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Tonight's lineup: Sabres at Caps

Semyon Varlamov is expected to make his third straight start tonight at Verizon Center, where the Caps will be looking to snap a three game losing streak against the similarly slumping Sabres. Ryan Miller, meanwhile, will get the nod for Buffalo.

Milan Jurcina is back from a groin strain and Karl Alzner is set to make his season debut. But the rest of the injury-plagued lineup should look somewhat familiar.

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

Defense
Schultz-Green
Alzner-Jurcina
Erskine-Pothier

Goalies
Varlamov
Theodore

I'll have more after the game.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 25, 2009; 5:07 PM ET
 
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Comments

I love putting Perreault and Flash together. They are both working hard and creating chances.

Gotta learn how to play with a lead....

Posted by: Wemiss21 | November 25, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Since a new thread went up while I was typing this in the last one reposting.

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Didn't have a chance to comment on the last game because I had to watch it the next day, etc.

I normally always defending Green against his haters, but he had an atrocious game vs. Ottawa. I counted at least 5 instances when he could have cost us a goal for no reason. 4 times he got bailed out by Varlamov, but the 5th one ended up on our net as a game winner. What really sucked about that one is that he made a terrible giveaway just seconds earlier, Varly bailed him out and then he makes another dumb play. Urrghhh.

Pothier has been awesome. Playing with so much confidence now I can see why he was thought of so highly before his long term injury. The guy has lots of offensive skills to go with his D.

Varly has been awesome. Every goal that Ottawa scored was a deflection right in front. Nothing he could do about those. His split save on a 2-on-1 in OT after Green's boneheaded giveaway was amazing. Unfortunately it didn't even get a replay on TV since they scored seconds after to end the game after another bad mistake by Greenie.

Whatever Caps have to do to keep Perreault with us they must. He's getting better and better. What most amazing to me is that for such a little guy he always seems to come out with the puck in board battles. He just has such quick hands that even despite his size he manages to fish the puck out from between everyone's skates and he knows what to do with it once he has it.

Clark being on the 1st line kills me. Yeah, I know he scored, but that goal, if anything showed why he shouldn't be anywhere near the top 2 lines. Just got lucky it bounced into the net and they counted it. There were so many instances when he screwed up good chances it wasn't even funny. On one particular play he was wide open in the slot with an empty net to shoot at and completely whiffed. On another he had the goalie already down and instead of calmly pulling the puck back and throwing it over him he just stupidly pushed it along the ice right into his pad.

Anyway, good luck to our guys tonight. Might be tough because Buffalo is also in a slump so will be very motivated.

Posted by: ranndino | November 25, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

@Ranndino

Totally agree on Clark. Id rather even see Bradley on the top line than Clark. At least he's shown some finishing ability.

I'd love to see Fehr pot a couple tonight. I haven't completely given up on him yet.

Posted by: chombie13 | November 25, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Agreed about Clark not being on the first line. He just seems like a drag on OV and Backstrom.

Posted by: butcherbaker | November 25, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Schultz and Green is a match made in hell.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | November 25, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see Alzner up; hope that means Green's minutes will go down tonight.

I also agree that we can't afford to lose Perreault. I LOVE what he's doing for the team.

Happy turkey day, everyone, and LET'S GO, CAPS!!!

Posted by: wocoliz | November 25, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

co-sign...CLARK OFF THE 1ST LINE!!!

GO CAPS!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

anyone have a good online feed for tonight? the 1500 audio is awful tonight!

LETS GO CAPS!!

Posted by: mrszilla | November 25, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Schultz and Green pair is unnerving to say the least. Scary...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 25, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

ovie

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

That was nice, sweet...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 25, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 25, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

mrszilla,
Try this:

http://www.atdhe.net/8926/watch-buffalo-sabres-vs-washington-capitals

Oh, and make sure you hit the "play" button on the left of the screen.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 25, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

If Juice could EVER consistently just get the shot on goal. He would be so much more effective.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

We gotta capitalize on these opportunities before they wake up.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 25, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

We gotta capitalize on these opportunities before they wake up.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 25, 2009 7:39 PM |


agreed

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I thought Ovie looked more like his old self in that period.

Posted by: grackle5 | November 25, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Maybe its a good sign that Fehr is spending Thanksgiving with Knuble. That is exactly the kind of player he should be right now.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

WHO CAN HELP?

I'm looking to add another jersey. I'm thinking to switch up and get a road one (we hang them all in the living room, there's six now, with Bondra, Hunter, Juneau, Oates, Ovi and Green) with only Juneau being white.

