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This morning's lineup: Caps at Blackhawks

Jose Theodore is expected to start in goal this morning - yes, opening faceoff is 11:30 a.m. here in Chicago - for the Caps. The Blackhawks, meantime, are expected to start Antii Niemi after Chris Pronger scored on Cristobal Huet with 2.1 seconds remaining yesterday to lift the Flyers to a 3-2 win in Philly.

Coach Bruce Boudreau didn't want to call today's matinee against the Blackhawks a "dress rehearsal" for the playoffs. But if I were a betting man, I would put money on this lineup being the one (or very similar to the one) that opens the playoffs next month:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Laich-Belanger-Semin
Chimera-Fleischmann-Fehr
Gordon-Steckel-Bradley

Defense
Schultz-Green
Poti-Corvo
Morrisonn-Carlson

Goalies
Theodore
Varlamov

I hope to have more later, but with an evening flight to South Florida I can't guarantee it.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 14, 2010; 11:17 AM ET
 
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Comments

11:30 am start on the day after changing the clocks, too - hope everyone is awake for the 1st period.

Posted by: CAP-lanta | March 14, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I predict that post game interview with Ovie, win or lose, will contain the word "sleepy".

Posted by: bluejeener1 | March 14, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

If TEB is right it looks like BMo isn't playing in the playoffs unless their is an injury. I am still not sure if I like Flash as a center still but I guess now is the time to see if he can do it.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 14, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

It looks like BMo and Walker may end up being the plug-and-play guys, either to shore up a line due to injury or inject some energy with fresh legs after a letdown of a game. It's good the team has depth.

Posted by: Puckdawg69 | March 14, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I think they're still in rotation. I think BMo will be the third line center in the playoffs.

In any event, I like these lines.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 14, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Lines look good (and will be similar to those for the playoffs, with minor shifts.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I think these are the best lines we have.

Posted by: CAPSHOCKEY2 | March 14, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

One good piece of news. The game is more on the Caps body clock time than Chicago's. The flight out one time zone to the west essentially cancels out the loss of an hour to Daylight Savings. (Of course, it will hit them harder when they come back east.)

Plus, they had more time to emotionally recover from their loss to Florida than Chicago does. (I nearly typed Chivago. Okay, too many Russians so I'm thinking about Dr. Zhivago.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I'd really like to see Flash win the majority of his faceoffs today.

This would be a good day for Corvo to show us his stuff.

GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 14, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

If BMo is a playoff scratch then I guess you have to call that signing a failure.

Posted by: kjm1971 | March 14, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I like that third line. Let's see how they play.

On a different note: I cannot stand the voice of the NBC play-by-play guy. It sounds like his voice is coming out of his nose.

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 14, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Over/Under before Crosby is mentioned?

Posted by: HappyWeagle | March 14, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Good Kill!

They had plenty of zone time.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 14, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

@butcherbaker

I like Emerrick's (sp?) voice. I know I'm part of only a small group of people who do, so I can certainly appreciate that you don't, but for some reason I do.

Posted by: Aldred15 | March 14, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I like Doc.

That PK is a good example of when a passive box works well. Throw in Steckel's active stick and...

Oh, and Corvo sucks. I hate him. Hate, hate, hate, hate him.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Come on Corvo. Jesus.

Posted by: Aldred15 | March 14, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Bad play by Steckel and Corvo there. Left Jose out to dry.

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 14, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who thinks Corvo's been a massive disappointment. So why is he an upgrade over Pothier, who's played great with the Hurricanes?

Posted by: CDon | March 14, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Actually that looked like all Steckel. C is his responsibility.

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 14, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Corvo was following Kane, Steckel wasn't covering anyone after he lost the faceoff

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Corvo was following Kane, Steckel wasn't covering anyone after he lost the faceoff

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

It was both of them.

I still hate Corvo. He makes dumb plays every single game. He's already made 3 this game.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

BB must be an idiot for playing Corvo...

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Pothier wasn't great but he was solid. Corvo can be very good but he seems to be inconsistent.

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 14, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

But why would Corvo follow a guy all the way to the top of the zone? Not sure I understand that. Just fall back to your position. That play aside, though, Corvo has done nothing for this team so far. He makes bad pinches, he overpursues on break ways, and he's not scoring a damn thing. I guess it seems more frustrating to me because, down here in NC, I get to watch Pothier a fair bit still, and he's playing quite well.

Posted by: CDon | March 14, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

@Cdon

Plus, when the hell does a team play man-to-man on a 4on4? Saying it was all Steckel is laughable. It was horrible defense by both of them, Steck's and Corvo's zone.

And Ovi charges/boards Campbell. Great job.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

That was a clean hit to the shoulder. Penalty is BS.

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 14, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

again BB must be blind not to see that Pothier was better than Corvo, right?

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Naw, it was definetely a penalty. But Campbell looked like he was already going down, pre-push.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

What is OV doing this stuff for? Honestly? He had been on the ice for a full minute before that anyways.

