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Second Period Meltdown

Three goals in less than four minutes for the Flyers, who now lead 4-2. That could be the game unless Cristobal Huet returns to the form that helped him win nine straight starts and the Caps' big guns score a few in the third.

One more thing: Did I mention that the Caps need to clear out the crease?

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 11, 2008; 8:39 PM ET
 
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The Caps look terrified to be in the playoffs. They need to get it together post-haste. Hopefully some of the veterans in the locker room help them stop playing like a bunch of scared high schoolers out there. Embarassing.

Posted by: Kip | April 11, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

our Russians need to score!

Posted by: CapsFanInHollywood | April 11, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping we have a third period like we did in Atlanta last month. It could be worse.....knock on wood.

Posted by: Matt | April 11, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Not sure what's going on, we seem sleepy. Being calm is ok, but you need to bring it on, fight every puck, every second. These are the playoffs for crying out loud. Bruce need to make better use of the AO line, putting it in right after a grinding fourth or something.

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

OV needs to shoot the puck!!!

Posted by: Acworth Eddie | April 11, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't even want to watch the Versus feed. This is making me ill. Oh, and Dave, I'd love to send you a few tissues, but I may end up using them all. And they probably wouldn't get to you in time.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,
Exactly, you said clear the crease because Huet can't stop it if he doesn't see it.

Jinx? No, you let flyers scouts to read your online discussion.

Posted by: King Huet | April 11, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

huet has got to step up
Steckel has loooked good
we need a fire lit under our Eurpoeans
FLASH IS USELESS AND SHOULD SIT
get that big goal early caps and get verizon rocking
go caps

Posted by: wendel | April 11, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Green's having an awful game. He, more than any other player, was at fault on the Flyers first and third goals and then he took that penalty to end the second.

Posted by: dmg | April 11, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Flyers came better prepared for the game. And luck is on their side tonight.

Mo and Green were on the third goal by Prospal. They were horrible.

Posted by: King Huet | April 11, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

UNLEASH THE FURY!!!!

Posted by: Raber | April 11, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Its not over!! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? No!!

Let's go Caps! Get pumped!
VC, Get LOUD!!!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Keep blaming Green! Its working!!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

FINALLY!!!

GREEEEEEENNN

COOOOMMEEEEE OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNN

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, he heard me....

Posted by: dmg | April 11, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I'll jump in-OV is having an awful game-has been a non-factor so far.

Posted by: Acworth Eddie | April 11, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Mike Green REALLY cares about my opinion

Posted by: dmg | April 11, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Yeah! Mike "Mohawk" Green!!!

Let's go Caps!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Tough luck for Philly - I don't care.

LETS GO CAPS!

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

dmg can you blame AO a bit?

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

jmu_capsgirl:

I think your thunderstorm just hit central PA. Hope I don't lose electricity now, not with the score tied. Glad the boys woke up for the third. Wonder what Bruce had to say in the locker room during intermission?

Posted by: tess | April 11, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

tess,
yeah, it didn't hang out here long. Ditto to the boys waking up. I doubt it was anything along the lines of keep up the good work.

Let's go Caps!!!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I have a feeling that Greenie's going to be getting a nice pay day at season's end.

Posted by: Matt | April 11, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

mauree,

Damn it, AO, the whole [hockey] world was waiting for this! Give them something worth waiting for!

We'll see...

Posted by: dmg | April 11, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

how bout them sens?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

To anyone,

Have the played that new Caps theme, Let's Go Caps at the arena?

Posted by: Matt | April 11, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Let's Go Caps!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Mauree,

Good idea.

I think Ted should bring me to VC to yell insults at the players from the owner's box, huh?

Posted by: dmg | April 11, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

YYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAA

ALLLLEEXXXXXXX

(omg dmg that worked! lol)

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

GOAL!!!!

Quick dmg, pick somebody else!!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Ovie!!!!

Posted by: Mave | April 11, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

YEAH BABY!!!!!!

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

YEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! Anybody else think the Cardiac Caps are back?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

@jmu_capsgirl

Yep

*faints*

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

my heart is still pounding. i could hear it in my headphones listening to the feed in the last 2 minutes

Posted by: renstar | April 11, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Green's having an awful game. He, more than any other player, was at fault on the Flyers first and third goals and then he took that penalty to end the second.

