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Video: Wise, Steinberg, Ovie and Crosby

At around 1 a.m. in the Verizon Center press lounge, columnist Mike Wise and hostage/special guest star Dan Steinberg talk about things vaguely related to the Capitals' Game 7 win. (It was a long night.)

Watch the video and record your response. We'll excerpt our favorites in the paper.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  April 29, 2009; 8:07 AM ET
 
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Can't take credit for it but heres a nickname:
"Czar Lamov"

Posted by: NFeKPo | April 29, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Why's Steinberg checking his watch? He late for a hot date or something?

Posted by: rossfeldman | April 29, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Typical, I see Dan and Mike talking about hockey when the extent of their knowledge comes from watching highlights of #8.

Fellas, no one can or should deny that Ovechkin is incredible. He's lightning in a bottle, and even though I'm not a fan of the Capitals, he's worth the price of admission. I admire and love his hybrid style of play both offensively and the physicality of it.

Notice what I didn't say though? One word absent from Ovie's game is defense. Mike when you say he's the most complete player, you note his offensive dynamics and his physical play - and no one disagrees with that regardless of the team they cheer for. Ovechkin doesn't backcheck though.

I'll reference again, Game 2 of the NYR series. Ovie turns the puck over at the blue line and a 2 on 1 develops for the Rangers. As Callahan takes the pass at the circle, a hustling backchecking Ovie SHOULD HAVE BEEN in his hippocket breaking up the play. He wasn't. He was coasting back through the neutral zone and standing nearly upright as Callahan beat Varlamov.

I am not a Caps fan, but share Caps season tix and have seen this in his game all year and throughout his career. A complete player plays both ends of the ice... period. Ovechkin plays 2/3 of it.

And the player left out of this discussion that needs to be included is actually Malkin. Crosby is not a better player than Malkin right now, and Ovechkin is not as complete as Malkin. Malkin has everything in his arsenal, particularly what Ovie lacks - a determination to backcheck and make plays in his own end.

Posted by: mds1980 | April 29, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Well, Nick Backstrom is the best all-around player on the Caps and I think just about every Caps fan will tell you that. Just barely 21 and he plays both ends of the ice better than any on this team - and better than 99% of the forwards in the East. Backstrom will be the engine driving the Ferrari for many, many years.

AO is the turbo button...

Posted by: saintex | April 29, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

First of all. Thanks to all. Reading the comments in the previous entries lifted my wife's spirits. She texted a thank you to the score board between the first and second period. We are very lucky in that she is healthy again. Further lucky is that se was discharged from the hospital before the end of the hockey game.

As for comparing Ovechkin and Crosby, we need to stop doing this. It is a tired and meaningless debate. Crosby is a center and Ovechkin is a winger. Two different positions with different roles and responsibilities. It means nothing to compare them. I'm not a fan of Crosby because as a fan of another team I can't be. I do not deny that he is a great talent and a great hockey player. He is. Simply you can't compare a wing to a center. Lets compare Crosby to Backstrom instead.

Posted by: lornemyoung | April 29, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I'm too lazy to read all the comments since the game ended, so I may be rehashing old points, but here's my 2 cents on last night:

1) Glad Clark got the nod. He provided exactly what I thought he would; low quantity, high quality minutes. He contributed everything Brash could've and more.

2) Most of you probably didn't watch the Vs. feed because you were at the game or watching CSN, but my fellow out-of-towners will back me up on this. That was the worst announcing job I've seen in quite some time. It was 55 minutes of how great the Rangers are, how wonderful they're playing, how crappy the Caps look, how everybody was standing around and on and on and on... Then Feds scores and all of a sudden we're a great team again. The studio guys were just as bad. To listen to them we may as well have grabbed our golf clubs at the 2nd intermission.

3) Besides being wildly entertaining, the end of NJ-CAR was great for the Caps. I'm not looking forward to the oncoming circus, but from a hockey standpoint we're much better off facing Pitt right now than NJD. After Henrik darn near stole this series, I was in no mood to see MB standing in the way of a potential EC Finals bid. I'll take my chances with Fleury, thank you.

4) The way this game was played couldn't have been better. I think the biggest danger the Caps face (aside from the Pens) is overconfidence. When the guys start reading their press clippings, things always go bad. There's PLENTY from the first two periods for BB to use to take them down a peg or two before Saturday.

5) Water bottles aside, John Tortorella is a dang good coach. I thought his top line change was a brilliant move and the Rangers were completely different than gms 5/6. It was almost a carbon copy of the first two games except the end result. Post game too, he had it right on with his team. He acknowledged that his guys played well, but they lost because they just can't generate enough offense and they require Henrik to be too perfect. Add some more offensive creativity and skill, and the Rangers will be a force again.

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 29, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

So when did Wise start his playoff beard?>

Posted by: RichC3 | April 29, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

my voice is so hoarse today.
and my head aches.
my back is killing me.
My smile, however, is wwwwiiiiiidddddeeeee.

Posted by: oo7 | April 29, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

I think it was just fitting the way it ended.

I will say that I was frustrated at the play the first 40 minutes, but tried to stay calm and confident...Once we scored it was the loudest I have ever heard any sporting event...

I truly feel that if we win the Stanley Cup..it wont get much louder then that...we tipped the scales.

