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Steckel Is Close; Clark Not So Much

Bruce Boudreau had some encouraging news this morning regarding center David Steckel, who has been out since March 8 with a broken finger. He is set to have the pins removed on Monday and could return in time for Thursday's game vs. Tampa Bay in Washington.

Steckel has only five goals and seven assists, but his ability on faceoffs and on the penalty kill has been sorely missed, Boudreau said.

"Because you don't put up great numbers offensively, sometimes you don't realize how much you miss a person in the lineup," Boudreau said. "Dave is a big part of ours. It gives us way more versatility because you can move [Brooks Laich] to left wing and [Boyd Gordon] to right wing. We'll be happy when he gets back."

The news was not so good regarding Chris Clark, who has missed most of the season with a strained groin tendon. He's on the trip and he's practicing. But it would be a surprise if he plays anytime soon. That said, Clark has not given up hope.

"I won't quit until the team isn't playing anymore," Clark said after the morning skate.

Cristobal Huet will start in net tonight against the last-place Lightning. Karri Ramo is set to start for Tampa Bay while newly acquired Lightning goalie Mike Smith will miss the game with a strained left knee. (Marc Denis will back up Ramo.)

The Caps' goalie situation, meantime, remains day-to-day, Boudreau said. But if you read between the lines, it's starting to look like the job is Huet's to lose, with tonight marking his fifth start in six games.

Also, John Erskine is set to return against the Bolts and will replace Steve Eminger on the blue line. Erskine missed six games with a head injury.

Here's the rest of lineup:
Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Kozlov
Cooke-Fedorov-Semin
Fleischmann-Laich-Fehr
Brashear-Gordon-Bradley

Defense
Morrisonn-Green
Poti-Schultz
Jurcina-Erskine

As for the importance of tonight's game, what more needs to be said? It's pretty much a must-win against a team that has little for which to play. The Caps are two points behind Boston with five games to play. The Bruins are home against Toronto and can eliminate the Maple Leafs.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 27, 2008; 12:30 PM ET
 
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Comments

Glad Steckel is almost ready. It will nice to put Flush on the bench.

Posted by: Jake | March 27, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

If someone can explain how Erskine is better them Eminger please do.

Erskine has no foot speed.

Posted by: TJ | March 27, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

GO LEAFS!

Posted by: jamebow | March 27, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Flash is still in there -- I wonder what Coach BB is thinking.

Posted by: uncatim | March 27, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

eminger can't do crap. erskine can at least block fists with his face.

Posted by: jamebow | March 27, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Powerfully disappointed to hear that flat foot is going to be back in the line up in lieu of Eminger. In my eyes 44 has proved himself to be better than Erskine the last few games.

Posted by: Yosh | March 27, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Dear Hockey Gods,

Please give Caps the power to beat a weaker, but dangerous Bolts. They don't need this victory, Caps do. Please make them to give it up and think about the golf course instead.

Posted by: Yo | March 27, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Lepisto is better than both... however, all of them take stupid penalties.

Pick your poison!

Steckel just needs to play this game - he is a beast against Tampa. I think 70% of his goals have come against Tampa.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

#4 is back in, #44 sits - I wonder what Coach BB is thinking, too.

Posted by: please no #4 | March 27, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I guess the Fehr on 2nd line experiment is over again?

Posted by: AP | March 27, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps win tonight and FLA loses - FLA could roll over like a dog on Sat night.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

1) Have to agree with the above posters that Eminger is a much better option than Erskine.
2) So who sits if/when Steckal returns? Guess by then(3 games from now) it may be a mute/uninportant issue.
3) The Clark situation is maddening. Its hard to understand how a muscle strain can cause someone to miss months. Its getting to the point where it might be better to just shut him down until training camp. BTW, is Pothier still listed as 'day to day'?
http://newfaux.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Fauxrumors | March 27, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

@828

reposting my comment from the last thread. I am indeed out of town for the rest of the regular season, but am keeping tabs on the team. I am still working on finding a place near Colorado Springs to watch tonight's game, but have a spot staked out in Denver for Saturday.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 27, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

BB will play Erskine over Eminger AND... continues to play #43. While i like his system, and what he's done for the team... i still question his judgment sometimes.

Posted by: Scofield | March 27, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Yo | March 27, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Yo | March 27, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Tampa hurts themselves every win they get concerning the draft lottery....hmmmmm

Posted by: NJ | March 27, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Fauxrumors

Mute issue? Do you mean moot?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

@Sombrero Guy
I spent two year in Colorado Springs and there are quite a few nice sports bars out by the Air Force Academy that used to show most of the games....

@Fauxrumors
Just can't see what you guys like in Eminger. To me he looks like he is afraid to touch the puck or make a mistake whenever he is on the ice. Just doesn't show enough confidence for me and I'm sure the opposing forwards see it as well. And, if flash doesn't sit when Stecks comes back then I'm sorry.....time to line BB up for a lobotomy!!!

Posted by: Phil | March 27, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with the majority of the posters. Eminger has NOT been playing well lately. He loses EVERY battle against the boards. Emmy's effort can't be questioned and both take stupid penalties. Given the choice though, I pick Erskine over Eminger any day. I prefer Erskine's size and presence over Eminger's turnovers and 'better' skating.

Posted by: ocho | March 27, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

@Phil

Do you remember the names of the sports bars?

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 27, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Phil

"To me he looks like he is afraid to touch the puck or make a mistake whenever he is on the ice."

Hmmm...see I thought/think just the opposite. To me he was exhibiting confidence during the last two games. Looked pretty good carrying the puck deep into the offensive zone and looked sharp in the defensive zone.

If you had made that comment the first couple times BB put him in the line-up I'd agree 100%...but since he got his chance of LePisto I'd be so bold to say not only is he better than Erskine, but has also outplayed Schultz.

Posted by: Yosh | March 27, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

It is clear to me that Green/Mo and Poti/Schultz are the two d-pairings that have worked well together over the past few weeks. We could argue all day on who is the better dman between erskine/emmy (I'd take Big John ANY day), the decision is not about who is better alone, but who works best with Milan.

Clearly BB sees more of a connection between Erskine and Milan than he does Emmy and Milan.

Sure we bloggers can be quick to question BB's decisions, I'm just as guilty with Laing vs Flash, but we have to remember it is more about who plays with who better, rather than who's better individually.

Posted by: FFS Enough | March 27, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

@Sobrero Guy
I was there in the late 80's but I will look up some of the old places on the net to see if they are still there. Back to you shortly

Posted by: Phil | March 27, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Sundin is back with the leafs tonight against the B's. That is really good news!! Though Boston can eliminate them so I guess there is some inscentive for them too.

Posted by: Grape8 | March 27, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

If you watched the last game closely, Eminger got caught pinching in the offensive zone a few times leading to odd man rushes. If he won the battles along the boards, it would be a non issue. The reason you may not notice this as much is because they luckily didn't result in goals. Eminger's positioning is atrocious. While Erskine doesn't skate as well, you won't see him getting caught in the zone. Plus he provides grit in front of the net that Eminger most certainly does not.

Posted by: wes | March 27, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Good news about Davey Steckal, lets just hope we have something to play for when he gets back.

As already posted, I think Clark should be ruled out. Even if he was fit, he would take time to get back to what we Brits call "match fitness". You need a couple of games to get that sharpness back and we just can't afford to wait.


Greenie,

From previous post - glad you liked the end - took all of about 2 minutes to finish so sorry I didn't do it sooner.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 27, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Bruins Suck!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Fehr really sucks why is he still in the lineup he stinks

Posted by: jhon | March 27, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Great news on Sundin. Go Leafs!

BB tends to rotate players in and out a bit anyway ... Erskine might play tonight and be back on the bench with a so-so game.

I like Erskine over Eminger.

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | March 27, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't question Erskine's size over Emmy's being a beneficial factor, but he takes too many stupid penalties due to the fact that he can't skate, and alot of the time plays "too physical" plus... i can't say i think he's the smartest guy out there (look back that the penalty he took in the bruins game) he does have benefits, but to pair Erskine and Jurcina is just asking for trouble... that pairing couldn't outskate half of the midget teams i've seen.

Truthfully though, i'd take Erskine and Emmy as a pair before I played Jurcina, but that's just me. I don't like Jurcina at all.

Posted by: Scofield | March 27, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, do you know if lecavelier is playing tonight? i heard he has wrist problems. i hope he doesnt play of course!

Posted by: FBOSTON | March 27, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Re: #44

On Vogel's Podcast yesterday, the #4 vs. #44 question came up. From him, it sounds like the team's thinking is that #4 was a top 6 before the injury, you bring him back in as a top 6 and if he can't do it, then you bench him.

I'd think that stats would be the way to go...but eh.

Posted by: keef | March 27, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

@Scofield

Re: Jurcina

Off to the sin bin with you! Look at Juice's +/- and the way he throws his weight around.

The highlight of Walker slamming himself into the boards against the Canes is reason alone to keep him in. :)

Posted by: keef | March 27, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

@Sombrero Guy
Top choice has to be Harry's sports bar(or was when i was there!!), if they aren't showing the game either Bambino's or One sports bars are also ok choices.....good luck!!!

@Yosh
When he did carry the puck deep he got caught there and caused two or three odd man rushes into the CAPS zone. What you saw as confidence I see as stupidity. I f you are gonna skate the puck deep you better be able to hold it there until your forwards can take over and you can get back in your denfensive position.

Posted by: Phil | March 27, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The Lightning will phone it in tonight friendos.

Posted by: NoCountryForCapsFans | March 27, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I do not know why people disparage Erskine - he has an even +/- over 46 games, while Eminger, the superior skater no doubt, is a -4 in 18. He brings a much more physical, intimidating presence to a defense that lacks a punisher (other than Jurcina) in the mold of Phaneuf or (genuflecting here) Stevens, particularly on the PK, and he has decent hands.
I think he a way more heart than Eminger, and it shows to Boudreau.

Posted by: Shaggy | March 27, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

@FFS Enough

Per your D-man pairings, it illustrates Gabby's interest in getting an O-oriented guy and a stay-at-home guy together.

Erskine's a stay-at-home, Emmy's more O. Unless they're trying to run a pair of two stay-at-homes, I can't see how Erskine complements Juice.

I thought that the Poti/Juice pair was working well together...but then again, I can't stand Schultz.

Posted by: keef | March 27, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Well I guess that answers that. Stinks that our captain won't be back. I'd love to see him on the second line instead of all this flip-flopping. It will good to get Steckel back though.

Well, see everyone at Front Page tonight.

Lets go Caps!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Roger #94 | March 27, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Interesting read from ESPN...Take a look-see at how you build the worlds greatest hockey player.
http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=johnson_george&id=3299193

Posted by: Roger #94 | March 27, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

@AP
Yes Fehr got 1 period on the second line & was replaced by Cooke?? Not sure what Cooke brings to a scoring line - Fehr hasn't pocketed and but he has created more chances then Cooke.

Hopefully when Stecks is back that moves Laich to the Left wing on the 3rd line and Flash to the bench.

Posted by: Deep South Caps Fans | March 27, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

#4 can't skate

#44 plays only the right side

I would honestly prefer seeing #42 on the ice. No stats to back it up, but Sami looks like he has the most potential. Just my humble opinion.

Posted by: Steve R | March 27, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

@Roger#94
I may be biased but I'd take Semin over Kovy in that shot category. ;)

Posted by: keef | March 27, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Keef

My public criticism of Schultz has been tame lately. The guy has grown up a LOT this season, and is not longer the clumsy buffoon he was last year and early this year. Schultz is still a project. Not everybody can step into the league and play at their potential immediately.

The D-pairings I listed are what have been rather static over the past few months, with Schultz/Juice moving around between the pairings. I don't really see BB trying to put one O-minded and one traditioanl dman on each line, I see him trying to split the remaining talent across the two lines as evenly as possible, giving the other team no clear "matchup" that they can work off of.

Though, tonight, If I were John Tortellini, I'd get Marty's line out against Poti/Schultz as much as possible, and tell the midget to skate at 55. 26-Black could make 55-White look like the buffoon he was earlier this year/last year.

Posted by: FFS Enough | March 27, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Japers made a good point about what a difference it is to see a goalie make those critical saves (I love olie but it is painfully clear he is no longer a #1) ...I just hope caps mgmt does not become cheap and waste another year of ovie greatness. There is no legit goalie available this summer theodore is as close as it gets and his career stability issues scare me

Posted by: SO master Kozlov | March 27, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

@Sombrero Guy,

Personally I would stick with Jackson's Hole in Denver. Great sports bar!

Posted by: King Gus | March 27, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Eminger = No future with the Caps
Erskine = Minimal future with the Caps
Lepisto = Big future with the Caps

Posted by: JSchon | March 27, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I like Ekskine for toughness. Yes, he lost the last couple, but he'll be back. Take him and Brash out, and all of sudden the other team takes liberties.

Eminger requested a trade, he'll be gone sooner or later.

Lepisto will have to fight for the spot.

Posted by: Yo | March 27, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

What is Erskine going to do with a smooth skating Martin St Louis coming at him one on one.

Posted by: Omar | March 27, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

There's a fella with the last name Alzner that might be breaking in next season too which would throw a curve ball. I don't think Lepisto will have to fight too hard for a spot after this season. Maybe #4 and #44 say adieu.

