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Tonight's lineup: Flyers at Caps

Jose Theodore will start in goal for the Caps tonight and will oppose Philly's Ray Emery in the second of four meetings between the rivals at Verizon Center.

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

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin
Laich-Morrison-Knuble
Giroux-Aucoin-Clark
Sloan-Steckel-Bradley
Scratches: Fehr (ribs), Gordon (back)

Defense
Morrisonn-Green
Poti-Jurcina
Schultz-Pothier
Scratch: Erskine (hand)

Goal
Theodore
Varlamov

Bad news for the Flyers: A team official just said that Simon Gagne has two small hernias in his right groin. The Flyers' medical staff will meet tomorrow to discuss all the options.

I'll have more after the game.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 27, 2009; 5:06 PM ET
 
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NO COMPLAINING HERE!! JUST WANNA SAY"LETS GO CAP-I-TALS" (CLAP CLAP CLAP,CLAP,CLAP)!!!

Posted by: gratefuldid | October 27, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I can live with these lines.

Also, too bad for Gagne, but bad news for him and the Flyers is good news for us.

LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: wocoliz | October 27, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Ovie gets his goal lead back tonight. GO CAPS!

Posted by: Raber | October 27, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I always get pumped for the games vs. the Flyers... just wish I was at the VC tonight! C-A-P-S.... (anyone?)

Posted by: Chad8 | October 27, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Caps vs. Flyers is so much more fun for me now than it used to be when I was a kid, and the Flyers fans outnumbered us every game and taunted us in our own building. I do kind of miss the chants of "Heeeex-taaaall," though. ;)

Posted by: hillg | October 27, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I sure don't miss seeing Hextall scoring a goal against the Caps... Thnk God Hunter paid him back later

Posted by: joek443 | October 27, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

CAPS CAPS CAPS!!!

Posted by: wocoliz | October 27, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

sweet

Posted by: Chad8 | October 27, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

cue the world's smallest violin for Gagne's injury.

Posted by: sargeantmofo | October 27, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

If you weren't already counting your blessings that Leonsis owns the Caps then read below. There are many more experiences just like this from last night.

"At half time, I went down to the concessions area to get a beer and a dog. Of course, the crowd was once again getting restless at the lack of productivity we were seeing on the field. Standing two rows away from me in line, were two middle aged men. One wore a T-shirt that read "Fire Snyder", the other's said "Fire Vinny". It wasn't long after standing there that the men were surrounded by close to a dozen people wearing yellow security jackets. The conversation between them and the two men escalated quickly as security asked the men to remove their shirts. Of course the men refused, and one stated that he had been a season ticket holder for 26 years. The conversation continued to get heated and before you knew it 6 or 7 armed security officers formed a circle around the layer of yellowed jacketed security officers. "Sir, you're about to lose those season tickets if you don't take off that shirt" is what he was told. I don't know what got into me but I had seen enough and had to speak up. This was beyond absurd! I cut across a crowd of people, entering the circle of security.... I said " these guys should be able to wear whatever they want! What the hell is going on? What the hell is this? Communist Russia??? ". I was quickly greeted with a stern warning to not interfere and a shove in the chest that sent me back a few feet. A few minutes later, the men were escorted out of the area and a security woman approached me with an explanation about their actions. "Look, I know what you're saying, and I can't say that I don't agree with you, but I'm a part-time teacher and this job is my Holiday money"...."upper management told us to come up here and ask these men to remove their shirts and I can't lose my job, so I'm doing it."

I decided then and there that I would NEVER again set foot in Fed Ex Stadium as long as Dan Snyder was the owner. The way I saw people being treated for voicing their opinions on this night embarrassed me as a Redskin fan, a Washingtonian, and as an American. These sort of totalitarian strong arm tactics are downright shameful and I needed to let others know about it. I hope you share this story with your audience.

A deeply embarrassed Redskins fan

Posted by: CedarR | October 27, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse"

Posted by: croftonpost | October 27, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

One for the thumb -- ok overstating five in a row, but boy getting a fifth win in a row over the Flyers, yeah baby

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | October 27, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

anyone have a link?

my usual sources are shooting blanks...