One message to Crosby...keep your head on a swivel...We have to "Avery" him and get him off his game.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 29, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

You would think there would be more traffic day after a game 7 win. maybe people are just now getting some sleep

Posted by: NFeKPo | April 29, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

mds, typical. take one play and extrapolate that ovie doesnt play defense or hustle. what about the play on korpokaski in game 3( i think). hustled back to break up the play w/ no penalty. will he ever win the selke? no. but he's not being payed to shut down the other guys top line. his biggest problem is taking shifts that are too long which probably hurts him if he has to get back on d. malkin's a good player, but any objective observer would say ovie is better...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | April 29, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Dear Mike:

Your face was made for print, no doubt. If we must use this stupid video medium, at least show us Lindsay's Apple-Bottom.

Posted by: TCJR2000 | April 29, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Moved over from previous thread:

What a game last night. After Feds scored the place was nuts. Not many even sat for the last 4:55.

I did go back and read some of the in game comments in here and shame on those of you trashing Ovi, BB, and the Caps in general. I'm not going to punk anyone out by screen name but after the 1st someone stated that Ovi was playing unspired game without any hitting. Maybe it wasn't on TV, but Ovi totally detroyed Avery in the offensive zone. The Caps benefitted from a couple of stellar saves in the first 10 minutes, and then kept the shots to the outside for the rest of the game. Varly even made a great play on the goal scored against us because he poked it off of Dubinsky's stick as he was "curl and dragging", unfortunately it went right to Antropov. If not for Varly in the first, the boys may not have pulled this one out. That's OK though, sometimes you need your goaltender to do that. All eventual champions have a goaltender that can hold the fort. We have one again.

As far as comments about BB being outcoached. I cannot believe people were saying that. You could tell that Tortorella challenged his vets to take this one and they responded. Gomez played lights out last night. The Rangers had the puck possession advantage in the 2nd but only managed 6 shots, 1 of which was a very nice save by Varly, otherwise the Caps kept the Rangers to the outside. Wasn't pretty but it worked.

The third period BB shuffled the 2nd line and finally moved Flash to the 4th line. Everyone can agree that the Caps went out in the 3rd to win this thing, not sit back and wait. They totally dominated and if not for Lundqvist the game would have been 3 or 4 -1. The Rangers played their best game of the series, by far. Yes, even better than in their wins. They looked like they wanted it and the Rangers vets did what they could to take our youngsters hearts.

The Caps showed they could win a playoff style game 7. On to round 2.

Again, shame on the Caps fans that were throwing in the towel mere minutes before Feds scored. I can't believe that kind of chatter was going on in here because even before Feds scored the tide had shifted and the Caps were rolling. I have to admit though, a lot of people complaining about Ovi, BB, and the Caps, weren't regulars.

What was up with SC1907 appearing to be a Caps fan last night?

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 29, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

@JS26121820

I agree, Versus was pretty Ranger-ific. I've started to tune out the announcers though.

Posted by: demodaze | April 29, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

@cstanton1: No need to buy me a pie bud. Just glad the boys finished the 1st round task. What an amazing feeling to be on the other side of the heartache fence. Like I said earlier though, the tide had turned in the 3rd and the Caps came out to take it.

The Pens will be a great series. They have a couple of agitators in Cooke and Talbot, but at least they don't spear and punch after the whistle, only during play.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 29, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

...As far as comments about BB being outcoached...

Posted by: fanohock1

If you were referring to my last point above, that wasn't what I meant. I was just giving a shout out to Torts because I do think he's a good coach. I had no problem whatsoever with BB

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 29, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

JS, I watched the game on Versus. You are correct that the announcers, booth and studio, were lambasting the Caps. However, I agreed with their points. The Caps were outplayed in every way in the first two periods, and I was saying the same things about them that the broadcast crew said. It was frustrating to watch the Caps play so poorly. I even made the comment during the 2nd Intermission that the lines should be switched up to add more grit to the skill lines. Sure enough, Flash was demoted and Laich moved up.

As for the OV/Crosby debate, perhaps we should be comparing OV and Malkin since Crosby isn't even the best player on the Pens.

Posted by: paperboy76 | April 29, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

@JS26121820: Not directed at you at all bud. There were "in game" comments last night I was referring to. I wasn't on here last night I was in SEC 430 which why I don't have a voice today. I agree, Tortorella had the Rangers ready to play. IMO they played better last night than they did in any of their 3 wins. In their 3 wins Lundqvist was the difference.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 29, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

What an incredible night at VC. A few observations.

Before the game the Rags were trying to hit fans with practice pucks. I was glad to get one, but the woman hit down by the glass was hurt! Rags were smirking at one another.

Someone said on the last thread it wasn't Ovi who creamed Avery but instead Fedorov. Well maybe Feds got him, but Ovi absolutely crushed him.

They say a tornado's like a freight train -- so was VC for 5 minutes. The way the Caps kept it in the zone to lock Henrik in goal was a thing of beauty, but they had a fan assist.

And Lindsay, Tarik, Katie, could you please talk to the print edition about the sorry summary of the Canes game? I mean purchase the whole AP piece for god's sake! What an incredible game that must have been, and it deserves more than the sorry squib it got.

Now to get the next monkey of our backs! Go Caps!

Posted by: Sonyask | April 29, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

The next series is not about Crosby vs. Ovechkin. That debate has become tired. Pittsburgh vs. Washington is a series that has a deep history and both teams have talent beyond the two superstars. Please don't lower your standards to the "Crysby sux Ovy Rules" crowd.

