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Caps fire back at Plekanec

Really doesn't take long to get playoff media feuds up and running nowadays. I blame the bloggers.

The D.C. press corps descended on Caps practice today, and figured hell, let's ask players about that Tomas Plekanec quote slighting Jose Theodore, because that's like the easiest story line ever, and hey, shouldn't DeShawn Stevenson and/or Jay Z figure into this somehow?

"I'm not gonna say nothing," Alex Ovechkin replied. "If someone want to say something, they just can say it. We'll see....How I said, why I want to talk about who's best, who's not? When you're gonna play against somebody, you're gonna see it. So you can talk whatever you want, you can think whatever you want, but if you play, it's gonna be different."

I'm pretty sure if Ovechkin were like 10 percent more fluent in English, he would be a world-class dispenser of smack. Like, Glenn Beck-level. Regardless, next up is Brooks Laich.

"Whatever," he said, which is about the perfect one-word response. "They can say what they want. We don't really care what they say. We play the way we play, and we have confidence in everyone in this room."

In case you were wondering what a perfectly non-offensive way to describe an opponent might be, Laich went on to describe the Habs.

"I think they have a winning record against us this year," he said. "They play us very, very tight, and the games, I think they've had the lead with a minute left three times or something in the season series. A very, very good hockey team, and their forwards have a lot of speed, and they attack nets. Even though they're not very big, they attack nets. Halak has been playing fantastic for them, so they're a very good hockey team. And we're going to have to be at our best, our very best, to beat them....

"Even when we were a 3 seed or a 2 seed, or if we're a 7 seed, we don't think of it as a seed. The home-ice advantage is nice, but we play just to beat the other hockey team. Once you step on the ice, the seeds, they don't matter, and being a number 1 seed puts a big target on your back. Just like March Madness, everyone wants to knock off the no. 1 teams and see those guys fall. But we compare ourselves only against ourselves. We don't compare ourselves against other teams....We look at ourselves and how we play and are concerned about that."

Try pasting that puppy up on a bulletin board. You'd drift off and start thinking about Justin Bieber before you even got to the end of it. Hold up, Bruce Boudreau, anything to add about Plekanec's boast that the Habs aren't facing Ryan Miller or Marty Brodeur?

"They're not," the coach said. "They're facing Jose. And I'll take Jose's record the last 23 games over those two guys."

As for Theodore, he offered this beauty: "Tomas who? Jagr? Oh, Plekanec. OK. I thought you meant Jagr....No, I'm not [Miller or Brodeur]. They are two of the best goalies in the league....I'm just lucky to be part of a good team."

(Via @WashCaps and @cmasisak22. I'm never going to practice again! Whoooo!)

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2010; 1:34 PM ET
Categories:  Caps , Media  
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Perfectly handled by the destroy them.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 13, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

that you, chris?

Posted by: MNMNT | April 13, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

If Boudreau thinks that Jose Theodore is better then Ryan Miller in any way.....He is clinically insane...Miller is a MVP Candidate and a heavy favorite to win the Vezina..Theodore is not. Varlamov would give the Caps the best chance anyways I.M.O!

Posted by: Maddenguru24 | April 13, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

It's a bit of a technicality, but if it's accurate for Laich to say that the Habs have a winning record against the Caps (2-1-1), then it is equally accurate to say the Caps have a winning record against the Habs (also 2-1-1).

I don't really consider 2-1-1 a winning record. They split the series, basically.

Posted by: StuScott_Booyahs | April 13, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Montreal is posturing to try and take the Caps' focus off playing their game because the Canadiens know that if both teams play well the Caps talent will overmatch them and they will lose.

This is so predictable from a #8 seeded team that is lucky to just be in the playoffs.

In my mind shootouts are for losers.

To win a hockey game you should have to score a goal during live action.

The playoffs are where the Caps stockpiled depth is going to come into play.

Eric Belanger, Jason Chimera, Scott Walker were all players acquired for what they will bring in the playoffs not the regular season.

The Caps had enough talent to win the Southeast and be a top seed without these players.

The other player to watch out for is Mike Knuble. This guy has a ton of Stanley Cup playoff experience and is the one big difference maker the Caps lacked last year in front of the net.

As far as Theodore goes, he is simply playing better and far more consistently than he did last year.

Over the period of that 20-0-3 run, his save percentage was .922.

Those are more than respectable numbers, especially for a team that is aggressive offensively and gives up the odd man rush on occasion.

Some NHL netminders post great stats but their entire team is designed around playing tight defense in front at the expense of having much if any offensive punch.

If you consistently play 2 forwards back to stack the blue line you may only give up 2 goals a game, but you are only going to score 1.

