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Video: All About Varlamov

In his latest video update, Tarik talks about this afternoon's "very optional" practice, two of Simeon Varlamov's biggest saves from last night and the two phrases the Caps defensemen use most to communicate with their young Russian goalie: "Play it" and "Leave it."

Check out the video below:

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  April 21, 2009; 3:13 PM ET
 
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hmmm
keeps the shots from the outside from a distance - that's a plan that could work every game. theo could have won that game. varly gets the nod again - looking for another good game from not just him - but the whole team again towmorrow

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 21, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

This is kid seems really mature, well spoken, and poised. I am excited!!

Posted by: bhound69 | April 21, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

The Ice Man...

Posted by: Greg S. | April 21, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Some numbers to ponder.

The NYRs when outshot during the season won at a clip of .594. When they outshoot their opponents they only win at a .468 clip. That tells me that they like to play a more defensive game (think Italian National Football) and are very uncomfortable, and unsuccessful, when forced to shot in either a comeback or more open ice game. Here are the shot numbers for the first three games:

1. Caps 35 NYRs 21
2. Caps 35 NYRs 24
3. Caps 40 NYRs 33

There's a pattern in there and game 3 certainly forced them out of the comfort zone because they fell behind. I think what you don't want to see - in any type of close game - is the NYRs taking something like 20-22 shots. When the number is on the board, they'll probably win.

Posted by: saintex | April 21, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Actually the stress in Varlamov's name is on the second syllable: var-LAH-mov.

Posted by: fnralch | April 21, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

FAN POLL: LEADER OF THE PACK
Will Simeon Varlamov lead the Capitals past the Rangers?
Yes:
77.19 %
No:
12.28 %
Not sure:
10.53 %

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 3:27 PM |

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

And a few more.

Caps PP in series: 25% During season: 25
Caps PK in series: 87 During season: 81

NYR PP in series: 13 During season: 14
NYR PK in series: 75 During season: 88

The two big battles for special teams was to be the Caps PP vs. the NYRs PK and we're winning that battle, easily. We've kept our numbers up against the #1 PK team in the league. The unstoppable force is continuing through the immovable object. And, we've knocked that poor NYR PP down a whole percentage point.

Posted by: saintex | April 21, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Dear WP Sports Editor,

Hopefully, the Capitals make a long playoff run here, but if we must stomach anymore of Mike Wise it may make said run a whole lot less enjoyable. After comparing the Rangers- Caps series to the Miracle of 1980, I thought you might have pulled the plug on his coverage right then and there...or at least replaced whatever he was smoking with cat nip. Please let the people who know hockey cover hockey, and send Wise, if that is his real last name, back to high school sports or worse, New York!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 21, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

@saintex,

In the last thread you said that the fan base at Verizon sits in the Upper Deck. As a long time STH near the glass, I do take some mild offense at that. I always judge the crowds by the 200s. When they're filled, its packed. The 400s and 100s are always filled, with the exception of the first two rows of VIP seats which are a mix of personal and corporate owners. We are real fans down low, really...

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 21, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to second lylewimbledon. Thank you for sticking the sublime Barry Svrluga on Caps assignments. I appreicate Tom Boswell's words, given that he has endured as much caps-induced heartache as the rest of us locals. But Mike Wise? Please, no more. He brings nothing to the Capitals coverage, and in comparison to Tarik, Svrluga, and Boswell, he comes off as an ill-informed clown doing his best to stir up trouble.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 21, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

LESS video. I want to READ.

Posted by: TCJR2000 | April 21, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

It's actually three words and might be only two as most don't consider "it" a word.

:)

Posted by: keeef | April 21, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I sit down low - am I not a real fan? I sat up top this past game and there were quite a few Ranger fans up there... How about Season ticket holders only sell their tix to Caps fans?

Posted by: _828 | April 21, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

@oldtime, I'm with you on that. That's why I added in the appeared portion. You're right that the 100s and 400s represent the best of the fans - the 200s, though a great place to sit - are pretty spotty. I can't believe the seat owners don't either sell or give those seat to folks that want to go. Believe me, I work craigslist a lot looking for tickets, even though I'm a 400 holder (I know, I know), and if they sell them they want way more than they pay. I guess they figure they can't sell them for the $50 they pay at ST rates so they leave a very visible portion of the arena empty for a lot of games.

