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Three Sent Down to Hershey, Varlamov Back With Caps

Chris Bourque, Steve Pinozzotto and Daren Machesney were returned to Hershey today and Simeon Varlamov was recalled from the Bears.

The Caps, who still have seven players suffering from lingering effects of the flu, had a meeting this morning but Coach Bruce Boudreau called off practice to allow his players to rest.

One thing to keep an eye on this afternoon is the status of Leafs goalie Martin Gerber. He didn't receive a minor penalty for bumping a linesman late last night, but he was assessed a game misconduct and could face a suspension.

Update: The NHL suspended Gerber for the minimum of three games.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 25, 2009; 12:09 PM ET
 
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LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 25, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

IMO a day off will be good for these guys. A day off the ice doesn't mean they won't be talking strategy. Also good to see the 3 Bears headed back because that indicates the Caps expect all NHLers to be available.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 25, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I think it was already reported at TSN that Gerber got three games.

Looking forward to Friday night. BTW, that St. Louis winner vs. Mason last night was sweet. I love the little guy, but not on Friday night.

Posted by: saintex | March 25, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

TSN is reporting Gerber has been given a three game suspension

Posted by: oviwan | March 25, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Two questions for my fellow Caps fans. First, think we'll see Varlamov in net Friday night? Second, do you think any of the Lightning really will go after Ovie? This could turn into a really crazy game!

Posted by: dsphvywght | March 25, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

those hooking penalties last night against Mo and Erskine sure were of the chintzy variety....and no 2-minute minor on baby food Gerber at the end?

Posted by: mtracy94 | March 25, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The caps have a lot of time to practice and get back to "playing the system". Hopefully they can shake the flu well enough to make use of all of these non game days.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | March 25, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

How is OV's Fire Dance Foot Did he burn it when he did his celebration dance
How about Sitout Semin was it the flu that made him whiff on the winner?
Guess he will be out for the rest of the season

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 25, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Guys have been taking runs at OV for awhile now. I think Friday night might have a few more coming his way, but the great thing about him is that his always keeps his head up. The biggest guy in the league(Chara) has taken runs at him and OV has stood him up time and time again.

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 25, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

dsphvywght: To the netminder question, I don't know. To the Lightning question, I don't think they will. The dirty one there was Tortorella and he's in NY now. Anyone remember late last season when Torts intentionally sent out his goons at the end of a game, and he sent out 5 players even though they had a man in the box? The refs noticed the extra player and skated him back to the bench, and then before he left the ice, Tortorella motioned for him to stay out there. And no, they hadn't pulled a goaltender for the extra attacker.

Anyway, a threat of physical violence over perceived disrespect which has already been explained a million times... I don't think you'll see anything, and they'd have to be stupid to try it.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | March 25, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Can you answer my ? SC?

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 25, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Brashear should have a chance for some redemption if he is back in the line-up Friday.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 25, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Ah the day this blog gets a "Block User" function will be a great day indeed!

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 25, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

"Two questions for my fellow Caps fans. First, think we'll see Varlamov in net Friday night? Second, do you think any of the Lightning really will go after Ovie? This could turn into a really crazy game!"

No and No

Posted by: FLDave | March 25, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I doubt if anything will happen between TBL and Ovie. They had their chance in their barn for about 50 minutes and did nothing. I wouldn't think they'd try something in our barn.

Obviously didn't upset them until the cameras and mikes were in their face.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 25, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Why do people say Semin wiffed on the winning goal - he was hooked/good defense by Toronto... however, if it were me, I just would have drove to the net - if my body goes in, the puck goes in as well. I just wouldn't say he wiffed on the puck - he never got a chance as the defender was raising his stick up. If that were one of the Caps defensemen, it would have been considered hooking.

Posted by: _828 | March 25, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

http://watch.tsn.ca/#clip153707

Listen to OV's Comments

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 25, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

There's only one person saying that _828.

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 25, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I hope Varlamov will be playing on Friday and let Theodore get the last 6 games. I would like to see how Varly fares against a vengeful Lightning team who have something to prove after their last outing against the Caps.

Posted by: diner99 | March 25, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

That was great D on Semin with the puck sitting there, pure and simple. Nice stick check by Stajan. I've never got the impression that the Bolt are a team that would retaliate so I don't think we'll see that. I think Jose plays until the division is secured and Varly see a game or two in the final two weeks.

