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Video: Getting Ready for the Rangers

Tarik was on Washington Post Live today to preview the Caps' first-round series with the Rangers. If you missed it, check out the clip here:

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  April 13, 2009; 6:18 PM ET
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Let's go CAPS!!!

Posted by: skins1110 | April 13, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Russ Thaler seems mesmerized by the highlights he is watching, lol! He looks so funny!

Posted by: rachel216 | April 13, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry about Poti...he's ready. And Tarik, you're right, this isn't an easy series, but the Caps will prevail as OV steps up to show he's the best in the world.

Posted by: meagle | April 13, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Tarik. The New York Rangers game on December 23rd was my most memorable, most exciting, most satisfying game of this season. I remember everything that happened in that game, since I've watched the highlights like 50 times. When I think back on the 2008-09 regular season, the 5-4 win is first game I think of. It definitely was my favorite game of this year.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 13, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Reality check for those who think this is going to be a hard fought seven game series. When the focus is on Sean Avery as being a key to your team winning you are in serious trouble. He is just a latter day Matthew Barnaby. I nice player to have on your team, but in no way a reason your team wins a series.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | April 13, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Comcast, brutal again. Do they not tell the guy he's on camera? Looking off to the side, not paying attention to what Tarik is saying... Its like a high school audio/video club production.

Posted by: oo7 | April 13, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait til Wednesday. If the boys listen to & execute BB's system they'll sweep the rangers. I hope they don't freestyle.

Posted by: Puckthepens | April 13, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I could see us winning in 5. A sweep is just far too hopeful imo.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 13, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

No hockey for another day is gonna be very hard. Really wish I had the NHL network, they're going to have a 2 hour playoff preview show. :(

Posted by: rachel216 | April 13, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse


I think the reason Thaler doesn't seem to think he's on camera at times is because he isn't -- at least not during the TV broadcast.

CSN has the rights to show highlights of Caps games that can't be re-broadcast online. So while it appears to us watching on Capitals Insider that Thaler is more interested in his notes, TV viewers of the live broadcast on CSN actually saw relevant Caps game footage instead of Thaler's mug.

Posted by: baldinga | April 13, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse


The clips we see here are different from the ones that are actually aired. For reasons I don't fully understand, these clips from Comcast never contain the highlights that are run during the show itself. So when you see Russ looking off to the side, the actual show was airing highlights, not an image of Russ looking off to his monitor.

Posted by: jpbryant | April 13, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

sorry, baldinga beat me too it, didn't mean to repeat the same info.

Posted by: jpbryant | April 13, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks baldinga, and jpbryant. That explains some.

Posted by: oo7 | April 13, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

I was all set to take the day off Saturday and go to the game, but there isn't an empty seat available. I even missed the chunk they just released. I guess I'll try for round two.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 13, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

@ JMU - did you try stubhub? they have tickets as low as $80 bucks for game two...

Posted by: The_Spear | April 13, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

46 hours and counting...

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 13, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

The_Spear, hmmmmm, I might try that.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 13, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Go to the game, jmu_capsgirl -- good things will happen.

I know the Caps are getting series about the Rangers and the series; I expect a tightly played game Wednesday. But the final power rankings at espn (I know) have the Caps at No. 2 and the Rags back at No. 15.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 13, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Sonyask, I'm all for going to the game. Being a broke college student prohibits mega spending.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 13, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

jmu_: I'd help you if I could. More than once I've seen nice folks give away tickets in front of VC, though. If you don't score before, good things can happen, at face value or better.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 13, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Go with a "need one" sign. Betya get in.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 13, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Sonyask, true. I think I've found a pair, but I won't know until Thursday whether or not I will be able to get them. The problem is driving the 2 hours there to not be able to find a ticket.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 13, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

from espn:

"The Penguins had just two regulation losses in their final 21 games of the season."

I'm going to change my ways and actually hope Philly can knock these freaks out.

Posted by: oo7 | April 13, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

oo7, I think its a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" scenario. Personally, I prefer 7 games of bloody warfare between the two followed by a team too emotionally and physically battered to do anything in the second round.

