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Brashear: "Why Wouldn't We Win This One"

Donald Brashear just came off the ice, skating with his teammates at Mellon Arena for the first time in this series. He stayed out for extra work with the other likely scratches, said "probably not" about being active tonight, but said "don't ask me, I'm not the coach" when asked why. Still, he expressed the same general attitude of his teammates when asked about the progress of this series.

"I'm watching like everybody else, hoping they're gonna win," he said. "I feel that we can win this series. I mean, we won the last one, why wouldn't we win this one? We won three in a row to get to this one. So it's a different opponent, but it doesn't matter. It's the same situation, it's a must-win situation, and we're usually good in those games. So I'm pretty confident about the success of our team."

(Note: On the way here, we heard Pittsburgh sports-talkers call Alex Ovechkin "Ochumpkin," heard them sing "My Bologna has a first name, it's B-R-U-C-E" in reference to the coach, heard them say the Caps haven't stopped complaining since this series started, and heard them say that the paranoia from years of franchise failure has infected the players' heads. They also said defense was one player's "fort." They also taught me that "forte" can actually be pronounced "fort." I do love that medium. )

(Note: In fairness, I guess I should also say I love the newspaper medium. Here's Mark Madden writing in the Beaver County Times about Alex Ovechkin:

As one of hockey's 'it' players, Ovechkin has carte blanche for everything from boorish behavior to crippling collisions....Ovechkin's sadistic streak makes you think he's mentally unhinged.....Finish the job tonight. Leave Ovechkin to ponder being knocked out of the playoffs by Malkin and Sidney Crosby. To wrestle with his own guilty conscience. That's the best revenge.

As for his role here in Pittsburgh, Brashear said "sometimes just coming around and pushing them, [trying] to put some positive thoughts in their heads and keep the atmosphere just a little bit more fun or more relaxed," can be of some use in the playoffs.

"It's just another game," he continued. "It's a big game, but it's another game, and we've just got to do the things we're used to doing and that's about it....With the two games we played at home we came out really hard, and the two games here they came out really hard and they were desperate a little more than we were. They knew they had to play their best games to beat us, and they did, and they beat us."

As for being forced to the sidelines for what could turn out to be his final playoff series with the Caps, "that's just the way it goes, you know?" he said. "I don't live in the past."

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 11, 2009; 1:12 PM ET
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wow, madsens a tool. "nearly all of his hits could be called charging? he hits late and from behind?" really? what a [french word for shower] bag. at least he had the stones to call kunitz hit dirty. but he also said it was sort of a who cares givent that kunitz hasnt done anything in this series. but then he claims that if OV was a lesser player (like kunitz) he would have been suspended? hmm, which is it. lesser players get suspended for dirty hits or they dont? tool.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 11, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I'm being more than usually dense, but what's up with posting a Pens tribute song?

Posted by: wocoliz | May 11, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The Beaver County Times, huh? Sounds like a real reputable, world class newspaper...So glad the outstanding columnists here at the Washington Post are above such childish attacks, and instead focus on adding understanding and depth to the Post's hockey coverage. Somehow, I doubt Mr. Madden could pull off a story like Mike Wise's on Brashear.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

"Fort" is actually the correct pronunciation. Boo-ya!

Posted by: illpebble | May 11, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Who is Mark Madden?

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 11, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing that some folks in Pittsburgh have a basic misunderstanding of what goes on during a hockey game. I guess sucker punching opposing players in the crotch and hitting them off faceoffs is acceptable, though.

Posted by: CDon | May 11, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

you know if Ovie had sucker punched some guy in the family jewels, he would have been ripped to shreads in every newspaper in the greater Pittsburgh region for weeks. Instead, Crosby was lauded as "stepping up" and "providing leadership."

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

i had a pens fan behind me last game that might have played hockey a whole three times (which made him an expert obviously), and what did he do all game? Complain about everything and give the crappiest comments after each play.

We should grab the fan book from them since we have so many bandwagon fans according to the pissburgh fans; and then we can be true fans of the sport JUST LIKE THEM!


Posted by: MNMNT | May 11, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Mark Madden? As in, former World Championship Wrestling "announcer" and loudmouth in general - Mark Madden? LOL.

Posted by: tha_prophet | May 11, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Mark Madden is a joke. Actually he isn't even a joke. He's the punchline.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | May 11, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

maybe if i start. writing in sentence fragments. i can be a journalist. for the beaver county times. someday too.

Posted by: grizneta | May 11, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Those kids are sweet. Seeing that opposing fans are just as passionate about their team makes the rigors of playoff hockey a little easier to stand for me.

Posted by: binnenreim | May 11, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

"Guilty conscience" - hahaha! That is rich.

Posted by: CapsChick | May 11, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

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