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Eastside Terp

Caps 2017 .....

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I figured I'd start this before 2017 ended and every post the rest of the season won't be about Tom Wilson despite the fact he has been in the middle of a heck of a lot .....

Big game tomorrow night against the Devils .....

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That djoos goal was as pretty as it gets.....

3 passes to hit him at full speed moving to the goal....

Nice..  

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The niskanen goal was very similar.....

Multiplayer rush down rink, enter the zone on the left, pass over to the right face off circle and then hit the defenseman streaking full speed to the goal with the cross rink pass ...... 

Both happened right in front of us and worth the price of admission.....

Big win, but weird game, felt like we were playing a western team, not a metro "rival" .....

Not very aggressive, very few hits, only 4 penalties the entire game....

Several 5+ minute periods of non stop up and down the rink ......

Maybe cause the Devils are so young, no real animosity yet or because we jumped out 2 0 quickly ......

Nice video tribute to Mojo who spent 7 years here. ....

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Devil are IMO one of those teams that you cannot trust because of their youth.  They could finish in the top 3, or out of it altogether. 

Either way, big, solid win by the Caps.

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On 12/30/2017 at 7:55 PM, Eastside Terp said:

That djoos goal was as pretty as it gets.....

3 passes to hit him at full speed moving to the goal....

Nice..  

After that ravens fiasco yesterday, watching this today at least made me smile :) ....

 

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Dang, flipped on the Caps game after watching terps beat PSU and watch the caps give up 2 cheap goals in 5 minutes to give up the lead .....

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Ovi for the tie and ovi for the win ....

Closing in on 600.....

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That was one weird, sloppy, but ultimately exciting and fun to watch game.  Caps scored on themselves, lol. 

Ovi is looking like Ovi from the late 2000's.  He's creating his own shot, and that has to be scary for the rest of the league given the team around him has a lot of firepower.  It's also starting to become clear that without Niskanen, the defense suffers greatly.

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Caps need to right the ship ....

Went into the bye hot and came out losing 3 in a row .....

Pp has been dreadful, entering zone slow, mishandling puck and having to start over .....

Sometimes they waste the 1st minute without even being set up in their zone ....

Ovi did play a great game against the flyers with that diving, sliding defensive play out shining his goal ....

 

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4 hours ago, Eastside Terp said:

Caps need to right the ship ....

Went into the bye hot and came out losing 3 in a row .....

Pp has been dreadful, entering zone slow, mishandling puck and having to start over .....

Sometimes they waste the 1st minute without even being set up in their zone ....

Ovi did play a great game against the flyers with that diving, sliding defensive play out shining his goal ....

 

That was crazy.  Nothing like diving face first towards skates and the boards.

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Fun watching ovi win the hardest shot in the all star game skills competition.....

Only one over 100 mph and 1st forward to win in more than a decade .....

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Pens really turned on in the 3rd last night .....

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Caps seem to lose all of their mojo when on extended breaks.  Hopefully getting the win against Columbus gets them back on track.

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On 2/7/2018 at 10:20 AM, alienrace said:

Caps seem to lose all of their mojo when on extended breaks.  Hopefully getting the win against Columbus gets them back on track.

I wonder if that isn't because of the type of team they are, require a lot of passes, dependent on the pp.....

Same reason they are vulnerable to speed ......

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On 2/10/2018 at 8:49 AM, Eastside Terp said:

I wonder if that isn't because of the type of team they are, require a lot of passes, dependent on the pp.....

Same reason they are vulnerable to speed ......

Good observation.  They definitley do tend to get burned by fast teams because of the amount of passing, and teams like the Penguins who seem to gamble a lot to disrupt passes.

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Caps Pens good game so far ....

Caps 1 0 in the 1st.....

Ovi's 1,000 game....

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Too many penalties ....

How the heck did we get away with that 5 on 3 ....

Definitely have s decision to make on a goalie ....

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13 hours ago, Eastside Terp said:

Too many penalties ....

How the heck did we get away with that 5 on 3 ....

Definitely have s decision to make on a goalie ....

I was impressed by Ovechkin's slashing penalty that actually broke the other player's stick.

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All in all a good year, considering the expectations were low.  Making the playoffs was the goal, and they wound up winning the division. 

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20 hours ago, alienrace said:

All in all a good year, considering the expectations were low.  Making the playoffs was the goal, and they wound up winning the division. 

I'm ready for the playoffs, especially with how awful the Orioles are looking. 

MUST NOT LOSE TO PITTSBURGH.

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Yea, cup is best sports in spring .....

Never thought id be saying holtby should be sitting when the playoffs start .....

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Posted (edited)

So it's the jackets....

Pens in the second round again if things go as expected.....

The nhl is the only league that screws up playoff matchup so royally .....

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So who starts in goal? .....

A hot goaltender is key to going deep ...

I'll go with holtby but he needs to be on a short leash .....

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12 hours ago, Eastside Terp said:

So it's the jackets....

Pens in the second round again if things go as expected.....

The nhl is the only league that screws up playoff matchup so royally .....

I really hate the playoff format.  It's utterly stupid.  That said, either the Flyers or Pens will present a tough challenge.  That series is a tossup IMO.

2 hours ago, Eastside Terp said:

So who starts in goal? .....

A hot goaltender is key to going deep ...

I'll go with holtby but he needs to be on a short leash .....

I'm not sure really.  I have more confidence in Grubauer, but Holtby is probably the better choice in terms of experience.  He's not been the problem in the playoffs past, it's always been the lack of scoring combined with horrendous luck with this group.  Either goalie I think is on a short leash.  I do think though that this version of the Caps is much better equipped to deal with fast, gambling teams like the Pens who pressure the puck and try to cause chaos.  Caps are a fast team this year, and have been great at getting to the puck first.  The youth on the team has come up big this year, not to mention Ovi who should be MVP.  I think Kuzy comes up huge.  He's surpassed Backstrom IMO, and eventually will be the face of the team.  Might be the most talented player on the team really.  

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