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Tonight's lineup: Canadiens at Caps

Semyon Varlamov, as expected, will start in goal for the Caps and is set to face Jaroslav Halak as the Habs attempt to become the ninth No. 8 seed to upset a No. 1 seed in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarters.

The rest of the lineup should look like this:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Laich-Morrison-Semin
Chimera-Belanger-Fehr
Walker-Gordon-Bradley
(Scratches: David Steckel, Quintin Laing, Tomas Fleischmann)

Defense
Schultz-Green
Alzner-Carlson
Morrisonn-Corvo
(Scratches: Erskine, Sloan)

Goalies
Varlamov
Theodore

The above lineup is based on warmups. If anything changes, I'll post an update.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 28, 2010; 6:51 PM ET
 
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Comments

its on

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

LET'S GO CAPS!!! GAME TIME!!!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Let's Go CAPS!

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 28, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm so nervous, but I BELIEVE!

LET'S GO CAPS!

Posted by: wocoliz | April 28, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Damn work. Gonna miss half the game. The only update on how the game's going will be you guys. Let's go!

Posted by: visionof75 | April 28, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

WIN WIN WIN CAPS WIN WIN WIN

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 28, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

visionof75, I hope we can keep giving you good news!

Posted by: wocoliz | April 28, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Just do it, Caps!

Posted by: Terptwin | April 28, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

a;lsdbq;klvbqkvjbqvoqvnb -- ok, pregame puke over

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 28, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I want to pile up some dirty goals tonight. We needs those poke-ins, net crashes, and screens.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

BELIEVE. (feel stupid saying that about a 1 seed versus an 8, nah well)

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 28, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking forward to the game. I'm hoping for a win. But I'm also at peace with myself and this team, which should make the evening easier to handle.

Posted by: CDon | April 28, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!! JUST WIN!!

Posted by: rachel216 | April 28, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

@vision

If there was EVER a night to miss the early part of a game...THIS is it!

You will be well informed.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I believe too, wocoliz!

Posted by: Terptwin | April 28, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

may throw up any second now.

Posted by: Aldred15 | April 28, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Please come out strong!

Posted by: thomas20 | April 28, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

good luck everyone

Posted by: Moose33 | April 28, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

remember

caps = parker lewis

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I hope Varly has a great game. He seriously the most intense-looking guy on the team. I want him to play with almost robotic precision.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Please come out strong!

Posted by: thomas20

Totally agree! Score FIRST and win the first period. Can't afford a listless start.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 28, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

THEY CAN'T LOSE!!!!!!

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remember

caps = parker lewis

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:07 PM

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I want goals in tight and dirty, hmm, sounds like the theme for a certain kind of movie, hmmm

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 28, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Keep bodies in front of Halak. As others have said, he can't stop what he can't see.

C-A-P-S CAPS CAPS CAPS!!!!

Posted by: wocoliz | April 28, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

THEY CAN'T LOSE!!!!!!

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remember

caps = parker lewis

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:07 PM

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:08 PM |

beautiful

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I"m cracking up! LET'S GO CAPS!!!!!!!!

Posted by: kyle_woodruff | April 28, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

HERE WE GO

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I want goals in tight and dirty, hmm, sounds like the theme for a certain kind of movie, hmmm

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 28, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I want GOALS. I couldn't care less how they go in.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 28, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

So happy to see Fleischmann scratched, given his play this series. Also very happy to see Walker in the lineup, which I said right here that I wanted going into the series (although I wasn't sure whose place I thought he should take at the time).

I feel confident that this lineup will have no problem tonight.

Posted by: youaresquishy | April 28, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

thanks wtf.

BB said to "have faith" in one of the radio shows before this series started. The mantra's coming to fruition now.

Posted by: visionof75 | April 28, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

prepare for MORE OF THE SAME HALAK!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Right there, if OV goes to the front of the net, rather than off to the side, he pounds home a rebound.

Posted by: CDon | April 28, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Make Halak see rubber all night long, again could be taken tghe wrong way

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 28, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

OVIE BRINGING THE FURY

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

LETS GO CAPS!!!!!!

