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Power Play Lacks, Um, Power

There's no getting around it: the Caps' power play is pretty pathetic these days.

After Saturday's 1-for-8 performance against the Devils, there was reason to believe Alex Ovechkin and Co. would turn things around against the Flames, who had blown leads in four straight games and ranked at the bottom of the league in goals allowed (4.40).

It didn't happen. In fact, the Caps outdid themselves, finishing 0 for 5 with the man advantage. They reached a new low when they mustered only three shots during a seven-minute stretch of power play time in the first period.

Stop me if you've heard this before: There wasn't much traffic in front of Miikka Kiprusoff. There weren't many shots getting through from the point. There were plenty of puck battles lost deep in the offensive zone.

"We try to play so fancy, our big mistake," Ovechkin said. "We know we have some great skills. But we try to create some create some crazy moments, play beautiful hockey."

Coach Bruce Boudreau promised changes, even it means taking some of his taking power play time from some of his most talented forwards.

"I don't know what's happened all of a sudden to the power play," Boudreau said. "The next thing is to not put them on the ice, to get the point across. We're trying to be so damn cute all the time. You don't get goals like that. When you can't score on the power play in this league, you're going to be in trouble."

Some other notes and quotes from Saddledome:

*It was the Flames' first win over the Caps since 1999.

*Ovechkin has now scored in only one of six games, despite skating with Sergei Fedorov tonight. Ovechkin did assist on Fedorov's goal, however.

*Speaking of Fedorov, he tied Alexander Mogilny's NHL record for goals by a Russian-born player at 473.

*Alexander Semin's five-game point streak came to an end.

*Nicklas Backstrom still hasn't recorded a point since picking up an assist in the opener.

*Tyler Sloan played only 9:03 in his NHL debut. But he left his mark on the game with an open-ice, highlight reel quality shoulder check on Daymond Langkow in the first period.

"That was a major league hit," Boudreau said.

*Although the Capitals gained a point Saturday, they haven't come out on the losing end in back-to-back games since March, when they lost to Boston and Pittsburgh.

*If there was one positive, it was the play of Jose Theodore. Although he probably would like a second look at Jarome Iginla's power play goal, he was otherwise solid, making 26 stops.

"The key for him is making the big save early," Boudreau said. "And he did that. When you give up two goals you should win."

*The Capitals took 10 minor penalties, robbing the game of any flow. The Flames had four five on three opportunities for a total of 2:33.

*As someone mentioned in the comments section, John Erskine did miss a little time late in the game after absorbing a pretty good hit. He had a bad of ice taped to his left calf after the game. I asked him it was serious and he said no. I'll get an update on his status tomorrow.

I've got a really early flight to Phoenix, a flight I booked just so I would make the Caps' morning practice, which, I found out, just got moved back until the afternoon. So I may not have much in the way of practice updates until late tomorrow.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 22, 2008; 1:15 AM ET
 
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Posted by: nite blew | October 22, 2008 2:05 AM | Report abuse

That was your garden variety unprovoked mugging by Bourque. A perfectly legal, clean shoulder check and he acts like somone stole his wallet and girlfriend on the same shift. It should have been game over for Calgary right then and there if we had anything remotely resembling a NHL PP tonight. It just seemed that the game lost all its flow from that point on. I hate penality filled contests, win lose or draw. We have a lot of skill and are fun to watch normally. It's a shame it was not on display tonight by either team. I think the ony wow moment of the night was that shoulder check that effectively ended the games appeal from that point forward. Puck scrums and penalities yada yada yada....

Posted by: Riddler | October 22, 2008 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, is Erskine's leg injured? He limped off the ice late in the game and never returned. Fedorov took his place the last several minutes of the game. Obviously our announcers never mentioned it.

Posted by: steve | October 22, 2008 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Tarik

Do you know where the Caps are practicing tomorrow? It's my one time of the year to see them in person and would love to try and make it to practice (if it's open to the public).

I'm excited to see my Caps live for the first time in 3 years! Lets Go Caps!

Posted by: stuffedinvader | October 22, 2008 2:28 AM | Report abuse

@Steve,

thanks for reminding me. I just updated Erskine's status in the blog entry.

@stuffedinvader

the practice is at the glendale rink, but i'm pretty sure it's closed to the public. that's usually the case at the arenas because of security precautions.


Posted by: Tarik | October 22, 2008 2:35 AM | Report abuse

Completely disgusted by the Caps' play tonight. I'd plead to Bruce Boudreau to put the effective Laich-Nylander-Semin line back together, and to stop wating Ovie's energy on the PK.

Theodore looked solid tonight.

Posted by: jak | October 22, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

Missed the game (was on airplane, I tried to negotiate a sport channel with the flight attendant but she looked at me funny).

Looks like a ghost of the past came back to haunt us: killer instinct. Since we're good, sometimes TOO good, we relax when we're on PP or the score is close.

Mistake.

Should keep pushing - and by pushing I don't mean just dominating the game, I mean lighting their goalie like a Christmas tree at a Christmas trees competition.


Killer Instinct


Let's go boys!

Posted by: mauree | October 22, 2008 4:19 AM | Report abuse

the was the saddest excuse of not only Caps hockey but hockey in general. we couldn;t keep in in Calgary's zone during a PP, HOW DO YOU DO THAT FOR 7 WHOLE MINS!!! the sad part was the Flames had a bad game too, we should've been able to win this, they were horrible, but we were so much worse. it was hard to watch

Posted by: GoOVcaps | October 22, 2008 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Wakey wakey zoo beings! How is work? I don't have to worry about that! Ha I am on my eternal spacecraft looking down from above

Posted by: JT's Swiss Cheese Factory | October 22, 2008 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Well, I went to bed a happy man, get up this morning, watch the highlights on NHL.com and went to work depressed. It's taken a while this morning reading through from where I left off last night. Almost 300 comments on one thread alone, although if the "Idiot Filter" had been introduced that number would have been considerably lower.

