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Video: Gonchar, Penalties and Stick Support

Tarik reports from Kettler Capitals Iceplex on the return of Pittsburgh's Sergei Gonchar, minor penalties and Mike Green's ongoing stick saga. Check out the video below:

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 12, 2009; 3:13 PM ET
 
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for those that can't watch (or don't like) the video pieces.

gonchar might play

too many caps penalities

people are sending Mike Green sticks (charity winners, shop purchased, etc. to KCI. Possibly up to a dozen.)

Posted by: saintex | May 12, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone watch these videos? Sorry Tarik, but these videos are just too much.

Posted by: mugod | May 12, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I cant get the videos at work, due to communistic regime reigning over all internet access.

Posted by: bhound69 | May 12, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Please...enough with the video updates.

Posted by: CheckingLine | May 12, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

People do watch these videos, as evidenced by our traffic numbers. If you don't like the videos, fine. But what's the point in complaining about them? They're not going anywhere unless the Caps lose. So if you want no videos, root against the Caps. Done.

Posted by: Lindsay_Applebaum | May 12, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

THe vids are actually quite helpful for illiterate folks like me who can't read.

Posted by: BigMogilny | May 12, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Here's one vote for the videos - the more caps content I can get, the happier I am. Thank you Tarik and Co.

Posted by: jpbryant | May 12, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Although not articulated in the most graceful of ways, I do think there is a valid concern that the videos may not be an optimal medium, particularly those of us who cannot access them at work for a variety of reasons.

I'm not sure equating the Caps losing as the only way they'll go away is the most mature way for a representative of the Post to respond to a critique.

Posted by: TheGJ | May 12, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, stop complaining! Honestly, if you don't like the videos, no one made you watch them. Come on, the Caps won! Stop complaining. =)

Posted by: rachel216 | May 12, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Even without Gonchar they were 2 for 5 on the PP last night. Stay disciplined Caps!

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | May 12, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

i think the traffic numbers are because the caps are in the playoffs, not because of video updates.

many of you readers (myself included) would love transcripts of these like you briefly provided a while back.

Posted by: jamebow | May 12, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

If you can't watch the videos at work, watch them at home. Lindsay et al., keep the videos coming. I love 'em. A great addition to the blog. It's what you should be doing as responsible print journalists in an online age. So thank you for the extra effort.

And TheGJ, you may be right, but the negative responses to the videos from posters haven't been that mature, either. As if video updates on a Web site are something to complain about.

Posted by: CDon | May 12, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Well, I apologize if that comes off as immature. It's simply a bit frustrating to me as the NHL editor when we're putting all we can into our hockey coverage and it's only met with more complaints. If you can't watch at work, check it out at home. Any breaking news will be on the blog.

Posted by: Lindsay_Applebaum | May 12, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I liked the previous video with player interviews and such. Just sitting in front of the camera isn't needed though. When I watch them at work people think I'm having a webcam conversation with a strange man :)

Posted by: cappies | May 12, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

@jamebow

Most of the time the video is covering some information that's already been posted, so I would imagine that if you've been keeping up with the printed entries, you have a good idea of what's going on with the team. But regardless, I assume you could watch the videos outside of work. So log on later and take a look.

Posted by: CDon | May 12, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

@ Tarik- the videos are 50/50 good for me... As I dont have sound at work, I cant watch them at work and by the time I get home I forget about them, but on the weekends I have time to listen and watch them and I can see that you are just as much as a Caps fan as us, but get paid (I am hoping) to watch and report

Other news- What happened to Clarks and Beagle??? The both had 4 shifts and just a bit more than 2 mins of ice time? Are they ok? I havent see anymore callups, so I am guessing they aren't injured... anything?

Also, I have a theory about the Caps. I think they don't like the Staal brothers as much as I don't and are eliminating them one round at a time, which doesnt work out well if the caps do make it to the finals, as there are no Staals in the Western Confrence Playoff teams... yet

Posted by: k_immi_e | May 12, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

She's ALIVE.....not a complaint Lindsay, I simply cannot view them at work due to internet restraints set by my company.