I'm am thinking a Backstrom would be good and am looking at the Reebok jerseys in the shop.nhl.com catalog. They have men's at $169 for "customized, premier" and women's for $129 for "customized, premier."

So, the question, is there any difference between men's and women's? I have a men's large (Ovi) I normally wear and a men's medium (Green) I am wearing at the moment and either is fine. This extra one might be worn mostly be one of my daughters, or me, and wouldn't a woman's large (or, what XL?) be the same size as men's medium? So why the price difference? They don't make women's of the same material?

Look, honestly, in moments of high alcohol content, I've donned women's clothes at parties or their bikinis at the beach just to get a few laughs ("Surely you haven't, tominfl1!"). If these women's jerseys have garters or something, no way, but if it's just a cost savings, I can put that $40 in my pocket like any other red-blooded American.

So please advise if the women's jerseys are "just fine."

And, you can imagine what these women had on while I wore their bikinis, can't you?

tominfl1, you are a bad, bad boy.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 25, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

cmon clark!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

this just in...miller is good

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

tominfl1,
Oh god, what a visual. Geez...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 25, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

AWESOME HIP CHECK BY POTHIER!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

LOL You are indeed bad. I wish I could advise you but I bought a men's small Varlamov in honor of our trip to Mellon center in the playoffs. I was told but cannot judge its veracity that the women's was cut narrower. So maybe that's where the extra money goes--the extra material. I also was thinking of adding a Backstrom jersey to my collection. Happy hunting!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | November 25, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

We are in NJ with family for Thanksgiving. No good Internet connection. And Flyers vs Islanders on TV. Blech! So I keep checking the score on my iPhone!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | November 25, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

fehr has had GLORIUS chances...I mean premium

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

alright....flash on the top line

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

do we have a shutout this season?

We need a shutout!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Caps look determined to give a full 60 minute effort. Most energy I've seen from them in weeks.

No penalties in the game yet either.

Posted by: LouLewis | November 25, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

wtf,
Now we won't get one...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 25, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Schultz and Green is a match made in hell.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | November 25, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I agree. The two of them are horrible. I lost track of how many stupid plays they both made against Ottawa. Green with the careless turnovers, Schultz with the lackadaisacal passes up the boards only to be intercepted, and then Schultz is very sloww to react to a turnover. Its like his brain is on idle. No sense of urgency.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 25, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

that justin tv site is great, the Caps must have communicated something to them last year because that site quit streaming Caps games after a certain point. But this yr they're back at it

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 25, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

OK, I don't have much help yet on jersey except maybe women's in "cut narrower."

On one hand I can see women's being a fuller cut up top but maybe they make men's bigger to accomodate the beer gut.

Last time I bought a suit it was a 37 European cut so I'm not a beer gut kinda guy. Maybe I'd look fashionably svelte in that narrower, women's jersey?

You ladies can only drool in imagination until you see me in person :). 52 years of absolute beauty, with long, flowing blond hair that would make Backstrom (at least, when he gets to my age) jealous.

I don't want to brag too much, but when I first arrived in Athens, after getting married, all my wife's Greek relatives thought she had married Peter O'Toole.

Hopefully I'll look reasonably hot in a woman's, white, Backstrom #19.

The ladies on this blog can be the judge.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 25, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

brads has got to be our most consistent player. Never has a bad shift

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 25, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

terrible call - and Rivet should get a penalty for retaliating

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 25, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

The guy had his head up!! You gotta be kidding me.

Posted by: LouLewis | November 25, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

TERRIBLE CALL

THIS IS HOW THE REFS GET INVOLVED?

GO CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

If Boudreau had a pair he would've complained instead of just sitting back holding his dk

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 25, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Maybe a minor, but a misconduct? Really?!

Posted by: butcherbaker | November 25, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Kaleta just got a piece of his own medicine.

Going back to Boudreau, he hardly ever works the refs like a coach needs to. He had 2 gripes on that call to Ovechkin. One, it wasn't a boarding major. It wasn't even a minor. Two, Rivet came up and hit Ovechkin.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 25, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

tortuga!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Did I just see that right? Ovechkin got 5:00 for boarding *and* a trip to the locker room?

Posted by: Terptwin | November 25, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

3 caps caught in deep. How is that possible when you only have 4 on the ice?

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 25, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Clark hits the post. Make the next one count!

