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Welcome to Washington, Scott Walker


(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)


Newly acquired winger Scott Walker, above, scored twice in a three-minute span in the third period to propel the Caps to a win over Tampa Bay:

Soon after the Washington Capitals traded for Scott Walker at Wednesday's deadline, Coach Bruce Boudreau noted how the gritty winger had a knack for scoring important goals.
Well, it took Walker exactly one game to prove Boudreau's point.
The 36-year-old scored twice in the third period, including the winner just 41 seconds after the Tampa Bay Lightning had tied the score, as the Capitals escaped with 5-4 victory at Verizon Center.
"His history," Coach Bruce Boudreau said, "has been that he's in the right place at the right time." | Full story »

*Postgame notes, and a video of Boudreau talking about Walker's big night.

*Mike Wise is glad the Caps are back where they belong:

This is the building where they have remarkably not lost a hockey game this calendar year and hope to play into the summer. It is the building where everything seems good and right about Washington sports -- as long as the ice is left in place. | Full column »

Some morning links:

*Postgame video:

*Walker on his two-goal night:

"I was nervous, probably didn't get a good pregame nap, and I was just trying to play and fit in. They're playing so good, you just don't want to disrupt them." (NHL.com)

*"Old man night" at Verizon Center. (Ed Frankovic)

*Bolts gave the Caps some trouble. (Caps)

*Still no Knuble hat trick. (RMNB)

*Some shots from warmups. (Caps in Pictures)

*More closeups of the Caps' camo warmup jerseys. (CapsBlog)

*An ugly third. (Japers' Rink)

*Outdoor practice fun in Hershey. (On Frozen Blog)

*Inside a crazy day for the Caps' game ops crew. (Bog)

*The D.C. Council makes a play for the Winter Classic. (Bog)

*If someone scored, just how likely was it Ovechkin? (Pro Sports Blogging)

*George McPhee: "soft spoken, logical, like an NHL version of Dr. Spock..." (Loose Pucks)

*Hockey madlibs. (Rock the Red)

*Ovechkin is a gold-coin keepsake? (Alex Ovetjkin)

*A fan's guide to attending a Caps game. (Capitals Outsider)

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 5, 2010; 5:31 AM ET
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Comments

Missing some chicklets.

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 5, 2010 5:52 AM | Report abuse

Getting very, very concerned about Varly and the PK.

Posted by: RickyBobby | March 5, 2010 6:15 AM | Report abuse

Like BB said, Varly was neither good nor bad. He made some nice saves but the Lightning could've (maybe should've) scored like 7 goals. They missed at least 2 open nets. I don't know if I'm concerned though. He's making progess.. it wasn't as bad as the Ottawa game. The first goal obviously was not his fault. How do leave a guy wide open all by himself right in front? The third goal for TB from Lecavalier was a heck of a fake. But Theo should go on Sat. night.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 5, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Varly pads an astonishing W-L record, but Theo's the better goalie right now.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 5, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the discussion in the last thread of who's more important to the team, Backs or Ovi, IMO it is the pairing. Or as I like to call them--our Dynamic Duo.

Backstrom is undoubtedly having his best year this year to date (I wear my Backstrom jersey with pride), but both of them are our most reliable and consistent players. They need each other.

Pens fans often complain that Crosby's numbers would be so much better if he only had as great a winger as Ovi has in a center.

GMGM made some savvy moves to find the right superstar center for our superstar winger. Just think we could have had J. Staal instead!!!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | March 5, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

So Rick Tocchet throws the team under the bus and praises the superstars....not too long ago he threw the superstars under the bus..

When is he gonna throw himself under the bus for not getting the entire team going at the same time?

Stay classy...Rick "Money Line" Tocchet

Posted by: SA-Town | March 5, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Varlamov has played 2 NHL games in 3 months and the rust really shows. I think the Caps are in a position to where Boudreau should give Varly maybe 2-3 more consecutive starts to see if he can get back into pre-injury form; in that way BB can determine which goalies he'll be able to ride with in the playoffs.

Posted by: braunt | March 5, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

I'll bet Tocchet gets fired after the season. Gimme odds?

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 5, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Varly is just getting back to playing again after his injury. Give him a little bit of time to get his legs back under him.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | March 5, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like Backstrom has the sniffles. Guess a bug is going around the room. That might explain some sluggish play.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | March 5, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Why did they wear the Camos Jerseys during the game?

