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Tribute to Taylor

The Capitals will observe a 30-second moment of silence before tonight's game to honor Redskins safety Sean Taylor, I'm told.

I also hear that backup goaltender Brent Johnson will wear a Redskins hat on the bench.

Update:There was also a classy intro and video tribute to Taylor on the screens above center ice.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 28, 2007; 6:28 PM ET
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Very cool and classy. Especially if the Brent Johnson part is true

Posted by: Scott | November 28, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

so damn sad

Posted by: Anonymous | November 28, 2007 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I will check it out on TV.... Oh wait.....

Posted by: nadir | November 28, 2007 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm hearing the game on the radio. Just heard the "ting!" of the panthers net post.

They're pressing it seems. Come on boys get'r done! (yeah I'm an Italian so imagine that with Italian accent lol)


Posted by: mauree | November 28, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse


Or, as we said in the IBL (Industrial Beer League), "get it up!"

"Yeah, that's what she said."

Posted by: Greg S. | November 28, 2007 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tarik, is there anyway we could see the tribute video?

Posted by: JJJJJJ | November 28, 2007 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Lemme hear ya Olie haters! Reflexes shot? we only got a point because of #37 tonight.

Posted by: kevbpgc | November 28, 2007 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know the stats on whether or not there has been ANY other NHL team more pathetic, embarassing, and as much of a COMPLETE FAILURE in the shoot out since it's inception to end tie games??

New coach, same result...when will an owner give DC a decent team?

Posted by: badkarma723 | November 28, 2007 9:50 PM | Report abuse

@ Capthis!
Per your prediction, "Petty notches two tonight..... one shorthanded, one even strength.... MARK THESE WORDS."
Well, it didn't happen. Not even close. What were YOU smokin'? My advice is for you to leave the predictions ALONE. And, don't give up your day job. Hahahahaha....
The fact of the matter is that Petty has sucked all year. Tonight was no exception ---------- for sure.

Posted by: Puckguru | November 28, 2007 9:59 PM | Report abuse

meet the new boss...same as the old boss...

Posted by: wanggo | November 28, 2007 10:11 PM | Report abuse

And Semin is hurt again. BUENO!

Posted by: Jay | November 28, 2007 10:17 PM | Report abuse

The same day Tarik does a story on how the team is struggling to get goals, they go ahead and score 1 freakin unassisted goal. It seems like the players are mocking the fans. Oh, when will this season end???

Posted by: wanggo | November 28, 2007 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Grr.... I am pissed at Centre Ice! I had a class at college so I recorded what was suppous to be the Caps vs. Panthers game but it was really Blues vs. Sabres....


Posted by: Keith | November 28, 2007 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Don't be'll be watching a better game.

Posted by: keef | November 28, 2007 10:33 PM | Report abuse

What a shootout... man we had the chances to win.

Next two games are going to be tough... back to back @carolina, @damn kitties .

I'll wait for people that were at the game for comments :)

Cheer up people, it's a tough season.

Posted by: mauree | November 28, 2007 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Before I forget...BB: never put Petty on the shoot out again.

Posted by: keef | November 28, 2007 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Interim coach status probably keeps things from getting any better.

Imagine running a practice and wondering if GM will be replacing you at a moments notice. What a terrible state this team is in.

Ted has every loss coming to him so long as McFiFi is still employed.


Posted by: Chief | November 28, 2007 11:21 PM | Report abuse

I was at the game tonight - less than impressive in the first period, but they seemed to wake up after Clarkie's B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L goal!! I hate to Semin (i.e. my favorite forward) was horrible - what's the deal?!? Speaking of, despite his less than stellar performance, I was suprised to not see him OR Clark in the shootout - what gives?!? BB put other players out there who I never expected to see before them. I don't get it - what am I missing? Other than that, the shootout was a riot ... until we lost. Ugh.

Posted by: Boo! | November 28, 2007 11:30 PM | Report abuse

I believe Clarike and Semin were both injured, although Tarik did not report as such in his game writeup...

Posted by: Jill | November 28, 2007 11:32 PM | Report abuse

@Jill - oh good grief!!!!!! Any idea what happened?!? I did not see anything ...

Posted by: Boo! | November 28, 2007 11:39 PM | Report abuse

The box score shows Clark only played 10:50 (and no shootout as mentioned). So something's not right. I didn't notice anything overt happen to either.

Posted by: mike | November 28, 2007 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Just saw the shootout... good ones by Backstrom & Gordon, the other should have tried something more daring.

Anyway it was a good game - spectacular Olie. Man we should have won this one, can you imagine his confidence boost?

Anyway, I'm relentless in my GO CAPS for friday and saturday games.

