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Semin Out Against Flyers

Winger Alexander Semin did not travel with the Caps to Philadelphia after re-injuring his ankle in practice yesterday. He is officially listed as day-to-day, but I'm starting to get a bad feeling about this.

Since hurting himself in the preseason, he's come back three times, only to be forced out of the lineup a game or two later. In all, he's missed 16 of the Caps' 22 games.

I'm still hoping to catch up with GM George McPhee at some point this afternoon to get some more detalls.

Note:As of 12:47 p.m., I'm still planning to catch the Bears-Phantoms game here at Wachovia Center tonight. But after an unexpectedly long day yesterday, it's going to be game-time decision.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 23, 2007; 11:11 AM ET
 
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Noooo!

Posted by: Jordan | November 23, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Typical. And what does Budoir do? Put Laich, a fourth line checker, in the scoring slot on the second line! I know Laich and Steckel were his "boys" in Hershey...but isn't it more logical to have Backstrom up there???

Posted by: Anonymous | November 23, 2007 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I'll be surprised if he plays 10 games this season.

Posted by: Scott | November 23, 2007 11:20 AM | Report abuse

He just keeps prolonging this injury. 8 weeks rest would have properly healed it and look where we are now. 8 weeks later yet he keeps re-injuring it.

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Can we just forfeit the rest of the season and spare ourselves the agony?

Posted by: cbstoner | November 23, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Re: 11:20

At least Laich's scoring goals...

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

who needs him? bruce will get flash scoring like he did in the ahl and we'll be set!

(that's right. the coaching change has given me a raging sense of optimism. suck it, naysayers!)

Posted by: pgreene | November 23, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Something doesn't sit right here. They said he was 100% on Monday. Is a Semin trade on the horizon? Could it be that they don't want him to re-injure the ankle and forefeit a trade with Vancouver?

Posted by: dean | November 23, 2007 11:25 AM | Report abuse

youre delusional pgreene, if you think flash is a replacement for semin. this is terrible news.

Posted by: sheesh | November 23, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

i think we just need to lob that leg off below the knew and install a bionic one.

Posted by: jamebow | November 23, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

i meant, "below the knee".

Posted by: jamebow | November 23, 2007 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Please! You think a guy they just gave a heft raise and contract to they are going to trade now? Especially while he is hurt what superstar player pray tell do you think we are getting in return?

Posted by: capfan1 | November 23, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

thanks for the pregame heads-up Tarik. Please keep us posted on this Semin mess.

Posted by: Hattrick23 | November 23, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

@ capfan1

I'm with you. I don't want to see Semin traded in a panic or desperation move. I just hope GMGM see's it the same way.

Posted by: dean | November 23, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

He is going to be traded, was there any signs of him being hurt last game, no he is fine just going to be traded

Posted by: Derek | November 23, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Semin hurts during practice.

Posted by: GermanCapitalsFan | November 23, 2007 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Semin is a talented head-case. I think it's going to be water & oil with Boudreau & Semin. Maybe Bruce skated him too hard yesterday?? LOL!!

Posted by: Jaymagz | November 23, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

100% ankle my ass. nice job hanlon

Posted by: 100% | November 23, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

So this is the THIRD time the team has rushed him back this season...Do I have that right?

Posted by: jak | November 23, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen such paranoid people as those on this blog. Calm down, folks! Give Bruce a chance to work with the team before you start criticizing his every move. Give Semin a chance to play pain-free for a couple weeks before you start obsessing about his future with the team. If you people are such hockey experts, please send Ted your resumes and maybe he'll hire you guys to replace GMGM. I'm sure you'll do a terrific job!

Posted by: Tess | November 23, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

This a the classic example of why you can't use injuries as an excuse. Caps management kept postponing firing Hanlon because they wante see what he could do with a full lineup. Well, as we've seen, he probably was never going to have a full lineup and, as a result, a season that might have been salvaged was allowed to drift away.

Posted by: b.orr4 | November 23, 2007 12:11 PM | Report abuse

The only reason why he is not playing it's becasuse we play tomorrow and we don't want him to play 2 games in 24 hours

Posted by: Mike | November 23, 2007 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I get no pleasure or satisfaction out of reminding you of this, because Sasha is my absolute FAVORITE CAPS PLAYER, but I smelled this one coming and TOLD EVERYONE SO. Remember? "Oh, don't be so pessimistic, Puckguru," many said. "How dare you question management's integrity. They would NEVER JEOPARDIZE SEMIN'S CAREER like that." Blah, blah, blah.
Well, what have you got to say now? Huh? LET'S HEAR IT!! Let's hear your latest "Spin. Come on. Don't be shy.
All I've been hearing is what a kind, warm, "Good person" Glen Hanlon was. A "Player's coach. A truly wonderful human being." to that I say,"Oh, yeah? A "player's coach," huh? How about a self - serving, insensitive, insecure jerk? HOW ABOUT THAT?!! How about one whose primary concern was saving his own behind, regardless of whose career he jeopardized? HOW ABOUT THAT?!!
At this point, I'm both disgusted and appalled. George and Glen should be castrated, but neither have the equipment necessary for the procedure. A POXY ON THEM BOTH!
And, now they thing some career minor leaguer is gonna go in there and right the ship. Gosh almighty!! This stuff is better than your average sitcom. In fact, NOBODY COULD WRITE THIS STUFF. It's simply too bizarre.
Yeah, I'm mad as hell! Totally pissed. But, management WILL RECEIVE EXACTLY WHAT THEY DESERVE. Less and less fan support ( $ $ $ $ ). A disasterous, almost laughable won loss record, and George's absolute favorite, A HIGH ( very, very high ) # ! draft choice. Let the carnage begin.....

Posted by: Puckguru | November 23, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Who is suiting up with Semin out?

Posted by: Steve R | November 23, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

@SteveR
Looking at Tarik's "Hanlon fired" piece it looks like Bradley, which makes perfect sense to me against the Flyers.

Posted by: captnclark | November 23, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh, don't be so pessimistic, Puckguru.

Posted by: jamebow | November 23, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

wow puckguru tell us what you REALLY think

Posted by: Jleftwing97 | November 23, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Puckguru,

I guess the question that needs to be asked to Semin is did his ankle feel 100% to him. If no & he was pressured to play, I'd agree with your "a pox on them both".

If, however, he felt ok to play, how is that the fault of gmgm and hanlon? Nobody knows how the ankle is feeling better than Semin himself.

Posted by: Steve R | November 23, 2007 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Too much negativity puckguru.

Guy didn't even start yet. I'd say wait for January. I hope they'll prove you wrong. Will you be man enough to say "I was wrong" then?

Time will tell.

GO CAPS

Posted by: mauree | November 23, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

My ankle is still bad from that jumping(landing) accident 6 weeks ago. Haven't worked it out in many weeks now. I figured Semin had some special treatment or healing powers.
Looks like he doesn't.

I am getting mine scanned this week tho.

Posted by: Icebat | November 23, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

@captclark

Thanks. That's better than recalling Motzko from the Bears

Posted by: Steve R | November 23, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Steve R,
Anybody that read Semin's quote just prior to his return would have realized that he was more than a little uneasy with coming back so soon.
And, once again, how can the player have the final say in when he returns to action? That's ludicrous! If that were REALLY THE CASE, then why even bother with having medical personnel at all? Huh? What's the point? No! That's simply one more instance of management being unwilling to take responsibility for their actions. Plain & simple. Wake up, Caps fans!! Wake up!!