Posted by: Aldred15 | March 14, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

If Campbell didn't get hurt that'd be a 2 maybe for being a little late but it wasn't from behind and sure wasn't a 5.

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 14, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

How many games is that going to get Ovie? That other player a few weeks ago put down SJ's Nichol (sp?) and he got a few games for a similar hit...

Posted by: johnzilla | March 14, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

LOL when has 4 on 4 become more like a shorthanded situation for this team??

now that's laughable

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

again BB must be blind not to see that Pothier was better than Corvo, right?

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 12:59 PM |

Yeah, because BB was the one who makes the trades. Shut up, and be quiet.

No one here ever said Pothier was better than Corvo anyway. Again, your formal logic skills make me want to cut your internet off. Shut up.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh sh!t. We are screwed.

Posted by: cbs75 | March 14, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Five seems excessive here, but this could really determine the outcome. And if they gave Ovie the boot, that's ridiculous.

Posted by: CDon | March 14, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

TERRIBLE!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 14, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

WTF? Misconduct?!

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 14, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

This game is done. That will deflate the team. See you guys Tuesday. Enjoy joke's expert hockey analysis.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow. That was a joke. If Campbell doesn't fall, that's not even a penalty at all.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Caps suck. Shoudl have traded Varly and Green for some real defenders in the offseason. This team is 1 and done in playoffs. Pitts, NJ and a ton of teams out West are playing better.

Posted by: oneft2dice | March 14, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Is that Ovie's 3 misconduct of the season?

Posted by: johnzilla | March 14, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I would like to remind everyone that there's no conspiracy against the Caps.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

We all love Ovie, but he has got to stop doing this. There's a line between playing tough and what he did. It hurts everyone.

Posted by: chrisd3 | March 14, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

That is the definition of a boarding penalty. Definitely a 5 minute penalty. I love OV, but can't defend this garbage. He should have been off the ice anyways.

Posted by: Aldred15 | March 14, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

@ richmondphil

why don't you come over here and try?

your know it all attitude is rather nausiating

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many viewers NBC just lost?

That was excessive.

...and BB is livid.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 14, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Campbell's legs gave out... I don't think it was as bad as it may have looked...

Does Ovechkin come back or not?

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks that wasn't a reckless play...whoa.
Campbell may have been going down, but you don't hit/push someone behind the net like that.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

OVIE sucks. Crosby is a winner. Caps haven't won BLEEP and won't with this team. No defense and they continue to self implode over dumb mistakes. Who losses to Dallas and TB at home? You can add sleep walking to that mix.

Posted by: oneft2dice | March 14, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

and Semin just runs into Niemi.

Did the Caps drink the crazy juice this morning?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

When it rains it pours...semin lol

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 14, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Semin needs to stop falling on breakaways. It's actually kind of funny.

Posted by: Aldred15 | March 14, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

semin too fancy again. what's new??

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Goalie Interfereance?

This is a farking joke,seriously.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Funny how Campbell was getting up and then thought.... huh... "I think I can get that russian machine outta here" What a joke !

Posted by: RedRocker | March 14, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Anti-Caps bias strikes again. That Ovechkin hit was deserving of a penalty, but no more than 2 minutes. If it hadn't been Ovechkin, it would only have been a minor. He had no intention of knocking Campbell into the boards, and didn't drive him in. That was ONLY a mjor because it was Ovechkin.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 14, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

@Aldred15 - Boarding is a hit to the back, not the shoulder. The hit was a little late, so it should have been a 2 but no way was it a 5 and a misconduct.

Semin! What are you doing on these breakaways??

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 14, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, guys, but I'm agreeing with the refs on this one. That was boarding.

Posted by: tess2201 | March 14, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

your know it all attitude is rather nausiating

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 1:04 PM |

Learn how to spell words before you use them.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Isn't trucking over the Goalie Malkins signature move? He never gets whistled for it.

No conspiracy, though, remember that.

There's no conspiracy.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

So good. Caps are going to get blown out. OV is going to be suspended. People are fighting on the message boards. Well done everyone.

Posted by: Aldred15 | March 14, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

we are just shooting ourselves in the foot. see why I can never be a big fan of semin?? just doesn't use his head sometimes. no need to bowl over the goalie. oh yeah our PK SUCKs and we'll be out of the playoffs because of our inability to kill penalties.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Boy I am so happy we have Corvo... This guy is really bad !

Posted by: RedRocker | March 14, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

On the 1st goal, it was both Steckel and Corvo. Steckel is supposed to cover the opposing center, and he didn't. But Corvo should have stayed back, which he didn't.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 14, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the refs are deciding this one for us.

Posted by: cbs75 | March 14, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, guys, but I'm agreeing with the refs on this one. That was boarding.

Posted by: tess2201 | March 14, 2010 1:08 PM |

Ditto. And Semin deserved that goalie interference as well.

