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Video: How the Caps Celebrated

(Read the related Bog post here)

Plus:

Alex Ovechkin has been trying to score a nice set-up for his people on Wednesday night. Trying and failing, thus far.
"Right now I try to order box for my family and my friends and you can't find it, so probably everything's sold out," he said. "Box is problem because lots of rich people here in Washington and now they're crazy about hockey."

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By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 12, 2009; 11:40 AM ET
 
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Comments

From the previous thread:

bhound69: Is Pittsburgh a great team? If so, they didn't put the Caps away on home ice. You can say it was Varly, you can say it was luck, doesn't matter it's coming back to Verizon. One could sit back and say, damn, if Steckel could have scored in the 1st minute of OT on Saturday when he had a chance this series would be over. He could have been the hero 2 days in a row. We're not though.

GREAT teams also go on the road in an elimination game, have their goaltender keep them in through a barrage of shots, a 5 on 3, and a kill a bogus penalty during the final 2 minutes of the game, and then push the series to a Game 7 with an OT win. We're not GREAT just yet, but we're pretty darn good.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 12, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

They need to stop interviewing backstrom, he doesnt say anything.

FIRST

Posted by: SovietSnipes | May 12, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Backstrom said everything -- "Game 7!"

Posted by: uncatim | May 12, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

From the previous thread:

Objectively speaking we really don't deserve to win this series based on how the games have gone.

Posted by: ranndino

Can't agree here. There's a difference between a single game and a series. And if the Caps can pull this one after NOT ALLOWING the Pens to get the W on their rink, then all the credit in the world would go to the Caps. And all other games in this series do not matter. Objectively speaking, the stronger team wins a series although a weaker team can win a game.

Posted by: fnralch | May 12, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Backstrom is the best kept secret in the NHL. The only one that gives him props is Ovi and his Caps. That boy is probably going to set win a Selke before his career is over. He's is very good in our zone. I think I saw his first mistake in our zone in months last night when he failed to get the puck out of the zone. That doesn't happen very often and luckily it didn't end up in the back of our net.

For all of you Green haters, and grinder lovers (just making a point). Green was called out for a giveaway on the tying goal when it was Bradley that missed the pass up the boards. It went right through Bradley, to Letang, to Crosby, to oh $#%t. Now I don't want to appear as a picking on the 3rd line because they have been key the entire playoffs, just want some of you got stop blaming Green for every friggin' thing that happens when he's on the ice.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 12, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

deleriously happy!

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 12, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

@ fnralch

Maybe I misread your post, but it seems you're implying that the Pens are the stronger team but we might get one Wednesday cause a weaker team can win.

If I read that wrong, my bad. But if that's you're point I don't agree. When we're right, we're better. When we don't have to kill penalties all night, we get the better of the puck possession. Our goaltending is superior to theirs.

Someone posted last thread about how the Caps have trouble clearing the zone and generating chances 5-on-5 because they're tired from the PK. All series, the Pens have gotten freebies and we've gotten away with nothing. That was a very good point.

Posted by: JS26121820 | May 12, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

fanohock,

I posted last night about Green's giveaway (or Bradley's miss). I missed the whole game except for the OT and caught that on the highlights between periods and obviously didn't pay close attention. I watched it again and you're right about the play so I take back my comments blaming Green.

It was a tough play for Bradley also since it looked like the puck was bouncing.

Posted by: Moose33 | May 12, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

This is exactly what Video posts should be. Not just reading into the camera. Good job. Now let's humble up for Game 7... Go Caps!

Posted by: cappies | May 12, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Feds is nothing but business. I don't think Nicky's convos with his mother are any longer than that.

I know Kozlov and Feds were on bikes cooling down but at first I thought Viktor might have been doing his mime going down the stairs routine during the interview.

Posted by: saintex | May 12, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I think when you get to the conference semi-finals you aren't looking at any weak teams. I don't buy into the idea that either team can be qualifed as better or worse than the other - you win four and you deserve the series, plain and simple. Otherwise, you take your three or two games and go home. These two are simple razor's edge and someone celebrates tomorrow night.

