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Two Nights, Two Cities, Two Games

Here's a highly entertaining video from Dan Steinberg on the challenging turnaround following Game 4 tonight, as the Caps and Pens hop on a plane and head back to D.C. for Game 5 tomorrow night:

For the accompanying blog post, check out the D.C. Sports Bog.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 8, 2009; 12:01 PM ET
 
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Comments

Wow, did I really get the first comment in?

I'm glad the Caps have recalled Jay Beagle. He's a good choice for protecting Varlamov.

Posted by: irockthered | May 8, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

wise words from Feds.

given the back to back games, what are the odds JT gets to play??

Posted by: doughless | May 8, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Ok, that guy behind Stecks was weirding me out!

Posted by: ludeman95 | May 8, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

10%......JT only plays tomorrow if Varly has a horrible night tonight.

Posted by: C-way | May 8, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

@ ludeman95, that was Mike Wise

Posted by: DaleHunter | May 8, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Tonight had better not go into OT is all I've got to say.

Posted by: ModestProposal | May 8, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

ideally the caps are up 5-0 after 2 tonight. Then we can put in Theo for the 3rd period and make sure Varly is rested and ready to go again tomorrow night!

Posted by: mdarragh | May 8, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't think JT plays either game. If the Caps win tonight then they'll desperately want to close out the series in D.C. tomorrow. A loss tonight and they've got to defend the home ice. I don't so how Varly doesn't play both. Bear in mind, MaF will be playing both - I'm assuming - Varly is younger and has less wear from the season.

I hadn't even thought of OT. Christ, what if tonight goes two OTs? Yikes.

It hard for me to watch back-to-back (one from the couch and one from 413). These guys will be dragging.

Posted by: saintex | May 8, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

with his glasses, Pothier looks shockingly like a history prof I had.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 8, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

While the idea of back to back games is fine, its the playoffs. Let's assume this game goes to triple OT. What quality game do we get to see on Saturday? Answer: not very good.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | May 8, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Wise seems to be having a good time behind Steckel! lol

Posted by: UngaBunga | May 8, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Varlamov's "achilles heel" is in fact his ability to perform at a NHL-level at the same rapidity of the NHL. Here is too hoping the 21 year old kid has got it in him for 2 games in 24 hours.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 8, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

While the idea of back to back games is fine, its the playoffs. Let's assume this game goes to triple OT. What quality game do we get to see on Saturday? Answer: not very good.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | May 8, 2009 12:21 PM |

I hate it. No other teams in the 1st or 2nd round had to play back to backs. I dont get it.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 8, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I think a two- or three-goal lead for either team can be huge for the frontrunner. Third- and fourth-lines can get more work if there's some breathing room. I think both teams have to limit ice time for the big guns as much as possible, right?

Posted by: saintex | May 8, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

putzburgh has scheduled Yanni, hence back to back.

Posted by: doughless | May 8, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

its very simple. its called Mellon Arena management insisted on booking a Yanni concert, against NHL rules. hence, back-toback games, so the good people of Pittsburgh can enjoy a night of high culture.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 8, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Does Yanni seriously need to book a freaking stadium??!?!?!

Does Pittsburgh really care about Yanni? Do they even have a bourgeoisie district?

Posted by: richmondphil | May 8, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

please, anyone who considers Yanni the height of fine music is only faux-bourgeoisie!

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 8, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

i hear Cindy is really pissed that he will miss his favorite preformer

Posted by: doughless | May 8, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I had to google the guy.

But I'm not rich, nor ever have, so what do I know. I'm still trying to work on that....

Posted by: richmondphil | May 8, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

ok, and funny story about Mellon. Several years ago, my parents went there for some country concert (my father seriously deserves a medal or something for taking my mother, and putting up with her recently accquired obsession with country). My dad decides he needs a beer to get through this little adevnture, but they only have Bud Light and Milelr Light. He makes a comment about this, and the guy behind the counter says "Yeah, the selection blows. We really like it when the Canadian hockey teams come because then we get to serve Molson!"

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 8, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Honestly its BS that because Pitts screwed up and scheduled YANNI of all people (AC/DC or something of that level I might have been able to forgive) we have to play back to back. Granted if we do a good job of wearing them down tonight then that will help Saturday, but I'm pretty surprised they aren't being penalized for breaking the rules.Or that there isn't an extra day off, instead of back to back.