I don't know what the hell is wrong with them today, but yeesh...not the game to collapse in.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

My favorite players are the bad boys. Why oh why do I like the two baddest boys?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

That was like a 2 goal swing on that play by Semin. He doesnt score -1, he gives them a 2 man advantage and they score -1.

If Semin doesnt make that crazy play i think we may have gotten out of that Ovie penalty clean.

wow

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 14, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

It's early and they didn't get their naps in...?

Posted by: johnzilla | March 14, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

On the 1st goal, it was both Steckel and Corvo. Steckel is supposed to cover the opposing center, and he didn't. But Corvo should have stayed back, which he didn't.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 14, 2010 1:10 PM |

Exactly.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

"Campbell may have been going down, but you don't hit/push someone behind the net like that."

I thought it was only boarding if they are falling first.

He didn't fall until after the push.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

semin needs to use his brain more. so inexplicable sometimes.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Yes. Semin sucks. We will lose the game because of him. LOL - idiots.

Posted by: nimes1 | March 14, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

The board call is fine. Kicking Ovie out was awful.

And @oneft2dice, I saw the Pens play the Canes on Thursday. They sure looked fantastic, didn't they? Give me a break bringing up the TB and Dallas loses. The Pens gave up four to the Canes on Thursday and looked shoddy defensively, too. So your point about the Caps D is ridiculous and without merit.

Posted by: CDon | March 14, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

@butcherbaker

You're wrong actually. Sorry.

Boarding is, by definition, any check that causes a player to be thrown into the boards violently. The actual definition is:

"A minor or major penalty, at the discretion of the Referee, based upon the degree of violence of the impact with the boards, shall be imposed on any player who checks an opponent in such a manner that causes the opponent to be thrown violently in the boards."

Technically, any hit is boarding if you really get basic about it. But when a player is launched shoulder/head first into the boards it is a textbook boarding penalty.

Posted by: Aldred15 | March 14, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

In 82 games every team looses games. Comment like the Caps suck are rediculous. The Ovie play was boarding but it isn't like he took a run at a guy leaning on the boards. They were skating together and Campbell has a step when Ovie hit him. I think a GM is a little stiff. The score it 2-0. The game is not over. The gloom and doom attitude is just annoying.

Posted by: Searchingforstanley | March 14, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

what a debacle this is turning out to be. Semin shoot the bloody puck.

Posted by: Todgak | March 14, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Caps need to trade Green for defense. Instead we got Corvo who doesn't play defense and sucks on PP compared to Green. Caps are going nowhere fast.

Posted by: oneft2dice | March 14, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I've been jeered at repeatedly on this board for saying the Caps should let Semin go. That play was exhibit A for why. A "superstar" scores on that play and gets his team back in the game, he doesn't take a penalty that puts his team down 2-0.

As for Ovi, whether it was a 2 or a 5 is almost irrelevant. He has to stop putting himself in that position. As team captain, he has got to use his head more.

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | March 14, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. Almost funny. Almost. In 20 minutes of national tv the absolute worst of all the Caps have to offer has been on display: straight-up bad defense on the 4-on-4, Ovi doing something dumb and lazy when he's been out too long on a shift, Semin getting too fancy on a breakaway and taking his second penalty of the game, for a 5-on-3. Weird, sad, whatevs. Do we get Milbury at intermission??

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | March 14, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I hate Poti, I hate Corvo

BB must be blind not to see that they're worthless

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was only boarding if they are falling first.

He didn't fall until after the push.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:12 PM |

Here is your first problem; using the actual NHL rulebook to decide penalties. The refs don't. Campbell doesn't.

Whatever the hell you want to call the penalty, it was a reckless play by Ovi. Is that fair?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

ovie was trying to lay out a normal hit but campbell's legs gave out. but still, he needs to pick his spots better and be less reckless. now this only gives pens fans more to talk about.

no nimes you are the idiot. no one ever said we were going to lose BECAUSE of him but he certainly hasn't helped by taking dumb penalties.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

This is brutal, first of all, that was not a board, ovie didn't hit his back, and he wasn't facing the boards when hit, the two most important criteria, Semin is not pretty on breakaways, and I agree with the sentiment here, if that was anyone BUT ovie, thats a 2 minute minor, only because Campbell stayed down instead of getting back up, that was bush for sure, looked like an italian league soccer player...

Posted by: TDGibson | March 14, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I get the boarding call, but why was OV thrown out?

Posted by: capscoach | March 14, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

42.1 Boarding – A boarding penalty shall be imposed on any player or goalkeeper who checks an opponent in such a manner that causes the opponent to be thrown violently in the boards. The severity of the penalty, based upon the degree of violence of the impact with the boards, shall be at the discretion of the Referee.

