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Canadiens say loss was "no big deal"


(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)


The Capitals' 5-1 win over Montreal in Monday's Game 3 was yet another reminder of the hopelessly subjective way of looking at these sport things. When the Caps went down in Game 1, the local storyline was the struggles of Ovechkin, while the Montreal folks talked about how strong their defense had performed. When Game 2 turned into a shootout, the local storyline focused on defense and goal-tending, while the Montreal folks talked about their offense coming around.

So after the Caps blew the lids off the Canadiens in Game 3, the local storyline will be about how things are finally back to normal, with the league's highest-scoring team finally flying past what had been a middling outfit for most of the season. While in the Montreal dressing room -- judging from audio files I listened to on my couch -- it was merely 20 unfortunate minutes of mayhem.

"We had a bad period," Mike Cammalleri said. "Our first period was probably our best period of the year, and we've got to be a little more disciplined, a little more patient, and not let the emotions get the best of us, maybe, when things don't go exactly as we want. But yeah, one bad period. We like our team. We like our chances in Game 4."

"Like I said, no big deal," Tomas Plekanec agreed. "We had a bad period, a bad second period, and we'll be better."

"It's just disappointing, our second period," Brian Gionta said. "Besides that, we played a pretty good game."

"I think when you look at it, it's probably 12 minutes of bad play that cost us the game," Coach Jacques Martin said, further shortening the aberration. "Like I said, I think there's some things we did that was good. It's one game, and we've got to be prepared to battle on Wednesday."

The crazy part is, while Montreal was taking solace in the way the first period had gone, the Caps were doing the exact same thing.

"I thought our goal tonight was to come out even in the first period," Bruce Boudreau said. "We knew the crowd, and it was loud, and it was crazy. Crazy good -- I don't want to be misquoted here. It was really energetic, a tremendous buzz. But our goal was if we could just get out of the first period, and we did, so we felt good about ourselves going into the second."

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 19, 2010; 11:07 PM ET
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"It's just disappointing, our second period," Brian Gionta said. "Besides that, we played a pretty good game."

Niiice. I'll put that on the shelf next to, "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?"

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | April 19, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

"Our first period was probably our best period of the year" -Mike Cammalleri

Your best period of the year result in zero goals? Either Cammarelli is being excessively disingenuous, or he is an idiot.

Either way, this series ended on Saturday night. The next few games are a mere formality. Bring on Pittsburgh.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 19, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

The "we had one bad period/quarter/stretch" meme is a crutch for losers. See: the Redskins, every loss since the beginning of time.

Posted by: ThisGuy | April 19, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Barno1, not to burst your bubble, but I'm pretty sure we're going to be dancing with Philly next.

Posted by: ncromcr | April 20, 2010 4:01 AM | Report abuse

Why does everybody assume Pittsburgh - the 4 seed - will be our next-round opponent? Do we really presume that seeds 5-8 are going out? Since when do the NHL playoffs play out true to form? My money's on Caps/Flyers or Caps/Bruins.....

Posted by: dah1963 | April 20, 2010 4:50 AM | Report abuse

Don't listen to Barno.. this guy hates hockey and doesn't care for the Caps. Pretty sure he said the Caps suck during one of the chats and said hockey was boring. Quit trying to fool us.

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But that's pretty funny.. you seem to be into it now. How strange.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 20, 2010 6:23 AM | Report abuse

While I don't want to get too far ahead of myself here, Montreal has done this before...

http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/montreal-canadiens/Playoff+leads+like+grenades+Boys/2917778/story.html

Posted by: CapsNut | April 20, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

**Postgame assessment** "Our first period was probably our best period of the year" --Cammalleri

**1st intermission** 'How do you think that first period went?'
[smiling] "I think we did exactly what we wanted to do." --Carlson

SWEET JOHNNY!

Posted by: JohnnyBlades | April 20, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

"The "we had one bad period/quarter/stretch" meme is a crutch for losers. See: the Redskins, every loss since the beginning of time."
Posted by: ThisGuy | April 19, 2010 11:53 PM |
Now I love my Caps, but come on. Do we really need to put the Skins down to bolster the Caps. Despite the last two terrible season and a bad decade, the Skins have 3 Super Bowls and 2 NFL Championships. The Caps have one Stanley Cup appearance and were escorted out in 4 games.

Posted by: fmccain | April 20, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

^ haha that guy nailed it. Put Suisham, John Hall, really anybody after Lohmiller in net, and then see how many extra losses the hockey team has.

