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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 01/26/2011

Post Sports Live: The state of the Caps

By Washington Post editors

For those of you who didn't want to watch the other 25 minutes of yesterday's Post Sports Live show, here's the Caps/NHL-centric segment, where Katie discusses the Caps power-play issues, Braden Holtby, and the new NHL All-Star Game format

By Washington Post editors  | January 26, 2011; 2:00 PM ET
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Even if we get everybody we think we need and fill whatever holes we may have, there is still no guarantee of playoff success. You can certainly prepare for the style of hockey that is played in the playoffs but the reality of it is, you have to play the game. I can remember out here in Colorado when the Avs signed Kariya & Sellane. Everybody thought you should just hand them the Cup. Not so much.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 26, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, so much for seeing #4 and #17 in the lineup together for one last time....I feel cheated and I want my money back!! Welcome back Brads, it's comforting to have two middleweights w/losing records against chumps in the lineup. I'm sure the two will be avoiding Boulton and Thorburn at all costs...BETTER BE PREPARED AND READY TO GO TONITE, #4, AND DON'T EXPECT MUCH SUPPORT FROM YOUR MATES.

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 26, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

no one's talking about guarantees.

We just want a legitimate chance once we enter the playoffs.

In the past, we entered without that legitimate chance to do much damage. Regardless of the rhetoric that was spewed by the team.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 26, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

no doubt the Thrash and a few other teams match up bigger and tougher than we do. Even losing Eager, the Thrash with Boulton, Cormier, and Thorburn are bigger and stronger than anyone we have at forward.

And really, there's no good reason why we don't have at least one or two forwards on our bottom two lines who can match up to those guys. Can you imagine Boulton with the Caps? He'd be riding pine all year. Buffalo did a decent job in giving him ice time and developing and Atlanta under their new coach has taken his development to the next level. And they're determined to do the same with Cormier, who has more upside as a regular player. And he's a potentially devastating bodychecker too.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 26, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse


I think the Caps had a legitimate shot in 2009. They got to 7 games with eventual SC champ. If they were able to win that game 7 I feel they would've beat Carolina and probably lost to Detroit in the SC finals.

It didn't happen, but the Caps had a legitimate shot of making it happen(i.e. if that game 3 OT goal doesn't get the unlucky bounce off of ShaMo's leg into the upper corner things could've been drastically different).

Posted by: sgm3 | January 26, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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