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Video: Wise Says the Penguins Have Momentum

Mike Wise is back with another interactive video, and this time, he's not so hot on the Caps. From the media room in Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena, Mike says the Penguins have been the better team this series, and a Game 3 overtime win gives them the momentum they need to rally.

Watch Mike's video and then, if you have a webcam, record a response and let him know what you think.

Tarik is at the Penguins' practice now and will have some updates in a bit. The Capitals aren't practicing but will hold media availability later this afternoon. In the meantime, check out the D.C. Sports Bog -- new post on the Caps being "really, really tired" in the third period last night.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 7, 2009; 11:57 AM ET
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Oh no the roof is falling, Mike Wise hockey many games total has this guy watched.

I been a fan for 17 years, they lost by 1 goal in overtime and they didnt even play their game. Give me a break.

Posted by: TJ2008 | May 7, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

brought from last:

Caps playoff PK is 85.4% which is fourth amongst teams still playing. Here are the leaders (still playing):

Boston 92.3 (1 PP goal against)
Carolina 91.7 (3)
Vancouver 90 (3)
Capitals 85.4 (6)
Pittsburgh 82 (6)
Chicago 80.6 (6)
Anaheim 79 (8)
Detroit 70.8 (6)

For this series:

Washington PK 84.2% (3 goals allowed over 19 penalties)

Pittsburgh PK 72.7% (3 goals allowed over 11 penalties)

Posted by: saintex | May 7, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I don't disagree. The caps appear to be in the same spot the Rangers were. The difference is the Caps are a good team whereas the Rangers weren't (well, they don't have the offence we have.) Just like the Pens needed to have their players wake up, the Caps need the supporting cast to step up and play.

Posted by: Leeguru | May 7, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Caps 2, Pen 1

All the pressure is on can call that momentum if you want...good teams dont die, and I dont expect Pittsburgh to...

Fluery pees his pants when Ovie comes into the zone, and I'm going to guess a few more "over the shoulder" rips are coming to him...

Posted by: SA-Town | May 7, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Rotten play. OT loss. First loss in 6 games.

The momentum ended sometime after 10 last night. Live & learn. Tomorrow's another day.

We need a Boswell column -- guy doesn't know hockey any better, but at least he's a homer.

Posted by: Sonyask | May 7, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Here's what we need to remember: the Caps don't have to win any games at Mellon. Would I like to? Sure. But they don't need too. The problem the Pens face is that they have to win at Verizon Center and before the series began they had four chances. Half of those are gone after last weekend. That's why holding at home is the most important thing when opening a series.

Posted by: saintex | May 7, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Please, anyone other than Tarik posting anything on The Insider is wasting my time. Suddenly they want to be Caps beat writers.

Can't wait 'til Friday when we put their hopes away and come home to the sea of red.


Posted by: cfrazier91 | May 7, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

oh Mike Wise. trying to stir the pot a little bit? commentators like Wise overuse the word "momentum" - whoever won the last game has momentum, so saying it is like saying nothing. it doesn't mean anything. haven't even watched his video, but maybe Wise should get in on that Mass Hysteria joke...

Posted by: ovie8mydanish | May 7, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Historical numbers for NHL Conference Semis show this:

When down 0-2 to the higher seed, the down team wins about 63% of the home Game 3s.

When down 1-2 to the higher seed, the down team wins about 51% of the home Game 4s.

That third game is so strong for the 0-2 team; you can almost disregard it. The fourth is a toss-up.

By the way, the team up 2-1 with home ice after three games wins about 71% of the seven game series.

Posted by: saintex | May 7, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

So now frustrated fans take it out on Wise? And then if there were no Caps coverage they'd complain about that! COme on people! The Caps lost, move on. We will win tomorrow and close it out Staruday and rest for the ECF

Posted by: Leeguru | May 7, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

You could argue the Caps have the momentum for the following reasons:

-Up 2 games to 1
-Played horrible and still took the game to OT
-The Pens had the refs on their side
-The Pens scored the game winner on a BS deflection

Posted by: CentralPACapsFan | May 7, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Mike [Not so] Wise needs to relax. The Pens threw everything they had at the Caps while the Caps were having an off night and it STILL went into OT and was anybody's game. The Caps will win on Friday, and bring it home to win the Series 4-1 on Saturday with the home crowd. Momentum is a fickle beast, and is up for grabs in every game.

Posted by: CheckingLine | May 7, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Here, here, Leeguru. We can't win, I tell ya.

Posted by: Lindsay Applebaum | May 7, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm just kissing up to you, Lindsay

Posted by: Leeguru | May 7, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Eh, that's fine. As long as you're not complaining, right?