Speaking of Pittsburgh though, I wish there was somewhere practical in DC to do this: Maybe on the mall?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 13, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

jmu, Thats a great idea.
I also agree on the 7 games of bloodiness.
But seriously, 2 reg losses in 21 games? Thats pretty intense. And being right up there to take home ice if the Rangers falter at all? Jesus, not the Pens team we were seeing at the allstar break at all.

I've always thought the Caps journey to the cup would go back through Pittsburgh. I hope I'm wrong. Philly, beaten and battered, in 7.

Posted by: oo7 | April 13, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

They have screens outside of the VC. BTW don't forget ticket exchange - that way you are guaranteed a legit ticket.

Posted by: --Boo-- | April 13, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

oo7: That's a scary stat! I'm like you, I HOPE Philly beats them. I think they're more dangerous than Pit.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 13, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse


I think I will be changing my ways and root for Philthy vs Pittsburgh this year. Pens are getting obnoxious.

The Pens' cast of characters remind me too much of my younger daughter's middle school rivals, with all the trash talking that went on this past year.

Anyway, I hope for a very tough, bloody, hard fought series between those two teams where the winner has nothing left for Round 2.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 13, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I wish Clark was back already...

Posted by: oo7 | April 13, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

oo7, They've definitely taken a turn for the better. I think if he had taken over earlier, Bylsma could have been a dark horse Adams finalist.
Boo, Yeah, but its hardly appropriate to have several thousand Caps fans on lawn chairs in the middle of street. Mellon has that big parking lot. Ticket Exchange has a lot of great seats, but I'm too broke for those.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 13, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Philly doesn't have enough juice to compete with the Pens.
Of course, I hope they do.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 13, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

But I would pay to see that. I bet Shea would do it ... ;-)

Posted by: --Boo-- | April 13, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I was going to get my game 5 tickets off stubhub, not a good idea or what?

I don't go to too many caps games anymore. Should I be trying a different ticket medium?

Posted by: richmondphil | April 13, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Boo, lol! If Shea was buying my playoff tickets, I'd be on the glass. I think Ted could probably swing a street block off for a few hours next week. I'd drive up and hang out in the street with you fine people.
Know what I love most about the playoffs, besides the Cup? Beards.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 13, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil, Stubhub is fine. They start at 80ish per seat. I was just trying to get them for less. What can I say? I'm cheap.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 13, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm cheap too. I saw section 408s for Game 5 for ~65 bucks each.

I plan on grabbing those or similar tickets this Friday.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 13, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Top 4 seeds all go through, we get by the Devils in 6, Pitt beats Boston in 6 or 7. Sets up the grudge match that everyone wants to see, besides some Pens fans who think we're not a "rivalry" yet until we win a series or two against them.

Hopefully we can qualify it this year.

Truthfully though I'm really just looking to watch the team come up big in a series and get to round 2. Once we get the experience of winning a playoff series under our belts then we can start setting bigger goals.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 13, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

I have used StubHub for other events before and it has been fine, but I am always afraid that they won't be legit. The nice thing about TicketExchange is that it is guaranteed legit - only STHs have sales access and the system basically re-prints their tickets with new barcodes (the original tickets no longer work). It may be a little more expensive, but you're paying for peace of mind. Having said that, I don't know anyone who ever got duped on StubHub, eBay or Craig's List (and I know a lot of people who have used all three) ... guess I'm just a nervous nellie!

Posted by: --Boo-- | April 13, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I honestly don't think the Devils are going to survive the Canes. We will see.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 13, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Before they lost their last 2 games I would agree with you 100% phil. I just see the Devils having enough in the end but it'll be a good battle.

Boo I've never heard of anyone getting screwed by Stubhub, although I admit I went through TicketExchange just so I knew 100% my tickets would be the real deal. I think for Game 5 I'll just try to snatch up a pair of good seats for my brother and I instead of going for a 4 pack.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 13, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, that would be fun ... maybe an email to Ted is in order?

Posted by: --Boo-- | April 13, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Pairs would definitely be easier to come by. I have actually traveled with tix that I got on StubHub before and held my breath all the way there. I almost felt like I won the lottery when I made it past the gate! Can you imagine flying some place just to find out that your event tickets were fakes?!? That would be less than enjoyable.