Some tight third period games aren't the worst way to get ready for the playoffs.

Beers and hockey on Friday night in D.C. Yes.

Posted by: saintex | March 25, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see another OT that the caps didn't allow a shot in. Just wish they played 4 on 4 during the games as well as they do in the extra period.

Posted by: brooklyncapsfan | March 25, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Refs last night were consistent on the hooking calls that I saw - Erskine and the Leaf at the end of OT. Get the stick up in the gut, and parallel to the ground, and you were going to the box.

Posted by: saintex | March 25, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Reposting: Comments on the problems in yesterday's disappointing game:

1) Puck control: the number of turnovers and inability to keep the puck out of our zone was embarrassing. I saw several instances of good players (Green and Semin for example) just dump the puck, rather than passing it, and inadvertently turning it over.

2) Lack of offensive play: what has happened to our scorers? Even the best of them aren't scoring enough. Where are Ovechkin's hat tricks? Forget about scoring from blue liners. Semin, Green, Kozlov, for example, have all struggled.

3) and, last but not least...no hot goal-tending to steal games when all else fails. Tarik says: "Unfortunately for the Capitals, Curtis Joseph became the star of last night's overtime game." How many times has it happened to us? And how many times have we been the ones with surprise heroics like those of Joseph?

But we should also take note of BB. He knows that the team is somehow out of sync with each other and their confidence is low and DOES NOT become subsumed by panic, as we are. He remains calm & conveys confidence in his team rather than take out his frustration on them when they are down. A real leader! We should use him as a model and NEVER boo a team that exceeded all expectations this year.

Posted by: caraveli | March 25, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: caraveli | March 25, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

saintex,

I agree.

Still I don't like the 'touch a guy with your stick and you're sitting' calls. It's supposed to be obstruction they are penalizing, most stick calls are not really that. I think the referees now are just lazy.

Posted by: FLDave | March 25, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

saintex,

I agree.

Still I don't like the 'touch a guy with your stick and you're sitting' calls. It's supposed to be obstruction they are penalizing, most stick calls are not really that. I think the referees now are just lazy.

Posted by: FLDave | March 25, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

the nhl network had a reply of calgary/mtl stanley cup finals in 86. neil sheehy of calgary was literally waterskiing behind one of the habs and no hooking call. funny to see the differences now vs then. guys were noticably smaller, particuarly the goalies. also, i always wonder why patrick roy's nose looks so goofy now and then i saw an interview w/ him from back in 86. lets just say he was facing montreal but his nose was pointing towards saskatoon.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 25, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

time for the caps to man up. all excuses are a bunch of bunk. right now they are playing like a middle of the pack team and it shows. i guess this is what happens to a bunch of young guys who sign big contracts. i am sure mike green spends lots of time waxing his Lambo.

Feds or one of the vets needs to step it up in the room. also, our D had better be ready for the onslught. we all know what is coming: plant 1 to 2 players directly in front of Caps net, fire away. if Juice, Lumberjack, Sha Mo and others aren't up to the task, perhaps Bouds should call Kronwall or someone else from Hershey back up.

Jonathan Warner was asking about what Caps fans think success looks like this year. For most last year, it was simply making the playoffs. If the Caps don't make it out of the first round this year, there is a problem.

Posted by: doughless | March 25, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I agree we shouldn't boo a team that has done so well for us, but they raised the expectations, they haven't exceeded them.

Recent performances have been underwhelming, but I am counting on them turning up the juice for the playoffs.
Lets Go Caps!

Posted by: bluejeener1 | March 25, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

dcsportsfan1,

Some of the greatest players the game has ever had would not be able to play under these rules. Langway made a living out of peeling off a forward and pinning him to the glass until the zone was cleared.

Posted by: FLDave | March 25, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I highly doubt Green spends most of his time waxing his lambo. He probably has people waxing it for him, thus freeing up his time to probably practice and rest up for the games. Credibility is shot when you follow up a decent critique with an insult.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 25, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

LeftCoast:

sorry bout that. just couldnt help myself. didnt mean to single greenie out; he isnt the only one out there not playing with playing with some playoff fire.

Posted by: doughless | March 25, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Credibility is shot when the only capitalized letter in your paragraph is the L for Lambo...