Posted by: 08Obama08 | April 29, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Feds hurt Avery in the last couple of minutes because Avery tried to avoid the hit and still got clipped and went down akwardly. Ovi cleaned him out, I mean destroyed him, in the 1st.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 29, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

@paperboy

It's not that I had a problem with the announcers making the point the the Rangers were playing better. Of course they were. Thing is though, it never occurred to them to mention that it was a 1-1 game. If somebody listened to them and didn't look at the scorebox on the TV, they would've assumed New York was winning 6-0 and it was garbage time of a rout

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 29, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

The next series is about Lemeuix and Gould.....the press is going to harp on it.

Posted by: RichC3 | April 29, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I was wondering what happened to Avery there. It wasn't the time to be worried about Avery, so I had forgotten that happened

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 29, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

If anyone from the Post reads this I have a suggestion. Get rid of this stupid "Ovechkin shot track" thing online and in the paper everyday. No one cares and the other day he had only three shots. A big waste of space that could used for something else.

Posted by: MKadyman | April 29, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Fanohock -- that's right about the Avery hits. I remember the Feds hit.

I agree; drop the junk about Crosby. We've got the three top scorers in the league, along with the top scorers in the playoffs, on the ice. Two sharp young goaltenders, and our own history of losing in the playoffs to a good franchise. Fortunately, our guys for the most part weren't around for that history, so it's a new day and time to write a new chapter.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 29, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

CINDY IS COMING, CINDY IS COMING!!!!!!

Posted by: 555Mass | April 29, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I watched the last 5 mins on the DVR when I got home from Verizon. In his excitement Laughlin incorrectly said that OV hit Avery late in the game but it was Feds. Oh, kind of lost in the last few minutes was the HUGE open ice hit Backstrom had on Dubinsky between the circles in the Rangers zone. Knocked Dubinsky on his @$$. Don't think Backs bit him.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 29, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

crosby and ovie should just drop the mitts on the opening faceoff of the series so then the media can move on from the comparison

Posted by: _stevo | April 29, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

The next series will be tougher, no doubt. Pitt plays our kind of hockey and I think Ovie can take Crosby off his game. He unfortunately has to do that with Fleury and Malkin too.

Posted by: bhound69 | April 29, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

The playoff history between the teams means a lot to the fans, but it shouldn't have a bearing on this series. If this group of Caps had been the ones that lost all those series to this group of Pens, then I would be worries. I doubt if many of the players on either side particularly care about the history.

Re: OV/Crosby/Malkin, ultimately when the careers are over they will be judged by wins and losses. I just hope that OV doesn't get back to the 1-on-1 stuff that hurt his game early in the Rangers series because he's trying to one-up those guys. He needs to play the way he did down the stretch of that series.

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 29, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

My Comcast has been out since Saturday (since cancelled and no FIOS until next week), so I listed to the radio feed. At one point I'm pretty sure I heard mention that Navratilova was in the house. If true, anyone got photo evidence?

Posted by: rdpinva | April 29, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

The person at the game holding the sign "Dubinski Bites" was genious.

Posted by: bhound69 | April 29, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

She was there, Junkies were talking about that this morning

Posted by: bhound69 | April 29, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I have a kinda off topic question maybe one of you kind folks know the answer too. I haven't been able to find it. I have to DVR game 1 on Saturday because I can't watch live due to prior commitment. NBC has the game starting 3 hours before the Kentucky Derby. I'm betting that if game 1 goes to overtime, thus exceeding the 3 hour time frame, the suits at NBC will shove Caps-Pens off to a sister cable network so as not to pre-empt the Derby.

Does anyone know if there's a precedent for NBC pulling this kind of stunt? If so, anyone know what channel I should set the DVR for just in case?

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 29, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Martini was on the Jumbotron. She looked healthy & stunning. I would guess she might be a Rags fan, though -- anyone know?

Posted by: Sonyask | April 29, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Well, now I know what Mike Wise would look like if he made some sort of terrorist video.

And you'd think Steinberg had never seen a webcam before.

Posted by: kolbkl | April 29, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to glue an empty water bottle to a caps hat as a memento of this series win over the Rangers. Someone should have done that at the booth last night.

Posted by: grackle5 | April 29, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Martina also got a wonderful ovation.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 29, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Repost:

To everyone panicking about the TV schedule... Round 2 games are still shown on the Regional Sports Network (RSN), which for us is Comcast Sportsnet (CSN). And there's a lot of words in this post of mine, but please read it and read it carefully......

Versus does have two games of *exclusive* coverage per series, so you WILL need Versus in order to watch those two games only. As for which two, that will be announced later. All the other games (except the NBC Game 1) will be on both CSN and Versus, with Versus blacked out in the CSN market. The nonexclusive nights, the Versus feed is solely for the benefit of out of town viewers. You will have those games on Comcast Sportsnet, much like Round 1.

However, if we go on to Round 3 or 4, full national exclusivity kicks in, and the RSNs no longer show any games at all. So you might want to be updating your TV plan anyway.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | April 29, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | April 29, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

@JS26121820
In fact it did happen, NBC pre-empted the rest of a playoff game for its Kentucky Derby PREVIEW and the game was finished on Versus. Many "Bettman screwed up the TV contracts" articles written.

Posted by: koalatek | April 29, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse


1) Ovechkin doesn't backcheck though.
2) I am not a Caps fan.
3) Ovechkin plays 2/3 of it.
4) Ovechkin is not as complete as Malkin.
5) Malkin has everything in his arsenal, particularly what Ovie lacks - a determination to backcheck and make plays in his own end.
Posted by: mds1980 | April 29, 2009 8:39 AM |

Was wondering when the first Penazi was going to show up.