Posted by: elicea | April 28, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Fehr will lead us to the promised land.

Posted by: youaresquishy | April 28, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

right now...MAX EFFORT!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

PHEW...Varly early save.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Booth sounds loud on TV. Hope they keep it that way!

Posted by: wocoliz | April 28, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Come on Brads. I want guys hitting but you can't miss that badly.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 28, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

ok

Halak is IN FOR IT!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

come on score, Caps, score

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 28, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

don't be afraid to hit the hobbits

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 28, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

So nervous...

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

time to crash the net!!!!

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 28, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Semin with three bad decisions tonight already. He's gotta get his head into this thing.

Posted by: CDon | April 28, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Semin looks afraid to be hit. I can't tell if he is hurt or what.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 28, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

nhl.com isn't showing the game

wtf!!!!!!!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 28, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

The first goal on this guy will make me feel SO MUCH BETTER!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Semin is often shy to be hit, but I don't care as long as he is an offensive presence. Come on Caps, beat Halak

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 28, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Caps have more energy, obviously, but they're not getting prime scoring chances yet.

Posted by: CDon | April 28, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

LOVE the intensity. Would LOVE a GOAL even more.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

SoaringCaps they always black out VS games. unless you are talking about the score up top and then it is on the right last time I checked.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 28, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Outstanding start...Where the hell was this the last two games?! Walker line is a beast so far.

Posted by: robostop10 | April 28, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

mtl is blocking everything. we have no room!!

Posted by: rachel216 | April 28, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I just do not want MTL to score.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 28, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

I hope Flash will be looking down from the press box.
Let's go Capitals. Let's go Capitals. Let's go Capitals

Posted by: instinct227 | April 28, 2010 6:05 PM

I am so happy Flash is watching from the press box.


Posted by: instinct227 | April 28, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Can't Sit STILL!!! Come on SCORE!!!!

Posted by: kyle_woodruff | April 28, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

They obviously dont want 50+ more shots, expected

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Blocking everything is MTL's game, turtle-tiger game. Drop into a defensive turtle and wait to pounce when the Caps over commit. If the Caps do pressure and score, the turtle can't work anymore and MTL has to break out of the turtle. SO SCORE AND BREAK THE TURTLES SHELL.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 28, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

10 minutes in and we aren't down. That is good so far.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 28, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Come on Caps, please score so that I can settle me nerves down.

Posted by: instinct227 | April 28, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

What's with these icings? Pay attention to where you are on the ice.

Posted by: CDon | April 28, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

OHHHH COME ON SEMIN

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

How do u miss that!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jdove80 | April 28, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Off the crossbar!!!!!! ARGH!!!

Posted by: elicea | April 28, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Son of a %#)$@ Semin is just snakebit right now.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 28, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Aww so close for Semin

Posted by: instinct227 | April 28, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

its ok
its ok

Semin will be ok

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

SEMIN!!!! What his his problem? Put the puck in the damn net.

Posted by: CDon | April 28, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

damn - i can feel it - caps will get the first one

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 28, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

We can not get behind, we need a goal

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 28, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Still, I hope that really rattled Halak's cage. Maybe something good'll happen.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

semin will never score. this is depressing. we had the first goal right there.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 28, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I think Joe B is right--Semin is snakebit. Damn post! Semin's working hard tonight, though--hopefully his luck will change.

Posted by: wocoliz | April 28, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

wow, semin is snakebit...keep going

Posted by: Moose33 | April 28, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Two rum and Cokes down, another (fill in number here) to go ...

Posted by: CDon | April 28, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Come on Semin! So far he's had a brutal pass giveaway in his own end, iced the puck for no apparent reason, then missed a wide open net. And he's probably only played 5 shifts. Get it together.

Posted by: Stu_c | April 28, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I hate that crossbar!!! Check the regulation on that net....

Posted by: kyle_woodruff | April 28, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

It is bad Semin couldn't get the bounce but I like us getting odd man rushes and crashing the net. Those are two good things.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 28, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

He owes the team some goals.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 28, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

GUYS IT'S OK: HALAK'S CAGE HAS BEEN RATTLED!