Posted by: Puckguru | November 23, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The medical staff will not know when he is well for this injury.
They need to say 'we don't want to see you on the ice for two months' and force him to wear a temporary cast all day every day.
If he comes begging to play in 4 weeks (and he will if he is healed) then maybe consider it.

Posted by: Icebat | November 23, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

And, while I'm venting, let me get it all out. THERE WILL BE NO DISCERNABLE IMPROVEMENT IN THE WON - LOSS RECORD WITH THIS LATEST MINOR LEAGUE COACH THEY'VE GOTTEN!! Please! Stop believing in fairy tales.
This guy sounds like he thinks he's dealing with Pee Wee leaguers. The last man to the huddle skates a lap. PLLLEASE!! And, his statement about how everyone will be treated the same. Well, that's just NOT how it works, Bruce. You don't treat Ovetckin the same way you treat Laich, Bradley, and Gordon. It doesn't work that way.
And, lastly. I'm sick and tired of Olie Kolzig ALWAYS making snide remarks about the only bona fide SUPERSTAR on the team. And, we all know who that is. Every time he goes on about, "If certain players would play more as a team, and less as individuals, blah, blah, blah," HE'S REFERRING TO OV!.. You DO realize that, don't you?
Kolzig needs to shut up and stop the friggin puck! Period! But, after years of his worn - thin act, it's become more than a little obvious that his insecure nature COMPELLS HIM to criticize his team mates, in an attempt to deflect attention away from his less than stellar performance.
Yeah, Olie Kolzig, I'm hip to you. Have been for a L O N G, L O N G time. I'm done....

Posted by: Puckguru | November 23, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

1-0 Caps

Posted by: Brad | November 23, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

CAPITAL LETTERS MEAN ANGRY!!!!

Posted by: jamebow | November 23, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I agree on the Olie interview.

Posted by: mauree | November 23, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

*sigh* this time I can't watch it. Just listen on the radio. They just killed a 5-3... How do our boys look?

Posted by: mauree | November 23, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

puckguru: I just dropped off the Area 51 dossier, you wanna take a crack at the alien autopsy conspiracy?

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Mauree - They're looking OK...some bad passes, some good ones. The biggest physical change I'm seeing is that they're using their bodies more. Wrapping up to grab the puck, spreading to block shots, etc.

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and lot's of stick work. They're trying hard to get the puck off the Flyers' sticks.

So in other words - they're actually trying (let's see how long it lasts).

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

They're actually looking like the team we saw at the beginning of the season in regards to possession. They're keeping it down in the Flyers' end as much as they can.

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

@keef
Thanks, I really appreciate it. It's hard not being able to watch this particular game.

Well from what I hear the last couple of minutes they were pressing. That's new. And good news. I hope they keep this up the next 40 mins.

Posted by: mauree | November 23, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, I don't know if this is really the game that you need to watch. The players are gonna need to dig down and get the win - there's only so much that can be done in a day. :)

They are playing a bit more aggressively even though I'm seeing more dumping than I'd like to.

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

wow at a certain point this is just getting unreasonable. how can a sprained ankle still be hurting him this much. I am by no means a semin hater (i have his jersey and everything), but something's got to give.
Tarik-do you know how much it is hurting him. is it as bad as it was when he first injured it or is it at least starting to get better.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 23, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Clarkie Goal!!!

Caps 2-0!

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Mauree
They have flashes of good movement w/ and away from the puck. Then the same guys on their following shift revert back to lazy plays. I think consistency in effort is what the guys need to be reminded of.
Puckguru
You and I have shared many similar views of this management team, but I have to disagree on the view of Kolzig calling out OV. I don't think its OV, I would guess it is guy's like Poti, Semin, Nylander, Laich and Pettinger. Those are the guy's who seem like they are just going through the motions on the ice, and could careless whether the team wins or loses. I'll be back later; I have an afternoon bird hunt right now.

Posted by: someone else who knows | November 23, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

2-0 cAPS

Posted by: Brad | November 23, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

@2:00

It's not a matter of playing through pain...a sprain won't heal if you keep re-aggravating it. He needs to keep off of it for a solid 2mos if he expects to be back in top shape.

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Woot 2 zip.


@someone else who knows.

I agree that he wasn't referring to OV in particular. But I really didn't like his accusing tone/attitude.

Posted by: mauree | November 23, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Did Locker just call Schultz "Sarge"???

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I bet $$$ that Semin will play tomorrow

Posted by: BetMan | November 23, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

@Keef

Yep. Calling him "the big wuss" would have fit better.

Posted by: Steve R | November 23, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

@Mauree

The boys look alive for the first time in the last half a dozen games.

Posted by: Steve R | November 23, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

3-0!!!

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

3-0 caps

Posted by: Brad | November 23, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Cool !

The radio commentator seems pretty enthusiastic.

That goal was on the Backstrom line right?
Pretty cool.


Posted by: mauree | November 23, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Brash is having a great game.

Posted by: Steve R | November 23, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Brash got it!!! wow!

Posted by: Brad | November 23, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

*eyes brim with tears*
I can't believe I'm not watching this.

Posted by: mauree | November 23, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

3-1 PPG

Posted by: Brad | November 23, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

...and just like that, it's a one point game.

Now remind me again why we don't have a replacement waiting for Kolzig?

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

aRRGG.3-2

Posted by: Brad | November 23, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

3-2 darn it momentum shifting.

Come on boys!

Posted by: mauree | November 23, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

how long is Clark staying out? What happened there, he's got like 17 minutes penalty? Who's replacing him?

Posted by: mauree | November 23, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I hope they don't choke now - they can still win this game!!

Posted by: Boo! | November 23, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

@Keef

We do. Two seasons from now.

Posted by: Steve R | November 23, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Clark had a double minor - that's why he was out for so long. It was instigating and unsportsmanlike conduct, or something like that.

Posted by: Boo! | November 23, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse

@Mauree

Clark picked up a double minor + 5 for fighting

Posted by: Steve R | November 23, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

stupid thing cut out before clark fight. what was that about?

Posted by: jim* | November 23, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

i can't watch it, but it looks like a good game judging from the stats.

i'd like to see what clark did to get all those penalties.

Posted by: jamebow | November 23, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

also, calling a time out was a good move.

Posted by: jim* | November 23, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Kolzig 2 goals allowed on 14 shots.... good grief !

Posted by: dean | November 23, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Clark went after the guy that hit Boyd (I think it was Gordon)@ 15 seconds after the hit

Posted by: Steve R | November 23, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

puckguru, keep pounding on that keyboard thinking everyone cares about your opinion and keep thinking you're right about everything. it seems to be the one thing in life you have going for yourself. you're not in the locker room, you're not in the training room, you're not in the gm's office. you don't know what you think you know.

as for budreau, baby this is the NHL, ditch the green shirt. yikes. you must have a good wedding/funeral shirt you could have grabbed on the way to dc. somebody not named ovechkin please help this man get dressed.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | November 23, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

@Cap Fan 1

Wasn't BB wearing green in "Slapshot"? Could be his lucky shirt.

Posted by: Steve R | November 23, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Kozlov is playing like a major fire was lit under his a@@

Posted by: Steve R | November 23, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Well...if there's a player that's a problem on the ice right now. It's Kolzig. That 3rd goal was ridiculous.

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Although, there was a slight defensive breakdown too. :)

That right side seems to let a lot through.