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

@fanohock (i posted over at old thread)

Thank you, my glass is half empty today. I guess when the dog bites you almost everytime.......ya know. Let's win this thing!!

Posted by: bhound69 | May 12, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I can't see this video....any good?

Posted by: bhound69 | May 12, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Here's a funny one....on Yahoo blog last night, the first DB out of the shoot, blogs this, "This is why Mike Green should be no where near the Vezina!!!"

This moron got lambasted for what seemed like 5 pages......one great comeback was....Green has just as good a chance of winning the Vezina trophy as he does the Cy Young. LOL

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


They need to stop interviewing backstrom, he doesnt say anything.
FIRST
Posted by: SovietSnipes | May 12, 2009 11:46 AM |

FIRST what?
Being an idiot?
Since when is playing hockey = opening your mouth?

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 12, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

It was destined for this series to go to a game 7 - why? Because the Bears and Baby Pens are also going to a game 7 tonight (in Hershey). If the Bears win - then so will the Caps. These 2 series have been so identical - it's amazing.

GO BEARS - GO CAPS

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

Last night during the game I was amazed to hear that the Caps had been called for twice as many penalties as the Pens. I was sure that this was not the case during the regular season, but just to be sure I looked it up. Regular season: Caps 414 minor penalties, Pens 397 minor penalties, Caps 29 major penalties, Pens 40 majors, Caps 447 total penalties, Pens 447 total penalties, Caps 1021 minutes, Pens 1106 minutes. No matter how you add up these numbers they don’t add up to 32 penalties called on the Caps to 18 called on the Pens during the playoffs. In the first 7 game series the Caps were called for 31 minor penalties, in the Pens first 6 game series the Pens were called for 32 minor penalties. There are two explanations for this: #1 the refs have been doing a terrible job calling the games or #2 this is the way the NHL wants our series called. These are not small inconsistencies, these are glaring inconsistencies. Maybe the Pens have made a magical turnaround to a team that commits no penalties, but I don't believe it!

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

@JS26121820

Yeah, you did misread. We're on the same page, buddy. Caps are better. They will win.

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

Thats funny re: Green-Vezina. Did they already do the Norris vote pre-playoffs or has Green played himself into 3rd place behind Chara and Lidstrom?

Posted by: JS26121820 | May 12, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

fanohock: I thought the real culprit on Crosby's tying goal was neither Green nor Bradley, but Erskine. Big John was about six feet out from the net when Crosby skated, unimpeded, along the goal line, corralled the puck, skated through the crease and flipped it over Varly's stretched out pad. Erskine, meanwhile, who has played very well overall, had fallen over and was lying in the slot.

Posted by: tominfl1 | May 12, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

BTW, last night, Clark and Beagle played only two minutes each. Is it worth dressing them both? Is it worth dressing 12 forwards? With the possibility of OT always there, is it maybe more worthwhile to give Sloan a sweater so you have an extra defenseman? Then you could avoid using Green at least on the PK, to keep him fresh for 5 on 5 and PP.

Posted by: tominfl1 | May 12, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Even my girlfriend - a new hockey fan and not because she's a girl - pointed out on the game tying goal, "Why is that Crosby guy skating around all by himself? Isn't he really good? Shouldn't someone be near him?" Yes, dear. Someone should be near him.

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

Norris voting was pre-playoff.

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

If the voting would have waited for the post-season Green would be 2nd at worst. Have you seen Chara's play in the second round? He doesn't look good at all when he panics it looks like his legs are 10 feet long (they actually might be). He has had horrible give-aways and has been on the ice, or in the box, for critical goals against so Chara hasn't done himself any favors.

Lidstrom, has been, well, Lidstrom. They got a good draw in the 2nd round though because Anaheim is all that offensively gifted after you get past their first line. They are much like the Rangers in my opinion, a little better but not much.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 12, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

@JS26121820, voting for all the awards takes place immediately after the regular season, but before the first playoff game starts. So Green's uncharacteristic post-season has absolutely zero effect on his Norris Trophy bid. (thank god)

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

I'll take your word on Chara cause time hasn't permitted me to watch more than a couple mins of Bruins-Canes series. I'll have it on tonight though. I'm guessing both series end tonight, but Boston is the only team I give a chance to.