Posted by: keef | March 27, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

@Omar

What he always does...hook him!

Posted by: keef | March 27, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone else feel the excitement building for the game tonight, it's almost like I can taste it!

Posted by: AP | March 27, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

More problems for the Bruins: Kobasew is out with a Fractured Tibia on top of Savard being out for the next couple of games (at least).

Posted by: Larry The Goon | March 27, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Would love to see the blueline get a few goals tonight

Posted by: Hew | March 27, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have a working game link for tonight for those of us doing spring break college touring? LET'S GO CAPS!!!!

Posted by: Jason | March 27, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have a working game link for tonight for those of us doing spring break college touring? LET'S GO CAPS!!!!

Posted by: Jason | March 27, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Clark who?
I've just started watching the Caps again now that they show they can put up a decent fight for once again.
I continue to be annoyed why people care so much about this player who was selected as captain probably because he was the only player on the team with any real NHL experience (who isn't Olie).

P.S.It's a HEAD INJURY, I wish they'd quit trying to hide this fact to protect the one who gave it to him.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

@Dave UK Caps Fan
Thanks again for the ending
Go CAPS !!!!

Posted by: Greenie | March 27, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Poor Fehr. The kid keeps getting prairie dogged to the 2nd line, only to be sucked back into the 3rd line. Cooke plays a tenecious game and can score (not a lot, but some), so maybe this is good. I keep praying that Flash or Fehr will have a break out game and follow up on it. However, Flash has had enough chances to earn the Flush moniker. Stecks should push Flush to the stands, moving up either Laich, Cooke, or Fehr to the 2nd line (depending on the shift).

LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: JIM | March 27, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

What is Erskine going to do with a smooth skating Martin St Louis coming at him one on one.

He'll smash him like Darcy Tucker or plaster him on the boards. :-)

Alzner is the reason why Lepisto might have to fight for the spot, and... Caps are still in the hunt for top 2 experienced d-man. That what GMGM was supposed to get. He did good, but there's a hope he'll still get a good d-man in the summer. Defense wins playoffs as we all know. Semin could be a good trade-bait for a top 2 d-man.

Posted by: Yo | March 27, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

@Keef

Yeah, I hear ya on that and I'd take OV's heart too. Who doesn't want a 22 yr olds heart that jumps out of his throat when anybody on the team scores.

What about the tearducts of Crysby? Why wasn't that added to the list??????

On another note, just looked at the current prospective playoff match ups and that writer from NY is right. Boston is 0 for 8 against Montreal this season. Plus, with all of there stars out for Boston, Montreal would roll right through them.

Us on the other hand are 2-2 vs. Montreal with each team winning one at home and one away. Imagine the drama that they could sell, Huet goes back to Montreal, is Price the next Ward, Ov's first playoff series, Federov's last (Maybe), Old against the new, good against bad.....Sorry I am getting a bit excited but imagine. Ahhhh but like I always say "Aint nothing to it, but to do it."


UNLEASH THE FURY WASH, TORONTO, ATL, NYI, OTT

Posted by: Roger #94 | March 27, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

It just my opinion... But Poti cost way too much for what he does. $3.5 million for him? Way too steep. Trade him during the summer.

Green is going to cost us $5 to $6 million a year. Morrisonn will cost us $1.5. If Pothier comes back... you could have a defense like this...

Green/Morrisonn $7,000,000
Pothier/Jurcina $3,380,000
Schultz/Alzner/Lepisto All under $800,000 (Alzner is not signed)

Erskine/Schultz are still under contract through 2009

Posted by: JSchon | March 27, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

keef

Erskine would have to be traded/released outright to not be a cap next season. Emmy would have to be resigned (with no competing offer from another team) for him to be a cap.

Alzner, while a great prospect, is probably a bit further than next season from breaking this lineup. I'd give him a full year in Hershey, the ability to call him up if needed, and a full 80-game slate before we start tossing him around.

Omar:

Nobody stops StLouis. Our defense has NEVER had an answer for him. The only one I trust to be able to skate with him is Greenie, but it's an away game tonight so it's Tort's choice, not BB.

Anonymous Clark Hater:
If he was not a clear team leader, the C would have been given to somebody else by now. The simple fact that the guy has been gone all year, but has not lost the C is proof that there's something we don't see that makes him the best leader on the team.

And I have no idea what you mean by Head Injury.

Posted by: FFS Enough | March 27, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

@ Keef

While I loved the Walker "hit" or attempted hit... i still think he's just average. +/- is and has always been an over-rated stat IMO. he's a number 5/6 defenseman... they're interchangeable all over the NHL.

@ Shaggy
Re: Emmy's heart
how much heart can you have after the emotional beating he's taken this year by BB and management?? i feel for the kid... and hope they let him go and he catches on somewhere. he's not a top 4 guy right now, and may never turn into one, but he's better than he's being treated... think about it, Kiwi is playing in the NHL... Emmy's definitely better than him.

Posted by: Scofield | March 27, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Well, dear Caps fans, tonight is a half slapper night, I am telling ya...

But I need your support.

Honk here if you want me to unleash my patented panzer faust half slap schultze shot.

Last time nobody honked and there was no half slapper.

Your humble defensive servant, the power tower of Caps defence, 'chicks dig me' Papa Panzer Schultz

Posted by: Papa Schultz | March 27, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

@ Sombero Guy

If you ski, Copper Mountain and Breckenridge are both incredible and in good shape for spring skiing. I just got back from a great week of skiing.

Posted by: JIM | March 27, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

@Scofield

You could say he same about a couple others on our D...just trying to figure out why you singled him out. He's still young as are a few of the others.

Posted by: keef | March 27, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

@Scofield

You could say the same about a couple others on our D...just trying to figure out why you singled him out.

He's still young as are a few of the others but he's got a wicked shot from the line, he's a rock when he's got the puck (doesn't budge), and pushes forwards on their ass with seemingly little effort.

Posted by: keef | March 27, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Dave,
You forgot the end...
For thine is the Phone Booth,
the slapshot and the glove-save.
Now and forever, Amen.

Or, if you're Catholic like me,
Deliver us Ted, from Gary Bettman,
And grant us points in our games.
In your mercy keep us out if the sin bin
and protect us from all fluky goals
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Stanley, here in DC.
For thine is the Phone Booth,
and the slapshot and the glove-save.
Now and forever, Amen.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

flash is gmgm's project he just doubled his salary for next year
thus he floats.........and floats......
while else would laing sit in our biggest game of the year
i hope bb doesnt get sick of gmgm's meddling give bb a real contract and COMPLETE control

Posted by: wendel | March 27, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Checklist for tonight's viewing:
1) Beer
2) Pork rinds
3) Beer
4) Voo-doo dolls representing:
Tim Thomas, Ryan Miller, Mark Denis AND Mike Smith (just in case), Thomas Vokoun
5) Beer
6) Clear Plastic beer-proof sheeting to throw over TV when Erskine is whistled 3 consecutive times for squashing Frodo like a bug
I know I'm missing a couple things...

Posted by: Shaggy | March 27, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Man, when things stick, they stick. If everyone starts doing the peoms thing, then the CAPS WILL lose. It happened with me and the negativity.

Leave it to Jschon - not trying to be an arse, but that's just what I have learned.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have a working game link for tonight for those of us doing spring break college touring? LET'S GO CAPS!!!!

Posted by: Jason | March 27, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

@JSchon

I agree that Poti's not living up to his expectations here. He's starting to get his assits rhythm back but I think they just haven't found the right pairing for him. He also could be suffering from a shoulder injury ala Nylander. He was definitely favoring it a couple months ago and maybe it's a nagging injury.

About Green, I don't think he'll crack $5m/yr but time will tell.


@FFS Enough

Don't be surprised if Alzner gets a sweater next season. He showed a lot of grit during the Worlds.

Posted by: keef | March 27, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I know I'm missing a couple things

You missed Zwei Biere, mu dear friend.

Posted by: Papa Schultz | March 27, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

@ 828,
Sorry, I'll stop. I got a little carried away. I'm going crazy waiting for the game to start. I'm gonna go vacuum or something.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I thought jmugrrl's poem took some thought,
apparently others thought not
we all wonder if it's a help or jinx
why can't we all just get along methinx

I'll get back to work and leave you alone,
but I'll be hoping for all wins when they get home.

Posted by: Icebat | March 27, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Der Blitz wird besiegt!

I will UNLEASH the HALF SLAPPER on 'em!

Posted by: Papa Schultz | March 27, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

@wendel

I like BB as much as the next guy or gal, but your posts are starting to remind of the guy over on the "The Trail" blog who posts repeatedly in the comments section with spam about how Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim who wants to destroy the country. Copy, paste, repeat. Copy paste repeat.

We get it man, the guy deserves a new contract.

Posted by: NoCountryForCapsFans | March 27, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

jmu_capsgirl... no sweat! and don't apologize - I am sure you want the caps to win as much as I do - same with everyone else in this blog. Def not cutting on your stuff - just trying to keep things in line. I think that is what AP was saying on the previous blog - at least that is what I understood.

btw - went to JMU as well.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I love when people make comments that have no factual backing. For example:

"flash is gmgm's project he just doubled his salary for next year
thus he floats.........and floats......
while else would laing sit in our biggest game of the year
i hope bb doesnt get sick of gmgm's meddling give bb a real contract and COMPLETE control"

Let's go back to what Tarik had to say on this blog the day Fleischmann was re-signed:

"...the organization -- Coach Bruce Boudreau in particular -- believes that (Fleischmann's) on the verge of a breakthrough based on his play the past month (eight points in 13 games)."

So yes, it sure sounds like it's GMGM's influence on BB as to why he's getting a jersey every game. Oy.

Posted by: Jeff | March 27, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

icebat - nice stuff... no one is hating on the poem. It's the fact that my reverse psychology "seemed" to work with 4 wins in a row and then a lot of others were doing it as well and bam - got crushed by Chicago... don't know why I believe in superstitions... but I do.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

+1 for Jeff

Posted by: keef | March 27, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

(Drops gloves)

Whoa Whoa Whoa,

Chris Clark is our captain, who has been out bc of a GROIN, not a head injury. He was/is the heart of this team. You might not have been watching when we were on the PK, Clarkie got a bunch of his teeth knocked out and he stayed out there to clear the puck. Not sure how you rate leadership but I am pretty sure he wasn't given the "C" bc for games played.

And I am sorry that the Caps have to be able to put up a "decent fight" for you to watch them but the bandwagon has already left the station.


Posted by: Roger #94 | March 27, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

And I will now go back into hibernation for a few more weeks. :-)

Posted by: Jeff | March 27, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

@ 828,

Its cool. I'm a bit superstitious so anything I may do to cause the Caps harm ceases immediately. Like my jersey that I can't even wear.
Go Dukes! But definitely Go Caps!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

1) @ Phil Not sure Eminger is 'afraid' so much as he is used so sparingly that its difficult to stay physicly/mentally sharp. He should be playing regularly. If he's not a top 6 defensemen then why did the Caps sign him to a 1 million dollar deal?
2) He's a RFA after this season. If the Caps want to retain his rights they have to qualify him, giving him a 1 million dollar contract, again. Also who would trade for a 1 million/year player who isn't deemed good enough to break their top 6?
http://newfaux.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Fauxrumors | March 27, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Dyslexic Rabbi got home, he was very tired... He sat down on the chair and said, "Yo"

Posted by: Yo | March 27, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Fauxrumors - Jurcina was not good enough for Boston and we landed him... same could go for Eminger.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Thanks 828 for getting what I meant on the last thread.

Posted by: AP | March 27, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

@ Shaggy

I think Ramo is starting tonight so you might want to make a doll for him too.

Posted by: Roger #94 | March 27, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Dear Caps chicks,

Honk here if you still dig me.

Gentle giant Papa Schultz

Posted by: Papa Schultz | March 27, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

@ 828 - "trying to keep things in line?" Did Tarik appoint you to police the comments on his blog?

Posted by: Jill | March 27, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

AP - no problem... after all the bashing from my reverse psychology - I am not afraid of the "beating" I might have gotten for saying that.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

(I'm "Knucklehead" in the James Madison group in the ESPN NCAA bracket)

Posted by: Icebat | March 27, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

keef

Will I be shocked if Alzner gets a jersey next year? no. If we are unable to resign ShMo, his chances skyrocket. Lepisto will get a jersey before Karl.

Sure, he may have showed a lot of grit at the U20 Junior Worlds, but if he were ready for a jersey I would have expected him to dominate that tournament, and he didn't. The two games I saw, Godfrey looked better than Karl.

Posted by: FFS Enough | March 27, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Jill, Tarik asked me to do that.

Posted by: Jeff | March 27, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Now Jill - why do you have to go and piss me off before I head home? ;) Today was such a good day.

And if you must know - Tarik and I go way back.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

@ALL of the Flash haters

Coach BB is going with Flash because he knows the system, and trusts his play.

Barring an injury (God forbid), he won't bring anyone up from Hershey. There's no need to disrupt flow in the locker room.

For all who think he doesn't belong, let's compare him to Mike Green. Last season, in his first full year (70 games), he had 2 Goals 10 Assists -10 rating. After getting HIS FIRST FULL YEAR OF NHL PLAY under his belt, he has 17 Goals 32 Assists 8 PP Goals and E rating. It takes a FULL year to get acclomated to NHL speed and play.

