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Tonight's lineup: Senators at Caps

Jose Theodore will start in goal tonight at Verizon Center as the Caps go for their second straight win. Pascal Leclaire, meantime, will start for the Senators, who are minus top-line forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza.

Also for the Caps, Brian Pothier will return and Quintin Laing will come out. So the lineup should look like this:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Laich-Fleischmann-Semin
Chimera-Morrison-Fehr
Steckel-Gordon-Bradley

Defense
Morrisonn-Green
Schultz-Poti
Erskine-Pothier

Goalies
Theodore
Neuvirth

I'll have a little more later.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 7, 2010; 6:38 PM ET
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Comments

theo - good luck!! - stand on your head tonight

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 7, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I like this line-up for the home team. Let's go Caps!

Posted by: Terptwin | January 7, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Come on boyz, time to rally behind JT. Let's have a good game!

Posted by: cbs75 | January 7, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Decided to repost my last 2 posts since a new thread was created as I was writing them.

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One more thing. Checked the fallout from Russia's disastrous performance in the WJC in the Russian media today. Wow, quite a war of words between Nikita Filatov and head coach Vladimir Plyushchev. Plyushchev basically blames Filatov as a poor choice of captain who didn't wanna listen to anything, displayed a prima-donna attitude, was late for practices, etc. Filatov shoots back saying that Plyushchev never practices any tactics, didn't know much about the opponents, didn't have any video sessions to show mistakes, was very negative and derogatory towards the players and finally talked behind Nikita's back to his teammates while failing to bring up any issues directly. Quite a soap opera.

Posted by: ranndino | January 7, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

@ Fro_

My question would be is Theo NHL ready? Or rather, since he's not a rookie, is he still an NHL caliber goalie? To me the answer is clearly "no". His atrocious statistics since he signed with the Caps back up what I have seen on the ice. He ranks as one of the worst goalies in the NHL in the past 2 seasons in both GAA and save %.

I don't get this preoccupation with having a veteran goalie. The question should always be is the goalie good, not whether he's a veteran or not. If a veteran goalie is bad, he's still a bad goalie despite being a veteran. If a rookie goalie is good he's still a good goalie despite being a rookie. The veteran status or lack thereof is irrelevant.

I'd be willing to bet that had Theodore been a rookie and played as bad as he has for us all of his current defenders would conclude that he's not NHL ready long ago. The team management would conclude that as well and he would be playing for Hershey at best. The only reason he's still with the Caps is his veteran status and his huge one way contract.

Posted by: ranndino | January 7, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I think Theo has shrunk... he looks really small now.

Posted by: joek443 | January 7, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I like those early scoring chances. Time to put one in the net. Don't want to give their goalie any more confidence.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 7, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

STECKS

SHOOT THE PUCK!!!

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

WAY TO GRIND ON OUT BOYZ!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Man, I'm so happy for Boyd Gordon.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 7, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Gordo looked pretty good there.

wtf_e_fehr I was saying the same thing

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 7, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Gordo looked pretty good there.

wtf_e_fehr I was saying the same thing

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 7, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Something tells me Boyd doesnt want to be a healthy scratch?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

now Bucci at ESPN got his wish and will get to call him Oil Can Boyd Gordon on SportsCenter.

Posted by: joek443 | January 7, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

"An American Hero John Carlson..."

...has a nice ring to it

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Wondering if anybody else agrees ;

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin
Laich-Morrison-Knuble
Chimera-Fleischmann-Fehr
Steckel-Gordon-Bradley

I think that Fleishmann and Fehr together have great chemistry, when one has a good night usually the other follows, when they are on the same line.

These combonations would also keep the strongest line in the league togther with Backstrom Ovie and Semin

Posted by: gr8ovie | January 7, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Pascal Leclaire has been solid.

If he cracks...