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Guess I should keep my big mouth (or fingers?) shut. D was tied up to the side... :)

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 3:31 PM | Report abuse

You're blaming the 3rd goal on Kolzig? After once again Schultz gives it up on the boards and there's no one in front to stop the winger? Yikes

Posted by: Phil | November 23, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

i noticed kozlov seemed to be motivated.

godzilla says, "silly ant, your toothpicks can't hurt me."

Posted by: jim* | November 23, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Klozig, what a let down. Can't win with that kind of goaltening. The will to win is no longer there. Can't blame him though if you factor in the last 3 seasons

Posted by: dean | November 23, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Nooooo!!!!!!! here comes 4-3 Flyers on the PP

Posted by: Brad | November 23, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Cap Fan 1:
Bruce wears very colorful shirts and ties...get used to it. The incredibly ugly tie he wore through the whole 2006 Calder Cup playoffs is now in the trophy case at Hershey.

Posted by: Tess | November 23, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I blame Kolzig.

Schultz was tied up, so like I said, there was a slight breakdown, but Kolzig just had move forward so slightly to attempt a cover and that goal would have been a bit harder to get.

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

At least we're getting a point outta this, but it should have been an outright win in regulation.

Beggars can't be choosers though, huh? :)

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

WE GOT A POINT!

Posted by: jamebow | November 23, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

well, we got a point

Posted by: Brad | November 23, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

YESS!!!

Best b-day present ever for Nick!

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Gooooaaaallllllllllll!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Steve R | November 23, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

hAPPT B-DAY BACKSTROM gwg!!!!!!!. CAPS WIN

Posted by: Brad | November 23, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Congrats BB on your first NHL coaching win.

Posted by: Steve R | November 23, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!
YESSSS!!!!!!!!!!!
YESS!!!!!

Posted by: mauree | November 23, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

ok, he can keep the green shirt....!!!!

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | November 23, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't pretty...but who cares?!? Go Caps Go!

Posted by: Terptwin | November 23, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Nick B didn't seem to be bothered by playing on the 4th line today. Happy b-day #19!

Posted by: Steve R | November 23, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

He shoots he scores! Looked loke OV was trying to shoot and fanned. NB nice patience with the carom. We are the Champions my friends cause we kept on fighting to the end.

Posted by: kevbpgc | November 23, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

@Keef

We're looking at a year and a half (probably) until one of our youngsters are ready to play goal at the nhl level. Hopefully Kolzig plays like a mad man til then

Posted by: Steve R | November 23, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Well, Backstrom proves that he is a top class player, HE does make others around him better.
Kolzig should be a backup at this stage of his career. For goodness sake, let, at the very least, Johnson play more often, once he gets rid of his rust his reflexes are much better than Kolzig. All three goals against the Caps were easily stoppable.

Posted by: Joe | November 23, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

man that was... intense...

From the radio it looks like they played rather well, even when the flyers had tons of momentum.

From what I heard the lines worked well too.

Any comments?

About Semin... I think he will be more willing to play himself now :D ... just my witty guess.

Posted by: mauree | November 23, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Semin must play tomorrow

Posted by: SEMIN | November 23, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Maybe our alternate sweaters should be green.

Posted by: kevbpgc | November 23, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

"Best b-day present ever for Nick!" - Keef.

Keef, I would not call it a present, it was more like "I don't care if you guys don't think much of me, I am going to have fun" - and HE DID!!!

Line of the future, I hope, OV, Backstrom, Semin.

Posted by: Joe | November 23, 2007 4:05 PM | Report abuse

The team played better than I thought they would today, but teams tend to play well the game after a big organizational shake-up. The real test comes tomorrow and Monday. If the Caps can string together two more games like today's then maybe you can say that the new coach is capable of getting something out of them. Personally I doubt it, but I'd love to be proven wrong.

Posted by: zamboni | November 23, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

@ mauree,

The Flyers were dead on the ice until the double minor on Clark - which was a BS call - and even after that, they didn't look nearly as dominant as the Caps did through the first half of the game.

That was easily the best game I've see all season.

Congrats to Boudreau for holding the guys together in the face of adversity and getting a decent 60 minutes out of them, to Brash and Clark for nearly having Gordie Howe hat tricks, and a big congrats and happy 20th birthday to Niklas Backstrom for obvious reasons.

Posted by: HolyOlie | November 23, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I vill break you.

Posted by: Semin | November 23, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I consider it a pretty good present - not that the Flyers gave it to him but that his shot won the game in OT and ended a losing streak...all on his birthday. Yeah, he had to work for it, but it's a great gift.

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

@Joe,

I'd say the sweet drop pass from AO was the present.

Posted by: HolyOlie | November 23, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Thanks HolyOllie

Wish I could go tomorrow to see Carolina.

Keef... wasn't it you that had ST? Are you going tomorrow?

Posted by: mauree | November 23, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I know that one game doesn't constitute guaranteed success. It could merely be classified as "Fools' gold." But, I know a winner when I see one. And, Bruce B. has that look. Most definitely!
I'd never seen the man before today. However, the very first glimpse I got of him ( tv ) reminded me of ( Are you ready for this? ) SCOTTY BOWMAN!!!! That's right. It's "The look." It's a certain "Presence" all true winners seem to emote. It's unmistakable. And, this guy's got it.
I said earlier I felt the Caps erred in bringing in another career minor league coach. I regret making that statement. I exhibited absolutely ZERO TOLERANCE, and even less patience. Oh, well. I guess not even Puckguru is infallible. Imagine THAT!
Obviously, we won't win the next 60 straight games. That just ain't gonna happen. However, I believe the man will have them BELIEVING they can win each & every time they step on the ice. And, believing is half the battle!! Without that, you're doomed.
Yes, this was a different Caps team I watched today. One that came very close to maximizing their capabilities. Backstrom looked World Class. "The Donald" certainly did his thing. Clark behaved as a Captain should. Heck, even Kozlov played with some determination and spunk.
I'd be remiss if I neglected to mention the A - 1 overall performance Ov. had today. As always, he played with the relentless aggression we've all grown to admire, and expect from the man. But, in addition, he played the "Team game" that certain prima donnas continuously accuse him of ignoring.
Overall, it was a wonderful beginning for Bruce B. I don't know if he'll be able to lead them into a playoff appearance this spring. They're certainly behind the 8 Ball at this juncture. But, I'll be totally shocked if they ever quit on HIM, like they did Hanlon. I don't believe he'd tolerate / allow it.
I guess what I'm saying is that the man has renewed my hope and enthusiasm for Caps hockey. And, that's A GOOD THING!! LET'S GO CAPS!! LET'S KICK SOME ASS AND TAKE NAMES!! Whooooeeeee!!!!

Posted by: Puckguru | November 23, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Zamboni. You make a good point. Although, I am happy for the win and the improvement of play, I agree that the team could be suffering from some sort of sportsman elation with the arrival of a new coach and new style of play.

Posted by: Joe | November 23, 2007 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Is that really you puckguru? Welcome to the bright side :D

Posted by: mauree | November 23, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

@mauree,

It's like the scene at the end of "A Christmas Carol" where Scrooge runs around shouting "Merry Christmas!" and throwing money at poor people... Just weird.

Posted by: HolyOlie | November 23, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Keef, I know what you mean. I was just making a point on how good this guy is. I love his play.

HolyOllie, I don't have a very good tv so I couldn't tell, was that a drop pass or a fan by OV? Either way, I like the way that Backstrom followed the play behind OV. I think others would have stopped way back and have let OV try to do it all by himself. I like that Boudreau played the two together.