If he continues this play next year, than I agree. Get rid of him.

Don't count him out just yet.

Posted by: CantMissKid | March 27, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

@Roger
Props to you - Ramo is toast!

I hear Sundin is taking the ice against the hated Broonz - sweet.

Posted by: Shaggy | March 27, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

@ keef

... to be honest, i'm not sure what makes him stand out to me, i just don't care for him and think he's expendable.

I think there's more upside with a lot of our other young D's (Green - good defenseman and above average offensive side, Shultz - great height/stick reach) Mo's a solid Stay-at-home guy, as is poti (who we just signed and has a good point shot too...)

**This part is definitely just my opinion/view on things, trying to explain my point of view** at that point you have 3 guys left (4 if you count Lepisto...who i'd rather see play than any of the guys left) Erskine, Eminger, and Jurcina. Erskine brings the toughness that everyone seems so high on and Eminger brings the speed and puck movement. Jurcina doesn't have either in comparison to the other guy.

He's a more physical guy than Emmy, but not as good a puck mover and not as fast; but he's a better puck mover/faster than Erskine, but not near as much a "tough guy"... so it seems to me that he would be the "extra" guy.

I think the Jurcina/Erskine pairing is just tooooo slow and immobile... puts too much pressure on the forwards. and Eminger/Jurcina loses the "toughness" of Erskine that BB seems so intent on having.

Just my thoughts...

Posted by: Scofield | March 27, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Jill - did Tarik appoint you to the dezicknated "spell checker"?

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

If theres anything I've learned it's not to be afraid of blog discussion board beatings, they hurt a lot less than real beatings. Anyways someone will always have a problem with what you say on here, I'd go on for a rant but I'm still at work so I'll save it.

Posted by: AP | March 27, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Jurcina-Erskine

this D-pairing is just asking for trouble, neither are fast skaters.

Posted by: MadFlava | March 27, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

No honks...

Nobody wants my half slapper or chicks don't dig me anymore?

Watch me squeese St. Louis tonight when he'll try to go thru my 5 hole. He's very sneaky!

Posted by: Papa Schultz | March 27, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Okay, a bit off-topic... It's time to kill the "Pure Goal Scorer" (PGS) phrase forever.

How many times have all read the difference between player "fill-in-the-blank" and Ovechkin is that player "fill-in-the-blank" is all around (i.e. can pass, scrore, and defend), and Ovechkin is a "Pure Goal Scorer." I don't know about you, but every time I hear Ovie called a PGS it's like nails on a chalkboard.

I propose/request that some really good youtuber put together a new video on Ovie that is strictly dedicated to his passing and unique defensive skills. Show his pass from behind the net backwards to Backstrom, show that no-look pass across the zone through three players the first year, show everytime he outraces someone and batts away the puck on their breakway from behind, show him defending the empty net, show him in the same shift giving his stick to a defender, then making a hand save with his glove, then grabbing a stick and level ing the guy with the puck simultaneously.

I know the clips are out there in bits and pieces, but someone put them together so I never have to hear he's a PGS while the other person is "all-around" again.

On that matter, why don't people realize that his hits are defensive plays too! Good lord, how many times has he knocked someone off the puck with the result being a change of position. In a creative line of thought, we could be looking at the true defensive dynamo of the league!

Just a small favor to ask ;)

Go Caps!

(I never thought I'd say that against the Lightning since I lived in Tampa for 15 years, but the Caps are finally converting me after living in D.C. for 8 years).

Posted by: Pete | March 27, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Lecavalier is expected to play, despite his wrist injury.

Posted by: Tarik | March 27, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Tarik comment that Alzner very well could be with the Capitals next year?

If we see Marc Denis tonight, it will be a W for sure.

Hey Papa Schultz, help yourself out ... score tonight and I'm sure your fans will multiply.

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | March 27, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, in my previous post I meant to say "resulting in a change of possession."

Posted by: Pete | March 27, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

@Pete

You can call me PGS any time! I am well known to the hockey world as a pure half slap shooter. In fact, the only article on Washington Post about me was about my half slapper. I am really born to be a pure goal scorer, but BB tell me to stay in the back. Otherwise I could've unleash my half slapper every night even if nobody honks (sob, sob).

Posted by: Papa Schultz | March 27, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

@Scofield
You made some good points on Juice, he definitely does fall between the 4's. I guess I'm just hopeful that there's something there. He seems to be somewhat sporadic.

He was lackluster at the beginning of the season but I've felt he has shown marked improvement. While not the fastest, he's able to keep forwards outta the crease and actually he does handle the puck fairly well (much better with clearing and passing than Schultz is).

Last season he made a huge impression when he came aboard, but looking back, our D wasn't doing as well as this season. :)

Posted by: keef | March 27, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see Laing over Flash on that 3rd line.

Posted by: Hew | March 27, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

FFS Enough

Oh yeaaahhhh....Godfrey. I'd forgotten about him. :D

There's much more talk about Alzner in the press. I'd like to get the young'uns in early because we could end up in a similar situation we're in today if they come in two years from now. They could get seasoned and form a strong core for years to come.

But on the other hand, having two or three vets, two or three with a few years in and then a couple of rooks wouldn't be a bad mixture.

Posted by: keef | March 27, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

@ Caps fan in TN

Thank you for your kind support.

I will unleash it, just watch me. And tomorrow when everyone here will congratulate me, I will say "I told you so", and people will honk and chicks will dig me again.

Posted by: Papa Schultz | March 27, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Silly Panzer, your half-arsed slapshots are like mortar confetti to me. If you can't move, you are toast. This is your final stand -- hit something!

Posted by: T-34-85 | March 27, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Positional weak spots in our roster for next year... What say you?

So we have arguably the best LW spot in the league. Ovie, Semin, Cookie, and Brash. Solid top down.

Our RW seems to be in good shape with Kozlov, Clarke, but is a little suspect with Fehr / Fleishman / Gordo, etc.

When we get Nylander back, our Center looks good with Backstrom, Nylander, Steckle (we could probably use a better 3rd).

D has been a big concern post-lockout. Poti is expensive, but since we are sitting with 4 solid (Green, Mo, Schultz, Jurcina) + Poti + the Erskin/Eminger.

So, as the role of GMGM, What is the biggest piece you see us needing to get in the FA this summer?

Posted by: fricnkoutstandin | March 27, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

@ keef

Believe me, I'd love for him to step up and be a top 4 guy. Having too many above average D-Men is a great problem to have. Truthfully if you look at "overall skill/abilities" he's probably better than both of the E's. But when you're trying to pair guys, it ends up being harder to keep him in than exclude him.

it's just what i've picked up watching... i could be totally wrong :-) haha. it's been known to happen more than it should.

Posted by: Scofield | March 27, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

@Papa Schultz

yawn...

Posted by: keef | March 27, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

@T-34-85

Thank you for your open critism, I appreciate it. Now I'd better go and eat some spaghetti with meatballs, tonight is the night, I will hit St. Louis for sure, others might wait...

Hit first or half slap shoot first? You guys vote here, I'll check between the periods.

I'd better keep going... Panzer rules!

Posted by: Papa Panzer Schultz | March 27, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

jmu_capsgirl,

Good stuff, as a Catholic myself I should have known to carry on. Please don't tell my mum!

828,

Understood chief. No more from me on the prayers front. I know my place!

In other news, Cindy returns tonight. Lets hope she's fit to beat up on Philly in the two games left between those two then her ankle starts playing up again for the playoffs.

4 hours and counting folks.........

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 27, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

fricnkoutstandin - I think you forgot Laich for our Centers for next year, I'd like to see him back next year

Posted by: AP | March 27, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Panzer, how about this, you hit someone WITH your half slapper, and then slide yourself into the (opponents) net.

Posted by: AP | March 27, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, Could you tell the guys who run the website to get rid of the annoying rollover ad at the top of the screen, it gets in the way. Oh and I think this gives me a natural hat trick of posts

Posted by: AP | March 27, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

This is off the subject, but is anybody listening to Sportstalk 980 now? They are breaking down the Redskins opener at the Giants. I've heard B-Mitch talking about whether the Skins can handle the Giants pressure and what would happen if the Skins lose this game. I know this is a Redskins town, but does anyone else find this rediculous?

Posted by: You've got to be kidding me | March 27, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm shocked at some of the opinions on Juice here. I know the horse is on the way to the glue factory...

I am probably setting him up for his worst game of the year, but keep an eye on 23 tonight. Especially playing alongside Erskine. Take a look at who TB prefers to enter the zone against (erskine's side or juice's). Also take note of the FWD combos that Torts puts out against Juice (do this on faceoffs).

The more I watch Juice closely, the more I'm amazed by his positioning. The guy doesn't get taken off of the puck in the corner, and even though he can't skate well, he makes up for it by CLOBBERING guys who enter the zone anywhere near the boards.

Juice plays the body better than ANY other defenseman we have.

Posted by: FFS Enough | March 27, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

@ AP

Laich is a solid 3rd.. Personally, I think we need a gritty veteran 3rd line center where Brooks can take some more time to develop. As you can tell, there is always a need for backup players when injuries occur. I think Laich would make a great reserve. From what i've seen, he's serviceable, but doesn't light it up with his face-offs or vision. He's not intimidating, or a force to be reckoned with. He's good... but if you were the GM... is there better?

Posted by: fricnkoutstandin | March 27, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

@Jeff
what else is bb going to say when his boss signs someone and his contract as coach goes to the end of the year
he might be a future scorer BUT right now he is -8 and floats... he doesnt play the defensive system thats why he has been sat
we need players who will doing anything to win these next 5 games
so check your facts jeff!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wendel | March 27, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

@Jeff
what else is bb going to say when his boss signs someone and his contract as coach goes to the end of the year
he might be a future scorer BUT right now he is -8 and floats... he doesnt play the defensive system thats why he has been sat
we need players who will doing anything to win these next 5 games
so check your facts jeff!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wendel | March 27, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

fricnkoutstandin - I agree, he still needs work, but the only problem I have with pushing him back, is the fact that the roster is getting a little crowded. No he's definately not lighting up the faceoff circles, but I think it was January he was leading the league in faceoff win percentage, so he can do it, but like Fehr, Schultz and some others I think his game could benefit from adding a few pounds this off season. Sorry if my argument isn't well organized, I'm trying to keep the pace here at work and actually have some input here today.

Posted by: AP | March 27, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Mitchell, if the Skins lose then they will be 0-1. Period. Too many hits to the head.


Did anybody hear Marc Savard broke his back and will only miss 2 games? I broke my back and I couldn't walk for months. Seems suspect to me. I think they are throwing curveballs at us.

Posted by: Roger #94 | March 27, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

heeheeheeheeheehee funny.

Posted by: NoCountryForCapsFans | March 27, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

@ Papa Schultz,
The girls will definitely fawn should you hit St. Louis in the offensive zone, knocking him off the puck, then do a "dipsy-do" and unleash it top shelf on Ramo. But that's just my opinion.

I'm still a bit new to the intricacies of stats and the finer points of the game, but I feel like Jurcina isn't all that bad. He generally stays out of the box; granted, he doesn't light it up like Green does(did?), but he's netted a few; makes hits (and avoids them well--looking at you, Walker) and blocks shots (although not quite with the enthusiasm of Laing). I haven't really seen much of Pothier (being a newer fan) since he's been out, but don't see Jurcina not being a Cap for the next couple of years at least. But my knowledge of the game is still limited, so maybe y'all see something I don't.
But I can see what Scofield is saying (I think), in that blueliners need chemistry with their partners a la Mo & Green. I haven't seen anything that puts a Juice pairing near their level.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

@you've got to be kidding me

Andy Pollin and Steve Zyben are both one trick ponies... They couldn't carry a conversation about anything other than football. You'd expect more form them.

B-Mitch is hard to listen to, but he is there for football.

Honestly, listening to them makes me think any one can be a sports radio personality.

Posted by: JSchon | March 27, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Frickin

What I'd like to see us do for next season.

1. Resign Green
2. Resign ShMo
3. Resign Laich
4. Resign Fehr
5. Resign Brads
6. Sign #1 Goalie. Huet is our best option, we just have to be careful not to piss him off.
7. Determine status of Nylander, Clark and Pothier. Replace with FA if any of them can not come back.

8. ...
9. PROFIT!

Posted by: FFS Enough | March 27, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

@Faux rumors,

If you've ever pulled your groin, its a very painful and hard to cure injury. And since the muscle is so critical in skating (and not a whole lot else) it needs to be tip top to skate well. I play, and have had that injury and it took 6 months to feel no pain. (Yes, I'm not a professional athlete, but other muscle strains I've had take weeks, not months to fix.)

Further, haven't they changed the injury description from "Groin" to "Groin tendon". Leaving aside that I have no idea what a groin tendon is, tendon injuries can be very serious and even require surgery.

I agree its all maddening though.

And, when Steckel gets back I would personally move Laich to the second line with Semin, put Cooke on the third and scratch either Flash (too small to be of value on the third line) or assign Fehr (too good a potential scorer to be wasting away on 3 or 4).