Give back the ticks, the Hockey professionals will all disagree with you.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 29, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, I think I'll start recording Versus at 4:00 just in case

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 29, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

UPDATE:

I mentioned in my previous post that I didn't know what the exclusive games were yet. They got announced: Game 2 (Mon 5/4 home) and Game 3 (Wed 5/6 away). Of course, Game 1 is on NBC. That means that Game 4 (and 5-7 if necessary) *WILL* be on CSN for those in the CSN area, and Versus for everyone outside the area.

Summary for US viewers:
Game 1, NBC only
Games 2-3, Versus only
Games 4-7, CSN in-market, Versus out of market

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | April 29, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

mike wise... i don't know what to say... especially with headlines..."federov pulls one out," and lines like "sir-gay"

Posted by: iastdon | April 29, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Dag, Greg. Thanks for the info.

Will RCN sell me games on demand for the game 3 Versus blackout and the other rounds? (you seem like the one to ask).

Could get very tiresome once the Pens fans come over. Several seem a cut above the Rags fans, but still a lot of idiocy. Expect a lot of "dirty player" trollery regarding Ovi,such as "gosh I think Ovi's a great player and I'm a Caps fan, but did you see Ovi leave his feet on that hit? Be careful Ovi!" See if you can spot it.

BTW we have a Malkin -- his name's Backstrom.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 29, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

The Pens fans are exactly like the Flyer fans... we all have experience from that.

Expect the Dungeen of Doom to come out...

Posted by: _828 | April 29, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully the Pens will not come out sharp in the first game because of the layoff and we can take one quickly and rather painlessly.

Our D and goaltending is the key now. The Pens have 3 lines who can score so we have to be sharp. If we play like we did in the first two periods, it'll be 4-0 instead of 1-1. HAVE to bring it in every game.

Can't wait for Saturday.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 29, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

The rap on Ovie's defense is undeserved most of the time. When you look at the plays that people complain about him not beating them back down to our end to break up a play, everyone completely ignores the other Caps on the ice. Ovie is usually in deep, expecting him to beat 2 other Caps players back (and not getting on their case for it) is silly.

When comparing the defensive responsibilities of Ovie to a Malkin or a Crosby you must remember that Ovie is not a CENTER. Centers have much more defensive responsibilities than a wing who we are trying to spring out wide as much as possible. This also ignores all of the highlight back checks he makes when he plays on the point of the PP (see: he's a D man technically then and he plays that role).

I get tired of hearing how great Malkin or Crosby are defensively when their team gave up only 6 goals less than us in the regular season, and the entire league gave us the rep of having poor goaltending and bad D. 6 goals less than a team with our rep is not great defense.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 29, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Were they drinking when they filmed this...or just really, really tired?

Posted by: R617 | April 29, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

@dave

Well put.....i agree and would just like to add, Ovi gets paid to score goals, and hover the blueline. Jagr and Lemeuix invented hovering (cherry picking). Let Laich and Brad's backcheck as non centers. Its really pretty easy stuff.

Posted by: bhound69 | April 29, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

sonyask, agree with Backs, as I threw out earlier this morning. Backs is nearly as good as Malkin at working the entire rink. That's his job, as it is Malkin's. I happen to really appreciate Malkin's game and I think the Malkin and Backstrom comparison throughout the next series will be one of the deciding factors.

Posted by: saintex | April 29, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I was watching on TV and the Caps announcers Beninati and Laughlin both said many of the same things about how lucky the Capitals were to be tied after two periods. Let's face it, NY simply did not have any goal scorers on its team and Varly only had to make 14 saves although the ones in the first five minutes were huge. NY stuck to its game plan and clearly had more of a jump than the Caps in the first two periods. I was very surprised about how sloppy the Caps were in the own end with TO's and not being able to complete routine passes. The Caps except for the Backstrom line looked very unsure of themselves and most of the play was in our end. I thought it was the worse two periods we played the entire playoffs and the goal we scored was a fluky one at best.

The Caps turned it around in the 3rd and the Rangers simply looked like they were out of gas. Their older players except Avery didn't have any jump and we took the play to them. I don't think it was that BB was outcoached so much as the Rangers played a great two periods but Varly kept us in it until Feds scored the game winner.

Posted by: wizfan89 | April 29, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

@wiz

You saw the same game everyone else did, no denying a word. 14 shots are not much of a test, but it could credit the fact we were in defensive mode for 55 minutes last night. We were flat for 55, no doubt.

Posted by: bhound69 | April 29, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Caps on 7 was my theme since the third game of the series. I never lost the faith on this team, now I welcome back those that did for they were just letting their nerves get the best out of them.

So much for meaningless statistics, eh? Every game is a new game and the past results are history. One game a time, one game at a time...

Posted by: opita1 | April 29, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Most awesome finish ever. Could feel the floor vibrating at VC. Bring on the Pens!

Posted by: mikebrady1 | April 29, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

That was the longest video response ever, but I had to cover all the points I wanted to hit. Woohoo! Yeah, and sorry for coughing there a few times. My throat is a bit hoarse today for obvious reasons.

Oh, and I'm sure glad that I don't have to eat that fish dish I promised to devour if the caps didn't come back from 1-3 down as I predicted.

And how do you like my protege Varlamov now, eh? A slight improvement over Theo, eh? :)

Congrats everybody! Even the doubters and all those full of constant negativity. This team might not be the best in the NHL, but they're very good and a heck of a lot of fun to watch.