I know it's taboo to think about before Wednesday, but I have to admit I've been wondering who I would rather win that series. We played the Bruins pretty decent regular season and Cam Ward scares the crap out of me.

Posted by: JS26121820 | May 12, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

@saintex: Don't you just love when your wife/girlfriend is blatantly honest, and she has no idea that you are literally pissed everytime Crosby is successful. Then you go and say something "mean" and you spend the 1st hour after the game begging for forgiveness. Well I beg for forgiveness if the Caps win, if they lose I don't give a S&*T who's mad at me.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 12, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Hockey is about peaks & valleys.
every player on the roster has been lambasted by the critics this year.

But each 1 has contributed in 1 way or another to big wins.

I saw so many morons come on here during the season & playoffs attacking Greenie, Kozie, Flash, OV, Erskine, Steckel, Semin ,etc.

All I know is for every giveaway or loss they been determined to cause, they've made it up @ least 2x over.

They pay the other guys to play too & this is PLAYOFF HOCKEY not figure skating!!! The 2nd season.

Don't tell me the Kozie & Stecks critics weren't jumping up & down last night.

So we have the figure skating fans who though we would win the series in easy fashion with our skill.
We have the puckers who though our skilled players should muck it up like grinders but cheered Brash's suspension.
(Oh & wanted Clark to come back to play 5 minutes a game).
& we have the hypochondriacs who want Semin & Green to sit down cause they suck with supposed injury.
Then we have the arm chair coaches who have never even skated tell us how BB make the team practice more.

Thank Allah the common sense fans stay off this board cause the lunatics are all here.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 12, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Chara dove like an Italian soccer player two night ago when someone tapped him on ankle. Complete with the full-on rolling on the ice in agony, only to return to play. It was an embrassment.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 12, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Don't tell me the Kozie & Stecks critics weren't jumping up & down last night.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 12, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Kozzie, I get. But Steckelhas crtics?! Seriously? Guy is an unsung hero, he is the premier face off guy in all of hockey and his an agressive beast on the PK. Oh, and he scores in the playoffs. Who are these critics, Penguins fans?

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

Last night during the game I was amazed to hear that the Caps had been called for twice as many penalties as the Pens. I was sure that this was not the case during the regular season, but just to be sure I looked it up. Regular season: Caps 414 minor penalties, Pens 397 minor penalties, Caps 29 major penalties, Pens 40 majors, Caps 447 total penalties, Pens 447 total penalties, Caps 1021 minutes, Pens 1106 minutes. No matter how you add up these numbers they don’t add up to 32 penalties called on the Caps to 18 called on the Pens during the playoffs. In the first 7 game series the Caps were called for 31 minor penalties, in the Pens first 6 game series the Pens were called for 32 minor penalties. There are two explanations for this: #1 the refs have been doing a terrible job calling the games or #2 this is the way the NHL wants our series called. These are not small inconsistencies, these are glaring inconsistencies. Maybe the Pens have made a magical turnaround to a team that commits no penalties, but I don't believe it!
Posted by: majiksea | May 12, 2009 12:16 PM |

Mind blowing stats. I usually don't blame the ref, but the calls are NBA - Tim Donaghy like.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 12, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Kozzie, I get. But Steckelhas crtics?! Seriously? Guy is an unsung hero, he is the premier face off guy in all of hockey and his an agressive beast on the PK. Oh, and he scores in the playoffs. Who are these critics, Penguins fans?
Posted by: RedBirdie | May 12, 2009 12:43 PM |

Oh yeah Red Birdie! Right here - Rags series - some moron says why is Stecks even playing?!

Right there I knew what type of crowd we'd be mingling with.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 12, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

@ RedBirdie

You aren't also a Cardinals (MLB) fan are you? I have to know before I decide whether I like sharing a board with you :)

Posted by: JS26121820 | May 12, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

RedBirdie,
Chara took a whack at the back of the ankle/calf. He did go down on what seemed pretty mild. However, you think he missed that much time on the ice to embellish it? I don't know exactly how much time he missed but it was significant. He did not just take a breather in a do or die playoff game.

