
48,33,81
41,32,73
40,45,85

In his 9 plus years after Washington, he scored 40 or more goals only four times:

49G,20A,69 pts
45,41,86
45,23,68
40,41,81

Joe B

Posted by: rw-c | December 16, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Need to add Schonfield to the enforcers list.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 16, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

this is my top 10:

1. Rod Langway (i think this is consensus)
2. Peter Bondra
3. Olie Kolzig
4. Bobby Carpenter
5. Michal Pivonka
6. Calle Johannson
7. Scott Stevens
8. Alex Ovechkin (not enough years still)
9. Dale Hunter
10. Dennis Maruk

i know these lists are used to spark debate, and this is definitely fun. i just dont think Ovie has enough years, he will be #1 when we win a Cup IMO.

for those of you that think that Scott Stevens shouldnt be mentioned since his best years were with the Devils, i beg to differ. in 8 years with the Caps he totaled 98 goals 367 assists and 1,628 PIMs, in 13 years with the Devils he totaled 78 goals 337 assists and 1,007 PIMs. yes he won a few Cups with the Devils but honestly i think that can less be attributed to Stevens but more to the trapping style the Devils played. his best years were with the Caps. thats why hes on my list.

Posted by: DER27 | December 16, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Leeguru:
Were you using some of that trademarked sarcasam again? ;-)

OK, folks, predicitions for tonight?!?

Posted by: --Boo-- | December 16, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

whooo, meeeee?

Posted by: Leeguru | December 16, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

what sites are streaming the game tonight?

Posted by: vik191 | December 16, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

@Lee

haha people don't know you and freak out about your comments (yesterday too).

@pawz

Unfortunately the Islanders are beyond desperate. They will come out flying. So a lot dependes, as Steve put it colorfully, on how we'll come out.

BTW no web links for the game so far, just sopcast and tvants:

sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/68667

tvants://list.tvants.com/tvants/?k=268a8d352523523e8ee8f6490acfe35c


Posted by: mauree | December 16, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Dee--no!! Dee--no!! Dee-- no!! Dee - no!!

Posted by: dml1077 | December 16, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Are you f'n kidding me? Another Caps game NOT in HD? What gives?

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

there's this: http://www.hockeystreams.com/live_streams/new_york_islanders_vs_washington_capitals_12-16-2008/535
it makes you create a login, but quality seems good

Posted by: honed | December 16, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Prediction: Capitals 4, Islanders 2

Goals: Ovechkin, Laich, Kozlov, Green

Posted by: Cerealman | December 16, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Honed that looks good.

Can someone that didn't log in yet try this? I'm checking to see if you can bypass the log in:

http://stream-3.hockeystreams.com/PREMIUM_HSTV_14?token=/H47zElHz40RuVGKJL+tdZRIH36Z1NGS9ZZPib8hHlPXeZ7RGgSeVmhcM2xkKdK7d52TyylbYLxcqMdBiv/4xQ==

Posted by: mauree | December 16, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

It is on VS HD, in fact I only have it in HD

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Really? Not w/Comcast Montgomery County. What gives?

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

On Vs HD, they have Golf. What a waste of my big screen tv.

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Nevermind. I'm an idiot. Just found it on 226.

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Not a great picture, I think the lighting in the building may be pre-TV let alone pre-HD.

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

That was quick. Nice goal!!

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Yea Gordo!

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

For what it's worth, Cox is Versus, ch 735.

Yeah Gordo!!!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 16, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

All right!

Posted by: mauree | December 16, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Leeguru/mauree:
I know - it cracks me up when people get fired up about sarcastic comments. That's why I love it when Steve talks about moving Sexy Lumberhack to the wing (he was kidding about that ... right?!? ;-))

Cerealman:
Thanks for playing along. I'll go with 5-1 Caps (feelin' greedy).

Posted by: --Boo-- | December 16, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

That was interesting, the goal seemed to almost go unnoticed, not a peep from the arena or from the commentators. I'm so used to Joe B screaming!

Posted by: BlondeCapsFan | December 16, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

This is what we need. As long as we keep putting rubber on net, good things will happen.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 16, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

CBS75, Vs and Golf channel used to share an HD channel. They recently split to separate channels. Depending on your provider you might have one or both of the new channels. I believe (but am not sure) that the old one deefaulted to the golf channel.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | December 16, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. They play their best when the goals are ugly - that's when they're playing their hardest and score the most.