Posted by: FLDave | March 25, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

fldave,
no doubt. imagine the game played under those rules w/ guys of todays size and speed.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 25, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

The Caps need to practice their system. BB needs to have them focus. Play Miracle three times a day.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 25, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

BB needs to sell the Caps RIGHT NOW on the notion that they need to overtake at least one of either BOS or NJ, preferably both. Doing so will probably give them the best chance at the Rangers or Habs in the first round. More importantly, if they commit to that, they can gain momentum going into the playoffs. Right now they don't seem to be playing for anything, with playoff berth and division virtually sewn up. Recipe for disaster in post season.

Posted by: chevychase10 | March 25, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

@chevychase

Why is it a recipe for disaster? Last year we were the hottest team and laid an egg in the first 4 playoff games.

When Game 1 comes, all this stuff means nothing...new season.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 25, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Why do us fans think the players care less about winning than we do? These guys didn't go to practice twice a week and hop off a bus and try out for the Capitals. They have put years of work on the ice, gym, and road to become the athletes they are today. They were fans as kids and have wanted to carry the Stanley Cup around the ice since they were 10. Signing a big contract doesn't change that dream folks.

I agree they have been in a funk but to imply it's because they aren't trying isn't really fair. To rag on Green is amazing to me. He just came off a 4 game goal scoring streak yesterday, yet registered a point on OV's goal. He does jump into the play a lot but doesn't come back to bite him as often as you'd think because opposing teams respect his talent and give him space. I'm as bummed at the lull as the rest of you but they care more than we do, I guarantee it. Especially the Flash, Fehr, and Nylander type players that know they are supposed to score but are in a rut. Flash was on the verge of solidifying a huge contract but his second half numbers, unless he turns it on now and in the playoffs, are costing him money for years to come.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 25, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm just hoping this is the effects of the Flu and some "bored with the regualr season" (which isn't good either). The defense IMO screened their goalie last night (Erskine actually deflected the puck in) and there is NO traffic in front of the opposing goalie.

Give them today off, practice hard tomorrow, play the system friday. They have had a good regular season except for March, time to build to go beyond the first round!

Posted by: Leeguru | March 25, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Canes regulation loss tonight and Caps win Friday puts the division in the bag (nearly). The best the Canes could do, to win the division, is win out with the Caps losing every game in regulation and then the Canes would win it on the season series points.

Posted by: saintex | March 25, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

@ SA-Town

Last year most of the key Caps had never been in the playoffs. And while coming into the playoffs with momentum and confidence does not guarantee success, it helps quite a bit.

Posted by: chevychase10 | March 25, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I actually think coming into the playoffs in a bit of a slump is good. It keeps you humble and wanting to give it that extra push.

It also makes you realize that everyone needs to step up to get it done.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 25, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

March is by far the worst month for the Caps 5-5-2 so far. Getting a 6 in the W column would help -- not technically a losing record then. April has to be better or its tee team before May

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 25, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

TEB, can you please explain how a player can get suspended for 3 games but not even receive an in-game minor penalty?

Posted by: OfficerSchneider | March 25, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

OfficerSchneider, try reading the NHL rulebook sometime. It just is.

Posted by: koalatek | March 25, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Here are the priorities for the team down the stretch...

1) Health
2) Health
4) Work on tight playoff system Defense
5) Goaltending
6) Get secondary scoring
7) Win Games
8) Get #2 seed

Many of you think #7 is #1 and your wrong.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 25, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Don Cherry:┬źDoes he respect our show?┬╗

Posted by: nafanaa | March 25, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

So ESPN has a poll asking if Ovie's celebrations are fun or disrespectful (http://espn.go.com/nhl/) and it's overwhelmingly going for fun. BUT, if you look at the map, the only state calling him disrespectful is PA. No surprise there, but what is interesting is that people in PA have voted more than any other location, including the international voters! So much for all those Pittsburghers saying that we care more about this rivalry than they do.

Posted by: Southwester | March 25, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

http://watch.tsn.ca/#clip153707

Just listen to what OV has to say about his Celebration ....He is one troubled Hockey player

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 25, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

ah StanleyCup1907, Yeah I'll take those troubled hockey players with 51 goals 96 points hitting like a bull dozer with that horrible immaturity that makes him jump into the glass after a goal. It's tough, but I'll take it.

