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Semin Doesn't Skate

A few more notes from the Caps' skate:

Alexander Semin didn't skate this morning, but Alex Ovechkin said he expects his teammate and close friend to play tonight. I saw Semin walking out of Mellon Arena earlier and he didn't seem to be moving with any difficulty. It's unclear if Semin is nursing an injury, but it should be noted that he hasn't skated in two days.

Lineup Changeup?
Hershey call-up Jay Beagle is expected to play tonight could skate with Tomas Fleischmann and Boyd Gordon. If Fleischmann does indeed get dropped to the fourth line, that means there could be changes throughout the lineup. I'll post a lineup before the game.

Erskine 'Questionable'
John Erskine skated this morning, but the injured defenseman said he's questionable at best for tonight. He's missed two games with a leg/foot injury.

Ovechkin on Threat
"It was an emotion thing," he said. "I'm always feel safe. It doesn't matter what's going to happen. You never know what's going to happen. Of course I care, but if it happens it happens."

"I understand," he added. "He's a big fan. He just wanted to ...get me a little afraid."

Ovechkin said he was aware of the threat before Game 3.

Injury Update
Jeff Schultz (back) and Eric Fehr (upper body) both skated this morning in various capacities. It was Fehr's first time on the ice since getting hurt in Game 2.

Update: Crosby Weighs In on A.O. Threat
"It's a scary situation, from what I've heard its taken care of itself and that's a good thing," he said. "I try not to [think about things like that]. There's always situations that can happen but for the most part, I just live a normal regular life as much as you can. Those things come up you have no choice than to deal with it."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 8, 2009; 12:47 PM ET
 
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Man, you guys are on the updates today.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 8, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

repost for Capt_Kirk:

It's a disadvantage for both teams, and given the fact that we have a fairly un-NHL-conditioned goalie and they do (MAF is a workhorse), I would say it rests even more so on us. Like someone said, if it goes 2-3 OTs, what kind of game will we see tomorrow?

Posted by: richmondphil | May 8, 2009 12:50 PM |

Posted by: richmondphil | May 8, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Semin needs to play and get back his form from last series - please! Is it game time yet? Lets Go Capitals.

Posted by: mjwies11 | May 8, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

oh nooooo i hope semin is okay!
i love ovie... "I'm always feel safe"
i hope schultz doesn't come back! i do not like him so much

Posted by: lovecaps28 | May 8, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Haha scare Ovie... that's a good one.

Posted by: snakegriffin | May 8, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

From previous post:

As if no one knew why, but this is why the NHL and Versus want the series to go to 7 games. This is from a TV industry magazine:


Versus attracts record crowd for NHL playoff game

Versus on May 4 attracted nearly 1.21 million viewers to its telecast of the National Hockey League playoff matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals, according to Nielsen Media Research. It was the most-watched second-round NHL playoff game since May 15, 2002, when ESPN presented a second-rounder featuring the San Jose Sharks and the Colorado Avalanche


Posted by: CTCapsPhan | May 8, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

haha nice, snakegriffin!

Posted by: lovecaps28 | May 8, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Every competent person knows that, but the fact that a magazine actually reported it is hilarious. Be more obvious to even hockey outsiders, NHL.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 8, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

From previous thread: Man these updates come quick.

Nice job bringing up Beagle BB. Now Bylsma has to decide if he's going to dress his tough guy, Godard. Now BB already knows what he's going to do but Bylsma has some thinking to do today instead of just putting the lines out he intended to use since Wednesday.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 8, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Flash to the 4th line = good move. While your at it BB, take him off the power play as well and give Bradley or Steckel his slot. Would rather to see Aucoin instead of Flash altogether. Though I've never been a strong Flash supporter, he's looked ineffective the past several months (confidence, injury?).

Erskine - wish he get back in the line up if he's well enough. That would be a big plus.

Schultz should be listed last on the strength list which includes the top 6 plus Sloan.

I believe BB was smart to rest the team yesterday with a game today and tomorrow plus the travel.

Keeping my fingers crossed for 2 Caps wins in the next 34 hours!

