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Poti the pugilist

Tom Poti isn't exactly known around the league as a fighter, but the defenseman's exchange of blows with Montreal center Scott Gomez helped to energize the team and the crowd during a 6-5 overtime victory that tied the series at one game apiece.

"I think maybe after the fight a little bit we kind of turned it around," Poti said, "and everyone you know started to kick it into that extra gear, and I guess that's what you have to do in playoffs sometimes, is kind of do things you don't normally do during the regular season."

When asked what he has learned about Montreal after two games, Poti said: "They're a tough opponent. We never took them lightly or anything like that, but we have our hands full with these guys. They played two great games against us, and it's going to be a great series."

Here's video of Poti in the locker room:

By Gene Wang  |  April 17, 2010; 11:33 PM ET
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let's not make a big deal outta this, he fought Scott Gomez...

he didn't exactly fight Chris "Knuckles" Nilan, you know...

Posted by: joek443 | April 17, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Unrelated to the Caps, but the Kings tied it up as well. 2-2.

Go Caps, but right now, Go Kings.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

And joek, I don't know if you're being serious, but it doesn't matter who he fought, in terms of momentum and energy.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Carlson was great and looks like he is going to be an All-Star for a very long time. But before everyone starts ripping on Corvo and Poti, as is commonplace here, remember that Carlson makes a lot of turnovers as well. This is to be expected from a 20 year old, but Carlson came up big.

All I mean by this is that every player makes a few mistakes each game, if you only focus on the mistakes instead of the play of a player throughout an entire game then you are not fairly judging players.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 18, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse


Yeah, even Tyler Myers, as good as he has been this year makes a lot of turnovers. Just check his stats. Can be chalked up to age and still learning the game at that level.

Poti and Corvo aside, I thought Green made one too many turnovers tonight for my liking. Semin did as well, but eventually he'll score some of those chances.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 18, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

On that note though.

Green was not very good tonight. But Schultz also looks very nervous with the puck. It's almost like how he was last year in the regular season. I think it's just the nerves of the playoffs and I think he will get over it the more he plays.

Schultz and Green need one really good game to get both of their confidences up. They both seem shaky right now. I hope that game comes soon.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 18, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Haha..I just checked the stats, and Carlson and Myers lead the way in turnovers. Green only has 4 official turnovers, to my surprise.

Poti has 1 giveaway, 3 takeaway's officially.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 18, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse


The one thing that Carlson does well though when he turns it over is that he gets back and plays solid defense to limit the scoring chance his turnover caused. Green just seems to be stunned sometimes when he turns it over and reacts a second late.

Fixing the PP is imperative if the Caps want to win this series. Luckily the Caps PK played well tonight. I know the Habs got a PP goal, but you can't do too much about shots from the blue line that bounce off of four people before going in.

The Caps really need to fix their PP. They seem to get deflated when they have a bad PP and play somewhat lackadasical after poor PPs.

Also, Green has to stop taking slap shots from the point and wrist it in. The Habs are too good of shot blockers. Or do what Carlson did on Ovie's goal. Fake the slap shot, get the guy down, then move to the side before shooting. Green needs to make a fake, move over and then quickly rip a shot. When he fakes shots he seems to hesitate for a while before deciding what to do.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 18, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Who cares who TPoti was fighting?? SG pushed on the captain, so they went. Love when a sweater gets pulled over a head during a fight.

Posted by: ljo211 | April 18, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Not only did Poti do the right thing by defending Ovi and ramping up the emotion for the Caps, but he also took Gomez out of the game for a good length of time. I thought the Caps really caught their breath then and started busting through.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | April 18, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Haha..I just checked the stats, and Carlson and Myers lead the way in turnovers. Green only has 4 official turnovers, to my surprise.

Poti has 1 giveaway, 3 takeaway's officially.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 18, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

just another proof that most of these stats are completely USELESS because as Barry Melrose said on SC Green looked like the worst d-man in the league on their 5th goal.

Posted by: joek443 | April 18, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

@joek: That's just the point. Who would you rather have off the ice for 5 minutes - Nilan or Gomez?

For me, take Gomez off the ice every time.

Posted by: writered21 | April 18, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

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