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Posted at 8:40 AM ET, 03/ 8/2011

Quote of the night from the Capitals' win over Tampa Bay

By Katie Carrera

If Braden Holtby hadn't been able to weather the early push from the Lightning in the second period, there's a good chance Tampa Bay would have put Monday night's game away in the second period.

But Holtby did make the necessary saves. Perhaps the most improbable one was a blocker save on Simone Gagne just 4:29 into the middle frame but Holtby didn't want too take too much credit for that stop.

"All I could really see was he had a wide open net and missed it," Holtby said. "I was just thanking the hockey gods on that one. I got it with my blocker. I'm not sure if it would have went in or not. Thankfully it didn't go in."

By Katie Carrera  | March 8, 2011; 8:40 AM ET
 
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1 game is clearly not enough to make me say "Holtby is our goalie of the future!!!".....However, I gotta say that he really seems to have the mentality of the great goalies in that he is always calm and doesn't seem to be rattled easily.

I was at the NYR game in which he was terrific up until the shootout, and he seemed ever better last night.

Should make for an interesting offseason. I think this summer may be the time to pick btw Varly and Nuevy as the clear #1 and go with Holtby as the #2. I think when Varly is on, he is the best of the bunch, but he is always injured which concerns me.

Posted by: MattBradley10 | March 8, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

This team is very good on the road now - 12 wins there since Dec 16th...and some of that includes wins coming from behind.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 8, 2011 9:00 AM | Report abuse

I like Neuvirth and Holtby as a combo because they are used to one another from Hershey...you can tell from the interview on Versus that Holtby feeds off Neuvirth and they could compliment each other well.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 8, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

The Lightning can complain all they want about the no goal, but it was the right call. There player slid into Holtby before LeCavalier took his shot. Plus, anyone remember the game in Dallas in December when the tying goal was disallowed because the referee ruled Ovie had interferred with the Stars goalie when in acutality it was the Dallas defensemen that hit his own goalie?

Posted by: jcreech1 | March 8, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

I like Neuvirth and Holtby as a combo because they are used to one another from Hershey...you can tell from the interview on Versus that Holtby feeds off Neuvirth and they could compliment each other well.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 8, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Great point....

Posted by: MattBradley10 | March 8, 2011 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I was listening to the game on XM and got the Tampa feed. To say that the announcers were homers is to do an injustice to homers. When the Lightning missed their final shootout attempt, the announcers were openly depressed with the outcome and their color announcer said, "the Capitals are celebrating like they won the Stanley Cup. Sorry, boys, it's not the Stanley Cup. And a big assist to the referees for the disallowed goal."

pathetic.

Posted by: DreamOutLoud | March 8, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

As far as who sits on D when everyone is healthy (knock on wood)

I said that while Erskine looked great from the get go this season, I doubted he could last all season, and I think he is wearing down. It would be in his best interest to rest when possible.

Still can't get over how great that game was. Holtby must have been nervous after the last shootout, but in all fairness, the NHL shootout is a skill you can only develope IN the NHL.

Hope Backs is ok, great hustle by Ovie...amazing how much more effective he became 4 on 4 with the extra room.

Posted by: capscoach | March 8, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Since I am also a Red Wings fan I see calls like this all of the time go against them then having plays like the goal the Yotes scored over the weekend. It reminds me a lot of the Caps we normally seem to get called for those kind of things but it doesn't seem to go the other way. Glad we finally got one. If only calls like that were made in the Philly series a few years ago.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 9:10 AM | Report abuse

DreamOutLoud: I never understood why people say "Sorry, it's not the Stanley Cup" and the like. Of course it's not. No Capitals player thought it was. Are the Caps, or any team for that matter, supposed to solemnly walk off the ice without congratulating each other on a win?

Of course, if the TBL won in the shootout after giving up the lead, I'm sure they would have just gave each other a gentlemanly "Good game, my fellow teammates" and walked off the ice. They wouldn't have celebrated at all.