So where to start. Having only seen brief highlights its hard to comment but seems JT had his best game in a Caps jersey. 1st goal, you can't give one of the best shooters in the league that much time and room, and the 2nd was a defensive error leading to an odd man rush. If JT hold's most teams to 2 goals we should have enough offense to win. I fully expect Ovechkin to breck of of this slump soon, he is too good a player not to. But nine minutes with a man advantage and no goals.......nine minutes. From what I have seen we looked static and flat in their zone, didn't have any jump at all. At least there is little chance of them believing they only have to turn up to the rink to win. Maybe this is the kick up the backside they need.

As for Neuvirth going back to the Czech Rep. Not sure how he is meant to get used to the North American game there. Does this mean not one single AHL team wanted his services?

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | October 22, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Wow, from snow in Calgary to 85 and sunny in Phoenix. How's that work out?

Posted by: Section 117 | October 22, 2008 7:39 AM | Report abuse

boohoo gmg should have kept olie. jt let in too many goals the loss is all the cheese fault.

bb will never be more than the coach for the minors. he should be fired and sent with cheese to the cheese for the cheese in the cheese. do you get it? the cheese!

do you smell the cheese i think it is gouda or maybe not. it is the cheese for sure

zoo is cheese if you please cheese for you and cheese for me this team sucks ovechkin should be banished from dc now! we should have crosby he is the real supreme ruler!

the power play sucks because of JT! and ovechkin is too much of a puck hog he plays the puck but is a waste! cant you see it cant you see the cheese?

Posted by: JT's Swiss Cheese Factory | October 22, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

ovechkin sucks too! i blame it all on the swiss cheese and the russians! ovechkin and semin and feds too. they are russians but are so bad. they are like the cheese. the swiss for the zoo the swiss russian zoo pals

the gmgm shoould be happy now with his useless russian puppets in place

Posted by: JT's Swiss Cheese Factory | October 22, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

To respond to previous comments from previous threads:

Old time hockey
Lets not start on the UK weather. We must have had about 7 days of sun in the past two years. So much for global warming!

Rich C
Swedish League? We don't even get to see the UK league live, only extended highlights of one game a week. Hockey is very much off the radar here.

Bob, Pat,
Thanks for the suggestions but I would imagine with either channelsurfing.net and Slingbox I would need to be watching the game live. Its difficult to watch a game that starts at 3am then be in the office for 9am!! Not sure my boss would approve. I think the ESPN thing could be my answer as games can be watched up to 24 after they are shown live so I could watch the following evening on a delay. Pretty easy to avoid the result before I watch.

Pothier Thunb,
You mentioned Jim Hrivnak. He played for Manchester in the late 90s and I have one of his game used sticks, signed by that year's squad. He was immense over here, created a record by pitching 3 straight shutouts. Ego got the better of him and he didn't see the season out.

Boo,
Heading back to MN? Say hi to Brainerd for me eh?

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | October 22, 2008 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the Care in the Community case has kicked in early today. Could be a long day......

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | October 22, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Solid performance fromt Jose. Damn shame he didn't get the win.

Posted by: Fro | October 22, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

The really sad part is that in actuality, the PP played exactly the same last year. If Ovie or Green don't score from the point, the Caps can't generate offense with the man advantage. At this point, they should just pretend there isn't a PP and just roll with the normal lines.

And if any game demanded a "do Herbies until the janitor turns off the lights" moment, it was last night.

Posted by: tallbear | October 22, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Backsstrom needs a wakeup call. Maybe sometime in the pressbox. He is not the pivot he was last year.

Say what you will but I think this team misses the enthusiasm and heart of Quinton Laing.

All the talent in the world on this team and they aren't clicking. Players may be a bit too comfortable. BB needs to shake em up a bit.

Posted by: Muddapucker | October 22, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Dear Bruce...

You were 3-1-1, with one of most potent even up offenses in the league with essentially this line up.

OV/Backstrom/Clark
Laich/Nylander/Semin
Flash/Gordon/Fehr
Brashear/Steckel/Bradley

Fedorov/Jurcina

We played by far our best 60 minutes of hockey in 2 years with this line.

Why are you tinkering with these lines?
Because OV isn't scoring?
Its game 6 Bruce. Game 6. Tell the first line to wake THE F up, stop over thinking and play. Keep it simple stupid.

The other lines were on fire and you change it up and you get 1 goal when you were averaging over 4gpg.

If you want to tinker, tinker with the power play. Its sad, really, really ,sad.

Your fan

JSchon


Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Boudreau had this coming. The way he's setting the lines is messed up. Ovy is good but him, Back and Semin playing 25 mins and then everyone else playing 15 mins. Unless those three are tearing it up, it's hard for anybody else to get going. And with the whole Nyls/Federov sitution, it completely disgusts me. Nyls is still in him prime and can score a point per game (80 pts potential). Federov is 50 yrs old, and past his prime (50 pts max). Changes? Ya, Boudreau needs to make a lot of them!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

My Goodness, I missed the report that the sky was falling. Relax, already!

Last night was ugly, perhaps because many of the hometown boys were trying to do too much. However, all is not lost.

As coach said in his interview prior to the game, referring to Calgary, all good teams go through this.

We are a good team.

Posted by: OleMiss | October 22, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

6 games into the season and already waiting for the turn-around. Man, that was a pathetic show. Or, in other words, your worst fears from the New Jersey game, squared.

What is up with Ovechkin and Backstrom? The image in my mind in the PP with O. at the point. Flame approaches with puck and O. lunges at him, allowing him to skate past, wide open to our goal. Uh, hockey defense 101? How many times is O. going to try to force his way through 2 or 3 opponents at their blue line? And Backstrom looks like he's playing the last game of preseason from LAST year.

Where is the man in front of their crease????

It seems like the Caps only play for real when they're the underdog. Remember the year after the Stanley Cup final when they were boating around like Somebodies (at last!) What happened then?

Forget the magazine covers, the segway trips, the Redskins games and the rest of that crap: get back to playing the game. That's what you get paid to do and what we pay to see.

Posted by: NeauOne | October 22, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

In general, I agree with the above comments.

The PP, though, just didn't get it. If you watched how the Flames were PK-ing, they were acting like they weren't missing anyone on the ice! They were attacking the puck carrier and winning battles that shouldn't have even happened.