Posted by: deadskin | October 27, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 27, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

also deadskin http://www.justin.tv/cobra1960 Don't know which one is better

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 27, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

hhahaha! Watching the game!! Here is a big FU to DirectTV and Versus and Comcast and even the NHL and the Caps for not resolving this yet.

Posted by: washingtonpost31 | October 27, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

When is Gabby going to get them (especially Ovie) to realize that the cross-ice seam pass is not going to fly against the Philthies? That's like 2 turnovers by Ovie on these passes so far...

Posted by: snakegriffin | October 27, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

@croftonpost--all I can say is "wow"! I'm not a football fan and have never been to a game but I would be outraged if anyone in any kind of venue was treated that way. It does make me grateful to have a Leonsis style of ownership--it's a lot like BB's style of coaching--direct, honest, and sometimes blunt and usually talkative.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | October 27, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else notice that Schultz looks like he is more agressive in the O-zone the last game plus? I think that three point night he has more confidence in himself.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 27, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

lets break up this o-for on the PP now boys

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 27, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

no shots and no in zone puck control until the last 30 I think maybe the Caps should try the third line on the PP to see if having some energy can help work things out.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 27, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

What is WITH the Caps PP??? Just get it in zone and kick it around boys. Even the worst teams can do that.

Posted by: TheSuperhoo | October 27, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much Fedorov and Kozlov had to do with our PP success. We did struggle early last year with thim though so maybe it's not a big factor.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 27, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

@Icehammer--thanks for the link. I'm one of ones affected by the versus/directTV/comcast debacle.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | October 27, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Schultz is showing a lot of confidence, like Smiling Bob. I like his moxy. He's throwing his body around a little more, too.

Posted by: snakegriffin | October 27, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Comcast Versus TV signal from Ashburn, VA is just awful! anyone else having the same problem?

Posted by: guer_j | October 27, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Exciting first period--JT came up big when he needed to! Agree with icehammer97 about the PP--can't believe they didn't even get a shot off.

Posted by: wocoliz | October 27, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

newbiecapsfan07:
me too
you can also try here: http://atdhe.net/

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | October 27, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Bruce's big claim to fame is his PP strategies. Its not his defensive coaching or working with goaltenders. Hmm.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 27, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1, did you make the same insinuations early last season?

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 27, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Well, glass half full on the 1st period. Theo continues to be very consistent. We know he has the talent - just a question of concentration to the task (like with any of us and our jobs). No cheapie breakaways.

All in all, I'm happy.

As for "Rockin the Red," I uncorked 2005 Castle Rock cab to go with the 32 oz boneless ribeye. mrstominfl1 did a fine job with the Weber. We split steak like 3 ways w/one daughter. Meanwhile the Castle Rock is very nice - 8.5 hockey pucks out of possible 10. And, at $10, a fine value.

mrstominfl1 is on a diet so I am stuck drinking the whole bottle plus the glass of Pinot Gris I poured to go with the salad. Life, as you will recall, is a series of challenges; I certainly hope the Caps step up to meet theirs like I have stepped up to drink (er, meet) mine.

BTW, if you open a bottle of wine, you must finish it. For those of you unfamiliar, this was one of the five extra Commandments Moses was working on when a shortage of raw material (rock) caused him to supend the "Commandment Stimulus" program and limit the qty to 10.

I'll discuss the other four at a later date.

Posted by: tominfl1 | October 27, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Have to stay out of the box that is what killed up last time against these guys.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 27, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

The NHL needs to change the rule with whistles and goals. Last year in the playoffs it was horrible that the Red Wings had a game tying goal taken away because they can't review if the puck crossed the line before the whistle because according to the rules the play is dead when the Ref intends to blow it dead. This is total BS and the league needs to stop protecting their refs by having the play end at a time that can't be reviewed. I don't think this rule just cost the Caps but it reminded me of the Detroit game and reminded me that the NHL did nothing to fix the problem like they should have.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 27, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

its not the penalties, its the PENALTY KILLING. They scored on the first penalty of the game to the Caps. Its not like you can realistically expect to go an entire game without taking a penalty. Every team takes penalties. We're the only ones talking about it ad nauseum. Its the PK that needs to be fixed, not the parade to the pen box. Lets wait till we give opposing teams 7 PPs every game before focusing on the penalties. We've only taken 2 so far almost halfway thru the game. I'm guessing thats way below league average. Go check out the boxscores from other games, you'll see a lot more penalties in most games played in this league.

