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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: March 15, 2012 11:27AM

Poor Crosby. I hate, HATE the Pens but his career has really been hampered by those concussions. 3rd line? Guy was the best in the NHL! It's sad.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Gonads & Strife ()
Date: March 15, 2012 11:35AM

I knew it was over for Crosby the moment I heard the words "Malkin's Penguins" used on NHL network

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Warhawk ()
Date: March 15, 2012 11:41AM

More Complete Wrote:
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> Poor Crosby. I hate, HATE the Pens but his career
> has really been hampered by those concussions. 3rd
> line? Guy was the best in the NHL! It's sad.


Just like Lindros before him.

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That's not a ladybug, that's a cannapiller.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 15, 2012 11:53AM

More Complete Wrote:
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> Poor Crosby. I hate, HATE the Pens but his career
> has really been hampered by those concussions. 3rd
> line? Guy was the best in the NHL! It's sad.


Makes sense, they want him to play but on a limited basis.

Maybe its the best thing for him to do to have any sort of lengthy NHL career just a career journeyman.

Problem is most of goals were from cleaning trash up in front of the net, he doesn't rip'em from all over the ice the way Ovie does.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: March 16, 2012 03:26PM

Caps need to win tonight. Letting Winnipeg within 2 points with road games against Chicago, Detroit, and Philly coming up would not be good for their chances. Is Green back tonight? I know he got a three game suspension, just can't remember how many games it's been.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 16, 2012 07:55PM

I've always wanted to go to Winnipeg perhaps traveling to distant canadian cities will be a good excuse to do some traveling next season.

Anyways, I think Greene is still suspended. Not that it matters as i've said so many other times, i don't think his play brings much to table.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: March 18, 2012 05:18PM

Fully expecting a loss against Chicago tonight.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 18, 2012 05:42PM

Do your freggin' Ju-ju chant ceremonial sacrificial offering or whatever the hell it is and all be well.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: March 18, 2012 05:52PM

Hay Zeus Wrote:
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> I've always wanted to go to Winnipeg perhaps
> traveling to distant canadian cities will be a
> good excuse to do some traveling next season.

Why would you want to go there? I mean...other than to see the Caps on a road trip? There's not much to do there.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 18, 2012 11:35PM

Beer drinking, pizza eating, hockey loving, hot Canadian women with tight asses...need i say more?

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: March 19, 2012 12:05AM

Hay Zeus Wrote:
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> Beer drinking, pizza eating, hockey loving, hot
> Canadian women with tight asses...need i say more?

All of that can be had right here in the 703. The only one that requires any work would be the Canadian shorties. And you can find them right outside their embassy downtown just off the Mall...

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 19, 2012 10:16AM

Sadly, i'm not allowed within 100yrds of the Canadian Embassy...

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Gonads & Strife ()
Date: March 19, 2012 11:56AM

Hay Zeus Wrote:
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> Sadly, i'm not allowed within 100yrds of the
> Canadian Embassy...


Well maybe next time you'll think twice before sodomizing another moose... They take that shit seriously.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 19, 2012 12:39PM

If I was blacked out then it didnt happen, thats my story and i'm sticking to it.
Attachments:
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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 19, 2012 01:28PM

Looks like Bruce wasnt able to turn the Ducks around, just checked the standings and they are 12 points out of the 8th seed in the West.

Wonder if he's doing any commerical spots yet?

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Gonads & Strife ()
Date: March 19, 2012 02:02PM

I wonder if they'll dealer-swap a benz with BIG cup holders all the way from alexandria

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: G&S Fan ()
Date: March 19, 2012 03:19PM

Gonads & Strife Wrote:
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> I wonder if they'll dealer-swap a benz with BIG
> cup holders all the way from alexandria

Excellent call, m'Lord. Yeah...the only team that can make snarky-fail ads featuring a Stanley Cup holder? Les Habitants. It's generally advisable to...I dunno'...perhaps actually having WON a Cup before you would need a car capable of carrying one.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: March 19, 2012 03:20PM

Hay Zeus Wrote:
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> Sadly, i'm not allowed within 100yrds of the
> Canadian Embassy...

The rules of the Interwebz prohibit you from making such a statement and not providing context. ;)

Alternatively...ok, I'll bite...why are you not allowed within 100 yards of the Canadian Embassy?

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: March 19, 2012 05:19PM

Hunter should start Holtby tonight. They aren’t going to beat the Redwings at home so why not? The Caps really need at least one point, which means they will not get one. My reverse psychology ju-ju isn’t going to work.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 19, 2012 05:42PM

Caps Jihadist Wrote:
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> Hay Zeus Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Sadly, i'm not allowed within 100yrds of the
> > Canadian Embassy...
>
> The rules of the Interwebz prohibit you from
> making such a statement and not providing context.
> ;)
>
> Alternatively...ok, I'll bite...why are you not
> allowed within 100 yards of the Canadian Embassy?