Posted by: billd2 | March 25, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

http://watch.tsn.ca/#clip153707

Listen to OV's Comments

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 25, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Nobody here cares! Which part of that don't you understand!?!

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 25, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

The Caps have lost 2 in a row. Shouldn't we be hearing from Chief and Puckguru about now?

Posted by: Leeguru | March 25, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

tarik or anyone else in the know,
can you confirm where we stand on the 4 callup limit. i think we have used two, cheese for varly and now varly for cheese. the others i think were for emergency purposes and i dont think pothier counts either. that would leave 2 call ups, with 1 probably being alzner.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 25, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

dcsportsfan1:

I think Joe B. said last night that they have all been emergency call ups except Pothier.

Posted by: _newt_ | March 25, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

@mtracy94 - The physical abuse of officials game misconduct is an either/or thing. They can give out a minor penalty, a bench minor, a misconduct, or a game misconduct; it's not done as some combination of the above, like some penalties are, unfortunately.

The three-game suspension is mandated by the league, and is automatic for what Gerber did, the more fool, he.

Posted by: irockthered | March 25, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

51 Goals 96 points could be 74 goals 124 pts... As long as he floats and doesnt backcheck results will still be the same
League leading goal scorer on a NO CUP Team!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 25, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

newt,
cant see how cheese for varly was an emergency unless there is some exemption for goalies. it was clear that move was made for cap reasons, not injury. and pots was sent down for conditioning and i would have guessed not considered a "call up". odd.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 25, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

@southwester

That poll proves that PA is one angry state.

Can anyone here say they are from PA, and they couldnt think of living anywhere else?

Posted by: SA-Town | March 25, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

51 Goals 96 points could be 74 goals 124 pts... As long as he floats and doesnt backcheck results will still be the same
League leading goal scorer on a NO CUP Team!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 25, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

sc, paraphrasing george costanza, "its not a rediculously stupid statement if you believe it and repeat it over and over."

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 25, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

http://watch.tsn.ca/#clip153707

Just listen to what OV has to say about his Celebration ....He is one troubled Hockey player

Posted by: StanleyCup1907

And you are one troubled human being! You are not a Caps fan yet you come on here almost everyday now, there is something wrong with that.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 25, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

@doughless:

*extends hand for handshake* Not a big deal, doughless. I understand people's frustrations with losing and most people want to blame someone, anyone. It's normal to, I guess. Just that, some posters feel it's their obligation to rant and rave about a player or the entire team or the entire organization for that matter, just so they feel good about themselves because gosh darn it, if they aren't going to do anything about it, I sure am...*rolls eyes*

Thanks, though, doughless. I about gave up hope about this blog since most people decided to let SC1907 have his way with our team on this blog. You have my utmost respect, buddy. =)

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 25, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

@OfficerSchneider - The rules you're looking for are 40 and 41. The NHL rulebook is very clear on this: the penalties that may be assessed are spelled out very neatly in there. And yes, a game misconduct may be assessed by itself, though I don't know why we didn't get a power play as a result.

I did put that in as a question to the NHL Officials' Association, and will let y'all know when I hear back.

Posted by: irockthered | March 25, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Me thinks Stanley Cup is either Chief or Puckguru or maybe his brother.
But you know how to make safe comments , you're odds of being right are pretty good with their being sixteen top teams in the playoffs, so I'll give you that point. Nothing more though

Posted by: billd2 | March 25, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting how a person with psychotic tendencies can call anyone else troubled. Hmm, only in the U.S. of A. *evil grin*

Hi rachel216. Feel free to tag me back in for some tag-team troll stomping. =)

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 25, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

@dcsportsfan1
Varly is a emergency callup for Johnny. When Varly got sent down, Cheese became the new emergency callup for Johnny.

Posted by: koalatek | March 25, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

blah-bidy blah blah blah

Posted by: superpaqman | March 25, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

So ESPN has a poll asking if Ovie's celebrations are fun or disrespectful (http://espn.go.com/nhl/) and it's overwhelmingly going for fun. BUT, if you look at the map, the only state calling him disrespectful is PA.

-------------------------------------------
Not too bad though 871 votes
52% disrespectful
48% fun

Posted by: Redwolf1 | March 25, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Tarik! Katie! Lindsay! Anyone!
Pleeeeaaasssseeee, We need a "Block User" option.

