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Video: Trying to Force a Game 7

In his latest webcam update, Tarik talks about Alexander Semin's health, Mike Green's new stick and more as the Caps prepare for a make-or-break Game 6 at Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 11, 2009; 2:33 PM ET
 
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I still have hope, but the Pens have dominated this series for the most part...they have all kinds of room...have no problems clearing their zone and entering our zone...their forecheck has been substantially better...we have been the opposite. No room...can't clear the zone and have no room entering the zone. This is agood learning curve for a YOUNG team. A couple more pieces and we are consistantly battling in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | May 11, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

You're trying to force Game 7, as 6 is in 4 hours or so.

Posted by: Section117 | May 11, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Let's Go CAPS! Really scared but hopeful for a game 7. I don't think any of us are ready for the season to end, that would just be too depressing. ;( It makes me want to cry knowing the possibility of the season being over. ;( Come on Caps.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 11, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Haha, good call, Section117... it was a long weekend.

Posted by: Lindsay Applebaum | May 11, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I hear ya sister.

Posted by: Section117 | May 11, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't quite buy the whole "The Caps are young and inexperinced" thing. To some extent its true, but every one of these guys, minus Varly (and Sloan when he came up, but he played beautifully) was in the playoffs last year. Fedorov has 3 Cups in 4 tries. Kozlov has been round the block. Clark and Pothier both went to the Cup finals. Tom Poti, believe it or not, is an Olympic medalist. Ovie, Semin, and Green all played at worlds last year, and Ovie's been to multiple worlds and played in the olympics. This is not a team lacking in guys with big game experince.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

4 hours , 10 minutes. No more comments, I'm getting in the zone. My HD online feed is tested, my voodoo is primed. Win one. Come home.

Posted by: saintex | May 11, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Check out this garbage via Colin Campbell:

RALEIGH, NC -- The National Hockey League today announced that Hurricanes forward Scott Walker has been fined $2,500 for an incident that occurred at the 17:13 mark of the third period of Game 5 against the Boston Bruins. There will be no additional punishment assessed.

"We are satisfied with the league's ruling," said Hurricanes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford. "After our team received several punches throughout the series leading up to Game 5, it was a matter of time before one was going to be thrown back."

"I accept the league's decision," said Walker. "Based on what was said on the ice as I was dropping my gloves, it was my understanding that I was engaged in an altercation."

I have no idea if you guys saw it last night, but with less than 5 to play, Walker walked up to Ward who was engaged with someone else, flipped his glove off, and suckerpunched Ward, dropping him to the ice immediately.
Walker did this with 5 minutes left to go, and he got an instigator for it. According to league rules, ANYONE who receives an instigator in the last 5 will get AT LEAST 1 day suspension. I will remind you guys, that Walker is a REPEAT OFFENDER, just like Brash.

Brash and Walker do almost the same thing. (difference being that Walker was the 3rd man in.....got an instigator..and punched someone) They are both repeat offenders. One gets 5 games..the other gets a fine.


NHL is a complete joke.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 11, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

No doubt that the NHL is run by complete idiots.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | May 11, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes, it's as simple as: just win baby!

With that mentality going into game 6, I think they have a good chance of forcing a 7th game.

No need to be fancy here, no nervousness since they are not playing at home.

Just win 1 game...

Posted by: Andoy | May 11, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Green stick issue is laughable.

You hear this stuff all the time when a player struggles but NEVER in the post season, it's a joke.

Green is paid to move the puck and contribute to offense NOT play steady eddie on defense, that's the gaping hole that they never addressed.

Posted by: LarryDavid | May 11, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

As I posted in the other thread, because Walker was assessed an instigator with less than 5 minutes left, that carries an automatic 1 game suspension, unless Colim Campbell himself personally intervenes and overrules the suspension.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

RedBirdie: You're right. I don't buy that anymore either, last year that could've worked, but this year, no.