Posted by: dmg | April 11, 2008 8:55 PM

LOL @ this post ;-)

Posted by: Raber | April 11, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

ahaha Green:
I was just trying to get away from Alex

Priceless.

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

And more good news, the Bears beat the Phantoms tonight in Philly. Didn't lock up a playoff spot yet though. Need just one point out of the final two games to get in. Go Bears! Go Caps!

Posted by: tess | April 11, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Caps!!!

Elsewhere around the rink: Forsberg just put COL up 1-0.
Sens and Pens are...tied? Well that can't be right. huh
Rangers up 2-0.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow:

Hits:
WSH: 40
PHI: 36

Posted by: dmg | April 11, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

GO CAPS!!!!

Posted by: oilersfan | April 11, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Darn Green, he is horrible :) in D


Posted by: King Huet | April 11, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

woo hoo woo hoo woo hoo!!!! Flyers sux!!!

Posted by: CapsFanInHollywood | April 11, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Sweeeeep!

Posted by: Harry | April 11, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Note #1: Ovechkin is the best player in the NHL when he's "on" like he was in the 3rd period. Hitting everything that moved and scoring the clutch goal on amazing individual effort. Man, the Caps are lucky to have him.

Note #2: As I've said before, this team is going to give me a heart attack.

Posted by: Kip | April 11, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Kip: "this team is going to give me a heart attack."

The stress makes the victories taste even sweeter.

Posted by: tess | April 11, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Huet is my hero. HE let 4 goals and then he came back big, with big saves. And among all Russians before Ovie striked, Fedorov was the awesomest.

Detroit, they had Lidstrom, Yzerman, but when it was playoffs Stevie Y came to Feds and said "Sergei, we need you". I am so happy for Fedorov. He is showing that maybe he was the best acquisition on the trade line.

But when Ovechkin scored, I said 'No freaking way' 50 times... and I said it before about Ovechkin's play.

Someone said how possibly Ovie can be better than he already is? Here.. watch it.. and it's only his FIRST playoff game

Vive le Ovechkin!

Posted by: King Huet | April 11, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's time to give Huet a rest...Olie!

OV is the man - neutralized most of the game until he brings down the house with a game winner!!!!!

AWESOME!

Posted by: Olie the Goalie | April 11, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

AO is incredible...the complete player. The huge hit at the end of the game was priceless. I thought the Caps were definitely more physical than the Flyers. Except for the breakdowns that led to the goals, the Caps dominated most of that game.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 11, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

4 goals against...let's put in Olie next game.


JUST KIDDING!!!!!

Amazing team that fears no deficit.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 11, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I just creamed in my pants Tarik, help me please... 5-4 Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Posted by: JS | April 11, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Caps dominated about 50% of the game. In the second they were horrible.

I don't know what BB said in the locker room, but they came back huge. And what an awesome play by Fedorov setting up Green. Of all Russians before that moment and till Ovie scored, Feds was the best. That's what Fedorov is all about even at 38. Detroit would never had three Stanley Cups without Fedorov.

Posted by: King Huet | April 11, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Well folks, its been nice talking with you. I would say good game, but other than the winning part, eh, not completely.
UK Dave, if you're still here, you are the man.

Night all!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

jmu caps girl?!?!?!?!

THAT WAS ONE OF THE FUNNEST HOCKEY GAMES I HAVE WATCHED IN 5 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: chris larry | April 11, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

A few thoughts on tonights game.

And who thought that we'd get 2 goals from line 4? And was Brash's goal sweet or what!

Forechecking was off. Big time. That's the bread and butter of this team. Without it, we end up 4-2 by the end of the 2nd period.

Clearing the slot. Huet is good. But he's not superman. He can't see through trash - like Flyer's players. They have to clear the riff raff out from in front of our goal.

This was a good game. The Flyers learned a lot from it. I hope we do as well.

GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: Greg S. | April 11, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I guess it seemed like they dominated most of that game to me. They did score a goal in the second and were playing pretty well in the begining of the period. Either way, are the Caps one of the most exciting teams to watch or what? So explosive. Cooke was a force minus the blatant penalty. Fedorov, what can you say about the guy? He was awesome.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 11, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

GW goal by Ovie - who else?!!! And that hit on Richards!!! Flyer fans think OV is "scared" of Richards because of their pre-season scrap a few years ago. Yeah, right. Jerks.

Note to UK Caps fan: Game 2 is on at 3am Monday morning in Japan - I'll be watchin'!

Posted by: tokyo fan | April 11, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

tokyo, that's dedication. I love it...

Posted by: Moose33 | April 11, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

@ tokyo fan

YOU ROCK!

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 11, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Given that the last time I saw a playoff game, Gonchar was slap shooting a t-shirt into the boards before shaking hands with Midget St.Louis, that was great.

This is the team of Destiny. The cup is ours. I feel it.

Ok, seriously. The Prospal goal was Huet's fault. He started leaning. The Briere goal (#2) was a defensive breakdown.

Ice was terrible. Building was too warm. All the bouncing pucks in the second were due to the heat.

Not Huet's best night, although he was stellar in the third. A win, but we didn't look good. Take it and run to the next tee.

Kids: lesson to learn from tonight's game: Blocking pucks is dangerous. Do it right or you'll get hurt and allow the other team to score while you roll around on the ice.

Posted by: old time hockey | April 11, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Tokyo fan,

I am King Huet and I bow to you. Arigato gozaimachta!

Go Caps!

Lol, I tried to post it with gozaimash*ta and profanity check wouldn't let me...

Posted by: King Huet | April 11, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Not Huet's best night, although he was stellar in the third. A win, but we didn't look good.

Totally agree. But Huet didn't melt, it's a good sign. That's what we need in playoff run.

Posted by: King Huet | April 11, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Philadelphia doesn't recover from this one. This series is f-ing over! Sweepy Sweepy!

Posted by: markfromparkville | April 11, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Not a slight against Huet because I believe he is the goalie to play until he drops, but he only faced 3 shots in the 3rd period. Our team responded as a whole. I believe Huet will be playing lights out on Sunday.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 11, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

By far the best live sporting event I've ever been a part of. Louder than a 'skins game, louder than Wiz playoffs by far... The crowd was in it 100%, even when we got down in the second, and what can you say about the team other than "wow"? Unleash the fury.

Posted by: dk00 | April 11, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,
Get the 3rd period domination up on the blog headline :) ( You see OV's hits? wow)

Posted by: Get the winning page on | April 11, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

you can't deny the power of that comeback, picking up huets sub-par night, getting great play (and points) from the muckers...

Poti needs to pick it up though...

Posted by: chris larry | April 11, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

God I love watching dirty players like Briere cost their team games by taking stupid penalties. I'm pretty confident we win this series...but on top of that, I'd really love it if someone (Ovi, Cooke, Bradley) ripped Danielle in half. It's a shame, when he isn't playing dirty, being a massive coward, and backing away from fights after starting them...he's a talented player. What a waste.

Posted by: BadKarma723 | April 11, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Bruce had a great line in his post game interview. I love this when talking about OV:

"Great moments follow great players."

Brilliant!

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 11, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow they said Thor might have to go to surgery and have a testicle removed... I'm happy for the win but this sucks.

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin wins Kharlamov trophy
http://alexovetjkin.blogspot.com/2008/04/ovechkin-wins-kharlamov-pearson-trophy.html

This is Russian Pearson's trophy voted by Russian NHLers

Posted by: alexovetjkin | April 11, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

@BadKarma723
You know, like J.P (Japer's Rink blog) said 'I hate Eric Cole and it means I totally respect him'.

I hate Brier because I totally hate him.

What a pussy.

Posted by: King Huet | April 11, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Big win -- we have Ovechkin and Green, and they don't. It could be that simple.

Huet definitely didn't look right in the second period; thank goodness he figured it out in time. In fact the whole team seemed to take the second period off.

Biron stinks.. in Philly I'm sure there's going to be a goalie controversy.. that has to help us.

I hope you're joking about that testicle, although I think you may be right. I've always said it takes balls to block a shot, but I wasn't talking literally.. hope he's ok.

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | April 11, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

I agree. I hope that is not the case about his testicles. Ouch!