I sort of knew I'd take a hit from the 100 holders but I was too lazy to make a long-winded explanation. That's my fault. I love the 100 people.

Posted by: saintex | April 21, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

@Lyle

Amen, I miss the old Kornheiser and Wilbon trade offs. Korny used to rip the Caps, to the point where it almost motivated them the next night. This Wise is for the birds.

Posted by: bhound69 | April 21, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Guys, remember when Leonsis put like a "block" on all people trying to buy tickets to the Pens/Caps series? He liked blocked all purchases from anyone with a zip code around Pittsburgh.

Hilarious.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

@keeef: Ha! You're right. Kicking myself for that one.

Posted by: Lindsay Applebaum | April 21, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

_828...I've confessed. I did some hail marys. I think the visiting fans get much cheaper rates up in the 400s and if they're traveling, it's what they buy. I think if I ended up in NY for a game I'd probably end up in the upper also.

My second mea culpa is that I found a $75 lower-level suite ticket for last Saturday - that's some nice sitting down there. Unfortunately, you trade off a lot of the sound and excitement even though you aren't behind glass. Then again, no wait for that bathroom.

Posted by: saintex | April 21, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I think Wise is just trying to stir things up and get press...Remember what he said about Philly last year?

I wouldnt take it personally...Wash post is trying to out-shoot NY's papers for web traffic and talking points nationally...

Posted by: SA-Town | April 21, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil - thanks for the link to the story about the Penguins trying to kill Timmonen. I find it hilarious that the Flyers are playing the injured party in a "hit" on a player. That has been their entire playoff strategy for the last 30 years or so.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | April 21, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that StanleyCup is not here today.. hmmm..

Posted by: rachel216 | April 21, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I find it hilarious that the Flyers are playing the injured party in a "hit" on a player. That has been their entire playoff strategy for the last 30 years or so.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | April 21, 2009 4:10 PM |

Haha, yeah that is the irony.

Richards promising to take runs at people? What a shocker there...

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

rachel216 - Caps won and Semin tore it up... he won't show up after a combination like that.

Posted by: _828 | April 21, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Richards promising to take runs at people? What a shocker there...


Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

funny Richards story for you:

I couldn't make the last Caps/Flyers game here in DC, so a friend of mine used the tickets. Friend is a marginal hockey fan, but cheers for the Caps (free tickets, she'd betetr cheer for the Caps!). Anyways, the next day I saw her and asked her about the game:

"I really hate the Flyer's captian! What a punk!"

I had to excuse myself from laughing so hard. here's someone who knows nothing about the Flyers, but from one game, she knew that Richards was a punk. Love it!

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 21, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

@Saintex,

You are forgiven. But, please take off the Blue jersey.... jk

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 21, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey there. I own about 8 Caps Jerseys, and they are all Black, White, or Blue.

I know, I need to upgrade my jerseys...

Is it wrong that I wear my Gonchar jersey out? Or my Blue Bondra jersey? haha.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

@RedBirdie


If Richards was on our team, i'd love him. Maybe he is going to follow through this time, and not just bounce off Cooke every time.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

_828: Haha, you're right. He wouldn't have anything to say, especially about Semin.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 21, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know offhand if they sell Laich jerseys at KCI? The few games I've been to they've either been sold out of or didn't have any, and it's been awhile since I've been to the Iceplex. Sure, I could call...

Posted by: snakegriffin | April 21, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

snakegriffin - just call them... it takes them a day to make a jersey... not sure if they have Laich templates there or not... might want to call though.

Posted by: _828 | April 21, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

He sounds articulate? Remember this all comes through a bilingual interpeter who very well may have cleaned up the grammar, added things, and made him sound better.

Posted by: MKadyman | April 21, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Trying to find different or unusual Caps fitted hats. Anybody know of any good websites? I've tried River City Sports, Ice Jerseys, Lids, Fans Edge, etc... all seem to have the same things. I've seen Caps fans wearing some "different" hats, at Verizon but can't find them online. Thanks for the help!

Posted by: kcbrichmond | April 21, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

With 120 minutes played, Varly is second in SV% at .982 and a GAA of 0.50. The only goalie better than Varly is Montreal's Halak, but he's only played 20 minutes. Varly's GAA is the same as Osgood's. Compare to Lundqvist's 2.34 GAA and .936 SV%.