There is an enormous amount of judgment involved in the application of this rule by the Referees. The onus is on the player (or goalkeeper) applying the check to ensure his opponent is not in a vulnerable position and if so, he must avoid the contact. However, there is also a responsibility on the player with the puck to avoid placing himself in a dangerous and vulnerable position. This balance must be considered by the Referees when applying this rule.

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the hell you want to call the penalty, it was a reckless play by Ovi. Is that fair?

No way. That was Semin's fault.

Posted by: nimes1 | March 14, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Boy I am so happy we have Corvo... This guy is really bad !

Posted by: RedRocker

I agree with you. We gave up the most for him and he's the worst out of the 3 additions. The guy looks clueless out there. I want Potsy back.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Adam Burish owns the Caps. ON WISCONSIN!!! Whoop Greens BLEEP

Posted by: oneft2dice | March 14, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Good job refs.

This is what you have let this game come to.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh...and I dn't think this game is over...BB is gonna chew them out durring the break and they are gonna come out on fire in the 2nd!

Posted by: capscoach | March 14, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

And they finally draw a PP and probably just ruined it by retaliating.

Again..crazy juice must have been served this morning.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Burish is an idiot.

Posted by: MReilly9 | March 14, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

42.5 Game Misconduct Penalty - When a major penalty is imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, a game misconduct shall be imposed.

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

42.2 Minor Penalty – The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a minor penalty, based on the degree of violence of the impact with the boards, to a player or goalkeeper guilty of boarding an opponent.

42.3 Major Penalty – The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a major penalty, based on the degree of violence of the impact with the boards, to a player or goalkeeper guilty of boarding an opponent (see 42.5).

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

By the way, look for the league to review the Ovi penalty. He may get another suspension.

It sucks they are following him so closely, but he has to understand that and adapt his game. Gotta be a leader.

Posted by: SouthsideFFX | March 14, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Be prepared for a minimum 5 game suspension for Ovie. He has a history and OBTW isn't Bryan Campbell Colin Campbell's kid? The penalty was a good call, but the NHL discipline decisions are sometimes ridiculous - both yes and no. Just ask Marc Savard about Matt Cooke.

Not sure what game these officials are watching. First call on Semin was bogus and the second, well how is he supposed to stop? In mid-air?

And now you can see how good of a job these refs have done in the first, with the melee at the end.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | March 14, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

this is a great test for the Caps. let's see how the rest of the team will step up.

Ovie getting booted = much deserved rest. he has played a lot of hockey. if he gets a 2 game suspension for the hit, fine, so he misses 2 regular season games. we need him rested for the playoffs.

Posted by: blushfilms | March 14, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

definetely a period to forget. i don't think we realized the game started at 12:30

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I like that Semin jumped in there and didn't let the Hawks take excessive liberties with Belanger.

Posted by: MReilly9 | March 14, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"I get the boarding call, but why was OV thrown out?"

Because there is no anti-caps bias.

The actual answer?

Because campbell lied on the ice writhing around in "pain" until the 5:00 went up, when he then skated off the ice fine.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

"The actual definition is:

'A minor or major penalty, at the discretion of the Referee, based upon the degree of violence of the impact with the boards, shall be imposed on any player who checks an opponent in such a manner that causes the opponent to be thrown violently in the boards.'

Posted by: Aldred15"

That may be the definition but that's not how it's called since every check against the boards meets that definition. That's also a terrible definition for a penalty: "at the discretion of the referee" and "degree of violence" are impossibly vague and open-ended.

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 14, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

LeeM9308: No, Collin Campbell's son is Gregory, who plays for the Panthers.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I knew the refs were biased against the Caps and they will dispense penalty after penalty until the game is 8-0. Malkin and Crosby get away with worse; I guess Bettman already gave his marching orders: Cup finals Chicago vs. Pengwhines.

Posted by: Irreverent_inDC | March 14, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

No way. That was Semin's fault.

Posted by: nimes1 | March 14, 2010 1:15 PM |

Haha. If you are trying to troll me, it doesn't work. I own 2 Semin jerseys.

I will call him out when he does something stupid, and I will rejoice for having him when he does something good. Is it really that hard to see that?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

So, once the ref calls a major for boarding, if an "injury" to the face or head results, the game misconduct is mandatory (because Rule 42.5 uses the word "shall").

The ref's discretion comes in whether to make the boarding call in the first place and whether to call it a major based on "the degree of violence of the impact with the boards."

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Bradley will be getting in a fight early in the 2nd.

Didn't Ovechkin get a boarding major early in the season against Kaleta?

If so, he's definitely looking at a multiple game suspension.

This game has turned into a massive buzzkill.

3 offensive zone penalties and Ovechkin with the game misconduct. Booooo!!!

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 14, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"When a major penalty is imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, a game misconduct shall be imposed."