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

I got to say that along with Stecks and Bradley, Brooksy might be the unsung hero of this entire series. He chips in with timely goals, blocks shots, wins face-offs when called upon, penalty kills and stands in front of the net and gets the crap beat out of him. He does what it takes to win playoff hockey games and if they play in game 7 the way they played last night with that much heart we will win. Make it loud tomorrow night for us that can't be there live! Go Caps!!!

Posted by: Caps73 | May 12, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

@JS26121820, no I am not a Cardinals fan! I'm a die-head Orioles fan, because apparently I've taken one too many whacks to the head and can't give them up despite Angelos running that franchise into the ground.

_Mark, I posted what I did in part because my brother reads here and he sent me this overly dramatic text message crying about Chara getting hurt! :) I haven't stopping ragging on him since.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 12, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

It will be loud from Warm-up on.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 12, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

OK that's good. Brew Crew here. Everybody who knows anything about baseball knows CUBS stands for Completely Useless By September. OK sorry, I'm done. Back to hockey...

Posted by: JS26121820 | May 12, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Is it possible to be this effusive in praise and yet still make an understatement?

Backstrom has been great all season, even better in the postseason. He's clearly learned from last year's playoff experience that you have to elevate your physical game to be successful in the second season.

And he's almost always in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. It's not just in his own zone - he's forechecking in the offensive zone and has been very good in the neutral zone.

I want to see a Backstrom-cam in game seven.

-----

Backstrom is the best kept secret in the NHL. The only one that gives him props is Ovi and his Caps. That boy is probably going to set win a Selke before his career is over. He's is very good in our zone.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 12, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom is easily top 5 centers in the league!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | May 12, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

if only his face off wins were a bit higher.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 12, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

@RedBirdie: He definitely started working on them. When the Nylander project was going on with the 1st line Backs kept pointing Nyls to the face-off because he didn't have any confidence. Now he wins the face-off with body position and kicking it back for the win rather than with his stick. Poor Feds was getting eaten alive last night though.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 12, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Even Joe B said out loud "YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!" after the call on Laich at the end of the game.

Conspiracy theorists unite!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | May 12, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey, anyone in the Denver area?? Looking for some folks to watch game 7 with.

Posted by: eeyeats@hotmail.com | May 12, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

@JohninMpls and @lylewimbledon: It's about time Backstrom got some love! He's the most complete player on the team. I loved his answer to what he thought when he saw Steckel's tip go in: "Game 7." Classic Backstrom. Go Caps!

Posted by: ccCapsfan | May 12, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I hope Clarky has his legs underneath him now. If we can get something from our Captain in game 7, that could carry us a long way. I thought the key to overtime was actually the little pushing and smack talk at the end of regulation before the face-off when Poti knocked that guys stick into the corner. The Pens have talented skill players and no skill player likes it when they have someone in their face all the time with the exception being the Russian Machine. I thought Poti was making a statement by saying that were not going to lay down in this overtime. We need that attitude that this is our house and our series; we need to force our will on them and put them on their heals from the opening face-off.

Posted by: Caps73 | May 12, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Some people only see that he was a high first round pick and he doesn't score as much as OV and ignore all his other contributions

Posted by: JS26121820 | May 12, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Got it RedBirdie.

I'll be roaring from the top of 105 tomorrow night early and often, if not nonstop.

The time can't go by quick enough to get to tomorrow's puck drop. The anticipation is killing me.

Posted by: _Mark | May 12, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I took a look at faceoff numbers and it's intriguing.

Player Reg. Season Playoffs

Stecks 58 58
Backs 49 50

Crosby 51 53
Staal 47 51

Why does Malkin take so few faceoffs? I know that before the trade deadline they were running Crosby and Malkin on one line for awhile so Crosby took most but Malkin still is taking very few in the playoffs. Considering that I think Backstrom is only a year or so away from being nearly as good at Malkin, maybe Evgeni's 42% faceoff number (out of 670 faceoffs) explains something. That's not good.