THESE SENS ARE DONE!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

wow, what game are these refs watching? bunch of no calls on the sens, and a couple of softies on the caps.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 7, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

ovi must be getting threatened by erskine for the team lead in PIM's

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 7, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I really wish the NHL would get the refs to start calling diving more. I am sick of watching soccer on ice at times with guys going down so easy. And make it if there is a diving call that is the only call none of this take both stuff that doesn't really penalize someone for diving when there wouldn't have been a call if they hadn't gone down in the first place.

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

We rarely look this good on the PK

These guys might suck without Spez and Alf

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

sick goal!

Posted by: cbs75 | January 7, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

da

K

bus

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

NOODLES!

Posted by: mrszilla | January 7, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

wow Leclaire was way off his angle there and Knuble made him pay.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 7, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

is Semin trying to go

THROUGH

the goalie?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

wtf_e_fehr they weren't good on the road even with them without them they are even worse. They are 6-10-1 on the road this season.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 7, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Semin is starting to get a ridiculous amount of chances.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

and people were undermining Gordo's abilities on the ice... The guy had himself a period.

Nice to see Knuble score

Posted by: elicea | January 7, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I think that Fleishmann and Fehr together have great chemistry, when one has a good night usually the other follows, when they are on the same line.

Posted by: gr8ovie | January 7, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse
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Right now, Flash and Semin are showing a lot of chemistry. I wouldn't want to break that duo up.

Posted by: elicea | January 7, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

When was the last time we've converted on a breakaway?

Semin, alone, I think is 0 for his last 7 or 8 or so.

Ovechkin, Poti and one or two others have had chances as well.

You can't expect to score on even half of your chances but, as a team, I believe we're probably 0 for or last 15 to 20 chances unless I'm forgetting one.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 7, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

One more thing. Checked the fallout from Russia's disastrous performance in the WJC in the Russian media today. Wow, quite a war of words between Nikita Filatov and head coach Vladimir Plyushchev. Plyushchev basically blames Filatov as a poor choice of captain who didn't wanna listen to anything, displayed a prima-donna attitude, was late for practices, etc. Filatov shoots back saying that Plyushchev never practices any tactics, didn't know much about the opponents, didn't have any video sessions to show mistakes, was very negative and derogatory towards the players and finally talked behind Nikita's back to his teammates while failing to bring up any issues directly. Quite a soap opera.

Posted by: ranndino | January 7, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse
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Wow, that's a lot of distraction. No wonder Russia had the heartbreaker against the Swiss.

Thanks for info.

Posted by: elicea | January 7, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Erskine really came out ready to play tonight. He had a nice first period.

Posted by: zmega | January 7, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

When was the last time we've converted on a breakaway?

Semin, alone, I think is 0 for his last 7 or 8 or so.

Ovechkin, Poti and one or two others have had chances as well.

You can't expect to score on even half of your chances but, as a team, I believe we're probably 0 for or last 15 to 20 chances unless I'm forgetting one.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 7, 2010 7:52 PM |

I like this point you have made. It emphasizes my confusion.
We are supposed to be a super High POWERED O...

but we SUCK on...

Not only your point, but...

5

on

2's

FRUSTRATING!!!!!!!!!!!!

While being exceedingly pleased to be a Caps fan!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Flash 7 and 1 in faceoffs in the 1st...

ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!!?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

@wtf_e_fehr -- maybe Backstrom and Morrison should also take some faceoff lessons from the Wizard (i.e. Steckel)

Posted by: butcherbaker | January 7, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

that PP was forgetable.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 7, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

@wtf_e_fehr -- maybe Backstrom and Morrison should also take some faceoff lessons from the Wizard (i.e. Steckel)

Posted by: butcherbaker |

indeed

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Cool power play, bro.

0 shots at home against a struggling PK.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 7, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

too many penalties. even a bad team will score on the pp given enough opportunities.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 7, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

my bad, thought we were on the pk.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 7, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Caps can't buy a break on the PP right now.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 7, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Lucky bounce there this is why we need to bury teams.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 7, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

that damn goalie make a win for the Sens possible...SCORE

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

one of those games where we should be up 5-0, but instead find ourselves at 2-1.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 7, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

That was some kind of defensive breakdown to allow the shooter to skate right into the middle in front of the net.

