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Caps lead by two after two

10 Mar

After the unusually good first period, except for the misshap that lead to the Bruins scoring with five seconds left in the first, the Caps left the ice feeling good with a one goal lead offered by Matt Hendricks.

The Caps came back firing in the second, but the Bruins also came back with strong momentum and managed to snag another goal via Marchand tieing it at two a piece with 16:02 to go in the second.

THe Caps didn’t let that deter them as they rallied on, Jay Beagle scoring a beauty off a Semin pass at 11:22. The Caps didn’t stop there, with Brooks Laich doing some damage at 17:31 assists going to Wideman and Ovechkin.

So far, Caps, so good. Let’s hope they can keep it up and get two points. Who knows, maybe via a Perreault hat trick.

Lucky game 601

23 Nov

Tonight was another successful game for the Caps, with a 4-3 OT win against the Winnipeg Jets. While the win was great, as usual. Some other aspects of the game could be considered just as sweet.

After receiving a press pass the other night; Semin came out ready to show Boudreau nachos were not to his liking. Semin tallied first just over 5 minutes into the period via a beautiful pass from Ovie. How’s that for effort, Bruce?

While Chimera didn’t score on his 600th game, he made sure his 601st game counted! After Winnipeg scored to tie the game at 13:21, Speedy Feet came in just 12 seconds later as the Caps regained the lead.

Near the bottom of the second, Niklas Backstrom scored with 3:08 left, to have Washington regain the lead yet again after Winnipeg’s Wellwood scored at the bottom of the first. Not a bad 24th birthday present, eh Nicky?

The Jets tallied again, making it a tie game at 3-3, which eventually lead to OT. Caps fans best friend, I assure you. To quote Joe B “Pavelec will be seeing some more of Washington’s number 25 tonight, I’m sure” He couldn’t have been more true as Chimera scored lucky number two of the game with 1:52 left in OT.

Not only did Chimera get the GWG, he now leads the Caps with 8 goals. It may not have been Chimera’s 600th game, but number 601 will sure be one to remember.

Much ado about Semin

21 Nov

After the Caps embarrassing game against the Leafs ,you can’t slice or dice that game any other way. Boudreau has decided something needs to change (I’m glad someone’s listening to me!)and his idea of change is to bench Semin. And by bench I mean make sit in the press box and eat nachos.

I don't think he likes nachos...

Was this a good decision by Boudreau? I like to think so, Boudreau’s message clearly wasn’t getting across before, so if making him eat nachos for one night works, and he plays up to the caliber of talent he has, it was totally worth it. You can’t disagree with me, Sasha fans.

My two cents?

Semin is a really, really talented player and I truly respect him for that. But his (sometimes) seeming lack of effort is very frustrating to watch. Especially when it looks like everyone else is playing hard.

Another important note I’d like to point out, Semin did score a goal in our game against Winnipeg. That was great, but if you look at his play outside of that game, you’ll realize something has to change.
Whether he gets a wake up call or it’s the rest of the team. Anyway you slice or dice it, somebody or something has to get the Caps refocused, energized, and ready to compete at their highest caliber.

Hey Caps, there’s a game going on…

17 Nov

I am absolutely disgusted by the Caps right now (now being the end of the second where the Jets scored 3 goals). I have never seen such a lack of effort, heart, or play by any team I have ever watched. Much less the so touted “best team in the NHL”. My PE floor hockey team play better than these guys and 3 of the players don’t even play!

How is it that we have some of  the, arguably, best players in the NHL but we fail to win game after game to easy opponent after easy opponent. And for chrissake, our defense isn’t even at the game! Did we lose them at the airport? If our defense is so lacking in depth that one player makes or breaks the team, then we need to reevaluate the players we have.

Last year we had our infamous eight game losing skid; something changed, the Caps finally got the message, playing Ottawa of all teams. This isn’t an eight game losing streak, yet. But with the way the Caps are playing, I wouldn’t be surprised if we finished at the bottom of the league.

Something has got to change. At this point, I don’t care if it’s players, coaches, or whatever. Some thing has got to get across to these 22 players that they have to play hard, every damn minute they are on the ice. I don’t care if we’re winning by 50 goals with 10 seconds left.

Someone has got to get the point across to them, you don’t win by standing around in your zone watching pucks fly into the net. are they going to get that message, for the 50th time? I damn sure hope so.

It all started with the Saber tooth tigers…

15 Nov

Helmet? Check. Intense look? Check. Movember mustache? Double check!

That’s right folks! Onthe  first “real” road trip the Caps face the Predators. Sounds scary, right? Their 8th place in the Western conference? not so much. That’s not to say they aren’t a good team, they are 3rd in their division (that ain’t saying much) and have Defensive fire power Shea Weber.

That’s not to mention the suddenly Pekka Rinne who’s save percentage is an impressive .929%  and has 8 of their 16 wins under his belt. And last but not least, the Preds offense. Well, lack thereof… It seems the Caps have found the Preds kryptonite seeing as their offense (minus 3 players) has shown up about as much as the Caps defense. Yeah, not so hot.