Posted by: mauree | November 29, 2007 12:05 AM | Report abuse

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. All of this constant line - up juggling is counter productive. It inhibits there being any familiararity among line mates or D. partners, as was evidenced, again tonight. I think BB needs to settle on his line and pairings, and do it quickly. Otherwise, he runs the risk of the team sliding back into the same mental funk that existed before he was promoted.
Maybe I was a little premature in my lavish praise of the guy. One thing's for sure. They're on pace to end up with even less points than they had last year. Which would make this season a monumental joke. Then again, it just might take that level of failure to convince Mr. Leonsis that, in gmgm he's hitched his wagon to a dead horse. Oh, well. We'll see.....

Posted by: Puckguru | November 29, 2007 12:05 AM | Report abuse

I am still willing to give BB a chance, he was just THROWN into it ... I certainly expect more from him out of the next shootout. Now, if CC and AS were hurt, then I will let this one slide! Otherwise, I don't get it ... chalk it up to first shootout funk (I doubt he has had a lot of time to think about that - heck, to even practice penalty shots). Having said that, OTG did great - hopefully folks here will start to give him a little more credit!! For what it is worth, I think the consistent play is actually helping him ...

Posted by: Boo! | November 29, 2007 12:16 AM | Report abuse

I think one of the big reasons we lost (and I anticipated this before the game) is Semin. Since you adore the guy, you're guilty too by association :D

Hehe jk jk (altough not on the Semin sucking part)

Let's look at the positives: since BB is on the bench we got back two players: Brashear and Olie. He was spectacular today. His interview skills have improved a lot too look at today's interview

We needed a goaly and now we have a good one. Well, if he keeps this up.

Posted by: mauree | November 29, 2007 12:27 AM | Report abuse


what is all of this talk about OTG having interview issues? i don't recall him giving bad interviews ... what did i miss?

and what do you think the deal is with semin? i love him, but he was TERRIBLE tonight ... he was painful to watch ... ugh.

Posted by: Boo! | November 29, 2007 1:06 AM | Report abuse


I just watched the post-game interviews. BB kept saying that someone was 'not available' - I wonder if he was being asked why Semin did not do the shootout? If so, what does 'not available' mean? Was he injured or ... ??? What's the scoop? Thanks!

Posted by: Boo! | November 29, 2007 1:22 AM | Report abuse


Well maybe it irritated only me but after last week monday's game, where he kind of sucked, he accused some teammates to play for themselves, not for the team. I don't mind a player telling the crude truth but he had a primadonna attitude.

Today he praised the teammates, even though he was kind of the hero of the night.

Posted by: mauree | November 29, 2007 1:25 AM | Report abuse

I don't usually answer my own questions, but ...

"Ailing - Caps forwards Clark and Alexander Semin both left the game early with injuries and were unavailable for the shootout. Neither ailment is thought to be serious, and Clark said he would be on the ice for Thursday morning's practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex."

I would still love the details if anyone has them! :-)

Posted by: Boo! | November 29, 2007 1:27 AM | Report abuse

@ mauree - got it ... yeah, he was good tonight; i really do think that the consistent play is helping him. i also have to say that i have been repeatedly impressed by backstrom's hustle. it is going to be fun to watch him develop!

btw, here i go again answering my own question (courtesy of Tarik's fine write-up) ... but I would still love more details! :-)

"High-scoring winger Alexander Semin, who has missed most of the season with a sprained right ankle, hobbled off the ice in the extra session after aggravating the injury, and thus left Washington without one of its best stick-handlers for the shootout. Semin is listed as day-to-day.
Chris Clark, the Capitals' captain, left in the third period with an undisclosed injury. It's not believed to be serious, a team spokesman said, and it's possible Clark will practice today."

Posted by: Boo! | November 29, 2007 1:34 AM | Report abuse

The only thing positive about last night was Backstrom's incredible shootout attempt. He made Vokoun look like one of those youth players that play during intermission.
Had Semin and Clark not left the game early, I think we would have done better in the OT and the shootout...
Was it me, or did Kolzig look like he just gave up on that last shootout attempt.

Posted by: 828 | November 29, 2007 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad the Caps paid tribute to Sean Taylor. I knew they would, they had to. This is DC. It was the right thing to do.

Posted by: tokyo fan | November 29, 2007 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I wish that you had mentioned the Brent Johnson hat and the video tribute in the paper. That was a classy thing to do and it deserved broader publicity.

Posted by: Joe | November 29, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

it was in the paper. in the notes at the top of the page.

Posted by: Tarik | November 29, 2007 7:04 PM | Report abuse

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