Posted by: ranndino | April 29, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I think Theodore has had time to focus on mistakes in game 1, and is ready to regain MVP form and lead us to the Cup.

Who's with me???

joke...

Posted by: SA-Town | April 29, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Pens will be wearing powder blue at any time during the series.

Cindy is really cute in the powder blue.

I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I'd rather walk around town in my underwear than in powder blue.

Posted by: tominfl1 | April 29, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

SA-Town... why did you put joke in there... I love it when people take jokes seriously...

Posted by: _828 | April 29, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

GregAnnapolis:

Do you, or does anyone, know how I get Vs. on Dish. Can I purchase A la Carte, or do I need to upgrade to "gold?"

I should prob just contact Dish, but though I would start here.

Thanks.

Posted by: kkd76 | April 29, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Hey, some of you have mentioned you have seen Brash out and about. For those that have, does he normally wear a red Nats hat when he's kicking back? Before the game yesterday (around 5:45) I believe I had a Brash spotting outside of Verizon center. I came up 6th and rather than park in the clogged gallery parking I turn right and park in a different garage. At the end of that little alley is the back of a relatively new condo. Straight back there was a big dude with a Brash beard, Nats hat, listening to an I-pod, standing next to an Infiniti. My favorite garage was full so I had to drive toward him and he ducked into the condo. I swear it was Brash.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 29, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Actually after the Gallery parking entrance I turn left not right. That is the alley I saw him in.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 29, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

btw, great pictures on the post web site of the game. including one of green's face making contact with the boards after he tried to do a preemptive check on the rangers guy and missed. ouch....

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | April 29, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

"I thought Chris Clark was exceptional tonight," defenseman Brian Pothier said. "I thought he should have had maybe two or three goals. He had some excellent chances, he was banging bodies, he won every battle I saw him in. To come off a few months' absence and just step into a Game 7, it's not an easy thing to do, and just his presence, he does just such a good job of calming the guys down."
Pothier also returned to the Caps late in the year after a lengthy injury-related absence, and General Manager George McPhee last night compared Pothier and Clark to trade-deadline acquisitions.

"The guys that we were interested in weren't traded," McPhee said, "and there really wasn't anything else that we thought would be better than Brian Pothier or would be better than Chris Clark."

why ppl keep doubting GMGM & this organization is beyond me.


Oh btw - Welcome back on the bandwagon u stupid pr!cks who deserted & cursed us when we were down 3-1.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 29, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I think I have permanent hearing damage after last night.

As happy as we are, be glad you're not a Devils fan. A guy I work with is a Devils fan. Right after the game, I was emailing him to get pumped up for the series while finishing some post game beverages in the Acela. Then he sent an email that simply said "I am stunned" (and I had to figure out what happened). He's still stunned. I said I would buy him some golf balls with the Devils logo on it.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 29, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Honestly I think even most Pens fans dislike the powder blue. It was a novel thing to do for the outdoor game but most of them don't seem to like it as much as they wear it.

I think it would be cool if we wore a throwback every now and again during the reg season. Maybe when we retire Kolzig or Bondra's numbers.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 29, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

SA-town,
theo? who?

the good news is that if he's with the team next year, he will be playing for a contract. for some strange reason, players tend to play better when they are impending free agents....odd. he'll be an expensive number 2.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | April 29, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse


btw, great pictures on the post web site of the game. including one of green's face making contact with the boards after he tried to do a preemptive check on the rangers guy and missed. ouch....
Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | April 29, 2009 11:14 AM |

Ugh! I was just going to mention this.
Not a pretty site.

Does any1 have a pic of what happened to Avery near the end of the game?

I think 2 hits by us: 1 faceplant into his bench & 1 that caused some sort of injury.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 29, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

@fanohock

brashear lives in that condo building right across from gallery place on 6th, so yes it probably was him. a friend of mine saw him walk right past the burger king on 5th yesterday

Posted by: _stevo | April 29, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

What a GREAT pair of bookends for this series:

Simeon Varlamov - youngest player on the Caps roster.

Sergei Fedorov - oldest player on the Caps roster.

Wow. What a game! I'm STILL hoarse!

Posted by: irockthered | April 29, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

The only thing that worries me about this series is: rebound control. Simply put, Varly is a very capable goalie but the defense will have to be strong in front of him to minimize the second-chance goals. Some of the weak clears I saw last night really scared me (Steck, are you listening?) and even the Great Fedorov had some pretty lazy looking plays. The deeper we go, the more easily mistakes like that will be capitalized on, especially with a team that actually has some scoring talent.

I have every bit of confidence that we can and will win this series, but we're gonna have to keep playing gritty.

Anyone else think #17 was the best player on the ice last night? Exactly the kind of grit we were missing at the beginning of the series and what we'll need for the next round. Juice is also playing stand-up D right now, and his play of late has changed me from a hater to a believer.

Posted by: snakegriffin | April 29, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

ooops - s/b "not a prety SIGHT"

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 29, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

ah screw the spelling & typing combo :(

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 29, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Roc00 -- I undertand your sentiment and agree, but you come off like a Rangers or a Pens fan. ("yeah, for all you thinkin like that s@#$!*& my *@(#")

Posted by: Sonyask | April 29, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

nah - Sonyask
Far from it. Been here since Ryan Walters & Robert Picard & Mike Gartner.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 29, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I disagree that #17 was the best player on the ice. He had some excellent plays, and won some key battles. He also had a couple of prime opportunities in front of the net that he missed or was stuffed on.

