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Postby welch » Sun Dec 28, 2008 2:31 pm

I'm beginning to love this team. Had a deep affection for the late '80s team, with Langway, Murphy (didn't get enough respect), Stevens, and Hatcher on defense.

It's taking me some time to learn the players -- hey, that number 27...isn't that Mike Ridley???
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I've only seen one Caps goal to equal Ovechkin's slide-goal, and that was a goal by Peter Bondra, probably against the (ugh) Penguins in a playoff when Bondra skated pated the goalie, with a defender oh his shoulder, and, somehow, instantly took the puck in reverse, and then snapped a wrist-shot goal that everybody asking, "where did that shot come from?"

We don't see much of the Caps on TV in NY...not like the tough old days of the Patrick Division. We're visiting our son in St Louis, and he has some special package that gives him every game.

Like I say, I'm re-learning the players, but wow!

Good to read the steady Caps coverage here on THN.

(Yes, I have an opinion on retiring Mike Gartner's number, and Langway is the only number I'd retire...but who cares much when they play like this??)

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Postby Bob 0119 » Sun Dec 28, 2008 2:43 pm

welch wrote:(Yes, I have an opinion on retiring Mike Gartner's number, and Langway is the only number I'd retire...but who cares much when they play like this??)


I'm not sure if you already knew this or not, but Langway is one of the Caps' three retired numbers along with #7 Yvon Labre ('74-'81) and #32 Dale Hunter ('87-'99)
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Postby Bob 0119 » Mon Dec 29, 2008 2:02 pm

welch wrote:Good to read the steady Caps coverage here on THN.



And BTW...Thanks! :up:
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Postby welch » Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:53 pm

I'm not sure about Dale Hunter and Labre. Hunter was a good guy, but a heart&guts player rather than a skilled star. And Labre played so long ago that I suspect management retired his number just so someone ould be retired. The early Caps were so bad that they used to advertise tickets by saying, "...but when we win, it's amazing!". (Like last year's Nats, unfortunately.)

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Postby welch » Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:20 am

Meanwhile, who beat the Rangers on a short-handed goal? What's the record?

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Postby MDSKINSFAN » Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:34 am

Ovechkin's going to be playing with even more motivation and I think he showed it last night with the SH goal. He's gotta be pissed he wasnt voted a starter to the All-Star game. That is a joke.

And by the way what Cap got in a fight last night? I saw it but didnt know if I heard right. Was it Semin? Whoever it was waled on that guy.
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Postby JansenFan » Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:44 pm

Chris Clark, Alexander Semin and technically Michael Nylander, although all he did was get sucker punched.

Semin won, but it looked like he smacked the crap out of the guy, rather than punching him. I would make fun of him, except his hands are way more important to the Caps than whether he won the fight, so it was probably better that way.
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Postby welch » Sun Jan 04, 2009 5:26 pm

The Post re[ported that Semin was thrown out of the game for not having his "fighting straps" tied properly. Ovechkin remarked, approximately, Semin doesn't fight, so he doesn't prepare, but when you have to fight, then you have to.

Likewise, I thought of Semin's hands, especially if the other guy still had his helmet on.

However, how about win over the Rangers? Six wins in a row?

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Postby JansenFan » Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:46 am

Six wins in a row, 24 of the last 25 regular season home games going back to last season, the most points at this point in the season in the history of the franchise, most points by a head coach in the first 100 games by any coach in Caps history. Fire, passion, grit, depth, accountability; this team has everything I wish my other favorite teams had.
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Postby Bob 0119 » Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:45 pm

JansenFan wrote:Six wins in a row, 24 of the last 25 regular season home games going back to last season, the most points at this point in the season in the history of the franchise, most points by a head coach in the first 100 games by any coach in Caps history. Fire, passion, grit, depth, accountability; this team has everything I wish my other favorite teams had.


No kidding, right?

Boudreau seems to like the high powered offense. He loves defensemen that can score. It leaves the goalies out to dry a little, but after the 5-4 OT win versus New York (where the Caps came back down by 4) I think this team has started to believe thatthey can score at will and aren't out of a game, even if they're down by a mile.

I've posted more of my thoughts here

They sure are fun to watch!

Also: I wasn't sure if anybody was even reading this thread I can go back to more monday through friday content if you guys would like.
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Postby welch » Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:30 am

Bob:
Also: I wasn't sure if anybody was even reading this thread I can go back to more monday through friday content if you guys would like.


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Postby JansenFan » Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:39 am

Don't be afraid to discuss in the blog section comments, as well. Its nothing more than a glorified message board where only a select few can start a thread but anyone can comment on it. Sure, I have to approve every comment, but I'd happily do so if a lively discussion start up. I already have to mark 50 spam comments a day. At least 50 real comments would be more interesting than learning about Levitra, how to spam other blogs and stupid randomly generated comments that make no sense other than that there is a link attached to it.
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Postby Bob 0119 » Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:48 am

1/7/09

Today’s Storyline

Jose’s night
– Jose Theodore wanted to beat the Flyers last night and it showed. “We owed them a game,” Theodore said after the game. He stopped 33 of 34 shots in regulation and overtime and all three shootout attempts last night in a 2-1 win against Philadelphia . The lone goal that Theodore gave up was on the power play. In his last two games he has given up only two goals and the Capitals have now won seven one-goal games in a row. Theodore is now 2-1 this year, allowing two goals on nine shots and is 11-3 in his career in shootouts, allowing only nine goals on 47 shots (.809). As the Capitals continue to roll into the second half of the season, Theodore looks to continue his hot hand. He is on a six-game winning streak and has a 1.85 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage during that span.
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Postby Bob 0119 » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:12 am

The Caps reigned in their offense last night to play a little D. It's hard to blame them considering the 7-1 shellacking they took from Philly in their last meeting.

This gamae was more than just the Caps giving Theodore the defensive support he needed; Jose put in an all-star performance as well.

Both teams had quality scoring chances multiple times throughout the night, only to have the door slammed shut by top-notch goaltending. Both goals were scored on heads-up plays, but in the end, it was Victor Kozlov who scored the only goal in the shootout that sealed the deal for Washington.

For those playing along at home, that's a 7 game win streak, and they are now 18-1-1 at home.

They are currently 1st in the Southeast Division, with a 10-point lead.

They are currently 2nd in the Eastern Conference, 5 points behind 1st, and 6 ahead of 3rd.

They are currently 4th in the League, 6 ponits behind 1st, and 5 points ahead of 5th.
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Postby MDSKINSFAN » Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:32 pm

Bob 0119 wrote:1/7/09

Today’s Storyline

Jose’s night
– Jose Theodore wanted to beat the Flyers last night and it showed. “We owed them a game,” Theodore said after the game. He stopped 33 of 34 shots in regulation and overtime and all three shootout attempts last night in a 2-1 win against Philadelphia . The lone goal that Theodore gave up was on the power play. In his last two games he has given up only two goals and the Capitals have now won seven one-goal games in a row. Theodore is now 2-1 this year, allowing two goals on nine shots and is 11-3 in his career in shootouts, allowing only nine goals on 47 shots (.809). As the Capitals continue to roll into the second half of the season, Theodore looks to continue his hot hand. He is on a six-game winning streak and has a 1.85 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage during that span.


Jose looked great last night. Since that Rangers game I think he really has clicked and is playing really well. And with him playing well and with the offense that they have on most nights, I have very high hopes for this team. By the way, that was a great move and shot by Kozlov in the SO to win. I really wish Ovie could get on track with the SO. You would think someone with that much skill it would be easy for him to beat a goalie one on one.
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