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Advantage Washington

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

“Right now we feel more energy and more excited than Pittsburgh,” the flamboyant Russian said after last night’s 5-4 overtime win at Mellon Arena.

“It’s going to be hard for (the Penguins) to come back because those fans (at Washington’s Verizon Center) are going to be crazy and we’re going to be flying out there.”

It’s never wise to question Ovechkin, who has seven goals and six assists in the six games of this series, but given the swing in momentum thus far, don’t place too much stock in it either.

The vast majority of the series has seen the teams glued to within a goal of each other, three have gone to overtime and only one has had a winning margin of more than one goal.

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Capitals Jump For Joy

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

I mean, that was the biggest goal that I scored in my career so I didn’t know what to do,” David Steckel said. “I just started jumping around.”

“I couldn’t get over the boards quick enough,” Mike Green said.

“Just an eight-inch vertical leap,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said, describing his own reaction. “It’s getting higher. Each game that’s more important, I leap a little bit higher.”

“To be honest I just turned around and saw the nearest guy,” Laich said. “It was Tom Poti, and I just about leveled him, the poor guy. It might have been the hardest hit he took tonight. I left my feet, so it would have been a penalty, too. Just elation and excited, grab the nearest guy and hug him to death.”

“Well, it was fun, you know?” said Viktor Kozlov, aka Nice Drago, whose face showed more fun than his quotes. “I’m very excited with everybody else.”

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Capitals Finally Get An OT Win - Force Game 7

David Steckel deflects a shot from Brooks Laich and we move on to game 7 in Washington.

One more thing, Bruce Boudreau needs to bet some better collar stays to prevent his shirt collar from pointing upwards.

added 10:44pm, Game highlights via Versus can be watched below…

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Green Adjusting To New Stick

from Tarik El-Bashir of Captals Insider,

Mike Green broke the last of his discontinued Easton Stealths—the stick the slick-skating defenseman used to rack up 31 goals and 73 points—early in Game 1 of this series.

For the rest of that game, and the next two, Green said, “I felt like I was stickhandling for the first time again.”

“It takes a couple of games,” Green added, referring to the process of getting used to the feel of the heavier, stiffer Easton S17 stick that he’s using now. “But today I feel back to normal. It’s weird how that happens.”

“It’s a [crappy] time for that to happen,” he said with a laugh, although I could tell he didn’t really think it was funny.

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Capitals Need More From Semin

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Washington Capitals will be looking for more balanced scoring in tonight’s Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins given that three players, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Dave Steckel have combined for 12 of the Caps’ 15 goals in this series. Caps coach Bruce Boudreau would specifically like to see more from Alexander Semin, whose contributions have declined as the series has progressed.

“I have no idea what’s behind it. We’ve tried a lot of different things, and hopefully whatever we try today will make him play his best,” Boudreau said. “If you could bottle up why players don’t play good that are supposed to be playing better and why players play above what they’re supposed to be playing, come and tell me and I’ll market that thing.”

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Now Thinking Of Getting To Game 7

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

Right now, in two hotels in two different cities, about 50 NHLers are doing a lot of soul-searching. As members of the Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals, their seasons are very close to ending – and they’re not ready to stop playing hockey just yet.

In both cases, a series has slipped away. The reasons therein are different, however.

For the Canucks, who will go into the raucous United Center to take on the Chicago Blackhawks Monday, reverting to bad old habits has backed Vancouver into a 3-2 corner….

A little bit east in Pittsburgh, the Washington Capitals are also wondering what went wrong. If anything, their road should have gotten easier in Game 4, when Pittsburgh defenseman Sergei Gonchar was knocked out of commission (knee) by Alex Ovechkin. But the Gonchar incident has been more curse that luck, as the Caps have been snake-bitten ever since….

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Home Teams Tonight Can Move On To Conference Finals…

Will they?

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Capitals Know They Can Play Better

from Corey Masisak of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Caps will need to find a way to move past a potentially psyche-damaging defeat Saturday at Verizon Center. If yielding a third-period lead only to salvage overtime but still lose wasn’t enough, the fluky circumstances in which Evgeni Malkin was credited with the winning goal made it a night to forget for the franchise.

Still, there is reason for optimism if the Caps can overcome the mental strain of the defeat.

“It was the best game of our series for sure, but it is not as good as we can play,” Boudreau said. “It’s not like we’ve reached the pinnacle, and they didn’t have (top defenseman Sergei) Gonchar and dressed seven defensemen and they still beat us. We can go better, and I know the character on this group. It is always, no matter who you play, the hardest game to win is the last game.”

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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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