Posted by: Greg S. | April 21, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Is it weird that the two teams that were given so much crap for their goaltender are leading right now?

Ozzie and Semyon on top right now..

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I dont know how much Drury has been talked about on this board, but he is really hurting.

I think he has to stay in the game because they dont have much depth. I think his heart is big to play, but he's got a fractured wrist and cant take face-offs. I would not be surprised if they put him on the shelf.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 21, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

@kittypawz (from previous threads)

Yes you have a real life and no one else on here doesn't? Sounds to me like someone is very afraid and too prideful to admit when they are wrong. BTW in regards to your comment, anytime you want to compare W2's let me know.

P.S: You sound manly. If you're a man, we all know with a name like kittypawz that you are very "special."

Posted by: DCSportsFan28 | April 21, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

snakegriffin, I didn't see any Laich jerseys when I was there Saturday, but I wasn't looking for another jersey, so I may have missed one. They have Laich jersey shirts for sure, but as _828 said, just call them. They'll customize a jersey for you.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 21, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Varlamov; I think we'll just call him "Da Kid"

Posted by: dargregmag | April 21, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

If only Varly played in game 1, we'd be up 2-1, I'm sure.

CSN is replaying the game tonight at 7 and I'm going to watch Varly again! YAY! I really hope they start selling Varly jerseys... I need one. =)

Posted by: rachel216 | April 21, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Is it correctly pronounced "semYON varLAHmov"? I've been spelling 'Fedorov' correctly and am looking to upgrade.

Posted by: redlineblue | April 21, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I also dislike the video blog - especially when the blurb above it hypes discussion of Varly's key saves. Well, rather than seeing the saves and having someone dissect them in detail, we see Tarik's face and rumpled bed. The video adds nothing. Give me the old school text blog.

Posted by: KlayKey | April 21, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

(responding to previous posting: "P.S: You sound manly. If you're a man, we all know with a name like kittypawz that you are very "special." 'Posted by: DCSportsFan28

DCSportsFan28:

The people who offend, name-call and challenge others if they disagree with them are, as far as I can tell, men. (Albeit a very tiny minority).

I haven't heard kittypawz belittle anyone, so I assume she is a woman.

(This is not meant to be an insult to the many great and thoughtful guys in this blog--just a cultural observation about overly aggressive postings)

Posted by: caraveli | April 21, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Is it correctly pronounced "semYON varLAHmov"? I've been spelling 'Fedorov' correctly and am looking to upgrade.

Posted by: redlineblue | April 21, 2009 5:31 PM |

run with this shtick all you want, but the least one can do is respect the guy by at least trying to pronounce his first name right.

He isn't a monkey, it's "Sem-yon" and really not all that hard to not bastardize, I mean Westernize.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Re KCI jerseys, they actually have some already made all the time (OV, Backs, Green). For anyone else its spotty. I suspect they have a few Theodore's gathering dust.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 21, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

@828 and @rachel,

I also noticed that StanleyCup1907 is not here, given that the Caps won and that Semin was one of the stars. He seems to get a special pleasure out of the Caps losing and running down Alex Semin. Alex S. is much tougher than many people give him credit for being. So much for Semin not being built for playoff hockey.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 21, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I believe Kittypawz is female. She mentioned she won't be posting too much more in this playoff series since she's busy getting IT certified.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 21, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Rachel: yes, we would be at least 2-1 if Varly was in net, and probably 3-0 because the momentum would have carried. What a shame!

I personally think that BB should have put Varly in the number one slot (or at least half the games), at least a month ago and especially when the slump started. He was more than fair to Theo, giving him every possible chance before replacing him. Perhaps he should have been more tough-minded, but who am I to judge? I haven't coached an NHL team, let alone taken it from the bottom to second seed.

Posted by: caraveli | April 21, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Mike Wise doesn't just write for die-hard hockey insiders, you know. So it would be fair to say the inverse: if Wise isn't deeply knowledgeable about hockey, then you probably don't know jack about writing.

Posted by: scrappledog | April 21, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Drury is actually an alum of my elder daughter's college (Boston U.) and holds their scoring record. The Rangers also just signed up Matt Gilroy of BU, who won the Hobey Baker trophy for best college player. What is it with the BU to NY Rangers connection? I hear Tom Poti is also a BU alum (and he formerly played with the Rangers).