Does this mean this game will be a piece of cake? not at all. With a hot goalie and equally hot defense, we’re going to have to stay on our offensive and defensive toes. you aren’t off the hook either Vokoun! If the Caps stick to their guns and just play good hockey, we should be fine. But without Green *gulp* things could get a little hairy from time to time. I’d also love for Brucie to get the memo his crazy line changes AREN’T working and just causing Caps fans minor heart attacks. Can we win this game? Yes. Will we? depends on who shows up and, most importantly, time.

Caps vs. Devil wears Prada (3-2 SO)

14 Nov

Better late than never, no? With Hugh Grants “Pop Goes my Heart” blaring in the background infused with baby wails; I recall that late and cold night.

The Caps did part two with the christmas ornaments Devils in the Phone Booth this past Saturday. You read that right, folks. The Caps played the Devils back to back. Don’t ask me why, Gary Bettmen’s the one with all the crazy scheduling ideas.

the second game went down as you might expect; the Devils were tired and angry. The Caps were also tired and angry, just about different stuff. The Devils were angry about losing and the Caps were angry about accountability. Different messages, same vein, eh? At any rate, the Caps came out strong in the first making it 2-0 via Speedy feet Chimers and Brouwer.

The Devils decided that just wouldn’t do as they came back with a presence in the second and third periods to make the score tied at 2-2 by Skyora and Carter. While the Devils had it going on, clearly, the Caps were about as mobile as my Great Grandmama in a wheel chair. Not so much. They recorded just 2 shots on goal! I’m pretty sure my high school’s A team could do better than that.

If you thought the second was drier than the Grand Canyon, you’d be wrong. The third period was icecapades lead by, your favorite, #6 Dennis Wideman! Someone give that man a sticker, preferably sparkly. The Caps and Devils had a total of 9 shots on net. Either they were really tired or the defense was spectacular. I’m just going to go with the first due to our recent issues…

With no score in the last 20 minutes of regulation; the Caps were headed to fan favorite, Overtime! Overtime was even more depressing as both team only recorded one shot on net and no score resulted. You know what that means folks, Shoot out.

Was this the part where I switched to watch Pineapple Express because Shootouts always make me super nervous? I can neither confirm nor deny this. Either way, the Devils ended up with one more goal via David Clarkson with the fourth shootout goal.

All in all, it was a decent game. I wasn’t impressed with the second or third perod but considering they had worked their butts off the night before and were dead dog tired, I give them a pass. Also, a pat on the back for Wideman. Really great job, you workhorse. And a pat on the back for the other hard workers, you know who you are.

Caps vs. Devils wear Prada (3-1)

12 Nov

I know I’ve missed a lot of games, but for good reason! My sister, Erin Alsobrook, was born Wednesday at 8 lbs. 11 ounces and 21 inches. I feel that takes precedent over hockey. I’m back though, and ready to deliver my biased opinions and (somewhat) snarky commentary.

Last night, in many ways, was a night for the Caps to redeem themselves. Redeem themselves to the fans, to the coaches, and most importantly, to themselves. If any of you have twitter (don’t lie, you all do), you probably would have seen some strongly worded quotes from Mike Knuble, our loveable veteran winger (#22). He called out his team mates, as well as himself, because they “played like losers and clowns” (paraphrasing). While those words might be strong, he couldn’t be closer to the truth.

He was quoted after their embarrassing loss to Dallas. It was a game we could have easily won after tying it up at 2-2 in the second. But the Caps had forgotten there are three periods in a game, not two, as the Stars poured on Neuvirth scoring 2 goals and one empty netter. This game wasn’t a stand alone failure; the Caps had lost 5-3 to the Islanders. Let’s just say the stories about the same as the score.

Last nights game they had a clear message from Bruce, one that came from f-bomb laden speeches and bag skates, don’t get comfortable with your early lead. If you don’t keep up the work you aren’t going to keep the lead and we’ll just be a mediocre team. Which, the Caps most certainly aren’t.

The Caps played like they usually do in the first, kinda sluggish, giving up a goal. Although I must say, Adam Larrsonn’s laser is one to look out for Neuvy. Although one rather routine thing happened, and it got a very subroutineine response. Semin had an offensive zone penalty (questionable, I know) and Boudreau decided it ended there.

Much to the shock of myself and Sasha fans alike, Semin was benched pretty much the rest of the game picking up only around 10 mins of ice time. kick in the rear? Yes. Will it register and do any good? Tonight will tell.  

The second period was where the momentum changed as Caps Super Star Alex Ovechkin got a nice wrister to make it a tie game at 1-1. The second period ended a tie game with three successful penalty kills by New Jersey.

The third period was the Caps lucky one as they scored two goals via Jason Chimera’s speedy feet shorty at 2:27. As well as Mojo getting his Mojo on at 10:43 to seal the deal.