Posted by: --Boo-- | December 16, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Curtis Joseph????

Posted by: KurtNYC | December 16, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Thanx oldtimehockey. I finally found it. Glad Vs split off. Nice to have more hockey in HD.

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

CuJo what?

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 16, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I said that out loud too Kurt ;) I'm like, uh..... Jose Theodore, TYVM.

Posted by: BlondeCapsFan | December 16, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I miss Lisa Hillary, he he...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 16, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Bradley had him early on. Jackman got the better of the 2nd part. Nice to see the Caps drop the gloves.

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Brads, now when is Brash going to get busy and quit turning over the puck? Someone must have told Brash he could play hockey! Time to throw them Brash!

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm enjoying the fast-paced action so far.

That was a spat, not a fight.

Posted by: Cerealman | December 16, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Why does Christine Simpson look like the older aunt from Sabrina the Teenage Witch?

Posted by: Section117 | December 16, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

well talk about ugly goals lol

Posted by: mauree | December 16, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Laich!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Nice!

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Okaayyy, we will take that.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 16, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh my.....

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | December 16, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

CRAP!

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Weak...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 16, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Laich got a lucky bounce, but I'll take it. Crap on the penalty...and crap on the score.

Posted by: kittypawz | December 16, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Damn. I knew when we failed to clear the zone 3x, we'd be punished.

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

@ DER27

What about me?

Posted by: EsaTikkanen | December 16, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I get to watch 2 games here at once...Philly/Avs

and the Caps.

looks like Philly scored another shorthanded goal.

We'd better hope we done get into penalty trouble on Saturday..they've scored more shorties than the next 3 teams combined.

Posted by: rdy4all2000 | December 16, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

in penalty trouble..i mean, us getting powerplays

Posted by: rdy4all2000 | December 16, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Langway, Langway, Langway

Posted by: uncatim | December 16, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Im checking out the WAPO scoreboard, how do they update these game scores and who does it because on all the goals scored in the Caps game, the goal scorers changed 2xs before they stuck with one.

and it looks like they dont list all the players in the lineup until they get on the scorecard.

Kinda sucks..now I know why I always go to nhl.com

Posted by: rdy4all2000 | December 16, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

stoopid customers! saw the first goal, then had to go back to my office! Why don't we close during games?

Posted by: Leeguru | December 16, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

There you go working again. Priorities, Lee - priorities.

Posted by: --Boo-- | December 16, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Leeguru: Consider yourself lucky. I was able to watch plenty of hockey at the now defunct dealership at which I worked...

Posted by: uncatim | December 16, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Honor system Lee, honor system

allow them to test drive and work out their own financing.

Posted by: rdy4all2000 | December 16, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Ding Ding!

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | December 16, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Boo ya!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Juice! Juice! Juice!

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Juice??????

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 16, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

All right Milan!

Posted by: mauree | December 16, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

The Hockey Gods giveth, the Hockey Gods taketh!! Sweet revenge!!!

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Perfect example..WAPO scoreboard has Nyls as the scorer there right now

Posted by: rdy4all2000 | December 16, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I agree! F-ing interference!

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who just heard: "f'n interferance"?

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Caps 1st goal they had steckel listed first then brashear then they finally corrected to gordon

Posted by: rdy4all2000 | December 16, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Laich just took a couple of punches to the back of the head. It's all good. Keep putting preasure on them.

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

@cbs75

Good call..since when is punching a player ok...would think McCreary was calling this one

Posted by: ralCapsFan | December 16, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I want to win, but not by hurting the opponent's goalie. He seems ok. Just rub some ice on it.

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Both calls on Collins were totally BS.

Posted by: mauree | December 16, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

This is bs. Steckel's stick was broke by a slash. No call. F'n NYI can't score w/out the refs giving them a cheapie.

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

scouting report --

philly is starting to roll over the avs 4-1 now Budaj having rough game. Looks like Saturday, the we are gonna have to be in sync on the defensive end.Those guys score and then really start going.

Posted by: rdy4all2000 | December 16, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Paticence me...patience...this is all on Green

Posted by: ralCapsFan | December 16, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

YEAH BABY! That was pretty!

Posted by: mauree | December 16, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

OV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

the interfernce calls where very obvious.

Posted by: cocorules | December 16, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Yeah!!!!!!