I wish the Caps had signed up Gilroy -- to help out their D for the long term He's a guy I would have been happy to root for.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 21, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

lol I guess we don't have to go back and give Sebastian Charpentier or Rastislav Stana a call for help in the crease right now.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | April 21, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

This blog is full of bipolar people, one day they love you and the next they will rip you to pieces - I would hate for a player to take them seriously.

Tarik, please, take a few steps back from the camera, I am afraid to push the play button, I might see something inside the nostrils that I would not want to watch.

My prediction is still Caps on 7.
8-19-28 best hope to score goals while 5 on 5.
PP 1st unit not rotating the puck, predictable to the core, Green has got to be replaced on that unit.
2nd unit on PP is doing the right thing, rotating the puck, making Lundqvist guess and moving the Rangers D, opening lanes for scoring chances.
Brasheer needs a rest after such an extraneous game he had.
A fourth line will be great. I think Clark and Nyls will definetily give us four potent lines.

Posted by: opita1 | April 21, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

@rachel and @caraveli,

I would have used Varlamov more in many of the late season games, especially the very last one. (At that point, the Caps had nothing more to accomplish for the season.) Okay, not all of them since they wanted to keep Theodore reasonably sharp.

I wasn't ready to totally pull the plug on Theodore as #1 just yet. We knew Varlamov had the talent but he had been injured for a while (which is why Neuwirth was up in March.)

Sigh, if Varlamov had been goalie in Game 1, we'd have probably won. But maybe things happen for a reason. And now it's his time to shine.


Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 21, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Stana huh....used to see that guy play with the Gades all the time. I believe he still plays in the KHL or the elitserien.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

@redlineblue

Correct.

Posted by: fnralch | April 21, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Love the Caps. Like going to the games, but the 'It's all your fault boy' makes me ill. I'm afraid that hockey folks around the leauge might think that all Caps fans are loud mouth idiots. What in the hell is it's all your fault? Did that guy graduate high school? Can we lower the cone of silence around that mug? Please?

Posted by: coastallp74 | April 21, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

It says Stana now plays for Severstal Cherepovets. You're right richmondphil, he's in the KHL

I believe Matt Yeats was another goaltender we had that I forgot about back in the end of the 03-04 season.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | April 21, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

CapsFan75: I agree. I wish BB had done this but, as you said, everything is for a reason. BB said that Varly benefitted from watching Theo in game one. I just hope that we remain consistent rather than flop around trying to find our pace, and waver between horrible and good as we did in March.

Posted by: caraveli | April 21, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Lighten up.

Like they don't taunt opposing goalies in every arena.

It's pretty funny, even Karl Alzner said he liked it.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 21, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

@DCSportsFan28: Okay, last post for the day, I don't have access to the lab today.

Er, what? No, I'm a girl. I've never made any secret of that. I didn't come on immediately because I was busy - and I'm going to continue to be for a while.

I also cheerfully admitted that I was wrong in the same post - did you actually read it or did you reply without thinking? I don't mind being wrong - it happens now and then and is a part of life. That my concerns turned out to be needless does not make then unjustified and invalid. He did good, and I'm glad for it and happy for him, but ruining a rookie is a real concern (see: Jim Carey).

Chill out, dude. That kind of crap just isn't necessary or helpful, especially when we should all be celebrating.

Posted by: kittypawz | April 21, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Avery = A Very Penalized Pest

(He seems to be coming unraveled emotionally.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 21, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Watching On The Fly and a rangers fan called in and said that Ov and Backs were being disrespectful by doing their "jump-bump" thing at the end of the game. Within a few minutes 2 Caps fans emailed and said they do it after every win and that it has nothing to do with rangers. Yeah everything is about you guys. And then a caller says "Maybe they were trying to dodge all the stuff the classy rangers fans were throwing on the ice. Hahaha

Posted by: ludeman95 | April 21, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

@DCSportsFan28

Out of curiosity, did you choose your ID after the Redskins Darrell Green or after the Caps Alex Semin?

(The _828 poster is named after the Alexes as I guessed or "Alex to Alex").

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 21, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

So far Varly doing and saying all the right things. Let's hope he keeps it up, we're not out of the hole yet by any stretch.