Posted by: Terptwin | November 25, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Clark and Fehr both playing very well for a while now.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 25, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

VAR LA MOV!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

In other Southeast Division match-ups...Atlanta leads Detroit, 2-0 after 2 periods. Toronto leads Tampa Bay, 4-3 early in the 3rd. Needless to say, the Caps need to find a way win tonight.

Posted by: Terptwin | November 25, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

im diggin the Varly chant at the phone booth

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

FINALLY FEHR

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Eric!

Posted by: Terptwin | November 25, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

my hands hurt, i clapped so hard

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1 you called it.

I've also been impressed with Chris Clark's offensive effort the past couple of games. He could easily have a couple of goals.

Posted by: LouLewis | November 25, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey folks. On the road for the holiday and picked up the internet feed late in the second. Glad to see Fehr put one home. Put em away Caps!

Posted by: Sonyask | November 25, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Did you know that Ryan Miller has never lost a game in D.C.? (5-0) Let's hope that changes tonight!

Posted by: Terptwin | November 25, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

HOLY COW AN F'IN SHUTOUT

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

V
A
R
L
A
M
O
V
!

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 25, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Great job Varly; great team win.

Posted by: Sonyask | November 25, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Well played game all around.

Posted by: zmega | November 25, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Great game by Varly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That was PLAYOFF HOCKEY!!!!!!!!! That is how NHL defense is played.

Posted by: realoldcapsfan | November 25, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

1) Backstrom has been flying.
2) Pothier has been at Warp 3 the last few games. And I thought he was only capable of impulse power.
3) The Ovi call - how was it any different than a million different high-sticking, double minors?
4) Alzner is better then Carlson.
5) Where are the members of V Company now, those who wanted two weeks ago to send him back to Hershey?

To Varly's former detractors - have a chocolate bar.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 25, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Ladies and Gentlemen...your starting goaltender...Sem-YON Var-LA-mov!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Three stars: #3-2 Brian Pothier, #2-8 Alex Ovechkin, #1-40 Semyon Varlamov!

Posted by: Terptwin | November 25, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

That one was for you, Abe!

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 25, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

A) BernieWolfeFan- thank you!!! worked great!
B) WHAT A GAME!!! really proud of them, what a way to snap that losing streak! great discipline, even when ovie was out for the game. nice to see our Dmen keeping it together, esp pothier, who's turning into a beast!!

Posted by: mrszilla | November 25, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Very satisfying effort from the team tonight. I know it's hard to come out with that kind of intensity night after night, but it's good to see it when they need it.

Tough for Boudreau though, I mean how do you deal with Theodore now? I guess he's just going to have to "rest" Varly to find a game for Theo, but you certainly can't justify not starting Varly going forward.

Posted by: LouLewis | November 25, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

It was the whipping boys game tonight.

Fehr - 1G +1 (played 15 minutes tonight) He is either 1 or 2 on the team in goals scored based on equal minutes played by every player.

Green - 1A +2 23 minutes

Alzner 20 minutes (looked great) It is a crying shame he isn't up with the big boy team

Semin - zero, I repeat zero, stick penalties

Posted by: JSchon | November 25, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

@ tominfl1

"4) Alzner is better then Carlson."

Maybe for right now. I don't think we should really compare just yet, considering it was Carlson's first time being recalled while Alzner had already had some experience in the NHL.

Posted by: elicea | November 25, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

mrszilla,
No problem, great that you were with us. I thought we had lost ya.

Varly, awsome!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 25, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Steckel won 14 of 15 faceoffs tonight. That's phenomenal.

He needs to make better decisions with the puck though and execute those decisions better. He had a couple of failed clearing attempts last game and made a risky pass to Green tonight that nearly led to a breakaway.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 25, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

mrszilla,
No problem, great that you were with us. I thought we had lost ya.

Varly, awsome!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 25, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha no, never lost! just making a cake for tomorrow so i was running around the kitchen moving my laptop around so i could keep watching :)

Posted by: mrszilla | November 25, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

wtf,
I stand gladly corrected. We got one!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 25, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

-Congrats to Varly on the shutout.
-Bulls**t call on Ovie.
-Pothier, imo, was the best defenseman out on the ice tonight.
-Juricna had a nice first game back from injury.
-nice first game of the season for Alzner. damn cap needs to get settled already so he can stay up with the team.
-Green had a nice game too.
-Backs, B-Mo, Flash, Perrault and Clarkie stood out the most offensively. (other than Ovie, of course)
-Overall, terrific game defensively. Nice comeback from that third period meltdown against Ottawa.