I saw Poti stumble a little but it looked like we were already caught out of position.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 7, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin has been working harder defensively the last two games, probably in part due to his new captaincy.

Still, I'd like to see him cut down on the high risk passes.

He has no fear of making mistakes which is a doubled-edge sword. More often that not, it's a good thing. Occasionally, it leads to numbers the other way and lost opportunities for us.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 7, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Never seen Ovie play as defensive of a game as tonight.

Posted by: elicea | January 7, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm, one of those tight checking games. We need the next goal.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 7, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I thought that goal was pretty weak...even if it deflected, it was moving in slow motion. Maybe i'm wrong, but I thought Theo should've had that.

Posted by: capscoach | January 7, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

exactly what we needed!!!

Posted by: cbs75 | January 7, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Watching the replay of the Ottawa goal again, it was a defensive breakdown.

We got caught 3 forwards high but Backstrom backchecked and kept it a 3-on-3.

Poti went for the guy with the puck who dropped it to the guy behind him. Poti ended up sort of in between those two players.

Once the shooter started skating toward the middle, I think Backstrom needed to put pressure on him but he thought there was an open player behind him.

Maybe Green could have communicated better since he had the best view of the play. I'm not sure.

Either way, all 3 of our guys were kind of confused and the shooter came in unimpeded.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 7, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Is it just or has Ovie been falling down a lot in recent games?

Posted by: elicea | January 7, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

i still remember brashear's beat down on neil 2 yrs ago. one of my favorite brash memories.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 7, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Poti needs to be smarter then that.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 7, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

BACKS!!

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 7, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Nicky Backs is on something completely different right now.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom is truning into a real goal scorer we need sign him to a long term deal big time.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 7, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Breaking News!:

Nicklas Backstrom is really, really good.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 7, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I think that if the Sens were to trade Volchenkov, it would have to be for a goalie. I've got to believe that if they had a decent goalie prospect in their system he would be up playing. The Sens definitely need help in goal.

Posted by: zmega | January 7, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Jeepers, covering our top line must be like herding cats. Way to go Backs!

Posted by: Terptwin | January 7, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Did you see Flash looking back for the pass on that semi-break.

In the past, I've seen him put his head down and try to get off a shot.

Is your team evolving?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Been a while since I've seen a wrap around goal. Real nice play by Backs.

Posted by: elicea | January 7, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

john kreese says "finish him". time to score on the pp!

Posted by: cbs75 | January 7, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

i'm afraid they might just keep passing to ovi during this pp to see if they can get him a goal

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 7, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Flash currently 10 and 3 on faceoffs...

BUT WHOS COUNTING??

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Flash currently 10 and 3 on faceoffs...

BUT WHOS COUNTING??

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse
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ladies and gentlemen, meet Caps' second line center.

I know it's only been two games, but I can't help get ahead of myself.

Posted by: elicea | January 7, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

OVIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 7, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

OVIE!

Posted by: elicea | January 7, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

There is a breakaway (or at least a partial one) conversion

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 7, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

i was so wait'n for that Ovie play!! :o)

Posted by: cbs75 | January 7, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

HE IS BACK

AND THANK YOU

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Brute strength on Ovi's goal.

Posted by: zmega | January 7, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

i HATE when the d lets down the goalie

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 7, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

hate it when we give up a cheapy like that. JT deserves better.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 7, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Jose will get too upset since he got the win and looked good until the very end when the guys left him out to dry. I think he will get another start in the next two games and that is really all he wants is to start more.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 7, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Semin lost his man on that last goal in addition to the lack of urgency along the boards that allowed the Ottawa player to come out cleanly with the puck.

Excellent game from Theodore. Both goals against were caused by defense breakdowns. He made all the saves he should have plus a few huge game savers.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 7, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

i hope bb sees that theo played well tonight - one deflection (maybe off of green) and one where the d decided it wasn't needed anymore

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 7, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Chicago is really, really good.

It seems they are the team to beat this season.

It'll be tough for anybody to beat them in a 7-game series if they're healthy.