WE WILL SCORE FIRST!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Even though we already have the Ameritel triplets, can we have some Hollerbach girls?

Posted by: vawoodworker84 | April 28, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

he didnt get a chance to shoot, not easy to deflect a bouncing puck accurately

Posted by: koscold | April 28, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Come on Caps get going here; time to tickle the twine behind Halak

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 28, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Isn't that how Laich got hit in the face, 'off the crossbar'

Posted by: instinct227 | April 28, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

we r playing good hockey right now

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Come on guys one thing you can't do aginst a hot goalie is shoot less.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 28, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

It seems like MTL is buzzing now -- got to survive and then thrive

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 28, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

i miss joe b and locker - these versus guys suck

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 28, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Carlson got a good shot off. Still American hero.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

gordo - gotta get that one up a little higher - good shift

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 28, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I want more shifts from Gordon's line. They look like they want to play again this year.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 28, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Gordo playin like a man, solid forecheck led to that last chance

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

5 to 1 scoring chances...us

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

I WILL BE REALLY HAPPY WHEN WE BEAT THIS GUY!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

i miss joe b and locker - these versus guys suck

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 28, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

At least these guys aren't the ones who did the Detroit game last night. They were only getting about 1/2 of the players names right when calling the play.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 28, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Well one thing I can tell so far is that we came to play tonight. The intensity level so far is much higher than it was for the other games in the 1st period. Semin though has to make that shot. No excuse for it hitting the crossbar.

Posted by: Thundershock | April 28, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

DAMNIT SCORE IT IN THE SCRUM!!!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

This is ridiculous. Another open net, and Halak was able to make the stops. Caps are playing better for sure, but they have to get something by him to change the tenor of the game and the series. That's why Semin's miss was so HUGE.

Posted by: CDon | April 28, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

looks like bmo is going off - hope the send a hab with him

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 28, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

another good forecheck this time by Bmo leads to a Semin chance


where was this emotion all series

one of their better game 7s so far.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Penalty on Morrisson coming up...better be 4 on 4.

Posted by: robostop10 | April 28, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

cheese and rice...cheese and rich...cheese and freaking rice!!!

Posted by: kyle_woodruff | April 28, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

(If only we'd come out like this in game 5....)

Still, love the energy our CAPS are showing so far tonight. HAVE FAITH!!

Posted by: wocoliz | April 28, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I like the net presence but we need to start shooting high again. High glove was where we were beating him earlier now we don't seem to be shooting there anymore.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 28, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

yeah bmo charged the net and started a little scrum

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Even though he missed the shot, I'm loving how Semin's hustling and attacking.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The team is playing well. The entire game is basically being played in the Habs end. We just haven't had great scoring chances. I like the intensity, keep it up.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 28, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Halak is stopping all shots high to glove save recently. Caps just need to bang in rebounds.

Posted by: CDon | April 28, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

halak is in their heads.. ugh. missing too many good chances..

Posted by: rachel216 | April 28, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Their goalies is starting to piss me off. Is he human because the last few games he has been playing out of this world.

Posted by: Thundershock | April 28, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Dumb penalty Mike

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

good job retard

Posted by: jdove80 | April 28, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Green just went nuts and took a penalty on offense

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Damn you Greenie.

Posted by: instinct227 | April 28, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Please get Green off the ice.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 28, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

STUPID STUPID STUPID penalty Green

Posted by: Thundershock | April 28, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

GODDAMNIT MIKE GREEN

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

who didnt see that coming

Posted by: jdove80 | April 28, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

i don't know why green was complaining - if that happened to a cap i would expect a penalty

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 28, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

and they score

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Why do they think they have to use these camera angles that make you miss the most important part of the play?