Posted by: elicea | November 25, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

@ tominfl1

"4) Alzner is better then Carlson."

Maybe for right now. I don't think we should really compare just yet, considering it was Carlson's first time being recalled while Alzner had already had some experience in the NHL.

Posted by: elicea | November 25, 2009 9:31 PM

I meant for now, as in at "this moment." If I gave the impression that I felt Alzner will be better than Carlson for all time, then I must apologize, as I didn't mean to imply that.

My opinion, clearly, is that Karl Alzner is a better NHL-calibre defenseman right at this moment then young Mr. Carlson.

As to who will ultimately be the more valuable player, I don't know.

But, I'll have my nose glued to the monitor for the next twenty years so I can find out.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 25, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

wtf,
I stand gladly corrected. We got one!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 25, 2009 9:40 PM |

yes!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 25, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

@ tominfl1

well in that case, I apologize for the misread and thanks for clearing that up.

Posted by: elicea | November 25, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Nice win Caps! Varlamov you are f###in' awesome!!!

man! my Yuengling tastes so much better right now.

Posted by: arakakij | November 25, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Is Varly now the #1 goalie?

Posted by: AlexVa1 | November 25, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

It is really appreciated by me at least when JSchon puts up a post. Some of us shoot from the hip a lot and put up a nice smokescreen of bull, but JSchon condenses the stats and posts clear data that amplifies what really happens on the ice.

He has supported Eric Fehr since the beginning of time. I am in agreement and I think Fehr, like Flash, will achieve upper-level NHL status by the time they reach "Bondra star age" of 27 years old.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 25, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Varlamov is now 5th in the league in SV%.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 25, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe I didn't see this game--way to come back Caps. They just needed to reset and regroup--and sleep in their own beds. Have to see that boarding call when we get home.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | November 25, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Stecks, 14 of 15 draws tonight and Varly 5th in SV%??? I'm not that much of a stats guy but that is strong...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 25, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

In honor of Ovi and Varly I've mixed a vodka cocktail w/grapefruit and cranberry juice.

Of course, since the vodka is Svedka, we can say it honors Backie as well.

I don't have any Sam Adams in the refrigerator; if I did, I'd have one for Pothier.

Speaking of Sam Adams, has anyone in the history of mankind managed to condense such a brilliant career into such a concise resume?

"Brewer. Patriot."

When you can say it in two words, why bother with three.

Here's to you, Sam Adams.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 25, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks tominfl...

I try to keep it real.

Posted by: JSchon | November 25, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Steckel's faceoff work continues to be crucial, especially during the penalty kill. He and Morrison have been very good at the faceoff dot. It's an underrated skill, but faceoffs can kill a team if it doesn't get the kind of consistent faceoff work that the Caps get.

As was pointed out in the broadcast, the defensive positioning was as good as I've seen it in awhile. Hopefully, we see more of the same disciplined defensive work. The penalty kill that spanned parts of three minutes was excellent.

A good win after two disappointing losses in Canada.

Posted by: blindskateluke | November 25, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

during a couple shifts tonight Alzner looked as steady and calm in his own end as the ole number 5 used to look... hope there will be many more to come

Posted by: joek443 | November 25, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1

Frankly, I think the refs are out to get Ovi due to all the complaints that others had had about him.

I couldn't believe that both a major AND a game misconduct were called on him. There are enough people in power who are convinced that Ovi is a dirty player and this is what happens, as a result.

While at the moment, the Caps don't expect a suspension to happen, I'll be holding my breath about it.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 25, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Here's an excellent clip of Ovie's hit on Kaleta. OV comes at him from the front, not the rear. Hits him in the shoulder and partial back. Kaleta sees him coming and turns his back away from him and faces the boards. Bad call!

http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?id=52568

Posted by: puckman | November 25, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

On tonight's game:

The Good:
Varly's goaltending
Caps winning.
Our two goals
The penalty kill in the third period

The Bad:
Penalties in the 3rd period, especially the one on Ovi

The Ugly:
See my entry on The Bad

Another contribution to the bad: the Beeatch I had to deal with at the Metro Station. My Smart pass wouldn't let me in the gate so I knocked on the window and tried to get the woman on duty to help me but she essentially took offense. Asked if "I was okay" and basically refused to help me and was more intent on proving who was "boss". So I was forced to go back to the farecard machine and purchase a new Farecard just so I could get in the Station. (Luckily, I got to the ChinaTown station in plenty of time for the game and they got my Smartpass squared away.) I wish to praise the Metro personnel at Chinatown for getting my card (and the card of another woman squared away and being so helpful. And a even bigger boo to the woman working at my "source" station than for either Ovi or the officials who called the major on him.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 25, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

I am thankful Varly had an early Thanksgiving dessert of puck pudding.

