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Recall En Route?

Neither GM George McPhee nor Coach Bruce Boudreau would confirm that the Caps have recalled a forward from Hershey Bears. But they wouldn't deny it, either.

A few Caps forwards are nicked up, but if a forward is indeed en route to Pittsburgh, don't be surprised to see him replace Michael Nylander in the lineup.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 7, 2009; 2:40 PM ET
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has to be aucoin.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 7, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Okay, first of all, (and this is not an excuse for our poor play last night) but they had 7 PPs, so they obviously would have more shots and all that time killing penalties takes time off for us to try to score.

"The Penguins have outshot the Capitals 114-82 in the series."

The Penguins can keep on talking about stats and how they think they're the better team but at the end of the day it's whoever gets 4 wins first. They can talk about them outshooting us but only one thing matters: The final score after the game. It's just like what Bruce said about the 1960s World Series between the Pirates and Yankees. The Yankees won three games by 10 runs and lost the series because Pittsburgh won four games by one. It doesn't matter if they've outchanced us or if Fleury thinks they should've won the first two games. I think it's so funny when Crosby talks, he never says anything intelligent. I bet he's feeling great about last night's win, but honestly I wouldn't feel that great if I were a Pens fan. We played terribly and they had to beat us in OT, on a deflection. It's amazing considering how the game went that we had a chance to win. That's what great teams do.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 7, 2009 2:52 PM

Posted by: rachel216 | May 7, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Nylander was horrible last night. I really, really hope it's Keith Aucoin!

Posted by: rachel216 | May 7, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Nylander was terrible last night. He should have been called for a slash when we came out of the box. Lucky for the Caps he wasn't. He is outskated by everyone out there. He looks like he is skating in wet cement.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | May 7, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I was lamenting about Caps horrible game last night and my friend listen to my ranting then just asked me that with horrible game Caps had they lost in overtime and that was because of a deflection?? I said yes and he asked me how I would feel if I were a Pitts fan and knowing my team is playing their hearts out and they could not win it if it was not for a lucky deflection. He said he would be bloody nervous. Caps with bad game tie the game and almost win it.

I know almost is not wining but it should say something about Caps’ team.

Posted by: ATOMIX | May 7, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

So I take it Fedorov didn't have any serious damage to his ribs, like broken bones or torn cartilege?

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 7, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I really think Nylander is a better player than what he showed last night. My thinking is that he was terrible for two reasons: 1) rust, and 2) he was playing wing, not center. Did I miss something? When did Nylander become a liability?

FYI: between Nylander and Theodore, the Caps have about 10.5 million riding the pine. Gotta admit it's pretty impressive what they're doing with 2 of the highest paid players sitting.

Posted by: coloradohokie | May 7, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

We were just smoked out there last night. We can say because the Caps were killing penalties but we need to quit taking them. You knew they were going to crack down on interference, after the Pens complained. You only can draw that penalty when you are moving and there was too much standing around.

Posted by: kevin7 | May 7, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm....Caps lost every playoff game when Nylander was on the ice.


Posted by: FancyDan | May 7, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I hope it is Aucoin...he fits perfect!

Posted by: NatyBG | May 7, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Nylander is done as a player and everyone has known it for awhile....but he's not the reason we lost. We definitely could use another forward on the 3rd line who was scoring threat like Aucoin. I think we've seen Nylander for the last time in the series and would be surprised if the Caps don't buy him out after the season (assuming he's got another year to go on his contract).

Theodore is a different story as he's under contract for next year and Johnson is a FA. Don't think the Caps have the space to re-sign John and they do need an experienced vet behind Varly. I just hate to see the Caps paying $4.5M for a backup goalie.

Posted by: wizfan89 | May 7, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Aucoin or Giroux pleeeeeez! Also, rest green and put in Alzner. Maybe that will wake him up...

Posted by: sargeantmofo | May 7, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

does anyone know where to find face off stats from last nite? it appeared that the pens did much better on the face off than in the 2 previous games.

Posted by: daddy_axe | May 7, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: redlineblue | May 7, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Both teams complained about the bad ice so that is no excuse but I think it hurts our team more than the Pens. They are a bit more dump and scrum than the Caps and we rely on quick passing and the transition.

Posted by: Richmondcapsfan | May 7, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

How many times in the past have the Caps lost a game or series in which they outshot the other team. They can outshoot the Caps every game as long as the Caps win. It's one of the most overrated stats in hockey.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | May 7, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Nylander was not, for the record, skating in wet cement last night - we've had a team of experts look into this, but that's not the explanation. Perhaps the skates are made of play-do? Nyls is a pro, but maybe it's his time. He had a great career. Bye now.

Pens did have more desperation - they should have - but game was great, intense, both teams I thought played well enough to win. (As they did in all 3 games...) Shot discrepancy caused by all the PKs.

Semin's little dangle at the blue line yesterday was priceless. We need to get him going full time. He can win a game in this series himself and here's to hoping he does it Friday.

And, if refs call Greenie for the tap-slash, they should call Orpik for the face washes on Semin. That stuff sucks.

Two great teams playing out there - I think mostly with class and passion. Keep it up and C-A-P-S caps caps caps...

Posted by: WritingLight | May 7, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Aucoin should have never been sent down in the first place. I would think we might need a bigger body to put in front of the net though so i'd vote for Osala. What's the status on Erskine? He was clearly missed on Wednesday.

Mike Green has been a liability on defense. Must get it together, SOON.

On the plus, Pittsburgh played as good as they possibly could on Wednesday and we still took them OT on a very poor performance...

Commit to the Russian!!!

Posted by: carsonspence | May 8, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

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