Posted by: puckman | May 8, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

If the caps win at home, and I mean win the series, I will weep tears of joy. I will radiate sunshine and happiness from my pores. I will be the most lovely person in the whole world.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 8, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

oops, hit submit too soon.

And I will point at Crosby and, in my best Nelson voice, pronounce "ha HA! You lost!" and then I will go back to being a good person.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 8, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Semin hasn't looked great all series. There have been a few times where it's looked like he is injured. Maybe just generally banged up but something's off.

Posted by: Stu_c | May 8, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I feel as though Ovechkin's reaction to the "threat" is appropriate. Not that there aren't deranged lunatics out there, but this kid really just seemed to be making a joke. Perhaps it's just my sense of humor, and not that death/murder is funny in and of itself or anything, but it sounds like something I might say myself among my friends just in a so-out-there-it-makes-you-laugh sort of way. It is refreshing that Ovie seems to maintain a good perspective on these sort of things, and it genuinely does not seem to bother him at all. Now, if we could just figure out why he's so reluctant to talk about Varlamov...

Posted by: CPortisRun | May 8, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

"Flash to the 4th line = good move. While your at it BB, take him off the power play as well and give Bradley or Steckel his slot. Would rather to see Aucoin instead of Flash altogether. Though I've never been a strong Flash supporter, he's looked ineffective the past several months (confidence, injury?)."

I don't think he's looked quite right/the same since he had that bout with the flu back in... January? He was looking real good for a bit right up until then, and hasn't gotten back up to that level since. Nerves could be a part of it. And size. He wasn't a behemoth before getting sick, and he's looked a bit thinner since after.

Posted by: Desu | May 8, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

did Semin take a puck off the foot/leg, or maybe a nasty hit? either in game 7 vs. Rangers, or game 1?

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 8, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I keep forgetting I'm not going to be able to watch tonight! family obligation that I cannot get out of, thank gd for iphones so ill be keeping track...

Thanks for the info on Beagle, sounds like he is exactly what we need right now. Now just crossing my fingers/knocking on wood that Semin and Erskine are in. Maybe even if Erskine doesn't play tonight, he'll play tomorrow? Might make sense so at least one guy has rested an extra day.

Posted by: mrszilla | May 8, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Beagle is getting called up? This is a good thing? What game is Brashear eligible to get back? Game 5 I think?

Posted by: Jaymagz | May 8, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

@mrszilla: Your family supposed to love you unconditionally. Even if you have an unhealthy addiction to the Capitals. That being said, you need to ditch them, find the closest TV showing the Caps at 7, and ask for forgiveness in late June. That's what I've planning to do.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 8, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

mrszilla:
i have to tivo the game tonight - i'll watch it when i get back from the nats/dbacks game. don't want to know what happens until i get to watch it - last time i tivo'd was against the rags 4-0. it was a nice delayed gratification

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | May 8, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

The Nats over the Caps? !!!

Priorities!!!

Posted by: cfrazier91 | May 8, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

@Jaymagz, I believe Brash can come back for Game #6. (hockey gods willing, there won't be one, which would make it Eastern Conference Final Game #1)

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 8, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Now, if we could just figure out why he's so reluctant to talk about Varlamov...

Posted by: CPortisRun | May 8, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Ovie doesn't talk about Varly for the same reason Bruce doesn't really talk about Varly. They both will compliment him but he is more or less a mystery to the other teams, it's best to keep him that way.

Posted by: mrszilla | May 8, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Beagle is an energy guy and wins the puck battles along the boards... we need that this game after the last one.

Posted by: rh71 | May 8, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Jay Beagle? Why not Aucoin or Giroux? Doesn't make any sense to me...

Posted by: futbolclif | May 8, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone notice that Crosby makes everything about himself. When quoted about AO's threat he didn't express concern he just talked about himself. Get over yourself Crosby! You're a tool.

