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?


  13. Malreg says:

    Does snow on the ground in the last week of April mean 6 more weeks of hockey? 😀

  14. JD_ says:

    No, but Caps poo on the ice means at least two more weeks of Habs hockey.

    Here’s a toast to Caps poo!

  15. riazp says:

    nope it means that montreal is freezing over ’cause we’re gonna beat them caps!

  16. SeriousFan09 says:

    Poti being out gives us a good advantage heading in to game 7, cuts off Carlson’s veteran partner and forces WSH to scramble their D-pairings to try and create something to block us off.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  17. JD_ says:

    Kevin Mio’s piece quotes Bruce Boudreau: “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.”

    In the interests of full disclosure, it’s worth pointing out that Mio left out the part at the end where Boudreau said, “Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.”

  18. avatar_58 says:

    Me I wanted to join the crowd in the wave. Halak was godly

  19. ShaunT says:

    I’m surprised Boudreau was able to step on the ice without falling through!!!!

  20. pov says:

    No doubt the loss of the veteran presence of Poti is a huge break for the Habs in what is now a one game series.  Poti’s leadership and excellent two way play has also elevated raw rooke Carlson’s game without doubt. I can’t see Boudreau going back to Theodore, what do you folks think?  For the sake of the Habs, I hope he does, but I think it’s much too risky a move and Boudreau knows it.  If Theodore would go in and let a soft early one or two, even with the Caps” potent offence, it may mean curtains for them. And besides, the young Russian goalie has looked pretty good and sensational at times.  You can’t blame him on Cammy’s pair in the first and it’s questionable whether he could have had Lapierre’s well placed blast in the third.  It’s going to be a long 32hrs. till puck drop!! Go get ’em Habs!!






    “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” Samuel Johnson

  21. HalGillsNumberOneFan says:

    I just watched the interview with Boudreau this morning on the caps website, and basically he talks about Theo letting 3 in a row in game 1 and 2. If the coach can’t get over that, he’s not going to play Theo. Personally, Varlamov is not the goalie he was in the postseason last year and I think that the caps defence is not superb either. I think the habs have a good shot in game 7. Poti is not a HUGE loss for the caps, just like Spacek isn’t a big loss for the Habs. It’s going to be a good game.

  22. HalGillsNumberOneFan says:

    I just watched the interview with Boudreau this morning on the caps website, and basically he talks about Theo letting 3 in a row in game 1 and 2. If the coach can’t get over that, he’s not going to play Theo. Personally, Varlamov is not the goalie he was in the postseason last year and I think that the caps defence is not superb either. I think the habs have a good shot in game 7. Poti is not a HUGE loss for the caps, just like Spacek isn’t a big loss for the Habs. It’s going to be a good game.

  23. Mikey_39 says:

    With Halak in nets and Hal Gill and Josh Gorges in front of him, I feel like this team can take on the world. 

    I do think it’s time to sti bergeron tho. He brings nothing to this team right now.  I’d rather roll with 4 lines. If you guys remember when he was injured, our third and fourth line had never been better.

  24. cautiousoptimist says:

    Agreed — I for one would love to see SK74 setting up Moore and Pouliot on the 3rd, and Metro between Pyatt and Lapierre on the 4th.

    1. – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  25. joeybarrie says:

    Let’s see how Carlson will do without his partner POTI. This makes them even weaker defensively, and hopefully have to change a few things. I think we have a VERY good chance to win game 7. I think we have the momentum and the pressure is still on them. Their obviously spooked, and hopefully Varly will continue to play like he is.

    ALL I KNOW IS THIS. We heard alot of talk about this team. Alot of people gave up on them even before the season. Alot of people wrote them off for the next 5 years because our season was plagued with injuries. The critics didn’t expect us to make the playoffs. The fans wanted us to tank.

    But in the end, they showed us what we were made of. What we are capable of AND most importantly its only the first year of our new team.

    Carey Price or Jaroslav Halak. Doesnt matter which way you look at it. Your giving up a GREAT goalie. Screwed either way.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  26. cautiousoptimist says:

    Wikipedia says:

    “While playing for the Johnstown (PA) Jets early in his career, Boudreau had a minor role in the hit hockey movie Slap Shot, appearing briefly wearing the green
    sweater (#7) of the opposing Presidents against the Hanson brothers’

  27. Laramy87 says:

    Boudreau is shaking, the curse of the presidents trophy lives on???? The wings were the last team to have won the cup and presidents trophy in how mny years?????