So are these video updates "Oscar" material?

Posted by: bhound69 | May 12, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

@Lindsay

The videos are a great addition, but like others, I am not able to view them, so as an interim, until our technologies catch up to yours, if there is a way to provide the content from the videos as a transcript or summary, it would be very helpful.

Posted by: LukasWP | May 12, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

i'm a luddite. i meant no offense, ms. applebaum.

if i could get the blog delivered to my door in the morning, i would.

i just like to read news more than watch news. not a complaint, just some free reader input.

Posted by: jamebow | May 12, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Lindsay (and Tarik and Katie and . . .), I appreciate the extra effort, but count me as part of the group who does not and will not watch the videos. The exception that I make is when something needs to be demonstrated, or when describing something with words would be onerous or ineffective. I read faster than people (other than auctioneers) speak, so I generally prefer the written word -- especially from a newspaper anyway. But you're not doing anything wrong -- there's nothing you could do to make the videos more appealing to me. I just don't do videos.

That said, I won't complain about the videos (and I don't consider this a complaint, simply an explanation), and there are clearly people who do like them. Who am I to deny those people their preference? But just as I prefer not to participate in the "live chats", I prefer not to watch videos.

As an aside, I am neither deaf nor blind, but I am curious to hear from someone who is either deaf or blind to see what they think about the videos. This is just an idle curiosity; I'm not trying to spark a debate.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | May 12, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I think the videos are fine but mostly repeat the information posted before. What would be cool is if we got to see footage of practice, players doing their thing etc. as Tarik is talking in the background.

Posted by: Moose33 | May 12, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

@lindsay

keep the videos coming. you have to be somewhat understanding about all the complaining....i mean we have been watching crosby whine for a week and a half now. that stuff can rub off on people

Posted by: _stevo | May 12, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I heart L_A

Posted by: mikebrady1 | May 12, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Why are people complaining about the videos? For months people begged Tarik to buy a camera and post pics. Now he has the video technology to play with too. Like others, I can't view them at work, but I certainly don't have a problem with their existence. Keep up the good work to all: Tarik, Katie, Lindsey, Dan Steinberg, and even Mike Wise.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 12, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Video updates suck...no one can watch

Posted by: lylewimbledon | May 12, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I feel like I'm the only one who can view and hear these video updates judging from all the can't view/hear comments. So either my company is foolishly allowing it's employees from having unlimited internet access or you guys are oppressed by big brother.

Posted by: Moose33 | May 12, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, there's no reason to complain. Don't like it? Then don't watch it, it's as simple as that.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 12, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, big brother gets me at work, but so far they haven't stopped me from getting to the site and reading the Insider. I just catch the video's when I get home. Count me as one that will take any and all Caps info in whatever form I can get it. Thanks Lindsay!

Posted by: _Mark | May 12, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

tess2201: There's a pretty big difference between a story enhanced by still pictures and a story being read to us by a moving picture. ;) For what it's worth, I was one of the people who donated to the "Buy Tarik A Camera Fund" back before the project got "shut down", so it's not that I'm anti-everything-except-the-written-word or anything. :)

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | May 12, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216: So, if people don't watch the video, how do they get the information?

Video is great for features like the one Katie Carrera did about Hershey some time back. That was quality stuff.

But for simple updates that can be typed in 3-4 paragraphs, it strikes way too much as simply a means to get us to watch the stupid advertisement, rather than actually getting news.

The priority is reporting the news. Simply posting the words gets that done. There's no added value to doing a video of this kind of reporting. There's nothing Tarik is telling us that we would need video to capture and understand, beyond what could simply be posted in a blog entry.