Every time OV touched the puck on the PP, he should have shot. EVERY SINGLE TIME. During the NJ game, he had a lot of stick trouble, for whatever reason, this game, though, he had shooting trouble. He just could not find the net, whether it be one of those 1-on-3s he faced, or when he did attempt a shot on the PP. They either didn't make it through or they missed completely.

Semin didn't play the way he'd been playing up to now. They looked tired. That could've been an issue in that they were probably still on Eastern time, and were starting the game at 9.30 pm. Dallas shouldn't pose that problem, though.

Watching the game last night, though, really made it obvious just how badly we truly need an experienced, high-level D-man on patrol. Everyone (Flames included) was just running around all over the place. The passing was the worst I can remember seeing from this team. An honest-to-God D-man, I believe, would have settled them down and allowed some flow to be generated. I think, as most of us seem to, that Feds should be back on D until that comes around, because last night, they really, really needed him on D.

Then again, it's tough to say whether anything would have really helped them last night.

Posted by: Drinking Partner | October 22, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Im all for taking Ovie off the Penalty Kill. He needs the burst to get through the amount of attention he gets 5-5.

Posted by: SA_Town | October 22, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

As I was watching that seven minutes of power play time elapse, I said to myself, "If the Caps don't score at least one goal on this thing, they're going to lose this game." You don't come back from being blanked during seven minutes of PP time.

And Nylander looked terrible last night. He muffed a lot of chances and was generally careless with the puck, particularly on the power play. He needs to get himself together.

As for Backstrom, we're seeing what we saw for most of the Philly series last year. He's getting muscled off the puck, denying him any chance to make plays.

Posted by: Colin | October 22, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

OMG! With all these negative comments, I thought I was on a "Hate Vinnie and Snyder" Redskins blog! The Caps just gotta keep the penalties down! Granted, the officials were just giving out penalties as if they were Halloween candies, but the Caps should still not give them any reason to even smell a penalty. They ended up wasting too much energy killing the "back-to-back-to-back-back..." penalties! Looks like they were trying to do too much individual stuff too, especially the players with ties to Calgary, and thus that leads to impatience and carelessness. Somebody has got to step into the mix in front of the opponent's goalie during Power Plays because we need some "Cheap Goals" to get the PP started. Clark looks too tentative and scared at the moment, as if he does not want to get injured again, but he would be the ideal candidate for that job. Stop taking "Stupid" penalties and they would be alright! After all, both Calgary goals were the result of one penalty shift! Too bad it negated a decent effort by Jose Theordore.

Posted by: RealCapFan | October 22, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad Erskine is injured. Bring up Alzner!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

More than half the game was played with someone in the penalty box. I am no sure what you can glean from a game like that other than you don't get much flow to a hockey game when the refs won't stay out of it. We took too many penalties and then had trouble playing our brand of hockey. Well DUH! I just hope those refs don't follow us to Phoenix. A win against the Yotes and we are back where we belong.

Posted by: Bob | October 22, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

the king is dead and the cheese is foul
Long live crosby! If our young guns are no longer guns we must unload them and pick up real players like briere or crosby. even jagr was better here than the beloved zoo pet alex ovechkin

cheesey?

it is sunny clear and calm in boise idaho because they have no AO or russians or swiss

idaho is a verdent green pasture ripe for the fruit of our efforts long live the swiss

Posted by: JT's Swiss Cheese Factory | October 22, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Muddapucker's got a point that some of the veterans don't appear to be playing like their lives depend on it. Laing would be a good guy to bring into the mix; I think he should play and they should sit Clark for a while. He's done nothing.. maybe he's still hurt.

Also if Backstrom continues to struggle there will come a point where Boudreau will need to make him a healthy scratch for at least one game. We've got a bunch of guys in Hershey busting their asses every night, and oh by the way they're scoring like six goals a game.

Hopefully things will improve in Phoenix and Dallas.. If not I would expect to see some changes Tuesday in DC.

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | October 22, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Last night was just one of those games that you watch and wonder where the body doubles hid the real Caps. I mean other than Laich, Fedorov, and JT did any one of our players we expected to play well play anywhere near themselves last night?

Maybe it was jet lag, maybe it was too much home attention, maybe it was too much thinking and not doing? I do not know, but I think these guys just need to settle down and re-focus.

And is Backstrom okay? Something just seems off with him. Not just in his play, but in his facial expressions and body language. Could just be frustration, but I can't help but wonder if a certain ankle is still hurting a little too much.

Feds looked pissed in his postgame interview. Maybe he was a little exasperated about having to play offense, defence, and goalie. I expect he will take charge on the flight to Phoenix and tomorrow we will see a different outcome.

Posted by: Kim | October 22, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I don't like coach BB ranting on the player that they can't be "cute." He has a truckload of skill and he has to let his skilled players do their thing instead of this 18th century "we have do do hockey Canada style." I blame coach BB for this - playing Alexes on the PK and getting everyone tight when we have a winning record. I sense BB's ego has inflated to an unsustainable level. Watch out when our Euro stars (starting with Nylander) stop listening to him. That will be the end of team chemistry and our winning formula.

Posted by: 789 | October 22, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

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Some of us have known this for a long time, glad the Post is finding out now! Congrats Tarik!

Posted by: Bob | October 22, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

"I sense BB's ego has inflated to an unsustainable level."

Wow.

Posted by: Section 117 | October 22, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Get this Swiss idiot blocked off. Total waste of a post.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't say Bruce has an inflated ego, but I will say he is way over thinking just as his first line is...

Posted by: JSchon | October 22, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I personally am getting tired of watching Mike Green be very "casual" with the puck. If he handled it better, he'd be even more difficult to stop, but instead, he's just making lazy plays, trying to thread the needle across the ice vs. making a smart play or give & go.

I didn't see any of our forwards really mixing it up...they reminded me of the Canes or some other team that doesn't hit anyone and plays NHL shinny.

That was a brutal game to watch.

Posted by: Jaymagz | October 22, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

First off, I'm sick of JT's Swiss Cheese Factory's drivel.

That was an awful display last night from both sides. While some moments were quite good, like Sloan's monster open ice thumping, Jose's goal tending, and the Calgary first goal, both teams were off.

