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Tonight's lineup: Caps at Canadiens

Semyon Varlamov will make his fourth straight start in goal tonight at Bell Centre. Carey Price, meantime, will get the nod for the Canadiens.

Shaone Morrisonn took the pre-game warmup, but it appears that he'll miss his fifth straight game with a concussion.

The rest of the Caps' lineup should look like this:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Giroux
Laich-Morrison-Fehr
Fleischmann-Perreault-Clark
Steckel-Beagle-Bradley

Defense
Schultz-Green
Alzner-Jurcina
Erskine-Pothier

Goalies
Varlamov
Theodore

Check back after the game for some notes and quotes.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 28, 2009; 5:16 PM ET
 
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Comments

Allez vous, Les Capitales.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Excited about the Capitals playing in Montreal on Hockey Night in Canada. Having NHL Network is the next best thing to moving to Canada.

Also, will be interesting to see what Cherry says about Ovechkin's hit on Kaleta. I'm sure he wouldn't be able to help himself and keep his trap shut.

Perreault could have a good night in his home town, especially since it might easier for him to play the Habs because they're a small team by NHL standards.

Also, hope to see Giroux do well in the first line. Go, Caps!

Posted by: ranndino | November 28, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Why is Giroux on the 1st line? Brads should be. Why is Schultz with Green!>? I would go with Alzner!

Posted by: jgrasse | November 28, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

anyone have a feed for the game, atdhe.net is not working. thanks

Posted by: capsfan387 | November 28, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

On a foreign couch tonight. Would someone throw me a streaming link of the game if they know of one? Thanks in advance.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 28, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Hope Ovie and Varly have a good night tonight. But above all, I hope we correct the third period collapse.

Curious that he has Giroux on the first line. Maybe it will work. Giroux has yet to translate his AHL success to NHL. Maybe playing with Ovie will bring out the best in him.

All I can say is that I am relieved Varly is in goal. Hope he doesn't disappoint.

Posted by: caraveli | November 28, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Why is the NHL blacked out for this area? is it on another channel?

Posted by: cambo4life | November 28, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

What is going on with the NHL channel? This is ridiculous!

Posted by: capscoach | November 28, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

For those of us who don't get CSN+ on FiOS, there's a guy with a blog who has gotten a response from Verizon on why.

It's here:

http://mikeholden.wordpress.com/2009/11/24/fios-update-including-why-some-get-two-masns-but-not-two-csns/

Posted by: grackle5 | November 28, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Plus...don't forget to request CSN+ on Verizon forums.

Posted by: grackle5 | November 28, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

The NHL network must be blacking out this broadcast. I found it on channel 74 Comcast Sports for those who have Cox Communications. Still STUNNED the Caps always get 2nd billing to the sucking Wizards. Give us a break!!!

Posted by: dsphvywght | November 28, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Caps are on CSN+ 12 times this season, the Wizards 14 times.

Posted by: grackle5 | November 28, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 28, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Backs has been in a slump...3 pts tonight would be right on time for him

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 28, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know of any good websites that will play the Caps game streamed online for free?

Posted by: DCSportsFan28 | November 28, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the NHL channel is scrambled here in DC with RCN, so I'm watching on CSN+ (channel 371). The rest of my family is at the Wizards game at the VC while I continue to recover from pneumonia. I'd much rather be right here, even tho CSN+ isn't HD.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | November 28, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

ATDHE gimme a link please!!!

Posted by: bseastwood | November 28, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

FEHR?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 28, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Fehr!

Posted by: Terptwin | November 28, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to Dave the U.K. Caps fan and Mauree? They were Insider regulars last year through the playoffs.

Posted by: Terptwin | November 28, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

This is bs. Even justin tv is showing the wizards game in place of the Caps. Im so sick of this right now!

Posted by: ludeman95 | November 28, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

That's what I'm talkin about.

Posted by: grackle5 | November 28, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Giroux gets a point! Ovie makes it 2-0!!

Posted by: Terptwin | November 28, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

justin tv furby3

Posted by: grackle5 | November 28, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Awesome start!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 28, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

ANyone who has a link for the caps game online please provide the link! THANK YOU!

Posted by: DCSportsFan28 | November 28, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Found one, anyone looking for the caps game online go to justin.tv and click on sports. Caps game on there.