Posted by: ralCapsFan | December 16, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

A bit easy that was

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Agree...Collins was guilty on each call

Posted by: ralCapsFan | December 16, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Brash could'nt throw the dam puck in the net!

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Watching this I can see why the Isles are terrible. They are their own worst enemy. They start getting a bit of momentum then seems like they take for granted they will get the equalizer.

It starts behind the bench, thats for sure

Posted by: rdy4all2000 | December 16, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

@cocorules
well allow me to disagree.

@rdy4all2000
That doesn't surprise me. COL yesterday spent a lot of energy against DET, and the Flyers are on a roll lately.

Posted by: mauree | December 16, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

No Mauree is right, since when is it interference to hit a guy as he chips the puck into the zone? You might call that, but it is not called very often!

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Talk about own worst enemy, jeez...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 16, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

you can dissagree but i am going to guess that you did not like the semin call either.

Posted by: cocorules | December 16, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Steckel has not had a good game

Posted by: ralCapsFan | December 16, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

you can not impede a players forward progress is what the interfernce call is and collins was looking down at ice and impedeing him.

Posted by: cocorules | December 16, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Semin looks too rusty today. Sure, his pass to Ovi was a beauty but otherwise he's kind of sleepy...hopefully will have a good rest before the next game.

Posted by: fnralch | December 16, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

lol you think I'm biased huh? Nah, it's just that I think Collins did what every D-men should do. Look at what Meyer did on Ovie. Those are legit play of good d-men.

Posted by: mauree | December 16, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Semin tripped him, you CAN impede a player with the puck and both times when he went after the Isles players they had the puck. They got rid of the puck JUST before they were hit, but that call is not made 9 times out of 10. You can follow through with a hit when it separates a player from the puck, that is why they allow hitting in hockey.

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

@cocorules

I agree on your quotation. That's the rule. But if a good d-men times it right and stop the player while he's on the puck, it's not interference and that's what Collins did, and Meyer did on Ovie. In my opinion that is :D.

Posted by: mauree | December 16, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

@majiksea

Thanks, my point exactly.

Posted by: mauree | December 16, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I just wish the NHL would be more consistent.

If you are going to allow the clutch, grab and interference, then allow it. If you are going to call it, then call it every time.

Im not a fan of the "make up" call or anything like that. I understand the human element to the game and its fast so the refs wont see everything but how can a ref who is on the other side of the ice make a call that the ref next to the play cant see?

Posted by: rdy4all2000 | December 16, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Dude...is anyone else abit worried about Philthy on Sat. and how hot they are?

Posted by: ralCapsFan | December 16, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Ofcourse...not taking for granted the last 20 minutes

Posted by: ralCapsFan | December 16, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else notice Witt is a -4 for this game? LMAO!!

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

They look real good right now. They've won their 4th straight on saturday and if they hold on tonight, they'll lock up their 5th

12-1-3 in their last 16

Posted by: rdy4all2000 | December 16, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Im in the Philly market so I see majority Philly sports games.

I used to watch the caps on MASN..a few years ago, but no longer.

Posted by: rdy4all2000 | December 16, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Why would we worry about Philly? We have St. Louis first to clean up after the Islanders. We just beat a team that was a lot hotter than Philly in Boston so what are you worried about?

Posted by: CapsSkins | December 16, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

By that logic Caps, the kings shouldnt worry much about some of the teams they are playing as they beat us.

Posted by: rdy4all2000 | December 16, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Worried about the Isles right now!

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

@CapsSkins..
Call me a worrier dude..that is all. Good point though...we cant look past STL on Thur...no easy game in NHL nowadays so shame on me

Posted by: ralCapsFan | December 16, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Canes lead montreal 3-2 after 2. Power plays 3-11 for canes 0-1 Habs....talk about home cooking.....hummmmmm

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 16, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

@majiksea
Agreed dude...agreed

Posted by: ralCapsFan | December 16, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Think this has been Collins least best game

Posted by: ralCapsFan | December 16, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

wow!!!!!!!!

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Johnny with the game saver!!!

Posted by: ralCapsFan | December 16, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

johnson says, "get out of my f*&!ing goal".

Posted by: CapsSkins | December 16, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Terrible clear by Brash...right up the center

Posted by: ralCapsFan | December 16, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I cannot for the life of me think of a reason I would EVER want to see Three-or-more in goal again! He might actually be the worst goalie in SC if he were sent there right now.

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

GDI!