Good luck on that one

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 11, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse


James Mirtle blog, pr. 11, 2008

I can't recall looking forward to a first-round playoff game this much in a long, long time. What can I say, Washington's captured the imagination of an awful lot of hockey fans.

What a goal, what a game. Washington wins, 5-4, and I don't think Philly knows what hit them.

Posted by: King Huet | April 11, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Hello Fine Fellow Fans!!! WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!! Was that fun or what?!? The Cardiac Kids deliver again!! I trust you held down the fort?!? We tried to cheer for ya!! LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: Boo! | April 11, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

here's the news:
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=AsZDKUr8rwZzB5tnc_32D81ivLYF?slug=ap-flyers-thoresenhurt&prov=ap&type=lgns

To be honest, I was really worried about this game. I thought our boys were not ready. I think today's game is very good experience.

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Actually the Canadian Press is now confirming the deal about the testicle.. complete with this quote from Paul Holmgren:

"He's going to the hospital to get an ultrasound done on his testicles. It's bad enough they may have to remove one," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. "Right now, we're not sure how serious it is, but there's a chance he may need surgery."

That is truly scary stuff -- if they're talking about neck-guards to prevent players' throats from being cut they should talk about improved "cups" ... that could truly be a life-changing shot-block for Thoresen.

Hate to be a buzz-kill... I guess I'm not able to fully enjoy the win.

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | April 11, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

What a terrible second period.

What a wonderful third period!

Hopefully, the boys have figured out what it takes to destroy the Flyers, and it won't take all 3 periods to put them away on Sunday.

But Philly is going to come out hard. We better be prepared for that.

And I hope Thoresen is okay -- I visibly and audibly winced when I saw that -- hope he turns out okay and virile.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | April 11, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back Boo!

What a game indeed.

I saw a whole section of people (more than a dozen, maybe 20) with colorful mohawks all together - that was really cool. And how about Green saying that he was trying to run away from AO after the goal lol :D

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

does anybody else see a fehr for flash change for next game. Not sure Flash can handle the Flyers style, not that Fehr has been great, but his style is better suited for this series. Also, never thought I would have said this after the first half of the season, but ..... we really need Schultz. Emminger, Erskine, Jurcina just turn the puck over too much. Especially having Emmy and Erskine together.

Posted by: reekie | April 11, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

You-Eh sucked! We were lucky to score enough goals to overcome his 2 soft goals in the 2nd. He needs to make those saves in the playoffs, Biron made them all night tonight, we had to work to score on him.

Posted by: Bob | April 11, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

@reekie
I agree.

Remember at the beginning of the season, many people (a bit myself too) were totally against Schultz. Now we miss him. However I thought Emi did a good job, esp. in the third.

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

so much for huet being the caps savior! with the exception of a few games in DC, he hasn't had to stop a lot of pucks. i'd argue he wasn't truly tested until tonight. although he was a key cog in getting us where we are by making saves at the right times, he should have stopped two of those four goals. if it'd been olie, this blog would have crucified him.

Posted by: suzanne | April 11, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Oneal:
I read the same article on SportsIllustrated.com from the AP:

*** WASHINGTON (AP) -Flyers left wing Patrick Thoresen was taken to the hospital for tests after getting hit in the groin by a shot off Alex Ovechkin's stick during Philadelphia's 5-4 loss to Washington on Friday night. "He's going to the hospital to get an ultrasound done on his testicles. It's bad enough they may have to remove one,'' Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. "Right now, we're not sure how serious it is, but there's a chance he may need surgery.'' Thoresen blocked Ovechkin's shot with about 6 1/2 minutes left in the game, then dropped to the ice, writhing in pain. Moments later, Washington scored to tie the game 4-4. "Obviously, I'd have liked to see a whistle,'' Flyers coach John Stevens said. Thoresen was helped off the ice and taken to the locker room. ***

Bummer! It was kinda hard to celebrate that goal, but ... :-/

hey mauree!
Did you see me in the mohawk section?!? ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | April 11, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Hats off to the Caps. They pulled it off again!

It was storming here in metro Atlanta when I turned off the PC. At that point, it was 4-2. I thought to myself the Fab Five needs to step it up in the third - or its over.