Posted by: capsfan01 | May 8, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Capt_Kirk_in_AZ -

I don't have Tivo :(
And baseball? Really?
As the homeless guy whose a Caps fan (can't remember his name) said to a guy walking into Verizon wearing a Caps jersey with a Pens hat- "You need to get your sh!t together".

fanohock1-

I know!! As my friend said- It's really too bad my mom isn't Canadian... Unfortunately this weekend is the one major family visit so I'm just going to keep my phone in my lap, get text updates from friends... I hope she appreciates the sacrifices I make for her :)

Posted by: mrszilla | May 8, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 8, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

The big plus going into tonight is that we've got the better goalie. Pens gave it their all the other night, but they cannot have complete confidence that MAF won't let more in per # of shots. Caps, on the other hand, have something to prove tonight. I expect us to play a steely game, back to basics, and big improvements on passing and possession. C'mon Caps!

Posted by: Sonyask | May 8, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

If Flash is off the power play, I'd definitely expect to see Laich there (Bradley, Steckel need their legs for the kill)...in the slot.

So, what are the lines if Flash is on the 4th line? Also moving Laich up?

Ovie-Feds-Kozlov
Laich-Backstrom-Semin
Clark-Steckel-Bradley
Beagle-Gordon-Flash??

I was kinda hoping for Chris Bourque and his energy (it's not like the Pens are that big) but not gonna question the Bruce bringing up Beagle.

And does anyone know anything new about Green? He's still been absent this series...

Posted by: SiberianTiger1 | May 8, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad that the caps called someone up to hopefully replace Nylander, but why beagle. I think Aucoin would have been a much better fit for the caps at this moment on that 4th line. Aucoin could also move up lines too.

The game tonight is a big game in the series. The caps need to come out flying and hitting everyone that moves tonight. They also need to play a full 60 min. I don't think they've done this at all in this series, or since game 6 of the rangers series. The caps can not let the pens back in the series!!!

Posted by: Thomas32 | May 8, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

cfrazier91/mrszilla:
i know, i know. i committed to this, a fund raiser for the school my daughter teaches at, before the season even ended. besides - i might get to see the nats win one of their 20 or so for the season.

just to let you know - i do have some priorities. i let my wife know - "just pretend i'm dead until sometime in early june and don't make any plans for me - you'll just get mad when i ignore you"

its worked so far - she's even been watching the third period of this series because the games have been close

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | May 8, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Very late to the party as I had to watch game 3 recorded, but that was maybe the worst game I've ever seen us play under Boudreau. The forwards could not apply any sustained pressure to the Pens net, the D could not make an outlet pass if their life depended on it and kept constantly turning the puck over. I read someone say on some board that the reason Varlamov looks so good is because we're playing better D in front of him and used to hang Theo out to dry. Of course, that's total bologna, but if you ever wanted to see a goalie being hung out to dry you saw it in our last game. Varly responded brilliantly absolutely standing on his head and keeping us in a game we had absolutely no business being in. Amazing performance by him. Had it been Theo in goal we could have easily let it 8 or 9. Malkin, who had a monster game, could have had a hat trick easily. Hoping for a much better effort tonight.

As for officiating, what do refs have against Varly? He gets cross checked in the neck in game 2 and absolutely nothing is called. He gets run over by Malkin which causes him to lose his stick and almost his mask in this one and not only nothing is called on Malkin, but Varly gets called for a token slash after he manages to get his mask back on and finds his stick. This is ridiculous! I bet the moment Fleury gets breathed on we'll get a goalie interference penalty.

Classy move by that 17-old punk. Obviously nothing to worry about though because he's a complete moron so couldn't plan an attack on his collection of Crosby bobble-head dolls.

Posted by: ranndino | May 8, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I think BB is going to move laich up to 2nd line to get Semin going. He puts Beagle on 3rd, line with Brads and Steckle and drops Flash to play to Gordo and Clark. BB has to play 4 lines tonight or they will be dead for the 2nd half of the twin bill. All 4 lines must be rolled.

Posted by: RichC3 | May 8, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Ovie doesn't talk about Varly for the same reason Bruce doesn't really talk about Varly. They both will compliment him but he is more or less a mystery to the other teams, it's best to keep him that way.