Posted by: DCSportsFan28 | November 28, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

yeah found it

Posted by: ludeman95 | November 28, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Just saw that ovie scored (just got game), was it a nice looking goal?

Posted by: DCSportsFan28 | November 28, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Just saw that ovie scored (just got game), was it a nice looking goal?

Posted by: DCSportsFan28 | November 28, 2009 7:41 PM |

It was your basic Backstrom drop pass...Ovie shot...score...
but the puck stuck to the back of the net, so the goal was hard to detect!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 28, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

If Giroux ever had a chance to make a big splash with the big club, wouldn't this be it?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 28, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

The September 1985 boys strike again tonight!

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

@wtf_e_fehr

Yes, it would be a great chance for Giroux to make a splash.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

@jgrasse

When ShaMo is out, Green tends to be paired with Schultz.

Alzner and Jurcina were a great combination together last year so they figured they'd keep them together.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope they can hang on to the lead (unlike the game against Ottawa and various games vs NJ.)

Then again, they should have motivation. Last week's loss to Montreal really stung.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Eric Fehr is worthless.

Posted by: large23220 | November 28, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else just feeeeeel that goal comin?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 28, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau assumed we'd kill the end of that penalty so he put Ovechkin out there.

The result?

Ovechkin massively overpursued the puck leaving a guy wide opn in the center of the ice. He scores and the momentum has officially shifted.

I think killing the penalty was more important than anything given the already shifting momentum.

I guess hindsight is 20/20.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Giroux looks awful.

Posted by: Aldred15 | November 28, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm just repeating myself but Boudreau gambled and it bit us in the ass.

Putting Ovechkin on at the end of the last power play resulted in a total shift in the game.

The momentum was already shifting after Price stopped Ovechkin but if we could've killed off that penalty, we could've taken away their momentum.

Ovechkin overpurues the puck, goal, and it's all downhill from there.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Well, that was one horrible period.

Posted by: cbs75 | November 28, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

@cbs75

Agreed. This was one horrible period. When are the Caps EVER going to learn how to hold leads? They should realized that 2 goals a game is what the Carey Prices and Martin Brodeurs of the world give up. And if they find themselved up by 2-0 that they need to hold on to the @#@#@# lead.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

it's been a horrible game, they only have 11 SOG... they're lucky to be tied up at 2

Posted by: joek443 | November 28, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao

Agreed. They had nearly killed off that penalty only to f*** it up at the VERY end like they do so often. (I would be drooling if I were the prospective 1st round playoff opponent of the Caps.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

They all need to drink a red bull during the break.

Posted by: grackle5 | November 28, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

@large23220

No, he's not. We wouldn't even be in the game if not for EF.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Well good 1 period, really bad second and I guess 3rd as bad as the second and another lost after leading 2 goals - pathetic.Now they'll talk again about lack of killer instinct and nothing's gonna change and we'll never win the Stanly Cup

Posted by: Tondi | November 28, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

@ tmac2yao

Agreed that they needed to kill the penalty. The momentum had already shifted. This game looks so much like the first New Jersey game that it's not even funny.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Semin is a cool customer.

Posted by: BACKS | November 28, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

@ tmac2yao

Never say never (for Caps winning the Stanley Cup) but I have serious doubts about they winning it this year.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

@BACKS

Qui est Semin?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Watch the replay on Montreal's first goal when you get a chance.

Ovechkin was definitely the culprit on the ice. He left his man to overpursue the puck on the strong side.

Off the ice, you could blame Boudreau for putting Ovechkin out there in the first place before that most critical penalty kill was complete.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Giroux looks lost.

Posted by: ejohnsto | November 28, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know of a good defenseman who's about to become either a restricted or unrestricted free agent at the end of this season?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75

That was not me that said that.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Will they turn it around in the 3d period? One early goal could change the momentum. We may have a better chance at turning it around than holding on to a lead. Yes. we have only had 11 SOG but, on the other hand, Montreal has 16 shots against us. This is not a huge number. We still could turn it around. I am nervous.

Posted by: caraveli | November 28, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao

My apologies to you. It was that dastardly cut and paste and a slip of the mouse.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Despite Carey Price's inconsistencies, you can definitely see glimpses of why he was the first goalie taken in 2005.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

@Tondi

Never say never (for Caps winning the Stanley Cup) but I have serious doubts about they winning it this year.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

@caraveli

Yes, we could turn around the momentum with an early goal. We were down by 1 against Florida going into the third.