Well, it looks like they woke up!

This series is going to be a beast. I only hope that after the Caps win in seven, they'll have enough left to tangle with the Pens!

Lets go Caps!

Posted by: Terptwin | April 11, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

with the exception of a few games in DC, he hasn't had to stop a lot of pucks.

bhahahaha

Another moronic Olie fan

Posted by: King Huet | April 11, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

@Boo!

Everybody got the shooter wrong, it was Green not AO. Anyway, I don't know if I saw you, lol how do I recognize you??

Re: Huet. I consider two of the goals "medium-softies" - they were very hard to stop but not totally impossible. Huet did that kind of saves before. He's off the hooks because he won but he better adjust next game.

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Back from the game, that was awesome. The crowd was so loud, and unlike usual when the Caps are down, the energy didn't die out. Best Caps' atmosphere I've been to - and I've been going to Caps games since 1981. Best sign of the night "Welcome to DC - The *new* hockeytown" - everyone cheered when that came up on the screen.

Ovie's goal was one for the ages - could you have written a better script? Sorry about Thorensen, but you're never going to get a whistle on that play. When his team gains control of the puck, yes, but unless there's blood spurting out, and he's at risk of dying, nope. Sorry that Green's shot is so hard, dude. Next time stay out of the way, or learn how to block shots like Quintin Laing.

What a game!

Posted by: katzistan | April 11, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Martin Lapointe after being hit in the groin by Pens goalie "I know one NHL player who plays w/o cup"

The mistery is solved. It is Flyers left wing Patrick Thoresen!

Posted by: King Huet | April 11, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I got up at 0300 to watch this game (I'm in Afghanistan)....man, was it ever worth it! Take care.

Posted by: Frank | April 11, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

katzistan,
That's 828's sign!!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

YOU take care, Frank!

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | April 11, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

@mauree

I agree, but I wouldn't call them soft. Both goals were shot at very close distance, I'd say 90% scoring chance if it finds the hole. Flayers were lucky on both goals.

Posted by: King Huet | April 11, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

mauree:
I was kidding - as if to say that I was rockin' the (mo)hawk! ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | April 11, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

@King Huet
No way man I can't believe a player would play w/o a cup, that's irresponsible. My guess is the shot somehow got through.

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

does anybody know if Flash got benched, I didn't see much of him, and the line combos were off

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

@King Huet
I didn't say "soft" I said "medium-soft" :p
They were very angled and hard to stop - but Huet made better saves than those before. Tough luck.

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

@mauree

This is what Sens Lapointe said. I read it today, I wish I could find the link.

Posted by: King Huet | April 11, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Flyers swallow!

Posted by: Kire | April 11, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Just got back from the game. AWESOME! THat was a great, great crowd. I've seen a lot of hockey but I have never seen Caps fans that excited. It was truly great.

Briere is a pansy. Plain and simple. But he has a beautiful shot. His 1st goal was just a beauty. I hate him I hate him I hate him but that was a great shot.

My standouts: The Brash-Steckel-Bradley line was awesome. Bradley was a hitting machine. MATT COOKE!! I can't say enough about that guy. Erskine had some great big hits. But most of all, Fedorov; his pass to Green, his choice words to Cooke followed up by a face off win with 2 minutes to go in the 3rd... the guy just exudes playoff hockey.

Worries: Not many, nor too serious, but the Flyers owned the face off circle for the first half of the game. Caps have GOT to clear the crease without landing in the box. They also have to find a way to make up for the fact that the Flyers collapse around the net. Thats it for now... I have to watch the game again before I say much else (and I will, as soon as OT is over with Col/Min). Oh, except for this:

THe refs sucked. Yet we still overcame!!!!

Posted by: oo7 | April 11, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Here it is, King Huet:

Ottawa right wing Martin Lapointe, who will skate tonight on the Senators' top line with center Jason Spezza and left wing Dany Heatley, cried foul on goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Lapointe, who makes a living screening goaltenders, angrily confronted Fleury during the second period in Game 1.
"He put his stick between my legs and gave me a shot. I didn't like that," Lapointe said, adding that he was fortunate to wear a protective cup. "I know a guy who didn't wear one. That's crazy."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/mostread/s_561789.html

Posted by: Boo! | April 11, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

@mauree

I agree Huet was not at his best today, but I was impressed that he had recovered in the third. That's the most important for the goalies, to forget that you just let the goal in and recover. There are ton of good technical goalies, those who made the NHL are the ones I've just described.

