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Postgame video: Leonsis hugs Theodore

After the Caps' 3-2 win against Detroit tonight, owner Ted Leonsis entered the locker room and made a beeline for Jose Theodore. Here's a video of Leonsis congratulating the veteran goalie on a 44-save performance:




And here's winger Matt Bradley on his goal in the second period:

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 19, 2010; 10:04 PM ET
 | Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Jose Theodore, Matt Bradley, Ted Leonsis  
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Feeling the luv 2nite.

Posted by: VooDooChile987 | January 19, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

THEO!!

Posted by: broud0 | January 19, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

You people are mad. They won, right?

Posted by: saintex | January 19, 2010 10:12 PM |

No, they lost horribly.

What do you think brings more of the lol-comments. The Caps being dominated the entire game and winning or the other team dominating the Caps the entire game and the Caps winning.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 19, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Aww I'm gonna cry. Leonsis is the best owner ever!

Posted by: rachel216 | January 19, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

looks like varly had another set back. post game show on the radio. I hope this is not a long term issue.

Posted by: samb99 | January 19, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps play like they did against the SO to Buffalo and the 4-1 win over SJ, then we will win the Cup.

Sort of like how people are saying if the Caps play like they did tonight, they won't make it out of the first round.

Everyone knows, playoff outcomes can be determined by a single good or bad regular season game 4 months away.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 19, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

from last thread:

The Wing were certainly better in the first half of the game and the Caps better, barely, in the last half.

With the people on this board I'd expect that if we won a Cup there be complaining about team speed, goaltending, blah blah blah.

We beat bad teams and it means nothing. We lose to bad teams and the it's the end of World. We lose to good teams and we suck, we beat good teams and we suck.

You people seriously need mental help.

Posted by: saintex | January 19, 2010 10:15 PM

well said saintex
as frustrating as the caps can be 'at times' - the naysayers and those with a complete negative attitude are what is frustrating to me

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 19, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I've been watching this team for 26 years... I'm sorry but I don't get excited over a regular season win unless there's a playoff feel to it

and this game had a playoff feel to it.. I know they won but they got badly outplayed

I'll take any kinda win during the playoffs but you have to look at the bigger picture during the regular season... this wasn't a good game and you better hope this was a hiccup

it was like watching last year's playoffs all over again

Posted by: joek443 | January 19, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Alan May made a good comment after the game. He said that the Wings are very good at controlling the boards and our mistake in the first and most of the 2nd was trying to move the puck up the boards. He said it took until the end of the 2nd and then the 3rd before we figured it out and moved the puck into open space (commented that Alzner did a good job with it).

SO basically he said that we were finally able to make the adjustment and then there was more open space for us. He also said the Pens play the same way as the Wings, so hopefully we learned something tonight and will be able to handle them on Thursday without it taking 2 periods.

Posted by: dfe1 | January 19, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

You play to win the game. There are no style points in the standings. This was a successful night. For someone who goes back to the '70's with this team, any win is a good win. I hope I'm too old to ever get spoiled enough to whine about a win, especially since I know Bruce will be on them about the problems tomorrow. He's the one who gets paid to do that, I'm just going to enjoy a victory over the Red Wings.

And given the high stakes negotiations Ted's in the middle of right now, I'm not surprised he was pretty emotional about the whole thing.

Posted by: zimbar | January 19, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Good win with the usual Red Wing bent to the crowd.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | January 19, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

POSTGAME THOUGHTS:
If there could be individual performances in the form of smaller Vezina's handed out - Jose Theodore earned it tonight. The man is in the zone. He earned it and won this game for the Caps. For any of you that have dogged him this year - yes he has had his ups and downs - will give credit where credit is due. This hopefully was a defining game for him tonight and helps to keep him to being on a consistent roll.

I know some of you are jumping over joek443 for some of the comments but I'm in his corner. If Theo is not on his game - the Caps were going to be destroyed tonight. I hope GM George McPhee took every last minute of this game in tonight as they view this week as a measuring stick. Hopefully he'll realize where he needs to get some things going on defense but overall this team played like crap.

Overskating pucks, bad passing and at times they seem to stand around and admire Detroit free-wheeling in and around them. Yes there are reasons for concern and I do hope this was a hiccup but hell I'll take the win.

The hockey gods were smiling on Theo's effort tonight and they allowed a :46 span to help him earn the win for a beyond stellar effort in goal.

This game reminded me of the first two games of the Pens series and a little bit of that Game 7 against the Rangers. You could almost feel the tension but kudos to the team for hanging in there and finding a way to win on a night when their goaltender won this game. Just enough offense and porous defense took place.