There was no injury to his face or head.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

It is hard for nimes1 to see that.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I would guess that it will be a 5 game suspension given that it's he's a repeat offender.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 14, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

they almost killed off the 5 minute major before Semin turned a shorthanded breakaway into a total adventure as only he can and it became a 5 on 3

so they could've tied it at 1 but turned into 2-0... other than the Ovie penalty, they really didn't play that badly in the first

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

EVEN MILBURY THINKS THE CALL WAS BS!

Holy moly! What really ticks me off is Ovi may get suspended 5 games for it.

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 14, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

even pierre mcguire said it should've been two minors.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

OKay I know everyone is frustrated but there is NO WAY you can call any of the Caps' penalties unjustified. Maybe only a 2 minute penalty, but should have been called.

a) Semin's hook. Stick parallel to the ice. Correct call
b) OV's penalty. Debatable, 2, 4 or 5. Unfortunately he got the max.
c) Semin's goalie interference. He skated into the goalie and knocked him over. Correct call.

Pierre and Milbury defending OV? Crazy. But I like it.

Posted by: Aldred15 | March 14, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Ovi will get the maximum amount of games. Why? Crosby gets the Rocket Richard.

I don't beleive in conspiracies or whatever, but the NHL isn't going to pass up the opportunity to let him get the Rocket Richard. Ovi did it unto himself.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

But remember, Kiddos.

Matt Cooke Ended Marc Savard's season and that wasn't worthy of a penalty, let alone a suspension.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed that NBC is calling out the league on the inconsistency with penalties and suspensions. This is strange and wonderful.

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 14, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

would guess that it will be a 5 game suspension given that it's he's a repeat offender.

Posted by: CapsFan75

even though matt cooke is an even worse repeat offender and didn't get anything for his much more vicious hit on marc savard. isn't savard injured?

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Refs are really a joke....That was not worth a ticket to the dressing room. Its is hockey people...suck it up !

Posted by: RedRocker | March 14, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

"I don't beleive in conspiracies or whatever, but the NHL isn't going to pass up the opportunity to let him get the Rocket Richard. Ovi did it unto himself."

I can't be the only person noticing that there is a Crosby commercial literally every break.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Truly stupid and unnecessary hit by Ovechkin - he needs to use his head and keep his head. He went straight at Campbell far out from the boards and most of the check was from behind. He will be suspended, probably for 3 games maybe more as a repeat offender. If Caps want to get deep into the playoffs Ovechkin has to cut out stupid hits and focus on scoring.

Now, on the Corvo situation - this guy can't play defense - not sure if it's a mental problem but he's a major liability and so far I've seen nothing on offense to justify getting rid of Pothier. Bad move.

Posted by: remy117 | March 14, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, Ovechkin gets a long rest at least.

The boarding rule is so vague that it's really difficult to ever criticize any boarding call. Under the rule as it is written, just about every check into the boards could be called boarding. Because which check against the boards is it that does not cause "the opponent to be thrown violently in the boards"?

There's a separate rule, Rule 44, for "checking from behind."

I'd always thought boarding WAS checking from behind, so I learned something today. I wonder how long the Rulebook has looked like this.

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

"isn't savard injured?"

Last I heard, he was out for the season and there's a good chance that BOS misses out on the playoffs.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

OV does not deserve a suspension! I admit i was a boarding, but barely! There was no violent intent in that hit...players board WAY worse than that all the time and get nothing but a 2 min penalty!

Posted by: capscoach | March 14, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Even Mike Milbury said that was an excessive overreaction by the refs. A penalty yes. Maybe even a double minor. But definitely not a 5 minute major and game misconduct. A complete joke and the refs should be embarrassed.

Posted by: gmAndAguinness. | March 14, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Apparently the NHL suspends folks for boarding, but not for hits to the head (unless your name is Mike Green). You know Ovie will be suspended. Campbell will take the opportunity to make another statement when a star player makes a mistake.

Posted by: CDon | March 14, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

This is actually a good rehershal for the playoffs where the Caps will also be playing against the refs. This is the time to show what the Caps are made of.

Posted by: Irreverent_inDC | March 14, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

even though matt cooke is an even worse repeat offender and didn't get anything for his much more vicious hit on marc savard. isn't savard injured?

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:24 PM |

Technically, there was nothing in the "rulebooks" when that hit happened. Now... there sort of is.

The NHL doesn't go by their rulebook. They go by past incidences. In the past, they let that kind of hit go. (Richards on Booth..go youtube it. You can find tons of non-suspension hits similar to Cooke/Savard)

However, they constantly suspend for boarding penalties, though it can be said they are vastly less dangerous.

NHL has a MAJOR issue with credibility. Again, I don't beleive in conspiracies or any of that crap, but the NHL has serious credibility issues.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

that's how Ovie always plays, with reckless abandon...

most of the times it works in your favor, this time it didn't... sometimes you gotta take the good with the bad

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I have never agreed with Milbury and McGuire together ever before. Good work by them, even if MM is a moron.