Posted by: sabredc | March 8, 2011 9:11 AM | Report abuse

@DreamOutLoud - on Center Ice I always get the "homer" feeds and I was telling my wife last night that I was so glad Versus had the game because I couldn't stomach another night of "Chief" on Sun Sports dissing the Caps players, coaches and the refs.

Boston and Tampa broadcasters are the worst home side broadcasters in the league - it is not even close.

Compare that to the Panther or Islander guys who will actually look at a replay and admit they were wrong or can't tell on a second look.

:)

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 8, 2011 9:11 AM | Report abuse

@DreamOutLoud

I was driving home listening to the broadcast also. I know Espo (color guy) loves his Lightening, but that was a terrible broadcast to listen to. Couldn't get home fast enough just so I could listen to some good play calling.

Many may not like Joe B. or Locker, but at least they call a pretty unbiased game.

Posted by: ttenner | March 8, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Tampa and Boston home broadcasters are by far the most biased and impartial bar none in the NHL.

If that Islander player that got suspended for ten games were on one of those teams they would have found a way to justify him.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 8, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

@Jonathan6 great recap from someone at the game but one slight nitpick, Holtby is 21 not a teenager.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Pittsburgh's TV guys are also pretty big homers. Many of the Pens fans I went to school with even hated them because they were so bias.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Throughout the Versus telecast everyone was referring to the playoff atmosphere in the building and on the ice. Yes, this was not for the Stanley Cup, but the game could be the first step towards it for both teams.

Games for the division lead this late in the season are huge. Any team that comes from behind with a young backup goalie, without your 1st line center and win in SO deserves the opportunity to celebrate. It was a great ending to a great game.

Instead of complaining about the Caps celebration they should address the TB's coaching decision for not sending out Stamkos & Marty in the SO.

Posted by: ttenner | March 8, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

All the downer posters are mysteriously missing today. Where's all the doom and gloom and the calling for BB's head? Great win for the caps, and the true fans have been sitting patiently waiting for this team to get geared up. Last year we would have never won a first place game in a 2-1 shootout. Let's give BB and GMGM some props on the strategy and defense.

Posted by: blur991 | March 8, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

One thing the Caps have got to do is get more PP chances. It is very hard to practice it becasue it practice the PKers aren't going to sell out their bodies like they would in the game and guys won't want to blast shots at their own guys. Since we got our new guys we have 7 PP in 4 games and what half were shortened by games ending or penalities ourselves and one was a 4 on 3 which is very unlikly in the playoffs. We need to get the new guys some real PP chances so they can get used to each other and maybe things will start to click.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 9:25 AM | Report abuse

All things considered, Tampa should just shut up. The Caps lost their goalie and 1C during the game, has been without their top d-man, and faced the other factors that Heather mentions. From about the half way point of the game, the Caps took charge and their dominance steadily increased as the game went on. Tampa was lucky to get into overtime.

I'm sure Stamkos will get more MVP votes than Ovi, but Stamkos cannot begin to take over a game the way Ovi can. They are not even close in that regard. I'm not sure that Stamkos is even in Semin's league, when Semin wants to play like he did last night. Stamkos is a scorer, but has limited impact on a game beyond that.

Posted by: zmega | March 8, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm proud of the Caps.

This is exactly the type of game that will help them in the playoffs.

Funny, a couple weeks ago I was really bummed the way they were playing. A trade or two later and I am excited again!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 8, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Funny that TB complains about a 'bad call' and yet the Caps got called for delay of game when the puck clearly changed directions as it passed Hall I think it was. So either Ovechikn has found a way to make the NHL 10 'curve shot' real or it hit Hall and shouldn't have been called. Now TB didn't score but they very well could have and changed the game on the bad call but the Caps didn't let the call lose them the game. TB did.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

@blur991

Give them time, I'm sure they'll come up with something.

Posted by: ttenner | March 8, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

A few things:

1) Great job by Holtby. After an up close view of his last shoot out I blasted him for it. He looked confused and committed to the shooter way to early. I was admittedly a bit worried at the start of the shootout last night. Nice surprise. Last night he looked calm, confident, and patient as he did all night.

