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Washington/Pittsburgh Observations

from Roy MacGregor (Monday edition) of the Globe and Mail,

• Washington defenceman Mike Green, a regular-season sensation and some say the favourite to take the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenceman, may have played himself off the Canadian Olympic team with his performance in this series. His play in his own end has been horrific; his play at the other end far below his regular-season standard.

• Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby never takes a shift off. Though observers have often criticized him for being a “whiner,” he plays with a passion and determination that should make him captain of the Canadian Olympic hockey team.

• Washington’s Alexander Semin, who had lead the league in scoring before getting injured earlier in the year and who is widely held to be one of the game’s great talents, has been a bust this series after being the star of Washington’s first-round victory over the New York Rangers.

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Odds Against The Caps

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Takes,

We have the odds stacked against us now so what else is new? Eighty-five percent of the time, the team that wins Game 5 and then plays Game 6 at home wins the series. We have faced long odds before. We must remain upbeat; play one shift at a time; win out period by period; and we must stay focused for a full 60 minutes. If we do that, we can come home for a Game 7. Pittsburgh is a great team and played very well last night although I thought we deserved better. Our play was of high quality and we played to our capabilities.

I was thinking as I walked out of the building last night that in ten years of ownership, nine seasons of play and five playoff series; WE have never been up 5 men to 4 in OT. I remember losing two games to Tampa on a 5 on 3 and 5 on 4 in OT. I remember losing Game 7 last season to the Flyers in OT on a 5 on 4 and last night the same fate awaited us.

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With Ovechkin In The Lineup, Pens Send Their Message

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Well, aren’t you glad the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin played last night? Didn’t that make the Penguins’ 4-3 overtime win that much more fun? Isn’t it better to beat him in his own house and put his team on the edge of playoff elimination than to do it with him serving a suspension and giving the Capitals some sort of lame excuse?...

“Definitely, it’s better,” Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik said in the immediate, joyous aftermath of teammate Evgeni Malkin’s winning goal, just 3:28 into the extra session.

It was pretty clear all of the Penguins thought that way after this throbbing Game 5 win, their third victory in four nights in the series. It gave them a three games-to-two edge and the chance to turn out the lights on the Capitals’ season in Game 6 tomorrow night at Mellon Arena.

Much work remains to be done, of course.

Much, much work.

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Evening Line

“You can see first shift [of overtime], Stecks miss empty net and I say, ‘Jesus, where is our luck?  Puck bouncing, and next shift they get power play and score goal. It’s not about when you score the last five minutes of the game, it’s all about when you play hard, how we want to play and how we can play. I think today we played good, but it’s not good enough, so next game is gonna be different. There was in that situation when they [were losing] 2-0, and they come back and they winning right now. But it’s not over yet. If somebody thinks it’s over, it’s not over.”

-Alexander Ovechkin after tonight’s loss to the Penguins.  More post game quotes from Dan Steinberg at D.C Sports Bog.

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Superman Wears #8

Nice tribute to Alexander Ovechkin from HNIC tonight.

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Penguins Win Streak Now At 3 To Go Up 3-2 In Series

We’ll turn it over to Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters who was live blogging the Caps/Pens game tonight…

Malkin works the puck up the right wing and gets by Fedorov. Malkin backhands the puck into the crease in a possible passing attempt to Crosby who is coming in on the back door. The puck hits off the upper body of Poti and deflects by Varlamov. Oh what an awful break for Washington. The Penguins mob Malkin along the boards near the penalty boxes. All those classy Capitals fans litter the ice with debris. It counts as a power play goal. Kunitz gets the only assist. End of game. Penguins 4, Capitals 3.

added 10:21pm, Watch the CBC version of the Malkin game winning goal below…

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A Long Road For Fedorov

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

It has been a long road to this place. Fedorov was the first Russian player to defect to the National Hockey League, in Seattle on a national team trip in 1990; 19 years, one Hart Trophy, three Stanley Cups and one disputed marriage to Anna Kournikova later, he has now lived in the United States for almost as long as he lived in the former Soviet Union. To other Russians, Fedorov is a significant figure.

“I think he is a legend, you know?” Penguins defenceman Sergei Gonchar says.

“People forget,” says Pittsburgh’s Ruslan Fedotenko, “how tough it was to leave.”...

“[Russian players] come to this country and obviously, we took some—I want to put it so people understand it nicely—we took some, let’s say, top positions in every team because of our talent, and coaches want us to perform, and it’s never been easy,” Fedorov says.

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Gonchar Could Be Out Several Weeks, His Agent Responds

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN Pittsburgh defenceman Sergei Gonchar suffered an apparent knee injury and will miss the next several weeks, perhaps the remainder of the season….

The National Hockey League has ruled out the notion of supplemental discipline which has prompted reaction from Gonchar’s representative, JP Barry.

‘‘We now have Exhibit A of the extreme double-standard that exists in the NHL’s approach to discipline. Alex clearly cuts back with his knee after missing his check with devastating results. But of course, because it’s Alex, its all Sergei’s fault,’’ Barry told TSN.

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Two Teams Will Face Elimination After Tonight’s Games

Easy question tonight- Who wins?

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Going Crazy In Russia

from Slava Malamud at NHL.com,

It’s the Stanley Cup Playoffs’ marquee series, and even those members of the Caps’ Russian contingent who are not capable of giving interviews in English are in high demand, forcing Russian hockey writers like myself into moonlighting as interpreters. But my real job this night will involve writing another 3,000-word article on the Capitals, the Penguins and their Russian stars, which will likely make front-page news at home. I can also be quite sure that the next day my editors will be on the phone screaming for more. This at the time the World Championships are being played in Europe – unthinkable!

Yes, Russia has gone certifiably crazy for the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin. The latter’s popularity in particular has eclipsed all conceivable limits and has reached the point where it is actually becoming fashionable to hate Alex, if for no other reason than bucking the national trend.

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from Reed Albergotti of the Wall Street Journal (written before last night’s game),

In Washington, where the Capitals have long been the poor stepchild to football’s Redskins, Mike Kardash, an attorney in Gainesville, Va., dumped his Redskins tickets two seasons ago and began attending more Capitals games. “It’s just more fun to watch,” he says, comparing Mr. Ovechkin to longtime Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington, for his bruising hits and speed. Mr. Ovechkin, he says, “he’s why people go.”

more & thanks to a KK member for the WSJ pointer…

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