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Schultz: 'I'm Ready'

Defenseman Jeff Schultz practiced this morning and afterward said he'll be ready to play in Game 2 tomorrow, pending clearance from the team trainers. Coach Bruce Boudreau said Schultz will be a game time decision, but I'm willing to bet that he'll play.

Also, we're waiting for an update on injured Flyer forward Patrick Thoresen, who was expected to undergo surgery. He suffered a ruptured testicle when he blocked a shot from Mike Green in the third period.

Green called the Philadelphia trainer to relay a message to Thoresen late last night.

"I found out after the game that it was pretty serious," Green said today. "Obviously, I didn't try to do it on purpose. I hope he's all right."

Also, you should have seen the crowd out here at Kettler this morning. There were at least 500 fans here -- and they were loud. There wasn't a parking spot to be found on the upper level, and the line at the pro-shop was out of the door.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 12, 2008; 12:12 PM ET
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We could really use Schultz back. He might not add much offensively, but he has improved drastically in the D zone. I am also guessing that Hatcher will be back for the Flyers from talking to friends in Philly.

Posted by: reekie | April 12, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update. Schultz's physical play will be helpful -- who could imagine saying that a few months ago?

Posted by: uncatim | April 12, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

To clarify Caps' fan reaction to Thoresen going down... we (& I was there -- ears are still ringing) were NOT cheering the fact he was hurt but the fact that he was down and the Caps essentially had a 5-on-3. Think back to Kozlov going down from a blocked shot in the 3rd period against TB -- Poti pushed him out of our end and to the bench so another player could come on the ice. In a better time Kozy probably would have rather not been treated like a wheel barrow but you have to do what you have to do.

No one is happy about the extent of Thorensen's injury (ok, maybe a few knuckleheads who pulll wings off flies -- but not the Caps fans with class (99%of them)) but are very happy with the comeback and the win.

I'm also very happy that for the first time in 12+ years of Caps fandom we owned the building against the likes of Philly, NYR, Buff or Pitt... to me, that was almost as sweet as the win.


Posted by: Dave in Alexandria | April 12, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Totally agree with Dave. People were being loud, yes, and once we scored it went nuts. But, As they got Thorensen off the ice, the post-game noise started to die out, and as he came off, the noise actually got louder as people applauded in respect. But, given the timing of the way everything went down, I could see how Phil. fans could think the cheers were for the injury. (After all, that's what they do...) But, really, we just tied the game, what would they expect?

Posted by: old time hockey | April 12, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

BTW - this is not me:

Tarik, I need to submit a pic of and the Weagle... need to get it on my computer first!

Posted by: 828 | April 12, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Reposting from previous thread - agree with Dave in Alexandria - it was the Caps' arena last night, and we haven't always been able to say that.

Very few Flyers fans - far fewer than for regular season games. There were 2 in our section (412) and they brought merciless taunting on themselves (but nothing violent or anything). There were a few others sprinkled around the rink, but for the most part, we *finally* packed our own house - that was wonderful.

I ran into a guy in the food line - wearing red - who told me he was a Pens fan. What the hell are you doing here?!? I asked. "I hate the Flyers." "Well, at least we can both agree on that."

Posted by: katzistan | April 12, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

All these Philly blogs, sports writers, etc are stupid... all they do is talk crap about everything that we do. So, I don't really pay attention to anyone.
The biggest one - "The Caps should not have made the playoffs because they have played easier teams.... " Okay, then you should have no problem beating the Caps, right?

Like I said... all of it is nonsense... the Caps are up 1-0 in the series and the Flyers now need to win 4 of 6.

Posted by: 828 | April 12, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Leeguru | April 12, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

katzistan, yeah, my friend is a Pens fan too and he hates the Flyers as well.

Sunday should be a good time - a 2pm game is interesting... hope the Caps can take care of business! Would def be nice to get up 2-0 in the series.

Posted by: 828 | April 12, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

All true that we were cheering the play, not the injury. I was begging for a shot before a whistle came. It did, we tied, it was pandemonium.

We are fortunate these first few games to be able to enjoy the building to ourselves for the most part. I think that's due in large part to the fact that we clinched before the matchups were set. I fear we won't have that luxury throughout the run, though. Fans are going to have to be aggressive getting tickets.

Posted by: Sec. 105 | April 12, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

ANyone else comment on the condition of the ice?

Posted by: Leeguru | April 12, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Ice couldn't have been too great. Yes the Caps were overexcited starting out the game, but so many of them slid down by the left circle by Huet in the 1st that there had to be some issue there.

I assume the Wizard's floor goes down over the ice for tonight's game, right? Better crank the air conditioning overnight too.

Posted by: Sec 105 | April 12, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

re: frozen moment

I wish there was a picture that caught Greenie in mid air doing his Bobby Orr imitation.

Posted by: Hook | April 12, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else want to comment on the hits? I know the box score had it 40-36 Caps, but to my eyes the Caps totally dominated in hits. Cooke was freakin on fire, and Ovechkin had a great bunch. I don't know how they counted Philly up to 36, but most all the Caps' 40 were quality hits. They pounded.

Great news on Schultz. The 2nd period showed we need help, soon.

Posted by: Sec. 105 | April 12, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

section 105, what about BRADLEY?

Posted by: lg | April 12, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

new thread

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

# 1 star of the game "BUSTA NUT"

Posted by: BB | April 12, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Call me crazy, but I'd rather have Eminger than Schultz at this point...

Posted by: Joe Sakko | April 12, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely, Eminger needs to be in there and stay in there. I'd hope Bruce stays with how he's been throughout this whole season, ain't broke don't fix it. The 2 D that were shaky last night were Poti and Jurcina. MAybe they sit Jurcina and play Schultz back with Poti and keep Erskine and Eminger together.

Posted by: BBD36 | April 12, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

just talked to a reliable source SHULTZ doubtful

Posted by: bb | April 12, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

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