2) I really wish the NHL would look at goalie interference calls. There seems to be no consistency in how they are called. Sometimes a player makes incidental contact and it is called a penalty, sometimes the goal is simply disallowed. Sometimes a player is knocked into a goalie and they get a penalty, sometimes the goal is simply disallowed, sometimes the other team gets a penalty. While I am glad the call went the way it did last night, especially considering that the Caps usually seem to end up on the short end of those calls, Im not entirely convinced that it was the right call.
Given the number of times calls like this have had an impact on games throughout the league this year (not to mention in two of the Caps 3 game 7 losses), it is time that the NHL establishes black and white rules with no room for interpretation that are evenly enforced. The playoff run, and especially the playoffs, are no place for controversy on these types of calls.

Posted by: johnqpublic1 | March 8, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

If you look at the replay, I don't think MSL touched Holtby with his body, but he moved Holty's left pad into the goal with his stick. The stick is part of the player and therefore it was clear interference. Since MSL was HELPED into the crease by Laich it wasn't a penalty.

The only way it wouldn't be called a no-goal interference is if Laich was the SOLE CAUSE of MSL hitting Holtby. That wasn't the case here as the speed that MSL was going to the net was a large factor in him pushing Holtby with his stick. Also, the stick push took place right before MSL was tripped up by Laich.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 8, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else now counting down the days until that 3/22 game in Philly?? Talk about a "playoff type game"!!!

Posted by: MattBradley10 | March 8, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

It was nice to get the win, but there are still a few concerning things going into the playoffs:
1. I think Erskine is odd man out. I cant count how many odd many rushes he has allowed over the the past month pinching in. He just seems out of place with whoever they put him with.

2. The PP seems to be stagnant. The puck doesnt move side to side and I hate that they are dumping it into the zone instead of carrying it into the zone. 21 needs to be off the PP soon. He has a difficult time finishing plays.

I feel good about the direction they are going, and hopefully it will all payoff in a few months!

Posted by: dpshultzfam | March 8, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

@mattBradley, others

right on with Holtby - very impressive performance. Honestly, the last SO loss was very bad - he wasn't even close on any of the attempts and last night he just shut the door on them. Even though Moore isn't one of their top scorers, he put a fairly decent move on and that was a great save...For now, I won't worry about the offseason - we've got 3 good goalies now - of course a great veteran would be even better in the playoffs but in the cap age, there don't seem to be a lot of those around...

When it comes to choosing which 2 to keep - and they're all great and try their hearts out - sadly, it will come down to which one will get us the most in a trade. High picks or picks and a good solid two way forward would be nice. At this point, all of them have the potential to bring in nice returns but neither are quite ripe and at their maximum value.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 8, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

For those posters already calling for the Caps to get rid of Varly and go with Holtby and Neuvy, I will just say calm down.

Holtby looked great last night and looks to be very promising, but he is still very young and there are no guarantees how he will be after 40 or 80 NHL games.

IMO, I think the Caps should hold on to all 3 next year(unless for some reason Varly costs a boatload) and let them play for the spot. Especially with all the injury concers of Varly, Neuvy, and even Holtby (he was just out a while also), having 3 good, CHEAP, goaltenders is nice to have.

Yes, if the Caps could parlay one of the goalies into a top D-man or forward I would absolutely re-think my philosophy. But the truth is that there isn't much of a market of teams looking to spend a lot on goalies because there are a lot of pretty good ones in the league right now. I just don't see a team trading a top-6 F or top checking line forward or a top-4 D for any goalie the Caps have.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 8, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

@johnqpublic1

I agree. The game is fast paced but the refs have to look at what led to the player interferring with the goalie. Was he pushed, did he come in on his own. I'm not arguing the call and am happy one of these finally went the Caps way.

Posted by: ttenner | March 8, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

@BigMogilny, @OccasionalCritic

I'm obviously with you on Semin. There is no permanent "North American" or "NHL" style - as long as the culture is vibrant and alive that style will evolve and change year by year, week by week, game by game.