One other thing I see commented on a lot after the game...I've definitely been one to complain about Erskine after last year's playoffs and when we gave him his new contract. Happy to say I was dead wrong and he has played up to that level quite well. He's been very consistent for us and not reacting to Avery's pest work yesterday was just another example of how he is coming along.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 21, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Very good show on Ovechkin on right now on ESPN. E:60

Posted by: MReilly9 | April 21, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Anyone see that Ovechkin special on ESPN?

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I saw it. I'm a little worried about Ovie driving 200 mph.

Posted by: danp3111 | April 21, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Enjoy yours and Wise's webcam updates. The backgrounds are pretty boring. Any chance of getting a Caps or Washington Post logo or one of those 6 foot posters of OV to put behind you (or just something blue or red)?

Posted by: fehrrocks | April 21, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Watching the replay of the game...

enough credit cannot be given to Backstrom enough for;
a) getting a piece of the stick on that shot that hit the post.
b) he was actually already back there, in Jurcina's spot, because Jurcina became tied up at the blue line. talk about great defensive awareness.
c) takes the body and drops a Ranger at the boards right before passing it to Ovie, thus the goal.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Ask Pelle Lindbergh what driving 200 mph will get you.

Posted by: markfromparkville | April 21, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

D@MN YOU CSN!!! I just say "2009 NHL Playoffs" in the guide, tuned in and saw the score 2-0 Caps and for a brief second I thought "Hellyeah! Series is gonna be tied up tonight!" I soon recovered my senses and realized it was the replay. Surely a preview of things to come tomorrow night ;)

Posted by: RicketyCricket | April 21, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I think Lindburgh's blood-alcohol content of .24% may have had *something* to do with that... but yeah; I don't like the idea of Ovechkin driving 200 MPH either. Scares me.

Posted by: irockthered | April 21, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I think the play of the game was when the Sexy Lumberjack laughed at the Pest when he sucker punched him, drew the penalty, and then did nothing!

Posted by: Leeguru | April 21, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

@phil, no schtick involved: I suspect I'm going to be cheering for this kid awhile, and I'd like to do it right.

@fnralch: Thanks.


Posted by: redlineblue | April 21, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

If anyone missed Nick's interview on NHL Live today, its available here: http://www.nhl.com/ice/app?service=page&page=podcastplayer&pid=290&iid=13894

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 21, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Leeguru:
i think erskine pulled an 'avery' on avery and got under his skin, got him off his game - resulting in avery's 'timeout(s)'

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 21, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

MKadyman:

It's not the interpreter. I actually think the translation dumbs him down a bit. Both in interviews and in real life the kid is surprisingly articulate. He thinks about what he says and it stuns me that at 20 years old he can be not only that eloquent, but that measured and in-control.

Posted by: InSEMINator | April 21, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Checked out the scores. Philthy is down 2-0 against Pitt. Carolina is beating NJ 3-0.

Okay, Philthy, get your act together. At least make the series interesting. Don't want Pitt winning a short series. Yes, I'm rooting for Philthy in that series.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 21, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

PIT-PHI 2:0, few mins into 3rd. Damn...it'd be nice for them to bleed each other to death in 7...

Posted by: fnralch | April 21, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Jersey scored. Carolina leading 3-1 headed into the second intermission.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 21, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

He thinks about what he says and it stuns me that at 20 years old he can be not only that eloquent, but that measured and in-control.

Posted by: InSEMINator | April 21, 2009 9:01 PM |

You must know a bunch of retarded 20 year olds or something.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Just goes to show you how critical the next game is. Look at Philly -- got back in the series to make it 1-2, but now they've got a huge wall to climb assuming they drop to 1-3 tonight.

Got play your hearts out tomorrow night Caps. Forget about last night (at least once I finish watching the replay)

Posted by: Sonyask | April 21, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

@ fnralch

That's what I'd like to see also. A very hard fought 7 game series that takes a lot out of both teams. I don't want to see Pitt winning it easily.