Posted by: baybuster | April 28, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Green for the Norris -- yeah, you dumb mf'er

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 28, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

ok who didn't see that goal comin..

just the way the game goes..nice look on the PP though

its ok, it'll just make us play harder

green's playin well, i wouldn't dump on him for that penalty, it isn't like we've taken a ton of minors.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Green. Bruce Play 5 D until he shows he doesn't have his head up his pooper.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 28, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Nice job Mike Green. Awful. Leaving the puck behind him. Awful. Awful. Awful. Awful. I can't say that enough. And before that, OV tries to be cutesy and he loses the puck. Those are the kind of garbage plays that kills this team. And now the Caps are down 1-0. So they're back in a hole for another time. How deflating is it for Washington to play so hard and with such intensity only to see that hard work lead to a 1-0 deficit in the first period. That kind of stuff kills teams. TERRIBLE STUPIDITY FROM GREEN AND OV!

Posted by: CDon | April 28, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

anybody still not sure why Green didnt make team Canada??? what a bone head play

Posted by: wendel2 | April 28, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

THAT DAMN JACKA** MIKE GREEN.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Green, you just cost us the game.

Posted by: Thundershock | April 28, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

What the hell was going through Greener's head?!?!?

Posted by: elicea | April 28, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

never give up

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 28, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

We can't F@@king KILL A PENALTY
W T F
we're out guys WE"RE OUT

Posted by: Tondi | April 28, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

...and there goes a period where we looked GREAT and r down a goal

REALLY CRAPPY

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

killed whatever good work was done. 2 periods and golf awaits.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 28, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

can i just say, regardless of the 1-0 score, this is how the Caps should have played every 1st pd of the series. Hitting, forechecking, scoring chances.

They had 15 hits in the 1st. In previous games they had a hard time getting to 15 hits by the 3rd pd.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Stupid penalty by Greenie, and they made us pay for it. BUT we're great at coming from behind, so we'll just have to do it again.

LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: wocoliz | April 28, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe Greener made such a BONEHEAD play. RIDICULOUS.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 28, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Well this is exactly the game MTL wants. If the Caps blow this and I now think they will, time to clean house -- bye, bye Green, Flash, and Semin. Take BB and GMGM with you. Wrong team and system for the playoffs

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 28, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

lol and boudreau puts green back out the next shift..

Posted by: johncaps | April 28, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

What a moron. That was the dumbest penalty I've seen all season.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 28, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Green, you just cost us the game.

Posted by: Thundershock | April 28, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

if you can't kill off one measly penalty, you don't deserve to win. To expect to go thru an entire game without taking a penalty is stupid

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Only down one...but that was a stupid penalty.

Posted by: robostop10 | April 28, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

honestly... i thought that was a pretty lame penalty call. the defenseman was off balance, but you can't extend your two hands on the stick like that.

what do you do now boys? keep working!

Posted by: natresgroup | April 28, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe this. Just our luck to get the worlds hottest goaltender at a time like this. Score should easily by 2-1 right now.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | April 28, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

There is our Norris Trophy candidate leading the way...to the off-season. Pissed off about yet another turnover, Greeen inexplicably shoves a defender in plain view and the game is over!

Posted by: nomarjax01 | April 28, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I really REALLY wish now that Green had made team Canada. Maybe Babcock could have taught him how to play in big games and play in his own zone. You don't see Lidstrom making stupid plays like that.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 28, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Carp....I just broke my phone...Mike Green you owe me a phone!!!

Posted by: kyle_woodruff | April 28, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Caps being down after one period is the worst possible outcome after the way they played. It really is not looking good, folks. Too many stupid, undisciplined plays from the guys in Caps jerseys. Knuble whiffs on a couple of pucks, Green leaves the puck behind him, OV tries cutsey garbage, Semin makes bad decisions, Semin misses an open net. All adding up to a poor outcome. And that PK couldn't have been any more futile. Montreal didn't even have to work for the goal.

Posted by: CDon | April 28, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Ouch. You can't take a stupid offensive zone penalty like that when it's 4 on 4. Like that he was working after losing the puck but that's just a dumb play. So far I think Walker's been the best player.

Posted by: Stu_c | April 28, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Once again I hate Mike Green. Once again. trade him while he has value. For the Mikey Greenie apologists. Name a time and a place and we'll settle the argument like men.