Posted by: JohnnyBlades | April 20, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm..."Other than that how was the play Mrs. Lincoln?"

Posted by: EricinMD | April 20, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

By the way, I would like to personally thank Tomas Plekanec for helping point out the weakness in the goal tending and thus allowing the Capitals to make the necessary adjustments. Mr. Plekanec, please feel free to note any other weaknesses so that the Capitals can further fine-tune for the rest of the playoffs.

Posted by: JohnWWW | April 20, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

If Habs win Game 4, i'm sure we'll
see "Thay-Oh!" in Game 5 at DC,
but what if SV is brilliant again
in Game 4? JT is really hot at
home over the last 25 games.

Posted by: FanaticalReader | April 20, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

If Habs win Game 4, i'm sure we'll
see "Thay-Oh!" in Game 5 at DC,
but what if SV is brilliant again
in Game 4? JT is really hot at home
over the last 25 games *before* the playoffs.

Posted by: FanaticalReader | April 20, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

@fmccain: I was just trying to support my argument that people who lose say that all the time, citing a quite recent example that people can remember, because I didn't feel like researching. I don't need to put down the Redskins to bolster the Caps. But when making parallels between what losing teams say, man is it easy to cite them. Also, thanks for reminding me about the 3 super bowls and the Caps stanley cup loss. Really relevant here.

Posted by: ThisGuy | April 20, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Ok...I'm sure we're all thinking ahead to Friday and clinching the series at home and all...but anyone thinking a series is over before it's actually over has never actually watched the NHL playoffs. The guys still need to go into a Bell Centre tomorrow night and pull off another one. The Habs team they face tomorrow is fighting for their lives. That is going to be a desperate team and a fired up crowd.

I'm feeling a lot better than I was before game 2, but I'm not calling anything over yet.

By the way...from the way the other series are shaping up, there is no way to foresee at this point who the next opponent would be. I wouldn't be surprised to see Boston and Philly win their series. The Flyers have another home game and a 2-1 lead.

Posted by: Rainier1 | April 20, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

A team can win a game in the 4th overtime on a goal that deflects off of 5 different sticks, the # of shots can be exactly as equal and the post-game comments will be predictable. The winning team will talk about how well they played and how the losing team put up a great fight. The losing team will complain about the officiating, that they didn't play up to par and that they gave the game away. No losing team in history has ever admitted that they lost because the other team was just better somehow....

Posted by: randysbailin | April 20, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

If i'm playing for the Hab's i've got nothing to say other than the standard we'll lace em up next game and see what happens but saying it's no big deal is bull sh#t,big time, you had them(Caps)4-1 and grabbing at straws not to mention the verizon center was like a funeral parlor in the second game of the series and then your goalie turns into a sieve and the Cap's come back in dramatic fashion and win it in overtime, DUDE THAT'S A BIG DEAL!!!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 20, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Don't listen to Barno.. this guy hates hockey and doesn't care for the Caps. Pretty sure he said the Caps suck during one of the chats and said hockey was boring. Quit trying to fool us.

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But that's pretty funny.. you seem to be into it now. How strange.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 20, 2010 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Please. Rachel, exactly when did I say that? I've been rooting for the caps since the mid 1980s, was at the Stanley Cup in 98, and was at Verizon Center last week for the opener.

Rachel, what's with that lie?

Posted by: Barno1 | April 21, 2010 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Why does everybody assume Pittsburgh - the 4 seed - will be our next-round opponent? Do we really presume that seeds 5-8 are going out? Since when do the NHL playoffs play out true to form? My money's on Caps/Flyers or Caps/Bruins.....

Posted by: dah1963 | April 20, 2010 4:50 AM | Report abuse

Why does everyone assume that when you say "bring on Pittsburgh" that you are referring to the 2nd round? Sheesh, some people are just plain slow.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 21, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Montreal is claiming the 1st period of game 3 as being their best period of the season. Let's see: (1) there was no scoring in that fabled period (2) they had a modest 10-7 SOG advantage (3) they took 2 penalties (4) they promptly came out in period 2 and got blown off the ice.

Conclusion: If the 1st period was their best, they must've had a pretty bad year.....

Posted by: randysbailin | April 21, 2010 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Haha well actually it only takes a fraction of second for the puck to cross the goal line so really "when you look at it, it's probably like 2.5 seconds of bad play.. haha keep dreaming

Posted by: dj11 | April 21, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

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