Posted by: Joe | November 23, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

three things,
first, i seriously almost officially quit, but they pulled it out, and backstrom is the man.
second, i have never been on the "what the f is schultz doing out there bandwaggon until today. count me in. i mean, what the f was he doing out there? he's 6'6 and hits softer than nylander, christ!!
finally, congratualtions puckguru, you just proved that you are a real person with a heart and a brain. kudos!

Posted by: keep it up! | November 23, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

puckguru, I wish bad things upon you. I want you to the lose the ability to type. you are a moron. go away. for the love of god.


Posted by: Anonymous | November 23, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

@Joe,

You could be right, but I thought it was a drop pass... If Comcast didn't suck and deprive us of a post-game show I'd know for sure.

Posted by: HolyOlie | November 23, 2007 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Must have been an incredible game if he commented like that... and I lost it *eyes brim with tears*

But the more fan one is, the more is hurt from what was happening, and the more one reacts badly.


Posted by: mauree | November 23, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

HolyOlie. I agree, it sucks that there was no post-game show. I really couldn't tell on that play, but I like the way OV and Backstrom attacked.

Posted by: Joe | November 23, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

@puckguru
We don't need the names, just the asskicking.
I have to agree with several, Kolzig was a major STINKER. It won't do the team any good if Ollie can't keep his right leg on the ice & the fact that it was a late whistle should have no bearing on when he lets up. Also. can't he ever keep his legs together??????????? the last one was not a glaring mistake on his part, nbut still not well played.

Posted by: sidehillman | November 23, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

lol puckguru I think you're really funny. You take the word "knee-jerk" to a whole new level.

About the game: I really liked the way they played. The were skating hard, forechecking like crazy, with 3 guys putting pressure on the Flyers D, not sitting back like they used to under Hanlon. These guys can really skate, they're really fast, Bourdreau used them to their strengths.
For large parts they had the Flyers hemmed into their own zone, the PHIfans booing, the Caps totally dominating play until that ridicoulus penalty to Clark. The refs pretty much singlehandedly made this a game.
I thought Olie looked good, no way he could have prevented the 3rd one, maybe the second was a little weak.
In the end the better team won. If they keep playing that way I'm not worried at all. This is good, fast team that can skate with the best of them, I believe.

Posted by: Scai | November 23, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

i thought it was a shot by ov that bounced back to backstrom. lot of patience in that kid. maybe it's him, maybe it's nylander's training, whatever. love it. smart thinking.

laich's drop to petti was nice too.

more fighting for puck along boards.

Posted by: jim* | November 23, 2007 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha, is that you Cphcky,Puckguru?

Nice win by the Caps. Congrats to Boudreau for pulling off a win his first game as an NHL head coach!

Semin was rushed back too soon again in an attempt to save Hanlon his job. Sasha also has a touch of a cold, which most likely only contributed to his lack-luster play, along with the ankle.

I hope we can rally back and this be the turning point for our season. Our boys deserve to be rewarded!

C-A-P-S CAPS CAPS CAPS!!

Posted by: ihatethepens | November 23, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

ah I can finally see the goals on nhl.com.
My god beautiful goals!
Green Clark even Brash... and Backstrom, what a beauty.

Finally OV is up front on the PP (and Green at the point scored, who knew bloggers know hockey).

4 different scorers.

G.O. C.A.P.S.

Posted by: mauree | November 23, 2007 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I didn't see the whole game. Heard bits and pieces during my travels around today, and saw some of the 2nd period and the 3rd.

This is still the same team, BUT, they pulled it out. There were still D-breakdowns in front of Olie where Flyers were hangin' out.

Still, much improved. Great Brash deflection! Good blast from the blue line for Green. Nice Clarkie goal, Backstrom's in OT was gorgeous!

They have to learn to put these away when they get the lead. They have to learn to play like they're tied or one goal behind. The killer instinct isn't there. Hopefully, coach B can instill that in them. I also liked seeing his emotion out there. Did you see him jump and cheer when Backstrom scored? I hope the guys heard and saw him.

I'm not ready to call him permanent coach; not for awhile. Damned nice start, though!

Posted by: Greg S. | November 23, 2007 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Sorry guys, I just don't see the criticism of Kolzig today. I agree he didn't appear to be ready on the Carter goal... Maybe surprised is a better word.

The goal that Briere had was the result of the zebra failing to blow the whistle when the puck went under his pad. It was a simple matter for Briere to poke it in.

I can tell you this, he made a couple outstanding saves in OT. We wouldn't be celebrating a win without his effort.

I don't say he's perfect, who is? I just say that his play today wasn't bad. On the contrary, I thought he had a good game.

I don't know whether or not BB is a good coach. I saw nothing that made me think that he isn't. All I can tell you is that I saw some jump in the Caps for three periods. You can count the number of games that has happened this year on one hand.

No one person is the answer to the Caps problems, but I think I saw part of the solution behind the bench today.

Posted by: Muddapucker | November 23, 2007 5:34 PM | Report abuse

@Joe: Yep, I love him too - that's why I got his Swedish National sweater! :)

@Mauree: I hadn't planned on it before yesterday but I just might go. ;)

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 5:37 PM | Report abuse

@HolyOlie: It definitely wasn't a pass, it was supposed to be a shot but it got away from Ovie and ended up on Nick's stick.

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I thought the NB goal was a pass from Ovie, too. If not, maybe it will encourage Ovie to pass more - he can't carry the team by himself.

I am a STH - I did not go Wed (thank God), but am looking forward to tomorrow night! Hopefully the momentum will carry over!! I just wonder who will start in goal - Olie has played all week, so I can see him being given a rest, but I don't see Johnny being the answer against NC. In fact, I am hoping that the win will give Olie new energy. I am not sure why he is being beat up over tonight's game - it was not his best game, but certainly not his worst. I think he did a decent job. The confidence from a win can only help him. Regardless, LET'S GO CAPS!!!!

Posted by: Boo! | November 23, 2007 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I dunno...a replay will clear it up but I'll be a monkey's uncle if it was an intended pass. :)

Posted by: keef | November 23, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I don't mean to beat up on Kolzig, or that he didn't do his best. I just have to face the facts, and they are that his reflexes are not what they used to be and are not to the standard of a top goalie. I have been a fan of Kolzig since the beggining but everything comes to an end, he is approaching it, and the Caps would be better served by improving that position now. He still has some great saves, but I see a lot of rebounds and easy goals too.
That is just one point of view, of course.

Posted by: Joe | November 23, 2007 6:03 PM | Report abuse

"second, i have never been on the "what the f is schultz doing out there bandwaggon until today. count me in. i mean, what the f was he doing out there? he's 6'6 and hits softer than nylander, christ!!"

And the "what the hell is Shultz doing?" bandwagon gains momentum

Posted by: Steve R | November 23, 2007 6:12 PM | Report abuse

does anyone else think schultz was on the ice way too much tonight, especially considering the quality of his play. He was extremely soft and timid, especially on the carter goal, which was totally his fault.

Posted by: sheesh | November 23, 2007 6:17 PM | Report abuse

The Backstrom goal was not on a pass from AO. AO was trying to get around the D when the puck went off his stick. Very mature play by Backstrom to wait until the goalie was all the way down.

As for Schultz and being on the ice a lot tonight...If he's on the ice more than 0:01 minutes, it's too much time.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 23, 2007 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to the Caps and BB for a win! Its a start in the right direction. I am looking forward to tomorrow nights game. And I hear "pillows" struck again with another soft perfomance. I hope BB can either pair him up with a physical Dman or have him watch GREAT CHECKS nonstop for 24 hours. Maybe it will sink in and he will finally learn how to check and hit.