Posted by: writered21 | May 12, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I'd agree that there isn't much reason to complain, and it's nice to see the Post taking advantage of technology online. But the talking head videos just aren't that interesting -- it's faster for me (and less disturbing for my office-mates) to read the same content, which can also have the further value-add of links. I've enjoyed much more the few videos that have had player/coach interactions or other content beyond the talking head of Tarik (not there's anything wrong with Tarik!). It would be great to see some more still photography on the blog as well.

Thanks for all the efforts - this is definitely my number 1 place for Caps news/info!

Posted by: yosemite_sam | May 12, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

My only complaint about the videos is not being able to watch them at work and thus a fear of not getting any good tidbits of info-- which is why I visit the blog in the first place. I can watch it at home, but I want my Capitals fix NOW... consider that a compliment to the quality of the Post's coverage, which has been very, very good this year. I imagine the majority of people viewing the website on the weekdays are bored at work and have less time at home.

My guess is the biggest fear people have is that something on the video is not something already posted-- perhaps if you can indicate if a video blog is a "recap" of previous posts or if it has new information, that might be helpful? Some of us critique because we like the coverage but fear being left out, we're not all trolls.

Posted by: TheGJ | May 12, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

@greg

oh yeah, the whole tarik camera buying thing. Did you get your money back?

Posted by: _stevo | May 12, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Let's lay off Lindsay and Company. The videos are optional and as much as we want to get as much Capitals info, some of it we'll be able to watch and some of it we'll be able to read. I guess in our excitement, we want to be able to access ALL the content. Of course, the messages after the videos generally give you an idea of what's said in the videos anyway.

Like someone said earlier and I think Lindsay said it too, if you don't like the video updates, no one's forcing you to watch it. Just sit tight for the next article and/or update.

Goo Capitals!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 12, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

writered21: You read the previous posts.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 12, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

@writered21

There's absolutely value to what they're doing with videos. And you're incorrect in saying that simply posting the words gets the job done. Not these days. Not anymore. That philosophy is why newspapers are failing. Now, newspapers online sites have to provide more than just print-based information if they want to succeed. I advise a university's student newspaper, and I have to tell them every day the importance of knowing how to shoot, edit and use video, implement Flash projects, take photos, create podcasts, etc., etc. That's where the jobs are going, so there's definite value to this entire endeavor.

Quite frankly, we should just be thrilled we're getting this much information about the Capitals. So again, I say keep it up. It's not that much of an onus on anyone to watch these videos, be it at work or at home.

Posted by: CDon | May 12, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else wish they can get updates downloaded into their brains directly from Tarik and Company, complete with video feeds, so in the middle of a meeting at work, you could read up on some good juicy updates and start tearing up with joy and laughing and absent-mindedly while everyone else wonders what you're smoking? J/K. Washington Capitals 24/7. Yay.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 12, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

gonchar a game time decision tomorrow

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/playoffs/2009/news?id=4161677

Posted by: _stevo | May 12, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

stevo: The money wound up going to Caps Care, which was voted on by the participants if I remember correctly.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | May 12, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

@leftcoast

Amen!!! I was just afraid to say admit it!! Lets embrace!!!

Posted by: bhound69 | May 12, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Interesting comment about the fact that Clark and Beagle played a little over 2 minutes each.....considering the amount of ice time that is logged by our key defenseman like Poti and Green, wouldn't it be a better use of a spot to have Tyler Sloan suited up than Beagles? Sloan plaed well on the defensive end, didn't commit dumb penalties, and is a decent puck handler. It's nice insurance policy if nothing else and I don't see Beagles getting ice time in Game 7.

Pittsburgh only rolled 3 lines most of the game which was one of the reason that BB had to match up with our 3 top lines plus Gordon. I'd rather have a solid 7th defensemen in a Game 7 if you are playing a team that applies as much offensive pressure as Pittsburgh.

Posted by: wizfan89 | May 12, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

@CDon -

I think most of the comments have been fairly constructive and reflect the real world that people live in while they use this site.

