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Mike Wise: Caps Need Game 5

Mike Wise is back with another video, and he thinks tomorrow night's Game 5 winner takes all. He also calls out his critics for having "keyboard courage" but not posting video responses, and, you know, he has a point. Watch the video and post a response, if you dare...

Click here to read Mike's column on the Caps' struggles in Pittsburgh.

Also, here's Tarik's game story, Barry Svrluga's look at Simeon Varlamov's first bad game and an updated version of our Ovie-Crosby playoff shot chart. More to come.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 8, 2009; 11:54 PM ET
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Not interested in Mike's videos. Sorry.

Posted by: FancyDan | May 8, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Don't anybody post to this.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | May 9, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

how arrogant is this guy? calling out people for putting opinions on this blog? get a life wise...aand take some hockey 101 lessons

Posted by: wendel2 | May 9, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Haven't watched any of the video stuff. The same info can be presented in 3-4 paragraphs. It's much better that way.

Game 5: The Caps "needed" Game 3 to drop the hammer on Pittsburgh. The Caps "needed" Game 4 to avoid blowing their series lead.

Now they "need" Game 5 to avoid going down 3-2 and being fairly compared to all the choke jobs of the 90s and earlier this decade, many against Pittsburgh.

I don't see why anything is going to change. Green is still going to be too casual and make key mistakes. Clark is still going to take dumb penalties that an alleged captain has no right taking. Semin is still not going to score. Jurcina and Erskine are going to keep doing their best to make up for the other defensemen's failings. Kozlov is going to keep turning the puck over, and Fleischmann is going to keep coming up just short of making a play because he refuses to get dirty.

What the Caps "need" in Game 5 is 2 or 3 goals from Ovechkin and a great game from Varlamov.

Short of that, they can't win.

They're not good enough.

Posted by: writered21 | May 9, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

here's some feedback: the videos are dumb. it's one thing if it's a video on the concourse interviewing people. but these video updates and commentary are dumb.

Posted by: sargeantmofo | May 9, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Joke. Big joke.

Posted by: Cheef | May 9, 2009 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Since we all are a bit down and concerned about our caps. We can always for grins go back to what maggie the monkey picked. caps, carolina, detroit and van advance.. something to hang our hat on

Posted by: samb99 | May 9, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Can Maggie the Monkey play defense?

Posted by: writered21 | May 9, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Mike Wise saying he won't take people seriously unless they post video responses reminds me of Torts swinging a hockey stick at the fans.

You're a reporter, dude. We're hockey fans who post comments on this blog. Completely different job definitions. Do your job instead of posting challenges to the bloggers.

Posted by: RedRocker1 | May 9, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Can Maggie the Monkey play defense?

Posted by: writered21

worth a shot?

Posted by: samb99 | May 9, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Give her #52 and see what happens.

Maybe she'll bring in the veteran blue-line presence we need.

Posted by: writered21 | May 9, 2009 12:42 AM | Report abuse

on a serious note i do think that our game 7 is tommorow. i hope the caps are disciplined. It does get tough when the captian does not set a good tone by taking a penalty. I do think that the d is banged up so why not get alzner in for poti and get relief. i still think that aucion or giroux would have been better choice. hope Fehr gets back in tommorow. does any one know how carlson is doing in hershey

Posted by: samb99 | May 9, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

[gretzky] you guys I love mike wise videos, they're pretty funny.

Plus I get to add my two cents, sadly enough.

Posted by: Ovechwin | May 9, 2009 1:13 AM | Report abuse

who is mike wise? i'm not kidding.

Posted by: am_jim | May 9, 2009 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Mike Wise is a jinx. Stop cheering for the Pens Mike!

Posted by: Irreverent_inDC | May 9, 2009 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Here's the deal, Mr. Wise: not everyone who posts on this blog OWNS a webcam. So don't call those of us who either A) don't own one, or B) don't choose to use it cowards. Some of us don't speak well. Some of us read this blog at work. And a vast majority of us prefer the written word over these damned video updates. They aren't professionally done, and shouldn't be out here. Write your columns, and leave the video commentary to those who are paid to do that.

If you haven't noticed, the video commentaries aren't going over very well, especially during the middle of the business day. It was a nice experiment, but it failed. So please, can we go back to regular hockey reporting from Tarik now, WITHOUT the video updates?


Posted by: irockthered | May 9, 2009 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Most pundits and hockey folks were predicting Pittsburgh in 7 games, and it's 2-2. Sure, the Caps haven't played to their full potential, but it's a 3-game series and we have home ice. I'll take it. The DC crowd needs to REALLY lift up this team during game 5 and carry them.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | May 9, 2009 2:23 AM | Report abuse

Ovie and Varly's stellar play in the first two games obscured the many problems dogging our team:

1) The Caps' secondary skill players aren't being aggressive. Semin has lost the will to shoot the puck. He and Ovie both need to put up 8-12 shots a game to have success. Also, Tomas Fleischmann has continued his disappearing act. He's another guy that, like Semin, needs to stop being afraid and start shooting the puck. He has skill, but he's not using it.

2) Our defense (with the exception of Jurcina) hasn't adapted at all to the Penguins' forecheck. They stand around and don't rush after the pucks being dumped in behind the goal.

3) Our defenders are having trouble breaking out of our own zone. Even when only one Pittsburgh forward is pressing them, they have trouble with it.

4) Something is not right with Mike Green.

Ovie, Varly, Jurcina, Erskine, and our checking/energy lines have done all that's been asked of them. It's time for the rest of the team to step up.

(Also, anyone who saw Ovie's hit on Gonchar saw Gonchar try to move to his left at the last second. That's what put his knee in Ovie's path. Orpik and the rest of the Penguins need to stop being such whiners. There was nothing dirty about the hit.)

Posted by: russianmachine27 | May 9, 2009 2:47 AM | Report abuse

Folks, I know Mike Wise, Mike Wise is a friend of mine, and your no Mike …. Hold it, wrong debate, sorry.

Wow, these Caps lack maturity. Veteran teams pace themselves for the long hall of the play-offs so they can show up for each and every game and our Caps need to learn that lesson. I agree that game 5 is the Caps game 7. Seems to me that home ice advantage is critical!

Posted by: ken_nickell | May 9, 2009 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Why is everyone blasting Mike Wise? Do you remember the days when the Post NEVER covered the Caps....unless they lost? (see: Choking Dogs) I am grateful for the press - honest, negative, and positive.

As for Green, he barely recovered from that flu and when he started showing life, he was blasted from behind in the Rangers series. And, don't forget, he hurt his shoulder late in the season - expect something off-season in the surgery department for him.

As for Semin, he's never been a competitor. That was why he fell to number 13 in the draft: bad attitude. And, by the way, the Playoffs are competitive.

In all, the problem starts with leadership: the kids have none. Clark isn't it - he's been slowed by that 'C' and, thruthfully, some guys can't do it. Find a North American leader who can hold these Russians (including Ovechkin) accountable for bad decisions, and these kids will be just fine. That's McPhee's job this summer.

For now, how about we enjoy the circus and remember that we didn't get Playoff games only two years ago? The kids will be fine - they're just not ready this year. Go Caps.

Posted by: langwayRULES | May 9, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

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