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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.”

continued with more on tonight’s game…

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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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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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