As BB said, "If your best players are not your best players, then you're in trouble." If Green and Semin can't play like we know they can play tonight, it's gonna be over. Those two have to step up, tonight would be the night to do so. Ovechkin cannot do it all by himself.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 11, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

As I posted in the other thread, because Walker was assessed an instigator with less than 5 minutes left, that carries an automatic 1 game suspension, unless Colim Campbell himself personally intervenes and overrules the suspension.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 2:57 PM |

+3rd man in
+suckerpunch, you can clearly see Ward say "no"
+breaking Ward's orbital bone
+repeat offender

Posted by: richmondphil | May 11, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Campbell didn't suspend Walker as punishment for the bruins making themselves look like total fools when Chara did his best impression of an Italian soccer player? I bet Sid's really envious of Chara's diving abilities.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil -- I'm also appalled by this as well. I don't throw the race card lightly , but I think Brash was unjustly severely sanctioned by the NHL due to his race.

Posted by: guer_j | May 11, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't really care if they rescinded the 1 day for the instigator. It has happened in the past, and although I heavily disagree with it in this situation, fine...let him have that 1 day rescinded. But what about all those other facts about the incident? Brash did the same exact thing, in a actual GAME situation, and gets 5? Walker does it after the whistle in a scrum and actually punches someone, and gets fined?

Posted by: richmondphil | May 11, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

guer_j, I dunno if it was race, but I certainly think it had something to do with the fact that he plays on a heavily European team, plus his past history.

I can't figure out the Walker angle, though. Unless Walker has photos of Campbell in compromising positions with Bettman and Crosby. The lack of any discpline other than a pathetically small $2,500 fine is just utterly un-defendable.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

the NHL declared that vicious, pre-meditated hits on unsuspecting players that result in broken facial bones carry a five game suspension.

Walker threa a vicious, pre-mediated hit 9with his fist) on an unsuspecting player that likely caused a broken facial bone (the Bruins are reportedly waiting confirmation of this). I fail to see how this is any different than the Brashear hit.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Put Brash in and let him respond to the biased suspensions by netting a hat trick !

Posted by: richmondphil | May 11, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry Tarik, I know your just reporting on the caps, but the excuse for changing sticks isn't an excuse for the way Green has been playing lately. I think it's more of a leg/groin injurty, and he just doesn't want to come out and say it until the playoffs are over. It DOESN'T take around 10 games to get use to a new stick when you are on the ice almost every day, and twice on game days. The leg/groin injury jumps out to me because he has only rushed the puck a couple times a game, and after the rush is real slow no matter if its in the begining of his shift or near the end. The Caps need him to rush the puck as much as he can tonight to cause some scoring chances. During the season and even post, whenever he has rushed the puck, 80 percent of the time it has caused a scoring chance. The Caps also need a big night from Semin, Ovie, Fedorov, and Kozlov. Also have the Steckel line to play the way they have been this whole series. In my opinion they have been the best line this post season.(well maybe most consistent)

Posted by: Thomas32 | May 11, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

@LarryDavid: Honestly, do something with your life. I can hardly imagine you're the kind of moron who sits on his front porch rocking chair, taunting the neighborhood kids you'll keep their baseball if it gets into your yard. But of course, you constantly prove me wrong. You are that type of person.

Say what you want with Green's admission regarding his stick. Contrary to how you're living your life, you AND I have no authority to be making such degrading comments about anyone or any player. Your delusions of grandeur are ridiculous. Get over yourself.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 11, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

The bad stick in no way explains not clearing guys in the crease...waiting for the forecheck to come to you instead of moving the puck...bad lazy passes out of the zone - giving up on plays after he makes a boneheaded mistake!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | May 11, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Over...its not over until we say it is.... Whos with me...Come on We will do this! Lets Go CAPS !

Posted by: RedRocker | May 11, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I believe its explained as "I'm pretty freaking terrified of causing further injury"

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

3 and a half hours.


LETS GO CAPS. HOCKEY CANNOT BE OVER SO SOON.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 11, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for pointing out the Walker-Ward incident.