But, hey, anything can happen.

Right now, they're one of the top few defensive and offensive teams.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 7, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Chicago is really, really good.

It seems they are the team to beat this season.

It'll be tough for anybody to beat them in a 7-game series if they're healthy.

But, hey, anything can happen.

Right now, they're one of the top few defensive and offensive teams.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 7, 2010 9:38 PM |

Thats the dream though isnt it?

First...BEAT CINDY AND THE PENS!!!

Then beat our mirror in the west!!!!

Ovie already has something to prove against Cindy...

...and Backs might want to show up Kane/Toews

I CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I called it earlier today. Jose's pattern is currently two games of three or more followed by one game of 2 or 1 GAA. Now we need to just sit through through two more games of three-or-more and we'll get another good game from Theo.

----------------------------------------
6) Neuvy > Price

Posted by: Rhino40 | January 6, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I know right. According to the pattern Jose is due for a game with less then 3 goals (currently two games of 3 or more followed by one game of less then three), but Neuvy has one more game of 2 or less (his pattern is 3 good games then one horrible game).

Posted by: CapsXXVI | January 6, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: CapsXXVI | January 7, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

We've got to step up our defensive game big time before we can say we're as complete a team as the Blackhawks.

Their offense started slow but has steadily risen toward the top.

Hossa coming back is a big reason but they have plenty of talent and were due to pick up the scoring pace either way.

Their only question mark is in goal and the way they play defense, they probably don't need stellar goaltending. Opposing teams have trouble just getting shots on goal against them, let alone good scoring chances.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 7, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

tmac2yao

Your concerns are valid, but you are

BLOWING THE COLLECTIVE HIGH

we will cross that city when we come to it!

GO CAPS!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Face-off update: Flash 12 of 15 in his second start at center (after 6 of 9 last game); Backstrom a respectable 9 of 17.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | January 7, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

tmac2yao

Your concerns are valid, but you are

BLOWING THE COLLECTIVE HIGH

we will cross that city when we come to it!

GO CAPS!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

agreed. dont harsh my mellow

Posted by: mrszilla | January 7, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Re: the Blackhawks. I grew up as a Hawks fan and have been a lifelong fan of Chicago sports. You just cannot underestimate the capacity of the Hawks to underachieve in the playoffs. As a Caps season's ticket holder now since 2003 I can tell you that the Hawks just don't scare me.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | January 7, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Theodore was like velcro tonight. You could see the D let up for the last 5 minutes or so of the game. Shame really, he needs all the help he can get on his stats. I liked the way they hung in there, finally breaking it open in the third. I hope they can string a few more wins together, they need to get a win streak going to keep pace.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 7, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Maybe a bit soon to worry about who the Caps will play in the SC finals.

Posted by: zmega | January 7, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Maybe a bit soon to worry about who the Caps will play in the SC finals.

Posted by: zmega | January 7, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

you got that right... will worry about that after they got outta their own conference first.

Posted by: joek443 | January 7, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, just telling it like I see it. It doesn't bother me at all but, out of respect for you guys, I'll avoid bringing stuff like that up in the future.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 7, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

POSTGAME THOUGHTS:
Now that was a workmanlike effort. Solid from start to finish.

Erskine: Played a great game tonight. I'm not a big fan but he delivered tonight.

Theo: Props to him for being sharp when he needed to be.

Backstrom: Way to come out and get a pair of goals during a crucial time.

Not much more can be said. Just a good solid all-around effort.

Back on the road already???? Off to Atlanta.

It's been a two point night.

Ice Breakers Goal Shakers

Posted by: Jonathan6 | January 7, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

@ccCapsFan

It's good to see you switching allegiances.

My father, who passed away recently, was a STH since the team was founded and took me to my first game somewhere around '82. I can't even imagine following another team.

As far as the Blackhawks not scaring you based on the results of previous seasons, I think that is a fairly weak argument but to each his own.

Championship teams in all sports often enough come out of nowhere. There was a point in time where the Red Wings couldn't get over the hump and people were saying the same thing. Then, they broke through and didn't look back for a long time.

