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Jose Theodore named playoff starter


(AP)


Jose Theodore has been named the Caps' starter by Coach Bruce Boudreau, who added that his No. 1 netminder will have a longer leash than he had last spring when he was replaced after one game.

"I told Jose last week, and he knew he was gonna be the starter, and he's earned it," Boudreau said. "It's quite a different situation than it was from this year to last year. He's been our guy, and his last loss was early January. Obviously he could lose again, but what people don't realize [about] last year is 10 previous games before going into the playoffs weren't anywhere near what his 10 previous games [have been this year]. There is no short leash. He's the guy we're gonna go with, and see how it goes."

Here's a video of Boudreau's comments:

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 13, 2010; 12:21 PM ET
 
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NO BACKS?!?!!? AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.

Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?

Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.

Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!

Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...

Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!

Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 13, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Repost from previous thread:

Feeling much better since going to ESPN and reading what Burnside had to say....Apparently Tarik did not tweet the whole quote from BB....."Backstrom is questionable but probable for game one".....sounds like a simple ouchy to me and he will be ready to go.

Posted by: PhilR | April 13, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

JT for starter...what a shocker! you really had me holding my breath on that one BB!

Posted by: capscoach | April 13, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

It's about time from Boudreau. Theo all the way.

Posted by: frank56 | April 13, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

The level of panic and uncertainty about this team is hysterical. I cannot wait for the puck to drop. Surely that will put an end to all this wild conjecture.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 13, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or is anyone else uneasy about the whole goaltender situation going into the playoffs? Someone needs to get hot the way Olie used to at playoff time or I am afraid we are going to have another short run.

Posted by: jksesq1 | April 13, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Questionably probable...right, thanks Brian Fantana from news channel 4 in San Diego. They say %60 percent of the time, it works every time...

Posted by: emc7x | April 13, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness that the only people more pessimistic about this first round than Caps fans are the Habs fans! Barring some horrible play on our part guys, we are the hands down favorites!

Posted by: capscoach | April 13, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

IF, as Corey M tweets, it's Backs being sick and not hurt, that might account for why BB changed his tune from yesterday to today about having everyone healthy. Given Nick's history of migraines, that's a reasonable place to speculate. I have no idea what triggers his, but post-stress migraines are a pretty classic presentation. I can certainly imagine him getting one after finishing up THIS regular season, with the Olympics, compressed schedule, enhanced expectations and all.

Posted by: jburksva | April 13, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

@emc7x

I love LIT lamp!

Posted by: jburksva | April 13, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

@jksesq1

Is 20-0-3 not hot enough for you?

If you don't trust Theo, I don't blame you. I don't trust Theo either. I trust Theo is his contract year...all the way to the bank baby!

Theo won't be the end of this run.

Posted by: patrone | April 13, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Tarik just tweeted that Backs is ill but that Ovie isn't 100%.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | April 13, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

@jburksva

ha...well played.

Posted by: emc7x | April 13, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom now Ovie what's all this talk...

TarikElBashir

Speculation around KCI is that Alex Ovechkin isn't 100-percent. But he will play Thursday.

Posted by: sroessle | April 13, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Love the Anchorman quotes!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 13, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone see Mike Wise's article on the bandwagon? Great article. And as a so called die-hard, i 100% agree. stop complaining about the bandwagon and embrace it.

Posted by: Gotime28 | April 13, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

well deserved Theo its your time, alright boys lets get it done asap. your gonna need the extra rest, and just because your the odds on favorite doesnt mean the Habs are just gonna roll over! Set the Tone from the drop of the puck in game 1. LETS GO CAPS!!!! cant wait till Thurs. The phone booth is gonna be "SICK"....

Posted by: bigBinMd | April 13, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"There is no short leash. He's the guy we're gonna go with, and see how it goes."

There may not be a short leash, BUT THERE IS A LEASH!

I wonder how bad he has to suck before Varly gets put in. SURE HOPE I DONT SEE IT!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 13, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Is that why Ovie brought over his trainer again? What is with this! Maybe BBs trying to get the Habs to think we are all weak.

Ovie needs to be okay!!!!