I know Carey Price is a better goal tender than Clemsonsson.

We also won the Red Wings last year where they had tied it in the 2nd.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Really missing Q and Poti on the PK. They're the only ones with the balls to go to the ice and block shots in the 5-on-3.

Posted by: butcherbaker | November 28, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Lets Go Cap - I - Tals !!!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 28, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

@ BernieWolfeFan

Glad you have more confidence in the team than I at this point.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

@butcherbaker

Yeah, not to mention the forward "whose name must not be mentioned" whose absence can be correlated with the totally abysmal power play performance of the Caps. The forward that everyone wants to trade away.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Giroux is a disaster! Why is destroying the first line?

Posted by: nomarjax01 | November 28, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Giroux is a disaster! Why is destroying the first line?

Posted by: nomarjax01 | November 28, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Giroux is a disaster!

Posted by: nomarjax01 | November 28, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

this team had more offense when Ovie was out, now they can't score more than 2 goals/game and their PP and PK sux.

if I was Semen, I'd feel pretty good about my upcoming contract.

Posted by: joek443 | November 28, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

oops Semin I meant

Posted by: joek443 | November 28, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Yeah baby!!!

Posted by: ralCapsFan | November 28, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

haha and someone earlier called Fehr useless. WOOOHOOO!!!

Posted by: capsfan387 | November 28, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Ooooh, that's a point we don't deserve--but I'll sure take it. GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: wocoliz | November 28, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Great in the first, Great in the last 3 minutes of the third, terrible the rest of the game. Ladies and gentlemen, your Washington Capitals!

Posted by: Raber | November 28, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFans,

My chant seems to bring good luck on occasions, thst's all.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 28, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

its about time the caps take on in OT

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 28, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I went downstairs and missed a FEHR...wtf?

GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 28, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

about time

Posted by: joek443 | November 28, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Please no shootout.

Posted by: ejohnsto | November 28, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Thanks BernieWolfeFan!

Posted by: uncatim | November 28, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Shootout -- MTL 2 | WAS 0

Posted by: ejohnsto | November 28, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Stay strong, Varly!

Posted by: wocoliz | November 28, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

cam is a shifty cus

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 28, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

MAKE ME A LIAR VARLY! Go Caps!

Posted by: ejohnsto | November 28, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

backs

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 28, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Nicky B...

for

the

win

!!!

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

great comeback!

Posted by: cbs75 | November 28, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

He needed it, we needed it

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 28, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

OMG!Yes!!! (2 points I'm defintely relieved to get.)

Gotta hope for 60 solid minutes from the guys on Monday night in Raleigh.

Posted by: wocoliz | November 28, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Anyone see the night the Rags are letting Cindy have? Jeebus Crisps . . .

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 28, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Yeah boys!
Great comeback etc...
Sole possesion of 1st in the east!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 28, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Those were pretty feeble attempts by Flash and Ovi.

Fortunately, Backstrom was up to the task.

Varlamov should get a lot of credit for this win.

Again, Boudreau's gamble to put Ovechkin out there at the end of that PK earlier in the game was nearly very costly. Ovechkin should get some blame as well for commpletely failing to recognize proper spacing and overpursuing the puck.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Varly's been awesome in shootouts.

Posted by: butcherbaker | November 28, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Cardiac Caps for sure tonight.

Posted by: wocoliz | November 28, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Who else just heard Lisa Hillary say the Caps just lost?

Posted by: Steakum | November 28, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone see Lisa Hillary in the post game show? She said the Caps were on the short end of the score. Was she truly watching the same game as us (or one in an alternate universe where the Caps failed to comeback)?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

@Steakum

I heard the same comment and just posted about the same thing.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Yes I saw and heard it too. I thought for a minute that it was a tape of a previous evening.

She is truly an idiot.

Posted by: MKadyman | November 28, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Guess she thought it was over with 11.3 or so left in reg. Such poor form! How will she live that down? It almost looked like what's his face knew she was wrong. (What's his name??)

Posted by: Steakum | November 28, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Feels good to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Another good game for Varly.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | November 28, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

@large23220

As I said before and must reiterate, Eric Fehr is NOT worthless. I hate to think of what our offense would have been today without Eric Fehr or, for that matter, Ovechkin.