Fix the D, fix the penalty kill, fix the lack of consistent forecheck (boy do we miss Laing tonight), fix the lack of consistent intensity. Fix the shyte thats been plaguing this team for a while. Once I see that stuff fixed then I'll worry about a measly penalty a period.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 27, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Come on Caps 5 on 3, break the PP slump, move the puck and score

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | October 27, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

agree with the fan who mentioned kozlov -- i dont miss him that much because he was inconsistent but one of his main assets was holding onto that puck while being harassed, just wearing down the D. Real hard guy to push off that puck. Knuble's a big body but he lacks those puck skills that Koz had.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 27, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to get a clean shot on Richards. Nice mugging of Backstrom.

Posted by: MyJobsMyCredit | October 27, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

PATHETIC!!!!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | October 27, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

too bad we can't get a 5 on 2. Maybe we should pull the goalie and make it a 6 on 3.
Hey why isn't Nylander playing?

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 27, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1 the Caps coming into the game were I think 8th in PK in the NHL I don't think our PK is a problem. We tend to give up a lot of goals on the PK mainly because we are in the box most of the time. I know we can't go the whole game without a penalty but we can't have 9 in a game like last time against these guys.

What needs to be fixed is the PP. 5 on 3 and no one moved until the end after the scrum in front. And guess what that is when we got our best chance. The PP guys seem to thing they have a spot on the ice they can not leave.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 27, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

5 on 3, no goal, 2 against, wtf!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | October 27, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

another bad penality taken in the O zone and they make us pay. O zone penalites are the most selfesh in the game.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 27, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

i'll say one thing, the Flyers are not at all intimidated by our team (of course not by our toughness, I mean by our skill). The way they play against us, in the past the only thing they worried about was our PP. Now they don't even care about that. Had fate played us a different hand and we'd met them in the playoffs instead of the Rangers, we could easily have been bounced out in the 1st round. And then there would be a lot more questions surrounding our forward progress. Its interesting how things work sometimes. Its all about matchups!

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 27, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

OVECHKIN!!!!

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 27, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I'd hate to see what this team would be like without OV

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | October 27, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

OK, score a PP goal already, this is getting ludicrous

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | October 27, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Finally a PP goal.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 27, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

overall, we're not quite the prototypical penalty machine of a team. We're probably in the bottom 6 teams in physicality so the penalties we do take as ICEH pointed out are mostly selfish lazy penalties committed mainly by our skill players. Not aggressive penalties which I can live with to an extent, and not the necessary penalties (taking down someone on a breakaway).

But 3 penalties, 2 goals given up. Our PK is not that great. Not that our current PP is either but..

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 27, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully the monkey is off the Caps back. And thank goodness for OV

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | October 27, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

BACKS

Posted by: realoldcapsfan | October 27, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

cstanton I agree that tonight our PK is doing bad but on the season and especially against everyone except Philly (where we are 87.5%) we have been solid on the PK it the that fact we have been shorthanded 49 times before tonight with a kill rate of 83.7% on the year. Once again we are 8th in PK % coming into this game I don't think that is our weak point right now

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 27, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Faceoffs!!!!!!

The Caps are losing pivotal faceoffs and it is coming back to hurt them. For instance, the extended 5 on 3 lost about 25 seconds because the Caps lost the faceoff in the offensive zone. Also, the Flyers' 2nd goal cae as a direct result of another lost faceoff. Both those faceoffs were crucial and both were lost cleanly. Theo is playing well again, and it was good to see the Caps rally from 2-0 (again).

Posted by: Aldred15 | October 27, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

We had a few bad clears on the PK. Poti's backhand attempt was particularly bad because he had all the time in the world. Little things like that need to be eliminated. At a minimum, the guys on the PK get more tired than they would otherwise. At worst, it leads to a goal.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 27, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

I see why some posters complain on the negativity. Look how the tide turned there within a few minutes.

Now, on the other hand, let;s review tominfl1 post at end of 1st:

"Very happy w/game."