Posted by: ralCapsFan | December 16, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Caps need to pick it up

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Did we think they were going to quit?

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Yet another BS call.

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

that look a softy to me, it wasn't a missile and was deflected too far from the net to be really dangerous...

Posted by: mauree | December 16, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

come on....giving a HOT isles power play another chance....

Posted by: richmondphil | December 16, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Shi##y defense tonight after last week of 1 or 2 goal d.

Posted by: ralCapsFan | December 16, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

4 on 4, get em boys!

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

@mauree

it looked like it deflected twice.

related, i haven't been reading this all night so I do not know what all you guys have said about it, but what about Poti's pee-wee D play on the first goal?

Posted by: richmondphil | December 16, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

@rich

I'm pretty sure it was deflected only once far away. Doesn't matter.

We're suffering a bit right now.

LETS GO CAPS LETS GET THESE TWO POINTS!

Posted by: mauree | December 16, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Playing down to the worst opponent in the East. Nice.

Posted by: KurtNYC | December 16, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

fck

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Gotta clear that

Posted by: ralCapsFan | December 16, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

aww man darn it

Posted by: mauree | December 16, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Told you I was worried

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Ridcls...good teams beat the worst teams...

Posted by: ralCapsFan | December 16, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

looks like it took a second chip off a caps D.


our D is horrendous tonight.....poti.....

Posted by: richmondphil | December 16, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

No more weak calls. Let's beat those f'cks in regulation.

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Horrible PK tonight. Just dreadful. Hope they figure it out by Thurs. I am going to the game and really don't want to see the Caps get schooled on bad penalties.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | December 16, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. Nice D: the AHL's finest.


Posted by: oldtimehockey | December 16, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Last 30 seconds and we get Brash on the ice?

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

poti has been disgusting to watch tonight. how many ECHL mistakes can you make a game?

Posted by: richmondphil | December 16, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

not good. was 2. now maybe 1...not good. Scoring chances horrible

Posted by: ralCapsFan | December 16, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

well the bright side is we have at least a point! ack!

Posted by: CapsSkins | December 16, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Would someone please tell Nicky to SHOOT THE PUCK!

Posted by: tess2201 | December 16, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

great teams finish

Posted by: ralCapsFan | December 16, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

omg! it wasn't in?? arg

Posted by: mauree | December 16, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

INCONCIEVABLE! +1 for the posts.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | December 16, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

OVIE.....WHYYYYY

Posted by: richmondphil | December 16, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

How fun is he, huh?

Posted by: Section117 | December 16, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

OVI!!!! YES!!!!!

Posted by: mauree | December 16, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

OVI!!! OVI!!!! OVI!!!!!!

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

OOOVVIE!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: minicoop828 | December 16, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Cardiac

Posted by: uncatim | December 16, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Ovie gets revenge!

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | December 16, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

OV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: cbs75 | December 16, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

EDIT...

OVIE.....YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Posted by: richmondphil | December 16, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Actually it was worth overtime for that goal by Ovie!

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

OMG!!!!!!

Posted by: fnralch | December 16, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Why don't they play all the time like they played last 60 seconds? Any idea?

Posted by: yrb1 | December 16, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

To paraphrase Kipling: When you can raise your game while your team stinks up the third period, you are a man my son.

OV= best money spent in DC on anything.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | December 16, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

GREAT PLAYERS FINISH!!!

Posted by: CapsSkins | December 16, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

WHYYYYY did the Caps stop playing in the third period and let a doormat of a hockey team push them around. This time a relatively healthy team on the road and they still skate around like they're in a fog. They were lucky to even be in this game. Islanders gave them at least two goals.

I'll take the two points but damn do they need to nut up on the road. They didn't play since Saturday and to stop skating and getting outplayed in the third was inexcusable. Ovie saves the day.

Ice Breakers Goal Shakers

Posted by: Jonathan6 | December 16, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

OVIE IS NASTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: vegascapsfan1 | December 16, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Atl 3 Ott 0

Ottawa sucks so much!

Posted by: majiksea | December 16, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Sick move, soft hands. That was classic Ovie Caps Fans!

Nice to see the boys not giving up.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 16, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Let's go Anaheim...