I don't understand how this is not a suspension. Do we have the NHL's explanation for this?

Posted by: Cerealman | May 11, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

the NHL doesn't issue their reasoning on non-suspension (because there isn't any way to defend those sorts of things, of course). The NHL, particularly when it comes to discipline (or lack thereof) and officating, gives Skull & Bones and the Masons a run for their money in organizational secrecy.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

There is no explanation from the NHL, at least in their article. How fitting.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 11, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

video updates no es bueno.

DO NOT WANT!

Posted by: jamebow | May 11, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

"He's leading the league in defensemen scoring," Boudreau said. "We can complain and b---- about him all we want and expect more from him, but he's trying his rear end off. He's not looking as pretty as did in the regular season, but he's got nine points in 12 games for a defenseman, which is tied for No. 1 in the league. Our expectations for him must be so high that it's unreachable."

He is supposed to play defense too, right? Not asking too much.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | May 11, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Does this video say anything that I wouldn't have picked up from previous posts? Can't watch it, wondering if it has any new updates.

Posted by: mrszilla | May 11, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

From this ESPN article: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/playoffs/2009/news?id=4158572

Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford told The Associated Press that the automatic suspension given to Walker was rescinded during a hearing with league disciplinarian Colin Campbell. It was ruled the hit was not a "sucker punch."

Apparently, what I consider a suck punch is very different from Colin Campbell...of course, Campbell is the same guy who let Crosby off scott free when he sucker punched a guy in the balls (third ban in no less!) from behind, and again when Crosby jumped an unsuspecting player in the face off circle.

What Sports Center tonight, if only to see if Barry Melrose gots nuts. He clearly thought if Brashear got a 5 game, then Walker deserved the same, but didn't think the NHL had the ball to hand it out. He was right.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Ward's orbital fracture wasn't as severe as the one Brashear inflicted on that Ranger guy. The NHL's punishment must, of course, be precisely tailored to the medical severity of the orbital fracture. Important to have objective standards.

Posted by: bbposter09 | May 11, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

that's probably it. That's about the only thing that makes sense.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I finally went out and found the video of the Walker punch. Let's just say this, I don't care what you call it, if the other guy is standing there and doesn't drop his gloves, it's not a fight. Period. You never (at least I haven't) see two guys "agreeing to fight" (to paraphrase Walker) and one guy not dropping. Does anyone really just get punched in the face when he hasn't dropped? The NHL won't explain but the refs were pretty clear on what happened.

Posted by: saintex | May 11, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

what you guys dont understand is that mike greens stick is like his own yoda. guiding him on the ice. "pinch in you must not do young jedi". "carry the puck you will and score my son". "turn over the magic biscuit you must not do...respect the force". without his magic stick, he is lost on the ice...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 11, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Scuderi or Gill will break Greens stick in the first few minutes anyway.

Posted by: Kevin9149 | May 11, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

(Over...its not over until we say it is.... Whos with me...Come on We will do this! Lets Go CAPS !)

No it will be over tonight, cause the NHL says so, and so bettmen can have crosby rest for the next series.

Posted by: rarcr | May 11, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Now it's a magic stick ??

It's fun reading these fantasy posts

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

The NHL's punishment must, of course, be precisely tailored to the medical severity of the orbital fracture. Important to have objective standards.

Posted by: bbposter09 | May 11, 2009 3:41
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Not sure if you are being serious or sarcastic with this comment. If punishment depended on the severity of the injury, then Todd Bertuzzi should NEVER have been allowed to skate again after breaking Steve Moore's neck.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 11, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Mike Green..dont use the magic wand the first few shifts....Pens guys will be trying to break it intentionally.....sneak it in like a coked bat...whne nobody is expecting it.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | May 11, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Maybe somebody should give Green a copy of Dumbo before the game.

You see Mike, the elephant didn't need the magic feather after all. He could fly all by himself.

This has got to be the stupidest excuse I've ever read. Just play with some heart. If you're hurt and can't rush the puck, or shoot with the same power and accuracy -- fine. Concentrate on playing better in your own end.