I assume you're not actually advising your students to sit in front of a webcam and read copy without supporting it with other audio/visual content, are you? Those are the kind of postings that people are suggesting are less valuable, compared to either a text posting or an enhanced multimedia posting. Reading into a webcam isn't going to save journalism.

Posted by: yosemite_sam | May 12, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

@greg

cool. i had given it directly to sombrero so wasnt sure

Posted by: _stevo | May 12, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

If Gonchar plays, I'm hoping he's stripped of the puck by a Caps player in overtime and the Caps score the game winner because of it. I still remember the Straka goal.

Posted by: larryn703 | May 12, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

@Lindsay
For those that don't like, don't want to and can't watch the videos, can you provide a transcript following the video lead?

"Not complaining", just my choice, but I'm with the group that doesn't watch the videos.

Posted by: puckman | May 12, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

@yosemite_sam

I didn't say sitting in front of a webcam and reading was going to save journalism. But having those kinds of features and elements, coupled with everything else that this blog and the Washington Post has done, all help add to the story and the coverage. It gives readers and viewers more, and there's nothing wrong with that, despite the medium by which it's delivered.

I can watch most videos at work. Some folks can't. When I am unable to view them at work, I watch them when I get home. I'll put in ear phones at work if I feel the volume will disturb other people. The webcam videos are updates and they are valuable. Certainly, it would also be nice to see video of practice and interviews with players. Those would be more detailed and in-depth. But I see nothing wrong with the video updates that are provided now, either.

Posted by: CDon | May 12, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

PENGUINS SUCK!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | May 12, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

blahh... had to scroll past all the comments about the video... anyone want to talk hockey?

saintex- thanks for the quick bullet points, much appreciated.

Let's hope gonch is still out tomorrow, don't need him getting all uppity and productive for the pens...

Posted by: mrszilla | May 12, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

The videos are only part of the website and nicely compliment the written posts. Tarik and the Post have the very best hockey blog site anywhere in the NHL, and you only have to visit the links to the other sites to get a quick confirmation. Keep it up, Tarik!

I caught grief on Facebook from a Pens fan who still rants about Ovechkin's check on Gonchar, but also trashed our fan base as compared to theirs (funny, I don't remember any rumors a couple of years ago about the Caps moving to Kansas City, just Pittsburgh as an extortion attempt to get new arena - guess it worked. Some respect by Mario for THEIR fan base). Seeing and hearing the news about all the Easton Stealth sticks being shipped in for Green is really terrific.

I love how Washington has come alive for the Caps - a lot different than '79!!

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | May 12, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

It's a blog. Aren't the commenters supposed to grouse about stuff they don't agree with and/or can't control?

Also, transcript = ADA compliant.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 12, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I have a constructive comment to make. I can see the videos on the Sports Bog most of the time at work but I can't see the ones on this blog. Is there a format difference that could be adjusted to provide content to everyone? Just trying to be constructive!

Posted by: mikesfan | May 12, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Has this been discussed here:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/hockey/nhl/05/08/nhl.owners/index.html

Ted not making the list is preposterous enough, but to have the likes of the 'Canes and the Pens (who basically had to resort to extortion to stay in Pittsburgh) in the Top 5 is just a total travesty.

Posted by: jburksva | May 12, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else think the amount of penalties we are getting are partially our fault but some seem to be weak calls. That slash last night was absurd - Kunitz dropped his stick! And what about the non-call when Semin was taken down skating to the net and went crashing into the boards close to the end of regulation? IMHO that was tripping and/or interference since the Pen didn't touch the puck, and nothing was called. Yeah we take a lot but it seems to me we're given more than our fair share. But I guess everyone complains about the refs, right?

Posted by: NS2NOVA | May 12, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Who is having a better series?

Greenie or Gonch?

Both log 26+ minutes a game, play Defense against the top line & QB the PP for their team & as obvious are hated by Caps critics.