Posted by: redmatt | March 5, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

As much a liability as it is to break a stick while killing a penalty, why don't the players keep one wooden stick in their stash to use just for the PK?

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | March 5, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Scott Walker's smile is something else! Do we have a team dentist or is that a misnomer for a hockey team? Nevertheless great debut for Walker. I too am very concerned about the PK. Way too passive in our zone when killing a penalty. Good PK teams are aggressive and go after the puck. We stand there and let them pass all over the zone until they score. We need to improve this soon!

Posted by: EricinMD | March 5, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I'd be a lot more concerned about defensive zone coverage than Varlamov. If you leave guys wide open in the slot all game there's not much a goalie can do for you. Varlamov was fine, the defence was brutal. I actually thought Belanger played pretty good 5 on 5. His line put a lot more pressure on Tampa than the second line. On the penalty kill I would have rather had Steckel out there than Belanger. With the surplus of forwards it's tough for even really good role players like Steckel to get into games. But he's as good a faceoff man as you can find in the league so it's too bad to sit him out. I still don't think BMo should be centering the 2nd line and would rather have Flash there, or have Belanger centering it with Flash taking Laich's wing. I think you'd get much better production from Semin that way. But the biggest issue is still the defensive zone coverage once the opposition gets the puck in the corners and behind the caps goal line. 15 forwards won't help you there as much as a solid defensive defenceman. At least not with the system the caps play. If they switch it up to the trap, the forwards will help more.

Posted by: Stu_c | March 5, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

The Camos were in honor of members of the Armed Services. The jerseys were signed and will be auction off with the proceeds going to benefit veterans and their families.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | March 5, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

OMunchkin: That's a really good point. Sticks are breaking easier and easier these days. 4 on 3 is hard enough but that was a 4 on 2 1/2. Then guys can get hurt like last year Laich blocking in LA with his open palms. Your point is so good that Tarik should ask BB. The players should have some sticks made out of the hardest wood on earth. They don't even need to be taiolred to each player, just get a few dozen lefts and rights. Guy goes out on a kill and can use one if he wants. Even paint them a weird color to not get them mixed up. Of course, the center is taking draws so he'd want his regular stick, but it goes for the others.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 5, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Question:

It seems like non of the commentators or analysts seem to think Washington is the best team despite our significant lead in the east and 3 point lead overall. I of course see room for improvement in the team and I get that defense is important in playoffs, but a little recognition is deserved here. We are winning more than any other team!

Posted by: capscoach | March 5, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I know point differential matters not once the playoffs begin, but in the East conference there is quite a disparity. The Caps are in the 70's. The rest of the playoff teams (2-8) combined are in the 40's.

Just a fun fact. But back to real life. The really fun 14 game streak is now ancient history although it will surely help in giving us home ice throughout the playoffs, at least until the finals, if we get that far. We lead Pitt. by 14 points, 15 ahead of NJ. They have 20 and 18 games left respectively. It would take a real collapse. We also have 11 home games left and a lot of games against the weak SE.

THe consensus around the league is that we probably improved our team more than anyone else on trade day, although NJ probably topped us either their earlier acquisition of Kolvalchuk.

Posted by: rjma1 | March 5, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Varly will need at least a half a dozen starts to get close to where he was. A win is a win.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | March 5, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

"Getting very, very concerned about Varly and the PK."

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Meh, the PK killed a sequence of 3 penalties at the same time, when Micky didn't even have a stick.

One of the PKs they scored on had 50% of the people on the ice literally playing their first game in a Caps jersey.

It's too early to be worried.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 5, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Chimera's personal winning streak, since he missed the MON, OTT and STL games, is now up to 16 games.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 5, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Don't sit Theo for too long. He's going to be our starter in the playoffs.

Posted by: Fro_ | March 5, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

a few thoughts:

1) the camo sweaters were SWEET! I was angling for one, but the bidding quickly got too rich for my bank account.

2) Scott Walker looked awesome. He was all over the ice. He's hoping he can do the same during the playoffs.

3) Varly looked mortal.

4) Only 1 of the Caps 5 Olmpians appears to be getting back into their old habits.

5) Enough with the drag and curl already! (Although didn't see it last night)

Posted by: doughless | March 5, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

on #2 above, should have been "here's hoping..."