Posted by: Lindsay Applebaum | May 7, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I won't bother watching the video as listening to his commentary is a waste of time. Caps up 2-1 in a best of 7 series - not a bad position to be in. The Caps know they didn't play well last night and yet if a lucky bounce goes their way in OT, they're up 3-0.

Momentum changes through-out the game. Sometimes it reverses in minutes, not game to game.

Wise if you want to be a true reporter. Ask the tough questions and get the exclusive answers from the players and coaches and let us know what they have to say. Maybe you'll get a little more respect.

Posted by: puckman | May 7, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

yup. oh, and you meant the WAPO can't win, not the Caps, right. Cuz then everyone will jump on you guys again....

Posted by: Leeguru | May 7, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Penguins have worry about the Flower in net throwing his stick all over the ice...

Anyone impressed with him? I think he looks like garbage...

Posted by: SA-Town | May 7, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

No doubt the Caps were dominated in game 3. If they were outplayed in games 1 and 2, it wasn't by much. They are clearing rebounds well and collapsing to the net. The bottom line is they are still up 2 games to 1 and they have yet to play as well as we (fans) know they can.

Posted by: decoy13 | May 7, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful, no Wise is not a hockey guru but damn if he did not nail this one. The Caps were too tired and have been outplayed this entire series. The talent level is there but just something is missing ... did the Rangers series take too much energy, do the Pens have a edge having done the grind last year? Who knows. Pitt controlled the puck, drove to net, carreid into zone with no problems ... but I heard that one of the American trainers for Pitt pricked each Caps player in the leg as he walked by which game them dead legs ... no conspircy, Pitt is carrying the play.

Posted by: flee001 | May 7, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I guess it helps to give a reporter like Mike Wise ANYTHING to do. Otherwise, there'd be no need for other Sports reporters other than Tarik, Lindsay, and Katie. It'd be nice if they'd give him something to report about that he actually knows something about. Like, I dunno', the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, unicorns...things that are not real, much like this momentum he's claiming the Penguins have. Way to s*ck the life out of the party, Mike Wise.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 7, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The Caps had their worst game, the Pens finally played like a team, and needed 3 times the min in PP's, 20 more shots, and overtime at home to win. Give the Caps one more PP in the 3rd and they win in Regulation.

I don't think either team has the "Mo" right now. But I think 2 games in 24 hours with the second being in D.C. is going to be brutal on the Pens.

Posted by: EckertA | May 7, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Mike needs new glasses.

Posted by: AMEason52 | May 7, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

hey Wise....what the hell happened to your playoff beard?

Posted by: _stevo | May 7, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

The Pens will need to win game 4 in order to gain any momentum, which would be effectively negated upon their next excursion into the Phonebooth. Worried? I think not.

Posted by: snakegriffin | May 7, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry but these discussions about momentum are redundant and pointless. There is no such thing in the playoffs except for momentum within a game. The ONLY time I'm going to be thinking about momentum is when we have to play the game back to back. Other than that, with the extra day in between games, any momentum that's created is done so period to period.

We looked like crap and we still got to OT. It was complete luck that we even got to OT but the Pens still haven't beaten us in regulation, which I find interesting.

I've been calling for a non-optional practice today but maybe they do need the rest (as they did after losing vs the Rags). We looked so tired, and couldn't keep up the energy created from Backie's goal or any of the other chances. Had we had more energy, after Backie's goal I think we could have won it (the Pens looked like they were going to cry).

I can't watch Wise's video here but honestly I wouldn't anyway. I don't need someone telling me about how we are losing the battles and might lose the war. It's up to the Caps now to turn it on, and they are more than capable of doing so. We can make them play our game, we just have to fight for it more than we did last night.


Posted by: mrszilla | May 7, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line - Caps need to be .500 and the Pens need to be .750.

Posted by: _828 | May 7, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I think the momentum can switch back tomorrow night. Momentum goes back and forth witin the game. They won on a deflection,but they put themselves in postion to win. And they did. I'm glad for all the coverage the Caps are getting. It's about time. I do get a kick out of how many hockey experts there are in town these days. But,it's all good. The Caps need to roar back Friday night.

Posted by: ridgely1 | May 7, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

>You could argue the Caps have the momentum >for the following reasons:
>-Up 2 games to 1
>-Played horrible and still took the game to >OT
>-The Pens had the refs on their side
>-The Pens scored the game winner on a BS >deflection


Posted by: sroessle | May 7, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh poor Mike Wise. He is in Pittsburgh and has appears to have jumped off of our beloved bandwagon because he has fallen victim to the Siren Sidney. Like the NHL, and Officials league wide he could not help but succumb to Sidney's Siren song (The term "siren song" refers to an appeal that is hard to resist but that, if heeded, will lead to a bad result.)