All in all, though, I was astonished at the great game he played after all those months. Very timely Chris.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 29, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

It is funny with Backs playing a lot with Semin that Semin leads the playoffs in goals and that Ov's production was off.

Posted by: RichC3 | April 29, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

@OLDTIMEHOCKEY

You might want to buy him some rope.....

Posted by: bhound69 | April 29, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

When do round 2 tickets go on sale?

Posted by: alifaxwa2 | April 29, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

@_Stevo: Thanks for the info. BTW your boy Erskine is playing great.

I will be watching the last few minutes on the DVR a couple of times when I get home today. For others that will too be on the lookout for 3 awesome hits. 1. Federov hitting Avery just above the goal line to Lundqvist's left. Fed didn't get him as solid as he wanted but Avery looked like a birdie with a broken wing when he got up. 2. Backstroms open ice hit in the Rangers zone as Dubinsky tried to pick up speed to carry the puck up ice. 3. Morrison exploded on Sjostrom on the boards mid zone to Varly's left. The boys finished that game strong and the cool thing is they will have plenty of legs even though this thing went 7. Even though it was a tight defensive battle BB went with 4 lines until the 3rd.

Last thing I want to mention. I concur with the assessments on Clark. He looked pretty darn good for someone who has missed so much time. He had a nice speed burst past a Rangers D-man in the 2nd that created a scoring chance. He will be a nice addition to the line-up. I am thinking it is time to send a message to Flash. Nyls has played wing too so I would sit Flash and gives Nyls another shot. I would give him a shot on the 2nd line wing where Flash was playing and move Laich back to the 3rd line because that sucker clicks pretty good.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 29, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Congrats Caps fans

I didn't think the Rangers would win going into the game, then thought they might actually pull it off after 2 periods. Now I have to spend a whole summer watching replays of Redden getting caught flat footed on Federov and not taking the body. Gotta give Federov credit, he did look old in this series but came up big in the end. I'm still proud of my team for playing hard yesterday.

A tough road lies ahead for you, the caps need to play better than they did in this series to beat the Pens.

Posted by: JK111 | April 29, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

To all who are wondering how to get Versus on Dish Network... unfortunately I have no idea. I am a Verizon FiOS customer, previously a Comcast customer. We have essentially a forest blocking my view of the southern sky, which rules out satellite dishes as a source for TV in my house. So my knowledge of satellites is not as good as my general TV knowledge. I hope someone more knowledgeable will be able to fill in the details though! *cough cough*

To the question on whether RCN will let you buy one day passes for Versus, I doubt it but I guess you could give them a call. The worst they'll do is say no.

To everyone, don't forget that Rounds 3 and 4 are exclusive national coverage. *ALL* games for the conference finals and Stanley Cup finals will be on either Versus only or NBC only!

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | April 29, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Well folks, I think this is where I bid everyone au revoir for a while. The Pens trolls are going to be showing up and it hurts my heart when no one welcomes them with open arms. ;-D I guess also because its finals week. Let's go Caps!!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 29, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Well the big opportunity that Clarkie missed wasn't actually missed, it was tipped up by a Rags D - can't remember which. But I think in terms of energy and grit Clark was exactly what he needed to be! I see some dirty goals in the near future...

Posted by: snakegriffin | April 29, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

fanohock: I was just about to post that maybe they sit Flash and play Nylander. What I saw of Nylander at the end of the year/beginning of playoffs is more than we've been seeing lately of Flash.

Another question for NEXT weekend is whether or not Varly plays both of the back-to-backs.

Posted by: tominfl1 | April 29, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Not sure how 3g/4a is "his numbers being off" but ok. I'll take your word for it.

Tickets need to get put up now!

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 29, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

WISE:

--Ovie is the complete package and becoming more so each day. He scores, passes, blocks shots, hits -- whatever it takes to help his team win

--Ovie is undeniably a much more critical force in his team than Crosby is

--Ovie is a star (in a good way; a game changer. Crosby is a very good character actor or studio musician. Crosby is more of a passer than a goal scorer, Ovie has led the league in goals two years in the row. Ovie is a source of energy & inspiration for his team and the league. He sets the tone. He defines style and reframes rules rather than simply exceling in following them, as Crosby does. Ovie is the one who will have a significant impact on the sports evolution, not Crosby.

--In terms of attitude and values, Ovie is the opposite of a star. He is a quintessential team player, throwing himself into the game 150%, never hesitating to block shots, make a hit, protect the goalie or take on any role needed. He exudes sheer delight in playing hockey as part of his team, no matter who scores and what the circumstances are. Crosby comes across as whinny.

So there!

Posted by: caraveli | April 29, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

@jmu:
Good luck with finals. Got a post-college job lined up yet? Maybe Hershey Entertainment is hiring. :)

Caps vs Pen
Bears vs Baby Pens
It's going to be fun for the next week+
GO CAPS! GO BEARS!

Posted by: tess2201 | April 29, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm no hockey expert (more like a casual fan who used to be really into hockey but isn't as much anymore), but did Green look a bit off last night? Besides the shift where he crashed into the boards and looked dazed, he just seemed a step slow, almost like his head wasn't into it enough.

Posted by: amalg | April 29, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

So the Hart Trophy (league MVP) candidates have been released - Datsyuk-Malkin-Ovechkin. Gee, wonder who's gonna win? Duh!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 29, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I think Semyon plays them all.

Posted by: saintex | April 29, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I didn't even notice the back-to-back in the series. It's the only one in the second round for any series. I hate TV.