Posted by: --Boo-- | April 13, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Considering ticketmaster only lets you buy in pairs online...last year I was able to get a max of 4. I guess that happens though when the team is catching on. Time to get that good job so I can get season tickets or a box!

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 13, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

FYI: is supposed to be the mobile site, but my crackberry is being stupid tonight, so I can't get the exact URL for this blog. Hopefully there *is* one! I'll let folks know if/when I find it.

Or better yet, Tarik or somebody who works the blog could tell us all?

Posted by: irockthered | April 13, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

irockthered, I think this is it:

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 13, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Jobless veteran-will work for a single CAPS playoff ticket! GO CAPS!

Posted by: strkfitrsqdrn14ao | April 13, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Has anybody been reading the Rangers' beat writer's blog. They sound like us. Here are some highlights from when they found out they would probably be playing against the Caps:

"A little something to cheer up your Sunday:
GAA 2.86. 36th in NHL
Sv% .900 39th in NHL
Go Henryk !"

"I love the matchup..... I think we have a major edge in goaltending."

"Yeah, it's going to be tough match up against the Washington Ovechkin's.You have to give the guy credit where it's due..He's a heckva of player, he's phyiscal in his game and loves to truck the net. But, he drifts somtimes....
Green keeps his shots low back from the blueline..30 goals in any league is pretty good.I think, if we continue to play like we've been playing this last little while..We can beat the Ovechkin's in seven.We have a good shot."

"Do NOT like this matchup. They are too speedy - have a better PP - forecheck better. If the Rangers are in their end most of the game it offsets the goaltending advantage we have. How will the Caps win? If the Rangers play like the Rangers this will be over in 5.
How will the Rangers win? Antro and Zherdev must have very good games. Avery must make sure he plays hard and not get frustrated and take a silly penalty."

Posted by: caraveli | April 13, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

well, not to be an ass, but if I was looking at the caps from the outside I'd say:

goaltending wins championships and the caps are good at giving up 4 goals a game.

Top heavy; strong up front and thin on the back end.

Prone to abandoning their game plan.

Prone to taking too many penalties while having a less than mediocre pk.

that's the bad. the good?

sublime forwards capable of highlight reel moves all night long.

great coaching system. almost unstoppable when implemented.

ultra dominant pp.


Posted by: oo7 | April 13, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Yeah we give up slightly more than 3 goals a game.

Everyone likes to talk about our leaky defense and our explosive offense.

Thing is though, the Rangers have a ton of trouble scoring goals. We could overpower them. It's all going to come down to BB and the other coaches pounding in their heads to stick to the system and take our chances when they come to us, not try to push so hard to create our own out of nothing.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 14, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Most people are saying Caps in 5/6. At least that is what I am reading.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 14, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

42 hours to go.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 14, 2009 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Man this waiting thing is horrible!

Ended up watching the highlights of all 7 games of our series with the Flyers. Things I had forgotten:

*Brashear scored the first goal for us, and had a big assist later in the game.
*Biron completely stole game 2. I remembered losing in a shutout and thinking we just got outplayed, but at least from the replays it looked like Biron stood on his head that game. If we won that, we probably would've won the series.
*Green with some amazing defensive plays. On one he breaks his stick on a slap shot, then gets back on D and hip checks a Flyer to get the Caps the puck back.
*Semin, Backstrom, and OV had a TON of points, almost more than I expected.
*Morrisonn getting checked into Huet in game 7 resulting in a wide open net goal (puck wasn't there)

Things I remembered
*How much I hate Briere
*Green's humongous jump after his first playoff goal, and the dogpile after his second
*OV stealing the puck, then scoring the game winner in game 1
*Huet's 2 amazing diving glove saves
*Bradley's bloodied face yelling at the refs after a missed high stick (was not in any replays) - we were called for a high stick later in the shift and the Flyers scored on an ensuing 5 on 3
*The Ovie fake shot that faked even Fedorov out (couldn't find a replay)
*The number of times our defense passed the puck straight to the Flyers resulting in goals or good chances (most were goals).


Posted by: Raber | April 14, 2009 3:44 AM | Report abuse

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