I'm all for an increased "europeanization" of that style because of the great sense of field dynamics and attention to the details of the art of the game that players like Semin bring.

What is fascinating about sports like hockey or soccer is how the match develops its own "aliveness" and intelligence. Players like Semin are vital to the healthy functioning of that "mind" of the game.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 8, 2011 9:44 AM | Report abuse

1. I think Erskine is odd man out. I cant count how many odd many rushes he has allowed over the the past month pinching in. He just seems out of place with whoever they put him with.

2. The PP seems to be stagnant. The puck doesnt move side to side and I hate that they are dumping it into the zone instead of carrying it into the zone. 21 needs to be off the PP soon. He has a difficult time finishing plays.

I feel good about the direction they are going, and hopefully it will all payoff in a few months!

Posted by: dpshultzfam |

Good points. Laich has stuggled mightily on the PP. He just doesn't have the skill to score on his shots. He plays great D, and he gets opportunities, he just can't finish. However, he is one of the few left-handed shots the Caps have(especially with Backstrom out).

I still think the lack of a decently skilled left handed shooter hurts the Caps. Backstrom is highly skilled, but not the most threatening shot, but at least he can pass.

The other lefties are Laich, Chimera, Hendricks, and MJ. MJ while highly skilled, does not have much of a shot yet. Their left-handed D are Erskine, Schulz, Hannan, and Alzner. Not exactly high-end offensive D-men.

I'm hoping that Sturm will be able to provide some help adding that dimension but you can tell that he is still working himself into game shape. But he has shown some flashes and I could see Sturm coming up with a big goal come playoff time. The guy has good playoff expereince too. Hopefully he can get through his knee injury.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 8, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

@Blur, I was one of the loudest voices calling for BB to be fired, but often wrote that I'd be happy to be wrong because then the Caps are winning. I like the streck very much, but I remain skeptical due to 3 years of game 7 failures under the same coach, 2 in the first round and one in the second. I do not like the slow starts that may bite the Caps in the rear come the playoffs, also. So I remain skeptical, know that BB is here to stay through the season, and want to be proven wrong about Big Baby.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | March 8, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

@johnqpublic1, I think what would work just as well as that is allowing goalie interference calls to go to review. We already use replay for questionable goals why not allow this as well. If they want the actual ref on the ice to make the call then put a little TV in the penality box he can go watch. If the guy TV stations put between the benches can get one and see things and point them out why not give the ref that ability so they can get the call right?

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 9:53 AM | Report abuse

@dpshultzfam . in regard to the PP entry.
We've talked about it here for months. I think the reason they are dumping and chasing is that we had so so so much trouble carrying the puck in . If it was OV, they would put three on him going in. Teams were just aggressive to the carrier, so the dump and chase mode is one of the things they're trying for a fix.

Posted by: billd2 | March 8, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Just rewatched the full shootout on NHL.com and the last attempt by TB was a great example of how Holtby improved from his last shootout. In that first one he was over committing and getting beat on second moves. Vinny tried to do that last night and didn't bite this time and won the game.

One other thing I did notice and am not sure what exactally to think about it was that in the celebration huddle both Wideman and Arnott were waiting outside and were touching gloves as guys were coming off the pile. I don't know if that is something they just do, or if they thought the celebration was too much, or if they still don't fell like they fit in with the team. Not sure how to read that or if I am reading too much into nothing.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I understand that dumping and chasing is not preferred. It seems to me that they settle for it, instead of working on carrying the puck into the zone. They have to move the puck to have success, and for some reason they havent.

Posted by: dpshultzfam | March 8, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I was really impressed with Holtby's demeanor. He looked really calm and relaxed in net the whole time. He looked relaxed in his post game nationally televised interview, too. Looks like he might be a good one.

Posted by: griz0615 | March 8, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

IMO, I think the Caps should hold on to all 3 next year(unless for some reason Varly costs a boatload) and let them play for the spot. Especially with all the injury concers of Varly, Neuvy, and even Holtby (he was just out a while also), having 3 good, CHEAP, goaltenders is nice to have.