Something about throwing poutine at the building in an alcohol induced rage the day i learned that Canadians celebrate thier "Independence" on July 1st and the Canadian Thanksgiving celebrated 5 weeks before the REAL American Thanksgiving.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: March 19, 2012 10:17PM

Hay Zeus Wrote:
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> Caps Jihadist Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Hay Zeus Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > Sadly, i'm not allowed within 100yrds of the
> > > Canadian Embassy...
> >
> > The rules of the Interwebz prohibit you from
> > making such a statement and not providing
> context.
> > ;)
> >
> > Alternatively...ok, I'll bite...why are you not
> > allowed within 100 yards of the Canadian
> Embassy?
>
> Something about throwing poutine at the building
> in an alcohol induced rage the day i learned that
> Canadians celebrate thier "Independence" on July
> 1st and the Canadian Thanksgiving celebrated 5
> weeks before the REAL American Thanksgiving.

Well, the first Canadian Thanksgiving was in 1872 while the US had their first Thanksgiving in 1863.

Their Independance Day is July 1, 1867, while ours is July 4, 1776.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 19, 2012 10:39PM

I'm aware but the calendar days on which they celebrate those holidays is slightly before ours. July 1st for independace and oct 8th for thanksgiving.

Btw, way to steal one on the road from Detroit. To bad hunter didn't put Ovie out in the last minute for a chance at a hat trick.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: March 20, 2012 10:38AM

More Complete Wrote:
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> Hunter should start Holtby tonight. They aren’t
> going to beat the Redwings at home so why not? The
> Caps really need at least one point, which means
> they will not get one. My reverse psychology ju-ju
> isn’t going to work.

I reversed the ju-ju psychology on itself for good measure. This team is Jekyll and Hyde. I have the feeling that a Dale Hunter coached team could do pretty well in the playoffs. The problem lies in getting there.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: ferfux ()
Date: March 20, 2012 11:05AM

More Complete Wrote:
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> More Complete Wrote:
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> -----
> > Hunter should start Holtby tonight. They
> aren’t
> > going to beat the Redwings at home so why not?
> The
> > Caps really need at least one point, which
> means
> > they will not get one. My reverse psychology
> ju-ju
> > isn’t going to work.
>
> I reversed the ju-ju psychology on itself for good
> measure. This team is Jekyll and Hyde. I have the
> feeling that a Dale Hunter coached team could do
> pretty well in the playoffs. The problem lies in
> getting there.


The Caps caught Two really good teams in the middle of slumps. The Bruins were going through a slump and the Red Wings had a 5 game losing skid. That said, the wings Barely lose at home. They only had 4 losses at home ice. So beating them and holding off that late crash net hockey was impressive. Its also good that Ovi has come on and had two goals. Holtby looked solid till the wings pressed in the third. maybe its a good thing that Voukun is hurt.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 20, 2012 11:57AM

ferfux Wrote:
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> The Caps caught Two really good teams in the
> middle of slumps. The Bruins were going through a
> slump and the Red Wings had a 5 game losing skid.
> That said, the wings Barely lose at home. They
> only had 4 losses at home ice. So beating them
> and holding off that late crash net hockey was
> impressive.

So true, usually DC teams are doormats for good teams looking to regain momentum during a slump.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: March 20, 2012 01:32PM

It's a sad day when Caps fans have to root for the Pens and Flyers and that will unfortunately be the case tonight.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: uFEEp ()
Date: March 20, 2012 10:38PM

its a sad day when the Phuckin Flyers cant beat the Freakin Phlorida Fanthers. PHUCK!

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: y3YKX ()
Date: March 20, 2012 10:39PM

at least the Jets lost.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 21, 2012 07:30AM

Wonder if Pens 8-4 Win over the jets has anything to do with Crosby being back in the line up?

If the Pens surge and the caps hold onto the 8th seed its possible they will be matched up against each other in the first round....Sure would make for some great playoff hockey in DC!

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 21, 2012 10:22AM

A throwback to the golden age of pro-hockey



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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: March 21, 2012 02:52PM

Nice clip there Hay Zeus. For a Dale Hunter coached team, I thought the Caps would goon it up a bit more. I know it’s not the 80s but it seems like the Caps are one of the softest teams in the NHL.

Aside from Erskine, there isn't one player on this team who can throw down and intimidate. We saw it when Bourque elbowed Backstrom and gave him a concussion, nothing happened during the game. Then when they play again, Bourque proceeded to win the fight against Hendricks.

Does Dale honestly think anyone is scared going into a game knowing that they’ve got to drop the gloves with guys like Hendricks or Chimera? They need more toughness, especially on defense. For a team made up of 3/4 grinders, they seem pretty damn soft.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Gonads & Strife ()
Date: March 22, 2012 09:44PM

got one point at least...