And on the nights where your goaltender is not at his best and gives up 3 or 4 goals, the team has no shot at coming back to win the game from a deficit.

Posted by: leopard09 | April 13, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I hope to see some Canadien's get FATALIZED.

Posted by: wcc118 | April 13, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Plekanec just put a huge target on his own back and guess who's going to be the first guy to try and take his head off with a hit??? Our Captain, the Great 8, Alex Ovechkin. Mr. Plekanec and your Montreal Canadians may you see a swift, quick and dominating butt whipping that will land you guys on the golf course faster then an Alexander Semin wrist shot!

Posted by: mlewis31 | April 13, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

...You heard it here first. There will be a fight in Game 1. Possibly in the 1st Period. My canidate is Chimera.

Posted by: robostop10 | April 13, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Well handled by the Caps and well said!!!
This team is a team with not only talent, but CLASS!!!!
Go Caps and Go Bears!!!!

Posted by: siv_55 | April 13, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

If my numbers are right, and I like to think that they are, then these teams split the season series. Each team went 2-1-1 against the other.

Game 1 - Montreal wins 3-2 (0-1)
Game 2 - Caps win 4-2 (1-1)
Game 3 - Caps win in SO 4-3 (2-1)
Game 4 - Montreal wins 6-5 in OT (2-1-1)

Same record. I don't know why Montreal is saying they have a better record against us in the regular season. They didn't. Each team got a win on the road and at home. Based on the regular season, these teams are even. But the Caps know well that the regular season means nothing. Regardless, Montreal is fishing for an upper hand right now, and soon they'll just be fishing.

Posted by: smfoster3 | April 13, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Those crazy French Peppers have nothing else to talk about I see. Come on now, Jose Threeormore hasn't played for the Habs in several seasons, so why the dis talk about the guy? I hope the CAPS beat the Habs 5-0 in every game and send them back across the border and home for good.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | April 13, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh, this is just too good to be true! Can you believe the Habs are talking smack? Any lingering thoughts that the Caps might take Montreal lightly have just gone out the window.


Also great were the Caps responses. They sound like a team that is really, really sick of hearing how they can't play defense, and don't have a proven goalie, and how they just get by on offense.

By the way, in case anyone was wondering. The Caps only gave-up 10 more goals than did Montreal this season. The Caps scored 101 more goals.

Washington sound like a team determined to show everyone exactly what a truly great hockey team looks like.

I pity Montreal!

Kevin Olson
Manassas, VA

Posted by: noslok | April 13, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

No. 8 seed talking smack to the Caps??
"habs" (what the h3ll is a 'hab' anyway?)
had better watch out. Smack-talking side effects may include...headaches, abdominal pain, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, and...tenderness of the breast.

Posted by: scmonty1 | April 13, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

If Boudreau thinks that Jose Theodore is better then Ryan Miller in any way.....He is clinically insane...Miller is a MVP Candidate and a heavy favorite to win the Vezina..Theodore is not. Varlamov would give the Caps the best chance anyways I.M.O!

Posted by: Maddenguru24 | April 13, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

What are you reading DB? BB knows we don't have MB or RM, he made that obvious moron. An 8 seed should not be talkin smack. That is why Plekanec refused to speak to the Canadien media today, Game 1, CAPS 7 MTL 2. Book It!

Posted by: DCFanatic | April 13, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

a Hab is the same thing as a Canuckelhead!!!!

Posted by: deadskin | April 13, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Hab=Habitant...just a nickname for the Canadiens...Plekanec is a moron...I'm sure that anyone with a brain in the Montreal organization (Bob Gainey, for one, if he's still part of it in some way) is cringing over what Plekanec said. Really, really stupid. But isn't he a Czech, not a French Canadian?

GO CAPS!!!!!!!!

Posted by: NorthFork1 | April 13, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Montreal needs to get their comments in now, because the series will be short... and who cares what they say while they're playing golf.

Posted by: kenhyde | April 13, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

"Habs" is an abbreviation of "Les Habitants" which refers to both the French settlers and the inhabitants of French origin who farmed the land along the two shores of the St. Lawrence Gulf and River in what is the present-day Province of Quebec in Canada. They are also known (in French) as: Les Canadiens (or Le Canadien), Le Bleu-Blanc-et-Rouge, La Sainte-Flanelle, Le Tricolore, Les Glorieux (or Nos Glorieux) and Le Grand Club. (from Wikipedia)

Posted by: AmyS1 | April 14, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Amy - great post and thanks for the education. I always thought "Habs" was french for "frogs."

Posted by: ds_kelly | April 14, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

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