They may have made some mistakes today. But, and that's a big but, they are the ONLY two guys who have scored squat for us lately.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Lisa Hillary jacked that up Canadian style!!!

Im lookin at Don Cherry right now, hard not to hate.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 28, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

@capsfan387

Amen to your comment on Fehr. He and Ovi have provided our only offense, as of late. The September 1985 boys strike again. Unfortunately, neither of them are very good in shootouts.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Best undeserved win yet. Didn't like the game, but I did like the outcome!

Posted by: capscoach | November 28, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Did the Pens get 8 goals past Henrik? Man we are in a lot of trouble.

Posted by: ejohnsto | November 28, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

@nomarjax01

I will admit that Giroux did not have a good game. Some people would say he had "seminitis" or, would you prefer to call it, "knubleitis"?

Seriously, I'd rather have Semin and Knuble back in the lineup. That pair provides offense and, most importantly, help on the power play.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

No, Valiquette.

And they're on the PP for the last 6 minutes of the game or so.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Henrik is not in goal for the Rags

Posted by: gonchpup | November 28, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Has the walking polyester experiment explosion said anything about Ovie and his hit? Just curious.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 28, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

@MKadyman

She must had prepared the tape when there was only 4 minutes left to go.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't look like Henrik got the game: Valiquette all the way. And that's 8 THUS FAR.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 28, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I really couldn't care less about a Pens vs Rags game.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | November 28, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

This was not an undeserved win. Price was smoking hot (yeah I know Varly was too) but we scored three legit goals and while we really only played one solid period - A Saturday night road win in Montreal is always deserved.

Posted by: AlexVa1 | November 28, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

@wocoliz

I feel that way too. A win they didn't deserve but happy to take. I hope the boys play well in Raleigh. (Of course, our one guy who plays well against Carolina will not be there.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Gotta be honest, Atlanta really looks to be good and will give us a run. Plus they have they have 3 games in hand. TB is pretty good, but I am not too concerned with them.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | November 28, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I've followed Eric Fehr since his days in juniors. The guy has a nose for the net. Did you know he scored over fifty goals a season during his last 2 years with the Brandon Wheat Kings? It's not always pretty but the guy can flat out get it done. Keep up the good work Eric!

Posted by: Terptwin | November 28, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Atlanta and Tampa Bay are right on our heels. They both have 2 games in hand on us, too.

Atlanta is actually the hottest team in the East over the last 10 games.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Yea, my bad... Atlanta has 3 games in hand.

TB will have 2 games in hand after tonight. They're down 2-1 to Dallas after two periods.

Atlanta would only be a point behind us if they were to win their games in hand.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Afinogenov has 24 pts in 23 games.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

And they shut out Philly on the second game of back to backs.

We will just have to make sure we take care of biz in our own division.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | November 28, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao

Pens on the PP for 6 minutes? What did NY do to deserve that? Never mind. Sean Avery did his typical antics.

Both teams certainly had enough penalties.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

@ CTCapsPhan

Yes, we have to take care of business in our own division or we might find ourselves behind Atlanta.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Aren't the Devils the hottest over the last 10?

Posted by: AlexVa1 | November 28, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Did you guys see that Kaleta got suspended for 2 games for boarding?

That's an unusual turn of events... from victim to culprit overnight.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

@Terptwin

So, I'm not the only Eric Fehr fan here. I must admit he's a sentimental favorite of mine since he was the 1st Rounder of my daughter's draft class (2003), so to speak, age wise. Plus, I tend to like Virgos besides.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

@AlexVa1

Not anymore. Atlanta is 7-1-2 over the last 10. NJ is 7-2-1.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

2 of the Devils' 3 losses over the last 10 are in regulation. Only one of the Thrash's 3 losses is the same.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 28, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Here's a little article about Kaleta: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=507816

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

@stevie_in_gp

The Rags' play is certainly raggedy tonight, to say the least. Are the Rangers' fans now posting about how the sky is falling for them?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

@stevie_in_gp

Believe you're right on the Devils.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Technically, Chicago is the hottest team at 8-1-1 with 17 points and scoring in bunches.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | November 28, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

WHOOOO

BACKSTROMMMMM

Posted by: richmondphil | November 28, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Thanks tmac.