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 25, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

"Why do us fans think the players care less about winning than we do?" I agree that the Caps are obviously eager to win and have much more at stake than we do. Clearly, they don't deliberately turn if off. However, shouldn't they have more control over turning it on?

Yes, it must be harder to control the motivation of entire team rather than one individual. Apparently group dynamics are very sensitive and can be set off by something small and intangible. But it seems obvious that a team cannot have such wide and upredictable "mood" swings to make it to the top, right? There has to be some consistency and predictability.

I really want to know if this is a matter of time and experience, group composition or what. I'd love to hear from those with a good grasp of hockey history.

Teams like Detroit and the Devils have maintained a top level of playing for years. On the other hand, teams like Tampa, Carolina, the Pens have reached to top but failed to sustaine an elite level. What is it?

Also, I would like to know if there is always a correlation between regular season and playoofs. Last year, we were hot in the second half of the year but lost our momentum in the playoffs and fizzled out. This year, we fizzled out in March. Could it be that we become energized in the playoffs?

Posted by: caraveli | March 25, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

DC you are allowed 4 callups up and back is counted as 1
23 man roster rule is waved but you still have to be within the salary cap

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 25, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

left coast:

my sense is that the purpose of these blogs is to field rants. personally, i didnt find my post to be a rant.

this town (DC) is uptight enough as it is. i made a joke. perhaps that is not allowed here. i figure on the left coast it is.

sometimes i choose to critique a player, the team or the organization on this space that was set up for that specific purpose. you choose to call my opinion trash. beautiful!!

end of the day, i will be in the Phone Booth friday nite, for the rest of the home games this season and through the playoffs cheering on Mike Lambogreenie and the rest of the multi-millionaire Young Guns as they try to bring Lord Stanley's Cup home to the Nation's Capital. see you there, "buddy!"

Posted by: doughless | March 25, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

this town (DC) is uptight enough as it is. i made a joke. perhaps that is not allowed here. i figure on the left coast it is.

Posted by: doughless | March 25, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Jokes? at a time like this? are you crazy?

Posted by: Leeguru | March 25, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Yes, we should definitely panic around here. Ovie looks troubled...only a goal and an assist last night. Just not good enough really.

Also our mediocre 5-3-2 record over our last 10 games. Boston 4-5-1, NJ 6-4-0, Philly 6-4-0. None of them has more points than us in their last 10, and we have the fewest losses in regulation of the top 4 in the East in our last 10.

Panic time indeed.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 25, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I dont understand how you can get thrown out of the game and not be assesed a minor penalty.

Posted by: arcassells | March 25, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I just wouldn't say he wiffed on the puck - he never got a chance as the defender was raising his stick up. If that were one of the Caps defensemen, it would have been considered hooking.

Posted by: _828 | March 25, 2009 12:53 PM

Bingo. If Semin does a lift check, they all it a hook. "I cant see what he's doing but it must be a hook, TWEET!" The refs are not friendly with the caps at all.

Posted by: oo7 | March 25, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

StanleyCup1907 - We're all laughing at you.

Posted by: gonchpup | March 25, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

@Irockthered,

Misconducts are not man down situtations ever. That's in the rulebook. All the bad things people do to get misconducts lead to the power plays. I think I said it yesterday, but ref abuse is one of the big ones (usually verbal). I think I once commented that the Kings should make a statute of Rob Schick with his hands on his hips and put it in front of the Staples Center for people to throw rotten fruit at it.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 25, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

(beating head on desk)
why do they continue talking to trolls? why?

Posted by: oo7 | March 25, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

DO NOT RESPOND TO THE TROLL!!!!!

Posted by: Greg S. | March 25, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

has anyone else read Gerber's comments about the ref bumping? He doesn't seem to think tis a big deal, and actually seems to be blaming some of it on the refs. I don't know about you, but it looks pretty deliberate to me, particularly the second time.

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 25, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

gotcha about the troll, How bout them cowboys

Posted by: billd2 | March 25, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

or as I used to say as a kid, "how 'bout them Bruins."

Speaking of which, they seem to be having as much fun as we are. Their last 10 they're at 4-5-1.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 25, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Was the three-game suspension and/or the game misconduct for the bumping or firing the puck at the refs? I haven't read any report on the suspension but since Gerber was still on the ice, and in the net awaiting play to resume, while the goal was being reviewed, I'm guessing they didn't run him for the bump and ran him for the puck firing incident. Even though they make a "signal" at the bump, they really seemed to give him the heave-ho after the puck incident.