    So whenthe habs win tomorrow and coyotes win tonight, we are going to have seeds, 4, 6,7,8 in the ast moving on and 1, 2, 3, 4 in the west moving on… thas crazy

  28. The Juice says:

    Would rather have the Wings win in your scenario for more symmetry: 4,6,7,8 in the East, and 1,2,3,5 in the West.

  29. chilli says:

    Just a summary of my thoughts:

    – The dumbest post I have read all year was by I’m sure a fine person named joebarrie who yesterday wrote: (regarding the starting of Halak over Price): “This is a big mistake. I dont understand the reasoning behing the choice to put in Halak instead of Price”. 

    Now, I almost replied to the statement yesterday saying Halak started the season as the #2, earned the #1, is the only reason we made the playoffs, is the only reason we are still in this series so he deserves it no matter what. Now that was of course before he came out and played the best game I have seen a goalie play in 20 years. So, joebarrie, any other bright ideas? 

    – Jack Todd is a silly sports writer. He shouldn’t be writing about sports because he is an immature fool. His attack on a 22 year old kid is meaningless. The only person allowed to write about conduct and respect for tradition is Red Fisher. Jack is a child who never played any sports. To attack someone who at 22 has achieved far, far greater accomplishments than that of a 55 year old….. pathetic. And on the eve on a do or die game 6, he writes an even more childish article about Gomez being ugly….? 

    – Say what you will about Gainey… but our best players in the most important games of the season: Gomez, Gionta, Camalleri, Gill and Halak. And they all have a great attitude. Haven’t heard much out of Kovalev, Koivu or Komisarek lately. Thank you Bob.

    – Pleks…. pretty invisible in the big games. How much is this guy worth really? 




  30. Laramy87 says:

    Disagree with your pleks comment, he is one of our best penalty killers and chews up big minutes while creating offecnce

  31. cautiousoptimist says:

    Pleks, seriously?  The guy has 4 goals and 3 assists in 6 games and has been killing penalties like a fiend.  Couldn’t agree more about Todd and Gainey though.

    1. – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  32. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pretty sure joeybarrie was saying that in jest after th Game 5 results, noting how as fans, we’re rarely right about who should be in nets or on the ice.

    – Todd’s just a malcontent who never forgave Price like some in this city for not being Roy in 2008, it was unfortunate that he’s struggled so much and the organization didn’t give him the right kind of help (a veteran goalie partner, AHL Time) but he needs to get off the vendetta. The Gomez thing, I’m pretty sure Gomez as he always is with the media, was joking and Todd flew off the handle as he generally does because he’s a malcontent who thinks he should be running the Canadiens.

    – I think the team’s true character is showing right now, Gainey decided to go out and sign the best playoff performers he could find. Yes we’ll never take a President’s Trophy, but we’re still in the playoffs and taking it to the President’s Trophy winners because our guys are taking it to ’em because this is when they play their best hockey, they know when it matters.

    – Pleks was pretty big on the PK and playing defence last night and he does have 4G, 3A in 6 games, compared to his ‘little girl’ year where had 3G, 6A in 12 games. PPG in the playoffs is pretty good I’d say, plus he’s a great PK guy.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  33. Big Ted says:

    I don’t know whether that comment on Pleks was sarcasm or not, but he has been great this series. Clutch goal in game 1 and excellent penalty-killing. I agree that the Habs best players have been the Habs best players: Gomez, Pleks, Gio, Cammalleri. The energy guys have given energy: Lapierre, Moen, OB. The guys who are there for D and hard work have been doing it: Gill, Gorges, Pyatt. I will however disagree with you on the comment about the former Habs. The guys this year ahve shwon more heart as a team, but I think it’s very unfair to say Koivu had a bad attitude. The guy carried this team through a lot over the past few years, and he was the captain when we came back from 3-1 down against Boston. Montreal owes a lot to Koivu, even if he never won a Cup.

  34. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    was it or was it not Gainey who brought us Kovalev, and was it or was it not Gainey who TRIED TO RE-SIGN both Kovalev and Komisarek????


  35. BoomBoom says:

    Don’t understand what has gotten into Jack todd, the guy used to be funny though his knowledge of sports was always kind of crappy! But he wrote well and was entertaining. But now instead of being knowledgeable and funny, has become nasty and stupid. His attack on Price are over the top. And he has a hard-on hatred of Gainey. I think he is one frustrated novelist who is turning into a grumpy old man.



  36. B says:

    Todd appears to have sunk to simply trolling for a reaction.