Posted by: doughless | March 5, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

On the PK, Varly worried me more than anything. The first goal was ridiculous - he never even dropped into his stance. Maybe that was on the defense for not clearing Downie out, but Varly was still standing when the puck when past. If he had dropped into his usual butterfly, he would have been in perfect position to block it.

He also played badly on the 2nd Lecavalier goal. Schultz had Lecavalier to the outside, and was in a position where Varly could see perfectly - about as good as a defender could play that. Varly was just too far out, not a good position.

However, give Varly credit - he made a few great saves that kept the Caps in. I think with a few more starts, he'll be back to the point where we can see whether Varly or Theo should be the starter.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 5, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I thought Varly was ok. He didn't have a chance on a few and made a few nice saves. It was only his 2nd game since the beginning of December and he definitely made great improvement over his first start.

The PK is worrisome but you have to give the new guys a few days to see how they play. Also, 1 game isn't a large enough sample size to know how it will be. If it was we should be expecting 36 more goals out of Walker this season.

But, if the PK doesn't start working maybe a change in the system is needed because maybe it isn't entirely the players fault.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 5, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I don't think you can blame Varly for the 1st PK goal against. He didn't drop down when the puck was first shot because it was head high. If he drops down too soon and the puck is not deflected, it goes over his shoulder. That was just a perfect deflection by a player who should've been covered by a Dman.

Vinny's breakaway goal was both a very good play by Vinny and perhaps a slightly slow reaction by Varly. He came way out like he usually does and couldn't react fast enough after Vinny faked the slap shot.

Overall I'd grade him a B+ last night. Smith on the other hand was really bad.

It wouldn't have been nearly as close if we had converted a couple of our odd man breaks. 0 for 2 on solo breakaways. Oy vay.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | March 5, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

On the PK, Varly worried me more than anything. The first goal was ridiculous - he never even dropped into his stance. Maybe that was on the defense for not clearing Downie out, but Varly was still standing when the puck when past. If he had dropped into his usual butterfly, he would have been in perfect position to block it.

He also played badly on the 2nd Lecavalier goal. Schultz had Lecavalier to the outside, and was in a position where Varly could see perfectly - about as good as a defender could play that. Varly was just too far out, not a good position.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 5, 2010 10:28 AM

Really?

The first goal was deflected from about 1 foot out. He was going to shoulder it away..until Downie deflected down to his 5-hole. How any goalie is supposed to "be down" for that deflection is beyond me.

The second goal was anything but Varlamov's fault. Since when do you let guys like Vinny take a wide-open wrist shot in the middle of the slot and then blame the goalie?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 5, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I think one thing that would have helped on the PK was if Steckel had been in instead of Gordon. Gordon did great on faceoffs - maybe the best I have seen him do. But he's just not as good defensively as Steckel.

Main thing that went wrong in the first couple PK's that was done right in the last few was clearing the crease. First goal - Downie was right there, no dman trying to clear him. During the 4-on-3, I saw Poti constantly pushing him, keeping him off balance and out of position. Our dmen can already clear the crease (or at least keep guys in the crease busy enough to cause them problems), they simply have to do it more often.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 5, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

PKs take a lot of practice to get right, and I was pleased with how the Caps managed with so many new people in the line up.

That game had some very nice moments in it, and I am hopeful that they will become more common as everybody get more comfertable with the new guys and the new guys learn our system

Posted by: capscoach | March 5, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone see Artuhykin's(sp?) goal last night?

A big enforcer guy isn't supposed to "Bure" it like that...

Posted by: richmondphil | March 5, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Stu_c

I agree with you that the D let Varly down. Every goal against was because of a defensive lapse. The two standouts were the Downie goal where nobody was even close to covering the crease and the Green pass that got picked and Vinnie scored. I thought Varly saved the ones he needed too.

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | March 5, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I said "Lecavalier's second", which would have been the third TB goal. That wasn't the one where Lecavalier was in the middle - that was clearly not Varly's fault. It was the goal where a dman (Green, I believe) made a bad pass and Lecavalier almost had a breakaway.

However, I do take back what I said about the first goal. I was at the game, so I didn't see how high that shot was - I thought it was coming in lower than it was. I just watched the slo-mo replay, and that was not misplayed by Varly. It was simply a great deflection.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 5, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

And apparently Crosby and Lundy got into it last night.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=520207

Posted by: richmondphil | March 5, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I saw a commical thing in the game last night when Schultz (Big Nasty) tried to put a hit on St. Louis. Schultz didn't even move him. With that said, he has been much more physical in the last handful of games.