Phew - just now exhaling after that one. Well another big one on the horizon. It's off to Pittsburgh for hopefully a better all-around effort. It wasn't pretty but a great win.

ICE BREAKERS GOAL SHAKERS

Posted by: Jonathan6 | January 19, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

how many detroiters were in the crowd tonight?

i listened on radio and heard some detroit cheers during their goals,

but i hope their presence was less than in the past.

Posted by: CF11555 | January 19, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

@dfe1 - I also thought May's comments were good. It just seemed like the Caps just kept trying to force the puck up the boards, but the Wings were waiting for them there.

Posted by: zmega | January 19, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Good teams find ways to win, bad teams find ways to lose. Caps are 7 of 8 despite being outshot in many of the past games yet the juggernaut rolls on.

Some nights, a good goalie is going to steal the win for you-- and that's fine. The standings don't lie, and last I checked, winning in hockey is still determined by the team with most goals, not most shots.

Posted by: TheGJ | January 19, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Plain and Simple, Caps stole this game. Out shot 44-20.

First two periods, the Caps gave the Wings too much respect and were reactive not proactive in this game.

Without Theo having one of his best games in his career in Washington, we lose somewhere in the neighborhood of 5-1.

I give the Caps credit for getting in the trenches after 40 minutes of being absent and adjusting their play.

The Wings are better than their record but the Capitals are guilty of being in awe of the Wings for their past accomplishments.

Congratulations to our team! How many times in the past have we seen the Caps out shot the opposition only to lose in the final 5 minutes of the game? How many times in the past did you hear a player say, "We need to play 60 minutes of hockey!"

It's nice to the Capitals on other side of the fence and get the W. Let's just hope they have learned a lesson tonight and can get "consistent" superb performances from everyone from the goalies up to the lines.

Posted by: puckman | January 19, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Great game, well done Theo! I don't know what you're doing differently, but keep up the awesome work!

Posted by: futbolclif | January 19, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Well we just got back from the game, happy but tired from the stress of the game. Have to say I don't think I'm going to go back and read the earlier comments. Just not in the mood for negativity. Kudos to Theo--I've always been a supporter but this is one of those times that veteran experience made a difference. He made so many incredible saves. How fitting is it that he got the hard hat as well as the first star.

I got the feeling that the Caps were a little in awe of who they were playing and gave them too much room. I noticed that they changed it up a bit in the third--not going up the boards as much but moving the puck out towards the center.

IMHO I think this is a great game for the Caps--lots to learn--go over video and figure out how they managed to shut down our offense, etc. etc. But the Caps also showed a great deal of character. They stayed focused, changed up their game in third, got timely goals from unexpected guys, and pushed hard to the very last second. This is a great time of the season to be identifying and working on weaknesses. And despite being outplayed in the first two periods they still got the win. In the end it doesn't matter how pretty the win is--just get the two points and refocus. Next--Pens.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | January 19, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I was at the game in section 120. There were so many Red Wings fans there. When the Wings scored, it almost sounded as loud as the Caps scoring. I made a point to cheer as loud as I could for Theo during his game star ceremony and interview. My voice is pretty much destroyed. Keep proving me wrong Theo, please. Such an a great finish to a great performance by our 4th line, goalie, and opponent.

Posted by: UnleashTheCaps | January 19, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

I was at the game in my usual seat in Section 105. I thought there were more Red Wings fans there than during the game last January (nice Caps win, that), but fewer than during the bad old days when they'd outnumber us!

Difficult game to watch but loved it all! That was definitely a game the "old" Caps would have lost.

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | January 19, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

@CF11555,

There probably weren't any more Wings fan than usual (remembering that a more than a handful of Caps STH are from DTW and are big hockey fans who support the Wings when they are here and the Caps the rest of the time.), but at least the stadium was full, so there were clearly more Caps fans. Compare this to 5 years ago with the same Wings fans and no Caps fans. I would say 15%-ish of Wings fans. Others elsewhere may have different estimates.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | January 19, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

the Wings tonite looked like the 80's-90's Caps who won every chase for loose pucks & outshot every team in the playoffs...only to lose on lucky bounces.

I rather be lucky than good any day.
DC fans need to quit thinking the pretty plays are going to get a Cup.
No - the luckiest usually goes home with it.
& the best way to get luck to work at it & to have some skill.
The Caps certainly did that tonight.

Posted by: Rocc00 | January 19, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

this was EXACTLY the kind of game Theo needed to prove to the coaching staff and everyone else (including the fans for that matter) that he IS a great goalie. I hope he can keep it up!