Posted by: Aldred15 | March 14, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

after that crazy first period, if we get a goal to make it 2-1, we'll be okay. that's pretty good considering that first period.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if the injury was to the face or head. If it wasn't, then the game misconduct penalty could also have occurred because of Rule 42.4, which states:

42.4 Match Penalty – The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the player or goalkeeper attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent by boarding.

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

...and of course, the player Ovie 'viscously' hit is still playing ... how is that not held under consideration again?

Posted by: johnzilla | March 14, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Rare occurrence, I agree with milbury.

Posted by: uncatim | March 14, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Rachel, my bad.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | March 14, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Surprisingly, Millbury and that other twinkie agree that OV should not have recieved a game misconduct. I hope the NHL office sees it that way and OV won't get a suspension.

Posted by: spambucket6 | March 14, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"NHL has a MAJOR issue with credibility. Again, I don't beleive in conspiracies or any of that crap, but the NHL has serious credibility issues."

The NHL officiating has one step of credibility above the NBA...

Which has one step above the WWF.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Alexander Semin has got to be the only person in the history of the NHL to get a penalty on a breakaway. Next year's trading deadline cant come soon enough.....

Posted by: 850-850 | March 14, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Brian Campbell's probably perfectly okay.

We need to score on this PP.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Ovechkin get a boarding major against Kaleta earlier this season?

If so, the multiple game suspension is all but guaranteed.

I thought it was the right call but I don't think Ovechkin had the least bit of bad intentions. It was nothing like the hit from behind on Green earlier in the season (Koci?).

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 14, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Relax there guys ... Once it is reviewed the Game Misconduct will be taken back

Posted by: fredhilljr | March 14, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

On-ice refs made the bad call by declaring a major. Will Campbell rescind it and acknowledge that it really wasn't that bad, just a dumb/reckless play?

Probably not...again..Crosby could win the Rocket Richard this year now...

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

"It is hard for nimes1 to see that." - Rachel

I post twice today and maybe twice before and this blogger is already an expert on how I see things. How are things up there on your high horse?

@Richmondphil.
Actually, I was being sarcastic and not referring to you at all; although, I do not agree with everything you post I do read your post and I agree with many of them.

Posted by: nimes1 | March 14, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

"the player or goalkeeper attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent by boarding.

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Looks, I know I'm biased, but can anyone, with a straight face, say that OV was "attempting to injure" Campbell with that hit?

It was half-assed at best. That's the part that's really baffling me. It was a push, but it was pretty weak. It looked worse that it was because Campbell fell.

I'll agree that "reckless" and "stupid" could both be used to describe that hit, but does anyone really want to make a case for "Vicious" or "Intent to injure?"

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I like Semin. He's gifted offensively (obviously), and he lifts sticks well, when he decides to hunker down and play defense. But he still has some brain farts that are a little confusing. Certainly, he's been more disciplined this year than last, so I think he is showing improvement. The venom directed toward Semin last year seemed somewhat justified. I don't think it's as appropriate this year.

Posted by: CDon | March 14, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

It was nothing like the hit from behind on Green earlier in the season (Koci?).

Posted by: tmac2yao

yeah. that koci hit on greener was wayyyy worse than ovechkin's.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of crybaby's on here. seriously look back on the semin penalty's and you will see how dumb some people on here sound. There was 1 crosby commercial so far, woow cry about anything you can. 1 person even complained about Doc Emmerick, he must be doing something right because he is in hockey hall of fame.If you believe the NHL really cares who wins the awards then you just became a fan and do not know any better. sucks that so many people here all of a sudden are hockey fans and are lost, it makes all fans look bad because of them.

Posted by: cocorules | March 14, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Matt Cooke could have been suspnded b/c a r can call apenalty on any play he deems had intent to injure! All this he didn't break a rule bs in annoyng. don't think OV will get anything...the hit was borderline and OV did not mean to hurt the guy.

Posted by: capscoach | March 14, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Why is the negativity so extreme on here right now? Last I checked the Caps have 37 out of a possible 44 points in their last 22 games.

I know they might lose 2 in a row, but that might not be a bad thing with 13 games left. Keeps their heads on their shoulders and shows them that they need to improve.

Posted by: Aldred15 | March 14, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Ovie will be back in this game - is it possible to overturn a game misconduct during a game?

Posted by: johnzilla | March 14, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I am looking at the Rulebook now, but I don't see how the ref could have called it a double minor.

The boarding rule allows either a minor or a major to be called. The checking from behind rule allows only a major to be called. Neither says anything about a double minor.

Pierre's suggestion that the ref could have called a double minor, I think, is wrong.

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

lol not on any high horse but no one even said it was semin's fault if we lose.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Forget about that comment regarding Campbell still playing...

Posted by: johnzilla | March 14, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"here was 1 crosby commercial so far, woow cry about anything you can."

1 Crosby Commercial?

Off the top of my head, there was the "encore" commercial in one break, and then the commercial with him and talbot shooting into a dryer in literally the very next break.