Posted by: AlexVa1 | November 28, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I hate to take the credit for it, but ever since I spent some quality time with Eric Fehr at Hockey 'n Heels 2 weeks ago, he's been on fire! We took a picture and he showed me a tip to shooting to score a goal and I was one of the few who actually scored a GOAL at the event.

And since then, Eric has found his 'nose for the net' and has scored some important goals, beginning with the goal against Montreal the day after the event. Coincidence...I think not....

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | November 28, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

That's why I said the hottest team in the East.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

The Devils keep rolling along, in spite of all their injuries. They clobbered the Isles tonight.

I notice that, due to tie breakers, the Isles, Rangers, and Philthy are out of the top 8 in the standings. Who would have ever thought that? Yes, I realize it's early in the season but......

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty amazing that we've only lost a single game by more than a goal this season and that was without Ovechkin and Knuble.

Even in that game, we were up 2-0 at one point.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

@DevilsCapsGal

Thanks. Just keep close to Eric Fehr from now until the end of the season so he can stay hot.

He may have found a home as 2nd line right wing. One of our returning injured RW's may find himself on the third line. (But I do like them both, along with Fehr.) I seem to like the guys who are battling for the same slots.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao

And Semin was trying to play with a bad wrist as well in that NJ game.

No Ovi. No Knuble. Semin impaired.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Caps lifer who now lives and works in Atlanta. As such, I catch some Thrashers games on occasion. (I have to get my NHL fix somewhere!) While I can't side with the Thrashers, I'm not afraid to admit that they've improved immensely since the trade deadline last season.

They have received a boost from the likes of Pavel Kubina, Maxim Afinogenov and Nik Antropov. They continue to receive production from the waiver wire pickup Rich Peverley. They've also received good play from the kids, Evander Kane on offense and Zac Bogosian on defense.

That said, the Thrashers need to be careful of two things in particular. First, they have backloaded their schedule. Have you looked at their schedule after the Olympic break? They'll play 17 games during March.

Another thing is they've been relatively fortunate with injuries. Yes, losing Kovalchuk for a month was a big deal and they haven't been down 6-7 starters. Should they begin to wear down, they won't have the organizational depth that Washington has. Look no further than the AHL standings during the past few years. The proof is in the pudding.

Yes, I would love to see the Atlanta (or Tampa Bay) continue to be competitive. The Caps will need a kick to keep them going once they get healthy. Competition is a great antidote for complacency.

Go Caps go!

Posted by: Terptwin | November 28, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Nice work, DevilsCapsGal!

Then again, I could take credit for falling asleep on the couch (pneumonia's fault) when the Caps were ahead 2 - 0, waking up to see that they were down 3 - 2 but pulling Varley for a 6 on 4 game tying goal, and willing with all my might that Nicky would be the hero! Lesson---stay awake and the Caps win, lol.

Glad to see the Caps pull that one off, and I'm really looking forward to the return of our injured players.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | November 28, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

POSTGAME THOUGHTS:

First things first - an earlier poster stated that this was a point the Caps stole? Not so much. They nearly pissed away these two points. They should've buried this team tonight. Give Price credit for making the stop on Ovie on the breakaway which was a turning point even though the first two goals for the Habs were luck.

This is a team of resiliency. They fought the Habs and refs. I hardly get on the refs even when they were bad but tonight in the 3rd period it's ridiculous. The two calls for the two man advantage were RIDICULOUS. That tripping call??? C'monn he smacked his skate and he waits and then falls - that should've been called a dive. The hold on Laich was tough - he had the arm around but it's the free hand in those cases and that hand wasn't wrapped around. That could've gone either way.

Thank you Eric Fehr for continuing to have a nose for the net.

Ovie - what are you thinking in the shootout? Even if you deke him that puck is going off the side of the net.

Nice finish Backstrom. We owed this team full of clutchers and grabbers.

I hope all of you enjoyed the CSN game. I was stuck watching it on NHL network with the Hockey Night in Canada feed and ugh if they aren't the biggest bunch of homers. Just pathetic and of course I flipped off at the intermission. I'm not wasting my time watching that bag of hot air - Don Cherry and his circus stunt suits. :)

A great comeback win. On to Carolina for the Canes. It's been a two point night.