Now, tominfl1 post after 2nd:

"Very happy w/game."

In my job, I estimate billions of dollars of cost based on trends. Those of us who study trends understand that a game or two or much less one period isn't a trend.

Some of you, if you don't drink, let me suggest that you start. You might find life much easier.

The bottle of red is drained plus that one glass of Pinot Gris so now the question is what to do for the third period.

What to do, what to do, but it must be red. I don't want to open another whole bottle of red wine (see: 11th Commandment above).

Sometimes in life the solution to any problem is provided by that most wonderful woman in the history of the Universe - Mother Nature.

There is a bottle in one of my three refrigerators of prickly pear (red) cactus juice.

In one of the liquor drawers of the china closet there's a bottle of high-falutin, $50/750 ml Partida tequila. Ladies and gents, 10/27/09, a new cocktail will be born.

Now, as for MY MAN Aucoin...

Posted by: tominfl1 | October 27, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

WELCOME BACK SEMIN!!!

Posted by: Raber | October 27, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Semin is just silly good.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 27, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

OK Tom in FL, Caps are winning and I am happy. I like seeing this team live up to its potential and getting out of a PP slump. And I wish I was drinking now. But I get your points, and I complain because I so want them to win.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | October 27, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I just recently had a 20yr old Bordeaux which wasn't compromised in any way. I understand the joys of wine.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 27, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Green misses a shot on one end... leads to a breakaway on the other end.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 27, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

We had a few bad clears on the PK. Poti's backhand attempt was particularly bad because he had all the time in the world. Little things like that need to be eliminated. At a minimum, the guys on the PK get more tired than they would otherwise. At worst, it leads to a goal.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 27, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Poti is like the king of bad clears. He mustve set an unofficial record of that in the Penguins series last yr. I really we replace him this season.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 27, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Was there a penalty called on us right before the commercial break?

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 27, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Come on boys, good pk now

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | October 27, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Theodore looking good tonight.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 27, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Let's see if we can avoid any more penalties of the stupid and unnecessary variety.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 27, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Gordon is not in at the end, should help avoid a late penalty

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | October 27, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Let's give Theodore a little help getting the puck out of our end better.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 27, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

come on boys, hold on -- Philly is trying hard to get back in this game

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | October 27, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

We are so lucky we didn't get called for too many men there. Whoever had ovechkin jumped on when he was still passing the flyer's bench...

Posted by: Raber | October 27, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, not Breire

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | October 27, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Goal lead re-established.

Posted by: Raber | October 27, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Say goodnight gracie...

Posted by: TimDz | October 27, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

That was a frightening 3rd period.

Posted by: NFeKPo | October 27, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Great game for Theodore. Glad he's established that he's the #1 here - he's truly playing to his potential.

Posted by: Raber | October 27, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to the CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Backs and Theo were brilliant. I would put either of them as first star and OVI as the third.

Posted by: realoldcapsfan | October 27, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Theodore was great tonight.

Backstrom back on the scoresheet and in a big way.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 27, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

JOSE THEODORE!!

Posted by: rachel216 | October 27, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

So ... is it Threenomore from now on? :P

Posted by: guer_j | October 27, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I would make JT first star, Backie second, and OV third. What a game! and what a nice win.

Posted by: wocoliz | October 27, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Evan went from having minor cold symptoms to dying within 48 hours, his father said.

"It just happened real fast. We don't know what to do. We don't know what to say."

Visited clinic

Frustaglio said Evan initially complained of a sore throat and dry cough on Friday night while away at a hockey tournament in London, Ont.

By Saturday night, he had developed symptoms that were more flu-like in nature and when over-the-counter medication wasn't helping with a fever, the family went to a walk-in clinic on Sunday afternoon, Frustaglio said.

"The physician listened to his lungs and assured us that everything is fine," Frustaglio said. "He is breathing normally, continue to give him the med … and keep his fever down and everything should be fine. Less than 24 hours later, my son is gone."

Evan collapsed after taking a bath on Monday and was taken to hospital.

"It hit my son like a lightning bolt," Frustaglio said.

