Hey, Jackets fan here and I wanted to thank the Caps for a very entertaining game tonight. You guys have a very, very good nucleus of players and so shouldn't be too bummed about results from this year. You guys were the President's trophy winners for a reason (curse? Maybe...).
I don't want this to come over as hostile, but I think Umberger was right in his comments he made earlier this month about Washington needing more grit/defense. Hopefully Carlson helps out with that. Also wanted to apologize for Jason "Cement Hands" Chimera, I didn't see if that shot was blocked or not but, well, he's special.
Anyways, I have to pick a new team in the East to root for. *sigh* See you guys next year and hopefully you guys continue to be one of the most dynamic, entertaining teams in the league.
Ya but it's game 7! It's THE biggest game of the year, and I hardly saw any of the caps truly sell out. Who was it that had to dive to keep that puck out of the net? Well he barely skated to catch the puck in the first place, which made that dive necessary in the first place. You need to be on that puck FAST, you hardly have time to waste. And the caps seemed to never dump and chase properly. All those times they turned the puck over at the blue line. If instead they'd dumped and punished the much smaller habs...but that didn't seem to be in Bruce's plan at all.
I'm not saying you have a bad team, because you don't. But Montreal wanted this more.
I'm going to have to agree with the central premise that the Caps lacked fire at appropriate times, and that you saw Montreal players making better decisions, hustling, generally focused and aware of the moment far more in the latter three games of this series than were the Caps.
From 3-1, the Canadiens dictated this series. They play the style of game that these teams played for three games, and there is no surer way of determining who has the advantage across the board than when one team makes the other play its core game.
A distressing number of Capitals were guilty of this. Hopefully it was just poor preparation, because otherwise it's in the ethos of individual players up and down the roster.
I also believe Boudreau was way late to identify and punish and adjust when players were not focused, waiting too long for the 'talent' to break out before going to his grinders.
Okay, silver lining time. Went to the game and got to watch Karl Alzner, he looked like the most composed of all our defenseman tonight and that includes when he had the puck on his stick. Carlson had some minor hiccups but he recovered nicely and nailed Cammaleri good on one. That pairing of Alzner and Carlson makes me smile when I look to next season. Same holds true for Varly and his play, I think we are going to be fine next year with him manning the nets.
Disappointed of course at the outcome of the game/series and that this is how Theo's career ends with the Caps. On the other hand I'm glad that this was the last game that I'll see Joe Corvo in a Capitals jersey, he for the most part was terrible for the Caps. Really don't see a need for any of the UFAs to be resigned. Rather see the likes of Perreault and a couple of other Bears join the Caps next season. Flash needs to go but Semin is just a more talented version of Flash, he can be easily knocked off the puck, but that being said I wouldn't mind Semin remaining with the team for next season, but Flash has to go.
Schultz really should not be a top 4 defenseman. Caps need to sign via FA a top level defensive minded defenseman to pair with Green for next season. Alzner/Carlson should make up the other pair and Schultz/Poti the third pair.
One other silver lining tidbit, I believe this means that we didn't give up our 7th round draft choice to Columbus after all, as Juice never did suit up for us.
Last edited by BiPolar Caps: 04-28-2010 at 11:08 PM.
This will be my first and last post in this thread, as I am sure I am going to get berated...
Your team needs to play defense, period. No commitment from your top players to the other zone. You dont think Zetterberg/Datsyuk/Richards/Crosby/Sedins/Toews help their all-star defensemen be all stars?
Backstrom is the only top player who backchecks. You have a defensemen who doesnt backcheck. Greatest coach in the world or not, defense people. Defense.
You are right.
Teams need to play some defense to change up the tempo when lesser teams like the Avalanche and the Habs play their "rope-a-dope" game in a seven game series.
Had the Caps sat back, played a slower paced game and late 2nd or early 3rd they kicked it up I think they would've found Montreal on their heals.
I don't want to seem like a troll here (or whatever it's called) but did anyone else feel like Ovie gave up on a lot of plays the last few games?
Just got back from the game. I don't recall all of them, but besides Ovie I remember Brooks Laich and Karl Alzner out there saluting the crowd as well as I believe Varly. The first player off the ice after the handshakes was Shoene Morrison and he went immediately to the locker room.
going back on VS' feed its:
Backstrom (who broke his stick on the bench)
Laich and Varly who gave their sticks to fans
Biggest problems were without a doubt PK, Halak and frustration
Was it just me or did the Caps give up trying to shoot around the defenders/Halak and just started trying to shoot it THROUGH them? I mean, there were a couple of good point-blankers in the mid-3rd period.
The main reasons the series was lost was the 1-32/33 PP that was ranked #1 in the regular season. You ran into a goalie playing out of his mind (we well have to try and figure him out) and the habs D was committed to blocking shots and limiting the top line.
Don't be too hard on the younger players, especially Varly. He is still a kid and will only get better. Varly is a keeper. Semin and Green were no shows but sometimes that happens with players early in their careers. Hossa and Datsyuk struggled in the playoffs early in their careers as well and now they are playing well.
I know the loss sucks and I was looking forward to another epic series between the Pens/Caps, but the caps players will gain experience from the loss. I think overall team structure could be better and that a new coach may help fix that and maybe teach Green how to play defense. A true defense first D man would be a good pick up in the off season. You guys will be back.
First of all you've got the most talented team in the NHL by a long shot. There is not one team in the NHL that wouldn't want almost everyone in your lineup. The Caps are the most dangerous team, and most exciting team to watch bar none. You have 3 stars on this team that our fanbase have been dreaming of for years. If not for Halak the series would not have been close. The Caps will challenge for, and win a cup sooner than later.
Your team will have to make hard decisions. BB didn't seem to have the ability to inspire the team or solve the PP. With as much talent as you have he should have been able to come up with something.
If we could get a second round in the upcoming draft for Flash I'd be happy. Some say that this may be the deepest draft since 2003. Like to reclaim a pick in the 2nd that we lost when we picked up Belanger.