If you're healthy enough to be in the line up, no excuses. Just play. And just win.

Posted by: sinbin | May 11, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

The Caps must control play, clear the zone, protect their goaltender, not take dumb penalties, and get scoring from other players not named Ovechkin. I really don't want to watch, but I will, like a moth drawn to flame. Please hockey gods, let us see NO handshake lines tonight!

Posted by: kcbrichmond | May 11, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

dont know about the rest of you, but last year i thought there was no way they could go into game six in philly and win, and they did. lets hope they can pull the same magic tonight and let the chips fall where they may on wednesday.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 11, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

According to Wilbon's theory white people don't have as big an issue getting their faces broken by other white people, so it totally makes sense.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | May 11, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Gaping hole on defense never addressed.

Look for Tinordi in the lineup tonight.

Posted by: LarryDavid | May 11, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

The trolls have really denigrated this blog. Used to be a lot of hockey talk... think I might stay clear until the trolls go back to their bridges and caves.

Posted by: snakegriffin | May 11, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

just win

Posted by: Moose33 | May 11, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I agree with most comments posted here about the ridiculously inconsistent discipline dished out by the league, but the only ones worth remembering are:

JUST WIN BABY AND LET'S GO CAPS!

Posted by: crazycarl16 | May 11, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Tha Caps need a seasoned veteran goalie to stabilize things.

Preferably a Vezina winner.

Oh wait, Theodore has a Vezina & Hart trophy but kept out for 3 straight losses, real smart BB, real smart.

Posted by: LarryDavid | May 11, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

This is a tough task but if they get just a bit of secondary scoring and Varly has a good game, then they can do this. I have faith that they can bring it home Wed! I would love another venture north to VC.

Posted by: Richmondcapsfan | May 11, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

When the Caps kept the Rangers to under 25 shots a game and Green wasn't scoring the sky is falling Caps fans wanted to know why he wasn't producing. Now he's producing and you guys are complaining. What do you want? Just cheer for our boys.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 11, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

You and Gabby need an offseason workout plan, I suggest a personal trainer.

Posted by: LarryDavid | May 11, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

hey larrydavid, you have anything constructive to add or are you just here to bust b@lls? if the later, at least make it entertaining. nice comment on tarik and gabby. pretty classy. and great suggestion on putting theo back in. makes a ton of sense given how poor varly has been playing...wait, isnt he leading the playoffs on save %? yeah, he should sit.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 11, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Come on LarryDavid, that was 7 seasons ago and he hasn't touched those numbers since.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 11, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Goalie changes happen for a variety of reasons, go read up on that smart guy.

I just want the best for the Caps beat reporter and coach, also owner.

With their resources, there's no excuse why these guys can't get in shape.

Posted by: LarryDavid | May 11, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Excuses excuses, long as everyone is willing to excuse lack of goaltending and lack of defense, the Caps will never get closer than they are now to the Cup.

So signing Theo is an official failure ?
Signing Nylander is a giant failure.

WHEN will McFee be fired ?
Continue on little sheep.

Ted and GM have fleeced the fans with false hopes, this team is so far away compared to other current teams in the post season, it's comical.

Posted by: LarryDavid | May 11, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

larrydavid, oh my, that's great stuff. i get it, you're being funny. that is outstanding. you make comments about BB and tariks weight and then claim you only want the best for them. i get the sarcasm. really really humorous.

you know, if hockey and the comedy thing dont work out for your, perhaps an exciting career in criminal justice or data entry. you know the adds that come on when you are watching judge judy? pick up the phone and call.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 11, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Chief is very smart. notice the subtle mispelling of McFee to throw us all off.

Posted by: billd2 | May 11, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

What the hell are you blabbing on about?