No one can complain about the Refs. There may have been one or two marginal calls, but they called a good game. The players were THAT bad out there. With 8 DAYS of penalty time (ok, it wasn't days, but it seemed like it) issued to both teams and only 3 goals, neither team played well.

I was not happy in the pregame when I heard the announcers state that Backstrom was not in shape at the beginning of the season. He's the one I'd sit until he figures out that to be competitive, you have to work for it and want it. He obviously doesn't. I'd rather have a worker who stretches himself to make it than some snivelling kid who thinks the world is his oyster. Backstrom doesn't deserve the slot.

The PP needs to find someone that will take shots and clog the crease. I'd take AO off the point and put him on the half wall where he's most comfortable. Put Jurcina on the point since he apparently has a heavy point shot and then tell him to take shots or he sits, and Clark in the middle and have him agitate to all get out. Nylander to feed and keep the puck alive, and Green to snipe. Then Semin, Sgt Schultz (until Poti gets back), Steckel in the middle, Fedorov and Laich.

It was not a pretty performance.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 22, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

At one point last night it was a thing of beauty the way the Caps were passing the puck. Then bad (lazy)penalties killed the flow of the game and that was all she wrote...

My two cents regarding the Power Play:

I don't think they should have Ovy & Green on the point at the same time. I'd prefer to see Fedorov on the point setting the table for Green on the first unit with Ovy on the half boards or in the slot.

Posted by: red dragon | October 22, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

say what you want but the lumberjack was our best defenseman last night. morrison needs to clear that puck instead of shooting it directly to iginla and green got caught pinching on the second goal. we are better than that.

as for bringing laing up, tampa would claim him off of waivers since their team is made up of pittsburgh and caps cast-offs

Posted by: stevo | October 22, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I was watching the highlights on Comcast Sports net of the Caps game last night. I noticed that Jose let in a softy (#2 goal). I believe that the success of a team starts with very good goaltending. Folks when the team doesn't believe in their goalie or goaltending the psychology of the team is seriously affected. It won't get better until this is fixed. Probably sometime in Feb.

The other thing I noticed is this is a team of egos and individuality. However they have shown they can play as a team (last year) and be successful. It is up to Coach Voodoo to lead them.

We will see in the next couple of months if he was deserving of his hardware.

Posted by: Voodoo Child | October 22, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

also maybe put jurcina on the power play and force him to shoot. schultz's pansy shot wont get it done. kolzig said jurcina has one of the hardest shots he has ever faced

Posted by: stevo | October 22, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

From Calgary to Phoenix? From sledding to golf? I expect a full report on your round between the flight and the practice.

As for the game: Yuck. Double Yuck. Nick Backstrom: the invisible man. (Insert picture of invisible man.)

Posted by: old time hockey | October 22, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Hey Stevo, you're right, Jurcina has the hardest shot on the team. I'd like to see him on the second unit. Get Laich or Clark to stand in front of the goalie and create some havoc, and earn some goals the old fashioned way !

Posted by: red dragon | October 22, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

"Folks when the team doesn't believe in their goalie or goaltending the psychology of the team is seriously affected."

Which of course explains the team's play in front of Kolzig last year.

Posted by: Section 117 | October 22, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I just watched bad pass after bad pass. It was a POOR example of puck control even with the man advantage for 7 minutes we could not make a good pass. I had to turn it off it was so frustrating to watch (and it was late).

Posted by: CAPSFAN | October 22, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

...and in front of Huiet (sp.)

Posted by: Voodoo Child | October 22, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I was being sarcastic, Swiss Jr.

Posted by: Section 117 | October 22, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

voodoo=swiss=chief

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

That Iginla goal was 5-3 and bounced around like a pin ball. The other goal he was screened.

I was looking at the Game Summary and noticed something. There were only 3 players that had penalties on Calgary's team. One of them (Bourque's) accounted for over half of their penalties all in one occurrance. If you look at the penalties as occurances, they had 3, we had 10.

The Caps have got to play a more disciplined game. We can't give up that many chances.

BTW for you JT bashers, he got the 3rd star.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 22, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

9minute power play and we get 3 shots
yup this is a cup contender
we wont even make the playoffs at this rate
no hunger no hussle just highly paid floaters most of whom are Europeans
Laich was our best froward again
our defense is horrible
Nice hit Sloan

Posted by: wendel | October 22, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Yeah Chief had to go into hiding because we found out his identity.

Posted by: MNMNT | October 22, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Last night was an abysmal performance. You have to give credit to the Flames for their aggressive penalty kill. If the Flames power play had been on with the multiple 5 on 3's the Caps had to kill, it could have been a lot worse.

It is not the end of the season, the sky is not falling, and Coach BB has some work to do. The team showed what they could do against Vancouver and they will be back to that again, sooner than later.

Posted by: Mark | October 22, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Seems like this team has so much raw talent that they can't get excited about playing until they are losing.

Posted by: Heh | October 22, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

"someone who knows"
"truth be told"

now "JT's Swiss Cheese Factory" we all know it's you, loser.

Posted by: MNMNT | October 22, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

@ Voodoochild RE:

"I was watching the highlights on Comcast Sports net of the Caps game last night"

Try watching a replay of the game instead of a highlite to draw a game summation from. You would see that goaltending was the least of the teams problems last night. That second goal was anything but "soft". When a bang-bang play in a prime scoring area like the slot happens with a wide open opponent, it's called a prime scoring chance. Theo played fine and was awarded the third star of the game by the Calgary press.

Posted by: Riddler | October 22, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Same old Caps.

I want to start selling my season tickets through Ticket Exchange. But I doubt anyone would want to buy them now.

Posted by: Danny | October 22, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Alzner is not ready. I have watched him twice down in Hershey and he needs more time down there. Stop acting like he is some savior for the blueline. He is going to be good but not yet ready. Trust me.

My biggest concern is Backstrom. He has been a nonfactor in every game. Is he hurt still?

Posted by: PaCapsFan | October 22, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I like little boys too.

Posted by: Danny | October 22, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Are you out of work in Ohio, Chief? Why so many posts? You should be looking for a new job.