It has to be the only logical explanation because Mike seemed to love our Capitals as much as we did just 36 hours ago. Sidney is in fact a Penguin (bird) and Sirens were three dangerous bird-women, portrayed as seductresses. Hopefully Tarik can save Mike.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 7, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Mike seems to have shaved his playoff head of hair too.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 7, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Wise is no different then any of the other 'media' types who just hopped on the old band wagon, one loss and they are jumping ship already. Do you expect any less?

Gee, the Rangers out played the Caps for long periods also. How'd that work out?

Caps need to jump on these guys and do it for a full 60 mins. That was the Pens playing at their best in a must win and the Caps playing half assed and the Pens just barely squeaked out a win.

I feel game 4 is a must win for the Caps to take control of these bums. It's gonna come down to whoever wants it the most.

Green, Semin, Laich and a few others need to step it up. If there hurt then get them off the ice and bring up someone from Hershey who will play their heart out and wants to win.

The sky is not falling, yet. Let them win game 4 and all bets are off.

Posted by: jotay131 | May 7, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

You have to be honest about this one. Have the Capitals yet played one complete game this series? Have they dominated a game and imposed their will on the other team? The answer to both questions is no, and that is, quite frankly, a little disconcerting. The Caps have a real opportunity to shake loose Friday and take it to the Pens. If this thing goes to 2-2, then I think the Caps are in real trouble. If the Caps dominate Friday and it goes to 3-1, then it's over.

Posted by: CDon | May 7, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I mean, the answers to the following question are obvious and have definitely been gone over before, but why is it that EVERYONE in the media seems to be so anti-Capitals? Last night, on WJFK, you had the faithful Kolbe accompanied by some nasal, annoyingly-LOVE THE PENS guy (didn't catch his name) who couldn't say two nice words about the Capitals all night. Then again, not that our play was enough to give him much nice to say, but there was that. Then, all the people on NBC and Versus when we were winning the first two games were all like "Pittsburgh's gotta do this" and "Pittsburgh's gotta do that if they wanna stay in this hockey game" and all that other hogwash, not fully giving the Caps their due. It's biased, it's crap, and I hate it. Just because Bucktoothed Golden Boy is playing against us doesn't mean that we're not worth the positive talk. It's almost as if we're being painted as constant villains instead of contenders, and it's really getting me down. GIVE ME JOE BENINATI AND CRAIG LAUGHLIN ANY DAY OF THE WEEK AND TWICE ON SUNDAYS. Yes, that paints me as an "I only want to hear good things about the Caps" kinda guy, but when it feels like the whole world's against you just because you're winning against the Penguins, there's something wrong.

And you know what? We had a bad night. It's going to happen. The trick is not to let it happen too often - or really, ever again against the Penguins in this postseason. That wasn't the Caps team we've seen in games previous to last night's - I believe that we're due for a win on their home ice on Friday night.

LET'S GO CAPS! Hope everyone's So Happy It's Thursday.

Posted by: EddieP1 | May 7, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Here's my advice to Mike Wise:
Go to Primanti Bros and have a burger and some cheese fries. Make it a double. The fat and carbs in that meal will put you into a long, deep sleep, and when you wake up it'll be Saturday morning and you'll be heading back to DC with the Caps ahead 3-1 in the series.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 7, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

no practice is BIG mistake. Yeah, they are tired, but why aren't the Pens? The Pens can skate and the Caps can't? The Caps only played one more game. The Caps need to practice their systems because they have not been playing their game. I have been a bit concerned with how many Caps get to skip practice -- not good for a team sport. These boys need to tighten up, not drift apart. MISTAKE

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | May 7, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

The Pens may not be tired because they had 7 days off before they started this series
Where the Caps played three intense games then only had 3 days off.
The Caps are getting ready to play back to backs. Having a day off to rest, clear their heads and think about how bitter that loss was last night is good for them.

Posted by: jotay131 | May 7, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and by the way, I just saw a screencap from the Versus feed that had Boudreau's notes on it for all to see. You think that a cameraman would've stood a chance in hell in the Penguins' locker room? Obviously not! Why the hell are they being allowed to grab shots of our whiteboard?

Posted by: EddieP1 | May 7, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

(Credit where credit is due - I saw the screencap and the resulting story on Steinberg's bog.)

Posted by: EddieP1 | May 7, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Bad ideas:

Video blogging.

Super-mega-ginormously bad ideas:

Video blogging with Mike Wise's mug.