Posted by: saintex | May 12, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Malkin has been getting schooled all playoffs in the dot, if I remember correctly. On the rare occassions in this series he's been forced to face off against Ovie--hardly someone noted for his face off prowress--he's lost eacha nd every one, to the bets of my knowledge. (I don't have the stats from last night's game and I don't rememebr much about it beyond being a panicky mess and screaming for joy and hugging some stranger in celebration)

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 12, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys, last year Ovi was asked questions about Backstrom in an interview and he said that Backstrom is the best center in the league. That was LAST season Ovi said that. Ovi also said that Semin has the "sickest" hands in the league. Anyone who doesn't think Ovi is a Team Player just doesn't like him because he's not on their team. Who knows, if he was forechecking our boys with a Pens jersey on, leaving wreckage, and then getting 3 assists in a "bad" game. We'd probably hate him too. I have to admit though, I don't hate star players just because they don't play for us. I respect Malkin as a superstar because he works hard too. Crosby just ticks me off because he constantly looks for a call. There is not doubt he is one of the premier talents in the league but it's the other junk you have to tolerate when you watch him play.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 12, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Ovi is tied for third in hits for the playoffs.

Posted by: saintex | May 12, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

@ fanohock1

I hear you. This cuts across all sports. There's some stars that play for teams you hate, but you respect them for the way they play the game. Then, there's also some on the other side of the coin. I don't hate a player because he's opposition any more than I love a player just because he dons my team's jersey. I had to tip my cap to Malkin, especially for his game 3. He got DEMOLISHED to the point of absurdity after the first two games and shut everybody up pretty well.

Posted by: JS26121820 | May 12, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey, if game 7 goes 2-3+ OT, will metro stay open late to get us all home? Any links to this? Tks & GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: freeid | May 12, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

We don't have to like 'em, but they are great (malkin/crosby). It's quite obvious that their leadership is key or else they finish 10th at best. Quick coaching change and now they are playing to their potential.

Posted by: bhound69 | May 12, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

@freeid

If we win in 2/3 OT's I will personally drive everybody home!

Posted by: bhound69 | May 12, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Stecks just was on NHLN. I missed everything except the last question. Standard fare as far as what he talked about. I guess he's not our secret anymore

Posted by: JS26121820 | May 12, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

You must drive a big car :)

Posted by: JS26121820 | May 12, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

freeid, its probably a good question to shoot to Dr. Gridlock.

bhound69, I honestly don't think Crosby and Malkin are great leaders. Their team was stuck in 10th place until Gonchar came back, Therrien was tossed in favor of Bylsma, and Guerina nd Kunitz were brought in. The stunning turnaround happened once those pieces were in place.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 12, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

freeid, that's a got question. I know for my run out to NoVa the last Orange Line out of Metro Center is 12:06am. A normal game ends at 9:30 so each OT will add :45 minutes. Triple OT gets us to 11:45pm. Now, if the Caps win we'll want to celebrate and won't make the last train. I think we'd be pretty hardpressed to run beyond the last train. If I'm out of the 'booth by 11:45 I can make my walk down to Metro.

Posted by: saintex | May 12, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

@JS

A SMART CAR.

Posted by: bhound69 | May 12, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

saintex: I just looked at those numbers too. What alarmed me is that Gordon actually has a higher faceoff percentage than all of them at 61%, but that he's not listed. I'm not sure what the requirement is, but he's taken > 100 faceoffs in the playoffs...

Posted by: Raber | May 12, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

@REDBIRD

I guess I meant production leadership. They were lighting up the lamp but couldn't win a game, Gonchar was defintely key. I thought, what kind of disarray must they be in, to fire their coach 5 games over .500 and got them to the finals?

Posted by: bhound69 | May 12, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Gordo is the least visable of the Caps face off masters (Steckel, Fedorov, and Gordon, although Nickey seems intent on clawing his way into this group). He's quiet, he works hard, he does the dirty work required of a guy like him to keep his roster spot on a team this deep. Plus, with the playoff beard, he looks positively pyscho! Love it.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 12, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Cause they think they have all the pedigree and a God-given right to Stanley Cups so two games away just doesn't cut it

Posted by: JS26121820 | May 12, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

bhound69,

Also known as a clown car? Then you should be able to get everyone in Verizon Center in to it. :)

Posted by: _Mark | May 12, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I didn't put Gordo in there, not sure why. Gordo and Stecks have the same get down low technique and they are both great. Crosby hates it and has been practicing against it - there was video somewhere last week. I wonder who taught whom? Feds also gets pretty low, maybe it came from him.

