So after a lengthy network-connection delay — if only Starbucks ran the Verizon center Wi-Fi — I’m online! Let’s go…
scratched (no surprise there); also Poti a last-minute scratch . . .
apparently Poti skated in practice, then was pulled from the ice before
practice was over. Neuvirth in net; does Theodore have the flu, as
reported, or is it something more? All this intrigue… we’ll know by
3:00 tomorrow, eh? In the meantime, chime in with your thoughts on the Caps’ trade deadline moves.
- The Caps have killed a too-many-men penalty, allowing no shots (nor any shots for the first 8 minutes overall.
- Alex Semin missed a wide-open net with a backhander aimed for the roof but it sailed high.
- A disappointingly sedate period for the Caps–a few unconverted chances, but no consistency to the play.
spoke too soon about sedate–the Canes are lining up for a penalty
shot, Eric Staal patrolling the neutral zone like a shark, Neuvirth
calmly waiting for the refs to chat with HQ in Toronto to see if it should be a penalty shot or not… I did not know that was a reviewable call (learn somthin’ new every day!).
after a tedious consultation with Toronto, it is indeed a penalty shot,
and one that beats Neuvirth high glove. No fault of Neuvirth’s… that
was a laser of a shot.
- Terrific flurry around the Canes’ net
to end the first, but to no avail. Nobody likes last-minute goals
against… Coach Boudreau will likely tear up his voice by the end of
this intermission exhorting his charges to get their heads into this
During the intermission they play “The Bird Is The Word” during the Scarlet promo… arrgh, now I’ll have the Family Guy episode in my head the rest of the game. *sigh*
More to come, if the network gods permit it…
- Neuvirth has looked quick as a cat so far… even to open this period, a Carolina shot goes wide to Neuvirth’s left, and he’s across the crease hugging the right post before you can blink. Encouraging display thus far (knock wood).
- Semin crushed from behind into the dasher (boarding is the call) by Joni Pitkanen, 2 minutes, go to the box, you feel shame.
- Seconds later Cullen breaks down the ice, jukes past Ovechkin on the point, then leaves Green in the dust as he beats Neuvirth. Impressive end-to-end attack by Cullen, pathetic display by the Caps.
- When’s the last time the first two goals in a game were unassisted? Sure, the first was a penalty shot, but still… for that matter, how long has it been since a game’s first two goals were a penalty shot and a short-handed goal?
- OK, another shortie? Someone with lots of time on their hands, find me a game that started with a penalty shot and two shorties. We may be witnessing history… of course, the Caps are not on the good side of this record-setting performance.
- Aaaand the Caps, for fear of possibly giving up another short-handed goal, quickly commit a penalty to even it at 4-on-4. Whew.
Since things are pretty ugly here tonight, an aside: Why do people frantically bang the glass as the play nears their seats? I find it irritating, and I do not understand the appeal. Sure, curse the opponents and/or the refs, shout your support for the team… but standing and banging on the glass? Seems a pointless plea for attention, and pretty annoying to anyone sitting behind you too. Though if you’re a glass-banger (hey, I didn’t mean it like that) feel free to comment, I’d love to know the rationale.
- Hey! An even-strength goal! Of course it wasn’t by the Caps. My friend Todd just texted, asking, “Who stole my Caps and replaced them with this team?” Good question. Another defensive breakdown on this goal, with the rebound bouncing into the low slot and banged home by Chad LaRose (that is NOT a hockey name).
- OK, all the Caps haven’t surrendered is an empty-netter and an “awarded” goal, like when a player closes his hand over the puck in the crease. Oh, and an “own-goal” I suppose.
- The sarcastic cheers rain down as Neuvirth stops a puck that trickles onto the net.
- Ha! And the Caps score with 2.8 seconds left in the second. The comeback is on! But seriously, congrats to Semin, scoring an impressive goal while sliding on his knees — his 100th NHL goal. Too little too late this game, but a sweet goal nonetheless.
- Not much to report. Some high energy from the Caps to open the third, but a slide back to lethargy. The D is still scrambling around ineffectively.
- Whoooo. This live report, like the game itself, is petering out. My apologies, but the Capitals are giving us very little to write about tonight… well, very little we want to write about.
- Bing! Fedorov whips a wrister into the net, enlivening the remnants of tonight’s crowd. Of course that energy is stifled seconds later by Mike Green’s penalty.
- OK folks, signing off for the night. Here’s hoping the Washington Capitals show up for Thursday’s game, rather than whoever wore their jerseys tonight.