Either way, it's a long season. Let's see how things look in a few months. There are a lot of really good teams, including the Caps.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 7, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

@tmac - I think everybody is kidding. When the team is going well, it's easy to get carried away and think about the team's potential.

Posted by: zmega | January 7, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

A good thing about the salary cap era is that there is much more parity so no team is likely to dominate for years on end.

It's not a perfect system but it does shrink the gap between the top and the bottom.

Most every team has some kind of shot to be in the mix if they draft and develop effectively over time.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 7, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

bb quote (misquote really) about theo's game
"nothing he could do one the first one and we went braindead at the end"

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 7, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

@zmega

I think it really does bother some people to talk about things like that. I didn't think it would cause an ALL CAPS reaction or I wouldn't have said it.

I actually thought it made for interesting discussion but if it bugs my fellow Caps fans, it's best left for another time and another place.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 7, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

MATT BRADLEY HAD 2 ASSISTS IN THIS CAPS WIN!!!

Does that deserve an "ALL CAPS"?

c'mon people...

I'M ALL CAPS!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 7, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

@Capt_Kirk - I heard BB say if Theo had had any luck, he should have had a shut out. Nothing he could do about the first one (it was deflected) and they went brain dead and left Cheechoo alone in front of the net.

Posted by: miseaujeu | January 7, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Did anybody see the still shot and caption NHL.com is using in reference to the Green Geico commercial?

http://www.nhl.com/index.html

It shows Green with the caveman guy and the caption is "Spot-On!"

I'm sure I'm wrong but the first thing I thought of was somebody taking a subtle jab at Ovechkin.

Maybe somebody else can shed light on the meaning of the caption.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 7, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Craig Laughlin said that Backstrom is the best center in the league. Indeed!!!

Posted by: newfanofcaps | January 7, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

The gecko says "Spot-on!" in another commercial.

Posted by: Steakum | January 7, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Overall, it was a good game tonight.

Tuesday was a great game by the 2nd and 3rd line cast of characters.

Today, it was the 1st and 4th lines.

The Caps got off to a good start, as everyone hoped. They had some good chances during second period but could not finish anything. And then Ottawa got a goal near the end of that period.

But, never fear, the Caps (and Nicky B.) came out flying and scored right away, making it 3-1. Later, Nicky scores again (and I figured that Caps had the game in hand.) Ovi finally scores.

The last goal by Toronto was pretty much a "who cares, we won the game anyway" sort of goal, where the only thing accomplished was to screw up the statistics of the guys on the ice (Plus/Minus) and the goalie's save and goals against percentages.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 7, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

It seemed like we had some crazy line combinations for the last period. (With a 4 on 4 situation and some penalties.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 7, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

I know some don't take much stock in the +/- stat, but it sure looks nice to see Schultzy at 6th in the league!

Posted by: gonchpup | January 7, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

@gonchpup

Schultz is generally pretty consistent at being one of our better plus/minus guys on defense.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 7, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

@Steakum

Thank you, sir. I forgot about that.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 7, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I still do wonder what the relevance is to that particular photo.

This is the caveman, not the gecko, and the term Spot-On! describes nothing about the still shot or the commercial.

When you use a caption, it should have some relevance to the picture it's being used with. I can't find any connection in this case unless I'm missing something.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 7, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

One of the most common uses of the term "spot-on" is to describe impersonations.

Here is the Merriam-Webster defintion:

Main Entry: spot–on
Pronunciation: \ˈspät-ˈän\
Function: adjective
Date: 1949
: exactly correct : accurate, perfect

I can't help but think some idiot working at NHL.com was taking a jab at Ovechkin. There is no other explanation for the use of that caption. That, or I have yet to come up with one.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 8, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Part of the definition didn't show up through copy and paste.

Here's the link: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Spot-on

Notice that "a spot–on impersonation" is listed as a common use of the term.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 8, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

【 live score】 and 【odds advise 】
http://www.nowgoal.com/22.shtml

Posted by: bgfgf402 | January 10, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

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