Posted by: mrszilla | May 8, 2009 1:54 PM |


Not sure about that, Mrs. Z. Boudreau talks ABOUT Varly whenever he's asked, at least from what I've seen. Ovie, even in a national TV interview right after getting off of the ice in game 2 (when you'd think he'd be so excited to talk about anyone on the team), has flatly said "I don't want to talk about him" when he has been asked about the young netminder. Not saying there is a controversy by any means, I just wish I knew why. Maybe superstition? Maybe a Russian thing where they don't give rookies much lip service? Maybe Varly accidentally ran over Ovie's dog backing out of his driveway during training camp? Probably of zero importance, but I'm curious. I'm hoping Chesnokov or Malamud, or one of the Russian media guys, can just ask him why he doesn't like to talk about Varly.

Posted by: CPortisRun | May 8, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm sick of this crap between the Caps fans and the Penguin fans. I blame Bettman and League management entirely for the degeneration of this series and fan behavior. During the first round, when Torts, head coach of the New York Rangers, squirted water on a fan and threatened the fan, the league fined him and immediately suspended him. Now, Penguin management is setting a tone -- "The only reason the Pens lost games 1 and 2 is because of lucky breaks" followed by "if the officiating is even, the Penguins are up 2-0." These statements challenged the integrity of the game; they implied the only way the Caps can win is on an uneven playing field. The Penguin fans followed this tone -- look at their posts and, as the series wore on, their belief in the truth of this eventually brewed into a death threat against Ovechkin. Had an NBA owner, player, or coach made statements similar to those made by the Penguins, Stern would have immediately fined them and fined them in a way to silence them. Many people view these fines as unnecessary where the player, owner, or coach is right; but it's necessary. Players, owners, coaches set the tone the fans follow and Stern is trying to keep things like what the Penguin fans are doing at bay. But, Bettman's lack of similar actions against the Penguins seems a bit more untoward given Bettman's quick response to Torts. If he could suspend the coach of the Rangers, why is he not doing anything to the Penguins? Before anyone jumps me, yes, I think McPhee and Boudreau should have been fined for their comments. Yet, because the Penguins got away with their's so too should McPhee and Boudreau. If you notice, the escalation between the fans did not ensue until after McPhee and Boudreau made their comments.

Management sets the tone the fans follow and the tone set by the Penguins is closely followed by their fans. Bettman, through his silence, is encouraging this behavior.

On Saturday, we need a few "Bettman Sucks" cheers and a few "Mario sucks" cheers. Let's place blame for this squarely where it belongs.

Posted by: Matt23185 | May 8, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Very late to the party as I had to watch game 3 recorded, but that was maybe the worst game I've ever seen us play under Boudreau.

then be glad you didn't endure the horror that was caps vs. Avs on Feb. 20. Oy.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 8, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Ovi not talking about Varly, I think Ovi mentioned that it was because of superstition. As far as BB, he talks ABOUT him but not TO him, because 1)he doesn't know english and 2)BB said he's playing great and there is no reason to talk to him about anything - let Prior handle it.

Posted by: Moose33 | May 8, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

"has flatly said "I don't want to talk about him" when he has been asked about the young netminder."

You left out the part where OV said "I don't want to jynx him" - that's why he doesn't talk about him, there's no mystery.

Posted by: VTDuffman | May 8, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty simple, aucoin is a C, he isn't going to Fedorov, backstrom or steckel. He is replacing nylander who is not a checking line type of player. Beagle is checking line guy, I would even say he specializes in it. Giroux isn't a checking line guy either, if kozlov were being replaced then giroux would be an option.

Posted by: JSchon | May 8, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Jay Beagle? Why not Aucoin or Giroux? Doesn't make any sense to me...

Posted by: futbolclif | May 8, 2009 1:56 PM |


Not sure, probably looking for size and grit on that 4th line. In Bruce We Trust. LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: CPortisRun | May 8, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

@S-Tiger
Laich is already on the power play. If Flash is on the 1st unit, Laich is on the 2nd and vice versa.
Brooks is better than Flash and should always be on the 1st unit. He's usually the only one willing to camp out in front.
Clark would even be a good candidate to take TF's spot on the PP.

Posted by: puckman | May 8, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Varly knows English, but he finds it a little hard to hold a conversation.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 8, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

You left out the part where OV said "I don't want to jynx him" - that's why he doesn't talk about him, there's no mystery.

Posted by: VTDuffman | May 8, 2009 2:22 PM |


See, I didn't hear him say that. I heard the on-ice reporter ask that question and he seemed to be non-responsive to her. My apologies if I missed something, but I sort of hoped that was all it was.