And I wasn't crying about it, I was making an observation.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I was being sarcastic and not referring to you at all; although, I do not agree with everything you post I do read your post and I agree with many of them.

Posted by: nimes1 | March 14, 2010 1:33 PM |

Ah, gotcha. With guys like joke trying to troll me, I wasn't too sure.

FYI, I have never requested to trade anyone on the Caps. Do I not like some of them? Sure, but that's a personal subjective opinion.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I doubt Ovi will be suspended. The replays don't look bad. The hit looks to be from the side. In addition, after McGuire and Milbury's intermission rant on the officials it would actually look bad to suspend him.

Posted by: croftonpost | March 14, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"It was nothing like the hit from behind on Green earlier in the season (Koci?).

Posted by: tmac2yao

yeah. that koci hit on greener was wayyyy worse than ovechkin's.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 14, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse"

Agreed. The Koci hit was BRUTAL, straight from behind, later, and with obvious intent to injure. There wasn't even a penalty called on it. The big problem everyone has is the inconsistency. Ovi gets penalized but a thug like Koci (and many others) gets off with nothing.

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 14, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

"I doubt Ovi will be suspended. The replays don't look bad. The hit looks to be from the side."

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Well, to be fair, the hit didn't look that bad when it happened, and it was obviously from the side at the time.

But that didn't stop the refs from issuing a major and a game misconduct.

You're being rational, You need to think like the NHL.

I'm calling 5 games right now.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

"Agreed. The Koci hit was BRUTAL, straight from behind, later, and with obvious intent to injure. There wasn't even a penalty called on it. The big problem everyone has is the inconsistency. Ovi gets penalized but a thug like Koci (and many others) gets off with nothing."

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Which is the problem that all of us in the "Conspiracy" camp have. Everyone and their mother knows that the league is inconsistent. The problem is that, literally every time, the league is "inconsistent" against us. Never does one of the league's trademarked "inconsistencies" happen and we get away with something.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Still has SOME brain farts? He has multiple brain farts A game...Sure he has a gifted wrist and slapshot but his overall play is painful to watch a majority of the time...

Posted by: 850-850 | March 14, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

FYI, I have never requested to trade anyone on the Caps. Do I not like some of them? Sure, but that's a personal subjective opinion.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

right, you just hate Poti and Corvo

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Completely deflated. They aren't even skating.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

right, you just hate Poti and Corvo

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 1:43 PM |

Um..yes. Those would be the two I don't like. Are you drunk already?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Caps need to out one on the board to get back in this game.

Posted by: MReilly9 | March 14, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Believe it or not, while I'd love it if the Capitals could win the Presidents' Trophy (and there's been no one more interested in that than me on these boards), I don't mind the boarding call.

Here's why.

(1) Because the Rulebook clearly allows the refs to call a major + game misconduct on just about any check against the boards they feel like, so it doesn't make sense to have a beef against the refs there. They have almost unlimited discretion in that situation, they used it, and you just have to hope that refs around the league use their discretion similarly if Ovechkin or another Capital gets hit like that (although I seem to recall not too long ago a Capital, I think it was Green, getting pushed into the boards in a very similar way and the player not even being penalized).

(2) Ovechkin gets more rest, at least the rest of this game, and maybe more.

(3) Ovechkin gets a wake-up call re hitting players in vulnerable positions. We don't need him to get himself suspended in the playoffs--that's for sure.

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I hope Chicago exits on the first round. I hate this favoritism from the referees and the league. They don't want the Caps to stand on the way of a Hawks. vs. Pens final.

Posted by: Irreverent_inDC | March 14, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Caps need to out one on the board to get back in this game.

Posted by: MReilly9 | March 14, 2010 1:45 PM |

Game's done. Caps aren't even moving their legs.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, what a save by Niemi.

We can't even buy a goal.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Caps seem a step slow and uneven today, which is how they've played leading up to this afternoon against Dallas, Carolina and Tampa. But there's an extra malaise or laziness coming from this group today.

Posted by: CDon | March 14, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, OK, I do mind the boarding call a little bit, since it has made it very difficult for me to win my bet on the Capitals today. But aside from that, I don't mind it so much.

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 14, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Nothing that a good BB practice won't cure.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | March 14, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

"They have almost unlimited discretion in that situation, they used it, and you just have to hope that refs around the league use their discretion similarly if Ovechkin or another Capital gets hit like that (although I seem to recall not too long ago a Capital, I think it was Green, getting pushed into the boards in a very similar way and the player not even being penalized)."

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Again, this is the problem.

Without fail, the refs *Don't* use that discretion when its hits against us. You're thinking of the Koci Hit on Green where he sent a falling green headfirst into the boards with intent to injure and he didn't even get penalized, let alone suspended.

This is how I know Gabby is a better man than me. By now I would have just sent everyone out headhunting. If they're going penalize/eject/suspend our guys, may as well give them a good reason too and take out Kane and a couple others in the process.