Posted by: capscoach | April 13, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Gotime28, I have no problem with bandwagon fans and I don't recall a lot of "complaining" from others on this board concerning them as well other than they need to learn game etiquette when attending live. The problem most have here are with Wise himself in my opinion. The man has bashed the game of hockey and the Caps every chance he has had for the past few years. He further just put out an article a couple weeks ago showing his vast hockey knowledge of how Cindy is better than Ovie.....and now he is begging ignorance of the game and wants to be accepted??!! I will accept all the bandwagon fans EXCEPT Mike fricking Wise!!

Posted by: PhilR | April 13, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

@jksesq1

I think too much emphasis is placed on the goalie situation. Theo and Varly are more than adequate to win a Cup. Chris Osgood had the worst save percentage of any goalie in the regular season last year, yet backstopped his team to the Stanley Cup Finals. Winning the Cup has more to do strong team play, determination, and heart than any one individual player.

Besides, in the salary cap era you are not going to see good teams with Ovechkin, Backstrom, Green, Semin, and Lundqvist unless someone takes a huge salary cut. Just ask the Calgary Flames.

Posted by: ablake70 | April 13, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

guess it wasn't such a good idea to have those guys play big minutes in the meaningless game on sunday...

Theo has been great and is the number one goalie for this team right now but he's not in the same number one goalie category as Brodeur, Luongo, Bryzgalov, etc where there is really no other option but them for those teams.

This team can win with either goalie, if Theo has two bad games in a row, he'll get the hook.

Posted by: joek443 | April 13, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"Speculation around KCI is that Alex Ovechkin isn't 100-percent. But he will play Thursday."

I doubt if anyone on any team is 100%

Posted by: ablake70 | April 13, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't want to give him too long a leash either. He's played well this season but hasn't done well against Montreal in the past. I think he'll be fine but if he gives up a few bad goals, you can't wait too long to put Varlamov in. They don't need him to be amazing, but Montreal has a great powerplay that's been lethal against Washington this season so he'll probably need to come up with some big saves.

Posted by: Stu_c | April 13, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

"Speculation around KCI is that Alex Ovechkin isn't 100-percent. But he will play Thursday."

This has the Montreal/Canadian media written all over it....try to get their fanbase going that Ovie isn't healthy and swell their expectations of the Canadiens. Just my opinion.....

Posted by: PhilR | April 13, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

what were Plekanec's comments?

Posted by: capscoach | April 13, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Never mind...foun it...make him eat his words Theo!

Posted by: capscoach | April 13, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Theodore's response, via @cmasisak22: "Tomas who? Jagr? Oh, Plekanec. OK. I thought you meant Jagr....No, I'm not [Miller or Brodeur]. They are two of the best goalies in the league....I'm just lucky to be part of a good team.""

Posted by: richmondphil | April 13, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

PhilR, just remember the fantastic piece Wise did on Donald Brashear before you completely dismiss him as a writer and bandwagon fan.

Posted by: wocoliz | April 13, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Plekanec comments:

We (the canadiens) can beat the caps because they have not a Brodeur and a Miller in the net...

Posted by: frank56 | April 13, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

@sapscoach

Plekanec said Theo or Varly were not Brodeur or Miller....

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If any of you guys have facebook, you can join the group called ¨Habs vs Caps 2010 playoffs¨...

Posted by: Jonathan54 | April 13, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Can someone post what Plekanec said? Unlike capscoach, I can't find it!

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | April 13, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

via Twitter from the Bog:

Caps offering standing room only tickets for the playoffs. $100 each, plus $6 service fee.
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Wish I had the cash. GO CAPS!!!!!

Posted by: wocoliz | April 13, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

@ Stu_c

Theo shut out the last years Habs at Verizon Center, so I think he can raise his level of play against them. I'm more worried about Corvo than Theo.

Posted by: ablake70 | April 13, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Hope there's some news on Backstrom pretty soon. I'll have to modify my pool by tomorrow if he's out.

Posted by: Stu_c | April 13, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

And if the Habs think that only Montreal fans can chant "They-O" I know Caps fans can chant "Haaa-Laaak" or "Caaa-Reeey".

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | April 13, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Plek's comments and Theo's response is posted over at the Bog.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 13, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

DevilsCapsGal and others, go to the D.C. Sports Bog for the Plekanec story and quote.

Posted by: wocoliz | April 13, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

It's just a migraine - he will be fine...it's just a migraine - he will be fine...it's just a migraine - please God let him be fine!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 13, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Getting tired of hearing that Theo has had no losses since January. That's because when he'd dig a really big hole, they'd throw Varly in and let him take the loss.

