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Capitals getting healthy, turn to rookie goalie

Posted on: April 12, 2011 6:16 pm
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ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals have fallen behind the last two first-round series, including in 2009 against these same New York Rangers

This time the Caps are expected to turn to Michal Neuvirth. He will make his playoff debut in net Wednesday with Semyon Varlamov -- who was turned to the last two postseasons after then-starter Jose Theodore stumbled -- as the backup. Neuvirth will likely have a familiar blueliner back in front of him, even if Caps coach Bruce Boudreau wasn’t officially confirming Mike Green’s return from an apparent concussion. 

“We’ll figure it all out tomorrow, but he looks fine out there,” Boudreau said at the Capitals training facility on Tuesday. 

Minutes earlier, Green declared himself ready. He’s been out of the lineup since Feb. 25

“I feel great,” Green said. “I’m in game shape and ready to play.”

The team’s most prolific scorers --- at least when it comes to the last few regular seasons --- also appear to be healthy. Both Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin missed time over the final weeks of the season due to undisclosed injuries, which could be code for “rest.” Ovechkin is coming of a season with his lowest scoring output as a pro, but the Caps may be more worried how Semin will perform in the playoffs. 

Semin failed to score a goal and had three assists in the first round last year against the Montreal Canadiens. In fact, the last time Semin scored a goal in the playoffs was when the Caps edged the Rangers, 2-1, in Game 7 of the playoffs two years ago – a span of 14 games.

“He looks determined,” Boudreau said. “I think they all know what’s at stake. I have no qualms Alex (Semin) will give his best effort.”

-- A.J. Perez
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:17 pm
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Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:34 pm
 

Capitals getting healthy, turn to rookie goalie

Although I wouldn't consider Green a great defensive player, he would be useful on the power play because of his offensive skills.  I think if the Caps can limit the number of power play opportunities they will have the best shot of winning this series.  The Caps have one of the best 5 on 5 teams in the league in both scoring and defense.  Caps in 6 at the Garden.



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Capitals getting healthy, turn to rookie goalie

we are going to smoke you guys this year, even without Callahan.


yes YES 



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Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Capitals getting healthy, turn to rookie goalie

@icemax - what do you mean "switching your goalie" ?  Michal Neuvirth has played nearly twice as many games as Varly has this year.  He was the #1 goalie this year.  The Caps simply had an interesting problem of THREE promising young goalies, and needed to clear the air before the playoffs.

The Rangers have little chance to do anything, after backing into the playoffs.  Enjoy that 3-1 regular season record... wasn't one of those wins by shootout ? 



Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Capitals getting healthy, turn to rookie goalie

Switched? You need to research the Caps better than that my friend. No one is panicking in DC... Watch and wait and see...



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Capitals getting healthy, turn to rookie goalie

"controlled them easily"?  they won 2-1 in a game 7!  we are going to smoke you guys this year, even without Callahan.  You guys have already panicked by switching your goalie.





Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Capitals getting healthy, turn to rookie goalie

The last time these two teams met in the playoffs, indeed- the last time the Rangers were even in the playoffs was 2009, when the Capitals controlled them easily, after losing focus and allowing the series to go to a Game 7.  The Caps were less deep offensively then, and also less capable of sustaining a lead with good team defense.

Mike Green is an abomination on defense and a definite liability in the playoffs.  I wouldn't mind so much, except that he seems to disappear offensively come playoff-time, as well.  The other teams target him and rough him up, it's not such a surprise.  I'd rather have Erskine, Sloan, Collins, etc. back there.  Just because the team has an overpaid, underperforming player on the roster doesn't mean you have to dress him, if Michael Nylander is any indication...



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:13 pm
 

Capitals getting healthy, turn to rookie goalie

rangers have owned the caps all year, and they will again in the playoffs.  better goalie, tougher harder working team.  bye bye to the fat man behind the  bench after the rangers win in 6



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Capitals getting healthy, turn to rookie goalie

I'm sorry, I meant Dennis Wideman.



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Capitals getting healthy, turn to rookie goalie

     Green sucks as a defenseman.  I'd rather have Widener healthy and ready to go.


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