Posted by: saintex | April 29, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

tess2201, Thanks! Still looking, but I actually had a telephone interview with the resort a few days ago. Hoping to hear back soon!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 29, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

@amalg

i agree. i thought green looked really off last night. Same with flash. i even thought fedorov was until he proved me wrong by clinching the series.

fedorov can prove me wrong anytime he wants

Posted by: _stevo | April 29, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Yes Green was having a hard time last night, again; Flash was having a tough time again; Fehr showed a l..i..t..t..l..e.. more spark but still not bringing it all, again. I'd be happy to see anyone of them pull a Fedorov in the next series.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 29, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I thought Green, as well as every D-man played great yesterday, and for the entire series for that matter. No matter what anyone wants to say about the fact that we played the Rangers, the Caps held an NHL playoff team to an average of about 25 shots a game, and a total of 11 goals in 7 games. That is great defensive hockey! I saw an article that incorrectly assessed Green as running into the boards when he missed a hit. BS, I was there, his skates were clipped by the forechecking Rangers, can't remember who it was but I'll check on the DVR this evening. He was clipped and went into the boards. Should have been a friggin' icing call to top it off.

Like BB said in a post game interview after Game 5. Mike Green is playing great, he kills penalties, is used against the top scoring line, and is used if we need a goal, or preserve a win. If he was Pronger the media would be saying Green is playing great. Knowing now that he had the flu for the first 5 games makes his play that much more impressive.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 29, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Amalg has a good observation on Green. After his crash into the boards, he also took a couple of heavy hits which Lauglin commented on during the broadcast. I was wondering if he a minor concussion as his reactions seemed a bit slow and he wasn't his usual self. I'd like to think the Caps trainers checked him out closely and decided he was okay to play, but he wasn't the Mike Green from Game 6. Hope he takes it easy the next two days because we're going to need him in All-Star form vs. the Pens.

Posted by: wizfan89 | April 29, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

fanohock, Dubinsky pulled up at the last second and green went into the boards. It was definitly a miss.

Posted by: oo7 | April 29, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Fanohock -- let us know what you see on replay. From my angle behind goal it just looked bad, but then again the boards are in the way. Thanks too to the individual who pointed out that Clark got stick-checked on the missed shot opportunity. I'm seeing that play through the net and the goalie, so it's not always easy to see.

If they're re-playing the game tonight I'm not sure I could stand to watch the first two periods again, but I might DVR it and fast forward. That was a brutal night last night before 15:01 in the 3rd.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 29, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

So what does everybody think of our match-up with the Pens? I saw on their blog that they think they have more depth than us and that they will take advantage of our weak defense and rookie goalie who had "beginner's luck" so far.

On the one hand, the Pens are a very good team and have established consistency under the new coach. The Malkin-Crosby duo may be more consistent than our top goal scorers, and it is true that Varly has not been tested yet by a team with a powerful offense, like the Pens.

On the other hand, when the Caps are in sync with each other and at the top of their game, they are more well-rounded (e.g tons of secondary scoring) and unbeatable. I have a feeling that playing against the Pens will challenge and energize them to play at their best. I also have a feeling that Varly could rise to even higher levels of performance. He looks ready for a breakthrough in many ways.

At ESPN's site, they picked the Caps as the favorite to win the East. I am so encouraged by yesterday that I totally believe it.

Posted by: caraveli | April 29, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Green definitely got tripped up by his skates though, inadvertently...but did happen.

Honestly I think Malkin should win the Hart. It's his turn, and his year. When you rise above the guy on your team who won it 2 years ago while helping to lead your team from 10th to home ice in the playoffs (sounds familiar) you should get the nod. Ovie has an argument, but Malkin should get his due.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 29, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

@caraveli

I wouldn't be so encouraged by yesterday, specifically, but when we were playing our game against the Rangers we pounded them. We can't afford to get into a hole like we did in this past series against the Pens. They are too good to think we would have a chance to steamroll them 3 games in a row. The first 2 games of this series will be HUGE. If we manage to hold serve on home ice it will be a big, big factor in us getting a split up in Pitt.

I could easily see both teams getting a split on the others home ice and the series being 2-2 going into Game 5.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 29, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

i thought it was number 13 who pulled up on greenie. i say it was a good lesson for him. he tries that move all the time, even got an interference call once. now he knows people are scouting him and he needs to try something different. play the puck and dont worry about making the big hit at that time. if you miss, you leave the puck behind your own net for the other team. simplify. make the smart play. dont worry about highlight hits.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | April 29, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Green both missed and tripped up on the skates (that's why his head hit the boards instead of the glass).

Wasn't commenting on Green's play in the series as a whole, just last night.

Agreed though, the defense as a whole had a great game, despite the fact that they were having trouble clearing it out of the zone in the 2nd. Poti and Jurcina stuck out for me as having particularly good games.

Posted by: amalg | April 29, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I think the Caps - Pens is a seven-game pick 'em series. I don't buy the depth theory and I think I'll take our squad. The goalie match-up is interesting. Fleury was very good last season in the playoffs - I haven't watched the Flyer series - but he can really lose it at times and he did during the year. I don't know that Varly feels much at all. The teams match up well and neither is better than the other on either end of the ice. I see some scoring and some 4-3 games. We don't need shutouts - but I'd love a few - we just need Varly to steal a few goals and we can win it.

Caps in seven.

Posted by: saintex | April 29, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

fanohock, Dubinsky pulled up at the last second and green went into the boards. It was definitly a miss.