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | March 5, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Crosby did his usual - got tapped, and dove to drew a penalty. Lundquist came over and told him to stop being a baby, and Crosby crosschecked him. It was rather funny.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 5, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I also disagree that Vinny's second goal is Varly's fault.
It's not Schultz/his partners fault for letting Vinny get center ice like that?
Vinny faked the slapper, made Varly freeze, and then got him with a perfectly placed wrister. Not many goalies are going to stop that.

To be quite frank, none of the goals were Varly's fault. He could've nabbed one or two of them if he wanted to get 1st star, but all those shots were either a) deflected in or b) wide open from the slot. (Both of Vinny's goal and St. Louis's were all in the slot..left wide open..granted BMo and Poti sort of collided with eachother for St Louis's goal.)

Posted by: richmondphil | March 5, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Caps4Life - I know exactly what you're talking about. I thought the same thing. I was like, Big Nasty, I know you are a softer kinda guy, but St. Louis is seriously like 100 lbs.

Ha.

Posted by: VarlyisNarly | March 5, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I also wouldn't be too concerned with the PK right now. Like has been mentioned before there are 3 new guys on the roster and that takes time to get accustomed to the play of the other guys.

Don't forget these guys haven't even had a real practice together or anything either. I think we should see a continual improvement for the rest of the season.

Posted by: VarlyisNarly | March 5, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

The two problems on the PK were the result of guys who were still on the team.

Forwards messed up the 2nd PP goal(was that Belanger's zone or the other guys?), but Poti and ShaMo are completely to blame for the 1st PP goal.

PK hopefully will work itself out by the playoffs.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 5, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

'd be a lot more concerned about defensive zone coverage than Varlamov. If you leave guys wide open in the slot all game there's not much a goalie can do for you. Varlamov was fine, the defence was brutal. I actually thought Belanger played pretty good 5 on 5. His line put a lot more pressure on Tampa than the second line.

@Stu_C

I agree with everything above.

Belanger's line was really good, especially in the 2nd. Real active..lots of scoring chances.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 5, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

On Vinny's second goal, he was not in the center. He was forced into taking the shot from the circle. Schultz kept him out of the center with some great hustle. Lecavalier did make a great shot, but Varly was still badly out of position for it. On Vinny's first goal, he was in the slot - that might be what you are thinking of.

And just curious, why are you saying St. Louis' goal? He didn't score one. From what you were saying, you are describing Stamkos' goal.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 5, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

lol...being next to one of the faceoff circles is basically the slot. Again, Vinny freezed him with the fake slapper. If you think NHL goalies are supposed to routinely stop goals like that, then I don't know what to tell you. Varly was not out FAR ENOUGH, if anything. Going out takes away the angle. Varly was not beaten on a deke or on his doorstep, so I don't see where this idea that he over-challenged comes from. If anything, he didn't challenge enough to cut down all the angles. If he was out more, even if Vinny threw a fake slapper or a head fake, he would've had a better chance to stop it.

And yes, I meant Stamkos.


I said it before and I'll say it again. Goalies get far too much credit and blame for the happenings on the ice.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 5, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Many comments trying to pinpoint who was at fault for Tampa goals. Assignments and responsibilities for these guys has to be fluid second by second. They're talking to each other on the ice and bench all the time and fans have no idea who to rightfully point the finger at (though they certainly seem to enjoy it). Also, these guys are up against equal talent every night and will end up on the short end a good number of times - not necessarily because of their blunders, but because the opposing player succeeded.

Posted by: gonchpup | March 5, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

And before someone tells me he was out of position, Vinny faked a slapper.

What that does is forces the Goalie to stop moving, tighten up, and expect a shot. It's what threw Varly slightly out of positioning.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 5, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Our PK has been sub par since the first few games of the year. We are 25th out of 30 in the leqgue with a 78.9% PK. It is absolutely something that needs to be worked on.

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | March 5, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Many comments trying to pinpoint who was at fault for Tampa goals. Assignments and responsibilities for these guys has to be fluid second by second. They're talking to each other on the ice and bench all the time and fans have no idea who to rightfully point the finger at (though they certainly seem to enjoy it).
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Not really. When the right d-man scores against us, it's the left winger's responsibility. When someone bangs in a "knubler" goal at the crease, it's the defenseman's responsibility.

