Monthly Archives: March 2009

Video of the Day

Today’s video is courtesy of Christian Valvano

There’s nothing really to say about this…just speechless.

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Upcoming Matchup 4/1 vs Islanders

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Wednesday April 1, 2009 @ 7 PM @ Verizon Center

TV: CSN-DC                                           Radio: Listen Live!

46-23-7 Record 25-41-9
2nd Conference Standing 15th
27-9-2 Home v Away 9-26-3
3-1-1 Last 5 Games 1-3-1
24.8% (2nd) Powerplay 16.9% (t-21st)
80.1% (21st) Penaltykill 82.3% (t-11th)
99 Points 59
245 Goals For 189
222 Goals Against 244

Notes:

  • The Capitals need to either gain 3 more points or have Carolina lose 3 points to clinch their 5th Divison title
  • Alex Ovechkin has 7 points (5g, 2a) in 3 games against the Islanders this season including two 1st star performances–Ovie also has 11 points in his last 5 games
  • Mike Green has only notched 4 assists in 12 career games verse the Isles but is currently on a 6-game point streak (5g, 4a)
  • The Caps haven’t recorded more than 100 points in a season since the 1999-2000 season (102)–Their highest points total was in the 1985-86 season (107)

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Video of the Day

Today’s Video of the Day is a two parter.  Here’s a couple songs by a band called Pummeler from Maryland about Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.  Check out their MySpace page here.

This is the song called “Ovechkin”, you gotta love the Slapshot quotes

This song is called “Crosby Sucks” and will surely please Caps fans.  Is that Mr Hankey Poo in the beginning of the song?

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Caps Beat Tampa Without Semin 5-3

Brian Pothier scored his first goal since his return from a concussion to give the Caps the win and his first notch since Dec. 27, 2007

Photo Courtesy of Kaatiya via Flickr

Photo Courtesy of Kaatiya via Flickr

 

Alex Ovechkin recorded his 52nd and 53rd goals of the season last night, but sans a huge celebration or Alexander Seminin the lineup.  The Tampa Bay Lightning said Alex was going to pay for his celebration a week ago, and they went after Ovie all night to try and get their payback.  Actually, no they didn’t.  In fact they might have stayed away from Ovechkin allowing him to score two goals (one was an empty net) and get two assists.  OK that’s enough about the stupid celebration controversy already.

The Capitals dominated on special teams going 3-9 on the powerplay and shut down the Bolts PP four times.  In their last four games the Caps only had 2 PP goals on 15 chances.  Nicklas Backstrom also recorded two goals, and reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career.  Brooks Laichalso stepped up with three assists including one on the game-winning goal by Pothier.

The game was tied 3-3 early in the third when Pothier took a feed from Laich on the weak side.  He blasted the one-timer that deflected off a Tampa player and into the back of the net.  Pothier felt good his first 3 games back, but this huge goal certainly helps the Caps D-man in terms of confidence.

“I had to hold back the emotion a little bit,” Pothier said to the Post. “Just to feel like I’m contributing. It had been a few games. I was feeling like a spare part, but to put one in, an important goal, that was pretty special.”

The Caps also pulled into 2nd place with the win, after the Devils fell to the Blackhawks last night in overtime.  The Eastern Conference still has three or four teams that can still make a run for the playoffs.  Here’s the Conference standings–NHL.com–the Panthers and the Sabres will look to pull ahead of Montreal.

Washington is only 3 points behind the Conference leading Bruins but they have 3 games in hand on the Caps.  There are only 6 more games in the season–3 straight home games followed by 3 away games to close out the season.  The Caps will face the Thrashers twice, the Islanders, the Lightning, the Sabres, and the Panthers.

3 Stars:

* Nicklas Backstrom *

** Alex Ovechkin **

*** Brian Pothier ***

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Video of the Day

So some of my friends and I were talking about this video the other day, and I couldn’t believe some of them hadn’t seen it.  It was on Sportscenter’s NOT Top 10–but hey we still love ya Ovie.  Somebody get this guy a shot of vodka for cryin’ out loud!

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Upcoming Matchup 3/27 vs Lightning

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Friday March 27, 2009 @ 7 PM @ Verizon Center

TV: CSN-DC                                         Radio: Listen Live!

So the number one pick in last year’s draft isn’t having the best year ever.  Steven Stamkos is only 19 years old, but a lot more was expected out of him this season.  With poor performances coming from the Lightning all year(24-33-16 and in 14th place in the East) it’s no wonder his numbers are low.  Let’s see how his stats compare to Backstrom’s rookie season.  Keep in mind that Backstrom also played with the best player in the NHL–Alex Ovechkin.

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Nicklas Backstrom

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*Backstrom’s stats from Rookie Season 2007-2008

14 Goals 18
55 Assists 22
69 Points 40
13 Plus/Minus -11
3 Powerplay Goals 8
22 Powerplay Assists 8
4 Game Winners 1
153 Shots on Goal 153
9.2%  Shooting % 11.8%

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Caps Fall to Leafs in Shootout 3-2

After the Caps tied the game up with under a minute to go, Curtis Joseph replaced Martin Gerber and shutout Washington for the win

Curtis Joseph is 5th all-time in minutes played by a goalie with almost 54 thousand minutes, but he only needed six to shutout the Caps last night. 

Photo Courtesy of TSN.ca

Phot Courtesy of TSN.ca

Cujo came into the game after Martin Gerber was kicked out for bumping into an official.  The Caps’ Brooks Laich stuffed the puck in for the game-tying goal, which set Gerber off.  He started yelling at the official, and bumped into him as if it were an argument between a baseball manager and an umpire.  Gerber will be suspended for three games. 

Alex Ovechkin scored his 51st goal of the season when he blew down the right side and received a pass from Nicklas Backstrom.  He cut across the net and put the puck behind Gerber to tie the game at one a piece.

The Leafs struck late in the 3rd period to take a 2-1 lead, but the Caps battled right back with Laich’sgoal.  With 12 seconds to go, Ovie received a cross-ice one-timer but Cujo slid over to send the game into overtime.

The Caps dominated the overtime stanza out-shooting Toronto 8-0.  Cujo stood on his head, and managed to keep the puck out of the Leafs’ net.  The Capitals even had a powerplay with a minute to go and peppered the Leafs’ goaltender.

Jeffrey Hamilton was the only player to score in the shootout.  Ovie was the last shooter for the Caps but was stuffed by Joseph to give Toronto their 4th win in five games.

The Caps will be facing some pretty hot teams looking for a playoff spot in their next couple games–besides the Islanders.  But it’s safe to say every game for the rest of the season is going to be a battle.

3 Stars:

* Curtis Joseph *

** Mike Green **

*** Phil Oreskovic ***

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