Posted by: croftonpost | April 28, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

now i understand what it means when they say Caps fans overreact :)

its different on a 4 on 3 because there's more room, but we gave them an awful good look on that goal. Our PK is more of an issue than a random penalty.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Any momentum we had is gone, right out of the building. With their goalie as darn good as he is, we can't afford to give up any goals.

Posted by: Thundershock | April 28, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

can i just say, regardless of the 1-0 score, this is how the Caps should have played every 1st pd of the series. Hitting, forechecking, scoring chances.

They had 15 hits in the 1st. In previous games they had a hard time getting to 15 hits by the 3rd pd.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 7:46 PM

agreed

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1 "green playing well"? first he lost the puck, then he cross checked. He is terrible, and has played terrible the entire series. Let's stop making excuses for this guy. He sucks.


Posted by: underpants2 | April 28, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

if you can't kill off one measly penalty, you don't deserve to win. To expect to go thru an entire game without taking a penalty is stupid

Posted by: cstanton1

Yeah but 4 on 3 is so much worse than 5 on 4.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 28, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Should be ", n not . N" My bad

Posted by: croftonpost | April 28, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Well well well Mr. Boudreau what do you think of your beloved boy that you love so much who continues to struggle on the blue line. Comes up the ice and has he done many other times in this series - LOSES THE HANDLE on the puck and then takes a stupid penalty. I don't care if the d-man was off balance. He put his stick out in a crosscheck motion and pushed him.

Unfortunately the bounces again aren't going the Caps way. Semin hits a post. The Caps play 19 minutes and then bam they make a mistake. Yes it's only 1-0 after 1 but we'll see what this team is made of now.

Mike Green is a waste. Your Norris Trophy finalist at his best = JOKE.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | April 28, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Ugh,first Semin near miss then Greene stupid @ss penalty
not panning good...
Let go CAPS!

Posted by: guer_j | April 28, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

@wocoliz

Who cares if the Caps were great coming from behind in the regular season? That doesn't mean a damn thing in the postseason. Caps have to get a lead and play from ahead. There's no silver lining in a deficit after one period.

BB needs to start playing a matchup game because Martin is taking him to coaching school right now. BB can't have this attitude that matchups don't matter because they absolutely do. Get OV out there against lesser D pairings for once.

Posted by: CDon | April 28, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

It's ok.
one goal doesn't matter - Caps need to score anyway. I like the energy - just continue what you do.

Posted by: Michael01a | April 28, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

I dont care what anyone says,varly should of had that goal.If theo was in he doesnt let that shot in.BB is being way out coached.lets get it together caps!!!

Posted by: gratefuldid | April 28, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Turn out the lights the parties over!!!

Weak team! Weak physically and weak mentally.

Just a absolute moronic penalty by Green!

Again, we tilt the ice, but don't put the puck in the net. No quality shots except the one that hit the post. They get one great quality chance and score.

Belanger has the puck free between the circles and instead of quickly getting a quality shot off he hesitates and the Montreal D is on him. Just stupid stupid stupid hockey!

VS is railing on BB for not utilizing the last change to get better matchups for the Caps. I'm dead serious when I say you have to consider firing BB if they blow this series, which it looks like they will.

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 28, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I really think after playing so poorly in the postseason these last 3 years, it's time for a change. The Caps need a coach who can instill discipline in this team and implement a playoff system. Run and gun in cute in the regular season, but weak in the playoffs.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 28, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

EXTREMELY bad timing by Green on that penalty

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 28, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

lol and boudreau puts green back out the next shift..

Posted by: johncaps | April 28, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

because he's playing well, you don't bury a player after a play like that. BB made the right call.

You bury a player after he takes a penalty you make the entire team tentative.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1 "green playing well"? first he lost the puck, then he cross checked. He is terrible, and has played terrible the entire series. Let's stop making excuses for this guy. He sucks.

Posted by: underpants2 | April 28, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Until that one play I would say Green was having a good game. He has been agressive and hitting and stopping them at the blue line. He made one VERY VERY VERY stupid play but overall I think he is having a good game.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 28, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

two most ineffective forwards...8 and 28
worst d man ....52

FORE...................

