Archive for February, 2012

Reimer The Crier


Worth noting: his glove is a tissue, meaning that it's soft.

If I’m a coach, and my goalie is crying, I probably pull him in favor of another goalie.

 

-Poke Czech

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The Caps Cap the Mounties – Caps win 4-2


The Capitals once again showed Canada that they have no relevance whatsoever to the United States. And to Washington DC. By destroying the Gay-ple Leafs, the Caps earned two points in both games of their back-to-back. 4 points in two nights. Not bad. The Caps play the Islanders on Tuesday – at home. The Caps need the points, so lets keep this up.

 

Worth Noting:

Mojo Jojo had a beautiful wrap-around goal tonight 32 seconds into the game. He also had an assist.

Semin had another one before the game turned 5 minutes old. By scoring, he continues to average around a point per game for the last 30 games. 30 points in the last 31 games to be exact. Not bad, Sasha, not bad.

Ovechkin was held goal-less, however, he had two assists, so it’s all good. He now has 26 points in the last 28 games.

Jeff Halpern shocked Toronto with a gritty goal in the second. At this point, all the Toronto fans left, and most televisions in Ontario were presumably either thrown out of windows or smashed with hammers.

Keith Aucoin (Yes, Keith Aucoin!) had a goal and an assist. That brings his grand total up to a goal and an assist in 8 games for the Caps this year. Yes.

Michal Neuvirth had a shut out through two periods until a CSN commentator jinxed it in the second intermission. It’s not your fault, Neuvy, we all know. The Leafs’ second goal was scored by knocking over Neuvirth and then bouncing the puck in off of him. I did not realize that goaltender interference isn’t called on Toronto (sarcasm). Neuvy made 28 saves out of the total 30 shots on the night for a 93.3 S%. I like what I’m seeing there.

The trade deadline is on Monday, so this was the last game the Caps will play before some players are possibly traded. They definitely left a good impression on McPhee, so he might have some trouble giving up some players – excluding: Hamrlik, Knuble, and Erskine.

 

Three star selections
1st: MARCUS JOHANSSON
2nd: KEITH AUCOIN
3rd: ALEXANDER SEMIN

 

The Caps face the Isles on Tuesday at the Verizon Center. As good as Neuvy has been, I expect him to be in the crease on Tuesday again.

 

– Poke Czech

I know, Ovi, we feel the same way about the last two days.

Caps Don’t Like Montreal — DC wins 4-1


The Caps could be the worst team in the league, but if they are scheduled for a game against Montreal, they are going to win. Ever since that tragic playoff series a few years back, the Caps have not lost in regulation to the Habs. In fact, the Caps are 6-0-1 against Montreal since that playoff series.

Let’s just hope that the Caps can pull out of this slump and beat a non-French speaking Canadian team tomorrow night, when they face the Gay-ple Leafs in Toronto at 7 PM EST.

Worth noting:

Caps win 4-1. Woo!

Semin had a point tonight – as usual.

Ovi had a beautiful goal set up by Mojo and Orlov.

Perreault scored – again.

Joel Ward scored for the first time since January 7th. It was an empty netter.

Michal Neuvirth was a god, as expected. He stopped 30 of 31 shots from Montreal.

Oh – and Bourque became ever more notorious in DC tonight as he scored the Habs’ only goal – shorthanded goal. Yikes.

Caps face off against Toronto tomorrow at 7:00 PM EST. If the Caps win, and the Jets and Panthers lose, the Caps will be temporarily in the Southeast division lead and in the playoff picture.

-Poke Czech

Caps Should Trade Semin? NO!


If you want to give up on the season, then yes, trade Semin. However, right now, he is the most consistent player on the team, and the most talented (while Ovi is injured). And who knows how long Backstrom could be out? Or Ovi? The Capitals lack of scoring cannot be pinned on Semin (who is averaging a point a game in the month of February).

So sure, if you want to give up on the season, then trade Semin. But considering that we are only two points out of a playoff spot, the season is not over for us, so let’s not treat it like it is.

 

On another note: look at Neuvy when he was drafted! He looks like he’s getting ready to go pick up his girl for prom. I would expect Neuvirth to make the start versus Montreal tomorrow.

"I'll have her back by 11, you know."

Rock bottom


That’s probably the nicest way to phrase it. The Caps have hit rock bottom following a 5-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.

The Caps take on the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa on Wednesday night.

-Poke Czech

Michal Neuvirth Meme


He’s trending world-wide!
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I hate seeing the Caps get scored on…


But at least it was by a Czech player. Tomas Fleischmann.