Posted by: old time hockey | March 27, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

@ jmu_capsgirl:

Although somewhat amusing, blasphemy will not get us anywhere. Then again, there's always "Jesus saves but Ovechkin puts in the rebound."

Posted by: Old Bob's Little Boy | March 27, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

could care less about Erskine vs Eminger at this point. its a lose/lose situation.

hoping Alzner will replace this dynamic duo next year.

Posted by: ns | March 27, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

@FFS

Again, I hope I'm wrong on Jurcina, but it's just what I see. When setup in the zone, he's a relatively good defenseman. Anytime the other team attacks with speed... he's more of a liability than others because of his lack of speed.

If the caps bring any D-Men up next year and Pothier comes back... Juice is gone or in the pressbox...I think.

Posted by: Scofield | March 27, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"Honestly, listening to them makes me think any one can be a sports radio personality."

Anyone CAN be a sports radio personality. That's why shlubs like those guys still have jobs.

Posted by: NoCountryForCapsFans | March 27, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Addendum to #7 above.

Determine status of Nylander, Clark, Pothier, replace with Fedorov, Cooke, FA if any can't return.

Posted by: FFS Enough | March 27, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Wendel, you are missing the point.

You said that Fleischmann was GMGM's pet project and implied BB didn't want to dress him. I responded that according to Tarik, who knows a lot more about the situation than either of us, BB was the one who was big on him and pushed for the extension.

I'm not even arguing he SHOULD get a jersey...I was simply saying BB, who has coached this team to a 32-17-7 recond, is the one who is picking the lineup.

Maybe you should have just said that Flash is playing badly and thus should be benched (which is definitely a fair opinion) rather than making an uninformed insinuation about how the GM is chosing who plays and who doesn't.

I understand many people don't like GMGM...no problem...I could find plenty of ammunition to argue he's a bad GM. But what I don't get is why there are so many personal, or perhaps unsubstantiated, attacks upon him.

Posted by: Jeff | March 27, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Old Bob's Little Boy,
I think I'm a bit far gone for worrying about that, but I'll say a couple of "Our Fathers" and "Hail Marys" before the game.

3.5 Hours!! Let's go Caps!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Jeff

I also would like everybody to remember. GMGM is the ONLY DC-AREA SPORTS EXECUTIVE who has demonstrated the ability to LEARN FROM HIS MISTAKES. It was Ted/GMGM's decision to blow up this team early 00's and rebuild from the ground.

It was Ted/GMGM's decision to draft the players they drafted, and they deserve ALL of the credit for the EXCITEMENT that surrounds this team for this year and next.

Like Ted said, you have to get really bad to get really good.

My only complaint is with the time he took to fire Hanlon this season.

Posted by: FFS Enough | March 27, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Quite happy to see neither Fehr nor Flash on the second line, I'm no fan of either Erskine or Eminger but I'm glad Erskine is better after getting hurt. I'm a little nervous about this game just because it's one of those "should be wins" that the boys are just known to blow. LET'S GO CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: ratgurl | March 27, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

People need to lay off of Flash for a bit and recognize that this is his first full NHL season. He is a developing talent and I think that in years to come, he will be a valuable player. Not every player picks up the NHL right from the AHL. I don't recall any games where it stuck in my mind that he lost us one. He's had trouble finishing, but he's young.

Posted by: Caps423 | March 27, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

@jeff
dont be so naive
of course gmgm has input until bb gets a real contract right now he has to make politically correct decisions like playing the idiot brash who wears an A that bb did not give him and playing old ollie cause he has history and playing flash that gmgm signed. Tarik gets info from bb and gmgm but do u really think bb is in a position to be 100% honest. Players in the room know but say nothing for obvious reasons since Tarik would print their comments

Posted by: wendel | March 27, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

papa: please direct your secret weapon halfslapper at my ankle to break it and put me out for the rest of the year.

signed, Flash

Posted by: Flash | March 27, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

FFS Enough -- I like GMGM. You can go back and read my comments and I don't think I have EVER said he needed to go and often tried to point out some of his good decisions when people cherry-picked his bad ones. I was just making the point that if one wanted to, you could easy find questionable moves.

But you are right -- compare some of the moves he made earlier in his career in DC to what he's done more recently. He's definitely learned from his mistakes.

In my opinion, he's taken a lot of heat for where this franchise went the last few years...but there aren't too many people willing to admit that MAYBE he has been doing a decent job in the last year or two putting this team together while still having pretty extreme payroll limitations.

Posted by: Jeff | March 27, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Alrighty Ladies and Gentlemen,

Catch you on the flip-side!!!! See ya at Front Page!!!

Lets go Caps!!!!

Posted by: Roger #94 | March 27, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Juice plays the body better than ANY other defenseman we have.

HEAR HEAR!!

Posted by: keef | March 27, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Roger #94

So, so jealous! Say hi to Melissa for me!!

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 27, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Wendel, clearly you are in the know...I guess I'll stop using logic.

I mean, obviously the best way to earn an extention is to NOT do your job and intentionally make bad roster decisions (when making a bad decision = playing lesser players to please your boss) as opposed to trying to winning. I mean, that has been obvious the last 6 games where Kolzig has started exactly 1. I guess, using your 'argument', that BB has cost himself a contract because he hasn't put the season in Kolzig's hands?

And Brash? Let's say for the sake of your argument that he dresses Brash only because GMGM encourages him to do so. If BB didn't trust Brashear, would he really be on the ice with 7 minutes to go in the 3rd period of a 1-0 game? The fact Brash took 6 minutes in penalties doesn't change the fact that BB put him out there because he believed in him.

Posted by: Jeff | March 27, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Wendel,

BB nor GMGM put any letters on any players uniforms. The players vote on the captains and alternates.

Posted by: Leeguru | March 27, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Sorry -- I meant to say Kolzig has started 1 out of the last 5 games...just wanted to set the record straight. :-)

Posted by: Jeff | March 27, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

LETS
GO
CAPS
Beat the Bolts
and go me on my test tonight

Posted by: AP | March 27, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Leeguru

"The players vote on the captains and alternates."

Once again you're a quicker draw...

Wendel

"politically correct decisions like playing the idiot brash who wears an A"

Just curious, but what don't you like about The Donald?

Posted by: Yosh | March 27, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

@JEFF
u stopped using logic with your first post
any start for ollie was an error
gmgm signed brash for 1million next year\dah so what does that mean to bb
he must follow up if he wants the job longterm ditto for flash bb has his hands tied to a certain degree by gmgm
thats the way it is whether u say so or not

Posted by: wendel | March 27, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

@Caps423

I do remember one game where Flash had two clean breakaways and could have potted the puck at the roof of an empty net but missed the shots.

Inexperience? Possibly..easily could have been flustered, etc. But they were both prime scoring chances and would have won us that game.

Posted by: keef | March 27, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

wendel

Not trying to go back on the offensive, but can you atleast click on the preview button to before submitting? I understand you're worked up and trying to get your rebuttles up quickly, but your posts are getting to be about as hard to decipher as hieroglyphics.

Posted by: Yosh | March 27, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

brash is a great guy
have met him several times and is super
Just dont think he deserves to play in as many key games as he does

Posted by: wendel | March 27, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Ignore Mode: On
Target: wendel

Posted by: keef | March 27, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Lets go Bolts!

Posted by: Tampa Fan | March 27, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

@ jmu_capsgirl

I'm glad I didn't confuse everyone... :-) cause I tend to confuse myself a lot! haha. You followed what I was saying correct... the chemistry/abilities of the pair is more important than the skill/ability of a single Dman. While Jurcina may be better than both "overall" the other two as pair seems like a better idea to me.

Either way... I hope to be proved wrong. I just wanna see the best lineup possible out there every night. Win baby win!

PS... Welcome to Caps Fan-dom! It's a beautiful place, where everyone has an anxiety disorder and is balding (due to ripping their own hair out in the final minutes of every game) :-)

Posted by: Scofield | March 27, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

wendel

"Just dont think he deserves to play in as many key games as he does"

That's the question I want answered. I've been to or watched darn near every game this year and The Donald has looked better this year than he has in quite some time. His forechecking has been unbelievable and the opportunities he and his line have been having have been great. I said this yesterday also, but the fourth line is not paid to score goals. Any goal they score is pure gravy. Their primary job is forecheck, hit hard, tire the defense and drop the gloves to make a point. Me thinks that The Donald, Bradley and Steckel (when he was on that line) have done that almost to perfection.

Posted by: Yosh | March 27, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Do we think Pothier will never play again?

If he does .. are we looking at this next year?

Green-Mo
Poti-Alzner
Schultz-Pothier

Jurcina

Add Lepisto, Erskine and a free agent signing to the mix ... let's keep it competitive on the blue line.

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | March 27, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Caps fan in TN

I'm not convinced Alzner will make the team next year. Granted, I hope he does...but at the same time I think he'll be spending atleast the first part of the year in Hershey.

Posted by: Yosh | March 27, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"People need to lay off of Flash for a bit and recognize that this is his first full NHL season. He is a developing talent and I think that in years to come, he will be a valuable player. Not every player picks up the NHL right from the AHL. I don't recall any games where it stuck in my mind that he lost us one. He's had trouble finishing, but he's young."

Is that you Flash??? Shouldn't you be in your pre-game skate right now... learning how to play in the NHL??

Posted by: Scofield | March 27, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Wendel,

Who do you think makes the decision on who plays where? I think the answer to that question will let all of us know what your prosepctive is.

Posted by: Leeguru | March 27, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure what the caps are going to do with some of their guys next year - decisions will need to be made. They have some guys that are reaching a level where it is hard to keep them in Hershey [Lepisto and Bourque (perhaps Giroux gets another look)] are quickly heading in that direction - where there just isnt any more they can learn in Hershey. Kind of like with Green last year, his skills had surpassed the AHL - great for his confidence but it was not challenging him anymore. There is adjustment to the NHL. Flash/Fehr/Steckel the same thing. There comes a point when you just cant hold these guys back anymore. I have not seen much of Alzner (only what I hear) so I cant say if he is ready or not. Will get interesting.....

Posted by: Grape8 | March 27, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

@ Scofield,

Thanks, I used to watch/play hockey as a young kid, but I'm trying to pick it back up on a more adult level now. I read everything I can lay my eyes on, but, especially with blogs, its sometimes hard to distinguish fact from opinion. I'm getting there, though. Now matter what the last five games bring, I'll be rooting for these guys for a long time to come.
Oh, and I've still got all my hair, but my fingernails are gone and I've lost my voice a few times...

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

@Wendel,

I have to agree with Yosh, Brash has played well this year, better post Hanlon imho. He is a demon on the forecheck.

Posted by: Steve R | March 27, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

@ jmu_capsgirl

I only watched hockey as a kid (couldn't afford to play other than in the street) I just started playing about 5 years ago.

Awesome too... glad to have you on board! I'm sure I speak for the board when I say... The more "real" fans, the better!

Me too... i've gnawed my fingernails off many times over too :-) I can't lost my voice though, my band would kill me!! ha!

Posted by: Scofield | March 27, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

@yosh
he is a great enforcer i agree
but he is minus 8 do u really what him on the checking line instaed of someone like laing

Posted by: wendel | March 27, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Clarks's injury is now a groin tendon... that's no bueno. I'm currently dealing with bicep tendonitis in my left shoulder, have been for months now, and it won't go away. So I can't even imagine dealing with a groin tendon issue... I hope he gets better soon and I now really understand why he's been so long in coming back...

On a separate note, if any of you come out to Phoenix, AZ, I could use the company during the games!

Posted by: Stuffedinvader | March 27, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

@leeguru
if u think bb has complete control over gmgm u r the dumbest person in DC
Until he gets that control he of course in going to get input wanted or other wise from gmgm

Posted by: wendel | March 27, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Its free taco night at the FP.

Posted by: JSchon | March 27, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Got my pasta and meatballs. I am ready.

keef, if I score half slapper tonight or catch and squeese St. Louis when he tries thru my 5 hole, can I say "keef, yawn for me" ?

Papa Schultz

Posted by: Papa Schultz | March 27, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

@Scofield,
Oh, shoot, we just played pond hockey whenever it was cold enough (which in my former home (and the home of the princess in Pittsburg) is pretty much most of the year). My brother was the one with all the gear, I had goalie pads made of pillows and other squishy stuff and a baseball mitt. The voice has killed me a couple of times, like that group presentation the day after that BOS/PIT weekend.
Two hours!! Lets go Caps!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

ok, so saying I'm the dumbest person in DC proves what exactly? You need to answer my question.

BB says he makes the lineup decisions ( GMGM will offer input but it is BB's decision). GMGM and the coaching staff make the call up/send down decisions.

Insulting people on this blog while trying to prove a point you do believe in does not help your cause. This may come as a surprise (and I am the dumbest person in not only DC, but the whole Metro area) but people are going to disagree with you.

Posted by: Leeguru | March 27, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

@ Wendel

This isn't the Redskins... GMGM signs the players he thinks fit... BB puts who he wants in the lineup.

I'm positive GMGM would tell you "I don't care who he plays, as long as we win"

Eminger is a perfect example. I don't see GMGM saying "hey, why aren't you playing 2002 our first round draft pick...we've invested a lot of time and money into him"

Brash is playing so others don't take liberties against OV, Semin, and others... He's wearing the A because he's a Vet that can offer some guidance to the kids on the squad and he is respected around the league.