Posted by: the highlander | November 23, 2007 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Schultz was HORRIBLE! He needs a remedial class in how to clear pucks from the d-zone. His inability to clear cost us the 3rd goal. Also, earlier he flipped the puck into the stands on a clear attempt leading to a pp. He is thw worst d-man right now on our roster.

Also, Clark has taken too many stupid penalties this year which have directly resulted in momentum changing goals against us. Bruce needs to tell Clark to play with more brains, and to keep his stick on the ice. His instigating the fight today was uncalled for when we were up 3-0. His actions cost us two goals. Either he smartens up on the ice or the C comes off. The Captain should play with brains and brawn, not just brawn.

Posted by: kthhken | November 23, 2007 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Dinger | November 23, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

W-O-W. I saw the game at Wachovia and I'm so estactic. The Caps were all over the Flyers at first, playing with fire. BB was spirited on the bench. The Flyers made a comeback and the Philly guidos were being their usual jerk selves. When Backstrom scored I was going nuts, I nearly needed an escort out. What a great win!!! Now it's time to beat Carolina. One down, many to go!!!

Posted by: JIM | November 23, 2007 7:07 PM | Report abuse

keef,
I was born in Roswell, New Mexico, and moved to Wright / Patterson AFB ( New Jersey )at the age of ten. Hahahahaha..........

Posted by: Puckguru | November 23, 2007 7:20 PM | Report abuse

keef,
I was born in Roswell, New Mexico, and moved to Wright / Patterson AFB ( New Jersey )at the age of ten. Hahahahaha..........

Posted by: Puckguru | November 23, 2007 7:20 PM | Report abuse

keef,
I was born in Roswell, New Mexico, and moved to Wright / Patterson AFB ( New Jersey )at the age of ten. Hahahahaha..........

Posted by: Puckguru | November 23, 2007 7:20 PM | Report abuse

keef,
I was born in Roswell, New Mexico, and moved to Wright / Patterson AFB ( New Jersey )at the age of ten. Hahahahaha..........

Posted by: Puckguru | November 23, 2007 7:21 PM | Report abuse

keef,
I was born in Roswell, New Mexico, and moved to Wright / Patterson AFB ( New Jersey )at the age of ten. Hahahahaha..........

Posted by: Puckguru | November 23, 2007 7:21 PM | Report abuse

keef,
I was born in Roswell, New Mexico, and moved to Wright / Patterson AFB ( New Jersey )at the age of ten. Hahahahaha..........

Posted by: Puckguru | November 23, 2007 7:21 PM | Report abuse

keef,
Didn't you know? I was born in Roswell, New Mexico. And, moved to Wright / Patterson A.F.B. at the tender age of six ( 6 ). Hahahahahahaha......

Posted by: Puckguru | November 23, 2007 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Just saw a replay of the winning goal - I agree - it looks like Ovie was shooting, after all. Regardless, hopefully it will open him to passing more!!

Posted by: Boo! | November 23, 2007 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Watching the loses pile up over the last 2 1/2 seasons aint been easy but at least the first couple were fun to watch... I always loved seeing the other teams D men and forwards run from the forcheckers and imagine the Caps were not easy to play against. This season they have played soft. TODAY they looked like the Caps I love. I imagine the Flyers needed some ice baths to go with the lose.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 23, 2007 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I was on shift with a japanese dude when Backstrom scored in OV. I jumped and screamed "YES!".

He was like: "kawasaki?"

Posted by: mauree | November 23, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

@ keef and CapFan1,
You two really disappoint me. I, as well as others, have given you every opportunity to display a modicum of civility, maturity, and common decency. In all three areas you've failed miserably. Which leads me to only one possible conclusion. You're two insecure, immature, pimple faced adolescents who undoubtedly spend your week ends behind closed doors, engaging in freaky, unfulfilling circle jerks. Groping in the dark for a manhood that, obviously has escaped you completely.

Posted by: Puckguru | November 23, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Puckguru,
Step away from the keyboard for awhile and take your medication.

Posted by: slappy | November 23, 2007 7:48 PM | Report abuse

hmmm maybe there are two puckgurus? what's with this dr jekyll mr hide personality? lol

I don't see anything wrong in what keef & capfan1 said.

Can we avoid insults and stick to talk about the caps?

Posted by: mauree | November 23, 2007 7:53 PM | Report abuse

WOW! The PP is so much better post-Hanlon. They are moving, shooting, and most importantly, SCORING.

Posted by: JIM | November 24, 2007 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Just wow.

I can't believe me referencing your conspiracy speak was enough to get under your skin, Puckguru.

Posted by: keef | November 24, 2007 7:25 PM | Report abuse

It just looks like they got a little of their mojo back, they're not doing anything special, just playing looser not forcing things.

History shows they relax in the middle of games though...

Posted by: austinsteve | November 24, 2007 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Glad that BB's first brilliant move on D was to pull Schultz.

Bravo!

Posted by: keef | November 24, 2007 7:26 PM | Report abuse

finally Tarik's blog is back.
I'm again radio-only *eyes brim over with tear*

From what I'm hearing the boys look good again, that true?

Posted by: mauree | November 24, 2007 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Green's goal was more than the tic-tac-toe I initially thought it was. The pass was at his feet, he had to do this quick drop glide motion to get the one-timer redirection in.

It was more special than I thought :)

Posted by: austinsteve | November 24, 2007 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Mauree...you picked a helluva time to leave. :)

They're looking pretty decent - great puck possession. They were really sticking it to the Canes in their own end for a good portion of the second half of the first period.

Posted by: keef | November 24, 2007 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Folks, I want to apologize for no posts today. all of the Post's blogs have been down since Friday. Software issue, I believe.

Anyway, I'll post again when it's back up.

Posted by: Tarik | November 24, 2007 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Omg 3-0 :)

Posted by: mauree | November 24, 2007 8:24 PM | Report abuse

No apologies needed for me - we knew something was up and you deserved some time away from the computer anyway. :)

Posted by: keef | November 24, 2007 8:24 PM | Report abuse

No apologies needed for me - we knew something was up and you deserved some time away from the computer anyway. :)

Nylander goal!!

4sec into a PP...
15sec into a PP...

The pressure's on!

Posted by: keef | November 24, 2007 8:24 PM | Report abuse

No apologies needed for me - we knew something was up and you deserved some time away from the computer anyway. :)

Nylander goal!!

4sec into a PP...
15sec into a PP...

The pressure's on!

Posted by: keef | November 24, 2007 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Another PP goal, yes!!! This is almost like watching a totally different team. I guess BB has changed the PP for the better. I also note that when the other team buzzes, the Caps are not as phased as before.

Posted by: Jim | November 24, 2007 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Yeah of course no need for apologies.

I was suffering though and missing the "Morning Skate" article a lot.

Hey I'm hearing that Olie is making good saves.

What about that PP huh all of a sudden we're scoring a lot.

Posted by: mauree | November 24, 2007 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Would ya look at this PK; they are pressing Carolina. BB had the Bears doing this hard core forecheck in Hershey. So far, so good. And another PP: a reward for pressing.

Posted by: JIM | November 24, 2007 8:28 PM | Report abuse

A spin-o-rama attempt by a Cap?
Ha!
Who used to do that Mike Riddley? Kelly Miller I forget

Posted by: austinsteve | November 24, 2007 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Olie's looking great in the net tonight.