Posted by: King Huet | April 11, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Let's just all agree that everyone could have played better. No one was without something we could pick on them for.

Re: Thoresen I grew up around male athletes and was equipment manager for our HS football team at one point, (I have never worn a cup so feel free to correct me those that have) but depending on the (whatever) of the cup if it is hit with the right amount of force and at the right angle, it will, um, slide and, uh, pinch(for lack of a better word), badly. Although the puck could have hit him in the groin to either side of the cup, which would have done internal damage if done with enough force, aka a Mike Green slapshot. I wish him the best of luck. I'm still wincing thinking about it, and I'm a girl. Ow.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

828 - great sign!

Posted by: katzistan | April 11, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

So excited, I am not sure if I will be able to sleep, but I must try. Good night all and be safe Frank!

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 11, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

for those of you who were at the game, the commentators continually talked about how Huet did not look comfortable during the 2nd period. Usually is very loose, but was slamming his mask around and not talking to anybody. Looked like he just got caught leaning left on one of Daniella Briere's goals. First goal wasn't Huet's fault, Green was standing in no-mans land rather than clearing out the front of the net. Good thing he made up for it later. Wonder if they'll bring in their little thug Downie for next game now that Thorn will be out

Posted by: reekie | April 11, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Another take on the Thoresen story:

Washington, DC -- (Sports Network) - Philadelphia Flyers left wing Patrick Thoresen was taken to the hospital for tests after getting hit in the groin by a shot during Philadelphia's 5-4 loss to Washington on Friday.

"He's going to the hospital to get an ultrasound done on his testicles," said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. "It's bad enough they may have to remove one. Right now, we're not sure how serious it is, but there's a chance he may need surgery."

Thoresen blocked a shot from Mike Green while Washington was skating on the power play with under seven minutes to play in the game. Moments later, with Thoresen laying on the ice, Green scored to tie the game 4-4.

"The explanation we got is that if it looked like he was in danger, if it was above the upper-body area, then they would've blown it down," said coach John Stevens. "He was clearly in pain and did not return, so it's water under the bridge now. They took advantage of a good opportunity with a guy down."

Posted by: Boo! | April 11, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

@King Huet
No doubts Huet came out big and made a couple of outstanding saves :D.

@jmu
The pants also have some protection. But a particular hard shot, at the particular place and angle, can make serious damage w/o a cup. Not wearing one... well everybody saw what can happen.

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Tarik, let's see a Period 3 update. You know, where we showed grit and got the job done.

Posted by: GJ | April 11, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Actually it was me who said soft goals. He needs to stop those if we are going deep. Those were the 2 softest goals I've seen let in so far in the playoffs. I have not seen every minute of every game, but I watched a bunch and those are routine stops in the playoffs. King Huet, you will look like the moron if he does not shape up and start playing. It was no You-Eh who won tonights game for the Caps, in fact he almost gave it away.

Posted by: Bob | April 11, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

ok, u r a girl, u don't have the balls. so ur experience is irrelevant.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

new post!

Posted by: Boo! | April 11, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

@JMU caps girl

It can slide, and get out of position when doing certain things. Never stays in perfect position. Even if it does, it will still hurt terribly. Speaking from experience, I suffered the same injury as Thoresen, luckily after ultrasound they said no surgery needed, but was unable to do anything athletic for about 2 weeks. I know its the playoffs, but.... I don't see him making it back

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Just checked the rulebook, this is what it says:

Rule 8.1
"When a player is injured so that he cannot continue play or go to
his bench, the play shall not be stopped until the injured player's team
has secured possession of the puck. If the player's team is in
possession of the puck at the time of injury, play shall be stopped
immediately unless his team is in a scoring position.
In the case where it is obvious that a player has sustained a
serious injury, the Referee and/or Linesman may stop the play
immediately."

