Round 1, Game 4: Capitals in command of series

Canadiens’ Tomas Plekanec is checked by Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin during the first period on Wednesday night. John Mahoney, The Gazette

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• At a Glance: It was a see-saw battle for the first 40 minutes of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal between the Canadiens and Capitals on Wednesday night. But the Capitals exploded for a pair of quick goals midway through the third period en route to a 6-3 win.The Capitals opened the scoring with a power-play goal by Alex Ovechkin 8:10 into the opening period. It was Washington’s first power-play goal of the series after going 0-for-14 up to that point. Michael Cammalleri got that one back a minute later on a backhand from in close that eluded Semyon Varlamov. The Canadiens took a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal of their own in the second period when Brian Gionta pounced on a loose puck behind Varlamov and pushed in into an empty net. It was the only one of 21 Canadiens shots that Varlamov could not stop in the second period. But for the second straight game, the Capitals scored a shorthanded goal, this time with seven seconds to play in the second period when Mike Knuble scored off a perfect feed from Boyd Gordon. Washington came out buzzing in the third period and it would eventually pay off as Ovechkin scored his second of the game 11:09 into the period, using his blistering wrist shot to beat Carey Price. Less than a minute later, Jason Chimera made it 4-2. Knuble scored the fifth Capitals goal into an empty net with 2:27 to play, but Dominic Moore scored with just over a minute left to play before Nicklas Backstrom scored with 10 seconds to play.

• What It Means: The Capitals lead the best-of-seven series 3-1

• What’s Next:
Game 5 of the series goes Friday night in Washington. Should Game 6 be required, it would be next Monday night in Montreal.

530 Comments

  1. LeopardSeal says:

    That debate is all over the internet, and there is no need to rehash it here.  Suffice to say that:

    1.)  Ovechkin outplayed Crosby head-to-head in the regular season this year, the regular season last year, AND the playoffs last year.  Pittsburgh won because the rest of their team, particularly their goalie, had more stamina than Washington. 

    2.)  The Russian Olympic hockey team had major issues.  Poorly coached, too many KHL players, etc.  Crosby was not a factor in that game anyway.

    3.)  The World Juniors?  You can’t be serious…

    4.)  If you were going to build a team completely from scratch, maybe you would start with Crosby, but I wouldn’t.

    Honestly, we were shocked when Ovi signed a 15 year contract to play in DC.  We thought for sure he would want to play for a big hockey town like Montreal or New York.  We are blessed to see him play here, and to cheer for him.  He is our Mario.

    Pittsburgh has Crosby.  We have Ovechkin.  You have…nobody.  We also have Backstrom.  You have nobody.  We have Semin.  You have nobody.  We have Green.  You have nobody. Smack smack smack smack smack.  Are you learning anything yet?

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  2. KenD29 says:

    Not bad. But I would still take Crosby on my team any day over Ovi !! 

    World Juniors, Stanley Cup and oh yeah, Gold medal at the Olympics?!
    Crosby playing like a house on fire against the Sens so far..

    What does Ovi have again?!!

    Now how’s that for SMACK!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  3. LeopardSeal says:

    If Ovechkin were using, the Olympics would have caught it even if the NHL didn’t.

    You demean yourself, your team, and the game with this foolishness.

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  4. LeopardSeal says:

    Complete and utter nonsense.

    2-4-6 in 3 games is a nonfactor?  Please.  What kind of numbers would he need to put up for you, all wise and all knowing one, to consider him a factor?  3-4-7 in 3 games?

    You all just keep focusing on Ovechkin.  He is just the first among the Young Guns.  Semin and Green haven’t played up to their potential, but don’t expect that to last.  And Backstrom has torched you.

    Ovechkin didn’t fold last year in the playoffs, he had 14 points in 14 games.  I don’t know what universe you are in, but it is a wishful thinking one, to be certain.

    Of course, the Caps are SO much better than the Habs that if we GAVE you Ovechkin tonight, we would still win.  Howzzat for talkin smack?

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  5. shootdapuck says:

    Ian, where did you work as a diver?

    What kind of diving were you doing ? Saturation, Rat-Hat , Scuba?

     

     

     

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    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  6. Say Ash says:

    JM can’t make a save for Halak, I understand. But he can call a timeout, which is something that Boudreau has appeared to do more effectively. And sitting out players that have had success against the Caps this year is another move I just don’t get.

  7. Hayward4Price says:

    No disrespect to you, but I’d hardly call pulling a marginal, aging goalie out coaching.  I don’t see how people always jump to that conclusion.  The disparity of talent between the two teams is enormous.  No matter who the Habs put out there, if every single Hab is not giving 100% and Washington is not having an off night or an off few shifts whereby the Habs happen to capitalize, we cannot compete no matter who is coaching.  If the Habs scored at least 2 goals in the first period last game when they were dominant, it would have changed the game completely.  Washington would play sloppy and try their typical stretch pass and hopefully the habs would cpitalize even further.