Posted by: MNMNT | October 22, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Jeez people last year when the team was winning it was all hail BB and Green is the best defensive man, Ovie scoring goals left and right and here comes Lord Stanley. This year its 6 GAMES into the season and all is lost BB has a big ego and is stupid, Green has his head up his a** and Ovie and Backs suck. ITS ONLY 6 GAMES, do you all remember last year the team came back from the worst record in the NHL. Give them time to get chemistry together. You all are so quick to give up on the team. Yes the Caps had a bad game last night and are struggling on the PP, Yes Ovie is not scoring. I agree they are in a slump but its only the 6th game of the season. As for Swiss Cheese get a life, I dont see you out there on the ice so shut it, because we are tired of hearing from you, IDIOT!

Posted by: FYI | October 22, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I have a couple of things:
1) Is it possible BB just doesn't know how to coach the PP? Not sure what his numbers were in Hershey as coach, but everyone has strengths and weaknesses.

2) Someone needs to tell Mike Green he is a D-Man first. We love his offense, but he must play D.

3) You absolutely cannot keep firing pucks into the shin pads of the other team (especially around the blue line). How many times did they do that last night (Green in particular).

Posted by: Phil C. | October 22, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Maybe we should all stop responding and writing on this board until there is some sort of filter. Is it true that you will have to sign in early next week?

Tired of the idiots. Is there another blog that isn't as bad?

Posted by: 828 | October 22, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I agree Alzner and Varmalov are not ready to be NHL stars yet and are not going to come and save the games. All you people who give up on your team and want to sell your season tickets so fast make me sick. Go jump on a winning teams bandwagon then.

Posted by: FYI | October 22, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I too got caught up in the hype from last season and bought season tickets. Now I'm stuck with them, along with a same-old sucky Crapitals.

Posted by: Unhappy STH | October 22, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

@FYI
The people that are talking smack about BB are the same idiots that post we need players like Briere and Crosby.

Posted by: 828 | October 22, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Jay Leach and Dean Evason should have been fired last summer. They've done a terrible job since the Hanlon era. Let BB hire his own guys.

Posted by: mcphail | October 22, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

To all the STH,

Thank you for supporting the Caps and giving them your money. If you can't stick it out after Game 6, then that sucks for you. We do not need you as fans as you are probably the typical DC fan - only root for your team if they are winning and disrespect them if they lose a game. They can't win them all... oh wait, maybe these new STH think it's a 16 game season... that explains it!

Posted by: 828 | October 22, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

828,
It's just Chief posting as other people because he's got nothing else to do.

Posted by: MNMNT | October 22, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

If anyone wants to not be a STH, I'll take some more tickets (for below cost, of course, since you want to dump them so bad).

Posted by: Section 117 | October 22, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Man some of these posts are unbelievable. I thought our Bears board was bad.

1st - How about letting Bruce coach the damned team? He will get it working right period. He was the guru last year remember?

2nd - It is very early in the season to be jumping damned near every player other than OV.

3rd - Any of you really want to unload some decent seats at a good price, let me know.

Amazing!

Go Caps! Go Bears!

Posted by: Jbears | October 22, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Hey Chief,
do you want me to pass out your email to everyone?

Posted by: MNMNT | October 22, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe the posters wanting rid of newly acquired season tickets are genuine. Surely that has to be some lame Pens/Flyers/Buffalo fan taking the mick.

If they are Caps fans and are serious, that is a very sad state of affairs.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | October 22, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Wow, 3-2-1 and people are crying about selling off all their tickets? That is unreal. Bandwagoners at their finest I guess.

Relax, it is an 82 game season, and guess what? We will lose some games and play like crap streches at a time. It happens to every team, even good teams. Yes they played lousy last night. Passing was terrible, no one crashed the net, and they played with no fire or heart. It was ONE game.

Posted by: BearsWoooo | October 22, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

As frustrating as last night was, lets all take some deep breaths and relax. That being said...

I am a little concerned about Backstrom

I am a little concerned that every d-man is playing Ovechkin the same way on the rush and it seems to be working

I am a little concerned that after promising to start taking shots from the point on the PP we did nothing of the sort.

However we're still 3-2-1 with plenty of time to work out the kinks. I fully expect the team to get back on track against Phoenix.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | October 22, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

It's obvious idiots come on here trying to rile things up.

Not even worth responding to.

Posted by: SA_Town | October 22, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

The fact of the matter is we need Kozlov back and on that first line. In his absence put Fehr up there.

Chris Clark is not a first or 2nd line forward. During the game last night they showed his career stats in Calgary, he had 35 goals in like 7 years. Just because he had 1 season here and got 30 goals does not make him a top line player. He is a forechecker and a cycler, and for a Captain he has taken dumb slashing penalties this season.

And like someone said BB is overthinking. Should leave Semin and Nylander together. Nylander has had his bad games this season when he gets buried down on that 3rd line.

All that being said the first game on a west coast trip is always the toughest. Expect a 4-2 game against Phoenix.

Posted by: Pat | October 22, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

@SA_Town

I too would take Ovie and Semin off the PK. Enough with this experiment. And play everybody a more balanced amount of time, the whole team is hurting (Ovie plays too much, 24 minutes last game, 11 minutes on special teams)

@Greg S

Agree 100%, Ovie should at least rotate off/on the point, as they did a few times last year and was really successful.


Posted by: mauree | October 22, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

@JSchon

Thanks for the advice. I always appreciate when a former coach tells me how to manage my team. Believe it or not, there comes a time when I feel a need to mix my lines up. I'm sorry you were too busy yelling at Don Koharski to realize you could do that.

Your Fan~

Bruce Boudreau

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

They played good enough to win and bad enough to lose. JT had a good game. SHO MO had a bad clearing attempt on the 5-3.

On the good news the Sloan hit was awesume!
OV will have his breaking out party Thursday in Phoenix.
I will be going to the game in Dallas so I hope for a big W in the Big D.

I have the Kozzy love, we havent played well since he went down......team chemistry??
It's a long year, we will have some ups and some downs. Check out what the flyers fans are going thru.


@ Danny Go sell your damn tickets, we don't need "fans" like you anyway. I say "fans" with a grain of salt.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | October 22, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Jose should have pulled the puck into him on the second goal. That is all I am saying.

The Chief sits in section 110. He works for the government.