Also... no need to call anyone dumb... it's a blog where people post opinions... and while you're opinion is wrong, it's still yours and you're allowed to have it w/out people talking down to you because of it :-)

Posted by: Scofield | March 27, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I can say I've never skated on an outside pond... so I'm already jealous!

Nice! you looked like a District 5 kid didn't ya? you're not Connie Moreau are you?? :-)

ugh... again w/ the BOS/PIT weekend... I still get nauseas!!

DITTO THAT! CAPS CAPS CAPS

Posted by: Scofield | March 27, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

trying to track down a huge Caps fan - J. Southern...big country...anyone?

Posted by: Hew | March 27, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

the whole emminger deal is a joke
play him or trade him or send him down
why ruin this young man
gmgm promised to recall then put clmmer on waivers to let him go some where else BUT DIDNT
gmgm is a jerk
fortunately the caps rock despite him
thank god for bb

Posted by: wendel | March 27, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Haha, D1 & D2 were on after the game on Tuesday. Definitely looked like a district fiver, although Julie Gaffney from D2 was my idol, not Connie.
The nausea never really got me on that one, just an overwhelming urge to clobber people. Lets go Caps!!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

WENDEL IS PUCKGURU'S RETARDED SON!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

GMGM only learns from his mistakes because he makes so many of them. Its like throwing darts blindfolded and drunk and possibly while hanging upside down.

Posted by: old time hockey | March 27, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love Julie the Cat... we all knew Gunnar was goin glove. :-)

Posted by: Scofield | March 27, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else get the feeling we won't be seeing Clarkie again?

Posted by: MikeZ | March 27, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

@Monsieur Lee

And you once said you miss some type of induhvidual cause they're.. entertaining? No thanks I'll pass :D... don't feed the troll, they'll go away after a while :D

Anyway, I'm home early today - preparing mentally for the game. I don't have any high hopes for BOS losing but it would be great if we keep the winning pace - cause I don't think BOS or PHI will keep up.

But, need to win this one first.

*honk honk honk*


Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Mauree! Getting excited. Under an hour. Gotta listen to XM again. Tonight, those guys from Tampa who get all too excited when the team scores.

Posted by: Leeguru | March 27, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Watching those movies the other day, I had the dumbest grin on my face. I spent half of the movie quoting it alongside the actors, but then I really started paying attention to the hockey part, and realized how truly awful they were. Icing, offsides out the wazoo, putting a forward in a goalie's equipment in the course of a time-out. They were still funny, but I call shenanigans on the hockey parts.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

@Lee

You can't install TVU, what about SopCast? Cause I have a sopcast link for tonight's game:

sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/39461

Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Guys and gals, not to play babysitter, but every time we respond to wendel, we add fuel to his very, very special little fire. Brazen idiocy is best left ignored.

Posted by: NoCountryForCapsFans | March 27, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Heading out to get something to eat - will be back on later... def excited about this game.
Dumb guy, I mean Lee - it would be the Green Turtle in the VC... we can pretend we are going to the game.
I hope the Caps are pumped up for this game... and agree - the Bruins and Philly cannot keep up this pace... .500 will get them no where.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

aww man I was all prepared for a 7:30 start.
3500 mississipies to go...
3499 mississipies to go...

Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I meant I was prepared for the 7:00 start, but it's at 7:30 instead.

Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was 7 also! ooohh noooooo!

Posted by: Leeguru | March 27, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

HELLO FINE FRIENDS AND FELLOW FANS!!!

Been too busy to post today (will be able to once the game starts), but have enjoyed sneaking a read here and there. Gotta run but before I do ...

WENDEL:
Be nice to Leeguru and remember - he is a GURU!!! (Silly rabbit, everyone knows that you don't mess with the guru ...)

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

My woman comes to defend me! Yes!

Posted by: Leeguru | March 27, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Sir Instigator Leeguru:
Don't worry - I've got your back ... ;-)

LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I'll cover Boo!'s back if needed because she represents us lady fans eloquently and with fervor.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

jmu_capsgirl:

eloquently AND with fervor?!?!?

LOVE IT!! ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Ok, just about off and running in Boston. Let the scoreboard watching commence!

Nice to see you back Boo!

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 27, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

@ Boo!
Thanks, I try to put my tuition money to good use by become eloquent myself every once in a while. Mainly I just use college as an excuse to hang out in a town with CSN and televised hockey games, but every once in a while, words I rarely use just slip out.
Fervor on!
22 minutes! Lets go Caps!!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

fehr sucks

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

fehr is good!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Arrrrggghh Boston 1-0 Strum (16:37)

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 27, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Hi!

good game to alls of you and hope to see a great win tonight!! lets go Caps!! lets go Cristobal!!!

Posted by: Melanie | March 27, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Aaahhh ... home sweet home, and just in time for the puck to drop ... life is good! :-)

Hello, Dave! Please tell me that you are not in the UK right now? If so, when do you sleep?!? Geez, you are almost as dedicated as mauree (well, when he stayed up all night in Italy for a game)!!

jmu_capsgirl:
Fervor eloquently on, my friend ... fervor on!!

Leeguru:
Did mauree's online connection work for you this time?

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

My dad used to know Koharski. He still shakes his head every time he hears his name.

Oh, and @FFS Enough, I'm gonna try to keep track of the Juice v Erskine thing. I'll let you know when the game's over.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Hello All!

Been away, just got back.

Lets Go Cap-I-Tals!!!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 27, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

BERNIE!!!!!!!!! We've missed you!! I can't decide what I think of the game so far, and that makes me nervous ... COME ON, BOYS ... TURN UP THE HEAT!!!

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Boo,

Yes I'm unfortunately in the UK. Its midnight here. We are only 4 hours in front until Saturday when are daylight saving kicks in and we go back to 5 hours in front.

Still at least I'm in work at 8am tomorrow - ouch!

I may only last until the end of the second period.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 27, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

@ Dave,
Ouch... You have fun with that!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Dave:

Ouch, indeed. Bravo for hangin' in that long!

So MN, huh? That explains a lot. Were you a Wild, Gophers or North Stars fan?

Oooh - Torts looks mad! Hopefully we'll do something with this PP.

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Looks like we are playing aggressively cautious. We can win as long as WE stay out of the box. Broken record I know but that seems to be our glaring achiles heel.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 27, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Bernie:
I think you jinxed us ... ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Have I ever said how much I love Huet??

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

What a save by Huet....

Good job Laich... shorty!!!

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Boo!,
Thanks!

Huet, pay day! eeks

Yeah Brooooksey!!!!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 27, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

YEAH BABY!!!! LAICH!!

Fed is incredible - please keep him!

Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

YESSSS!!!

Brooksey from Feds SH - the big 2-0 for Liach!

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 27, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

crap

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I llooooovvvvveeeeeeee a shortie!!! :-D HIP HIP HUET!!!!!!

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Uh, I think I jinxed this time ... ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

arg

Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

TOR & BOS 1-1,
BUF & OTT 2-1,
ATl & FLA 0-0,

Well, good for Brooks and darn you Halpern.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or does it seem like something bad always happens when they go to the behind the net camera angle.

Posted by: Luis | March 27, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Damm you Halpern!

@ Boo and jmu - thanks for the concern. I've always been Caps fan. Started following US football at age 9 with my Dad and picked the Redskins because I liked the colours! So when I started watching hockey in 95 the obvious choice was the Caps as I had already been linked to DC for 13 years (you do the Math!). I do have a soft spot for the Twins though.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 27, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Could someone help me??? I need a working game link! Anyone??

Posted by: Jason | March 27, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Caps should press a bit on the accelerator. Tampa is playing ok but obviously they are not a desperate team - we should be a bit desperate.

Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Well, if there's really any reason to like the 'Skins, I guess that's a good one. And I won't even think about doing the math. It makes my brain hurt. :D.

Let's go Caps!! Second period, coming up!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Halfway through the TOR vs BOS game and the Leafs are outshooting Boston 22-14. Guess they aren't calling it in tonight.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 27, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Semi almost had an interference penalty... whew

Got hit? Sucks it up and take it like a man. Just ask Ovie

Posted by: Yo | March 27, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

My goodness, does anyone in here help others? I've been looking for a link to watch the game for the whole first period. Let me cheer on my team!!

Posted by: Jason | March 27, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

My goodness, does anyone in here help others? I've been looking for a link to watch the game for the whole first period. Let me cheer on my team!!

Posted by: Jason | March 27, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Yo | March 27, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

@Jason: You ever use Sopcast?

Posted by: Raber | March 27, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Jason, have no idea what that type of link is. go to nhl.com and listen live... or check comcast.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Well, if there's really any reason to like the 'Skins, I guess that's a good one. And I won't even think about doing the math. It makes my brain hurt. :D.

Let's go Caps!! Second period, coming up!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Yo | March 27, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Jason, did you ever think that nobody here tonight has the answer for you because we're all watching on TV?


take it easy, no one is ignoring you intentionally.

Posted by: Joe B | March 27, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Is that all you do Yo - make fun of Semin?

Good picture though - looks like a real artist made that in Paint.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

live from the old time house:

[huet makes insane save]
Me: Holy [expletive]. Wow wow wow what a save!
Joe B (3 seconds later) wow what a save!

also: nyr-nj game on hdnet on fios (833)

Posted by: old time hockey | March 27, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I am in Colorado and tried to use Sopcast but didn't get it to work. Listening to Kolbe....

Posted by: SOmbrero Guy | March 27, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Need one of our "super" guys to score now.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

@Jason

There's a link above, read the posts.

Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Can I assume I'm not the only one having problems with the page?

Thoughts from this period:
I know the point of face-offs is to get low, but if he gets any lower, we may have to get Gordo a pool cue. I love Huet. Is Backsy getting checking tips from Ovie? And man, can Green hustle.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Sombrero - you got your hat on?

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else having a hard time posting?

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

What's up with the blogs tonight?

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

so hows are boys so far, ar they playing hard or??? cant watch the game only look at the score board.!!!

we got to win this one and boston have to loose tonight even if they are 2-1 lead.

GO CAPS GO!!!

Posted by: melanie | March 27, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

COME ON BOYS!!!!

Just need 10 minutes of Caps Accelerator to the floor to close this one.

Huet's second goal was a softie by the way. It was a sniper shot but from very far.

Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

BOS up 3-1 now...

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Is that all you do Yo - make fun of Semin?

Yep, a bit. When Semi is on top of his game, he is plain incredible. When you see his best wrist shot all you can say is wow.

That's why I think he is worth to be called semi.

And yes, you can call me anti-seminist, but every game I watch I hope that he'd prove me wrong.

Posted by: Yo | March 27, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

If TOR loses - they are done for the year...

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah the blog's acting up :D

Sombrero - what's your problem with sopcast?
Do you have VLC? You need it to play the link I posted.

Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I hear ya yo... Semin can be frustrating, however, I like him because he has the capability to "wow" you. He is exciting - in another way that Ovechkin. So, I feel the need to defend him. He will be alright - just gotta have faith.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

@828
I'm afraid they're done then.

Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

@Mauree, can't find any previous link... would you mind giving it to me? Hopefully I can at least watch the 3rd period. (This blog shut down at a pretty bad time for me...)

Posted by: Jason | March 27, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Semin will have a goal tonight - wait and see!

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

As I said before, I am really concerned that Caps lose to a lesser teams. They play incredible vs. top and suck against the bottom.

So far 2:2 is not good for Caps. They must come up with something in the third. Otherwise 2 points can be missing.

Posted by: Yo | March 27, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

@Jason

You need SopCast and VLC.

Here's the link:

sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/39461

Start sopcast, log in anonymous, put that link in, let it buffer, start VLC.

Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

TOR is on the PP - I would settle for BOS with 1 point tonight. 3-2 Leafs

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Leafs are within 1 - 3-2 BOS... not the other way around. Wait - 4-2 BOS now... yep, they are done.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

So the blog is back up?!? Finally!!!

Dave - you still with us?!?

We should be up by now. And why on earth is Boston winning? We need TOR, ATL and OTT to pick up the pace.

BTW, I was listening to the pre-game radio show on my way home from work. Has anyone else noticed that they open with what sounds like a golf club hitting a golf ball? Is that supposed to be a hockey stick hitting a puck?!?

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Mauree, thanks for your help. LET'S GO BOYS!!! END THIS THING!!!

Posted by: Jason | March 27, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

@Mauree

I have feed running in Sopcast but am just getting a flicker of gray occasional gray lines. I opened VLC and nothing happened

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 27, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Tampa, help a follow Southeastern out.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

How was tht not icing?

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

@Sombrero

Oh yeah I forgot a detail: the input to VLC should be:

File > open network stream > http

http://127.0.0.1:890

Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Boo's not happy ...

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

uh oh need to score - COME ON BOYS! Don't forget we should play much more desperate!

Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

@ 828

what's going on, why it's 3-2 Tampa, how look our boys, or they ok, are they playing well!!

Posted by: melanie | March 27, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

melanie - there isn't much to the Caps right now. They arent playing bad - but they aren't playing like we know they can. No sense of urgency.

