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Tonight's Lineup

It hasn't happened often this season, but Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau did not have to shuffle his lines and pairings. No new injuries means he's going to use exactly the same lineup tonight that he used in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Rangers.

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Kozlov
Laich-Nylander-Semin
Fehr-Steckel-Clark
Brashear-Gordon-Bradley

Defense
Schultz-Green
Alzner-Jurcina
Collins-Morrisonn


Theodore

Johnson

Some other pre-game odds and ends to get you ready for tonight:

*Asked what he expected from the crowd tonight, Boudreau said: "In the past, before the playoffs, Philly had a lot of fans down here. It will be interesting to see how that ratio is tonight."

*The Caps have outscored opponents 25-9 in the first period at home this season. No wonder they are 17-1-1 here.

*Three Flyers -- Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and Simon Gagne -- are tied atop the league in shorthanded goals with 4 apiece. If you recall, the biggest goal of the teams' previous meeting was Carter's shorty late in the second period after a Mike Green turnover at the point.

"The really attack the points really well," Boudreau said. "And once there's a turnover, they are gone."

*In the past 30 minutes, I've seen almost the entire Washington scouting staff come through. So the team's organizational/pre-draft meetings must be about to begin.

*And finally, when a reporter asked Richards, the Flyers' captain, about Boudreau's comments, Richards had this to say moments ago: "I think it's kind of a joke [but] whatever. If you need to fire up your team by saying something like that, then you have a bigger issue. We didn't run it up. It was [7]-1. What if Washington comes back with four goals, three goals? They could easily do that. What are we supposed to do, not try to score? If you're going to use something like that to fire your team up for a pretty big game ...what does that say about your lineup?"

Is it game time yet?

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 6, 2009; 5:19 PM ET
 
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Comments

there's not doubt that Richards is a fine player but he's always irked me for some reason !

I hope we can pull out a win tonight and really bring it to the Flyers !!

Go CAPS!

Posted by: jogabonito | January 6, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Show Up...BE LOUD....and bring it home!!

Posted by: dldavis881 | January 6, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully they can bounce back after that awful loss that I will not speak of that happened on December the 20th. Please just don't leave Theodore hanging out to dry tonight

Posted by: washcapsfanandorioles | January 6, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

What does it say about your lineup? It says they are going to come out in a fiery rage, and you'd better be ready Richards, you a$$hat.

Posted by: ThisGuy | January 6, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Someone has to be in Richards face all night. Eliminate him and the Flyers fall. OV, Backie, whoever...every time he touches the puck-whack him; every time he starts yappin' at the refs, push him. Get in his kitchen and everything will fall into place.

Posted by: meagle | January 6, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Bring it.

Time to sort 'em out again Donny.

Posted by: pch49 | January 6, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

All this talk over the past 3 days has lead to a playoff-like atmosphere - better believe both clubs are feeling it. I'd love to be a fly on the wall in the home locker room before the start of this one. I just hope they don't come out over excited and make any foolish mistakes by being too aggressive. The first 10 minutes of this one should be interesting.

LETS GO CAPS!!

Posted by: RicketyCricket | January 6, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Good question, Mr. Richards. We should answer that and then we should ask what it says about Philly's lineup to be questioning the lineup of a team 5 points ahead of it in the stands... (and tit for tat ad infinitum).

Posted by: noptov | January 6, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Disappointed...no Flash!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

RICHARDS.....MUST.....DIE

Posted by: drewsie | January 6, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

We'll see how Richards likes to run his mouth with Brash's paw down his throat!

Posted by: RicketyCricket | January 6, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Since it's the first night of class, our professor handed out syllabuses and told us to go home and watch the Capitals game.

OK, since I'm in Tennessee, he didn't really say that. But that's what I'll be doing!

Now let me catch up on this stuff that schmuck Stevens said.

Posted by: Cerealman | January 6, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

customers (and yes, some moron will come in to buy a car on a night like tonight) will have to wait until between periods to sign their paperwork.

Posted by: Leeguru | January 6, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

It would be great if someone could post the feed for tonight's game... thanks so much!!

Posted by: BigMogilny | January 6, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Let's make those arrogant losers eat their words. Come on Caps!!!!!

Posted by: cbs75 | January 6, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Richards is 100% correct. Why should any team lie down for another team ? its stupid. If someone else said that about the Caps our fans would accuse them of being "whiners" . well we come off like whiners now. I'm glad the Flyers kicked our butts because hopefully it lights a fire and we come out real strong tonight. And that doesn't mean just a lot of shots on net. It means treating this like a playof game and doing everything in our power to beat them on the scoreboard and beat them up physically. I don't see it happening but at least Boudreau's comments have added extra fuel to this rivalry!