Posted by: Varly | April 13, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I think that the decision to start Jose has been the worse kept secret about the Caps for some time. In fact, I'm sure BB has known since the Olympic Break who would be the starter and didn't want Theo to be complacent going into the playoffs. Personally, I'm glad he allowed Varly the chance to continue to stay sharp by alternating games but there was never a doubt in my mind that Theo was going to be the guy for the playoffs unless he got hurt or flamed out in the 1st round (and it will take more than one bad game like last year.)

Posted by: wizfan89 | April 13, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

@ablake70

Theo also gave up 4 goals on 25 shots against Montreal earlier this year. Not likely to do that again. I'd also be much more concerned about Corvo. He's been way too slow making decisions in his own end and moving the puck for the last couple of weeks.

I don't know how many times he's had the puck with time, waited too long to make a play and needed to try and freeze the puck against the boards just to avoid turning it over. Or he'll wait for a long time, turn to skate back to the corner, and toss the puck around the boards to the opposite side where it gets picked off by the other team. Way too many giveaways in his own end to feel confident with him in the lineup. Didn't he ever learn the phrase 'when in doubt, get it out'?

Posted by: Stu_c | April 13, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

@wtf_e_fehr: Good movie reference.

Q:Who ya gonna call?
A:HABS-BUSTERS!

Posted by: Rhino40 | April 13, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of nervous nellies.

If a 121 point team and its fans can't show a bit more confidence going into a first round match against a team that was mediocre for most of the season, then there are larger issues here than simply Nicklas Backstrom having a bad meal or a migraine headache.

Geez, calm down.

Montreal hasn't won anything since 1993. That's 17 years of watching other teams advance in the playoffs over their backs.

This team has more past than present to throw at opponents.

Leading scorer? You have to go pretty far down the list to see Montreal's leading scorer vis a vis his opposite numbers on any of the true contending clubs.

This club faced 3 teams in the past week that were in last place when supposedly fighting for their playoff lives and didn't perform well under pressure.

Posted by: leopard09 | April 13, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

@ Stu_c

Theo had a bad game the last time the Caps and Habs met. Of course, Ryan Miller gave up 3 goals on 9 shots to Dallas two days after the Caps played them. I remembered that because of how much grief Caps fans gave Varly, but every goalie has bad games. Theo doesn't have a history of wetting the bed against the Habs, so I think he will do fine.

I give Corvo credit for being able to clear out rebounds better than the other Caps D, but that's it. Not good positionally, doesn't hit, not good on the PK and makes every forward look like Datsyuk. Can we get Pothier back?

Posted by: ablake70 | April 13, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like many of us are nervous for the team. I really believe that any pessimism being expressed is simply a way of masking uncertainty, anxiety and fear that the Caps won't win the Stanley cup and maybe won't get past the first round. I'd venture to say the team feels the same way. So that means all the more, we must believe in our team. Isn't this the team that has broken multiple franchise, NHL and individual records this season? It does seem too good to be true. Worried about Theo? Well, here's my take: I'm more concerned about the pressure on him in Montreal than here. Here, he and the team have the most loyal, supportive, enthusiastic and loudest fans in the NHL. Without a doubt, Theo will be relentlessly taunted. If he crumbles under the pressure, we have Varly. Nervous about Varly? Remember the playoffs last year? He was awesome and had only played about 7 regular season games. Remember the early part of the season, before the injury? He had a .923 (or something close to that) and 2 shut outs. I believe he's at about 90% of his best now, thanks to Boudreau playing him. And I believe that he will step up to the plate (or should I say net) and meet the challenge at hand. Let's all take a deep breath and remember that Boudreau has instilled in the team that "There are no easy games in the NHL". Let Theo, Varly and the team look forward while looking back occasionally to remember a lesson learned and benefit from that. It's like driving a car, if you were to drive the entire time looking only in your rear view mirror, you'd crash and burn for sure. Let's believe that the Caps will continue to move beyond where they are now and that they can win the Stanley Cup. Someone once told me that every thought you think has an impact somewhere in the universe. It's called Karma. So lets create and send the Caps good Karma by thinking about their strengths, meditating on their victories.

Posted by: hockeyholic | April 13, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Meant to say Theo will be taunted in Montreal, not here.

Posted by: hockeyholic | April 13, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

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