How bout a lil more effort from Jurcina... all you have to do is touch that puck on the icing.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

@Mauree

Thanks. Still not working for me but I'll stick with the radio feed for now. Thanks for the effort though

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 27, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Melanie:
They've got 10 minutes to get it together ... they don't all seem to be playing with a killer instinct - hopefully they will soon!!

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

mauree - here is your 10 minutes of true Caps hockey... there is only 9 min left.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Darn Juice, that would have been a good time to prove to people you can skate.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least we got to see Papa Panzerfaust's half slapper once tonight...

Come on boys, let's show a little more hustle!

Posted by: BearsWoooo | March 27, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

@828
I surely hope they can make it. If we lose, it's 4 points behind both BOS and PHI - that's season over basically.

Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

@ Boo!

i think you have it they have to play harder and harder and harder!!! hopefly we ganno say after the game that it's was a good win in the third!! cross my fingers!! let's get it done!! GO CAPS!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: melanie | March 27, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I know... I won't give up until we are mathematically eliminated, but it won't look good if we don't get any points tonight.
Now would be a good time for Flash to score. or Feds... maybe this was the big goal that I was talking about.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Not a matter of giving up - it would just take a miracle.
So it all comes down to these 5 minutes left for the whole season.

COME OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNN!!

Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Remember when they called us the Comeback Kids a few months ago... no is our chance to get that name back. TB has the most 3rd period goals against them in the NHL and we have none. C'mon - the man with the most 3rd period goals... score 62.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

This is killin' me!! UGH!! COME ON CAPS!!!

Semin needs to pull himself out of a hat by putting the cat in the hat ... or something ... :-P

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

@828

No sombrero tonight. I usually only wore it to home games, but I will blame myself if they don't pull it out. I could have checked a second bag...

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 27, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo,,,,

YOU ARE LOVING SEMIN NOW!!!! Called it again - tonight!!!

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 27, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

SEEEEEEEEEEEEMIIIIIIIIINNNN

COOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMEEEEEEEE OOOOOOOONNNNNN

Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Semin!!!!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Boy, I should have said something to Semin earlier ... ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

@Boo

Nice call for Semin!

3-3

Posted by: Joe B | March 27, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

And ATL is up on FLA, and OTT up on BUF!!

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Posted by: wendel | March 27, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Boy, I hope Kozie and Greenie are not hurt ... :-|

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

listening to Kolbe's radio feed. What happened to Koz and Green?????

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 27, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Buf tied it up... 3-3... 1 min to go.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Not sure if I can take another OT, but better than a reg loss

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | March 27, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

@ Boo,
Same here...Although they said Green was probably equipment issues. I didn't see anything, but eh. But Kozy, geez. That had to hurt. I haven't seen him back out either. C'mon Caps!!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Sombrero Guy:
Didn't see what happened to Green - just heard he went off the ice. I think he is back now. Kozie got flattened - had a hard time getting up (kinda slithered across the ice) and looked like he was hurting on the bench.

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

GAHHHHHHHHHHHH

Friggin Senators and Leafs. We can't get any help at ALL.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 27, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Not to sure what happened to Green and Kozlov - Kozlov could barely get off the ice.... didnt see what happened to Green.

Good news for us - FLA is going to be sad when we play them on Saturday.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

@Boo!

Thanks. Was Koz flattened by a hit or a blocked shot? Kolbe just mentioned something about a blocked shot but said Koz was still on the bench

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 27, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

We need 2

Green back on

Posted by: Ct Caps Fan | March 27, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I think Kozy got a puck somewhere painful. It was a bad camera angle, but I think it went high (throat, face, etc). Poti had to push him off to make the line change. Green had equipment issues (maybe a skate like OV).

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Well at least Florida is essentially eliminated now. Maybe they'll be demoralized and phone it in on Saturday

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 27, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Green is back

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

koslov thinks he is Laing?

Posted by: wendel | March 27, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

*faints*

*resurrects* YEEEEEEEEEEAHHHHHHHHHH!!!

*faints*

Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

OT goal by Fleischman!!!

Posted by: Joe B | March 27, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Who would have thought Flash

YESSSS

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | March 27, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

See what happens when you talk smack about players... that was my theory on the Reverse Psychology... seems to work even when you don't try it.

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I take back everything I said about Flash.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Yeahhhhh!!!

Huet!

Flash!

Feds!

Yeahhh!!!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 27, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FLFUFHGFKFH!!!!!!!!

Posted by: SOMBRERO GUY | March 27, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to the Bears' Dean Arsene who was named as the AHL's man of the year. We met him a few times and he was a great guy and took the time to talk to my son and answer all his question.

Good job flash, it's about friggin time you did something!

Posted by: BearsWoooo | March 27, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Flash - I love you, man...

Two guys I wanted to get rid of scored tonight...

Posted by: Yo | March 27, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Ahem...

BYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!

Posted by: BadKarma723 | March 27, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

FLASH!!!

Posted by: Jason | March 27, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: BearsWoooo | March 27, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

About time Flash woke up!

Posted by: alpca3877 | March 27, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Now can we all just leave flash alone...he saved our teams butt and got two points when we need it the most.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Sorry. I got so excited i even had to capitalize my screen name.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 27, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

FLASH !!!!!!!!!

Where is my collecion of bad Queen music when I need it?

Posted by: Pivonka | March 27, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Good game... heart attack, but good game!

Flash Finished... can you call him Flash now instead of Flicker :)

Night all...

Posted by: 828 | March 27, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I can see real team bonding in the last two...

God, if Caps could only get into p***

Posted by: Yo | March 27, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Not our best effort today - it was close to season over. But we needed the two points. One softie by Huet - but he kept us in the game too.

The result I like the most other than our win is the rangers winning with the devils. NJ will play PHI tomorrow, I hope they'll be pissed.

Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Any news on the Sabres game? I know its a SO. But I can't get anything besides that...

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Boy, these games are going to give me heart failure ... and I'm too young for that!! (I don't know how BB has not just keeled over yet - if he jumps much higher he is going to break something.) Man, what a game ... PFEW!! I guess this is one night that I am glad Flash was out there instead of Laing! ;-)

Sombrero Guy:
I just watched the Kozie hit again. It was hard to see, but it was definitely a puck. He went down and could not get up - Poti started pushing him to the bench so that they could get another forward on the ice. I don't know where he was hit (it was a slapshot and the camera was at a distance), but he was hurtin'. I really hope he is OK.

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

@ mauree

I like your theory, but the problem is the Devils seem to look like they forgot how to win lately.

With the way this team can win lately even when they do not play well, it would be a shame if we do not make it in.

Buffalo just won shootout

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | March 27, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Second time in a row that the other goalie has stolen a point from You-Eh. 3 goals on 18 shots is bad right now, especially after the Canes game, and the point we lost to the Canes hurt us, this one did not. Just don't know what all the Yipee-Yipee crap is about You-Eh, at least 2 of the goals tonight were SOFT, specifically the second and third goal, he should have stopped at least one and in reality both. OV should have played better.

Posted by: Bob | March 27, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

@JMU_CAPSGIRL

Sabres Sens is 0-0 after first two shootout rounds

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 27, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

@ Boo

I did see Kozie celebrate on the ice at the end, for what it is worth

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | March 27, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Buffalo won. :-( At least Atlanta lost.

Sombrero Guy:
Forgot to mention - Kozie was not blocking; he was hit standing up.

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

check that. it was 1-0 after two rounds but Spezza scored. 1-1 after three now.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 27, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

As Chekhov (Russian 18th century writer) said about the theater play "If you see the rifle hanging out there on the wall in the first act, it must be used sometime later, in the second act or in the third"

Flash our third act rifle the awesome!

Let's hope it's the start of Flash 'the AHL's Ovechkin' to step up and be the second scoring persistent treat.

Posted by: Yo | March 27, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Sabres win will just make them hungry when they play Boston...I hope

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | March 27, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

@Boo!

Thanks for the recap. Hopefully he recovers. we'll need Koz on Saturday. OK, gonna go try and calm my heartrate

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 27, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

CT Caps Fan:
Yup, I saw that, too. I hope he is OK.

Now what were you saying earlier about hockey chicks?!? I can't remember what it was - I just remember it was something that I wanted to respond to but did not have time ... hmm ... :-)

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Atl won 3-2. :o)

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 27, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

@FFS Enough,

We've got about a 4:1 ratio of 'Ning going to Erskine's side rather than Juice's, with about a 98% success rating at getting past Erskine and about 50% on Jurcina. Granted that wasn't all I was paying attention to during the game, so my numbers aren't perfect by any means. Wish he hadn't slowed up on that icing, but oh well. Its over and done with and we got two points.

Night all! I get to pull a twelve-hour shift tomorrow, so I'll be scoreboard watching all night.
Let's go Caps!!!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

@ Boo!

I was not a part of that conversation except saying that my sister has really started too get into the Caps with the way this team has been playing. I think it is great she is into it. It is refreshing to me to have a conversation with true hockey fans no matter their race, color, sex.

No, I am not running for political office. :)

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | March 27, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

"Cardiac kids" fits this team to a T :)

Posted by: honed | March 27, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

@Raber- Yes, I have sopcast and TVU. Do you have the channels?

@Joe B- I'm from DC and touring colleges up in New York. Wish I would have the option of watching on tv, but unfortunately I don't.

Posted by: Jason | March 27, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

CT Caps Fan:
I know what it was - not something that you started, but responded to. You asked how someone could be in love in Brind'Amour. I wanted to know the same thing!! :-) When I read the initial post (before you responded), I thought, "Eewww!" Sure, he is talented, but ... well ... need I say more?!? :-P

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

As CT Caps Fan said, maybe the Sabres winning is a good thing. I'd rather the Sabres be hungry and beat Boston on Sunday.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 27, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Clearly ot was not Ovie's night tonight, there were at least three situations where he'd normally score. He was pushing himself hard, but it was not his night.

Isn't it wonderful that the team took care, came back scoring winning the game?

Let's go, Caps!

Posted by: Yo | March 27, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

@ Boo!

Oh yes. I remember now. He is not a real looker, is he?

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | March 27, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

@ Sombrero Guy

You got it! While I do not think Buffalo will make the playoffs, I want them to keep thinking they can. I am not worried about a team catching us from behind, but they can sure help us if they have reason to believe.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | March 27, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

CT Caps Fan:
Oh, no - he looks like the guy from the Geico commercials ... (did I "say" that out loud?!? I need to stop doing that ... I am sure that he is a very nice person! And, man, he can skate!!)

honed:
Regarding cardiac kids, I don't think anyone here would argue with that!! ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

@ Boo!

LOL!!!!

Good night all! How long until Saturday night?

Let's go Caps!

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | March 27, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Cardiac kids indeed -- I am a cardiac patient. My physician and her nurse are both Caps fans and we have discussed Caps games in relation to my blood pressure. I always have aspirin in my pocket when I attend games.

Posted by: uncatim | March 27, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Note..2 pts behind Canes.. Everyone is so focused on Philly/Bos that we have forgot about the canes. My gut feeling is the SE title game is Tues!

Posted by: Joe | March 27, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Yay! Board's back!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Joe:

So do you think ATL is going to beat the Canes?

Challenge is, while we are only 2 behind Philly, Boston and Carolina, they all have a game in hand. Regardless, Philly and Boston have tougher schedules than Carolina. So unless the Canes choke (they only play ATL, FLA, Tampa and us), they will be harder to catch than Boston or Philly.

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

FLASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comes thru in the Clutch!!

Posted by: CantMissKid | March 27, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

jmu_capsgirl:

I would say that the Caps played eloquently and with fervor, wouldn't you?!? ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so not going to bed quite yet.
Boo, if you think about it though, compared to a guys like Glen Wesley, Brind'amour's a real looker...

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

@ Boo,
Yeah, I think you could say that. There were some less than eloquent moments, but hey, everybody has them--me more than others. And Flash certainly showed some fervor and eloquence in that diving goal in overtime. Hey, and they celebrate goals and wins with fervor. Okay, I need to stop.

Night!!

Lets go Caps!!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 27, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to have to root for another team.....

My heart can't take this any more...

Posted by: Greg S. | March 27, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is...about time Flash figured out how to hit an empty net! On to Florida!

Posted by: katzistan | March 27, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

@ Bob

the Yipee-Yipee crap is about You-Eh:

he makes stops that kolzig could never make at this point - we will ride him into the playoffs...

Posted by: 7734yeah | March 27, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

some love to my Capitals Comrades from the seamhead sector. this is a post of mine about how great it is to "share" the experience of Caps hockey in the blogosphere....

While I agree with the "disagree without being disagreeable" philosophy, blogs, by nature, are designed as places where fans can question, suggest, reprimand, rebuke criticize, praise and vent. I think the best blog on this site is Tarik El-Bashir's Capitals blog. Sometimes, read the real-time emotions of Caps fans as they watch the games. Last week against Atlanta fans were morose, upset, aggravated, angsted, depressed and suicidal until the Caps won. Then, the posts were like one big primal scream! Blogs are meant to let fans express their true feelings and emotions. It can't - and shouldn't - always be civil discourse. I apologize in advance to anyone whose feelings I have bruised.

Posted by: natsscribe | March 27, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Greg:
I know - isn't it crazy?!? As nerve-killing as it is, ya gotta love it!! :-) They sure know how to keep it exciting!!

jmu_capsgirl:
I have to disagree - Rod is in a class all his own ...