Posted by: TCJR2000 | May 7, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Come on, Wise. The Pens have to fire 40-something shots on Varly to eke out a 3-2 overtime win, and you're on the "Caps are toast" bandwagon? Not to mention it was a do-or-die game for them and they almost found a way to lose? We don't want you back on our bandwagon when the Caps win convincingly tomorrow and then the series in five or six.

Posted by: Fletch_F_Fletch | May 7, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

dear mike:

•Xenophobia is an intense and/or irrational dislike and sometimes fear of people from other countries. ...

clearly wikipedia has read your work!

Posted by: spinner-33 | May 8, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

I am not watching the video just as I turn the channel whenever he is on Washington Post Live. There is only so much you can take of what is wrong with whatever local team he is talking about. he is the human form of that marionette puppet that vantriloquist uses of the crotchety old man. he even looks a little like him. I am actually shocked when he writes a positive article about anything. The Caps are the only consistantly competitive pro team in the area (all due respect to the United who seem to have turned the corner), and the only one that seems to have a real viable plan to keep it this way for many years with some of the best young talent in the entire league. it is the playoffs. it is not the time to criticize, it is the time to support. What does the sports editor do here? It is no wonder the Post is on the outs with basically every team in the area. With the exception of Jason LaCanfora, the bloggers do a decent reporting and supporting job, but the "journalists" are for the most part disappointing. The bloggers give the bad news when it is bad, and give the rest of the new with it, the rest seem to be doing nothing but trying to dig up dirt, disparage the FO of each team, etc.

OK, we get it. You are mad that the local teams do not kiss your butts, we get it. Grow up and try to add a little to the sports experience as opposed to feeding your own ego's, trying to win that next pulitzer. We are tired of it really. It's sports, not Watergate. If you want to bring everyone down, do it in the editorial section like every other complaining hack.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | May 8, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

By the way, though very clever spinner, this Mike Wise has no Wikipedia page.... what a surprise as I think every other WAPO journalist does.....

Posted by: dbrine1261 | May 8, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

I understand we will be able to see the local announcers for tonights game on CSN. Is that right? I might get to actually listen to the sound on my HD while I watch the game instead of watching the game and listening on a mismatched am radio feed?

Posted by: dbrine1261 | May 8, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

No one is going to confuse him with the face of beauty in hockey or anywhere.... I think I like him.

There is something wrong with the world today and we all know what it is.
-caps can't keep their line at fiiivvveee.-
If you can judge a wise man by the color of his eeyyyeess. Refs don't know what to do, the leagues all in their grill. And they know who foots the bill, so the caps skate up hill.
I can't take this a second niiiggghhhttt.

Posted by: chavez66 | May 8, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse


Officially it is Caps 19 penalties to the Penguins 11. (going in to tonight) But two of the Penguins penalties are Puck Over Glass. They flung the puck into the stands and play could not continue. "You got to call that, man. Everyone is standing around looking at you."

Crosby is yet to be called for a penalty, including this current game. While Ovie has served three. Semin, Feds, Jurcina have 3 and Green 2, Clark 4. Can't forget Varlimov's penalty. But Malkin kind of stands out for the Pens with 2 rather blatant penalties. I like Malkin. Big dude with skills. Warrants respect and don't begrudge him his penalties. But it takes a lot. He's got to want it.

With Crosby his hip check gets turned into an interferance on a Cap. Hey a Cap just got thrown into the net and they actually called it against a Penguin! Last time that happened the Cap got called for interferance. Who the heck is Scuderi though? A sacrificial AHL guy called up to right the wrong?

Posted by: chavez66 | May 8, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Scud= flying junk

Posted by: chavez66 | May 8, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

There is still an off-chance for the caps in the game but it has been an off-game for Varlimov. But I would agree with you in sentiment. Bradley put a clasic "sit down" hit on Orpik where his legs fly up, his rear smacks down, and Orpik is left whining about a no call. He was so close to the puck in a three way scrum for the puck and having just hit a Cap to join in. Considering the circumstances he definately should have been called for unsportsmanlike conduct for his net tossing tantrum.
But I digress. The Caps need more of that from Bradley and all the Caps. Other than the circumstances, the refs; acting as enablers to Penguin whining, floping, and tantrums. Other Wise the Penguins have raised the intensity to near Ovechkin levels, while the Caps have not.

This game was an example of it. Varlimov's off-game can not be overcome by the Caps in a relatively more evenly called match by the refs. Not with the Caps present intensity.

Posted by: chavez66 | May 8, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Clark (Is he still a captain or did Ovie take his spot)


And it has to be considered an improvement. Can you imagine a flip of the scenario?

there 2 best wingers

while our 'time out' guys include:

And lets say Ovie with a flying elbow smash from the top rope.

Posted by: chavez66 | May 8, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

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