Posted by: CodePoetry | October 27, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

woo hoo!! Thank you both for the links. So happy I got to see that game. Great game for Theo. The boys played hard right to the end. I'd say they played 60 minutes! And Ovie--what a machine.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | October 27, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

JOSE WAS A BEAST!!!!!!!! put off writing a paper thats due tomorrow to watch that game... totally worth it!

Posted by: mrszilla | October 27, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Apr-Sept 2009 daily circulation at the Top 25 Newspapers in U.S.:

Wall Street Journal - 2,024,269 - 0.61%
USA Today - 1,900,116 - (-17.15%)
New York Times - 927,851 - (-7.28%)
Los Angeles Times - 657,467 - (-11.05%)
Washington Post - 582,844 - (-6.40%)

NY Daily News - 544,167 - (-13.98%)
NY Post - 508,042 - (-18.77%)
Chicago Tribune - 465,892 - (-9.72%)
Houston Chronicle - 384,419 - (-14.24%)
Philadelphia Inquirer - 361,480 - N/A

NY Newsday - 357,124 - (-5.40%)
Denver Post - 340,949 - N/A
Arizona Republic - 316,874 - (-12.30%)
Minn. Star Tribune - 304,543 - (-5.53%)
Chicago Sun-Times - 275,641 - (-11.98%)

Cleveland Plain Dealer - 271,180 - (-11.24%)
Detroit Free Press - 269,729 - (-9.56%)
Boston Globe - 264,105 - (-18.48%)
Dallas Morning News - 263,810 - (-22.16%)
Seattle Times - 263,588 - N/A

SF Chronicle - 251,782 - (-25.82%)
Oregonian - 249,163 - (-12.06%)
NJ Star-Ledger - 246,006 - (-22.22%)
SD Union-Tribune - 242,705 - (-10.05%)
ST. Petersburg Times - 240,147 - (-10.70%)

In hockey, California has lost 4 NHL beat writers in the last 2+ seasons. Ross McKeon and Victor Chi were bought and laid off from the SF Chronicle and Mercury News in the same week in July 2007. The O.C. Register's Dan Wood and LA Daily News writer Rich Hammond moved on to do radio and write for the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings respectively prior to the start of the 2009-10 season.

To add insult to injury, the New York Times and Washington Post both plan on staffing up and offering Bay Area news to local and national readers.

Posted by: CodePoetry | October 27, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

@CodePoetry--help me--who is Frustaglio? What a terrible story. Every parent's nightmare.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | October 27, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

wocoliz- well you got them all right. Theo was first, nick second, ovie third.

Posted by: rachel216 | October 27, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

semin, backs and ovi - 9 of the 12 pts
i wonder if BB plans on changing up the top two lines for thurs game?
schultz is making his move to replace green - i think he might want some PP time now

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | October 27, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Look, guys, the team gave it it's all.

And so did the fans.

One bottle of 2005 Castle Rock 2005 cab + one glass pinot gris + two margaritas w/prickly pear (red) cactus juice.

Like the players, I "rocked the red."

This was a tremendous team effort, worthy of Playoffs.

First, we need to start talking about Theo with regards to Vezina. He's been THAT good.

When your goalie plays that well, the rest of the team just needs to step up. And the team did. Sacre bleu! Viva, Theo!

Posted by: tominfl1 | October 27, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Capt Kirk:

from another thread

You just don't let her know who your "fans" are

Some time when we meet I'll tell you about a "hat trick."

Posted by: tominfl1 | October 27, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Jose was great. Schultz played a nice game - he was even physical on several occasions. His penalty - interference on Briere in the crease - was much preferred to the last game when Briere was left untouched and scored the game winner. Poti did many things well. But when he or Pothier is called on to clear the crease, bad things usually happen (see Flyer's second goal). It's like a little brother jumping on this big brother's back - the big brother just shrugs him off.

Posted by: zmega | October 27, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

tominfl1:
was 'trick' just a poor choice of words?
does that mean it was 'pricey', invovle a 'hat' or just have something to do with 'three'?
hahahaha

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | October 27, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

POSTGAME THOUGHTS:
A solid team effort. Both teams go back and forth. A clutch effort. Semin kept plugging away and fired a laser for the winner. Unbelievable props to Jose Theodore. The man is in a zone and hope he can keep healthy and consistent.