Posted by: wendel2 | April 28, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we should have sit Mike Green just like Flash. Dumb penalty to take that late in the period.

Posted by: instinct227 | April 28, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who don't think a coach ever gets fired after a great regular season, Marty Schottenheimer called and said you are brilliant!

Posted by: nomarjax01 | April 28, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please send me the link of the contracts for the Caps? Thanks....I want to see what it looks like ahead for us...I hope we have guys under contract like Chimera and Belanger.

Mike Green and Semin have been the biggest choke artists and that is why we wont make it past this round. Boudreau is a minor league coach at best and he better be fired if we lose this game.

Posted by: capsfan5252 | April 28, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton,

Green playing well??? Really? He's a primary reason why we very easily might lose this series. That penalty was atrocious and gave them a 4 on 3. Just unbelievably stupid. That's the last thing you do in a 4 on 4 in a game 7.

FINALLY, Walker gets in the game and Flash sits. Walker had two great forechecking shifts. BB is a crappy head coach. Nice guy, but bad upper tier coach.

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 28, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

How in the world can anyone say Green is playing well? He has been terrible, and his terrible play gave the Canadiens a lead going into the locker room. He had a few hits, but let's not forget the rest of this series.

Posted by: underpants2 | April 28, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

because he's playing well, you don't bury a player after a play like that. BB made the right call.

You bury a player after he takes a penalty you make the entire team tentative.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

whats he doing so well? only time i notice green on the ice so far is when he took the penalty.

Posted by: johncaps | April 28, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

do you guys watch other series? do you think that Green's penalty is any different from many of the other penalties that have been taken by teams all thru the 1st round? please

there's been crosschecking, boarding, elbowing, roughing and a slew of other calls taken.

not every penalty can be a "good" penalty in the sense that it stops a breakaway or clear chance at a goal. Some penalties are aggressive and every team takes em. We're probably the least guilty of taking those kinds of penalties compared to other teams

don't get all nuts over Green's penalty just because our PK sucks to high heaven

Would you have been happier if he'd taken a hooking call in the defensive zone?

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

He has been terrible, and his terrible play gave the Canadiens a lead going into the locker room
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i didn't know Green was playing on the PK.

If you can't get by taking one minor in a game I don't know what to tell ya.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Until that one play I would say Green was having a good game. He has been agressive and hitting and stopping them at the blue line. He made one VERY VERY VERY stupid play but overall I think he is having a good game.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 28, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

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That sums up Mike Green. Flat out STUPID! It is not an overreaction, he is a terrible defensemen. I could care less about his offensive skills. He is just too much of a defensive liability. He could go on to a hat trick this evening and my opinion won't change. T-R-A-D-E Trade! Trade! Trade!

Posted by: croftonpost | April 28, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

i didn't say he's playing well all series. Just that he had some good shifts in the 1st pd, he's trying hard to do whatever he can to win and he's playing all out. Thats why he took that, he was skating fast as heck, lost the puck and then tried to take out the guy, it all happened in the blink of an eye

i can accept a penalty like that over a lazy one any time any day.
if our pk didn't suck so bad no one would be piling on him.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

VS is killing BB. Basically saying he is being completely outcoached. Duh!

By the way, I thought the team that scored first was going to win this game so I give us about a 20% chance to win this one. I think we are done. We got outplayed and outcoached. What a f'ing shame and waste of talent. Bye BB!

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 28, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

What about the goal? I think it was a softy by Varly

Posted by: guer_j | April 28, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1 - please. He was in the offensive zone, he lost the puck like a moron, then he cross checked the guy. It is game seven for christ sake. Might be the worst penalty I have seen in the playoffs.

A hooking in the defensive zone would have been much better. His own bad play made him take that penalty.

Posted by: underpants2 | April 28, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

@CDon, I know it's the playoffs and everything's different. I'm just trying with all my might to stay positive. I've seen the collapses too and am hoping this year and this team will be different.

Posted by: wocoliz | April 28, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1,

I have read many of your posts and I fully believe you are a knowledgeable fan, However, your opinion about Green and the penalty is wacked.