    Putting Halak back in net was not a bad move.  He is a good young goalie who had something to prove…unfortunately it didn’t work out.  Had he stolen the game, we’d be praising JM.  It was Halak failing to execute more then JM being outcoached.

  8. jimmy shaker says:

    Except that Hammer’s mistake lead to the beginning of the end for us last game!  And Spacek has been the guy that’s been tracking Ovi this series more often than Hammer, also I do recall Gorges, Gill, MAB and Marky getting there fair share of OVI.  JM wasn’t hell bent on getting the Spacek/hammer match up on OVi and CO.  ALso game 2……Backstrom coming over the line, Hammer backing in and backing in and backing and backing in on Jaro, Backstrom shoots from the top of the face off circle,  using Hammer as a screen and boom, great shot and great goal.  So he shited the bed in Game 2 and got the ball rolling for game 3.  But your right, he hasn’t been hurting us as bad as MAB.

    SHaker

  9. pic1983 says:

    Agree.  In the last two games, the D has done to jaro what theyve been doing to Carey all year.  they’ve been backing up too much and playing to defensively.  Its like the D-men are trying to play goalie, rather than cover their man.  On ovechkin’s goal last game, our two d-men were pretty much right at the top of the crease, while ovechkin is standing alone in the slot. 

    Martin has to get the players to have confidence in their goalie, and make sure to cover their man.  The capitals have way too much skill to give them the kind of space we’ve given them the past two games. 

     

  10. savethepuck says:

    Totally agree with with your comment that it’s professional sports and what someone deserves or what is “fair”, should not be an issue.  There were a lot of posts earlier to that effect.  Still no 100% confirmation as far as I’m concerned but it’s obviously highly likely.  Or has it been confirmed by JM yet and I haven’t read it.

  11. KenD29 says:

    This is the playoffs. Spacek witll be in there!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  12. Say Ash says:

    Getting out-coached by Boudreau.

    Man.

  13. twocents says:

    Ooooo.. Gnome, such an angry word! I shudder.

    If you read carefully, I hardly relied solely on plus/minus. I looked at several aspects. Plus/minus as a stand alone stat is fairly useless. However when compared within the same team it becomes more meaningful. And, when compared with a player you play with most it becomes quite useful. In only 3 games MAB is -3 worse than his partner Markov.

    And the guy you say adds zero to our offence at least has a point in the series, unlike our gnome. Hamrlik also had the third best regular season point total among D and was a rock in Markov’s absence. Sure he can and should be playing better right now, but he is not hurting us as much as the MAB.

    And, if you hadn’t noticed Hamrlik and Spacek are often playing against arguably the world’s best player and one of the NHL’s premier lines.

  14. jimmy shaker says:

    Why can’t Hammer have this stupid virus that Spacek can’t seem to shake? 

    Shaker

  15. Laramy87 says:

    Spacek a game-time decison?!?!?!?!?!? he has been one of our best d-man in this series, i hope he plays tonight

  16. pic1983 says:

    I was just saying on this site the other day that I never thought id miss frankie bouillon.  Hes smaller than all our defensemen, yet plays bigger and more physical.  Physical (not big, physical) defensemen are definitely on my wishlist for next season.  Not one of our current defensemen play with any form of physicality.

  17. KenD29 says:

    True! But he brought his buddy Backstrom and Knubble with him!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  18. pic1983 says:

    Jacques Martin doesnt have stones like Bruce Boudreau unfortunately.  Boudreau didnt like what he saw from theo and immediately replaced him and never looked back. 

  19. Chuck says:

    Gotta agree. Coaches have no problem benching a skater for not being on his game, so why insist that the goalie finish the game if he’s having an off night? 

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  20. Chuck says:

    Oops. Double. And not the good kind. 

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  21. KenD29 says:

    Three nights in Montreal for the Caps! Ovechkin who loves the nightlife here, will be a no show on the ice tonight. Too tired and hung over.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  22. Bob Barker says:

    I guess I should fire my writers. 

  23. Psycho29 says:

    How about a “STERRRROIDDDD” chant everytime Ovechkin touches the puck tonight???

    :-)

  24. Bob Barker says:

    Yeah his analysis is often terrible. I prefer the silence. 

  25. Bob Barker says:

    Good to see you got your Prozac prescription refilled. 

  26. Laramy87 says:

    All analysts said this series was over before it started… Its far from over.. we have play only 3 damn games

  27. Caballero says:

    You are onto something dude, do you guys remember Frank’s hit on Ovechkin?

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPRWIXTdQLs


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