Posted by: oo7 | April 29, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I think it was Zherdev and if you look at the replay, he caught his skates and went into the glass. He def pulled up, but they caught skates.

Posted by: _828 | April 29, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Green definitely looked hurt. I was just a few rows from him, and for a while he was doing absolutely nothing even though the play was right in front of him. Then, when he got himself fully upright and tried to engage, it looked like his eyes were going in different directions.

Against the Pens the Caps need to re-tool the strategy. No question the Rangers could have had real opportunities in some of the games, including game 6 had they more offensive firepower, firepower the Pens have. Then again our D did tighten. and Varly was very tight (or loose).

1 shot for the Rags in the 3rd last night!

Posted by: Sonyask | April 29, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I wish they would start making a bigger deal out of Malkin. He is the man on that team. He took over that role last year when Crosby went down and continued to be the key guy this season. The reason I wish they would start making a bigger deal out of him is so he will have more distractions. He finished 2nd in scoring last year, and first this year, and doesn't have the inconvenience of having to deal with the press, and the pressure for that matter. It might take a little away from his game if he has to start dealing the media circus.

Having said that, I'd still rather see Ovi win the Hart but Malkin does deserve it too. Ovi might have been able to win some votes at the end with having so many more goals that Malkin (game winners too) and only losing the point race by 3. We shall see. I suspect they are both trying to see if they can win the Conn Smythe at this point though.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 29, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Bill Guerin looks like he is coked up 24 hours a day..seriously...his eyes scare the crap out of me...

I dont think he blinks...

Posted by: SA-Town | April 29, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

At ESPN's site, they picked the Caps as the favorite to win the East. I am so encouraged by yesterday that I totally believe it.


Posted by: caraveli | April 29, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Hello! The bruins and Pens just b@tch slapped the Habs and Philly into oblivion and we barely got by the Rags. This just shows how detached from the NHL ESPN is. I love Bucci and even Mullet but I can't see either of them picking the Caps to win the east - it's a bit premature. We haven't even played a complete team yet.

I'd much rather have the underdog role. I'm not saying the Caps can't do it but can we get through a real team in the second round before we lock up the eastern conference?

Also, I have to agree with everyone on Green. There is something wrong with that guy. He was so passive and is avoiding taking hits like the plague. It might be the shoulder but he looks like he's shooting ok so I have no idea.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 29, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Malkin is a a top 3 player for sure as evident by his stats & his HART CONSIDERATION.

Just want to add that for all those ppl who say Caps fans are front runners & are johnny come latelies...if that's the case, I guess that just proves to me that OV is the Caps & NHL's meal ticket not Crosby.

Does any1 have jersey sales metrics?

Maybe OV vs. Malkin is more like Magic vs. Bird.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 29, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

@Davethecapsfan

Yes, you are absolutely right about our disappointing performance in the first 2 periods and putting ourselves in a 3-1 hole. I guess I was encouraged that, in spite of their flaws and mistakes, they were able to rise to the occasion -- first by winning games 5 and 6, and then by coming back from a bad performance in game #7. Maybe they do learn from mistakes and know how to finish the job.

No, we couldn't win against the Pens playing the same way we did against the Rangers. I am beginning to feel hopeful that the Caps are adjusting to the playoff pace and that the next level of difficulty will energize rather than intimidate them. But the first two periods yesterday did raise a little red flag. I guess we'll know a lot more Saturday. It will be interesting to watch Varly and see whether or not he can take us to the next level.

Posted by: caraveli | April 29, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Moose33,
The Habs or the Flyers didn't have Lunquist... that makese a difference. The series should have been over in 5 or 6. But, that's just the way it goes. It happens - ask the Sharks.

Posted by: _828 | April 29, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

MDS-1980

what are you crazy? Ovechkin is a complete player, totally backchecking, outskating with his speed to get back and without committing a penalty, stops breakaways, etc. You have NO IDEA what you're talking about, so until you check your facts, don't post here on this blog, please, for the love of GOD!

Posted by: Caps-girlie | April 29, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

You guys kill me with this stuff. One is a wing and one is a center. They play in different systems. Their coaches ask them to do different things. It seems to me a center usually has more defensive responsibility (depending on the system). What are OV's defensive responsibilities in the Capitals system? Do they want him deep in the defensive zone backchecking or do they want him to be the high forward? What is asked of Crosby by his coach and system? Unless you can answer these questions then I do not think one can really judge who is the better player AT THEIR POSITION AND IN THEIR SYSTEM.

Posted by: overhead | April 29, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"I'm betting that if game 1 goes to overtime, thus exceeding the 3 hour time frame, the suits at NBC will shove Caps-Pens off to a sister cable network so as not to pre-empt the Derby.

Does anyone know if there's a precedent for NBC pulling this kind of stunt?"

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 29, 2009 10:07 AM

Ever hear about the Heidi Game? That was NBC.

Posted by: rw-c | April 29, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Remember when writers used to write and broadcast journalists used to broadcast? Good times, good times.

I enjoy READING Capitals Insider very much, and look forward to continuing to do so. If there is truly a need for video updates (and I haven't found one yet that wouldn't have worked just fine (better) in transcript form), then maybe a separate blog or something?

Thanks.

Posted by: Konofish | April 29, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't get all the video haters constantly whining about this new addition to the blog. If you don't like it no one forces you to watch the videos or respond to them. Just scroll past. It might be mind boggling to you, but not everyone always agrees with you.

Posted by: ranndino | April 30, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

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