PROUD TO BE A CAPS FAN.

Posted by: Bondra2Ovie | January 19, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Glad Theo had a good game.

This was the game where the "Bizarro Line" was on the ice for the game winning goal: Laich, Steckel, Semin.

I assume they were the line since they were fresh legs after the previous power play where most of our other good forwards were used. (Thanks for redeeming yourself on the assist, Sasha.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 19, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Here's news for the naysayers -- even great teams get destroyed every once in a while. This was not an emblematic game for the Caps. Detroit played their a@@es off and were motivated to put together one of their most inspired games of the season. The Caps, not. Flat.

The Caps, though, with Theo at the helm, hung in. They hung in to keep it tied after 1, and tied still after 2. And they put together the plays that mattered at the end and stole the game.

Can't be thrilled about the Caps' play in this game, but Theo was incredible and the Caps did what they had to to win. Our PK was 5 for 5 -- nice. I'm fine with this game.

Posted by: Sonyask | January 19, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

He deserves some love. Theo has been through a lot over the past couple of months from his personal tragedies to his slump on the ice. Proud to have him as a Cap. Now go beat Pitt :D

Posted by: CapsXXVI | January 19, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Now Lisa Hillary reports that Varly won't be able to go to the Olympics this year.

Does that mean "No Varly until after the Olympics" and Neuvirth's our backup goalie for the foreseeable future?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 19, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Thought Theo's comments for Lisa Hillary right after the game (1st star of the game Q&A) were pretty classy. He gave props to the PK and said that the team never panicked -- figuring that if they were tied after two, they could win it with a strong third period -- which was what happened. When she asked if the performance (44 saves on 46 shots) was 'vintage Theo', all he said was that he'd felt pretty good.

Posted by: miseaujeu | January 20, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Wait a minute people. Sure the Caps were outplayed for a good part of the game but it wasn't a fluke that we won. As Alan May or someone mentioned in the post game review, we figured out how to make the adjustments we needed by moving the puck in open space. Figuring out how to compensate for your weaknesses, come from behind, capitalize on opponents' weaknesses and opportunities etc. IS A STRATEGY for winning. This was our strength tonight and embodies the character of the team.

And having a goalie who finally help steal the game is again part of the arsenal of a winning team--something we had badly needed up to now.

Posted by: caraveli | January 20, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Sure the Caps were outplayed for a good part of the game but it wasn't a fluke that we won.
live TV link http://www.nowgoal.com/22.shtml

Posted by: bgfgf402 | January 20, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

what is jose saying to ted? Play me more? Say no more?

Posted by: mja712 | January 20, 2010 4:17 AM | Report abuse

I, like many of you, agree that Washington was outplayed in practically all aspects of the game. However, as Joe B. discussed last night, Detroit is a very dangerous team right now. Being 1 point out of a playoff spot (now 3), Detroit is looking to get back in it, and when you do that you play like you have nothing to lose. With the skill set that Detroit has, when they play like that, look out. I don't mind seeing the Caps get outplayed because they utlimately won the game. A good team can get outplayed and still find ways to win. It was not pretty, but the Caps did just enough to win. I am sure this game was a hiccup. There are 82 games, and we are bound to not look good in all of them. I mean look at Detroit. They looked great last night, but got crushed 6-0 by the Isles. I think we have been accustomed to the high powered offense so much thatlast nights game made us look bad. But if you look all the teams we have played to this point, to be the tops in almost every offensive category is great. Besides, I am sure the Caps players minds were in Pittsburgh. It is redemption time!

Posted by: VTCapsFan | January 20, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

AFTER THIS WEEK OF SCHEDULE GAMES YOU CAN PLACE A FIVE DOLLAR BET THAT THE CAPS AND MCPHEE MAKE A MOVE TO SIGN A HARD NOSE DEFENSE ! YOU HEARD IT HERE. WE NEED TO SIGN 1 OR MAYBE A PACKAGE DEAL THAT HAS THESE NEW GUYS LOOKING FOR A NEW DEAL & TEAM IF YOU DO NOT AGREE GO FIND # 25 i HAD THE PLEASURE OF SPEAKING WITH HIM LAST NIGHT AFTER THE GAME . TALK IN THE LOCKER ROOM IS MORRISON BEING SHIP OUT AND A HARD NOSE D-MAN COMING IN.

