What the hell has happened to the Capitals? It seems like just last season they were supposed to be Cup contenders. Now people are talking about canning the GM and coach (again)?
Leafs were up 3-0 at one time
and even 5-3 in 3rd and lost in OT to the Buffalo Referees
as I said before i dont see the caps getting in
just get it out
just get it out
gutless hockey at it's finest
now 3-2 typical
easy to figure why Ovies goals are down
Zero chances at empty netters
meanwhile Stamkos lives on the ice come empty net time
you know Ovechkin the best forechecker on the team
Nice move by Semin all by himself to win it
Hmm, Caps made it into the playoffs. How are they going to fare against the Rangers?
The last few times they've met in the playoffs, the roles were reversed.
He's 37th in the league in scoring. Not only that but both Semin and Matt Hendricks, who has all of 4 goals this season, are showing him up in the shootouts.
It doesn't appear he will ever have another 100+ point season ever again. It a shame too because that is what the Capitals are paying him to do. His lousy 27 assists this season ranks him at #120. At age 26 he appears to me to have burnt himself out compared to what he used to be.
I went to the game last night and except for his goal he looked terrible.
As far as the "Capitals Suck" a win Saturday coupled with a Florida loss in regulation and the Capitals will win the Southeast division for the 5th straight year.
If only a certain baseball team that plays in Baltimore would "suck" that bad...
I'm a bit worried about the goaltending. Neuvirth had to be helped off the ice last night and there is still no word on how bad he is hurt. Vokoun has a groin injury. No word on him either.
Going into the playoffs with their 3rd string goalie does not make me comfortable.
Ovechkin needs to step up as do a few others. That will be of some help.
I just hope they can make it tough for whoever they face. Can't really expect a whole lot this year, unfortunately.
First....I don't really care what you think Think...The empty netters are REAL..If your not on the ice you can't get the cupcake goals. Has nothing to do with theory. Your trying to tell me if he was on the ice with an empty net he would be a non factor....Hilarious
Secondly....wonder where this organization would be without the GREAT 8 ?
I know one place they wouldn't be....IN THE PLAYOFFS this year.
For the record ALEXANDER OVECHKIN put the Washington Capitals back on the map. The Caps were a non-factor at the time.
Attendance had dropped big time, so much so that many Caps fans are now called front runners and bandwagon fans. The Great #8 changed all that with his outstanding play.
Lot's of factors go into his stats dropping off. Not just his own play. Afterall this is a TEAM sport.
Yet somehow you want to throw him right under that bus. Well sir not I. He his the face of this franchise and most would agree.
So you enjoy yourself in the minority that bash him locally. So you want to place most of the blame on him ? Seriously, maybe you don't know hockey like you THINK you do.
Your post over on Sunspot stated he hasn't scored any goals since March 25 yet he has 11 in his last 15. What's he have to score every night to make you happy. Admit it....you don't like the guy.
When he turns it around and I know he will (age 26) do me a favor and don't jump back on the wagon bro...quietly walk away please.
Lastly.....5 years of playoffs. Good achievement I guess...Because even YOU would have to admit much more was expected of them. Cup favorites I believe
I THINK I know the Orioles stink every year without your help. Yet I still love them. Just like I love the Caps. Regardless of what you think THINK
Last edited by durango46; 04-07-2012 at 01:44 PM.
Ovie's numbers are down because his linemates suck. No Backstrom for 40 games, no Green on PP most of the year, he makes 2 or 3 great passes a night that get shot into the glass or into the goalies chest. If Vokoun is out for the playoffs we won't win a series. Now that Neuvirth might be out we might not win a game.
but they are in .....
maybe the lower expectations in the playoffs will serve them well this year ......
An article in today's Post reminded me of something I've said every year on this forum going into the playoffs - you don't want to go into the playoffs all fat and content. In fact, most hockey players will tell you that they prefer to be the underdog and start any series away from home.
Having to fight to make the playoffs could be a good thing. I haven't seen them play for a few months, so can't comment about their play. But coming in with something to prove against a team that should be better (at least on paper), is a good thing, IMO. Heck, look what it did for Cornell against Michigan.
After the first few games, we'll all have a good idea how far this team will go in the playoffs.
All this said, the play of the net minder will determine how far a team goes in the playoffs. If you don't have a wall in net, you can have an entire team of OV's...and it still won't matter.
Go B's!! Oh, and BC will take the D1 hockey championship, IMO.
Let the defense of our Cup begin:
The greatest hockey city in the world! Correction. The greatest SPORTS city in the world!
Last edited by slapshot; 04-07-2012 at 11:21 AM.
Little known shocking fact: Highest active points per game in the playoffs? A Ovechkin
Caps beat the Rags. Looks like 7th seed vs Baawstaan. Say chow-dher!
It's official. Matchups in East set
NYR-Ott (NY in 6)
Fla-NJ(NJ in 6)
Pit-Phi(Refs won't let Pit lose. Pit in 7)
Caps took 3 of 4 from Bos and the Bruins haven't been the same since Obamagate. However, they are coming off a season where they gave you a blueprint on why they can win a Cup and the Caps can't: depth down the middle. Lucic,Bergeron,Seguin and Krejci will be a huge challenge for Backstrom,Laich,Beagle and Perreault. Going to take a superhuman effort from Ovie and Holtby with Ward,Semin and others needing to step up. I give the Caps a 30% chance of winning this series.
Stamkos 97 points, Ovechkin 65.
He once put them back on the map but a lot of credit goes to Ted Leonsis. During Ovechkin's first two years the Capitals did not make the playoffs. It was a rebuilding process.
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