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

We can't be that far away Larry, down 3-2 in the 2nd round having lost 2 OT games on a couple of bounces. Preach our weaknesses as much as you want, preach about the failure of the GM all you want, you're seeing the progression many of us stated we wanted to see this year. This series isn't even over, but you can't deny the 2 OT games are just one bounce the other way from us being up 3-2 or already advancing to the ECF. If that's "far away" compared to the other teams left in this playoffs I don't know what to say.

If we force Game 7 with a win tonight against the defending EC champs how is that "far away"?

Can't believe there was no suspension for that sucker punch in the Canes/Bruins game, especially considering he might have a broken orbital bone. Does BRASH have a bias against him?

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | May 11, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

we are very weak at goaltender. That kid, um Varlamov or whatever? Washed up. 5 goals in a playoff game? Thank god we can trade him!

Posted by: Leeguru | May 11, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

oh wait, i spoke too soon. you actually have some hockey to talk. well, lets see:

lack of goaltending? hmm, yeah we appear weak in that area. got it.

signing theo was a mistake. well sure, we should have signed huet to a long term bigger $ deal knowing that we had a young stud waiting to take the number one spot. that would have been really really smart.

nylander, no argument there. but i'm sure you didnt think so when they signed him given what he did w/ jagr in nyc.

us little sheep will continue to follow this team...from the basement to second in the conference...to perhaps a longer playoff run. to better things in the coming years. you can jump off now or jump on the pens/flyers bandwagon until the wheels fall off due to lack of good cap management...

you keep reading about it cheef.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 11, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

If they lose big, the team is in trouble for the future.

If they win or manage to lose with a fight, I'd say they're on course to "possibly" compete next year, only without a REAL GM pulling the trigger, expect the SAME results by the SAME GM.

NOTHING

Posted by: LarryDavid | May 11, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Too much logic for Cheef there Dave. Try again, in parts.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 11, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

All hail King Larry. You're better than any psychic I've ever seen, I cannot wait until you run our hockey team, nay, country.

Can you tell me if its going to rain in two weekends? I really need to plan a picnic and would like to know in advance what day to do it on.

And I'm of course totally open to any and all relationship, nutrition/exercise and religious advice you are able to dispense. I know this forum is below you, but if you could impart some wisdom, it would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by: mrszilla | May 11, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

he makes sense. I'm going to go cheer for a team with a real GM. ANyone have any recomendations?

Posted by: Leeguru | May 11, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Well, on the bright side, if the Caps lose tonight, at least the video posts will cease.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 11, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Excuses excuses, long as everyone is willing to excuse lack of goaltending and lack of defense, the Caps will never get closer than they are now to the Cup.

So signing Theo is an official failure ?
Signing Nylander is a giant failure.

WHEN will McFee be fired ?
Continue on little sheep.

Ted and GM have fleeced the fans with false hopes, this team is so far away compared to other current teams in the post season, it's comical.


Posted by: LarryDavid | May 11, 2009 5:07 PM

Owner fleecing the fans? GM making bad personnel decisions? Um, I think LaRRyDavId clicked on the wrong blog...he meant to hit 'Redskins Insider'.

Posted by: 4-12 | May 11, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Long term Huet is pathetic justification.

If they knew a "stud" goalie was there, you bet he would have been in the mix much sooner by design, not by accident.

Dead wrong on Nylander, he sucked the first time and sucks even more now.
I hated this guy way before his first stint in DC.

Keep blabbing whatever GM feeds you, seems you like the taste no matter what it is.

Posted by: LarryDavid | May 11, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

If Green is using his stick as an excuse then somebody needs to fly that bad boy to Pitt.

I always have faith, Let's Go Caps!!!!

Posted by: Osfan092589 | May 11, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

PENGUINS SUCK!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | May 11, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

hey Larry see ya back on the blog again tonight after the Caps force a Game 7.

Posted by: reesem37 | May 11, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

LarryDavid: Hey I'm sure you could do a heckuva job better than McPhee. (Sarcastic.) I'd like to see you try to run this team since you're so full of ideas and think running a team is so simple and not to mention that McPhee is an idiot.