The PP's rocking and the PK's looking really good too. There was a rush thrown in off a giveaway that left the Canes scratching their helmets. It's great to see the team play so aggressively.

Posted by: keef | November 24, 2007 8:29 PM | Report abuse

3 PPG's, WOW! Are these the same players or is it the BB factor?
Mauree the team looks more consistant. And the B line of Brash, Backstrom, and Bradley is fun to watch. Wow, I'm starting to enjoy Caps Hockey again! I'll really love it when gmgm and his cronies are GONE!

Posted by: someone else who knows | November 24, 2007 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Mauree
Mere words cannot describe how different they look.
You just gotta get back here.

I mean, we're 3 for 3 on the Power Play for the love of GAWD!!!

Posted by: pmoravek | November 24, 2007 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Well, there goes the shut-out but you can't complain...that was a nice goal.

Posted by: keef | November 24, 2007 8:36 PM | Report abuse

F
Erskine needs to sit Cole on his AS if he did

Posted by: Icebat | November 24, 2007 8:37 PM | Report abuse

3-1 on the third, hopefully we'll stay ahead.

Thanks for being my eyes guys :) Can't wait for the video recap.


Posted by: mauree | November 24, 2007 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Cole can be awesome, but Erksine is not the best skater, either. JE fell all over himself. Jurnica didn't look much better, either. I hope that late goal doesn't come back to haunt the Caps.

Posted by: JIM | November 24, 2007 8:39 PM | Report abuse

arg!

Come on boys!

Posted by: mauree | November 24, 2007 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Ok, this is where we see if BB can instill the discipline good teams need to seal the deal. C'mon boys!!!!!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 24, 2007 9:07 PM | Report abuse

go caps go caps GO CAPS g o c a p s G.O. C.A.P.S. GO CAPS G-O C-A-P-S GGOO CCAAPPSS go caps go caps GO CAPS g o c a p s G.O. C.A.P.S. GO CAPS G-O C-A-P-S GGOO CCAAPPSS go caps go caps GO CAPS g o c a p s G.O. C.A.P.S. GO CAPS G-O C-A-P-S GGOO CCAAPPSS

Posted by: mauree | November 24, 2007 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Boy is this becoming a nailbiter! Let's Go Caps!

Posted by: JIM | November 24, 2007 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Discipline boys, focus, discipline!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 24, 2007 9:16 PM | Report abuse

What happened to Cole?
I heard boos, what was that about?

arg sorrie for the many questions, suffering here.

Posted by: mauree | November 24, 2007 9:16 PM | Report abuse

The ice must really be terrible -- a lot of players are randomly falling

Posted by: JIM | November 24, 2007 9:17 PM | Report abuse

The boos was for an icing call that looked like Grahme played it, but the puck bounced off the goal's bumper, not the goalie's stick

Posted by: JIM | November 24, 2007 9:20 PM | Report abuse

2 minutes left *paces the room*

go caps go caps GO CAPS g o c a p s G.O. C.A.P.S. GO CAPS G-O C-A-P-S GGOO CCAAPPSS

for the love of everything that's good GO CAPS

Posted by: mauree | November 24, 2007 9:28 PM | Report abuse

OV for president (of Russia at least). OV just saved the Caps from a lousy period (look at the shots).

Posted by: JIM | November 24, 2007 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh Yeahhhhhh!!!!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 24, 2007 9:29 PM | Report abuse

is that a goal guys?

Posted by: mauree | November 24, 2007 9:33 PM | Report abuse

fewer caps penalties as compared to last year or opposing teams (even w/ hanlon) have been encouraging.

Posted by: jim* | November 24, 2007 9:39 PM | Report abuse

No goal is right. Williams shot down and the puck still hit the cross bar, so it had to be above the crossbar -- simple physics. Nice empty net -- no die from this team.

Posted by: JIM | November 24, 2007 9:39 PM | Report abuse

5-2 Caps win

Posted by: Jeff | November 24, 2007 9:39 PM | Report abuse

YES!
YES!!!!!!!!!!!

I can breathe now

Posted by: mauree | November 24, 2007 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Mauree: The boos were for a deserved high stick call against Green...bit of a scuffle right after.

Posted by: keef | November 24, 2007 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Great game from the guys - not sure if this is coaching or a fire under their asses but they're playing like they did in their first two games. Hopefully BB can get them to keep it up!

5 tallies!!

Posted by: keef | November 24, 2007 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Boy did I miss some things when I was away!

First, let me say one down- several more to go. I don't see Ted stopping at Hanlon. Umm gmgm, you may want to schedule the movers for the first week in December. And the rest of your deadwood buddies may want to reserve their U-Hauls as well. George, you spent ten years saying "you're doing things to make the Capitals better." Well look where the team is! (Don't give yourself credit for BB's work, that wasn't your call.) The Capitals will be better when you're gone! This front office (run by gmgm) traded, or plan got rid of many players and support employees. These people got their walking papers or left because they more loyal to the organization, than the individuals mismanaging their departments and TEAM. In doing so, this Team lost HEART!

Second, once the change is made I hope Ownership, Ted and the entire Lincoln Holdings group, decides it's BEST for the Team and Ownership, as a whole, that someone other than Dick P. runs the daily operations of the Capitals organization.

Third, after the change is made, better team play most likely will not happen on a dime, although it's looking good right now. The sooner these players play as an entire unit, the quicker this organization can get back to it's HARD WORKING, GRINDING, PLAY A SOLID 60, CONTENDING status. And some players just may have to go. This team needs to have an executive establish an Identity for the organization, and acquire the best personnel to fit that identity. A guy like Dale Hunter would be ideal.

Lastly, Congratulations to Ted for beginning the process of change. Please be sure to turn the lights up bright so that the rest of the cockroaches scatter, Change is good. ALSO, Congratulations to BB and the TEAM for the WIN yesterday and the win again tonight. I can start to say it, Let's GO CAPS!

Posted by: someone else who knows | November 24, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Did anybody else notice the "A" on (*GASP*) Brashear???

3rd period they looked like they were flat footed. Periods 1 and 2 they looked pretty good.

I'm liking it!

Posted by: Greg S. | November 24, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

BB is the real deal, baby. He has been a great coach for the Bears. He has 4 lines rolling with all of them contributing. The PP & PK are so much better with the players constantly hustling and pressing, respectively. With the Hokies (my alma mater, thank you) winning, this is a great day for sports.

Posted by: JIM | November 24, 2007 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Carolina is one of the best teams in the league this season. We have beat them twice...
Our boys can play with anybody.
But if I believe it, it doesn't matter.
They need to believe it.

I hope BB can convince them of that.

Posted by: pmoravek | November 24, 2007 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Greg: That A's been there for most of the season. You've just been hiding behind your fingers when he's on the ice lately. ;)

Posted by: keef | November 24, 2007 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Greg
I think you will start to notice Brash being used as he's meant to be played, with the changes. Also he is a leader on that team.

Posted by: someone else who knows | November 24, 2007 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Slow third period, was that because they were tired? Maybe condition is not ideal? Too bad they play 5 more back-to-back games, no time to improve condition.

Also don't forget, this is Carolina, a top team, one would expect a lot of pressure.

Posted by: mauree | November 24, 2007 9:52 PM | Report abuse

@pmoravek

That's what has been so bloody frustrating about the past month. Beat Carolina, beat Ottowa, beat the Leafs (OK, maybe not so great, but still), lose to Florida?