Ice Breakers Goal Shakers

Posted by: Jonathan6 | November 28, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

ATL is actually considered to be one of the deeper teams in the league. The Wolves are pretty good..I mean they won the Cup in 07-08...

At least they were at the start of the season. LA was said to be one of the deeper teams as well, and seems to be struggling with all their injuries right now.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 28, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75

I'm a big fan of Fehr and Flash. I believe they'll be among the supporting cast that brings the Stanley Cup to Washington within the next year or so. A little bit of Flash and a little bit of Fehr go a long way!

Posted by: Terptwin | November 28, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Not sure, CapsFan. I have to admit: during the looong regular season I tend to get overly-excited about personal stats. Combine that with my severe dislike of the Pens and you get an unhealthy amount of attention paid to who is allowing Crosby to have 5 ffreakin' points.

I'm sure the Rangers folks are just chalking it up as a bad decision to rest Henrik against the Pens: Valiquette has been brutal this year.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 28, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

That tripping call??? C'monn he smacked his skate and he waits and then falls - that should've been called a dive. The hold on Laich was tough - he had the arm around but it's the free hand in those cases and that hand wasn't wrapped around. That could've gone either way.

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Eh..that holding call will be called 9/10 times. Pretty simple. Though I have to agree about the tripping..a bit of an embellishment.

Refs were bad both ways. Ovi drew a "trip" that didn't seem like much.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 28, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know of a good defenseman who's about to become either a restricted or unrestricted free agent at the end of this season?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 8:50 PM |


ANTON VOLCHENKOV!

I will not give up my crusade for him. (If he's healthy)

Posted by: richmondphil | November 28, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I think the trip on OV was only called because of the trip they called earlier against AG.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | November 28, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Atlanta does indeed have a deep team. They now possess three scoring lines and two solid defensive pairings. They also have decent goaltending in Pavelec and Hedberg. (They're more effective combined than the injured Lehtonen is alone.) I argue that one of their weaknesses is organizational depth. GM Waddell has been notorious for misfiring during the draft and then having to scramble in the free agent market. If they stay healthy, the Thrashers should make the playoffs. Let's see what happens during that back stretch after the Olympic break.

Posted by: Terptwin | November 28, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I argue that one of their weaknesses is organizational depth. GM Waddell has been notorious for misfiring during the draft and then having to scramble in the free agent market. If they stay healthy, the Thrashers should make the playoffs. Let's see what happens during that back stretch after the Olympic break.

Posted by: Terptwin | November 28, 2009 10:47 PM |

This is the depth I am referring to as well. I follow ATL pretty closely as well, and although Waddell is noted for mis-firing on higher picks, he doesn't do too bad. Like I said, the Wolves won the Cup before the Bears did.

But like I also said, LA was considered to have considerable organizational depth as well. They are struggling hard right now with all of the injuries, so who knows how deep they really are.

ATL, LA, STL, NSH were all noted to be the deepest teams in the league, in reference to organizational depth, at the start of the season. ATL will indeed have that claim tested when their injuries come.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 28, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Like I said, the Wolves won the Cup before the Bears did.

^ Of course, I mean the year before the Bears did, in 07-08. Not just before the Bears.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 28, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Man, TB scored 2 goals in less than a minute to tie the game.

Now they have a PP for the final 2 minutes of regulation.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Do you think Crysbaby complained when the fans threw hats on the ice?

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | November 28, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and the game-tying goal came off the stick of none other than Jeff Halpern.

On a side note, there are only 2 players in the NHL that I knew off the ice and the both play for the Lightning now (Halpern and St. Louis). Halpern was a good friend of mine growing up and I went to college with St. Louis.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

And a Stamkos giveaway leads to a Dallas OT win. At least TB only got a point but Dallas should have won it in regulation.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

Will we be able to afford ANTON VOLCHENKOV?

Assumptions:

1) Theodore is allowed to walk
2) We sign Semin and Backstrom to extensions
3) Nylander is off our Cap space (maybe sent to the Orensville Owls)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao

Did Halpern go to your school and/or did you know him while playing hockey? Were you the person who was either 6 months older or younger that I had a discussion with earlier this year?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

@Terptwin

I'm a fan of Flash and Fehr also. They are my two favorite Caps after Semin & Ovi. Although Varly's up there, too.