I noticed that there were scads of penalties today.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 21, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil, C'mon! My peers aren't exactly the fullest rolls of stick tape. I have no idea what Varly's like since I don't speak Russian, but he's probably got at least a few more brain cells rattling around up there than your average 20-year old.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 21, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Another Penguin going to the penalty box. Come on, Philthy, get it in gear.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 21, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Gee, Philthy is now falling prey to the Caps disease. A jillion shots on goal and no goals. Are they taking all kinds of outside shots? Have they been taking lessons from the Caps on April 15 and April 18?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 21, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey look! Trading poor Scottie Upshall paid off! Sort of.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 21, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Come on, what? He said that he has never met anyone more articulate than Varlamov at 20 years old.

It's not like speaking well is an acquired skill at 25 or something...lol.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Upshall for Carcillo deal was only so they could keep Briere and Giroux under the cap, and I guess a next year replacement for Cote.


Giroux is the only flyer who has come to play all 4 games.

have I expressed my man-love for Giroux on here before? Probably too many times.
I love Giroux.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

2-1 Pens with 5 mins

Posted by: Sonyask | April 21, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil, Maybe he is the most articulate 20 year old he's ever met. I don't know how articulate he is. Varly could be a secret genius! He could know the square root of pi to the 438th decimal. He could be able to quote the Illiad from memory. His blood could be the cure for cancer! Okay, I'm done.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 21, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

Maybe Giroux can be the hero for Philthy tonight. Let's go.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 21, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil, I actually miss Upshall. In some weird way. You know Giroux lost Game 2 for them, right?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 21, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Poor Jackets. Lost their first ever home playoff game.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 21, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

He lost the game for them by taking a weak penalty?

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Devils came back and tied up the Canes.

Philly down to its last minute

Posted by: Sonyask | April 21, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

LOL hartnell...

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I really wanted Philly to win this. a 7 game series is important, especially since ours might go that way. fing pens.

Posted by: oo7 | April 21, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

MAF was pretty much insane tonight.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

3-3 Canes and Devils with just 3 minutes to go...

Posted by: MReilly9 | April 21, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Fleury has a teeny tiny head.

Posted by: oo7 | April 21, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Canes score with just a few seconds left in regulation...Series is now tied!

Posted by: MReilly9 | April 21, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Damn it! I also wanted Philthy to win both to humble the Pens and because they were in the same situation with us. Now I am feeling nervous but this is just superstitious, right?

The upside is that I much prefer to play against the Pens than Philthy.

Posted by: caraveli | April 21, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Pitt took control of their series tonight. Another time when the goalie stole the game against the run of play. Fleury was phenomenal tonight.

I hope Varly has another big game in him for tomorrow night, you know the Rags are going to come out big not wanting to come back here tied up 2-2.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 21, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow, so much for OT! I'd rather they went to OT and got really tired for the next game. If Pittsburgh wins, and Carolina wins...

Posted by: oo7 | April 21, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

...and Boston wins...

Posted by: oo7 | April 21, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

... see where i'm going with this?...

Posted by: oo7 | April 21, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

@007,

That means that if we take the series and so does Boston and Carolina, we'll probably get Pitt (otherwise known as the Flightless Fowl).

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 21, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Okay, Philthy, time to get it in gear. Make things more interesting for Pitt. I do NOT want Pittsburgh well rested for next round. I want them tired, so they'll be dumped more easily. I will root for ANYONE against Pitt.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 21, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

You must know a bunch of retarded 20 year olds or something.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 9:15 PM


ahaha you know surprisingly Georgetown has a huuuuuge number of bros. After about 500 conversations about beer and short skirts, anyone that says something other than "Dude she's hot!" gets a point in my book. No but joking aside, being able to express yourself well isn't actually all that common.

Varl seems like a smart kid with a good head on his shoulders, and it shines through in his speech.

Posted by: InSEMINator | April 21, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

I read that "the last four times the Red Wings hit the road leading a first-round series 2-0, they had lost." So the statistics alone (about the odds of winning a series once you are down 2-0) don't tell the whole story.

Poor Columbus. I hope they have at least one win. And poor Steve Mason, who was phenomenal all season, is struggling in the playoffs. Even more amazing that Varly did so brilliantly in his first playoffs.

Has anybody noticed that Varly is currently #1 in save percentage among playoff goalies, and Theo at the very bottom? So Washington is dominating both ends.