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 22, 2012 10:29PM

They got 5 out of 10 ten points from that road trip against some tough opponents, that's better then any of us could've hoped for.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 25, 2012 10:31AM

The win by Buffalo last night edges the Caps out of the 8th seed. They play the Wild tonight then Buffalo on Tuesday and I expect to see a playoff quality game.

BIG NEWS!!!

Backstrom is practicing with the team again and is expected to return before the end of the regular season!!!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/25/2012 11:12AM by Hay Zeus.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: March 26, 2012 12:43PM

Good win last night. The game tomorrow is huge. They've had a grip on that 8 seed for some time but recently it's kind of teeter-tottered with the road games. Understandable, but when you're up 3-0 and lose 4-3 because coach took his foot off the gas you need to make adjustments.

I was glad to see they did adjust last night. No taking the foot off the gas and sitting back. Just attack, attack, attack. That and Ovi had a ton of ice time. As well he should, he's the best player on the ice right now. That and the Wild suck on the road. It was nice to offically take them out of contention though.

I was also glad to see Holtby get the shutout. His rebound control is a little suspect but the guy looks good. If he gets hot I think you have to ride him into the playoffs. Which means the Caps will ride Vokoun.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 26, 2012 02:15PM

I liked having Ovie on two lines, he's in the prime of his career and shouldn't have any problem keeping up. Especially since everyone on the team claimes he's a work out maching.

The resell market for caps tix are up a little for weeknight game for whats usually an unexciting matchup.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 27, 2012 07:26AM

Not feeling very confident about tonight's game, despite Holtbys hot streak. Its not a "must win" but they do win tonight then they are still in control of their destiny. If they lose then they are at the mercy of other teams blowing it.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: March 27, 2012 12:57PM

It's a huge game, the biggest of the year so far. They need the win. That means they will lose.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 27, 2012 09:48PM

Well....typical choke job by a local DC professional sports franchise.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Gonads & Strife ()
Date: March 27, 2012 09:51PM

as a Caps fan I won't be able to sit for a week after that reaming...

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: March 27, 2012 10:53PM

How many ways can these fuckers break our hearts? Goddamn! 1974 was a long time ago...Everybody in this town knew how big this game was EXCEPT the fucking hockey players! How do you shit the bed like that? How?

Somebody on another thread said it...but it bears repeating...the best thing for this team is to miss the playoffs then they can blow it up and start over. Again. Let's get a little less Euro finesse and little more physical and dare I say HARD WORKING North American and for fucks sake...can we find someone ANYONE who can let the puck in LESS than 3 times a night?!?! Heartbreaking...just fucking heartbreaking...

I should have gone to the Russia House tonight. I'm sure they were all there laughing about it over their cheap vodka. FUCKERS!

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 28, 2012 07:59AM

Hunter should just stop talking to the media, last few days he was saying "this has the feel of playoff game" and now you look like an ass hat.....not very good Dale.......


Does this mean the Caps are really just setting themselves up for a heartbreak loss against the Panthers in a few weeks?

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: March 28, 2012 02:15PM

It WAS just like a playoff game! I'll still root for them to make the playoffs but I don't see it. Even if they do, they'll get killed. Going to the game on Saturday against the Habs. Fully expect a loss.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Gonads & Strife ()
Date: March 28, 2012 03:05PM

I'm going to root for them to make the playoffs and I'm going to buy tickets to the first home game if they get mathmatically eliminated since they'll be cheaper then...just so that my kids can see a hockey game with me. but got-damned that was just a fucking awful and pathetic showing. As far as Holtby goes, I think the kid has potential but as we've said all along the defense did nothing to help him or Neuvi out last night.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: March 28, 2012 04:09PM

Holtby screwed up getting out of the crease to leave the net open and let Buffalo score 2-0 in the first. He's going to be good and I think he should start next year but I don't think he's the shutdown goalie the Caps need right now. Neither is Neuvi or Vokeswagon.

That said, Ryan Miller is beast in the net. The Caps got over 40 shots on the guy and only one goal.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: March 28, 2012 04:31PM

More Complete Wrote:
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> That said, Ryan Miller is beast in the net. The
> Caps got over 40 shots on the guy and only one
> goal.

Miller had a nice game. The Caps didn't shoot enough. They needed at least 4 more shots to get the game to overtime and at least 5 more to win in regulation.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: March 28, 2012 04:36PM

Caps Jihadist Wrote:
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> The Caps didn't shoot
> enough. They needed at least 4 more shots to get
> the game to overtime and at least 5 more to win in
> regulation.

Lol. What they needed was traffic in front of the net to block Miller's vision. He could see every shot/puck except the one that went in.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: March 28, 2012 05:44PM

More Complete Wrote:
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> Caps Jihadist Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
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> > The Caps didn't shoot
> > enough. They needed at least 4 more shots to
> get
> > the game to overtime and at least 5 more to win
> in
> > regulation.
>
> Lol. What they needed was traffic in front of the
> net to block Miller's vision. He could see every
> shot/puck except the one that went in.