Still have to tighten it up on defense. Poti needs to do a better job of clearing out in front. That was inexcusable on the Flyers 2nd goal.

All in all it was a solid game - a testament to the team to battle back from 2-0 down.

Some people wonder what the Caps would be like without Ovie. I wonder what the Pens would be like without Crosby and Malkin or the Flyers minus Richards. Something we don't have to worry about and hope to not have to worry about for a long long time.

As the old Caps radio guy Ron Weber use to say "It's been a 2 point night."

Back to Atlanta - weren't they just there??? Oh yes. Haha bring on the Thrashers.

Ice Breakers Goal Shakers

Posted by: Jonathan6 | October 27, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

I know the flyers got a lot of shots but thought the defense played pretty well against a quality opponent. And Theo played his best game as a Cap that I've seen.

The most encouraging sign to me was after they got the lead in the third, they preserved the lead even though they had to kill a couple penalties plus a penalty shot which is typically how you win a playoff game.

Posted by: joek443 | October 27, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

@CodePoetry, Remember that Rich Hammond didn't work for the L.A. Times, he worked for a small Indie paper. Great Kings coverage (and remember I'm a Kings fan), but a mediocre paper. As for the Post offering Bay Area coverage; remember that that S.F. Examiner collapsed, leaving the ultra-right wing Chron (by S.F. standards) as the sole daily. Also, remember that that WSJ includes online subscribers, most others do not. I would say more, but, that's a different blog.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | October 27, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Teen died from H1N1

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/h1n1-swine-flu/father-struggles-with-sons-death-from-flu/article1341072/

Paul Frustaglio sat on the front step of his Etobicoke home Tuesday still stunned to find himself accepting condolences for his son's death.

It had all happened so quickly. On Saturday, his 13-year-old son Evan was sick with the flu, but still playing hockey. By Monday morning, Mr. Frustaglio was holding his son's limp body in his arms, trying frantically to revive him.

After patiently giving dozens of interviews, the grief finally overwhelmed him. As he embraced a friend outside his home, he let out a long, painful cry that echoed along the quiet suburban street.

“My boy is gone,” he said. “My God, my baby. He's gone.”

Posted by: CodePoetry | October 27, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

@oldtimehockey

Thanks for the comment, very interesting

Posted by: CodePoetry | October 27, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

BEFORE I FORGET:
Darren gap toothed Powe can take his sorry ass back to Philly after kicking that rebound in the net on the penalty shot. It's too bad Theo didn't take the puck and fire it at him. Would've made for great drama.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | October 27, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

As everyone knows I've been one of the biggest critics of Jose Theodore on here, but I have to admit he played a great game tonight. Got very lucky a few times with some pucks just hitting and the posts, but it was his best game as a Capital.

First line rocked obviously. Great comeback. Also, gotta say that for all of our whining about the Caps not having played their best hockey we're now 7-2-2! That's a mark of a very good team.

Posted by: ranndino | October 27, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

@Jonathan 6-I don't blame Poti. He is a 195# guy trying to move out 225# guys. Not going to happen. In a perfect (Caps)world, all our defensemen would be big yet still able to skate and contribute offensively. Those guys are rare and make $5 million plus. The Caps franchise potentially has two of them - they're both in Hershey.

Posted by: zmega | October 27, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Also wanted to add that neither goal was Jose's fault. It was a combination of average to weak PK combined with perfect PP's by Philly. I really liked Sarge's penalty in the third as he put his man down and cleared the crease. He is playing better every game. He is still slow and has hands of stone, but he playing very well positionally and starting to throw his size/weight around. In a couple/few years he could well be a beast on the blueline. How Richards avoided a penalty for his assault on, I think it was Greener, in the crease is beyond me. You are not supposed to put the opponent in a headlock for a WWE takedown.

Posted by: realoldcapsfan | October 27, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Great game, Jose! Plenty of saves to keep the Caps in the game.

The Peaches and Herb song, "Reunited" kept playing in my head every time I watched the Ovie/Backs/Semin line score and grin and hug each other. Really really happy guys---gotta love that attitude.

Tominfl1, whatever you're drinking, don't stop!

Posted by: dccitizen1 | October 27, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

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