So I'll kick it off. Last night, 5-on-5 was even, and it appears that Gordon, Morrisonn and Jurcina are becoming the Caps' equivalent of Madden, Stevens and Rafalski. "There's the other team's best player. Go shut him down." Big surprise, special teams failed the Caps and save the Pens.Fleury looked very awkward, and not in a "Hasek looked strange there, but he appeared to be in control" way, but in a, "Hey, the puck's coming, I gotta do something" way. And he left a LOT of rebounds in the slot.Pittsburgh played the trap better in the third period than I thought they would. But prior to that their defense looked shaky. (And when Gonchar's your top defender, you've got issues.)In the playoffs, they've got to figure out a way to score 5-on-5 if they want to advance, because I can't see them getting 3-4 goals a night on the power play in the playoffs.
I just took a look at the standings, but based on the standings it's possible that the best team in the southeast can finish 9th if NYI & TOR pass TB & Atl & CAR. Absurd? Not when you look at the standings, which show that 3rd place (based on division leader) ATL has 88 pts, 6th place TB has 86, 9th place CAR has 84 pts, 10th place NYI has 84 and 11th place TOR has 84.I'm not saying this is going to happen (i'm almost positive it won't), and even if it does it would be an anomaly more than an indictment against hockey or the SE division. But it's pretty unusual for a division not to have it's leader safely in the playoffs at such a late date.
My previous post assumes NYR & MON (87 & 86 pts, respectively)also stay ahead of or pass pass TB & ATL. And TB is in 7th, not 6th.
From ted's blog:"The Pens fans came out in droves too last night. I saw several season ticket holder seats near the owners box filled with people in Pens jerseys. And of course, many people drove the 4.5 hours down from Pittsburgh to see their team play on a week night. I am sure when we are battling again for a first place division spot that our fans will do likewise."What do you all think of that bolded comment?
Desperation? A weak attempt to assure fans that better times are coming? Not very good typing skills?
Agreed on all accounts, CD.
is your problem with the prospect of W-Caps battling for #1 or TL's assessment of Wash fan support?
I don't really have a "problem" or strong opinion with his statement. But I am curious what others think of the second half of the quote (that Caps fans will travel to see the team when they're winning).I guess if pushed to make a choice, I'd say his statement is more wrong than right.
caps fans never traveled to follow the team even when they were good (im not sure if they ever were though, if so its been toooo long). They cant even follow them from the suburbs to the city.
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