Posted by: croftonpost | April 28, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I understand that there are penalties in a hockey game....but I think everyone is frustrated with Mike Green because he took the first one that cost us to be shorthanded. We all understand that you can't get by by not taking penalties, but Green took the first one. It shows that we are frustrated! We should have made Montreal take the first penalty!

Posted by: kyle_woodruff | April 28, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

btw, agree about Walker over Flash so no argument there, I still dislike BB.

But i support him putting out Green after that goal. Trying to bury him at this point would be stupid. Green's playing hard. If he was skating around at half speed and being lazy then I'd be all for benching him.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton,

He gave the 2nd best PP in the league a 4 on 3. Your chances of giving up a goal in the situation is very high!

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 28, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

ovy plays great in the o zone, bad in the d zone, he's clueless how to cover his guy

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Already another penalty... this is not looking good.

Posted by: elicea | April 28, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

COME ON PK - KILL THIS ONE

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 28, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

now THAT is a lazy reach by Schultz.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

put us out of our misery!

Posted by: underpants2 | April 28, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

LMAO, we leave Gionta all alone in front of the net. Yeah, we shouldn't play our best crease clearer this series in Erskine.

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 28, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I dont know why anyone wants a PP. Its a waste of 2 mins. Not like we are going to score haha

Posted by: capsfan5252 | April 28, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

next PP will be for the caps and they'll take care of business

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 28, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Varly just saves their asses.

Posted by: Michael01a | April 28, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Varly just saves their asses.

Posted by: Michael01a | April 28, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

lemme guess, you don't hate Schultz as much because they didn't score on his penalty,right?

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Can someone put the link for the contracts on here please?

Posted by: capsfan5252 | April 28, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

semin's doing some of the little things he's not known for, he knocked Pouliot down off the faceoff and then actually closed ranks on an Habs player against the boards in our own end

more jump more aggression.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Again, we are all out of sorts. Are the Canadians playing 6 on 5. The are covering every spot on the ice and we look slow as hell.

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 28, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton,

He gave the 2nd best PP in the league a 4 on 3. Your chances of giving up a goal in the situation is very high!

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 28, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

it was a bang bang play while he was going all out.

i find no fault with that. But hey, its only the 7th game, we'll get em next game.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1,

I have read many of your posts and I fully believe you are a knowledgeable fan, However, your opinion about Green and the penalty is wacked.

Posted by: croftonpost | April 28, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

i can live with that. I'd rather have a penalty occur via an enthusiastic overexuberant play than someone reaching out with his stick or glove and pulling someone down.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

you guys hated on him more AFTER the goal was scored. Or it least it seemed that way :)

we kill that penalty and its all forgotten.

They almost scored on both their PPs. You can't just eliminate penalties. No team does that. You have to be better on the PK. Blaming a player in that situation so vehemently is misdirected anger.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

if we'd kept up this pace all series the Habs would be worn down by now. May be a case of too little too late

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

semin with the little things again, just pushed Gionta offsides to negate a potential scoring chance

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 28, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

PP - let's see how they did their homework

Posted by: Michael01a | April 28, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

cstanton,

You're wrong. I was furious from the moemnt the penalty occurred. You never commit a stupid penalty that takes your team down to three men in the playoffs. 5v4 is much different than 4v3.

Posted by: croftonpost | April 28, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Belanger-Chimera-Fehr are good

Posted by: Michael01a | April 28, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

this is crap......

Posted by: kyle_woodruff | April 28, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I hope the Volchenkov rumors are true. The Cup isn't going to happen with this defensive corps. The Caps are oh so close to the Cup but the D just doesn't cut it.

Posted by: croftonpost | April 28, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

I want to see a fight now. Don't give up.

Posted by: Michael01a | April 28, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

GO GO GO Caps!

Posted by: Michael01a | April 28, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Well so much for another season. And all because GM GM won't play Theo cause he doesn't want to re-sign Theo's contract!

Should of had it in 5....

Posted by: rovingbandit | April 28, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

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