I'm glad to see them playing with some spirit. I don't know what Coach B said to them on turkey day and on the bus on the way to Philly, but, dayum! Keep yackin' it up!

Nice to see pillows sitting it out, too.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 24, 2007 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Mauree,
Remember when the 2nd game of a back to back was an automatic loss? (or even the first game for that matter) Now, maybe we have hope!

Posted by: someone else who knows | November 24, 2007 9:57 PM | Report abuse

@someone....

You're kidding! It's nice not to have to peek. I have always HATED horror shows. So scary!

My brother used to watch them when I was a kid to scare me out of the room. Such a meanie! I'll have to make another appointment with my shrink...

Posted by: Greg S. | November 24, 2007 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Greg
?

Posted by: someone else who knows | November 24, 2007 10:05 PM | Report abuse

These past few weeks have been a horror show...

And Brash has been on the ice so little, I never noticed it.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 24, 2007 10:15 PM | Report abuse

@someone
Greg's answering keef 9:52

If only we'd win 4 of those 14 losses, we'd be well in playoff position right now with 25 points instead of 17.

Posted by: mauree | November 24, 2007 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I got you now. I thought Brash coming to Wash was a good thing until I saw how Hanlon and gmgm were using him. Now he's creating space for Backstrom, throwing the body, and dropping the gloves when needed. And yes BTW, the past year for this team is a horror show.

Posted by: someone else who knows | November 24, 2007 10:38 PM | Report abuse

@ everyone

These damned Caps have me so turned and round and inside out, I don't know who the heck I'm talking to.

3 out of 4 voices in my head tell me to shut up. So I will.

:)

Posted by: Greg S. | November 24, 2007 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Mauree
Maybe Ted should have pulled the trigger earlier, but at least he pulled it. Now I hope he finishes.

Posted by: someone else who knows | November 24, 2007 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Why are my posts not being posted?

Posted by: kevbpgc | November 24, 2007 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Was at the game tonight, enjoying my cheap seats. Was happily surprised by no Shultz. What was the story with that?

Crowd was half into the game. Waiting for the other shoe to drop, esp with the long review of the high stick goal.

Posted by: Steve R | November 24, 2007 10:54 PM | Report abuse

So, how does he get rid of GMGM? Was it GM's decision to fire Hanlon? Or was it Ted's via GMGM? If the latter, then all GMGM is, is a "yes" man, and who needs that?

There would have to be some measurable criteria, I would think, to remove him from office. His picks have been alright, not good, not awful. His management of the team has been less than stellar, but again, he didn't rake it totally over the coals.

All of this on the presumption that he was doing Ted's bidding, in particular leading to the fire sale, and afterwards. We could argue picks forever, but they're a crap shoot. Some work, some don't.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 24, 2007 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Well Greg,
One thing I did notice the other nite against Philly. EMOTION on the bench.
BB was exorting the guys after Philly scored. Making gestures and keeping the boys fired up.
Maybe that kind of emotion is what was needed.
I'm not ready to break my arm patting BB on the back just yet, but I think everyone will agree...so far, so good.

Posted by: pmoravek | November 24, 2007 10:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm still annoyed with that Cole goal.

When somebody comes at you indicating that he will not be denied you sit him on the ice, you don't swing at the puck or trip over yourself and let him split the D.

But I am happy overall.

Who are we taking points from next?

Posted by: Icebat | November 24, 2007 11:01 PM | Report abuse

@pmoravek

Damn! What a breath of fresh air that was! Did you see Coach B jump and yell punching the air?

Did you see him patting the back of Nylander after his goal? I never saw Hanlon do that. Maybe he did it and we never got to see it. But Hanlon looked like a cold fish back there.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 24, 2007 11:03 PM | Report abuse

@ Icebat

You have to give Cole credit. Splitting the D like that is remarkable. It was a great move and to keep his balance and make the play even more remarkable. Hats off to him!

I'm going to take awhile to toot Coach B's horn, but the results are more pleasing than the past weeks. We'll have to see long term. Let's just hope that they don't ink him to a 3 year deal just yet. Let's see how he handles adversity. Let's see how he deals with a slump first.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 24, 2007 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I was at the game - what a riot!! :-) Now THAT'S the team I expected to see this year! GREAT energy - on the ice and in the stands. I hope to see more of that this week!!

BTW, I saw Semin in the stands - for the record, he is a mellow spectator, too ...

Posted by: Boo! | November 24, 2007 11:10 PM | Report abuse

@Greg S,

The team is looking alive for the first time in awhile. They had more discipline, made less dumb a@@ mental mistakes tonight. Hopefully BB has to wait for a week or two till that slump kicks in.

Posted by: Steve R | November 24, 2007 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Greg S, I liked Cole's spunk there, but definitely stoppable by any D-man

Nice goal by Green and of course the other 4 goals pretty much answer things pretty well though!

Posted by: Icebat | November 24, 2007 11:19 PM | Report abuse

@Boo!

I was at the phone booth too, I wouldn't call it great energy in the stands. On the ice yes, in the stands no.

Posted by: Steve R | November 24, 2007 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Semin was in the stands?

That seems odd, doesn't it?

But, also refreshing. glad to see he's not wary of being with the fans.

And yeah, Semin is the definition of cool, is he not?

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 24, 2007 11:22 PM | Report abuse

They are being much more aggressive on O.
Everytime someone is shooting someone else is driving to the net.
Why the hell couldn't Hanlon see the advantages of that?

Cole had a head of steam coming in the zone. It was a set play and when someone is coming that fast it puts the D back on their heels in a hurry. Carolina is good for a reason. But we beat them.

I just like the fact that we seem to have a forecheck again and we are not lollygagging around. Kozlov looks like he has been re-energized by the change, hell everybody does.

Posted by: capfan1 | November 24, 2007 11:24 PM | Report abuse

@Steve R:

Well, I had great energy ... maybe I was projecting on those around me!! ;-)

Seriously, I thought people were pretty fired up. When was the last time you saw a standing ovation after the first period? There was a lot of hootin' and hollerin' going on ... and it was not that full, so I'd say the noise = energy.

If nothing else, I screamed my lungs out!!

Posted by: Boo! | November 24, 2007 11:27 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to NOT have that slump rear it's ugly head. You know it will, though. All teams go through it. It's the individuals that step up and take control of the situation and rally the troops that will proof the pudding. Makes me wonder what was said in that closed door player's only meeting in Tampa. Got my questions on that. If it was an agreement to hang Hanlon like Holik intimated, well, that would be disturbing.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 24, 2007 11:31 PM | Report abuse

@Drinking Partner - yes, I thought it was odd that he was in the stands, too - I figured that he would be in the press box. But he sat over where his parents and Ovie's parents usually sit - I think Ovie's clan was over there tonight. I was surprised that people were not bothering him. I envisioned him standing in line for a beer behind a guy in a Semin sweater ... ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | November 24, 2007 11:31 PM | Report abuse

@Boo

Yea, I yelled my A@@ off too. Maybe my feelings of lack of energy = stands half full. I don't know. What I do know is this isn't a hockey town.