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 6, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Any live feeds tonight i'm stuck at work no tv but full internet

Posted by: littledogdan | January 6, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

F the flyers, those classless bums.
At the game right now rockin the red!
Hope OV sticks it to Richards. It's payback time!
LET'S GO CAPS!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: tURBO8 | January 6, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Makers Mark - Check
Candles round Ovie Bobblehead - Check
Internet feed of game - check
Alarm set for 6 hours for work - Check

Ok, I'm ready, bring it on!

Lets go Caps!

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 6, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Yeah but they Phlyers suck so that means Richards is a pompous d0uch3! F him and his horse!

LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: RicketyCricket | January 6, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

little
try atdhe.com

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 6, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

OK... I'm out until after Tivo's finished. Kick em in the neck Caps!

Posted by: RicketyCricket | January 6, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Booyah shaka!

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | January 6, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

BACKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Great start boys!

Get in there Nicky!

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 6, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Brashear already face-washing people.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | January 6, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I have seen at least two errors that tell me nylander doesnt DESERVE to play with Semin!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Moose33 | January 6, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

come on theo

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Semin should stick to fighting!! :)

Great kill Caps!

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 6, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

wtf_e_fehr,
I agree, it was a pity he could take that pass in the slot after his linemates opened the opportunity up for him.

Also Fehr missed a great chance just before that.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 6, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

winning breeds confidence

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

ladies and gentlemen, for the second straight flyers game...WE HAVE COME TO PLAY!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Obviously that should be "pity he COULDN'T take that pass"

Our D are playing well, Juice looking good and physical so far, same for Mo.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 6, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

to win the Norris, Green must work on his defense...

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

good period!

Posted by: Leeguru | January 6, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

i'm scared Ovie is going to injury himself trying to destroy as many flyers as possible.

Posted by: Moose33 | January 6, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

wtf_e_fehr,
Greenie is fine as he is, his skating is a different gravy. The way he entered the zone resulted in the penalty that Backstrom scored off.

I'll take this Greenie thanks.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 6, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

intense, fast first twenty - 40 more to go

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 6, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

good period, but we were still getting beat on even strength for the majority of the period. we need to dig deep and stick with it.

theodore has been A+

Posted by: richmondphil | January 6, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

to the person who was talking about trading for maxim.

joe b; "maxim afinogenov, i thought he was already out all year."

Posted by: richmondphil | January 6, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

koken interviewed backstrom at 1st intermission. backstrom needs a haircut

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 6, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Anyone think when Semin is lining up opposite Hartnell at faceoffs he's saying "Come on, lets go, me and you, right now"

No, me neither :)

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 6, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Boy, just can't get to those juicy rebounds.....

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | January 6, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

that is a terrible penalty by steckel but great kill

Posted by: Moose33 | January 6, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

We could be out of sight here. Fehr's chance in the first, Nyls great chance, Kozlov's deflection that just hit the side of the net.

Keep working boys.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 6, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Min 1 Bos 0 (3:40 to go in the 2nd)
Atl 0 Pit 1 (end of 1st)

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 6, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

can anyone tell me why backs is wearing the A and brash is not?

Posted by: bleedred | January 6, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

MIN 1 - BOS 0 after 2
OTT 2 - BUF 3 close to end of 2nd
NJD 0 - CAR 2 after 2
FLA 2 - TOR 0 early in the 2nd
ATL 0 - PIT 1 early in the 2nd

Pittsburgh need to hang on with Carolina, Buffalo and Florida winning.

Lets go Thrash!!

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 6, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Man oh man, what a nail-biter. We got so close several times to increase our lead. But Philly has had some great chances too. JT looking good. Should make for an exciting 3rd period.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 6, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

What a weak penalty call. Damn. Come on Caps.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 6, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

do we need ANY more indication that we need to move Nylander????

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

what the heckkk !!

Posted by: jogabonito | January 6, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Weak penalty

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 6, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

i hope they score fast... this could kill alot of the momentum that we had

Posted by: jogabonito | January 6, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else hearing that "Let's go Flyers" chant? Can't get rid of that Philly scum.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 6, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

^ yeah i also heard the "flyers suck" chant everytime

i agree tho, too manny flyers fans at the game

Posted by: jogabonito | January 6, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

come on caps, we got to score. I really don't want this to go to OT

Posted by: jogabonito | January 6, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

PP. Let's go Caps!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by: cbs75 | January 6, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Damn so many juicy rebounds yet we can't seem to get a break !

Posted by: jogabonito | January 6, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Feels like the Caps are making the Philly goaltenders look much better than they really are. We need a little luck. More crashing the net should help.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 6, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Whew, that was close with Carter.

Posted by: Satts | January 6, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

If Ovie hits Clark like that again we might not have to worry about the salary cap!