"Ted and GM have fleeced the fans with false hopes, this team is so far away compared to other current teams in the post season, it's comical."

So far away? Last time I checked these 8 teams are the best left. All series are 3-2, no one is sweeping the other team. If the Caps are so far compared to the other postseason teams then why don't you pick one of those other teams to be a fan of? You're too critcial to be a fan. Part of being a fan is to actually enjoy the team, you don't seem to enjoy this team, only criticize them.

"If they lose big, the team is in trouble for the future."

Yeah, we are in deep trouble. You sound completely absurd. I can't even take it anymore. You're just spewing out nonsense.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 11, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

@LarryDavid: Stop talking to yourself. It's a bad habit to expose us to. Someone may be inclined to call Social Services to get you back into the mental ward in Pittsburgh. That, or in line to brown nose Crosby's a$$.

Capitals have way more class than to listen to the naysayers. Sh*t happens. Your mom should know. She had you , didn't she?

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 11, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

When the Caps kept the Rangers to under 25 shots a game and Green wasn't scoring the sky is falling Caps fans wanted to know why he wasn't producing. Now he's producing and you guys are complaining. What do you want? Just cheer for our boys.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 11, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

The Rangers were an offensively-challenged team, not hard to keep them to under 25 shots per game. Fans are complaining because Green is shaky defensively. Whats not to understand there?

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 11, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

larry/cheef,
you know what's pathetic, talking about theo and nylander's deals in the middle of a great second round playoff series. you are just one of those folks who's not happy unless they are complaining. such a sad way to go through life. enjoy the game, root for whoever you want to and try not to always focus on the negative. thats for losers...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 11, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Tinordi will be in the lineup tonight.

Jim Carey will be in goal.

Oh, Jason Doig will be an advisor on defense.

5 year plan worked so well, now the rebuild has peaked and the Cap is at it's max, wonderful organization.

Still no defense, no clear goaltending, at least OV still scores and Backs still passes.

Posted by: LarryDavid | May 11, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

@LarryDavid (a selfish arrogant character in his own right, so not surprised you are using it): Last time Nylander was with us he had 58pts (17 goals 41 assists) in 71 regular season games, and 5 pts (3 goals 2 assists) in 6 playoff games. Far from bad.

He has NEVER been given a fair shake under BB. Maybe BB doesn't like him or his style, whatever the case Nylander has not worked in the system. He's a playmaker so he doesn't shine when he's put on lines with guys that can't finish (Fehr, Fleishman, Clark).

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 11, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Excuses excuses, long as everyone is willing to excuse lack of goaltending and lack of defense, the Caps will never get closer than they are now to the Cup.

So signing Theo is an official failure ?
Signing Nylander is a giant failure.

WHEN will McFee be fired ?
Continue on little sheep.

Ted and GM have fleeced the fans with false hopes, this team is so far away compared to other current teams in the post season, it's comical.


Posted by: LarryDavid | May 11, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

for my money, i'd like to see us play with the kind of vim and vigor that you see from teams like Chi, Vanc etc. And really, 4 of our D is playing well, 2 of our D (Green, Poti) are not playing well. Our top 6 forwards are not interested in employing the same kind of ferocious forecheck that you see from the Pens and from our 3rd line. That is our biggest problem.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 11, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

First round victory was a fluke.

Never again will you people experience a Coach bench/scratch a player after winning and then manage to get himself suspended that very night for being an idiot.

Scratching Avery, with the subsequent coaching suspension, contributed to Rangers demise, In my opinion it was the series.

Posted by: LarryDavid | May 11, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

VICTORY

Posted by: billd2 | May 11, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Vigneault And Quenville are seasoned coaches, Gabby will be there one day but it won't be with the Caps, that's for sure.

Posted by: LarryDavid | May 11, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

lets go CAPS

Posted by: billd2 | May 11, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

UNLEASH THE fury

Posted by: billd2 | May 11, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

LarryDavid: Yeah, totally. The reason why we won was because Avery was scratched and Tort got suspended. The 3-1 series comeback was a total fluke, it just happened. We didn't have to work and we miraculously won the three games in a row. You know, it was all luck and a total fluke.