Yes, if the Caps could parlay one of the goalies into a top D-man or forward I would absolutely re-think my philosophy. But the truth is that there isn't much of a market of teams looking to spend a lot on goalies because there are a lot of pretty good ones in the league right now. I just don't see a team trading a top-6 F or top checking line forward or a top-4 D for any goalie the Caps have.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 8, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I 100% agree. In fact I would not make the decision until Neuvy's contract is up after two more seasons. Then we can at that deadline decide if we want to trade him or Varly or Holtby. The only question is how can we keep Holtby down in the AHL for two more years?

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3 - yes on the goalies. We will have to choose one day but that day is not today. Holtby did look great, though, didn't he? They're all good and they're all very different people...An odd trio to be sure.

Maybe Backs needs a week off - bad as that would be for the team. Would be insane for him to really aggravate that fracture and be gone for a month...

Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 8, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

My only issue with the win is that it took the Caps almost 55 minutes to get the first goal. For a "playoff-type" game, I was surprised by the lack of guys crashing the net and trying to get Roloson off his game. I know he is having a good season (esp. against the Caps), but he's 41 and the Caps didnt do a great job of getting him moving side-to-side. That is what you have to do in the playoffs and I was dreading hearing yet again that the Caps ran into a "hot goalie" which is why they were shut out. With the firepower the Caps have, they should never get shut out, even with the emphasis on D this season.

Holtby seems like quite the stud and I agree with the previous posters that the best thing moving forward would be to trade either Varly or Neuvirth for a guy that can play now, and then use Holtby as the #1/#2 next season. He seems to have Varly's explosiveness and Neuvirth's stability, so as long as he can stay healthy, he might be the best bet. I was worried heading into the shootout based on his prior experience, but he was awesome, let the shooters make the first move.

Posted by: rockthis | March 8, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

@rockthis I agree about us needed to crash the net on Rolo, Hendricks got him off his game last time and the game after that the same basic thing happened and Rolo imploded again. The other concern is that in a period we were controling the play but still down 1 and needing a goal we got our second shot almost 15 minutes in and only ended up with 3 shots total in the period. That cannot happen in the playoffs. We need intensity in the 3rd like the had in OT. 10 shots in a 5 minute OT. That is the kind of effort you need if you are trying to come back in the playoffs. It is great we won but this was far from our best game and if it wasn't for Semin's shot many who are now praising the team would be singing a very different tune. One goal does not change how well we played in the entire game.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I was surprised that Hendricks, Laich, or Knubs did not park himself in Rolo's crease. Then again, early on the Caps did not have much possession time in the Bolt's zone, so hard to do. One thing I would like the Caps to work on for the playoffs is forcing more possession time.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | March 8, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I was surprised that Hendricks, Laich, or Knubs did not park himself in Rolo's crease. Then again, early on the Caps did not have much possession time in the Bolt's zone, so hard to do. One thing I would like the Caps to work on for the playoffs is forcing more possession time.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | March 8, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Three most annoying announcers in sports:

Ken Harrelson, Chi White Sox. He can take that "Good gahs" crap and "Blow foul! Blow foul!" when the other team hits one down the line and stick it where the sun don't shine.

Bobby the "Chief" Taylor. God does he whine.

Denis Potvin. Same as the Chief. Just shut up and retire and move back to Long Island or Canada or, better yet, Pittsburgh.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 8, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

@rockthis

I don't think Roloson was a "hot" goalie last night, he played well but he wasn't spectaculat by any means. The reason the Caps didn't score was a combination of not generating many high scoring chances and missing the net when they did get a high scoring chance, or shooting it directly into Roloson.

Every time the Caps don't score many goals does not mean there is a "hot" goalie. But there are definitely situations when the Caps play a team whose goalie has an outstanding game(a "hot goalie"). Goalie is like every other position, some nights players can have great games, just like forwards and D-men.