It's like the Caps are in a social experiment of how much BS people can take.

That said- they are tough guys, I think the AHL guys will help, and hell if we need Jose to cover a period (which we probably won't) then he can cover a period, as long as there is enough of a gap in the scoring.

LETS GO CAPS!

PS- What is Beagle's rep? Don't know that much about him personally.

Posted by: mrszilla | May 8, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I know Pittsburgh broke the rules, but why couldn't the teams have had a two-day break instead of playing back-to-back games?

Well, it should be equally bad for everyone. I sure hope we can end things quickly and positively tonight.

Posted by: jen-s | May 8, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil, you really didn't know who Yanni was?! he was a great punchline in the mid-1990s. I was actually unaware that he was still touring until this whole thing came out. I figured he realized what a tool he was and went back to whatever hole he crawled out of.

I will admit, though, that I probably hate Yanni more than most. I used to coach gymnastics and at every competition, at least 4 girls had Yanni floor music. Made me want to drive an ice pick into my skull.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 8, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

WASH TIMES:

Jay Beagle said he is in the lineup tonight and will play on the fourth line with Boyd Gordon and Tomas Fleischmann.

That jives with how the Caps were aligned this morning. Granted, it could all be a ruse from Bruce Boudreau, but here is how the forwards looked during the skate/could look tonight:

Ovechkin-Fedorov-Kozlov

Laich-Backstrom-Semin/Nylander

Clark-Steckel-Bradley (Bradley and Clark could be flipped as well)

Fleischmann-Gordon-Beagle

John Erskine said he is questionable for tonight. Eric Fehr is on the ice now, joining the workout late with Brent Johnson.

UPDATE: Alex Ovechkin says his buddy Alexander Semin is going to play tonight. Semin was the only player not on the ice this morning. If Semin does play, it looks like Michael Nylander will be a scratch for the Caps.

Posted by: SA-Town | May 8, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

HEY! I happen to like Yanni!

OK, I like hockey more. But Yanni has some good stuff out there.

So why, in their INFINITE wisdom, didn't the NHL schedule the next HOME game for - oh - Sunday, then Tuesday - Thursday for the last two if needed?!

10:1 is it's that they want the extra helping of Drama. :-p

Posted by: irockthered | May 8, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

When I saw his picture, I said to myself, "Oh, really? This guy?" Like you said, he used to be the butt-end of every joke, then he fell off. I forgot about the guy.

Since Mellon went against NHL rules, they should have just given us a 5-2 home game ice advantage and not have them being back-to-back. They messed up, they should pay the price.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 8, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

UPDATE: Alex Ovechkin says his buddy Alexander Semin is going to play tonight. Semin was the only player not on the ice this morning. If Semin does play, it looks like Michael Nylander will be a scratch for the Caps.

Posted by: SA-Town | May 8, 2009 12:40 PM |

Good to hear.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 8, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

If Semin does play, it looks like Michael Nylander will be a scratch for the Caps.

Posted by: SA-Town | May 8, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse


Oy... and if Semin doesn't? Perish the thought.

Posted by: mrszilla | May 8, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

at least its not a round robin tourny - the pens have to play back-to-back too. no advantage or disadvantage for either team

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | May 8, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Beagle = Crash the Net

Posted by: SA-Town | May 8, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

It's a disadvantage for both teams, and given the fact that we have a fairly un-NHL-conditioned goalie and they do (MAF is a workhorse), I would say it rests even more so on us. Like someone said, if it goes 2-3 OTs, what kind of game will we see tomorrow?

Posted by: richmondphil | May 8, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

What the heck was Coach Bylsma DOING with his right hand about halfway through his comments?

Green still looks really tired. Federov had the best quotes. Get it done, Caps!

Posted by: dccitizen1 | May 8, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I weep for all humanity if Yanni is capable of filling a stadium...

...But then again, it's Pittsburgh.

Posted by: ModestProposal | May 8, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Since Mellon went against NHL rules, they should have just given us a 5-2 home game ice advantage and not have them being back-to-back. They messed up, they should pay the price.

abso-freaking-lutly. There have to be consequences to breaking the rules.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 8, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

@mrszilla PS- What is Beagle's rep? Don't know that much about him personally.