Yup. See my remarks above. I thought Knuble was going to be Captain Rebound but the Caps haven't had a guy earning his living in front of the net since Dino Ciccarelli was here touching little girls in the backs of limos in the early 90's.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: March 28, 2012 05:48PM

Caps Jihadist Wrote:
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> Yup. See my remarks above. I thought Knuble was
> going to be Captain Rebound but the Caps haven't
> had a guy earning his living in front of the net
> since Dino Ciccarelli was here touching little
> girls in the backs of limos in the early 90's.

Haha. Good onld Dino! Knubes has had a bad year. He may be done. You're right though, what the hell is up with all the one timers from the blue line? Sheesh. Get in front of the net boys!

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: March 28, 2012 05:55PM

More Complete Wrote:
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> You're right though, what the hell
> is up with all the one timers from the blue line?
> Sheesh. Get in front of the net boys!

Too many Euros on the ice. Culturally, they don't believe in paying any physical price for goals.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Date: March 28, 2012 08:18PM

I think the last thing this team needed was a coach who likes to party.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: March 29, 2012 01:01PM


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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: March 30, 2012 02:00PM

Well, that game last night was little more "fun" than it needed to be. Hendricks is the man at shootouts. Hear Backstrom will be back on Saturday. Woot!

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: March 30, 2012 02:17PM

I can't BELIEVE I have to root for "Malkin's Penguins" tonight...Christ...

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 30, 2012 02:33PM

Hendricks can daggle, no doubt about it but his short coming as a player are his skating abilities.

Buffalo's remianining schedule is:
Penguins
Maple Leafs
Maple Leafs
Flyers
Bruins

They've been riding a hot streak that hopefully culminated with the 5-1 victory over the Caps although they could easily go 3-2. So here we are as Caps fans rooting for the Penguins and Flyers, yet again.

I'm not giving up hope but wont be dissapointed either. Its going to be a looooong summer.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: March 30, 2012 02:37PM

Hay Zeus Wrote:
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> I'm not giving up hope but wont be dissapointed
> either. Its going to be a looooong summer.

It'll be a long summer either way, Zeus-Deuce...NYR will anally pwn El Capitanos in round one...

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: March 30, 2012 02:51PM

Caps Jihadist Wrote:
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> Hay Zeus Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
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> > I'm not giving up hope but wont be dissapointed
> > either. Its going to be a looooong summer.
>
> It'll be a long summer either way,
> Zeus-Deuce...NYR will anally pwn El Capitanos in
> round one...

I'm not so convinced, they play the higher quality teams much better and tighter then the crap teams.

Which makes me makes me think that poor play against bottom tier teams is more indicitive of coaching problems then roster problems.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: March 30, 2012 10:40PM

Hay Zeus Wrote:
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> Caps Jihadist Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Hay Zeus Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > I'm not giving up hope but wont be
> dissapointed
> > > either. Its going to be a looooong summer.
> >
> > It'll be a long summer either way,
> > Zeus-Deuce...NYR will anally pwn El Capitanos
> in
> > round one...
>
> I'm not so convinced, they play the higher quality
> teams much better and tighter then the crap teams.
>
>
> Which makes me makes me think that poor play
> against bottom tier teams is more indicitive of
> coaching problems then roster problems.

As a Jihadist, I find your lack of dwindling optimism...disturbing, Obi-Wan Kezeus.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Gonads & Strife ()
Date: March 31, 2012 08:48PM

Neuvi getting his clock cleaned out there tonight... It'd be nice to see somebody fucking score sometime tonight.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: March 31, 2012 11:21PM

Another good, not great win tonight. This is not the way a team that's going to still be playing in May closes out games and closes out the regular season. Although, they are mathematically in control once again of their destiny. Win out and they are cleared to be swept by the NYR.

Obviously, it was great to have the 19 car back on the race track tonight. He is truly the Commander on the man-advantage. However, at the same time, I thought too many people were standing around watching Backstrom work.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: April 01, 2012 09:02AM

The Caps are 1-2 vs the Rangers this season and play them for the season finale.

Nov 25 3-6 Loss
Dec 26 4-1 Win
Feb 12 2-3 Loss
Apr 7 TBD ???

Each team has a win with 3 goal margin, the most recent game was tightly played. That's not exactly complete domination over the Caps.

The #1 seed is not destined to win the Cup, remember all the years the Caps were a #1 seed?

Now am I saying they're definitely going to win the Cup? No but there is no reason to be negative nelly either.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: April 01, 2012 02:06PM

Not a fan of the shoot out, it went down to the wire but was exciting none the less. Had a great time at the game.

What's up with letting off the gas every time the team has a lead? Turtle shell defense was engaged as soon as they were up 2-0. Ugh.

Caps win tomorrow and Sabres lose and the Capitals make the playoffs no matter what happens the last two games. Go Leafs!