Seriously, you are so ridiculous.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 11, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Really, I think the Caps kicking the crap out of the Rangers lead to Torts losing his mind. Avery is a joke and him being out of the line-up kept the 4-0 game from being even worse because the caps would have been on the PP even more.

The fluke was the Caps being down 2-0. They proved that by dominating in 3 of their 4 wins. Total score in games lost was 7-4 Rangers. Total score in games won was 15-4.

This series the total goal differential is 17-15 Pens. Take a hike LarryDavid.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 11, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

C....A.....P.....A.....CAPS CAPS CAPS

Posted by: billd2 | May 11, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

C......A......P......S....
CAPS CAPS CAPS

Posted by: billd2 | May 11, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Alright. Time to eat some dinner and watch the Caps. I won't be here during the game because I'm too focused on the game. I just hope the boys are given a fair shake and if they lose, they lose. At least let the Pens beat them in an honest game NHL officials. It's May 11th and we're tuning into Caps hockey. Things are great for those of us wearing Red.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 11, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

sorry folks, trying to be a good sheep and
drown out the troll

LETS GO CAPS

Posted by: billd2 | May 11, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

LarryDavid: You know, in all your comments I get the sense that you feel you are perfect, and your life is perfect as well. There's never wrong with you. Have you ever said something great about this team? Hmm.. let's see, you showed up after the game 3 loss and have been here ever since. You've complained about Tarik and his reporting, McPhee, Leonsis... etc.

I guess it's just really tough to please you. And for that I feel sorry for you. :/

Posted by: rachel216 | May 11, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

rachel, don't reply, just cheer for the CAPS, he wants to get under your skin
GO CAPS

Posted by: billd2 | May 11, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

LarryDavid = TheCork

Screw off, loser.


LET'S GO CAPS!!!!!!!!

Posted by: CPortisRun | May 11, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

No GM makes great moves all the time. If Nylander and Theodore (a blessing in disguise that many of us had pointed out since day 1) are the worst people can hold up, I'm more than pleased. Considering all the talent still left in the pipeline as well it's hard not to expect continued success for this team.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | May 11, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

lol, i gotta say, at the very least I agree with this David guy about Avery being scratched ended up being a bad move. When Avery came back into the lineup he was a total non factor that 1st game, he was confused about his role and didn't play well. The game after he went back to his old style. Dumb move by Torts to scratch him, it confused Avery and it confused the Rangers. I wouldn't say the win was a fluke by the Caps, but definitely the Avery benching and the Torts suspension did hurt them. In the end though we proved to be the more resilient team. I also have to say that us losing Brashear was worth it because it took Betts out of their lineup. Big loss for the Rangers, it would be like us losing Steckel.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 11, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

avery had a very good playoffs. it'll be interesting to see what is done w/ him in the off season.

Posted by: am_jim | May 11, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

come on caps,you got this,this series really should already be over and the caps sittin high but here we are again,pushing from behind.but thats where were best,so all i got to say is LETS GO CAPS!

Posted by: gratefuldid | May 11, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

LarryDavid,

dunno what your talking about w/ goaltending. varly has saved the team several times and been the best player on the ice for several games. his worst game had the rest of the caps folding in front of him. i figure goaltending is set.

Posted by: am_jim | May 11, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil -- I'm also appalled by this as well. I don't throw the race card lightly , but I think Brash was unjustly severely sanctioned by the NHL due to his race.

Posted by: guer_j | May 11, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse


its not race-related -- Brashear is a marked man because of his 4th line thug reputation, the player got a broken orbital bone, it was in NY, the Caps don't have any clout with the office (McPhee wake up), and the Caps never make any big public deal about it.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 11, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

team still looks off (not just the goal). i am really regretting the days off. gabby should be tweaking things & pointing out specific behaviors specific players should be addressing.

Posted by: am_jim | May 11, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

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