  37. salshabs says:

    Well said on all both points.

    Hard to grasp what Carey Price went through these last few years, but, and it has been mentioned in these posts before:

    First, they picked him at Number 5 in the lottery draft, after the lockout, which really shocked the hell out of all of us, (I know I was shocked) Then, did not allow him to develop in Hamilton, despite the fact he won a WJC Gold Medal, and Calder Cup. He should have at least STARTED the next season in Hamilton. A huge tactical, and personal error, on the part of Gainey.

    In my experience, and I’ve been a passionate Habs follower for over 50 years, before these last few seasons, when they began to bring up young guys like Price, Dagostini and Pacioretti to play in Montreal, Habs management, as a rule, did NOT permit their draft picks/rookies, to dress in a Habs uniform, before they FINISHED their deveopment in the AHL, etc.  Obviously, Habs Management has been attempting to fast track the younger players, because the pressure to win NOW is driving them to do so. That’s the GD Leafs way of doing things!!! It’s not like the Habs have had any recent draft picks on the level of a Crosby, Stamkos, or Doughty. These guys have a level of maturity that allows them step right in. Maybe they over estimated Carey’s level of maturity? Bottom line is, he folded like a cheap suit by the end of his first season. His confidence fell to a low he has never experienced before, and, now it is a constant struggle to get it back.

    Halak, on the other hand, is a product of the system when it works the way it was designed. PK Subban will be well served by his year in Hamilton, even if he stays now for a long run at the Cup. 

    Back to Price, paying him a large sum of money, and, unleashing him, in one of the best party towns in the WORLD, without proper adult supervision, was an even more egregious error. It has been well documented by now. All we can do as Hab fans,  is hope that he will find his way somewhere else, hopefully out west, where his immense potential can finally be realized. Thanks for everything Carey, best of luck.

    Halak must be signed, although the question has to be asked, are the Habs going to be able to afford to pay him what he will expect?

  38. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    amen to you for your Koivu support, Big ted.

    and then not naming a replacement captain?

    I don’t think because Halak stands on his head and steals game 5 and 6 for us that we should all jump up and down and celebrate the “great GM, Bob Gainey”

    it was gainey that brought us all of the 10 guys he got rid of last summer – except for Koivu – who was not offered a contract- disgraceful

    Gainey ran after Kovalev and Komisarek  but could not get the deals done – those were THE ONLY 2 he ran after, in fact – how ironic is that.

    Gainey built 1 team, then watched it fail, fired his best buddy Carbo, who he described as his best move as a GM – then went ahead and spent 30+ million building this team.

    at least, let’s get our history right.

    am I thrilled the Habs are winning? Yes

    does Gainey deserve the credit for Halak stopping 53 shots last night? NO

  39. B says:

    Koivu failed to carry the Ducks to a cup this season, so some point to that as a clear indication he is a failure there as well. I believe the Ducks will be very happy to have Koivu back next season.

  40. Big Ted says:

    Hockey is a game of inches and a game of luck as much as it is skill. Sometimes a team that barely squeaks by teh first round goes on to dominate the rest of the playoffs and win the Cup, but they could have just as easily been knocked out if it weren’t for a lucky bounce or a bad penalty. You need a lot of pieces to fall into place to go all the way. All a GM can do is give his team the best odds to win games by finding not only the most talented players but the players who will work well together. Gainey found some players who fit well and some who don’t, and if I were him I would have tried to keep Koivu. We don’t know how things would have played out if Koivu were there instead of signing some other player, so I don’t think the team’s success or failure is a reflection of anything he did. Koivu can only be judged for what happened while he was on our team, and I honestly believe the teams he was on were better with him in the lineup.

  41. VancouverHab says:

    And another point from me, Mr. Gainey gets the blame when we do poorly and he thus gets the credit when, like last night, we do supremely gloriously  unforgettably well.

    See above, by the bye, for the fallacy of thinking that excellence is error-free. Or, as Churchill tells us, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”

  42. kazmojo says:

    Exactly right. Gainey did some good things, but also some not so good things. And sometimes to be good, you have to have a bit of luck. Losing out on Komisarek and Kovalev was just luck.

  43. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    exactly right – good luck not to have re-signed Kovalev and Komisarek

    what about Tanguay for a 1st and a 2nd rounder – pay him millions – and then lose him for nothing after 1 year?

    good luck or bad luck?


  44. VancouverHab says:

    A successful person is not he who never makes mistakes: rather it is he who recognises and then corrects his mistakes.


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