Yeah, they tend to get burn with turnovers or minus goals but it's not like a 3/4 line guy is blowing pass these 2.

OV has laid it to Gonch & Crosby has seen success around Greenie.

All I know is both guys are needed by their teams.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 12, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

If Gonchar plays, the Caps should whack him with everything they have on the right knee all night long until he starts crying like a Crosby (I mean baby). RE: The Green sticks - if you look closely at the favored sticks you'll see the word "Wonderboy". That's why he needs them. ;^)

Posted by: ccCapsfan | May 12, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

First off, I would like to say I enjoy the video blogs. Apparently I am in the minority with the fact I can watch them at work. Even if I couldn't though I would just watch them at home. If you still cant watch them you need to do some serious updating to your computer. If you look around the web this is the next thing. Video/audio blogs are the next step with the portable technology now.

I wear hearing aids and have no problem understanding Tarik. I know there are people out there that have a worse loss than I do; but I believe people know their limits. If they miss out on a 2 minute video blog I don't think they start crying foul. Plus they (Tarik, Katie, and Lindsay) keep the written blog updated often.

Keep up the good work and good job recognizing how information is reaching people more and more today.

Posted by: Killerangel81 | May 12, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I've been reading the blog for ages but I've never watched any of the videos. It's not a matter of not being able to watch them at work. I don't even watch them at home. I prefer text so I skip over all the video posts. Like someone else mentioned, I read faster than people speak. I just clicked on the one in this post, though, and noticed that there's an ad before the actual video. That pretty much kills any desire I'll ever have to watch one.

Posted by: Pelo | May 12, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I think the Capitals are way too nice. No offense to Gonchar, but he's not a Capital anymore. Gonchar knee? Meet hockey stick. Meet hockey puck going 90 mph. Meet another well-padded Capital knee.

Smart thing to do is just rest that knee of his until the Penguins get a real Captain, one that is already potty trained.

*hugs bhound69* Uhm, what're we embracing for again? Digital feed onto special glasses that alert user of new Capitals posts on Washington Post and then at the press of a button, it scrolls slowly for you to read? Including video blogs that you can watch (just insert any generic earphones into ears) and listen to without anyone at work getting suspicious? Excuse me for a second while I wipe that tear away. *sigh* Capitals 24/7.

Goo Capitals!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 12, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

saintex: thanks for that transcription.

Lindsay and other WP know-it-alls: how'd that attitude work out for your paper? why don't you go to all videos so I don't have to bother checking this site at all anymore?

Posted by: TCJR2000 | May 12, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

DUDES! CHILL!! Save your energy for tomorrow night!

NEW POST, thank gd.

Posted by: mrszilla | May 12, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau must have made some change at the 2nd intermission, as the Caps started looking for long up ice passes in the middle. Not sure what the Pens have been doing, but for much of this series the Caps have been trying to work up the ice a few feet at a time pinned against the boards. Can anyone clue me in? Also, in the middle of game 5, Varly started playing the puck more. While it makes some fans uncomfortable, it is a necessity in the NHL (& especially the way the Caps play) to disrupt the dump in and (hopefully transition with speed). What I love about playoff hockey are the tactical changes during a 7-game series. I fear BB has been outcoached up till now? What do others think?

Posted by: KlayKey | May 12, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

@Lindsay,
That's what people do here is complain. If it's not the video's it's lack of coverage, if it's not lack of coverage.... you get my point.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | May 13, 2009 4:42 AM | Report abuse

I just don't get it. You complain about lack of coverage, then you complain about what format the coverage is when you get some decent coverage. There is just no winning with some of you. Yeah, you know who you are.

Tarik, Katie, Lindsay, please keep up the good work and thanks.

p.s. I've only seen a couple of videos because I mostly check for updates at work. So, even though it doesn't really help me I'm not going to complain about it.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | May 13, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

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