I liked the one when we hit .500 (disregarding OT losses) for the first time under Bruce. He just laughs and says, "We've officially reached mediocrity." Or something along those lines. Very quotable guy.
From St. Petersburg Times' version of Capitals Insider:
If you saw coach John Tortorella going bonkers on the bench after the Capitals goal that tied the score 3-3 with 4:48 left in the third period, it was because he, and the Lightning players, did not believe Green gave as much effort as he should have to touch the puck on the icing that brought the puck back to the Lightning zone for a faceoff that led to Alexander Semin's goal.
Capitals Bruce Bourdreau disputed that notion.
"He played 30 minutes,'' Boudreau said. "He was tired. He went back as hard as he could. He was on the ice for 2 1/2 minutes.''
We can forgive Boudreau for sticking up for his player. But the fact is, Green played only 23:53 in the game and the shift that led to that icing was only 43 seconds.
I decided to take a look at Greenie's shift time, and while the beat reporter is right, Green was out for over 3 of the previous 6 minutes..so he was probably a little tired. We were beaten on several delayed icings in the third period.
I honestly think Tortorella's BS logic is the funniest part there.
Man's got his panties in a bunch. I mean, not enough effort? Really? Maybe they should have penalized Ramo because he'd be so much cooler if his name were Rambo. Or how about penalizing Tortorella for neglecting to use "Just for Men" on his goatee?
I hope Green tricked the ref or linesman to get that faceoff in there end, dragging his feet or whatever. Awesome thanks Mike you may have saved our season. IMO we dont work the dumb refs and linesman to our advantage enough. Huet did the other night getting us a PP; now we have two people that know how to work the system to our advantage. Part of hockey has always been: inconsistent calls. Teams have an advantage over us unless we do the same as they do.
Tortorella was hilarious from that first icing through his press conference.
"I'm not going to talk about the third period." hahahaha
yeah Tortorella is pretty entertaining when he gets bent out of shape on the bench.
On the Green icing call the linesman appeared to be giving Green a bit of chiding. Obviously a judgement call. Tampa was just throwing the puck up the ice a few times previously..that probably didn't help there cause when it came to borderline call there.
Bruce deserves his own thread. He has done the near impossible, brought us from 14th place halfway through the year to the playoffs, a first in the NHL. He went 37-17-7 on a team that was far from perfect. But his aggressive style is new to this town. He's a gambler - he wants the guys to go out all and keep the pace of play in their end, forgiving mistakes when bringing the attack. But then he sold that style to the players, and told the guys to just believe in it. The players have embraced it, and he has succeeded. He said that hockey is not rocket science, that the players just need to be believe. It's not, and they did, and we are in the playoffs after an incredible 4 months.
I believe that he should get the Adams and be the NHL Coach of the Year.
I was really getting tired of having a grudge against Hanlon but I just couldn't shake it and now that is just washed away in part because the new coach helped lead our team to an outstanding accomplishment. Now I can look at Hanlon and think well he must have done something right in helping many of the Caps develop the skills and hockey discipline that make this team so multi dimensional.
There are so many candidates this year. Heck, the three worst teams in the East all made the playoffs and th 10th place team looks like it may well end up the #1 seed. Even if Stephens isn't a serious contender, I see no way to parse out Carbonneau, Julien and BB. Montreal suffered some important free agent losses and shot to #1 in the East. Boston dealt with absurd injuries and somehow made the playoffs. And we all know BB's pitch.
Out west, it's hard to overlook what Trotz did with a Nashville team that was intent on getting rid of all of its good players. And Quenville's Avs suffered ridiculous injuries as well.
BB's first task will just getting into the top 3 finalists. I think he will, but it isn't 100%.
And, fwiw, I think Backstrom's candidacy is going to be hurt badly by the fact that Ovie is winning all these awards and BB is an Adams contender. Voters, especially those from north of the border and west of the mississippi, are not going to be comfortable with a team that qualified for the playoffs on the last day of the season racking up 6 of the 10 major awards.