Posted by: caraveli | April 21, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

yup, capsfan75, without jumping the gun, because they're still down in the series, 1, 2, 4 and 6 advancing throws a wrench into my brain. Montreal isn't going to do us any favors, and frankly, all these teams are formidable. I agree with you, Philly needs to take this series as far as they can because a well rested Pens team against the Caps is not the way we want to meet. I want a bruised, battered, hurt and dragging Pittsburgh but Philly has no luck at all. They could have had 4 or 5 goals tonight but Lady Luck was busy giving Fleury a hand job.
He has a teeny tiny head.

Posted by: oo7 | April 21, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

caraveli, Varlamov is facing the low scoring Rangers and Mason is up against the high flying Red Wings. Huge difference.

Posted by: oo7 | April 21, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

ahaha you know surprisingly Georgetown has a huuuuuge number of bros.

HAHAHA, this made me laugh. I get your point. Varlamov is very well-spoken for his age and given the fact that he is a hockey player, Parros and Halpern et all aside.

Did anyone watch the BS non-call interference in the CAR/NJ game. DevilsCapsGal...what do you have to say?

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Sonyask is absolutely correct. A game 3 victory must be followed up with a game 4 victory, otherwise it will likely be too much pressure on us to win 3-in-a-row to take the series. The problem with losing the first two games in series is that it allows for almost no margin of error for the team down. Can the CAPS pull out this series? I hope they do, so get it done in game 4!!

BTW, I hope the CAPS rally around Varly (a goaltender they seem to believe in) just like they did in last year's regular season with Huet.

Posted by: TrackCollector | April 21, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

@oo7

Me too. A bruised battered Pitt team is what I'd rather see than a well rested one.

I know we hate to jump the gun but... that was the scenario.

Although Carolina is tied with NJ at the moment, so that series is still anybody's to win or lose. NJ advancing would result in a totally different scenario than Carolina advancing.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 21, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

oo7, I think it just could have been all of that goalie padding that made his head look tiny.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

All jokes included, I think more than anything the Pens just want to win in Pittsburgh. I couldn't imagine winning a series in Philly.

They'd be like "whoo! we won, now lets get the hell out of here!"

the Versus announcers at the end would say "and the fans are pelting Sidney Crosby with cheesesteaks!"

although now that I think of that, it doesn't sound too bad. I could go for one myself.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | April 21, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

@TrackCollector

Agree with you. Caps need to follow up yesterday's victory with another one tomorrow.

I hope they continue to rally about Varlamov as their goal tender. That's been their track record so far.

And let's hope to see Avery and company continue to unravel, like a cheap suit. (That was the feeling of many people about the Rangers, even when we were down against them.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 21, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Ducks with a 4 minute PP 15 seconds in...

lol sharks...cstanton's, Cheef's, and StanleyCup1907's (whether he was joking or not) stanley cup pick!

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

wow hiller....

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

here come the Sharks...1:0

Posted by: fnralch | April 21, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Setoguchi.

Go Asian descent hockey players, go.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

yeah, phil, those d-bags are MIA, huh? I'm hoping SC07 got banned actually. Queef is only around to say I told you so. cstanton just gets carried away. he loves you something fierce, phil!

75, NOne of those teams make me feel warm and fuzzy. all of them have better offenses than the rags. and better defenses too.

Posted by: oo7 | April 21, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

poor Nabakov. his stellar season is just falling apart.
2 babies on the same day? must have been after a win!

Posted by: oo7 | April 21, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

What a great pass on that second Sharks goal.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Ducks right back!

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

I love how the Ducks crowd boos a very obvious offsides.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 21, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

man, so much for no fighting, huh?
great game but I'd like to see the van blues ot.

Posted by: oo7 | April 21, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

@DCsportsfan28

Are you serious dude? Not only are you an immature jerk, you actually have to put that crap up again just to make sure somebody sees it? Comparing W2's? Really? Says alot about you bro. Let me guess your dad can kick anybody else's Dad's butt on this site too huh? Unreal! I guess this is Romper Room not Caps Insider.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 21, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil, sorry, got distracted. Yeah, although he's done well for himself in every other game.
I'm watching the Canucks-Blues game. Intense. Chris Mason is saving the Blues in OT. And its seriously sudden death. If the Blues lose this game, they're done.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 21, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

And they're done. Canucks sweep the Blues.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 21, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Vancouver advances by scoring with 18 seconds left in the 1st OT

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 21, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

wow, what is it with these buzzer beaters today? Too bad for the Blues, what a great run they had!