Speaking of a pissed off goalie, here's Rask from a minor league game this week. Tuukka went MENTAL...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yshV_P4qB8w

Posted by: saintex | March 25, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

@ Greg S.

I live in Boston - most of my friends up here are Bruins fans - and yes I can honestly tell you they're just as frustrated as I am, if not more so.

Posted by: demodaze | March 25, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

The guys on Nhl on the Fly are saying that it was the puck firing was what got him thrown out. Yeah Comcast showed the Rask blowup during intermission last night, he went off. I kinda agree with him though.

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 25, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Tarik is there a way I can leave all troll comments on here but block all comments by people talking to/about/referencing the troll?

Thanks

Posted by: austinsteve | March 25, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

saintx,
that video is hilarious. are there different shootout rule in the AHL vs NHL? that one goal the puck was poke checked backwards and the guy scored anyway?

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 25, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

was what = that

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 25, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

To all that address the Trolls:

If they bug you, do not respond to them. Without your affirmation, they would move on to some other activity (most likely: college classes). They show up to tear down, not provide anything of value.

If you think that you can beat them - well, you cannot. Trolls have no stake in what they look to tarnish. Their (obvious) disenfranchised nature leads them to to try to tear down what others care for. If they are proven wrong (say, the Caps win the Stanley Cup), the trolls would move along and not expose themselves to their jubilant foils.

True, Trolls are to be pitied for their pathetic lot. I have yet to meet any that are either intelligent or clever. I have met my share of trolls as a lifelong D.C.-area resident. This area is much different from, say, Pittsburgh. D.C. sees many more transplants than other cities. A portion of the transplants always will feel disenfranchised and powerless, leading to a sad troll existence. Those are the sorts that will feel jealous of what others have and will attempt to destroy the good feelings of others.

Pity the trolls, but if they bother you, ignore them. I pray for the trolls and hope they can find the happiness that eludes them and inspires their hackneyed attacks. However, engaging with them is beneath me.

Posted by: crooks_c | March 25, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin backcheck exemplar:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvFluN0xUWM

Posted by: yosemite_sam | March 25, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

@sombrero guy

So...

Have you checked your Facebook status msg lately?

I'm thinking not.

Posted by: austinsteve | March 25, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

@ yosemite_sam,

Nice video. I forgot what a great save that was.

Posted by: crooks_c | March 25, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Guys have been taking runs at OV for awhile now. I think Friday night might have a few more coming his way, but the great thing about him is that his always keeps his head up. The biggest guy in the league(Chara) has taken runs at him and OV has stood him up time and time again.

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 25, 2009 12:39 PM


@Ludeman95: Well said. "In Soviet Russia, goal scores you..."

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 25, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

@doughless:

I'm wondering if my response came off as sarcastic. It wasn't meant to. And sadly, I won't be in DC until Game 2 of the 1st round. Ugh. 22 more days and counting. Enjoy the game and here's hoping the Capitals remind us why we care about them so much! =)

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 25, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

there are more stop feeding the troll posts then actual troll posts. we get it, we either decide to ignore you or the troll or both.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | March 25, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I got a paper in the mail yesterday about the playoffs. $1,200 for 1 seat for 2 games in the following,
2 in the quarters
2 in the semis
2 in the Ecf's
2 in the Scf's

Whew too rich for my blood!

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 25, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

@ludeman95

Season ticket holders have taken over the booth....Best bet is to hit craigslist.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 25, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin backcheck exemplar:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvFluN0xUWM


Posted by: yosemite_sam | March 25, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

thanks for this one sam, i couldn't remember which game he made this play in. as sc1907 noted, if he'd just do more of this he's score more goals. makes perfect sense...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 25, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

@saintex
"Refs last night were consistent on the hooking calls that I saw - Erskine and the Leaf at the end of OT. Get the stick up in the gut, and parallel to the ground, and you were going to the box."

Except for the Semin play which was not only blatant but also a huge game changer. 5 seconds later Erskine got his hooking penalty and they score.

I'm not going to complain too vehemently however since I have yet to see a clear view of Laich's goal. If that play had happened to the Caps this board would still be on fire.