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I have to argue that Mike Ricci is the ugliest hockey player of the last generation. Or seven.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 27, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

@Greg S
lol

Q: how to keep motivated the guys against a team out of the playoffs? Sat is again a must win in FLA. Hope they'll play a bit more desperate than today.

Let's all root for ATL tomorrow :D


Posted by: mauree | March 27, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

I've heard that the EMT's are using Cap's games to determine whether accident victims have pulses... Just show them a game and if they get agitated, they'll be ok.

Better than nitro tablets! Not that i'm on them or anything.

They really didn't deserve the win tonight. the passing was pathetic - AGAIN! How many cross-ice D-ZONE passes got picked off tonight? Lazy neutral zone play. Lazy O-Zone plays, too. They were sleep-walking out there. Trying to force passes through lanes that weren't there. They looked like they were "way superior" to the hapless TBL. They couldn't possibly beat us, we're too good for them.

I'm afraid for the next game. They could easily lose that one in a laugher.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 27, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Sombrero Guy:
Oh, we are talking EVER?!? Hmm ... you may be right, but I'd have to noodle on that. Regardless, I bet that you have never seen this picture of Ricci:

http://meltyourfaceoff.net/2007/08/14/mike-ricci-was-grossly-misquoted/

Posted by: Boo! | March 27, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Greg:
Come on now ... they've made it this far - they can do it!! Do you BELIEVE?!?!?!?!?

Posted by: Boo! | March 28, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Boo, and everyone...I almost counted the Caps out after that crushing weekend against Boston and Pitt...but I believe. This team can do it.

"Heart, miles and miles of heart"

Posted by: BadKarma723 | March 28, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

@Boo!

At least they got his good side in that photo

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | March 28, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

meanie meanie Boo!

@Greg
It wasn't that bad. The Caps are better than Tampa, they just didn't play with the same intensity they should have played, given the stakes. I thought Ovie didn't play well at all, he turned the puck recklessly a couple of times, and made some weird passes - or shot when could have passed. And he didn't hit as usual - not his best game. Huet second goal looked like a softie and came at a wrong time.

But this team has won 7 of the last 8, and has the potential to win the remaining 4. I really hope they win in FLA, cause then tuesday it's going to be WWIII. Need to get some prescription for that lol.


Posted by: mauree | March 28, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Jason & anyone else who can't watch Caps games on TV:

http://www.myp2p.eu/competition.php?competitionid=&part=sports&discipline=icehockey

Posted by: rurikbird | March 28, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Just watched highlights of ATL/FLA....first goal for Panthers scored by " Nate the Great"(according to FLA announcers).When trailing 2-1 with less than 2 minutes left,guess who missed an ABSOLUTELY open net???(they just said Nathan Horton missed).When Holik scored into an open net,the comment was "the season is over"......YES

Posted by: roccky | March 28, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Great result. Teams that still pick up two points when they don't play great are the teams that usually go places.

Boo, jmu - I called it a day at the end of the second. Sorry I didn't say goodnight but it was right as the board fell down last night.

It's nice to have a surprise like Flash scoring the winner to wake up to. I would have loved to stay up longer but I only got 5 hours sleep as it was. Coffee is my best friend this morning.

It's great that, with all the talk of secondary scoring being required, the top line was held without a point and we still won scoring 4 along the way. However, I would prefer if OV made last night his last pointless night of the season. As a side note, Malkin only picked up 1 goal last night so only closed the gap on OV by 1.

Reasons to be cheerful (apart from the obvious 2 points from last night)

a) Florida are now toast.
b) Atlanta obviously are playing for pride and may still pull a surprise on the Canes.
c) Buffalo winning keeps them in it and they have to play the Bruins twice.
d) NJ losing last night means they are desperate for a win to try to catch the Pens and they are at home to Philly tonight - Lets go Devils!
e) Of our remaining games, 75% are at home.
f) Of Boston's and Philly's remaining games, both have 60% away.
g) I'm finishing early today - I deserve it!

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 28, 2008 4:31 AM | Report abuse

Feeling better, amazing what coffee can do!

JSchon, Roger,

Any reports from The Front Page last night? What was the atmosphere like, how many showed up? Did the place erupt when Flash scored?

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 28, 2008 5:25 AM | Report abuse

Dave,

FP was a bust. They over booked and had some Penn State rally in the back room with no apologies. We thankfully had a decent group together and the fine folks of Bailey's across the street were able to accommodate us. Among us were supercapfan and hornguy as well as many cheering fans, when the CAPS scored I'm sure you could hear us throughout the entire place (and it's big) especially with the horn! I guess the plan is Green Turtle next to V.C. for Saturday's game to avoid this type of mess again, I understand that some people had went there last night. I would be interested on how the turn out was.

Posted by: Super | March 28, 2008 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, Super... that is the plan for Sat night. I have no idea how many people would come or even how many people Green Turtle can hold - but I figure that is a good place to go because it's in the VC. They should be expecting Caps fans to come out.
I will be there at 6-6:30 or some where close to that.

So, I am rooting for ATL, NJ, and BUF tonight. BUF - only to make them hungry against BOS in the upcoming games.

I really hope Florida doesn't want to play any more. They have had a good last 10 games or so... maybe now, they are starting to slide. Maybe we messed with Carolina's head a bit and now they will slide.

Posted by: 828 | March 28, 2008 6:36 AM | Report abuse

RE: rurikbird

Ok, so really in response to him, but if you're going to use that site (which I have been for quite some time now) understand that they might not have the game covered on a given night. The Caps - Panthers game could well get dropped for a more major market game, since its fans who put up the stuff.

Just a heads up, since they've been getting really testy recently with tons of people on the forum whining about "service" as if they were some kind of cable company.

Posted by: Raber | March 28, 2008 6:37 AM | Report abuse

LETS GO DEVILS!!!
LETS GO THRASH-HOLES!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 28, 2008 6:43 AM | Report abuse

Remaining Games for BOS and PHI:

BOS:
OTT
BUF
NJ
OTT
BUF

PHI:
NJ
NYI
PIT
NJ
PIT

Each team - maybe 2-2-1... that would give them each 93 points.

That would mean the Caps would need to go 3-1-1 in the remaining games.

I really think 2-2-1 is being generous... 2-3 would be much better. All the Caps need to do is tie each team with points - as we have more wins (tiebreaker) than BOS & PHI... Carolina - we do not have any tie breaker wins over them.

I still think the Caps can afford to lose 1 more, but I would rather see them win out - just to be sure.

Posted by: 828 | March 28, 2008 6:43 AM | Report abuse

Totally agree 828 but think you meant 3-0-1 (4 games left) not 3-1-1.

An OT/SO loss tomorrow in Sunrise wouldn't be the worst result PROVIDING we get help elsewhere.

Glad a few of you are finally up. I was getting lonely here! Sorry that The Front Page let you down.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 28, 2008 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Dave - yep, that's what I meant. I could also see one of the teams going 1-2-2... something along those lines.

Either way, I think 3 wins is a must, but we already knew that. It would be nice if Carolina won just 1 game... (and not when they play us).

Posted by: 828 | March 28, 2008 7:10 AM | Report abuse

828,

Carolina folding and only winning one (away from the Phone Booth) would be amazing but I fear too much to ask for.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 28, 2008 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Forgot to mention - BOS has 2 sets of back to back games while Philly has one set.

Caps have none. Can this get any closer?

Posted by: 828 | March 28, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm going cross-eyed just trying to figure this stuff out.

We will know more on Sunday as both BOS and PHI will be caught up in games.

Is it too much to ask for both to lose both their games this weekend?

I gotta get work done - so impatient!

Posted by: 828 | March 28, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Hmm...lots to say...

@JMU

no shame in quoting the ducks as you watch the movies... they're awesome flicks! Although, you're right... in a hockey sense, the goalie isn't allowed to skate into the offensive zone anyway...correct?

@ Sombrero

Mike Ricci is pretty rough, although I wanna throw in a vote for Bobby Holik.

I forget who was questioning Huet's play last night, but the first goal was a combo of Mo not taking Halpern out in front of the net and Huet slid a bit out of position after the initial save. (although I'd have to say this one was washed out with that diving save he made earlier in the 1st) The 2nd goal he didn't see until it was already past him (there was like a 5 person screen). 3rd goal was probably his fault, but that's the nature of playing his style... he goes down insanely early and Oullet picked the corner there.

I find it uncanny how on all the close plays, the camera angle never has a "definitive look". I still think Jurcina got there, but had he just kept skating and not tried to play the body, he'd have been there easy.

I will say that i thought both Erskine and Jurcina's speed deficiency was on display last night. They were only a step slow, but with these guys in the NHL, that step seems like an eternity!!

Posted by: Scofield | March 28, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Okay, I will consider using his name vs. just #43 now. Seriously, the kid picked a good time to finish!

Brooks Laich and Mike Green did well too. And is it just me or is Matt Bradley playing his best hockey ever?

I hope that Koz is okay today. I was a little comforted that he went out to celebrate with the team after the win. If he was hurt really bad, think he would have stayed on the bench. Of course with this team, he might have been carried over there.

Loved Ovie's celebration of Semin's goal. Man that kid gives good hugs! Would have loved to see Semin's face as Ovie came flying at him.

Can't wait until Saturday. My daughter's birthday party is that night, but think we will still get to watch the game in between Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana music.

Posted by: Kim | March 28, 2008 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Glad I read up to jmu_capsgirl's post. Thanks for the research. I did see some replays of that icing and I must say, I am very disappointed in Juice last night. While he played well defensively (even on the night), not getting to that puck first ended up being detrimental to the team.

I will say though, and I'll have to look back on my DVR, he cleared the screen as that shot was coming in. Not sure if that interfered with Huet's sight cause the shot did not appear to be that difficult. Not sure what the back-checkers were doing at the time, but they clearly were not "touching somebody."

Flash's goal last night should shut us up for a little bit. The guy had a couple situations where I was generally pleased with his play last night. Specifically the play where Kozy got nailed. Flash took the puck into the other end and held it there so we could get guys off the ice. He actually battled for it. I was happy to see that. And of course, he finally hit the broad side of the barn in what could be his most important goal as an NHLer.

My last comment for a bit:
Bradley is clearly playing for a new contract. I really hope the caps resign him.

Posted by: FFS Enough | March 28, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Ok I lied... one more comment.

I had NEVER seen a face-off win like what Feds pulled out of his hat on Semin's goal. That was DAMN impressive. JoeB and Locker were talking about how that is something that one of our asst. coaches teaches guys... so I'm not sure if Feds learned that here or brought it with him, but 91 is a MONSTER on the dots.

Posted by: FFS Enough | March 28, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

mauree:
Why am I a meanie?!? Did you forget that I'm a lover not a fighter?!? BTW, Dave packed it in early last night, so you still have the crown!! ;-)

Oh hi, Dave! ;-) You missed the best part! Crazy (heart stopping) game ... given their play as of late, I got a defibrillator for tomorrow's game. So I'm ready - bring it on!!

Sombrero Guy:
Ouch! I hate to say it, but I actually saw a real picture that was worse! :-|

Scofield:
Your vote for Holik has been tallied. Any other nominations for ugliest hockey player out there?!?

Huet's stop on Vinny was one of the top 5 NHL plays last night (watching NHL on the Fly). They also just said that they think the Caps will make it!! :-D

Posted by: Anonymous | March 28, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Oops! That last post (8:22) was me.

Posted by: Boo! | March 28, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, one semi-empty net goal for #43 and we're going to give him his name back?

#43 must show more. Much more. He did very little last night ... thankfully, he was in the right place, right time in OT -- but also credit Green for making the rush to the net and Laich for corralling the puck and making a good pass.

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | March 28, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

It's going to be tough to root FOR the Sabres on Sunday, but I'll do it.

I smile now ... when I was wearing my Ovechkin shirt at HSBC Arena early in the season for the 7-3 debacle, I got to hear from the Buffalo fans how the Capitals had no heart, how they didn't belong to be in the league, how Ovechkin sucked ...

I'll laugh if the Capitals make the playoffs ... and the Sabres are home playing golf. :D

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | March 28, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Caps fan in TN:
I agree - but I'll give him props for 24 hours (since he saved the day) ... ;-)

Not to be an instigator, but Huet was under .900 last night - is that really the definition of a hot hand?!?

Posted by: Boo! | March 28, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Caps fan in TN

See my comment above. While I didn't watch much of the game, that was one shift that really stood out to me, when he actually worked his ass off to give Poti a chance to sweep Kozy off the ice.

I am never one to start calling guys on the team I root for by anything other than their name or number, so I can't comment on "giving his name back.." but hopefully this turns his confidence around. He has had a hard time this year hitting wide open nets.

Boo, I'll 2nd Scofields nomination of Holik. I was at Hanlon's last game at ice level and kept yelling Sloth quotes from the Goonies! at him.

Posted by: FFS Enough | March 28, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

I did not say I would give him his nickname back, just would stop calling him #43. (You know like how Parcells would refer to TO as that player). I know, I know, I will stop with the football references.

I submit a vote for Jokinen (sp) from the Panters. That guy is, well, facially challenged.