Posted by: Steve R | November 24, 2007 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Greg
I know the saying "Don't believe all that you read", however I think the decision is made already. gmgm is "DEADMAN WALKING!" Look at what you wrote and think about it. (btw my tone is nice) He hasn't done even a good job. Gmgm is a "yes man", to your face, then complains, and blames ownership or whoever is not in the room when he's talking. It's funny how Ted gets blamed for the Jagr deal. If it was him, at least he took a shot to get better in his mind. It was gmgm's job to explain to Ted, why the Jagr transaction would be bad for the Capitals. At that time, many in the league knew to stay away from 68. gmgm overpays on FA acquisitions, as well as player re-signings, but then makes statements to the respect of, I wish I could do more on the market, but we're limited with our budget.
Criteria #1, He hasn't spent money wisely.
Criteria #2, the team is not even a shell of what it was when he and Dick P. took it over.
Criteria #3, He allows assets to be mismanaged. Recent examples, Sutherby could not crack the line up in Washington, and now is playing on the first line of the defending Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks with Getzlaf and Perry. (BTW, Washington could have drafted both of those guys, however gmgm thought it best to go with Fehr). And let me just say Sutherby is no Motzko. Second example Eminger, you have this guy rotting in the press box which does nothing for the organization. Either play him to help the team or play him to showcase for a trade that helps your organization. He does nothing for you in the stands.
As we could go on back and forth about picks, I could go on to list the reasons gmgm should be gone. However look at this, in his 10 years this organization has spent more time closer to the bottom than the Top of the league. That should be enough!

Posted by: someone else who knows | November 24, 2007 11:38 PM | Report abuse

@Steve R - yes, it definitely was not a full house. But if they keep playing like this, maybe it will be!! I have my doubts about whether or not DC can become a hockey town ... I hope I am wrong!!!

Posted by: Boo! | November 24, 2007 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Encouraging signs abound.

First of all, the reason I can't wait to see Caps in the playoffs was illustrated tonight -- when Ovechkin wants to score, teams simply can't stop him. In a 7-game series it's going to be, "We have Ovechkin, and you don't."

I've been watching for 30 years and the Caps have never had a player like that. Long-time fans like myself remember and have much respect for guys like Bondra and Gartner, but as talented as they were they never dominated in the playoffs. Ovechkin appears to be a force that will not be denied, especially when he has help.

Obviously the power play looks much better with Boudreau. And it was a good move for him to sit Schultz down after his horrible game Friday. At some point maybe we'll see what he can do with Eminger.

So far so good -- and while I don't agree that McPhee will be gone by December, I did notice that Bryzgalov got his fourth straight win for Phoenix tonight..

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | November 24, 2007 11:55 PM | Report abuse

OK, all. Thanks for the initial kudos, regardless of how reserved they may be.

Hey, I jump up and down when I see the game I love played well.

I won't tolerate my players not playing the game I love without energy. That has been made understood.

Give Olie a break. He needed to let off some steam. Similar interviews will not continue.

Schultz has great talent. We will help him learn how to use it.

Stand by, all. It's about to get fun.

It is OK to create a "hockey town" environment in DC. Get off YOUR bums!

--Coach

Posted by: BB | November 24, 2007 11:57 PM | Report abuse

@BB

Be careful how you sign your name.

My butts off the seat when the play is good. 3rd period was a bit ragged. They bent but didn't break. Good signs. Question is, can they keep it up, or prevent the bending all together?

I don't think there's anyone out here that says that Schultz DOESN'T have talent. He's just not a hitter, and as a result, gets taken advantage. They get around him too easily.

He was probably a bigger boy than all the other kids growing up, and his mother probably told him not to play too rough, so he's held it back. Hard to break that programming.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 25, 2007 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Was at the game tonight (visiting parents in MD for the holiday).

It was great to sit in the 400 level and cheer loudly with the fans for a Capitals victory. Olis looked awesome and while BB is right about them having much to work on, beating two quality teams in two days is great! Buffalo is next!

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | November 25, 2007 12:16 AM | Report abuse

I like the way they are playing too, but why would you expect to see the stands full? For the last place team in the League?
I hope the winning continues but we can't forget where they sit.
I am convinced that most Caps fans really just don't believe a consistent winning team will be put on the ice in DC.

Sure all enthusiasm is high right now on this board, but as usual all it takes is one loss and all the negativity comes right back.
When the team plays like it did for the last month I feel ripped off even for watching the games! I feel ok if they lose and are at least competitive and here is hoping that is the way it stays, preferrably with more wins the L's.

Posted by: Capfan1 | November 25, 2007 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Seeing Green the past two games, with his goals, has reminded me a lot of what Gonchar used to bring to this team

Posted by: Mike Green | November 25, 2007 2:20 AM | Report abuse

Better interviews by Olie.

I hope they'll win 2-3 more, then we'll see what BB can do during the break in December.

If things go well we should organize a Tarik's bloggers get together at a game.

Posted by: mauree | November 25, 2007 2:32 AM | Report abuse

It's an hour behind here, I had to go offline for a couple of hours to go see The Mother Truckers play.

Anyway, Green I think offers more than Gonchar. Something about him resonates at a higher level. Check Gonchar's lifetime stats if you don't believe me.

Bottom line, our D performance is in the bottom 35% of the league but our O is in the top 65%.

That should get us close to the playoffs, but we can't expect to compete at the playoff level without improvement in our D.

I think I'll write more after the Jameson shots and Lone Star chasers wear off...

Posted by: austinsteve | November 25, 2007 3:54 AM | Report abuse

Regarding posts about Cole's goal. Erksine fell all over himself and Jurinica, so Cole parted the Dee like Moses the Sea. Cole is good, so no denying his talent, but Erksine skates like Happy Gilmore with all the attitude, but not enough talent. I would love to see the Caps get a solid defensive blueliner back there. I miss Brenden Witt rubbing out wingers.

Posted by: JIM | November 25, 2007 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Being in the building last night reminded me of just how fun it can be to be a hockey fan. Not so much because the Caps won but the team looked like they were having fun. I sit in 121 and watched BB give some of the guys a lashing after bad plays. It was interesting to watch the interactions. Leach looked like he didn't want to be there. Whatever. There was lot's of energy at the phone booth.

Posted by: gawferstud | November 25, 2007 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Interesting stats:

Green is now 3rd in goals scored amongst NHL D-man

Caps shooting percentage leader:

Schultz!

Caps shooting percentage lagger (>0):

Virtual tie between Pettinger & Pothier

Posted by: Anonymous | November 25, 2007 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Note to "Caps Fans" regarding DC being a hockey town. Being a hockey town starts with the fans. It means supporting the team when things are down (i.e. going to the games even when they are not playing well and standing up to give them a boost of support). Those towns that are hockey towns are that way because of their fans. If the fans make it a good place, a tough place for opponents to come to, then our team will have more energy, other free agents will want to come play. If you really care about the team, then come out to the arena and bring your friends to show the support. Then you can say you helped to build a winner instead of complaining about how they have never won anything.

Years ago I moved from DC to CT and miss going to the games on a regular basis.

Come on Caps fans, go to the games, bring your friend and STAND UP AND CHEER!

(No, this is not Ted) :)

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | November 25, 2007 9:44 AM | Report abuse

@ CT Caps Fan

You are right on.

Posted by: gawferstud | November 25, 2007 9:55 AM | Report abuse

@CT Cap Fan - a lot of us do just that, but I don't think that there are enough of us in DC to make it a Hockey Town (not yet, anyway!). In my opinion, when the Caps have a winning season (with top players like Ovie and Sasha), THEN they will get a lot of buzz and more people will start coming out. Once that happens more people will get the bug and become hockey fans that stick with them through thick and thin. That is what will make this a hockey town. Until then, I don't see it happening. I hope I am wrong, but that's my guess.

Posted by: Boo! | November 25, 2007 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Where did everyone go?!? :-)

Posted by: Boo! | November 25, 2007 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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