Al in all, a solid game. The Caps do need to work on accountability, as they recognize, as well as just playing all three periods. Those are really their keys to success, and that’s all Boudreau can say. The players themselves have to put what Boudreau and themselves say to action. We’ll see how tonight’s game goes in way of accountability and playing the full 60 mins. Until then, I have a baby sister and 11 month old cousin to play with.

Good Sasha vs. Bad Sasha

11 Nov

Where to start? As I’ve said before, Alexander Semin is the best hockey player in the NHL. When he wants to be. Note key word WANTS. As we all know (ex) fan favorite Matt Bradley, lovingly called Brads, called out Semin because of his lack of care and effort. Sparking the #SashaCares hashtag amongst Sasha lovers throughout the twitterverse.

While it is arguable Brads motive (were his panties in a wad over being dropped or was he preaching the truth he wasn’t able to while playing for Washington?) there is one absolute fact you can take away from this; Semin hadn’t been playing good, smart hockey.

There is no way you can slice or dice that pie to see it any differently. He has been taking stupid penalties (see routine offensive zone penalty), taking shifts (games) off, and just playing lazy hockey. After all these “allegations” came out Semin has appeared more focused and an all around better player these past few weeks, at least most of the time.

Old habits die-hard, and in this case Semins routine offensive zone penalty was too hard to let go. In tonight’s game (I’ll have the recap up tomorrow), Semin was benched after a questionable stick penalty in the first. Now you’re probably saying “He shouldn’t have been benched for that! If you saw the replay you could clearly see it wasn’t a penalty”, but that’s only have of it.

Yes Boudreau did bench Semin because of his (questionable) stupid decision tonight and also because he didn’t seem to “have it”, but it was really about what’s been going on the last few weeks. Heck, the past few seasons!

As stated above, Semin is inconsistent. He’s more hot and cold than Katy Perry’s hit from forever ago (recall those tween days?) and you can almost bet that if he’s played well or has gotten a goal, he’ll get an offensive zone penalty. It’s like clockwork, but the wrong kind of clock work.

The way he plays is one of the major reasons we crap out in the playoffs (unless we’re playing the Rangers). We’re inconsistent, don’t show up, and play stupid. I’m not blaming the earth, moon, and stars on him; but as a major fixture of this team, he needs to play more like the player he’s capable of.

As far as his contract extension, Boudreaus benching spoke more than any press conference could. He’s trying to get the message across that everyone on the team is accountable for their actions, even the stars. I expect if things keep up the way they have the past few seasons, he probably won’t get the extension. Time will tell, for Alex Semin. In many ways.

Islanders vs. girlscouts (5-3)

5 Nov

There was no mistake in that title, Caps fans. It was the Islanders vs. the Girlscouts. We were pitiful, damn pitiful. what part of defense is supposed to stay in their own zone and help prevent goals do the Caps not understand!? Girlscouts could’ve played better than the Caps did! (I say this being a former girl scout). How does a team that has won its division 7 times lose to a team who’s regularly in the bottom 10 in the standings? This game shouldn’t have even been an issue, much less a 5-3 loss.

The whole point of getting a lead is keeping it and rushing the net. What did we not do? Rush the net and keep the lead! This isn’t anything new, guys. They taught you this way back in pee wee hockey when you thought girls had cooties.

The Caps defense being as weak as diarrhea wasn’t the only glaring issue, but their old-enough-for-Depends goalie played just as well as my 9 month old cousin; HORRIBLE. Caps, you can’t honestly expect to win a Cup if your defense is weaker than water and you have an unpredictable goalie.

You can talk about it all you want, and try all the wacky line combos to your heart’s content. But until your defense gets serious, you’re no more a threat for the Cup than the Panthers. Keep that in mind next time, boys. You might actually show up.

“Paging the Caps defense, would you please come to the Verizon Center? the Ducks are kicking our asses!”

2 Nov

You know that thing of where players help protect their own end and prevent the goalie from having to play twister while standing on his head? yeah, that’s called DEFENSE. Something of which the Caps are significantly lacking!

Where can we check this out!?

Look, I know we won. Woohoo! pop the bubbly! But in reality, we have some major things to fix. You know, our weak as diarrhea defense and our inability to rush the net. If we don’t fix those things, we’re just where we were last year. Out far to early with far too much talent.

This isn’t a new problem either, this has been going on a LONG time. Think when I could quote Barbie out of Barbie Rapunzel. The issue isn’t that we   don’t have talented players, we do. But they just aren’t  playing smart defensive hockey.

I get we have some extremely talented offensive minded Defense guys, like Green and Carlson. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t responsible for their own zone. Their number one job is to protect their own zone, clear the puck, and help the goalie. Scoring goals and getting fancy comes afterwards. That’s how you win games. And THAT is how you win the Cup (See: Boston Bruins).

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