I don't think Roloson played great last night, I thought he played well, but not great. Therefore he wasn't a "hot" goalie even if Tampa ended up shutting out the Caps.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 8, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Yeah Arnott and OV missing the net killed me; two great plays, two great players and nada. Now when Chim-Chim missed a one-timer at the far post, I expect that. So, no, not a hot goalie, but some near misses.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | March 8, 2011 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Remember, the NHL tried a "black and white" rule with goalie interference in the 90s with the "no goal if in the crease rule." Then they eliminated the rule after Hull scored the SC winning shot while (uncalled) in the crease.

I have read the rule book on this. If you run over the goalie you get two minutes. If opposing player does anything that impedes with goalie whatsoever they waive off the goal. Many people here are commenting (plus Tampa media) on whether it should have counted. If I recall the replay did not show the entire skating stride of St. Louis from when he started. The ref was watching. He has to make a split second call did Laich force the player into the goalie or did MSL take advantage of teh situation to embellish the hit into the goalie. 9 times out of 10 with that play the goal is waived off. Any impeding at all by attacking team, waived off. Any impeding at all. Was there any impeding? If any, correct call.

I'm sure somewhere Bobby the Chief Taylor, at the gas station, at home, in the store, on a plane, is bending someone's ear, whining about the play.

Whine on, you King of Whiners.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 8, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

"Remember, the NHL tried a "black and white" rule with goalie interference in the 90s with the "no goal if in the crease rule." Then they eliminated the rule after Hull scored the SC winning shot while (uncalled) in the crease."

That's why I prefer the current rule. Even though there will be some close calls it is better than all the stupid reviews to see if a player's skate was touching the crease. However, it was that same crease rule that helped the Caps get to the SCFs in 1998. If not for that rule the Caps may have lost to the Bruins in the 1st round.

The interference on MSL was the correct call because he shoved Holtby with his STICK. It was that play by MSL that impeded Holtby. The call was correct.

In addition, the interference by MSL was about 100 times more severe than Kunble's "interference" in game 7. That was a bad call, a really bad call as I don't think the goalie was impeded at all from stopping the puck. Knuble's most significant contact came after the puck crossed the goal line therefore making that contact moot.

Anyways, you can't do anything about that call now, but that still bothers me. I always wonder what would have happened in that game if that goal was allowed to stand. All I know is that it would have been fun to watch.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 8, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Anyways, you can't do anything about that call now, but that still bothers me. I always wonder what would have happened in that game if that goal was allowed to stand. All I know is that it would have been fun to watch.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 8, 2011 11:09 AM

cstanton says we would have lost in the enxt round anyway.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 8, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

@Tom...you heard from cstanton, he hasn't posted in a few days and I have been checking the ESPN Bottom Line to see if he is listed as day-to-day with an injury?

Posted by: boomer44 | March 8, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

@ boomer44

I, for one, can do without cstanton's dribble every once and a while. Mr. Knowitall, the all being, master of time space and dimension.........oh, and hockey.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | March 8, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3 - I agree with you. In fact, would could guess that MSL would have run into the goalie even if BL's stick wasn't there.

Posted by: theshawn | March 8, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Must take this time to reiterate after the thread has moved on..bring back beninati! I get there can be bias but my god barffest on tampas announcers. Beninati and laughlin know what time it is. Aaaaannnnnd we go to mute next time that bs is telecast. Thank god for comcast.

Posted by: BKBK | March 8, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

maybe i myself am a CSNW homer but i have always found craig and joe to be the best announcers in hockey. they obviously love the caps but theyre also pretty objective when it comes to the calls and they pay respect to the other team. i have occasionally heard them call out the refereeing, usually rightfully so, and i have also heard them call out boudreau for complaining about calls.
If I remember correctly, MSG has decent announcers, with the nhl.com pass they almost always have csnw now, but they used to only carry one so i ended up watching a lot of homers. Unfortunately the radio doesnt sync up well with the stream, but sometimes i was forced to deal with it just so i could hear steve colby

Posted by: royhperkins | March 8, 2011 10:44 PM | Report abuse

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