After that are probably Knuble and Clark.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Will we be able to afford ANTON VOLCHENKOV?

Assumptions:

1) Theodore is allowed to walk
2) We sign Semin and Backstrom to extensions
3) Nylander is off our Cap space (maybe sent to the Orensville Owls)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 11:15 PM |

He's a UFA at the end of this year.

Can we afford him this year? Yes. Also, a 2nd or 3rd would probably do it for him.

I don't necessarily want him as part of the team for the future, though he would be an upgrade to any d man we have now. I was thinking moreso rental wise.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 28, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

@stevie_in_gp

I get too excited about regular season stats as well. And my dislike of the Pens is unhealthy as well. I've gotten my husband to hate the Pens almost as much as I do. He refers to them as the Pen-goons. (I've also heard Pen-whines.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75

I've never played hockey but grew up in Potomac and went to school with Halpern from 6th grade (Hoover) through 9th (Churchill) until he left to pursue hockey more seriously. We played soccer together. I actually knew him before 6th grade when he went to a different elementary school. We always had the same group of friends from 6th grade and on.

Not sure if we had a discussion but that sounds familiar.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 28, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

Don't know if AV would be an upgrade to ALL our D-men but he could probably replace at least one of the guys we got with no problem.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Don't know if AV would be an upgrade to ALL our D-men but he could probably replace at least one of the guys we got with no problem.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 11:26 PM |

Who plays a better defensive game than Volchenkov on our team?

I don't think any of them do.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 28, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone remember when Pronger was supposed to push the Flyers over the top to #1 in the East and Cup favorites?

I do.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 28, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao

Yes, that discussion sounds very familiar.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

I remember that too, on Pronger.

I've noticed something interesting in the NHL Eastern Conference standings. Due to tie breakers, Philthy, the Islanders, and the Rangers are outside the top 8.

I'm feeling more than just a little bit of schadenfreude here.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Even if philly is struggling right now, beware. I bet Stevens will get the axe and they could pull a pittsburgh. Wouldn't that be horrible

Posted by: O-V-P | November 28, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Hello gang,

Any nominations on who our 1st line right wing should be, starting with the game in Carolina?

Our injured guys won't be ready for Carolina so it has to be someone else.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

@O-V-P

I know exactly what you mean on Philthy firing Stevens and pulling a Pittsburgh. I fear them as a playoff opponent.

(That being said, I hate Pittsburgh worse and would rather see ANY Eastern Conference team besides Pitt in the SC Finals.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Even if philly is struggling right now, beware. I bet Stevens will get the axe and they could pull a pittsburgh. Wouldn't that be horrible

Posted by: O-V-P | November 28, 2009 11:41 PM |

I have no doubts they will make the playoffs, and we don't match very well with them. They are a very good team. Pronger is criticized for playing crappy in the regular season and then turning it on at the end/playoffs.

Just saying...lots of pundits were saying they would easily lead the East and were top 3 Cup favorites, etc, etc.

Not really the case.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 28, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Any nominations on who our 1st line right wing should be, starting with the game in Carolina?

Our injured guys won't be ready for Carolina so it has to be someone else.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 11:41 PM |

Giroux had moments of brilliance on the 1st line, but for the most part seemed lost.

Maybe he needs another game to develop that chemistry? Him or Laich...though that depletes our 2nd line.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 28, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

the caps almost did it again.get the lead and let it slip away.the caps so stopped playing after the first till the end of the game.but they were lucky to pull this one out.they defenitly still have alot to0 work on but it was good to see em fight back and get the win.varly i thought was great again.so atleast we got that goin for us.all in all good win.GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: gratefuldid | November 28, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

I'm inclined to leave the 2nd line alone as they are producing. Moving Fehr up to the first line means that all our offensive eggs are in one basket.

(Gee, haven't we heard that argument before?)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 28, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Eric Fehr is worthless.

Posted by: large23220
SO DO YOU STILL THINK FEHR IS WORTHLESS??? GO EAT CROW. GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: gratefuldid | November 28, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

@capsfan75--we were at the Devils Islanders game this afternoon. It wasn't a blowout until the third period. That Brodeur is neat and economical in his movements--can see why he's legendary. The Islanders were very much into the game until their total defensive collapse and the goals came in quick succession.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | November 29, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

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