Posted by: saintex | May 12, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

bhound, because the player hated,/i> Therrien! I mean, wished the guy would die, that's how much they hated him. I heard he was a big reason (in addition to a certain "Capitan") Hossa ran off to Detroit as quickly as possible, rather than stay in pittsburgh for more money and a multi-year contract.

I forget where I read this, and I have no clue if it is the least bit true, but apparently shortly before he was fired, Therrien called Malkin into his office and had Petr Sykora translating. Therrien told Malkin he was going to play his system and suck it up and blah blah blah. Sykora translates all this, then Malkin replies something short in Russian and walks out. Therrian asks what he said,a nd is told "He says '[rhymes with puck] you.'"

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 12, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

sorry for my apparent inability to proofread and fix incorrect formating tags.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 12, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

@redbirdie

NOW THATS RICH, would have loved to been a fly on that wall. That system seemed to work last year. Pitt management probably saw the lack response to this "system".

Posted by: bhound69 | May 12, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I got the gist

Posted by: bhound69 | May 12, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SuperG5 | May 12, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I'll see if I can't perhaps track down where I read it. it was entertaining, to sya the least.

what I really want, though, is the inside story on why Hossa bolted!

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 12, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Not sure if anyone has seen this yet, but I was watching ESPN at a restaurant at lunch, and during the recap of last night's game, someone - I think it was Barnaby, but I was watching closed captioning - said the tripping call on Orpik looked like a dive.

Barnaby went on to essentially say that Pittsburgh was too deep and talented to lose game seven.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 12, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I thought Gonchar was going to be out for weeks and weeks and weeks because that big mean evil Alex Ovechkin is a headhunting sorry sack of crud and intentionally tried to rip Gonchar's knee off? What, you're telling me that the Penguins, the very paragon of virtue and honesty in today's NHL, was lying?!?!?! oh, my very worldview is crushed, crushed I tell you!

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 12, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I know when the gNats had their Metro fiasco, Metro stayed open past 1am. Metro said it costs 25K to 30K, every hour later it stays open. Every team has worked out an agreement to pay the costs except for th gNats.

I remember that from about three weeks ago. If you want to look it up I'm pretty sure the story was on NBC4.

Hopefully, the Caps will get it done in 60 though.

Posted by: Osfan092589 | May 12, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

ESPN's about as qualified to analyze hockey as I am to analyze cricket

Posted by: JS26121820 | May 12, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

A dive with the diving player's back to Orpik and the ref three feet away? I'll take that.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | May 12, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I meant hook, by the way. It was a hook, not a trip (or a dive).

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 12, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

John
Well it was a hook but also a dive so if anything both should have went off but I say since the calls are like 30 to 16 in the Pens favor, I am fine with getting away with one. Barnaby sucked as a player and sucks as an announcer. Him talking about taking dives and crying is the pot calling the kettle black.

Posted by: Caps73 | May 12, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Semin gets a pass on the dive because the refs have deliberately not call, oh, about 200 penalties that O-Prick has committed against Semin, including the blatant slash that injured his wrist.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 12, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

JohninMpls: When it happened, I instanstly said the hook on Orpik, where Semin went down, was a dive, but then just as quick said it made up for the non-call on the trip that everyone in the world saw except the two refs whose job it was to call it.

Posted by: tominfl1 | May 12, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Kozlov is so cute in the video!!

Posted by: rachel216 | May 12, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I thought Gonchar was going to be out for weeks and weeks and weeks because that big mean evil Alex Ovechkin is a headhunting sorry sack of crud and intentionally tried to rip Gonchar's knee off? What, you're telling me that the Penguins, the very paragon of virtue and honesty in today's NHL, was lying?!?!?! oh, my very worldview is crushed, crushed I tell you!
Posted by: RedBirdie | May 12, 2009 2:03 PM

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Pens coach has ALWAYS said Gonchar was day-to-day. The media made the speculation otherwise, TSN I believe it was.

Posted by: Dalliquippa | May 12, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

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