WAS VERY THRILLED TO WATCH THE TEAM FIGHT THEIR TAILS OFF IN A REAL CLOSE GAME I SPOKE OF A 2-3 OR2-1 GAME COMING THIS WEEK AND BAME WE JUST HAD IT. ONE THING I HATE THOUGH AND MOST OF YOU DO TOO IS THE SILLY PENALTIES WE GET TOWARDS THE END OF A GAME . I THOUGHT THE REDWINGS HAD GOTTEN AWAY WITH A COUPLE LAST NIGHT . KUNEWBLE PENALTY COULD HAVE COST US . WE DO THIS ALMOST EVERY GAME WE ARE IN THAT IS REALLY CLOSE IN SCORE.WHEN WE ARE WINNING BY 2-3 TALLIES WE JUST DON'T PLAY HARD ENOUGH TO GET THEM BUT WHEN ITS CLOSE A STUPID PENALTY WITH 4 MINS LEFT ALWAYS HAPPENS TO US .WE NEED TO CUT THOSE OUT . WE ALSO NEED TO BE BANGING MORE ALONG THE BOARDS LETTING THESE OTHER TEAMS KNOW WE ARE PLAYEN HARD.

NOW LETS GO TO PITTSBURG AND RADDLE # 87 TAMPON HIT HIM HARD EVERYTIME HE THINKS OF TOUCHING THE PUCK. I WANT TO SEE # 8 PLANT # 87 WITH A VERY HARD HIT SO WE ALL CAN WATCH THE LITTLE BOY COMPLAIN. I HOPE OVIE HAS A HAT TRICK OR BETTER YET A GRORDY HOWE HAT TRICK. WE NEED # 25 TO INTERDUCE HIMSELF TO MALKIN AND ONE MORE THING DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK ON #87 HE WILL SKATE UP BEHIND YOU AND HIT YOU IN THE BACK OR IF YOU ARE ENGAGE WITH A OPPOSING PLAYER HE MIGHT SNEAK IN A CHEAP PUNCH AND CLAIM THAT HE HIT YOU CLEAN IN THE GONADS . JUST HIS WAY OF FEELING YOUR MANHOOD ON THE SLIE

Posted by: terryreece | January 20, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Augh.

First off, the team owes Theodore dinner for last night. No doubt about it.

But! Sometimes in hockey, that's how the cookie crumbles. Remember that these guys took the BLACKHAWKS to a shootout on Sunday. Injuries or not, the Wings are no f'ing joke and they played a damn fine game last night.

We are not going to blow out and dominate every team every night. That's how it is. Good teams find ways to win even in adversity. Bad ones find ways to lose. And sometimes your goalie has to steal a game for you. Haven't we all been lamenting that Theodore never steals games for us? Well, last night, he did. Good on him.

Caps gave the Wings too much respect and spent too much time standing around, not winning pucks off of boards, and so forth. Somehow I think they'll have some work to do today, and then it's the Pens on Thursday.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 20, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Theo was the only reason the Caps stayed in the game last night. Without his tremendous play they would have fallen behind by a bakers dozen. They couldn't get the puck up the ice, passes were not succinct, skating looked horrible, defense was standing around. hopefully when they look over the game tape they'll fix those issues. Other than that, they ground out that win last night and that's what they needed, a tough win. A game like that shows character. I've noticed that quite a few games the Caps played this year were determined in the 3rd period when they fall behind. I hate the fact that they give up the lead by a 2 goal margin in some games then come storming back; too cardiac for me and I'm young and healthy!

Posted by: callingallcars | January 20, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

"...the Wings tonite looked like the 80's-90's Caps who won every chase for loose pucks & outshot every team in the playoffs...only to lose on lucky bounces..."

Posted by: Rocc00

I too was thinking of Caps teams from the past that outshot and outplayed teams only to lose mostly because they couldn't finish. So, what goes around comes around now the Caps have the finishers.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | January 20, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

net/net, we won a game last night that only a great team could win.

Those are the games Detroit would steal in years past. Now we are. The red tide is turning. This is our time.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | January 20, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

This is why Ted's the best owner in the business. He feels what we feel, he's right there with us.

Posted by: farmgirl19C | January 20, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Everyone should feel free to disect this (and any) game, how the team played how individuals played, because that is what fans do. It is part of the experience. For me, the meaning of this win is that the Caps get 2 pts. I am glad thet are going into the Pitt with a W since last year they lost 3 or 4 pre-Pitt games (to Edm, Col & Tor no less). I guess this was what some people would call a "character" win, and it should boost the team's confidence but won't make them feel unbeatable. I like our chances Thursday even more now.

Posted by: ds_kelly | January 20, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

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