I know things change on the ice, people move from their positions, etc...but basic hockey 101..center guards the slot, wingers get the d-men, and the d-men get the forechecking forwards.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 5, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

In terms of Varly being far enough out, he was a foot outside the goal crease - any further out and it would have been an empty netter. However, I think he was too far towards the center, he should have been more to his right - the side Vinny was coming from. Vinny's fake was incredible though, and that was the main reason Varly couldn't make the stop. It doesn't bother me much that the shot went in - it was a great play by a forward who is very skilled at making that type of shot.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 5, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Tampa's 3rd goal was Green's fault.

I really like Green, but if the Caps have a 2 goal lead with less than 10 minuters remaining in a playoff game I do not want Green going down to the goaline. Then compunding that mistake by throwing the puck in the center of the ice.

That was a case of Green not playing to the time and score of the game. A play like that can be tolerated in the 1st or second period or in the 3rd if the Caps are trailing, but not if the Caps are up by 2 with less than 10 minutes remaining.

Great players will change their style depending on the time and score of the game. Green doesn't do this and I think that is his biggest flaw.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 5, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Green was the one who let Schultz and Varly out to dry?

Should have expected it...

Posted by: richmondphil | March 5, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Welcome . . . Walker Texas Ranger! The other night erskine looked slow and out of place. Last night it had to be Brendan Morrison. He needs to step it up or he is going to see the bench.

Posted by: LettsDropThePuck | March 5, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I bet Bradley is not to happy that Walker DC Ranger scored twice. Poor Brads

Posted by: guer_j | March 5, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I find it amusing that people are saying not to worry about the PK because it is too early to worry. Folks, we have been in the lower third on the PK all year. Things should have been fixed before Christmas IMO.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | March 5, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

richmondphil - basic hockey 101 we know, but these guys are not playing at a basic level and many factors come in to play pertaining to assignments and what we as fans are not aware of that is being discussed in the locker room, the bench, or the ice. It's much more gray than black and white. A goal is scored from the point and fans will say the wing was at fault, etc... my point is that it's not so clearly defined due to the speed and nature of the game at this level AND the fact that the talent on the opposing team is on the same level as ours.

Posted by: gonchpup | March 5, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

It's really not that hard to figure out who was at fault on a play.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 5, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Loose Pucks interpretation of McPhee's dialogie about player ice time.

"Can I translate?: You [disgruntled, angry player] could be in Edmonton or Carolina right now - or what I like to call, NHL Siberia - playing out the string with a group of sullen players just counting the days until the regular season ends and they can go fishing. I did you a favor. Do keep quiet."

I think thats pretty acurate!

Posted by: capscoach | March 5, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Too true. Or more simply, "Go ask Pothier what he thinks."

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | March 5, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Finding fault as much as many fans do here borders on being petty. Imagine the players and coaches reading these comments, smiling and shaking their heads, saying "how little do they know...".

Posted by: gonchpup | March 5, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach....

"You can be a depth forward and help us get your name on the cup, or you can start looking for houses in Sunrise FL, cause thats where you'll be....sipping pina-colada's with Tomas Vokoun.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 5, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I will agree that people go overboard with the blame and many may not understand how fast the game is played, but on every play that matters, there is a loser and a winner. You should be able to identify them on any play, given the luxury of replay.

I would actually take what your saying and direct it towards a different point. That is, fans of their team are going to be hyper-critical, while that fan may not understand that every player in the NHL makes mistakes every game because that person isn't watching that team. Green makes us cringe, but Phanuef made Flames fans cringe more. From the outside, a Caps fan might think that Phanuef doesn't make as much mistakes as Green.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 5, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

tampa is a team that could easily make the playoffs with a little better goaltending... gotta luv that little midget St. Louis, don't think there's a player with a bigger heart than him

Posted by: joek443 | March 5, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

I agree that every player is going to make physical mistakes (inaccurate passes, missing a poke check, fanning on a shot, etc.) but the play of Green going to the goaline with under 10 minutes left and the Caps up by 2 wasn't a physical mistake it was mental. The risk/reward for taking a chance like that given the time and score weighs heavily against attempting.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 5, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

also gotta give Varly a few more starts to get back to his normal form... yes, Theo is the better goalie for now but if they're gonna win the Cup this year, they will do so with the healthy Varly between the pipes

Posted by: joek443 | March 5, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Wait, what? I never said anything about physical mistakes versus mental mistakes.