If you're gonna do the time, may as well do the crime.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 14, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Game's done. Caps aren't even moving their legs.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

thanks for the insight, genius... you really should do this for a living

Posted by: joek443 | March 14, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I will say this about Semin, though. The reason he isn't a "star" in the league is because of situations like these. Right now, the Caps need someone to step up and help take a game over. Semin has the talent to do it, but he's disappearing. Caps need him to start dominating a little bit and generating some chances for himself and his teammates.

Posted by: CDon | March 14, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I know the penalties and the loss of Ovechkin hurt us but remember that Chicago is without Hossa and Campbell and they played yesterday in another city.

They also only have 1 PP goal out of all the first period penalties. The other 2 came at even strength.

They are a really, really good team.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 14, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I am now convinced the Caps would be better off without Semin. He is a huge liability. I have never seen a player that plays more stupid than him. The Caps are ranked 26 on the PK. That is not going to do it in the playoffs. This team may get to the Conf Finals but no further until they stop playing stupid and lazy.

Posted by: DCFanatic | March 14, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"I hope Chicago exits on the first round. I hate this favoritism from the referees and the league. They don't want the Caps to stand on the way of a Hawks. vs. Pens final.
Posted by: Irreverent_inDC | March 14, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse"

The funny thing is nothing would be better for the league (and tv ratings) than to have Ovi and the Caps in the finals.

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 14, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Semis sucks!

Posted by: DCFanatic | March 14, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I guess Semin prefers the enigma routine over being a respected leader. Maybe he is in the lockerroom - no way of knowing that, but it is his responsibility to step up for scoring when Ovi isn't or can't. This team CAN and HAS overcome teams when Ovi doesn't put any numbers up, but usually he's playing. They need to put the questionable reffing aside and start putting pressure of the Hawks.

Posted by: johnzilla | March 14, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

'on' the Hawks

Posted by: johnzilla | March 14, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

It seems like the Caps have let the officiating defeat them, so they're moving around aimlessly and without purpose out there. Only Knuble's whack in front was a legitimate scoring chance during this period.

Posted by: CDon | March 14, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

"The funny thing is nothing would be better for the league (and tv ratings) than to have Ovi and the Caps in the finals."

That's what I thought last season too.

Posted by: Irreverent_inDC | March 14, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The Cooke and Ovi hits were very different, but they illustrate a point. There is a lot of discretion in the NHL enforcement system. Cooke was clearly intending to injure, his hit was very late, but the rules were interpreted to let him off. Ovi's hit definitely qualifies as boarding IMO, but the degree of discretion was used to assign a game misconduct. The Koci hit was a better example of how the selective discretion works. There is a clear trend as the discretion applies to the Caps and the trend has been established over the past two years. It won't be the reason the Caps lose today, but it is a disturbing trend for the future.

Posted by: zmega | March 14, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

When the Caps were winning the players credited the success to the steady line combination - getting to know their line mates, instinctively knowing where they will be, etc. Since the break and with new guys BB has gone back to doing drastic switches on the lines and now we are seeing the product is disorganized hockey play. He has the lead to play and try new combinations, but I do hope it doesn't last much longer or the play-offs are going to be short.

Posted by: nimes1 | March 14, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

FEHR!!

Posted by: MReilly9 | March 14, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

TIC TACK TOE! Three in a row!!!

Posted by: BlondeCapsFan | March 14, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Game's done. Caps aren't even moving their legs.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 14, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse


Not Over! Game On!

Posted by: MReilly9 | March 14, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I have to admit, they played pretty deflated after the Ovi misconduct. Thankfully they have come back to life. Keep focused, boys!

Posted by: BlondeCapsFan | March 14, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe it. Talk about guts and heart.

Posted by: zmega | March 14, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I turned it off during the second intermission and missed a great comeback. Just didn't think they would repeat a comeback against a good Blackhawk defence like they did against the Pens a few weeks ago. Must have been a great 3rd period for the Caps. Way to hang in there!

Posted by: spambucket6 | March 14, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom!!!

That last sequence... giveaway down to the OT game winner is why I love this team. NEVER give up! Go Caps!

Posted by: letsgocaps3 | March 14, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

...and of course, the player Ovie 'viscously' hit is still playing ... how is that not held under consideration again?
Posted by: johnzilla | March 14, 2010
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Are you talking about Campbell? He did not return to the game.

Posted by: Dalliquippa | March 14, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I am now convinced the Caps would be better off without Semin. He is a huge liability. I have never seen a player that plays more stupid than him. The Caps are ranked 26 on the PK. That is not going to do it in the playoffs. This team may get to the Conf Finals but no further until they stop playing stupid and lazy.

Posted by: DCFanatic | March 14, 2010 1:54 PM

What game were you watching? Semin was possibly our best defensive forward today.

Posted by: croftonpost | March 14, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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