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: April 02, 2012 09:17AM

I enjoy the shootout, its better then the alternative of ending the game with a tie. Although, i wouldn't mind if they made the 4-4 OT 10min instead of 5. I like watching 4 on 4 hockey in the sudden death format. Lots of open ice, fast skating, a brief break from traditional North American Hockey.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: April 02, 2012 10:26AM

Hay Zeus Wrote:
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> The #1 seed is not destined to win the Cup,
> remember all the years the Caps were a #1 seed?

Truth. But you cannot look at the 2011-2012 Caps and tell me as an 8th seed and the way they are playing RIGHT NOW that they will beat the NYR or go on to win the Cup. It's fine to HOPE for that and ROOT for that but it's illogical to do so. That's why the games are not played on paper they're played inside my television.

I enjoy the uncertainty of the NHL and that an 8 can and has won a Cup, but this is not the team that's going to do it.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: ferfux ()
Date: April 02, 2012 10:40AM

After Ottawa punched its ticket to the postseason with a 5-1 win over the Islanders on Sunday, there are two playoff spots still up for grabs in the East. Here are the remaining schedules of the teams still vying for those spots:

Washington, 88 points, 36 regulation and overtime wins : Monday at Tampa Bay; Thursday vs. Florida; Saturday at N.Y. Rangers

Florida, 91 points, 31 ROW : Tuesday vs. Winnipeg; Thursday at Washington; Saturday vs. Carolina.

Buffalo, 86 points, 31 ROW : Tuesday vs Toronto; Thursday at Philadelphia; Saturday at Boston.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: April 02, 2012 10:53AM

ferfux Wrote:
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> After Ottawa punched its ticket to the postseason
> with a 5-1 win over the Islanders on Sunday, there
> are two playoff spots still up for grabs in the
> East. Here are the remaining schedules of the
> teams still vying for those spots:
>
> Washington, 88 points, 36 regulation and overtime
> wins : Monday at Tampa Bay; Thursday vs. Florida;
> Saturday at N.Y. Rangers
>
> Florida, 91 points, 31 ROW : Tuesday vs. Winnipeg;
> Thursday at Washington; Saturday vs. Carolina.
>
> Buffalo, 86 points, 31 ROW : Tuesday vs Toronto;
> Thursday at Philadelphia; Saturday at Boston.

Nice facts there, Ferfux...Can you give us some analysis, opinions or predictions, please?

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Date: April 02, 2012 11:51AM

Over the past few seasons, the Caps have gone into the playoffs as the prohibitive favorite to go to the Finals. Every year, they have choked in a critical game.

This year, if they make it, there are NO expectations that they will advance in the playoffs. Maybe this will cause them to play loser, take more chances and not do the half-assed slapshots from halfway across the ice they are known for it tough games. Maybe this year, they manage to do something.

Doubt it, but you never know.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: ferfux ()
Date: April 02, 2012 02:52PM

Backstrom is back but far from game shape. If he can get back into game shape with these games and contribute they have a better chance. I like that Nuevrtt and Holtby are the Gaoltenders now. I think that gives Caps fans a better chance down the stretch. Those guys are fresh faces and the opposition doesnt know their tendencies as well as they do Voukun. That said the caps keep playing down to the wire. Panthers took detroit down to the shoot out. Caps got down to several shoot outs. ottawa just keeps winning. Sabres have to bounce back at some point. its whoever is hungriest will take the southeast and earn a bid into the last playoff spot for that division. Come on Caps. Dont flame out and suck like always.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Gonads & Strife ()
Date: April 02, 2012 03:26PM

I don't think the Caps will win the SE division unless the Panthers take a key player injury that scrambles their line combos. I think they have a decent shot at making the playoffs but history has shown that when the Caps' destiny is in their own hands they fold. I'm hoping they find a way to pull through, make the playoffs and ride the momentum past NY, but that is kind of far fetched... Regardless of the negative long-view I really hope they smoke TB tonight.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: April 02, 2012 11:16PM

Well that sucked. They played pretty well for most of the game, just couldn't get it done. This version of the Caps is so frustrating. Still have a good shot at the playoffs, but that one hurt.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: April 02, 2012 11:50PM

I was stunned to figure the calculus before tonight's game...The Capitals are 3 games from the end of the season and they could STILL:

1) Win the division and have home-ice advantage
2) Qualify for the eighth seed
3) Miss the playoffs entirely

I still think it's number 3 this year but in 37 years, I can't remember this team ever having all 3 options available this late in the season...

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: April 03, 2012 08:04AM

I think the Caps lost that game when Mike "Boner" Greene buried that open net shot into Rolosons glove. It gave Roloson all the confidence in the world to shut down the Caps offense.

If Greene was more discipline and picked the corner and they go up 2-0.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: April 03, 2012 08:49AM

Hay Zeus Wrote:
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> If Greene was more disciplined...