Posted by: Satts | January 6, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Man, that looked like the OV hit that he tried to put on Malkin last season. Glad he didn't fully connect w/Clark.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 6, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

DaveUKCapsFan ,

Green sometimes makes some bad decisions/plays in his own end....fact

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

these guys are playing so hard

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

WE CANT LOSE!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

wtf_e_fehr,
Without a doubt he does, he also creates more goals than he is at fault for. Fact.

Min wins in Beantown 1-0.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 6, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

No late turnovers

Posted by: Satts | January 6, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

stinks

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Stupid #%$#%$# Nylander penalty.

Posted by: Satts | January 6, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

With Boston losing at home in regulation worse case we gain a point on the Bruins.

Has their bubble burst?

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 6, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

that terrible penalty call was the difference in a very hard fought game, that's unfortunate. Hopefully we'll get the extra point.

Posted by: Moose33 | January 6, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

DaveUKCapsFan ,

Point taken, just wanting him to get better on D and win the Norris..

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Flyers forecheck is an absolute beast. We could improve in that area.

Posted by: Satts | January 6, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

think im gonna puke. soo fn close.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 6, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Flyers backcheck is an absolute beast. We could improve in that area.

Posted by: uncatim | January 6, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

are playing roy or biron? wtf!

Posted by: cbs75 | January 6, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

props to theo, finally tryin to earn that check

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

wtf_e_fehr,
I agree but we should be grateful we have him. I can think of 29 other NHL teams who would want him.

Ok JT, bring home the extra point.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 6, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

kozlov
semin
backs

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

semin needs put a cork in the toe drag for a couple shifts. The guy probably has the best wrist shot in the nhl...shoot it.

Posted by: Moose33 | January 6, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

ok, i was close

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

lord i hate shootouts

Posted by: honed | January 6, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

could they drag this out any longer?

Posted by: cbs75 | January 6, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

boo-ya!!

Posted by: cbs75 | January 6, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

holy cow,

is Kozlov = money in Russian?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

here comes the O

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: cbs75 | January 6, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

theo the hero

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

JOSE!!!!!

Posted by: Satts | January 6, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Nice work JT!

5 points off Boston and counting.....

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 6, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

THEOOOOO!!!!!

Posted by: ludeman95 | January 6, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

i guess these second half surges are true. Way to go Theo!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: bleedred | January 6, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

so freakin happy for Theo! he truly deserved this win ! :)

Posted by: jogabonito | January 6, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

great game and great effort by the team. JT is starting to earn the paycheck, he was brilliant.

Posted by: Moose33 | January 6, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

SO was all theo (and kozlov)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 6, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Is Comcast reading this???

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I REALLY hope Theo is legit...

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 6, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

That was a FUN game to watch! Great game on both sides.

Bring back the Patrick!

Posted by: Greg S. | January 6, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Tarik -

Leave that..."did you hear what Boudreau said about..." stuff for football. Hockey, and hockey journalism doesn't need it, and frankly, you are far better than that.

Posted by: shotfromthepoint | January 6, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Threenomore! Way to go Theo & company. Brilliant game!

Posted by: Terptwin | January 6, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness. Although I expected a little more from the Caps' offense, if they'd lost I would have been annoyed on Theo's behalf :p Nice to see Mo cleaning out guys behind the net though!

Posted by: honed | January 6, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow who is the Capitals new goalie. He has really stepped up. Way to go Theo!

Posted by: HBFan | January 6, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

It was also to see Carter cry when Theo shut the door in him. Whiney babies.

Posted by: HBFan | January 6, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Way To Go CAPS!

To bad the Phlyers got a point, but a win is a win. They sure were sliding all over the ice blocking shots from the caps offense all night long.

Posted by: ejohnsto | January 6, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Just got back from the game.
Did we just get a number 1 goalie?! Theo really stepped it up, stopping 3 terrific shootout shooters.
Great win tonight Caps!

P.S. I peed all over Dany (Briere) Peeiere's face tonight. The most satisfying pee of my entire life...

Posted by: tURBO8 | January 6, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Great game!

Are we sure that isn't Varlamov wearing Theodore's jersey?

Maybe we can put Alzner in Nylander's jersey and get under the salary cap. :)

Posted by: Cerealman | January 6, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Would have prefered an 8-0 beatdown for sure, but what a game!!! Hate to say it, but the Flyers have another thing I wish we had more of: a real presence in front of the net in Hartnell and Knuble. Their goal was a direct result of Hartnell's screen.

Watched the game on the Philly broadcast. Most bizarre return from commercial ever; Jim Jackson, the local play by play guy, leads Bill Clement in with a comment about the game. Clement responds with a rhetorical question on the color of Jackson's pants and whether the audience will ever get to see them. Huh? I miss Joe B.

Posted by: geauxcaps | January 6, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

theo: 2.88 GA / .896 save %

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 6, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Jarkko Ruutu tries to chew a Buffalo player's finger!