Posted by: Voodoo Child | October 22, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

SA_Town:

Who made you King of the board. We might consider your comments on the game to be idiotic.

The mirror is your best friend or worst enemy.

Posted by: Voodoo Child | October 22, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I think there is some overreacting to some criticism here. Criticism can be constructive. The last two games there seems to be a problem with the PP. How to solve it?

I'm all for letting BB work, but adding perspective and ideas never hurts.

Posted by: mauree | October 22, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

"this team is weak all the way around"
"This is going to get very ugly very fast."
"It is going to be a long year..."
"Face it, this is not a very good team and will not improve as the year goes on."

All this was said in week 1 when the Redskins lost to the Giants. Perspective people...

Posted by: Section 117 | October 22, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

It's funny, but AO slips down to the halfwall on PP, then realizes it and goes back to the point. I just don't see him as a point guy. He was devastating in close last year.

They're supposed to be the quarterbacks of the PP, not the driving engine of it. Maybe this is the musings of an idiot (previous post), but I'd like an experiment with Jurcina on point pile-driving shots and Ovie, Nylander and Clark playing clean-up.

That said, it's just a matter of time - and shots - before AO consistently finds the back of the net. He needs to relax and have some fun with it, and if he feels frustrated, go bang on Malkin. :)

Posted by: Greg S. | October 22, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Voodoo Child,

I elected SA_Town as King.

Posted by: 828 | October 22, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Have some perspective people. We're going to be fine. The power play will right itself, there's too much talent for it not to.

Yikes.

Posted by: Ben | October 22, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

JT's Swiss Cheese Factory, Truth Be Told, Someone Who Knows, Chief,

why so quiet?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I am also concerned about Nick. Something is wrong. I do not think it is lack of effort/desire. I still think maybe it is ankle.

I think Ovechkin will get going. He always does. However, not sure I like him and Semin on PK all the time. I, personally, would save that for special situations.

How cool is it that Fedorov can pretty much play every position? His effort last night to avoid the empty net goal just made me smile.

Something tells me the team did more than just play poker on the flight to Phoenix. I am already loading up on caffeine now to get ready to stay up tomorrow night and cheer the guys on.

Posted by: Kim | October 22, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

@Voodoo Child

Thanks for your post...compelling and rich.

Posted by: SA_Town | October 22, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

@anonymous

Hello... McFly... JSchon = JSchon not Jim Schoenfeld

I'm just a fan who thinks mixing up the lines was a mistake. Why change Laich/Nylander/Semin? Because Backstrom and OV are clicking yet? Well that move netted us 1 goal when we've been scoring 4pg.

Posted by: JSchon | October 22, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Kim

Yeah. Still can't believe that I'm watching him as a Cap. That redirect was classic. His defensive play is solid.

His GAA is pretty good, too.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 22, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I'd take a couple tickets off your hands. The game last night was awful, no one is disputing that. The Power Play sucked. It seemed like some of our guys were up chilling in Greener's suite.
But correct me if I'm wrong, Bruce took over at Thanksgiving last year, and we managed to do okay for the rest of the season, even made the playoffs. There's still a month of games until this Thanksgiving. He has time to work on the power play, time to figure out what's eating Backstrom, and time to get this team back playing like the game actually matters. It's been said before, but I'll repeat it. That was the *sixth* game of the season! There's still 76 games left, 93% of the season. Anybody remember last seasons first six games? Everybody relax, take a few deep breaths, and take your hand off the "Sell" button for a bit. This is a team that can play well, they showed us that last year. They just need a game or so to remember how badly they can play, too. They'll be fine. If you want to moan about how awful we are, do it somewhere else. I'd rather hear some constructive comments, maybe even a little positivity if you can manage it.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | October 22, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

@SA Town

Nice "Anchorman" reference.

Posted by: JSchon | October 22, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Tarik

Just wanted to thank you for your work here. This is great stuff.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 22, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

On a positive note to read a good article on Alex Semin see the link.
http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=6474&user_id=40996

Posted by: bagasome | October 22, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

although i hate to say it, but flash played really well last night, leading the team in shots...i'll take it. We do need the nylander/semin/laich line back together as well as the steckel/the donald/bradley line.

Posted by: stevo | October 22, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Wow Chief, posting under multiple aliases and then running to hide. You creating a new email address so when everyone here starts emailing you, you won't get flooded with emails?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

and don't forget, Kippy made several great saves. As badly as we played, we weren't far from grabbing at least 1 point.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | October 22, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Comcast:

On a nice note, last nights game was in HD, and it wasnt listed to be. It is really nice to see away games in HD. Im usually at most home games, so those feeds didnt matter to me.

I do see the Phoenix game is also slated to be in HD.

Posted by: SA-Town | October 22, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Riddler:
From the previous - I thought the same thing; if they can't score on a nine min PP, then we're in serious trouble. Just the fact that we got a penalty during that time was unexcusable.

Posted by: Boo! | October 22, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I'd noticed moments of greatness from Semin in years past interlaced with moments of "whatever". I've been really pleased with his effort level this year and his score sheet shows it. If he can keep this up all year...wow! Could easily be a 100 pt year for him.

Now if we can get Ovie in the groove and Backstrom in game shape, we'll be kickin'.

And it will happen. It's just frustrating that the abilities this team showed up to the exit last season, to be this soft at the start of this one is confusing.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 22, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Sombrero,

Good thing I benched Kipprosoff this week in fantasy, huh?

Posted by: 828 | October 22, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

The more I watch Bradley play, the more I like him. The guy is non-stop energy. Watch for him to be the spark this team needs- see Pens game.

Also, I used to be a pretty big Flash criticizer, but the more he plays, the more he seems to be getting the hang of it. Same thing with Jurcina, but he still needs some work. Pairing him with Fedorov seemed to build his confidence a bit, and perhaps should be done more often.

Posted by: Fro | October 22, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Sombrero Guy

Kippy did play a great game last night. Give props where deserved, he earned that win.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 22, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

SA_Town:
I agree about Ovie on the PK - save up his energy for scoring opps rather than using it on defensive ones. And get him out of the line of fire, already! He plays with everything that he has - being on the PK for him is just inviting injury. As much as I love Laing's heart and soul, I don't want Ovie pulling a Laing to block a shot on the PK.