Posted by: Kim | March 28, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

@ Caps fan in TN

I say we keep calling him #43... maybe it finally kicked in and this slight on him will boost his play? (sorta feeding off that reverse psychology idea)

@ Boo

I call a hot hand a goalie that keeps winning. This goes back to that conversation about how the team seems to play better when Huet is in net. There's probably no reason for it, but we're winning, so "if it ain't broke..." That's kinda how I look at it. If we lose that game, we may re-think that theory, but Huet's won his last 5 (3 straight).

Posted by: Scofield | March 28, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Boo,

So I stay up until 1am, have 5 hours sleep and still that's not enough! Some people! :)

If we make the playoffs I'll be staying up to the end. God help me if there are any triple overtimes!

Can I vote Crosby as the ugliest?

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 28, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Dave:
LOL!!! :-D I was just givin' ya grief. But mauree did hang in there for an entire game when he was in Italy (and he had more of a time difference), so he is still king! I must confess, you've both done more than I have - when I've been in Europe, I've just checked the scores and write ups (not watched). So no crown for me ... not even a tiara.

RE: Crosby (LOL!), poor Crosby! He can't get a break from Caps fans! But you can vote for anyone you want ... I am guessing that you won't be alone, despite the fact that he is supposed to be the new poster boy of hockey (not that I agree with that ...).

Posted by: Boo! | March 28, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Apologies for the Leafs abysmal defence last night; really hope you guys make the playoffs. If there's a such thing as hockey karma, Washington deserves it.

Posted by: Patrick | March 28, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

HUGE WEEKEND

Posted by: Jake | March 28, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Patrick,

Thanks for the apology. I really thought you would at least hold them to a single point last night. But as you are from the city that gave us Abdominal I'll let you off.

Boo,

I knew you were joking. I wasn't watching last night, only listening. Live NHL games are rarer than rocking horse crap over here. There is a subscription channel that shows them that I will be upgrading to once the postseason starts.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 28, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Dave:
You could watch on the Internet for free - have you ever tried one of mauree's online links?

Posted by: Boo! | March 28, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

@Boo!
I meant meanie cause of that pic of Ricci. I'm no judge in male beauty, but I'll vote for Crosby as the ugliest :D

Looking at the standings... it's ugly. Virtually 4 points away from any spot. We're gonna have to hope that BOS, PHI or CAR can't keep up this pace. I think Philly the most vulnerable. BOS has back-to-back games with the Sens and the Sabres... hmmm

Here's to the Caps winning tomorrow! Need to play better than yesterday :D

Posted by: mauree | March 28, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I was wondering if anyone had calculated where the standing would be if the old system of one point for ties were still in place and no OT/shoot outs. If not go to work stats geeks...lol

Posted by: Rich C | March 28, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Some good news in our chase for 8th place. We should have the tiebreaker over either Philly or Boston. The first tiebreaker is wins, and we have the same number of wins as both of them already. If we are going to end up catching and tying them, we will most likely end up with at least one more win.

Carolina on the other hand has two more wins than us, so we would most likely have to beat them outright in points to win the division, which will be difficult.

Posted by: JPC | March 28, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

http://japersrink.blogspot.com/2008/03/friday-open-thread.html
Tampa Bay unveils the bunny trap, Caps still eke out a 4-3 OT win.

Go, Rabbit, go!

Posted by: Yo | March 28, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

...and nobody makes a comment.

laughing at you, not with you!!!

you must be a Sabres fan that turned Caps when we passed you in the standings. 2nd week on the blogs? Yep, that's about right.

Speaking of - where is Finn?

Posted by: 828 | March 28, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

@828,

Olie hasnt played, so Finn has nothing to whine about.

Posted by: Leigh | March 28, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Boo,

Doh! Don't know why I didn't pick up on the fact I could watch it via the net. I'll look out for a link tomorrow night. I'll no doubt be up late tomorrow plus our clocks go forward an hour at weekend so there's another hour of sleep gone! At least I finish work in just over an hour!

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 28, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Rich C

Need to define your request a bit more. In the past, OT games could be won/lost in OT, but could end in tie.

Win:2
Loss:0
Non Shootout OTL: 0
Non Shootout OTW: 2
Shootout (regardless of outcome): 1

Is that the stat you want?

Posted by: FFS Enough | March 28, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Dave:
Don't rub it in - my day has only just begun.

Posted by: Boo! | March 28, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

@Dave UK Caps Fan - Its's 10:43 am here (east coast time) and you are alomost off of work. *Sigh* (jealous as my day has not long begun).
Guess its a good thing you dont follow a west coast team. lol - that would be hell.
Also curious if you follow any of the Elite Hockey league? Hockey has certainly come along way over there. I like the Belfast Giants.

Posted by: Grape8 | March 28, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

The Front Page led us astray, ran us a muck and bamboozled us last night. Fortunately plan B materialized for us.

It was another anxiety filled game.

Buckets of beer.

Posted by: JSchon | March 28, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Scofield

"I call a hot hand a goalie that keeps winning."

Not to stir the pot even further, because I really do believe that Huet gives the team a better chance of winnign right now...buuuut weren't people calling for Olie's head when he was winning and didn't have a great save %?

Posted by: Yosh | March 28, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Boo:
Sorry! I'm seriously flagging here. 25 mins to go.....

Grape8:
I support Manchester Phoenix but my first hockey love was Manchester Storm. Unfortunately they folded in 03 and the Phoenix rose from their ashes. Mentioned eariler that ex Cap Jim Hrivnak play a season for the Storm. I have one of his game used sticks at home.

JSchon,
Glad you found a welcoming bar to watch the game and quench your anxiety-fuelled thirst!

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 28, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Yosh:
That was my point ... this board has a wee bit of a double standard, eh?

Posted by: Boo! | March 28, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I guess what I am seeking is what would happen if there we no 3 point games. RIght now we all hate them, but the caps have benefited from them as well.

Posted by: Rich C | March 28, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Ollie hasn't been hot all year. He's been serviceable during stretches where the offense has covered him. His best play has been of late when he's been given competition for #1 and had plenty of rest.

For all the Olie lovers, i'm glad you feel that way. He's been a terrific Cap. A great team player. A wonderful ambassador for the sport. And a staple to this team.

However, he's not the best player at his position on the team currently. Huet is the hot hand. Huet is winning games. Huet is the goalie that should be in net (especially against the Canes at home). Godzilla got his 300 at home. It was a great run.

Posted by: fricnkoutstandin | March 28, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

@Rich C

I may be missing something but isn't that as easy as taking away a point for every OT loss?

So we have 8pts from losses, subtracting those would give us 78pts, Carolina 82pts, Boston 78, and Philly 78.

Posted by: keef | March 28, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Boo!

The double standard frustrates the hell outta me because there's no way to debate with most of them...infuriating.

Ignoring the goalie debate for now though...I really thought ol' 43 looked strong last night. Thinking ahead to next year, I think my expectations for him are higher than anyone else...with the exception of maybe Alzner, and that's more of a prayer.

Of course maybe I'm biased since he's a ginger like me :).

Posted by: Yosh | March 28, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Rich C

Well, that wasn't as hard as I thought. After each night, NHL releases updated overtime-shootout stats for all teams in the league...so finding # of shootout games was pretty easy.

http://www.nhl.com/stats/shootout_report.pdf

Here's what I did (please tell me if I did it wrong):
1. Games entering shootout are new value for 1-point ties. Current OTL column is removed.
2. Game resolution in non-shootout overtime is ignored and kept the same. (removal of OTL removes 3rd point).
3. Shootout WINS are subtracted from team's win total.

EAST:
1. MON:87
2. PIT:87
3. OTT:86
4. CAR:83
4. NJD:83
6. PHI:81
7. NYR:79
8. BOS:78
8. BUF:78
8. WAS:78
11. FLA:73
12. TOR:70
13. NYI:66
14. ATL:61
15. TBL:59

WEST
1. DET:102
2. SJS:92
3. ANA:89
4. MIN:86
5. CAL:84
6. DAL:81
7. COL:80
8. VAN:79
9. NSH:78
10. PHO:74
11. CHI:72
12. CBJ:68
13. EDM:66
14. STL:62
15. LAK:60

As we can see, while the seeds move a bit, there is not much that changes with who is in the top 8 slots. CAPS as of right now lose the tie-breaker to both BOS and BUF (games played). The race for 8 and 7 are much closer though.

Posted by: FFS Enough | March 28, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Is it possible for you to write about Feds, his plans for the future and how he feels in Washington.

He was pretty damn good yesterday. Would be nice to sign him if he'd agree for less.

Posted by: Yo | March 28, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

As far as Olie vs. Huet, it would be nice to get Olie back in there - he's certainly played well lately. Problem is the Caps need every point they can get, and Olie is unreliable in the shootout. That's the tiebreaker, and you gotta go with Huet, who's been strong in it. Tough, unfortunately, but it's down to inches now and this matters.

Posted by: katzistan | March 28, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

@Yosh

Huet sv % with the Capitals is .922

Olie sv% in Dec was horrid but we were winning, but, and its a big but, there were a couple of games that he lost all by himself.

Posted by: JSchon | March 28, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Keef,

I thought originally but you are missing something. The win column of the standings doesn't differentiate between SO wins and Regulation or OT wins. You would need to know how many games each team won in a SO, thereby gaining an extra point they wouldn't have claimed without a SO.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | March 28, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

JSchon

HAH! Well atleast you made me smile today. You, of all people, should know that I'm aware of Huet's stats since joining the team as I think you were the one that was ragging on me for comparing Olie's numbers with Huet's during since 26 February :). The fact remains that BOTH goalies have put up phenominal numbers since his arrival. Yes yes, Olie had the one bad game, but other than that....

Posted by: Yosh | March 28, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Flyers Suck!!!

Go Devils!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 28, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

keef

While the numbers may work out, it is not as easy as just subtracting OTL cause OTL includes losses in the 4-on-4 session. For it to closely match the way it was before, you have to hand out W and L from the 4-on-4 normally.

Just removing OTL doesn't show the whole picture. You do get rid of that silly extra point that exists for both 4 on 4 and shootouts, but you don't remove the W's generated from Shootouts. Those also have to be considered part of the tie.

So, you subtract Shootout Wins from Win total, then add in total number of games that go into shootout and that's your new tie column.

I love excel.

Posted by: FFS Enough | March 28, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Boudreau yesterday said about Huet:

"He lost two games, but on one we had Backstrom to score on him, and on the other there were two 5 on 3"

He was very polically correct saying he had goalie #1 and goalie #1a, he'd go with the hot goalie for now.

Posted by: Yo | March 28, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

@Dave UK

Argh, you're right. Forget that. :)

Posted by: keef | March 28, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Goalies...

Lets discuss soft goals for a minute.
Every goalie lets them in.

Its no different from a forward missing an open net or five hole, it happens.

Screened goals are not soft goals unless you arent in position. Huet was in position on the 2nd goal but was screened by 4 or 5 people.

3rd goal was a bit soft, he was out of position.

Ride Huet out... He is much better on the SO.

Posted by: JSchon | March 28, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

@828

Oy :-)

Posted by: Yo | March 28, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

@Dave UK ...

Didn't the Manchester Storm have Terry Christiansen as the coach the year before they folded? I think he drove them into the ground, had a losing season, and was fired, then sued. Nasty stuff.

When he was coach of the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks, he was pretty good with the team, but they let him go. He couldn't produce the cup, and royally ticked off a lot of people. I assisted him and his wife (a real looker, there!) in their hockey camps. He was a horses kiester even with the kids.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 28, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for trying. It is not that easy to figure out. With who won when, it would be great to figure out if caps are closer or futhur out,

Posted by: Rich C | March 28, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Just saying whats up, staying away from the hockey talk today bc Coach BB told me to take a break before tomorrows big game (like they all arent big).

Great time last night with the buckets o' beer. I think we had like 10 to 15 of em. Can anyone do the math on that?

Got to meet a couple fellow bloggers, Super and Jschoon, very cool kids, and the crowd was great. Also got to meet horn guy and cap guy aka harry potter on a personal level. Got bambozzled by a good looking woman Caps fan, won't go too far into it.

On the same note, went back to Front Page and the manager was very apologetic about what they did last night so hopefully, they will cover away playoff games and really hook us up.

Again, had a great time and look forward to Saturday night. I think we came up with the Green Turtle for Saturday but I will look for further confirmation.

Posted by: Roger #94 | March 28, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

"Got bambozzled by a good looking woman Caps fan, won't go too far into it."

lol. God I love the internet. Everybody is a hero.

Posted by: NoCountryForCapsFans | March 28, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

1. Erskine is too slow for the NHL and is a liability, particularly for picking up bad penalties to compensate. Either Emmy or Lepisto is better.

2. I like Joe B. and Locker on CSN. However, both need to give a stronger opinion every now and then. When they briefly brought up the Jonathan/Patrick Roy travesty on last night's broadcast, they made it sound like it was nothing. I understand Joe B. is building his national reputation on Versus and NBC and I wish him the best, but he's got to get off the NHL company line every now and then.

Posted by: Two Thoughts | March 28, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

fricnkoutstandin:
You say that Huet is the better keeper - I am not debating that, my point is that when Olie was the better keeper (i.e. Huet was not here), he still took heat for such performances. That's the double-standard.

Posted by: Boo! | March 28, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

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