Posted by: Greg S. | January 6, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I just saw that on comcast, what is that penalty called???

Posted by: ludeman95 | January 6, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Boston loses, Caps win... two more points closer to first!

Go CAPS!

VC was as LOUD as the playoffs tonight and full.

Props to Theo, he stood up when the Caps couldn't get in together.

Posted by: AMHV2772 | January 6, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

It is official. I am a Theo convert.

Posted by: DCwho | January 6, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

...and ESPN.com noted the atmosphere inside the Verizon Center tonight:
"The most startling turnabout, however, was the atmosphere in the arena. Throngs traveling from Philadelphia usually match the home fans in noise if not in number, yet for the first time in memory the Flyers faithful were a minor blip when compared to a playoff-intensity Capitals crowd that sold out the building for the sixth straight game and ninth overall. Last year on this date, Washington had exactly one sellout for the entire season."

The crowd was great as was the game although I hate nailbiters....

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | January 6, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

New nickname.

Jarkko Ruuchew

Posted by: Greg S. | January 6, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, they have elbowing, kneeing. I guess a 2 minute minor for biting unless they draw blood when it's 4? Loss of digit is an automatic ejection. Biting an ear is an automatic date with Tyson in the ring.

Posted by: Greg S. | January 6, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Funny! Peters doing the face wash, Ruutu takes exception and bites Peters' glove off his hand.

Peters gets 2 minutes for unsportsmanlike for the facewash behind the play.

Ruutu just gets a bad taste in his mouth. No penalty.

Posted by: Greg S. | January 6, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

I have to say, although there are things that could improve for next time, Theo kept us in the game

I also think that we played a lot more physical then the previous game against the flyers, it seemed that even they were surprised a bit.

Posted by: jogabonito | January 6, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

GREAT game. Theo played great. We had awesome energy, but Green and even Ovie made some really scary, questionable pass attempts. If our offense isn't firing, those things will burn us. I hope we get the Pfailers and the Peennies (my new name for the Pens) in the postseason and WHIP 'em both.

Posted by: kevbnyc | January 6, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Just got back as well.

Any update on Clark? After OV was a little, anxious? I didn't see him much after.

I really hope the boys can adjust to that pressure. The Rangers put a couple guys in the zone Saturday, the Flyers brought them there and in the neutral zone. That's going to cause some trouble in the postseason, depending on the opponent.

VC got loud, but folks got their late (I think). It was like a Laker crowd, disgraceful. Glad to hear them make up for it later.

Nice to get the two points, though there's stuff to work on ahead of Columbus and Montreal.

BTW, Boston hosts Ottawa Thursday, Carolina Saturday and Montreal Tuesday.

Posted by: Section117 | January 6, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

devilscapsgirl,

I read that too and it is incredibly stupid. We've never matched flyers fans in numbers or intensity in our own building before? ...do last year's playoffs ring a bell??

Posted by: jec4p | January 6, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, and EFF Stevens and EFF richards. Loohoo-se-herrrs!

Posted by: kevbnyc | January 6, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

devilscapsgirl

Lose the devils already.

Oh yeah, and from the previous thread, EFF that kettlethingiewhateverguy!

Posted by: kevbnyc | January 6, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Just got home and settled. (had to throw laundry in.)

Thoughts -

- Theo was the man tonight. Period.
- Fehr-Steckel-Clark was the best line on the ice tonight.
- VC was seriously loud tonight. Any Flyers fan who thinks Washington has forgotten had better think again - and it will be a long time before they forget. That's just how it is, guys.
- O was choppy as hell - what was with all the missed passes? I think the ice was kind of sloppy with the humidity, judging from how much the puck was bouncing all over creation, but there was an awful lot of people not noticing where the puck was, and it was very disturbing. Hope Boudreau works on that.
- D was solid as a rock. I hope we don't have to send Alzner down.

Overall ... closer than I'm happy with. I don't like being shellacked that badly and then come into our own barn and barely win. That's not cool. But still, two points is two points and I'll take the W and run.

And yes, we've got stuff to work on, but you know what? We've got a couple of days to do it now.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 6, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Kittypawz on her thoughts of the game.
I don't agree with those who thought of this as a great game, far from it, the only line that played consistently well, in my opinion, was that of fehr, steckel, and clark. I thought semin played well and created some wonderful opportunities, to me he is the best player in this team, I would like to see him play with Kozlov rather than Ov, I think it will be a better tandem. For whatever reason, I thought OV was not himself or did not play as well tonight. I don't think Richard's statement about OV should be dismissed on its entirety, I don't mean on the dirty play, I mean on OV's tendencies to concentrate so much on hits.

Posted by: x1232 | January 7, 2009 12:54 AM | Report abuse

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