Posted by: Section117 | December 16, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I would not say they stopped playing in the 3rd. yeah, momentum shifted, but honestly what killed us was not playing 60 (or 65) minutes of hockey, it was our penalty kill.

the biggest mistake you can make is underestimate a team, and when all of you seem to think the islanders are a "doormat" team you expect an easy win. no such thing.

our D was sub-par, and our penalty kill was horrendous. a few rookie mistakes by....well, our rookies. poti was horrendous.

overall, an exciting game.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 16, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe it was that close... dominated for two periods. Relaxed wayyy too much on the third. Came out with precious two points.

Many, many bad plays in our end, too relaxed. But I think we wouldn't play like that against a stronger team.

And about Philly... well, let's beat the Blues first but yeah, Philly is hot. It's going to be a playoffs-like game.

Posted by: mauree | December 16, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

We gave a point to the Isle, no big deal. But, if we gave one to NYR, BOS, CAR, not so much. Take the 2 points and run to the charter. I need a beverage after that finish.

Sloan, get better. Collins, go away.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | December 16, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

@117

If you're interested, it's on Justin:

http://www.justin.tv/bsod404

I usually watch the first 1-2 periods of the Ducks (then I pass out, too late) they're my second favorite team (waayyy below the Caps of course).

Posted by: mauree | December 16, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

@RichmondPhil
Just because the Islanders are a doormat team does not mean I expected a big win. Any given night - things happen. The fact is they had chances to bury this team - didn't do it and they were not as aggressive in the third. They were outplayed. It wasn't just momentum. You find ways to step up and take it back.

I give the Islanders all the credit for playing hard and not letting up. The Caps have to play a full 60. Bottomline - I'll take these two points and keep rolling.

Defense was sloppy and there were no doubt rookie mistakes. There will be nights that will happen. Thank goodness it didn't burn them in the end. CLUTCH save by Johnson on Guerin after the game was tied at 4. Exciting game but a blowout would've made my heart beat a lot slower haha.

Ice breakers Goal Shakers

Posted by: Jonathan6 | December 16, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

@mauree

Shame on me...off all people. Totally agree with you point. I will need to be cynic a while longer :)

Posted by: ralCapsFan | December 16, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

collins is expected to make SOME of those mistakes ( a few were unforgivable) but lets talk about poti. oooof.....

Posted by: richmondphil | December 16, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

After looking really good the last three games, the PK looked horrible tonight. Steckel was really a drag on the PK.

But OV saved his and the other lousy PKer's collective posteriors. What a world class compeititor. That almost goal just incensed OV. The guy is a sore loser and I love that.

Oh, TSN moved the Caps up ahead of the Redwings from 21 to 4 -- how bout them apples?!?

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 16, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Oh, OV is also the top rated player on TSN -- my God has the Crysbaby lovefest ended in the loft above America?

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 16, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

islanders just straight outplayed us in the 3rd. I would not give fault to the caps for the 3rd, without faulting the whole game. yeah, we kept the pace but that is only because the isles played lights out for the first 10 minutes of the first period. they fired right back at us throughout the whole game, the 3rd is the culmination of it all.

honestly, i saw more unforgivable mistakes in the 2nd than in the 3rd. keep in mind, both 3rd period goals came RIGHT after the PK. well...i might be wrong about the Sutton goal. might as well be a PPG.

either way, the isles should not have gotten a point.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 16, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

oh, and johnson was STELLAR. yet again.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 16, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

we are playing better on the road now. we need to carry this momentum against the Blues and then go to Philly and begin to settle the score with the Flyers. Saturdays game is huge for us. All hands need to be on deck for this game.

Posted by: ergoroc | December 16, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Ouch, PK completely stunk up the building tonight. Thought BJ wasn't seeing the puck as well as he normally does and had a lot of problems with screens - if he could see the puck, he had it every time (unlike MacDonald who just plain got beat more than once). Guess we were due a bad night but that shouldn't have gone to overtime.

Lot of bad / dumb penalties, though it was good to see Bradley drop 'em.

Posted by: kittypawz | December 16, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

@ richmondphil
do you think johnny will get the start against the blues? they are another basement team (12-14-13) and are 5-9-1 on the road. any of you think JT will return or will we go with varly?

Posted by: minicoop828 | December 16, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I think BJ will get it. our PK and D left him out to dry on those shots from the point. and about him not picking up the puck, remember that 3 of those goals were on deflections.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 16, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

then again, I am a sucker for the Russkis, and I would love to see Varly get starts to see if somehow, miraculously this kid IS good enough to adjust to North American, professional hockey in the blink of an eye.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 16, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

True on those shots being deflections, which suggests too much traffic in the crease, at least to me. Where were our guys muscling people out of the crease? We're big enough to do it.