Dave:
I take it United won? How was the match? Oh and I will give your regards to Paul and Babe!! ;-) (Not that I plan to head that way any time soon, but I'd love to!). BTW, "idiot filter"?!? Love it!

Posted by: Boo! | October 22, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

jmu_capsgirl,
I've got your positivity. The Caps will be fine. They will work through the issues and get on track. It is early and they have plenty of time left. Heck, Tampa Bay said they were going to win the Southeast and we are ahead of them. Not bad since we only have 2nd to shoot for. :)

No worries here, that is why my friends call me Pollyanna.

Posted by: Mark | October 22, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

There has been much talk about the power play, but does anyone think that the PK is too passive? Calgary had loads of room to setup shots, and they denied the Caps that same room when they were killing penalties.

Posted by: TJ2 | October 22, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Here's the forward line combo's I would like to see tried by BB in Phoenix-

Ovechkin/Fedorov/Kozlov(if healthy)Semin/Nylander/Flash
Laich/Backstrom/Clark
Brash/Steckel/Bradly

Fehr can jump into Kozlov's spot if he can't play Thursday

Posted by: Riddler | October 22, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Sloan made an impact on Calgary. From the Calgary Sun:

http://calsun.canoe.ca/Sports/Hockey/2008/10/22/7161866-sun.html

"On a night when all eyes were on Alex Ovechkin, it was the 27-year-old Calgarian who had the 'Dome buzzing early when the 6-foot-3, 205-lb. Washington Capitals defenceman caught Calgary Flames' Langkow with his head down as he crossed the blueline.

Delivering one of the hardest, most spectacular hits the NHL has seen this year, the rookie Sloan sent the Flames centre flying, lifting every one of his new teammates off the bench with the blast."

Posted by: Greg S. | October 22, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Holy cow! How many more games this season? 76? I guess the season is over, eh?
What is with some of you people? You are never happy unless you are putting someone down? I am happy you have an outlet for that disturbing attitude, we have too much crime on the streets.

Posted by: x | October 22, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I was thinking, kind of sad that one of the best players out there last night was the rookie who was brought up for his first game with the Caps! Maybe Sloan will spark something in the guys and get them back on their game. I think Laing certainly had a positive influence last season.

Danny/Unhappy STH:
Sell all your tickets? But no one will buy them?!? Wait a minute!!! I, too, am disappointed in last night's game (and the relatively sluggish start overall), but I have not given up on them! They'll figure it out.

828/BearsWoooo:
Amen! :-)

Phil:
Our PP under BB was fine last season. Not sure why it is struggling this season; maybe there have just been too many changes. Regardless, I think BB can coach it and will make it work.

Posted by: Boo! | October 22, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Greg S-thanks

Posted by: Riddler | October 22, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

That was the most boring Caps game I've seen in ages. Usually, even when we lose we're fun to watch. Both teams sucked. It was painful to watch.

It's funny how Theodore is getting praised for a game in which he played pretty well, but still let in a bad goal. Is that what our standards of goaltending are down to? 1 bad goal per game means the goalie played well?

I'm sorry that it was a PP and Iginla was wide open, but it was a slap shot straight at JT and he saw it all the way. Maybe in ECHL that's a goal you might not expect a goalie to stop every time, but in the NHL you do.

P.S. JT Swiss Factory, your schtick has gotten more stale than a 100-year old piece of Swiss cheese. Please stop polluting the blog with your "humor".

Posted by: ranndino | October 22, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

And a nice article on Semin in the Sun, too.

http://calsun.canoe.ca/Sports/Hockey/2008/10/22/7161886-sun.html

Posted by: Greg S. | October 22, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Sloan got the hard hat last night? That was an awesome hit, and squeaky clean, too.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 22, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

why is ov off to such a bad start?
fate?
his overly long shifts are not helping
as we saw during the 9min pp. his pk is not affective since he only thinks about scoring short handed. What happens to other players when the are not producing?(hint Eric Fehr)
Hopefully bb can re institute the team first concept since alot of players seem concerned about their own production ice time stat etc
if we have to sit a star down or make a trade to wake up this team we better do it soon .

Posted by: wendel | October 22, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

ranndino,

Because of Theodore, we only lost by one. Had the Caps not taken those penalties, they never would have scored those 2 goals. What was it, 4 or 5 (5 on 3)... what do you want him to do? Everybody is just noticing he had his best game as a Capital. As a Capital... As a Capital.

Posted by: 828 | October 22, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Wake up a team? Man, I would hate to hear what the Philly faithful are saying about their team. For some odd reason, I believe we are tied for first place of the Southeast right now? Oh, it's only game 6?

Why am I still on this board?

Posted by: 828 | October 22, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

@tarik
How does the coach feel about the play of Sloan? As you know, one can not fairly judge a player from a TV coverage as one can not see the whole picture. Unfortunately, our broadcaster team sometimes is more interested in entertaining than providing game play-by-play. I loved that hit, Scott Stevens came to mind.

Posted by: x | October 22, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

wendel, Fehr has 2 points in his 2 games played. Could you clarify if you're saying he deserves to sit or if you're hinting that he should play.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I didn't make that post re selling season tickets.

But then again, why explain myself. This blog is silly - anyone can post anything using any name.

Rock the Red!

Posted by: Danny | October 22, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I turned the game off after the 9min PP because I couldn't believe we had been given such a gift and then totally blew it. Does that mean I am not a true Caps fan?

Agree that neither Backs nor Clark seem to be quite right so far this year. Also agree that OV needs to come off the PK. And I think we really need Kozlov to come back soon. Maybe there was more there than we fully appreciated.

Posted by: hockeymom | October 22, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

While last nights game was awful to watch, for the long term we will be fine. While Nicky is off ot a bad start and Ovie a so-so start they will both bounce back.

The one thing in the first 6 games that concerns me the most is Mike Green. Last year he was picking his opportunities to jump into the play better. This year he is doing it almost every time he is out on the ice and last night it cost us what ended up being the GWG for Calgary.

Anyone else think he is jumping into the play way more frequently to start the season?

Posted by: Pat | October 22, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I think Calgary knows about Sloan now.