Although he may not have been my first choice, Beagle is a tough skater AND a fighter. I've seen him in Hershey a few times, including Capitals Night, when they had to stop play to clean the blood up off the ice.

Anyone want to start a list as to whose blood we'd like to see spilled first...??


Posted by: Caps16Fan | May 8, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Beagle = Payback for Varly

Posted by: ludeman95 | May 8, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

@dccitizen1, imo, Green always looks tired.

@modestProposal, I weep with you. Weep weep weep.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 8, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

This isn't the first time in the playoffs Mellon has screwed us with scheduling. I bet the NHL wouldn't have these problems if the team was in KC.

Posted by: ds_kelly | May 8, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

As if no one knew why, but this is why the NHL and Versus want the series to go to 7 games. This is from a TV industry magazine:


Versus attracts record crowd for NHL playoff game

Versus on May 4 attracted nearly 1.21 million viewers to its telecast of the National Hockey League playoff matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals, according to Nielsen Media Research. It was the most-watched second-round NHL playoff game since May 15, 2002, when ESPN presented a second-rounder featuring the San Jose Sharks and the Colorado Avalanche

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | May 8, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Nice job bringing up Beagle BB. Now Bylsma has to decide if he's going to dress his tough guy, Godard. Now BB already knows what he's going to do but Bylsma has some thinking to do today instead of just putting the lines out he intended to use since Wednesday.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 8, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

One of the concerns about Varlamov was his inability to play in the second contest in back-to-back games. He just wears himself out in the first game.

It will be interesting to see how Bruce plays it.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 8, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Second JohninMpls post about Varlamov. If he has to face 30-40 shots tonight like he has all series, I can't see him being nearly as effective less than 24-hrs later for Game 5. Fleury has had a much easier first three games (practically had no pressure at all in Game 3).

As much as BB doesn't want to consider it, he may need Jose for Game 5 depending on how Varly comes through Game 4. Not a pleasant prospect, but an exhausted Varly will not be a good alternative on back to to backs.

Posted by: wizfan89 | May 8, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

It's not the Yanni concert causing back-to-back nights, at least not entirely. The NHL could have given them 2 nights off, just like DET-ANA are getting this weekend, but they didn't because they want the Saturday game for national TV in Canada. No doubt you can blame that on Crosby too.

Posted by: hondo21 | May 8, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

ModestProposal:
yanni t-shirts on every seat!!

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | May 8, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

if he has any self esteem nylander will agree to waive his nmc at season end and go where he is wanted or at least where he can play

Posted by: wendel2 | May 8, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry, you D.C. hicks. You'll have all the time you need to watch your "Yee Haw!" DVD's next week, you uneducated southern pieces of trash.

Posted by: Jumpy66 | May 8, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

YANNI is trashy, faux classical muzak for people who don't understand or truly appreciate music. It is overpriced but mediocre restaurant background music. Do I make myself clear here? Of course Yanni would get a stadium in someplace like Pittsburgh. geesh. 3 games in 4 days for some putz like Yanni.

Posted by: SarahKate | May 8, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

@Jumpy66: You called DC hicks? Southern pieces of trash? While you back a hockey player who thinks it's manly to sock a guy in the nuts? I suppose it helps Crosby was already on his knees, huh? Go back to the steel mill, peasant. Yee-haw, dvd's? Really, that was the smartest thing you could come up with? Man, no wonder the Penguins have to give you people white t-shirts to have a white-out in your own arena. You guys probaby didn't know white was a color.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 8, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Valencia VS Real Madrid

Willhill 2.25 3.25 2.70
2.40 3.30 2.90 93.9%

For R.Madrid, PEPE is a big problem and lost the race with Barca. Valencia has been stopped winning and they really need a quick return in order to keep the hope.

Both teams will have something to prove in this match as they are desperate top make amends for the heavy defeats in the last round. We expect a very open match and over 2.5 goals looks like a logical choice.

From http://www.nowgoal.com/21.shtml

Posted by: nowgoal | May 8, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

What does any of this have to do with Yanni ?? They book concerts months a head of time don't they? If the fans are upset, they should maybe look towards the Mellon Arena for not having enough forethought and faith in their home team! Also don't the Pens themselves have final say on what nights they give up to other events? Whoever made the schedule must have thought they weren't going to make the post-season!

Posted by: Tmeck | May 10, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

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