Uh huh...look who we're talking about here. The man never met an up-ice rush he didn't like. He's gone from being up in the rush too much as a rookie, then picking and choosing his moments better based on the current score and time left in the game and now he's back to being the fourth forward. I understand he's not Joe Reekie but at some point you have to play defense. Everyone plays defense...

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Mucho Grando ()
Date: April 03, 2012 10:36AM

Hay Zeus Wrote:
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> I think the Caps lost that game when Mike "Boner"
> Greene buried that open net shot into Rolosons
> glove. It gave Roloson all the confidence in the
> world to shut down the Caps offense.
>
> If Greene was more discipline and picked the
> corner and they go up 2-0.

Agreed. After a while it seemed like the Caps were aiming for his glove. Had Roloson just taken off his glove and put it in the referee's crease at center ice, the Caps wouldn't have had another shot on goal because they'd keep trying to put the puck into the timekeeper's bench!

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: ferfux ()
Date: April 03, 2012 10:43AM

we All need to root for the maple leafs tonight. Thats the end of it.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: April 03, 2012 11:20AM

Hay Zeus Wrote:
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> I think the Caps lost that game when Mike "Boner"
> Greene buried that open net shot into Rolosons
> glove. It gave Roloson all the confidence in the
> world to shut down the Caps offense.
>
> If Greene was more discipline and picked the
> corner and they go up 2-0.

That shot goes in 90% of the time, it was an awesome save. Give Roloson some credit, he played really well.

Go Whoreonto Quiefs!

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: ferfux ()
Date: April 03, 2012 03:47PM

Rolloson and the Bolts have had the Caps number all year. Why was this loss to that 42 year old that big a shocker? it should not have been. Mikey greeny jumping into offensive zones has been a strength in the past to jumpstart. Freaking Wideman does it all the time. takes a shot from the blue you say? WHY NOT! he responds and Does. Wooof. WIDE OF THE NET says benenotti.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: April 03, 2012 03:53PM

More Complete Wrote:
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> Give Roloson some credit, he played
> really well.

Did you watch last year's playoffs? I mean, I know it was over quickly but, we gave Rolo PLENTY of credit last year. In my beer league, that's a forgiveable miss or a great save depending on what team you're on. In the NHL and you're Mike Green...uh yeah, that's an UNFORGIVEABLE miss. Fortunately, there are still lots of opportunities to bail him out over the next few days but, they had a chance to have home-ice and they blew it. I shouldn't have been surprised, but I was.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: April 03, 2012 04:38PM

Caps Jihadist Wrote:
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> Did you watch last year's playoffs?

Of course.

> I mean, I know
> it was over quickly but, we gave Rolo PLENTY of
> credit last year. In my beer league, that's a
> forgiveable miss or a great save depending on what
> team you're on. In the NHL and you're Mike
> Green...uh yeah, that's an UNFORGIVEABLE miss.

I watched it a few times and still say he was robbed.

> Fortunately, there are still lots of opportunities
> to bail him out over the next few days but, they
> had a chance to have home-ice and they blew it. I
> shouldn't have been surprised, but I was.

Green hasn't been the same player since he's been back. If it was just one guy, you say he's having a down year but it's almost the whole team. I think at this point it's fair to say that it's coaching. :(

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: April 03, 2012 07:44PM

As someone who played goaltender at a high level and coached youths, I give Roloson credit for the hustle of getting over the other side of the net to get himself in position to make that save but Mike "Boner" Greene shot the puck right into the glove. To me its very obvious that Rolosons glove hand is extended out the only way his body mechanics would dictate. Perhaps he would get more style points if he finished with a nice windmill motion....

Anyways if Greene didn't take the opportunity for granted and picked the corner or roof of the net the way Ovie or Semin do then they go up 2-0 and probably win the game. I think he knew it judging by his reaction after. Its the NHL and nothing is given.





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/03/2012 07:45PM by Hay Zeus.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: April 03, 2012 09:48PM

Agree to disagree. It was a nice save IMHO.

Buffalo just got the win. Bastards. It wouldn't shock me if the Caps lost the last two. Buffalo finishes against Boston and Philly, the Bruins may rest players and the Flyers will be looking ahead to the Pittsburgh game. Not looking good.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/03/2012 09:54PM by More Complete.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: April 03, 2012 09:56PM

MAY DAY! MAY DAY! It wasn't Brad May but the Sabres erase a 3-0 deficit AND a 5-3 deficit to win in OT and live to fight another day! Great googly fucking moogly!

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: April 05, 2012 05:12PM

Huge game tonight.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: April 05, 2012 06:51PM

More Complete Wrote:
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> Huge game tonight.

Nothing personal towards you M.C. but, I'm really fucking tired of hearing these words. The guys on the pre-game were laughing about the fact that they've been able to say this for 2 weeks now everytime the Caps drop the puck. This will never be a serious hockey town...