From the Calgary Herald...

"But the potentially pivotal play was still to arrive.

"And it did with a bang.


"Daymond Langkow cruised into the neutral zone and was absolutely creamed by Caps rearguard Tyler Sloan - a Calgarian, 27, playing the third shift (!) of his NHL career."

Posted by: Greg S. | October 22, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

@TJ2
The PK has always sort of been unaggressive. Looked the same under Gabby and Hanlon, so it must be the players at this point.

Posted by: tallbear | October 22, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

@anon
Fehr sat and performed when he returned so play him .Too many caps are not concerned about sitting cause they are stars. Dmen know they are safe cause we cant afford to bring up alzner. Forwards are safe cause bringing up forwards means waiver clearing
we have become very complacent and have lost the fire to win that burned at the end of last year.
everyone says just wait we will be ok...
what is going to change our fortunes if we maintain the status quo?

Posted by: wendel | October 22, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

@Greg S.
You should be reporting for the Caps. I liked that article on Semin, thanks. Semin is my favorite player on this team, lets hope he keeps away from the media.

Posted by: x | October 22, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty bored today. What should I write?

Posted by: Ken Shearer Jr | October 22, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

No, jeez, no! Don't make me a reporter. I'm a finder. Tarik's just fine at reporting for the Caps.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 22, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

i'm gonna admit, not really happy about the way that the team played last night. I can't say that any one person was on top of their game, because frankly, no one was looking good out there.

I do have to say that Jose did much better in this game.

It's only the 6th game, people need to calm down, the real fans will stick behind the caps, whether they're losing or winning.

Posted by: diehardcapsfan | October 22, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Tankers say:

- OV not working hard enough
- Green over-confident
- Backstrom suffering sophmore jinxy
- shuffling defenseman is not good
- Fedorov is playing very well
- why Boyd Gordon look bigger this year like a man-child?
- Boudreau need to lay off fry food

Tankers say good-bye

Posted by: Tankers Say | October 22, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I've been a Caps fan for 18 years and watched just about every game on TV and been to a number of them.

I categorically reserve my right to trash them out, when they deserve it. There are always the cheerleaders and there are always the ordinary idiots in the stands. I'm one of the latter.

The Caps - as a team - were awful. There is a time-proven cure for their problem that has been handed down from generation to generation, father to son, son to video game: it's called - step 1, the bench - step 2, the pressbox, step 3, the Bears, step 4, Code Pink.

Posted by: o_no | October 22, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm I need to figure out what alias to write under...

Posted by: Ken Shearer Jr | October 22, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

You reserve the right to think whatever you want, who cares about your fan resume?

Posted by: MNMNT | October 22, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"Hmmm I need to figure out what alias to write under..." Jr.

That is one tough decision ...

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Well I've been having an identity crisis over the past two years on posting on this blog; me me post under so many aliases.

Me me doesn't know who to post as. I don't play hockey but I post on here all the time, and me me has a huge crush on GMGM.

Posted by: Ken Shearer Jr | October 22, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

@tankers say

I agree, however, I would add:
OV and Green have let their heads grow much too big, they need to realize the difference between fan adulation and reality.


Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

o_no is fake

Posted by: Fake | October 22, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

That you Chief?

Posted by: Steve R | October 22, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Ken Shearer Jr is Swiss Cheese (me me)

Posted by: Fake | October 22, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Bench Ovechkin, Put Ovechkin in the Pressbox, Put Ovechkin on waivers...

Good call, I would do that with Semin, Backstrom, and Green. Then you wouldn't even have to go to Step 4. What a genius!!!

Posted by: 828 | October 22, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

if we keep on the pace we are on now, we will have 41 to 42 wins, 27 loses and 13 ot loses, equaling 95 to 97 points, which either way would be more than last year.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Me me loves GMGM. I admit it. I heart GMGM.

Posted by: Ken Shearer Jr | October 22, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

JR. your mommy is calling you, I think she has cookies.
Go boy, go boy

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

828, did you get out on the wrong side of the bed?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

JR's mom is not just his mom, but his sister and his girlfriend.

Posted by: romo | October 22, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Nope, just agreeing with all the idiots on here. They have such good advice, don't you think?

Posted by: 828 | October 22, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Me me has a cute boxing bear tattoo on me me's forearm. Me me is getting another tattoo that says "MEME

Posted by: Ken Shearer Jr | October 22, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

MEME <3 GMGM!

Posted by: Ken Shearer Jr | October 22, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Just a quick run in the memory banks: Many of us (including me) went a little nuts when GMGM re-upped Fleischmann. I think we would all agree that he's played pretty well this year, espcially grading on the curve for what they pay him.

This is why we are fans and not GMs. Let's all back away from the ledge and put the waive Ovechkin talk back into looney-land where it belongs. Clearly some guys are not playing the way the can. I'll trust Pickles to get them out of that funk through line changes, etc.

Posted by: old time hockey | October 22, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Ken Shearer Jr and I play dummy sticks.

Posted by: JT's Swiss Cheese Factory | October 22, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Me me so confused.

Posted by: Chief | October 22, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

New Thread! :-)

Posted by: Look! | October 22, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Riddler, Jschon and a whole bunch of you. Was not a fan of the line shakeup, but was ok for 1 game and understood the reasons why. But guess what? It didn't work.

I think both Backstrom and Ovy will come around but in the meantime I would not coddle them/treat them differently. If others don't perform, they get moved down or sit, etc. I would not reward Nicklas with playing with Semin, and punish Nyls who did well with him. I would put Nyls back with Semin. And I prefer Feds on D, but if you want to put Backstom on 3rd for a game or two, then Feds in his spot works also.

And I don't understand the "cute" comments either. What moves are "too cute" ? Yes, we need to shoot more. But someone has to be doing some puck control and setup (is that too cute? I hope not) and others should be shooting and going for rebounds.

It's early. We had a horrible/worse start last year and we fired the coach. Now, we can't blame it on the coach, other than I agree with comments of we should have the top/proven players playing more than the newer guys.

Posted by: Capsfan | October 22, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know why next Tueday's game against the Preds isn't on TV anywhere?

Posted by: Phil C. | October 22, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

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