We finally saw some heart tonight. It makes me wonder if the outcome would have been different if Ovi had NOT been thrown out of the game. Another 3rd period meltdown? I like to think not. At least now they should know they can do it.

Semin is injured, Ovi was thrown out, and Green was in the penalty box. The camera flashed on Backstrom, he's thinking, "I am the only young gun left!"

Posted by: Steakum | November 25, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1

Like JSchon, I am a Fehr backer from way back. He's actually done well statistically in spite of relatively limited ice time. Unfortunately, he's had such horrible luck in terms of injury. Not as bad as Quentin Laing but he's one of the other "bad luck boys" in my opinion.

I consider Fehr the draftee of my daughter's class (or the draft class that someone born the same day as my daughter) would have been eligible for. (In the ironic department, could Fehr end up bumping one of my other favorites down a line?)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 25, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

@Steakum

It seems like the Caps do better when they are the underdog and have their backs to the wall. In my recent memories, they have done a fine job of killing off major penalties. (Usually it seems to be Shaone Morrisonn in the box with a major penalty).

Ovi, you seem to be taking over Morrisonn's role. (Will he become an enforcer near the end of his NHL career?)

Okay, I was being facetious in my previous paragraph.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 25, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

POSTGAME THOUGHTS:
I echo an earlier poster's message (tmac2yo - might be off on that) That one was for Abe.

To the game: WOWOWOWOWOOWOWWOWOWOW. A solid 60-minute effort by the guys. What a gritty effort. Varlamov solid again. Alzner as cool as the other side of the pillow. Both teams had their chances but this indeed felt like a playoff game.

Pothier - take notes fans - he threw a TEXTBOOK hip check.

Penalties - for the second straight game that was a BS call on Ovechkin. He hit Kaleta and he saw him coming. It was a good solid hit. The refs need to wake up in this league and realize if it's too hard of it for their liking then go ref a finesse sport. This is ridiculous. They did a great job killing the penalties.

Buffalo was in a fog and at times stood around and the Caps made them play.

Chris Clark needs to be taken off that top line. He had that one chance (great save by Miller) but he's not clicking on the passing. I'd like to see Bradley up there just to see what you can get out of them.

Bottomline: I loved this team's effort. 60 hard minutes. Every period - the first shift got the puck in deep and pressured it thus setting the tone. A fantastic effort. Varly is on a roll. Don't overwork him. I say stick Varly in net Saturday in Montreal and get Theo back in there at Carolina next Monday.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. It's been a two point night.

Off to Canada on Saturday to get some revenge on the clutchy/grabby Habs.

ICE BREAKERS GOAL SHAKERS. :)

Posted by: Jonathan6 | November 25, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

@Jonathan6

I don't think Bradley was any better than Clark the one time I saw him on the top line.

On the next top line right winger, if we're lucky, we'll see a new face there on Saturday. (Semin will skate at practice on Friday. Hope he'll be ready.)

I also hope that Ovi is not suspended. Otherwise, who the h*ll will be in his place? Still another Hershey callup? Or will we see Giroux again?

Are you actually going to Montreal on Saturday (or just watching it on TV like the rest of us)?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 25, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Glad I stayed off the CI board till AFTER the game tonight. Got a good chuckle out of tominfl1's cross dressing antics.

Caps were so disciplined, and when they weren't, Varlamov was on top of everything. That guy is cool as a cucumber.

Caps seemed to control the neutral zone tonight. Short, tight passes, getting in closer before taking shots.

The ref made a big mistake on the Ovechkin call. Let's hope the mistake doesn't get compounded with a suspension. Highly unlikely, given the chance to review the check.

And it touched me to see Theo skate out to Varly to congratulate him on his first shut out. Varly earned it, but don't forget that there were only 25 shots on goal, mainly due to good defence.

And for all those people who still want to hate Mike Green, I will now do my rendition of Kermit the Frog singing "It's Not Easy Being Green" just to punish you.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | November 25, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

To the person who mentioned purchasing a personalized Backstrom jersey from nhl.com -- DON'T DO IT!! They do a horrible job. They don't even use sewn-on cloth, but a rubbery, ironed-on sticker. Order from icejerseys.com or rivercitysports.com.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | November 26, 2009 2:28 AM | Report abuse

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