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: April 05, 2012 07:13PM

Caps Jihadist Wrote:
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> Nothing personal towards you M.C. but, I'm really
> fucking tired of hearing these words. The guys on
> the pre-game were laughing about the fact that
> they've been able to say this for 2 weeks now
> everytime the Caps drop the puck. This will never
> be a serious hockey town...

It's true. I think I’ve said it myself five times or more in this thread. This game should be a formality but the Caps have missed so many chances to wrap it up.
I have no doubt the town would go crazy for a team that won a cup but it’s DC, not Toronto. Still, the Caps have a lot of support.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: April 05, 2012 09:34PM

PLAYOFFS! Shame about Neuvy, his injury looked bad.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: April 06, 2012 01:32PM

In the words of the Great Jim Zorn "HIP! HIP! HOORAY!, HIP! HIP! HOORAY!"

No offense to Caps Jihadist but i'm glad your not the coach otherwise the season would have been over in early March.

I think its more advantageous for the Caps to stay at the 8th seed rather then bump florida out of the 3 seed and play the red hot, 5 win streak, devils.

This team also plays better as underdogs winning games they shouldn't and losing games they should win. As an 8th seed you're generally expected to lose.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: April 06, 2012 03:10PM

I hope the Caps end up in the 7th seed if they can't/don't win the division... Caps have played much better this season vs Boston compared to the Rangers.

Interesting that the last 4 playoff visits the Capitals have had 4 different starting goaltenders. Looks like we're going to keep that trend. Maybe Holtby can pull a Cam Ward impression. I won't be holding my breath.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: April 07, 2012 10:32AM

What should we take away from the outcome of todays game? Will it be prelude to the action we will see in the first round or just a a friendly game of pond hockey?

Not sure if i wouldn't mind seeing the caps get blown out and go into the playoffs with a chip off the shoulder. They only know how to be over confident and fall flat their faces as opposed to just being confident...

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: April 07, 2012 04:08PM

Hay Zeus Wrote:
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> In the words of the Great Jim Zorn "HIP! HIP!
> HOORAY!, HIP! HIP! HOORAY!"
>
> No offense to Caps Jihadist but i'm glad your not
> the coach otherwise the season would have been
> over in early March.
>
> I think its more advantageous for the Caps to stay
> at the 8th seed rather then bump florida out of
> the 3 seed and play the red hot, 5 win streak,
> devils.
>
> This team also plays better as underdogs winning
> games they shouldn't and losing games they should
> win. As an 8th seed you're generally expected to
> lose.

Zeusy, Zeusy, Zeusy...ok, let's get this out of the way. I said they wouldn't make the playoffs and they did. I was wrong. No offense taken.

They will NOT advance. They will NOT win the Cup this season. Perhaps it's time to change my handle to Caps Realist...

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Date: April 07, 2012 09:33PM

Like I said, maybe coming in with no expectations will be good for the Caps. We've seen what happens when they're the presumptive favorites.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Gonads & Strife ()
Date: April 07, 2012 10:03PM

I think it would be fitting for the Caps to knock out the defending Stanley Cup champs in the first round. BTW..didn't someone predict that the Caps would make the playoffs but wouldn't win the division title? Who was that guy anyway? :) I'm glad that the regular season ended on a high note.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: April 07, 2012 11:17PM

BOS in 5 games.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: April 08, 2012 08:06AM

Caps Jihadist Wrote:
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>
> Zeusy, Zeusy, Zeusy...ok, let's get this out of
> the way. I said they wouldn't make the playoffs
> and they did. I was wrong. No offense taken.
>
> They will NOT advance. They will NOT win the Cup
> this season. Perhaps it's time to change my handle
> to Caps Realist...

So you know where I come from, I have a picture of the 1980 USA Hockey Team celebrating their win over the Soviet Union and Bobby Orr's famous "Flying Goal" in my man cave to remind me that anything is possible.

Have you considered that this is the complete capitals team with Boner, Ovie and Backstrom that we've been waiting for all season entering into the playoffs?

Also Holtby looked solid all night if he plays that well in the first round....anything can happen.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/08/2012 08:06AM by Hay Zeus.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: April 08, 2012 09:59AM

Hay Zeus Wrote:
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> Caps Jihadist Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> >
> > Zeusy, Zeusy, Zeusy...ok, let's get this out of
> > the way. I said they wouldn't make the playoffs
> > and they did. I was wrong. No offense taken.
> >
> > They will NOT advance. They will NOT win the
> Cup
> > this season. Perhaps it's time to change my
> handle
> > to Caps Realist...
>
> So you know where I come from, I have a picture of
> the 1980 USA Hockey Team celebrating their win
> over the Soviet Union and Bobby Orr's famous
> "Flying Goal" in my man cave to remind me that
> anything is possible.
>
> Have you considered that this is the complete
> capitals team with Boner, Ovie and Backstrom that
> we've been waiting for all season entering into
> the playoffs?
>
> Also Holtby looked solid all night if he plays
> that well in the first round....anything can
> happen.