And yes, both Poti and Collins were horrid. Maybe that pairing plain does not work.

Posted by: kittypawz | December 16, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Witt ends the night with a -5... talk about a bad night at the office!

Posted by: isaacc7 | December 16, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

lets talk about the canadians giving 2 points to carolina.


ooof

Posted by: richmondphil | December 16, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil: I'd like to see Varlamov get the start vs. St. Louis, myself. Give him a taste of home ice.

Posted by: kittypawz | December 16, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

BAD, BAD penalty kill tonight.

Couple of - OK, several - SICK goals. That Backstrom to Semin behind the back to Ovi goal in the 2nd was just plain insane.

We took way too many stupid penalties, though, and deserved most of them.

Pleased to see Gordon, Laich and Jurcina score, as well as Ovechkin, and to see Brashear get himself an assist... and JOHNSON got an assist on Laich's goal? That rocks!

Johnny's SV% was down to .897, but one of their goals - the Weight - went in because it bounced off one of us.

Poti-Collins as a defensive pairing? No. Doesn't work. Collins spent too much time in the box, and Poti ... well. No comment.

The stars - Alzner! Yay! He deserved it. Three big hits, an assist, 3 blocked shots, and a couple of shots on goal... the man's a beast out there!

Park - yes, I will agree with this. Park had a really good game, with a goal and an assist...

and Ovi - well... what can we say? Two BIG goals, the first just sortof casual, the second - saved the day. Russian Machine!

Posted by: irockthered | December 16, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

On a side note: GO DUCKS?!

The Ducks are playing the Rangers tonight, 0-0 so far with about 7-1/2 to go in the first frame. Not gonna stay up and quack, but for once, I hope the feathered wonders pull out a really solid regulation play win. ;-)

Posted by: irockthered | December 16, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else think Gordon had a good night tonight? Every time I saw a really good play, I looked up and he was right in the middle of it.

Posted by: kittypawz | December 16, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Man, I hate the boonies. Missed the game for bonding time with Mother, and now the internet connection is so slow, I can't even see highlights! Can't wait to get back to civilization! Looking forward to the game on Thursday and hope to maybe see Varly in net. I'll be at KCI on Friday to watch practice. Let's go Caps!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | December 16, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I do think Gordon had a good night, despite being on the ice for two of the Islanders' power play goals. That wasn't his fault, and he played a good, solid game, despite having to spend several minutes on the penalty kill...

...which I hope Boudreau decides to focus on, hardcore, in practice tomorrow!

Posted by: irockthered | December 16, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

@kittypawz: I agree, he doesn't get a lot of recognition but he's been having a pretty good season after having to fight his way back into the starting lineup in October

Posted by: honed | December 16, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

SHOOT. Chris Drury scores unassisted after a REALLY BAD turnover by the Duckies. Quaaaaaaaack!

#@!^%$(!@$#@!

Posted by: irockthered | December 16, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

How could any top 10 list of greatest Capitals not include Bengt Gustafsson who has to be ranked in the top three? With all due respect, Kelly Miller? Yvon Labre?

This list is a joke and absolutely invalid without Gus. Best defensive forward they've ever had and one of the most creative offensive players I've ever seen.

Posted by: truke | December 17, 2008 7:12 AM | Report abuse

No love for Mike Ridley???

Posted by: Longgoneposter | December 17, 2008 7:34 AM | Report abuse

As far as the list goes, everyone has their own favorite after you get thru the top 5 or six players. You could debate the "top ten" untill the end of time.You can argue different players for different reasons as well.

As far as the game last nite. Glad to get two out of that game. I thought BB should have called a time-out to settle the guys down after the islanders had swarmed us.
The islanders have given a decent effort lately (excluding the pens game) , but just been on the short end of the stick.

If that was JT and not BJ in goal.....the hate comments would be still flowing....BJ did have a awesume save when it was tied.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 17, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Another ridiculous poll.

Posted by: opita | December 17, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Gus has to be in the top 10. Miller was a solid player, but he was no Gus. This list is a joke without ol' #16.

Posted by: moz13 | December 17, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Gustaffson has to be number one until Ovechkin plays at least another year or two. Can't understand how Gus is not on the list.

Posted by: JoeTink | December 18, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

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