Posted by: CPortisRun | May 8, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

ranndino-

I told my friend not to bother watching, gave her the game "highlights" and told her not to torture herself. Sorry you had to endure that game, wish I had missed that one...

Posted by: mrszilla | May 8, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

@RedBirdie: I think Semin took a slash to the wrist last game
This is the longest day ever...

Posted by: honed | May 8, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed in Flash, haven't seen much from him the entire playoffs besides his 1 goal (which was big - so kudos for that 1 goal). He doesn't do anything particularly well, no specialty which makes me worry about putting him on the checking line.

At least players like Laich, Bradley and Gordon, while haven't scored much, have things they do very well. I can't even say Bradley doesn't score because he has more goals than Flash in the playoffs.

Posted by: Moose33 | May 8, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I've been waiting for some conspiracy theories regarding back to back games in this series, but have seen none. I'm disappointed.

Posted by: oo7 | May 8, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

there's no conspiracy, just YANNI

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 8, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

BTW, you catch that Hershey lost to the Baby Pens in game 3, 3-2...in OT, and are still up 2-1 in games.

And that games 4 and 5 are back-to-back Friday and Saturday night.

Weird (altho both are in WBS)

Posted by: SiberianTiger1 | May 8, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

honed:
not as long as mine will be - i gotta sit through a nats/dbacks game - possibly the two worst teams in the league

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | May 8, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Semin took a slash to his hand/arm late in Game 2 and looked to be in a lot of pain at the end of the game. The Versus announcer mentioned it, but didn't make much of it at the time. Given his tentative play in Game 3 and the fact that he's sat out the skates makes me wonder if he is nursing some type of injury that affects his ability to shoot or handle the puck. He definitely didn't play like himself on Wednesday and seemed to be looking to pass rather than shoot.

Posted by: wizfan89 | May 8, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Semin slashed in the last minute of play last game?? That's the injury, wrist or hand

Posted by: billd2 | May 8, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Moose33-

I agree re: Flash... I keep looking to him to be like Steckel has been i.e. stepping up his game but so far I don't really see him contributing. Yea one goal but lately he just keeps turning over the puck. He's been a bump on a log lately, but I guess there is not much Bruce can do about replacing him and Nyls and Erskine etc etc

007-

I think we all have basically decided it's just pitts being idiots and booking Yanni. IMO the only thing that hints at a conspiracy is the fact that the NHL a)didnt punish them (as far as we know) and b) they didnt give them a 2nd day off instead. Honestly they probably just want the TV ratings, Friday/Sat would help.

Posted by: mrszilla | May 8, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Where has Fehr been? He was pretty good for a bit and has been absent for quite a while. Also with Green, something bad must be going on in his life because he has been very quiet this entire playoffs. I've heard the whole "he's trying to do to much" but he's not doing anything. Shouldn't you wind up doing something if you are trying to do "to much?" Just odd.

Posted by: ejohnsto | May 8, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

A Beagle to the rescue, woohoo

Posted by: LarryDavid | May 8, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I just can't get over this notion...

The caps played arguably their worst game of the entire playoffs on Wed...
AND the Pens played like a team Possessed...
AND They out shot us by almost double
AND they had 7 PP to our 2
AND it was at Pitt...

And the best they could do was a 1 G win halfway through OT.

Perhaps I'm an optimist, but I think that bodes well. How the team comes out tonight will be very telling. For me, it's going to be evident in the passing. Passing was a disaster last game.

Posted by: VTDuffman | May 8, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

And that games 4 and 5 are back-to-back Friday and Saturday night.
Weird (altho both are in WBS)

Posted by: SiberianTiger1 | May 8, 2009 2:32 PM
---------------------
Siberian:
What really sucks about the Bears schedule is that game 4&5 are Fri & Sat in WBS and then IF THERE'S A GAME 6 it will be Sunday in Hershey. 3 games in 3 days during the playoffs is simply insane.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 8, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I thought about that earlier myself. The Pens were handed the game on a silver platter and could barely close the deal. Caps in 5.

Posted by: ejohnsto | May 8, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

As long as we're talking TV ratings, why the hell isn't NBC televising hockey this weekend? Golf's The Players Championship??

