Capitals look to regroup for Game 7

Courtesy of Ben Raby from the Washington Capitals Radio Network:

Arlington, VA. – The Capitals returned to practice Tuesday afternoon in northern Virginia with all but five players taking part in the optional skate. Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin were among those exercising their option, while defenseman Tom Poti was also missing. Poti has been ruled out of game 7 after taking a puck to the eye late in last night’s second period. Head coach Bruce Boudreau suggested that Poti could be out “2-3 weeks (or) it could be longer.”

Poti leads the league with a plus-9 rating in the playoffs, and has been on the ice for just one even-strength goal against in this series. Poti and rookie John Carlson have arguably been the Caps best defensive pairing through the first six games.

AUDIO: Bruce Boudreau | Eric Fehr | John Carlson | Mike Green

“Tom Poti has been great,” Boudreau said. “You’re losing one of your best experienced players. It’s a tough thing. But these are the playoffs, you lose players, people come in, (and) it’s a chance to be heroes. That’s what hockey is all about.”

Meanwhile, the Caps were still scratching their heads over Jaroslav Halak’s 53 saves in game 6. It did provide this gem from Boudreau though, who led the American Hockey League in scoring in the 1980s and was asked if he ever faced a goalie who would just not be beat. “I’ve faced those goalies, and you want to take your stick and hit him over the head with it… but you can’t do that.”

As for who the Caps will start in net for game 7? Boudreau says his mind is made up, although he would not name names. When asked if Semyon Varlamov’s game 7 performance against Pittsburgh last spring (four goals against in 22 minutes) would factor into his decision, Boudreau said “no, but his play in game 7 against the Rangers might (one goal allowed in a 2-1 series clinching win)”


  1. Dintrox says:

    Habs vs. Pens

    Flyers vs Bruins

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  2. FSUPhi1584 says:

    More than once too

  3. Storm Man says:

    you have Theo playing what Wednesday night? Slowpitch

  4. HABSsince92 says:

    Iv’e got a feeling that Theo will be playing tomorrow night.


    Been a Habs fan since I was in 2nd grade and sat behind Patrick Roy at the Aud.

  5. Shublips says:

    Tom Poti is a plus-9 for them in the playoffs.  Wow, that’s a big loss.

    Whatever, the Habs need to win tomorrow regardless of who is or isn’t in the lineup.

    Go Habs Go!

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  6. pmaraw says:

    it would be the penguins if that happens

  7. pmaraw says:

    i’m pretty sure they did hit halak over the head with a stick

  8. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    it is quite funny how some of you have been sucked in by Jack Todd.

    the guy is PAID to stir up controversy.

    it is his job to be critical of certain “popular” athletes – he adds “spice” to the gazette’s sports pages.

    he is playing a role – and very often its the “bad guy”.

    thousands of people pay money to read what Jack Todd has to say – because he is so controversial – and this helps the gazette sell advertising

    its big business.

    don’t you get it?

    He knows that there are thousands of Price fans out there who have been upset all year, and he knows how to piss those Price fans right off.

    Ask Boone.

    When HIO gets a little stale, Boone was willing to “play the game”. he would throw in the odd Price vs Halak remark, or whatever it would take to get the spice back into the recipe.

  9. Mr.Hazard says:

    “Raby” is such an unfortunate last name! “We should have the Rabies over for dinner!”

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  10. derfab says:

    You got it right, though the same can be said for a few other coaches I’m sure. He has a certain swagger and charm that comes with a winning team, but he’s nothing special and will be gone if Waqshington fails to advance.

  11. Big Ted says:

    I have less and less respect for Boudreau the more I hear from him. He talks about not being allowed to hit Halak, yet that is exactly what the Caps have been doing all series long. He even got hit on the head last game. The only smart thing he did was take Theo out, although to do that, he had to lie right to Theo’s face after telling him he had a long leash. Even though Varlamov hasn’t looked very good a couple of times, it’s clear Boudreau doesn’t have any confidence in Theo. He just won’t come out and say it. So far, what I have learned about Boudreau is that he will lie to his own players, he whines about everything to the refs and the league, he has no system, and he’s willing to play dirty to win. Sounds like quite the piece of work to me.

  12. arrow says:

    Who do we play next when we win Game 7?


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