Really hoping fortune goes the Caps way tomorrow, a win would be huge!!

Go Caps!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | April 21, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Was great to see the fans in St. Louis applaud the team even after going out of the playoffs. Fantastic for the NHL for these former marquee cities to be back in the mix as far as competing for the Cup goes. That's what we need to turn this town into finally. Obviously what the team does is a big part of that, but the fan base itself needs to progress along with the team.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 21, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

After watching the reffing charade that was the Caps/Canes game I can just now stop my hands from shaking enough to type! That non-call of goalie interfence at the end of regulation, leading to the Canes' 4th goal was BU**SH**T! I couldn't help but remember some of those that weren't called in our games against Philly last year! How awful of the NHL to allow such incompetent refereeing to control the outcome of games!

I thought that the way the Devils battled back to tie the game in the 3rd, at least they deserved a chance to go to overtime. I guess the refs just wanted to get on their planes and go home. ARRRGH! Hopefully the Devils will be sufficiently mad to at least win two more.

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | April 21, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

@DevilsCapsGal

With all due respect I don't think it was interference either. That is if you're talking about the GWG. They showed it on Vs. and all thought it was legit as well. But you point is a very valid one. I have Center Ice as many do here and you can watch games and see that games are called very differently. Heck I think they're called differently from period to period in the same game! And I can speak to this as a former ref myself. The one thing that people want no matter how good or bad a ref you are, they want consistency. I will admit, hockey is an incredibly difficult sport to referee though but at this level you'd expect more.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 22, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

tonight, there were two weird goalie interferences from a bit out of the blue crease (that I saw anyway)...one was called (which should not have been called) and one was not (which has more of a case for being called). I am thinking of the one on MAF (taken by Richards, was it?) and the one on Brodeur...Just weird to see two of those in one night..

Brodeur was just out challenging the shot, but he was just enough out that I got to believe that's why nothing was called there. So disheartening, but hopefully they will come out strong back in NJ.

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | April 22, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Oh no doubt, Marty is pissed and thinks it should've been a call. He will be nothing but stellar in Jersey next game.

@devilscapsgal

So if we face the Devils in the 2nd round who are you gonna root for? Be careful! :)

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 22, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

This ANA/SJ game is phenominal. Seems like ANA is getting the better of the play though. SJ comes down and is 1 and done. ANA seems to get a few shots each time down the ice.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 22, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

@pokerface1208:

Your point about consistency is exactly right - like you I watch games around the NHL on Center Ice and the lack of consistency is stunning! I guess during the regular season you figure that it pretty much evens out over 82 games - but in a 7 game playoff series it can really affect the outcome - witness last year's Caps vs. Flyers series. Why does it seem that the NHL just doesn't care? Or that certain teams and players get 'favored' treatment?

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | April 22, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

If the Caps and Devils meet in the second round (an outcome which I fervently hope for) I will probably crawl under a rock for a week and be happy at the end because my team won!

Seriously, this will be the first time in my years of being a fan of both teams that they will meet in the playoffs. I've been a Caps STH and fan since the early 80's but my Devildom started about 5 years ago based on some personal relationships. So over the last 5 years the Caps and Devils weren't playing each other in the playoffs and at least I had a team to root for which actually made it to the playoffs annually.

Now that has changed and my heart is with the Caps as I believe this is a magical year and I love these great young players. I'll root for both teams to play as well as they can - and at least I'll have a team to continue to cheer for!

But this is all premature - neither team has secured a playoff spot yet, and of all the NHL teams I despise the RAGS more than any other - so LET'S GO CAPS!

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | April 22, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Well then, here is hoping you get your wish. That way the magical team would advance!!!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | April 22, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

I just saw the replay of the interference call in the Pens game - how was that different from what happened with Brodeur yet he gets no call and a lousy goal, and MAF draws a penalty? Now my blood pressure is up again!

I am glad to see that Marty spoke out about it and about why the refs were wrong. Good for him - I know he can afford any fine they levy against him and hopefully he and the team will be fired up to can the canes on Thursday!

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | April 22, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else just see Pat Sajak in the front row at the Ducks/Sharks game?

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 22, 2009 1:06 AM | Report abuse

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