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from Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post,
The New York Rangers can’t hope to consistently out-skate or outscore the Washington Capitals, so their strategy is to outfight and out-argue them. Throughout the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, they’ve counted on belligerence as a neutralizer, but it’s an approach born of inferiority, and they don’t seem to have a Plan B. You know they’re desperate when they’re reduced to whining about foul language.
Donald Brashear with a hard hit on Blair Betts today.
Brashear received a 2 minute minor for roughing as did Paul Mara of the Rangers.
Elbow, shoulder, late hit or just a clean hit?
Betts has not returned to the game and no report on his condition.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Bobby Orr is the most mes merizing player I have ever seen. Well, he was. He was until The Alex Ovechkin Show hit the NHL.
Ovechkin’s combination of ferocity, passion, talent and showmanship is unique in NHL history. He is a great player, already an all-time player after just four seasons in the league, who isn’t afraid to let the world in and see the excitement he gets from performing, from excelling; from playing.
This is the athlete who would be worth the price of admission in even Yankee Stadium, and please, while we’re at it, let’s get the Caps into The Bronx for an outdoor game.
continued plus some Tortorella, Wild, Briere mentions among others…
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Boudreau on whether he can feel a shift in momentum: “During a game, yes, but there’s always too much time to regroup [between games]. Every team seems to regroup. Even after Game 1, we regrouped and had a much better Game 2. We had a lot better Game 3, they had a lot better Game 4, we had a lot better Game 5. So I don’t think over a series, momentum really means anything.”
Backstrom on Henrik Lundqvist: “We saw that Lundqvist is just a human being, so that’s good.”
Ovechkin on the water bottle-throwing incident: “Good job by our fans. Our fans are one more player for us. They do what they have to do for us. They scream and they’re loud. Maybe it was too much to [throw] beer or water or whatever. But sometimes that happens. And maybe that’s going to happen tomorrow against us, too. You never know.”
more from and on the Capitals…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
John Tortorella faces disciplinary action from the NHL after throwing a water bottle from the Rangers’ bench into the stands at 6:33 of the third period of last night’s Game 5, 4-0 defeat to the Caps.
The head coach, who would not answer questions about the incident, could be suspended by commissioner Gary Bettman for tomorrow afternoon’s Game 6 at the Garden. The Rangers’ public relations representative threatened to end last night’s postgame press conference if questions on the subject continued.
Tortorella, who may have thought he had been doused by a beer or spat upon during a television timeout, wheeled toward the stands and threw a bottle over the high glass protecting the bench.
note: original post date was 4/24/09 at 9:42pm
added 9:48pm, Watch the Versus feed of the goal below…
With only one game tonight, it looks like those of us that have been watching all the playoff action can get to bed early tonight.
The question of the day is, will Washington extend the series tonight or will the Rangers move on?
from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post,
After the few Washington Capitals who skated yesterday at the team’s Arlington training complex came off the ice, they removed their sweaty pads to reveal red T-shirts that left little doubt about what they consider an acceptable outcome to this season. On the back is the silhouette of a man hoisting aloft a familiar oversized chalice, all stenciled underneath unambiguous words: “Our Goal Now.”
That would be the broad picture, because the group that will assemble tonight at Verizon Center believes a Stanley Cup championship is a realistic possibility, considering the youth and talent of the team’s core.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Oh, you’ll hear all these critiques of the Caps again—too much perimeter play, not enough traffic in front of Lundqvist, blah, blah, blah. Stop it. Ovechkin was a monster Wednesday night, his highlight-reel goal in the third period the only dividend of what was another passionate performance. The guy had 11 shots on goal—that’s more than what the entire Rangers team mustered in the final 40 minutes, when it was outshot 30-10.
“When you outshoot a team 19-5 in a period in their own building and they come out of it with the one goal, you know the goalie at the other end is doing something right,” said Washington coach Bruce Boudreau.
Folks, don’t overanalyze this baby. The seventh-seeded Blueshirts are one victory away from upsetting the second-seeded Caps because of one man.
“Lundqvist did an unbelievable job,” an obviously frustrated Ovechkin told reporters.
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