Posted by: ouvan59 | March 25, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

@ Sa-Town

When I go down to the practice on Friday, maybe I'll hit up Greenie to see if he can get me some tickets, haha

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 25, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

As for Ovie backchecking...

Shocker that he isn't always the 3rd guy back when he's usually in deep on the forecheck. In that vid we were on the PP and he was manning the point. Just as most of us point out when he's in a more defensive position you see what happens, he makes great defensive plays in addition to his offense. Ovie doesn't play center, a lot of times he's going to be the 5th guy high be DESIGN.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 25, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Didn't we just finish 9 of 10 (5 in a row) on the road and don't we have the flu going through the locker room? We get lots of rest now and some good practice time in, we should be ready for the playoffs. We'll see if they ramp it up over the last 5 games or so.

Posted by: kenwoodFredVa | March 25, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

@ouvan59

Last year in the playoffs, Huet had the puck under his pads right at the goal line. There was no clear view of the puck crossing the line or staying out. Every angle they showed, his pads were covering the puck, they still called it a goal. I was on fire for a few days after that call.

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 25, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uqYD5s2f7M

This is a hard backcheck..Cup Material

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 25, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

@ Sa-Town
@ludeman95

Club Level Season Tickets for $52 per ticket per game. 2009 playoffs at $52 all four rounds. My sales guy is rpotter@washsports.com

Posted by: boomer44 | March 25, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

The times when the Capitals lose, I imagine the "Jaws" movie theme song playing, as one troll after another rears their ugly heads. It'll make you chuckle how fitting that song is for those troglodites and their postings.

As for season tickets, if I lived in the area, I'd mildly consider buying season tickets. However, I've been getting my tickets (row behind the Caps' bench mostly) from tickettango.com. Relatively reasonable pricing. Great seats too.

Let's Goo Caps!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 25, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

As to the Laich goal, I believe the refs made exactly the right call, although it was probably a tough one.

Rule 78.5(ix) states that a goal must be disallowed "[w]hen a goalkeeper has been pushed into the net together with the puck after making a save."

So while I think Laich did push Gerber into the net together with the puck, the crucial issue was whether Gerber had really made "a save" before Laich pushed him and the puck into the net.

The term "save" is not further defined within the same rule, and some types of "saves" aren't even going to come into play in this type of situation, but I would think there has been a "save" as relevant to this rule when the goalie has both (1) covered the puck AND (2) either (a) the whistle blows, or (b) the goalie has stopped the puck's progress towards the goal mouth.

Gerber had the puck covered before Laich poked it in, but the ref never blew the whistle and it really looked like Gerber never actually stopped the puck's progress. It seemed like Gerber was still moving, along with the puck, when Laich poked the puck, and Gerber, into the net.

It could well be the case that Gerber WOULD'VE made the save had Laich not done what he did, but that's irrelevant under the rule. The only issue under the rule is whether the save is actually made BEFORE the goalie and puck are pushed into the net.

So, I don't think Gerber ever made what could be called a "save" on the play, and I think the refs got this one right.

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 25, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

ludeman95 (and others), I know that I'll be selling at least one game per series (we have 2 seats), and I know a couple other season ticket holders will be, too. Craigslist, stubhub, and the ticketexchange (or become good friends real fast with a STH!) are probably your best bets.

Beware, though, that the Caps just informed STH that they anticipate tickets arriving between April 3-7. So I would be VERY wary of purchasing tickets from someone who claims to be holding tickets right now.

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 25, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

saintex: In NO WAY am I saying what Rask did was okay but in his defense that was two absolutely CRAPPY calls. Two no-goals count as goals. The first one was ridiculous, he poke checked it, the puck was no longer in motion toward the net. No goal. The second definitely was off the crossbar. I feel for him. AHL needs replays!

Posted by: rachel216 | March 25, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

@rachel,

I think he was screwed on the first call...didn't seem like continuous forward progress. He just flipped after the second, and he had a right to be angry. I thought - since no one was hurt and all - that it was a very funny meltdown. I can't figure out why he's falling in the boards.

Posted by: saintex | March 25, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uqYD5s2f7M

This is a hard backcheck..Cup Material

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 25, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

seriously, is that best you can do? ovie gets his glove caught in the glass and the pens go the other way. he's 70 feet from the play but is accused of not back checking. he defintely should have skated harder so he could have been 30 feet from the play.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 25, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

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