Pretty clear to everyone there that this was the first case - it didn't look like anything more than someone stung by a hard slapshot. You can't just lie on the ice and expect a whistle, or that's what every team would do on every power play.

Posted by: katzistan | April 11, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

@"king" huet

suck it up-- your guy let in some bad goals. i never said he wasn't a good goalie, but do the math. his shots on goal have been ridiculously low. i don't care who's in net, anybody that lets in three goals in four minutes better come out ready to play next time.

ps. real nice, by the way, to slam a fellow fan. get a life.

Posted by: moronic hockey fan | April 11, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm trying to decide if this game was better than the 6-5 (down 4-1 and 5-2) win against Ottawa in 2001. It's the playoffs, so it probably is.

Posted by: Bubba | April 11, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

@Bob

I beg you different. Huet recovered in the third and I am the one who gave up on him.

I don't care how I'll look as soon as Caps win. Huet will be great, but no one can guarantee it. Sh@t happens.

Posted by: King Huet | April 11, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

thanks mauree, i wasn't sure how much protection their pants had, its been over 10 years since my brother played peewee. still, ow. I hope he'll be okay.

That said, here's to the Caps playing a better, more complete game on Sunday and to the golf games of the Sens and the Devils.
Cheers!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Just got home from the phone booth. WOW! This team showed what they are made of with fighting back from 4-2 after a god-awful second. Can't wait to go back on Sunday.

Saw 828 on the screen with ultimate warrior get up and sign. He needs to not screw with a streak of one and go to game 2 with the same face paint.

Posted by: Steve R | April 11, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

ps. real nice, by the way, to slam a fellow fan. get a life.

You maybe right, but it really pisses me off when someone comes in and says Olie deserves to play in the next game, let's put him in. Got it? Maybe I should stop posting here if you want this level of hockey knowledge to prosper here.

Discuss.

Posted by: King Huet | April 12, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Wow. The Col/Min OT ended fast.

Posted by: oo7 | April 12, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Another hell of a game at the phone booth. A great finish for the Caps! The first two periods, the Caps were not playing as one. The defense was not in sync with the offense and vice versa. The third period was a different story. The Caps were hitting...hard. Greenie's goals were awesome. That pass by Fedorov was beautiful. I feel bad for Thorosen. That has to suck. I hope he has healthy recovery. Please note, I didn't say a speedy recovery. He can get well after the Flyers get eliminated. And what more can one say about OV's awesome take away and lighting the lamp with the game winner! One hell of a ride and I'm spent. I am glad we are off tomorrow so I can rest up for Sunday. LET'S GO CAPS!!!!!!!!

Posted by: the highlander | April 12, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Questions:
1. Why did Gabby mix up the lines? I'm glad Steckel got that goal, but I was pretty surprised to see him getting those early minutes. Why screw with a producing formula?
2. Where the hell did Morrison come from? I thought that "upper body injury" crap was code for a broken sternum or something. He seemed pretty jacked up when he left the ice.

Comments:
To all you Kolzig diehards: I dont understand why you guys are holding on to this. He does not play goal at the highest level. If you want to call him our goalie emeritus, or whatever, go ahead, but wishing him back in the crease is wishing for losses. How can you deny his inconsistency? He's in goal every practice, if he had any new energy to show, Gabby would see it and reward it with starts. Fact is: it's not there. I wish Kolzig luck backstopping the Kings or wherever he goes next year, but it sure wont be here.

Posted by: Brookland Caps Wacko | April 12, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Great teams consistently find a way to win. If the goalie is having a bad game, then the skaters outscore the opposition (e.g. last night or the comeback against Atlanta). If the skaters are having a bad game, then the goalie steals a win (e.g., the overtime victory against Boston).

As far someone saying Huet hasn't been tested until tonight because he hasn't faced many shots, he finished with the 6th best save-percentage in the NHL this season! That statistic fully takes into account the number of shots faced.

Even the greatest goalies are only human. Let's see if he recovers in the next game.

Posted by: remarkjd | April 12, 2008 6:25 AM | Report abuse

Olie should start tomorrow (Sunday) against Philadelphia. If it was Godzilla in the net last night, everyone would be asking for his head.

What is good for the goose...

Posted by: Harry | April 12, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

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