That said, I agree. Green needs to pick his pinches better.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 5, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Belanger looks like a very graceful player to me. Is that because I am passionate Oriole fan from the glory years?

Posted by: hockeypuck1 | March 5, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Not sure if Eric is as graceful as Mark was. An equivalent of Mark Belanger would be like....I don't know..the lowest scoring Selke winner ever?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 5, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

And apparently Crosby and Lundy got into it last night.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=520207

Posted by: richmondphil | March 5, 2010 10:53 AM

Yeah, apparently Lundqvist(sp?) went over to Crosby at the end of a play to say "Qvit diving, vill ya?"

...and Crosby--that punk--lost it and tried to crosscheck Lundqvist.

Now, I'm a Caps fan, not Rags. That said, I especially liked how, 0:00:00.01 later, 4 or 5 Rangers were giving Crosby a group face-wash with (very) stinky cloves...LMAO

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 5, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

* that's "gloves" D'OH!

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 5, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't watch last night, but wanted to know (because I always sit in the upper deck, woot!) what sweater numbers the new guys are wearing?

Thanks!

Posted by: nicko | March 5, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

when you're up 4-2 in the third, you better be darn sure when you pinch in as a d-man... if Langway was still around, he would chew out Green for that kinda mistake every time.

Posted by: joek443 | March 5, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Belanger 18
Corvo 77
Walker 24

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 5, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

....or maybe they were "cloves"...


...of garlic.

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 5, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Lundquist in re to Crosby diving:

Lundqvist didn't hold back when asked if he thought Crosby took a dive.

"Yeah," said Lundqvist, who threw his arms over his head as if to give a visual example of what he was talking about. "He went up with his arms and really played it out and I told him to stand up. But he's a great player and obviously refs are going to be hard on that. And refs need to make sure star players are protected. But I don't think you should use it though."

When asked if he had seen this from Crosby in the past, Lundqvist said, "Arms up in the air? Yeah, I've seen it a bunch of times. I think I've seen it in so many games that I got a little frustrated."

Posted by: jeets | March 5, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

the crosby dive that night is comical. Dude went down like he was under sniper fire

Posted by: _stevo | March 5, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

i just watched the Crysby dive nightlight. all i can say is p***y!!! i wish Avery would have busted him in the head with a right. Cyndey is the queen of the dive!!! Caps fans should show what we think of the queen when he is in town on the 24th.

Posted by: doughless | March 5, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

It was particularly annoying that the unpenalized Crosby dive was shown as an in-game highlight right after the absurd dive call on Green.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 5, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Crosby did his usual - got tapped, and dove to drew a penalty. Lundquist came over and told him to stop being a baby, and Crosby crosschecked him. It was rather funny.
Posted by: timmyv38 | March 5, 2010

Admittedly I am biased, but can you REALLY say he dove after the cross check? For another perspective, http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.php/hockey/comments/rangers_dont_take_kindly_to_crosbys_act/

Posted by: Dalliquippa | March 5, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

yes I REALLY can say that was a dive. It worked and drew a penalty, but yes it was a dive

Posted by: _stevo | March 5, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Admittedly I am biased, but can you REALLY say he dove after the cross check? For another perspective, http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.php/hockey/comments/rangers_dont_take_kindly_to_crosbys_act/

Posted by: Dalliquippa | March 5, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Look at that video. TOTALLY a dive! Crosby's a big guy, but that reaction from a tap made it look like he was shot out of a cannon to the ice, then lies crumpled for effect.

Good for Lundy telling him some truth.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 5, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Not to rain on anybody's premature, Stanley Cup parade, but....
Repeat after me: THE D STILL SUCKS. I know it's only one game with new guys, and that's not Corvo's strength anyway, but YET AGAIN last night, we went entire shifts unable to get the puck out of the zone. Thank goodness TB can't shoot (BTW, great strategy: let Vinnie skate unchecked down the middle of the slot). And it's not just the D; backchecking by forwards was often invisible last night. Belanger has got a lot on his shoulders.

Posted by: wotansdad | March 5, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

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