I was 8 when we won the gold against Finland at Lake Placid. I was at BRYC basketball practice when we were playing the Soviets. (Everyone forgets the game against Russia was NOT for the gold...) One of the Dads was listening to the game on this thing called an "AM Radio". We stopped practice and listened to the Miracle. A week later I took my first skating lesson at Fairfax Ice Arena. A year later, I started playing in their house league. Earlier THIS year, I competed in a pond hockey tournament in Wisconsin at age 40. Finally, some say Bobby Orr was the greatest hockey player ever.

You're right, Hay-Zeus...juxtaposing the fortunes of the 2011-2012 Washington Capitals against 1980 Team USA and the career of Bobby Orr ANYTHING is possible.

I guess when you've been "waiting for the Great Pumpkin" for as long as I have, you begin to doubt "he's" ever coming at all. Go Caps!

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: April 09, 2012 12:54PM

10 out of 10 "experts" like the Bruins over the Caps.

http://espn.go.com/nhl/playoffs/2012/story/_/id/7772345/experts-picks

I like being the underdog but let's face it, the Caps have issues at goalie, Tim Thomas was a beast in the playoffs last season, and Washington has been pretty inconsistent.

On the other hand, when Green, Backstrom, and Ovie have been on the ice at the same time Caps are like 12-1.

More Complete Wrote:
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> I hope the Caps end up in the 7th seed if they
> can't/don't win the division... Caps have played
> much better this season vs Boston compared to the
> Rangers.

Hey, look at that, got my wish! Careful what you wish for! The Caps matched up well against Boston this year but the regular season doesn't matter much when it comes to playoff hockey. Remember when the Caps beat the Pens in 08-09 regular season, and then the Pens won the cup that year, beating the Caps on their way? I do! That said, I think Boston and the Rangers are both over rated.

My concern with the Caps is really who's in net. Holtby looked good the other night but the guy is only 22. Neuvy looked great until he got hurt and TVo has been out for some time. I know guys play with injuries all the time, but I worry that they will come back before they are ready just to play, and hurt the team in the process.

Caps need a goalie who can steal a game or two for them and I’m not sure I see that guy on the roster.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: April 10, 2012 07:18AM

F the experts, this is the scenario i have been waiting for the Caps to be in, limping into the playoff and being the underdog. Being an underdog allows a team to open up its play and not be so tight. With less pressure on the Caps these guys are in a better place mentally as #7 seed versus #1 seed.

The only thing experts are good for is post game analysis.


I like to think that the scenario is ripe for Holtby to go on a hot streak.

After a terrible game against BUffalo and getting shit canned he has a opportunity to redeem himself and take his team to the promised land.

Sure he's 22 but unlike Varlomov he has more NHL game time experience and has played in some tough games during the last few weeks of the season.

I'm also liking the Pens vs Flyers Cross state rivalry match up. Two very good teams that are both equally my least favorite match up against the Caps and one will be OUT after the first round.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/10/2012 07:24AM by Hay Zeus.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Caps Jihadist ()
Date: April 10, 2012 01:31PM

Hay Zeus Wrote:
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> I'm also liking the Pens vs Flyers Cross state
> rivalry match up. Two very good teams that are
> both equally my least favorite match up against
> the Caps and one will be OUT after the first
> round.

This 2012 matchup between PIT and PHI has the potential to go down as one of the best series since those DET/COL games of the mid-to-late 90's. Remember when Claude Lemieux threw that cheap shot on Kris Draper and Dino Ciccarelli famously said, "I can't believe I shook that guy's freakin' HAND!"

The 'Guins and the 'Yers do NOT like each other and there will be lots of hits, lots of punches, lots of random skullduggery, lots of defense and goalie-ing and little scoring. I like the 'Burghers in 7.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: April 10, 2012 01:43PM

I like your style Hay Zues, and I hope you're right. As you and WashingTone-Locian have pointed out, this scenario may be just what the team needs. Have to say, I'm more than a little skeptical but I've got hope and I would love nothing more than to see the Caps knock off "title town" and thier stupid Bruins.

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Re: Official 2011 Capitals Thread - Dale Hunter Era
Posted by: Hay Zeus ()
Date: April 10, 2012 01:51PM

Caps Jihadist Wrote:
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>
> The 'Guins and the 'Yers do NOT like each other
> and there will be lots of hits, lots of punches,
> lots of random skullduggery, lots of defense and
> goalie-ing and little scoring. I like the
> 'Burghers in 7.

I respect Crosby as a player and think he is good for the league but he's unfortunately he's not built like a bull soooo which game ends his Career?

Game 1 April 11
Game 2 April 13
Game 3 April 15
Game 4 April 18
Game 5 April 20
Game 6 April 22
Game 7 April 24

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