Their next game is the conference finals? Morons. Oh well, here's to the Pens not being on NBC again this year...

Posted by: SiberianTiger1 | May 8, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

@siberian

Who cares??!!! NBC sucks anyway.

Posted by: bhound69 | May 8, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Matt23185,

The problem for me with Pens Fans and the Pens has nothing to do with Buttman. It goes way back to the Patrick Division days and has never changed for me. Back in the day in the Cap Center when we used to have Pens, Rangers, and Flyers fans seemingly over run the place. They acted like they owned the place. Sorry, some things you just don't forget and get over.

Posted by: _Mark | May 8, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

@mark

No doubt, amazing team support now. Always going to be a few fans (transplants) in the stands no matter. Alot of us old fans always knew that in the old days we were in for some wierd exit from the playoffs. It was disheartening, as good as we were some years.

Posted by: bhound69 | May 8, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

_Mark, I absolutely agree. I remember attending my first Caps/Penguins game in the late-80s. I was excited to see Lemieux. One of the Caps checked him and he slid into the boards, crumpled into a heap, and the trainers ran to his side. The Caps were skating as though nothing had happened and my father kept nudging me saying, "oh no, he's hurt. I hope it's not career threatening." I was naive enough to get worried to; I was thinking, I had just seen the end of Lemieux's career. Sure enough, the official called a roughing penality on the Caps, Lemieux popped up, and scored during the power play. That's the crap I remember about the Penguins -- their fans taking over the place and screaming at Cap fans everytime a Penguin scored: "just call this place Igloo south" and Lemieux being on his death bed until a penalty was called. That kind of stuff continues today, it's The Penguin way.

Posted by: Matt23185 | May 8, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

@redbirdie

great, you will be the loveliest person in the world on Sat night, Monday at the latest.

As for Beagle - clearly, they want a goon. Bad move, would prefer Osala, or Giroux, or Borque but...

Flash is playing the same game he always has. He's a great skater, he's got heart, but he's not quite hitting his targets on shots. And he's light, can get knocked around. he's gotten in some good checks himself...

Posted by: WritingLight | May 8, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

This conspiracy thing is getting a little tiresome. I can't tell if its coming from bandwagon fans or from hockey people who have suddenly lost their mind.

This, "the league wants it to go seven games, the network wants a seventh game" trash has been going around since the 1961 World Series and has never once been proven. 47,200 players and 922 referees/umpires have participated in the NHL, NBA, and MLB, and never once has it been proven or suggested that a "league" had anything to do with it.

When you read this stupidity it smells of desperation. Come on people you are better than that, I hope.

Posted by: MKadyman | May 8, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

@Mkadyman: It's evident you absolutely believe that the referees only saw two incidents where the Penguins should have been penalized. You must also went to the restroom the five bazillion times the Penguins and the Rangers took blatant illegal hits on our team. And you have the audacity to make snide comments about new fans. Be a real fan. Hold it until a break instead of conveniently "missing" those key moments that indicate something is not right with the referees having selective memory on the ice and the NHL doling out suspensions like they're flipping a coin instead of doing a legitimate analysis of the circumstances.

What's even more stupid is you making the distinction between fans, bandwagon or "hockey people". Last I checked, we all used the same currency and whether it's a new fan or an old, bitter one like yourself, we're entitled to our opinions and are entitled to express it however we want. Stop looking down your nose at the new fans, you judgmental hack.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 8, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness not on NBC tomorrow, then it would be a back to back with a 12:00 or 1:00 start on the second day.

Posted by: hook99 | May 8, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

It was the most-watched second-round NHL playoff game since May 15, 2002, when ESPN presented a second-rounder featuring the San Jose Sharks and the Colorado Avalanche


Posted by: CTCapsPhan | May 8, 2009 12:59 PM


I was at that game! There was a 5.4 earthquake during the 3rd period. I couldn't tell the difference, because the building was shaking so much anyway.

Sakic & Forsberg combined for the game winner in OT.

Posted by: J-NC | May 8, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Mkady, maybe I am speaking for myself, but for the most part it's just sarcasm. Calm down.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 8, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

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