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Penguins prove to be too much

Posted on: May 13, 2009 11:04 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2009 11:12 pm

Did the NBA take over the building without anyone realizing it?

After all this was a lot more like their playoff games have been this spring than the NHL's. A blowout. A dud. A total embarrassment. However you choose to label it, this was so one sided it would have been best served with a mercy rule.

Ugly doesn't begin to describe the shell shocked effort the Washington Capitals turned in at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. The 6-2 final score tells it was completely lopsided in favor of the Penguins, but the other numbers -- a 16-5 shots advantage for the Penguins in the crucial first period, a penalty free game for Pittsburgh, a deficit of 15 on the turnover chart for the Capitals -- tell you just how badly Washington was manhandled.

The shame of it all was that this much anticipated series finale bore absolutely no resemblance to the marvelous show these two teams treated everyone to through the first six games, which featured five one-goal decisions, three of them in overtime. It had been an incredible demonstration of just how compelling hockey can be at its best, with two talented teams led by their candidates for the best player in the game title playing at breakneck speed with passion and emotion as they lived up to ridiculously high expectations.

Until tonight that is. The start was pretty typical and actually pretty close, although it didn't take long for the first sign of how bad things would become for the Capitals to appear. About three minutes as a matter of fact. Alex Ovechkin broke past the Penguins defense and was in alone on Marc Andre Fleury, who had been less than stellar earlier in the series and was coming off the first overtime loss of his career. But the Penguins goalie came up with a great glove save, and arguably turned the game around right then and there.

Ovechkin was stopped again on another good chance by Fleury moments later, but as Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau told an interviewer during a television timeout, his team's penchant for turning over pucks was already a bigger problem. That was apparent when Washington took the first penalty of the game before the 12 minute mark and was unable to clear its zone on the kill, which resulted in Sidney Crosby giving the Penguins the lead. That was bad enough for Washington, but when Craig Adams scored eight seconds later after the ensuing faceoff, the Capitals were effectively done.

Even so, Washington's rookie goalie Simeon Varlamov kept his team's hopes alive briefly with big stops off Miroslav Satan and Evgeni Malkin before the period ended, but when Bill Guerin connected 28 seconds into the second period and Kris Letang followed with another goal less than two minutes later, it was all over and so was Varlamov's night.

Ovechkin did get his final goal of the season late in the period but Crosby got that back in the third, as the two superstars played each other to a draw in terms of statistics with eight goals apiece in this series. But this game is still all about team and in the end, it was the Penguins, with a far superior team defense and the experience of having been through this before, that made the bigger statement.
Category: NHL

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2009 2:28 pm

Penguins prove to be too much

First off I'm not a CAP fan at alllllllllllllllll & second Varly is a very good goaltender........come to think ur just a ONE SIDED-PENGUINS FAN. U want the Stats to prove U wrong for the POST SEASON? Yeah Varly gave up a few Soft goals but what goaltender hasn't, how about Luongo, Brodeur, Tim Thomas had their fair shares, as the best goalies this year & of age of times. They are Human my friend!! Fleury is good but I think Varly has a better upside overall, the kid is amazing! Lets go to the stat book for the Post Season, GA: Varly (32) Fleury (37), GAA: Varly (2.53) Fleury (2.72), SV: Varly (357) Fleury (336)  SV%: Varly (.918) Fleury (.901), close comparison with an edge goes to Varly, besides he faced an AWESOME PENGUINS TEAM! Back up quality huh, LOL!!!! Well looks like the PENS need to find a new goalie then haha!

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2009 7:38 pm

Penguins prove to be too much

I wouldn't even say better, but neither did it deserve to be bashed as it has been one of the series I've ever seen(the bulls/celts), all in all 5/5 for a good point

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2009 4:15 pm

Penguins prove to be too much

You have to be kidding me. Varlamov is a flash in the pan. These new goalies called up in the middle of the season get on a lucky hot streak because it takes shooters a while to figure out their tendencies. Grant it... Varlamov had a great run but after last nights game he has just exposed his weakness to the whole league. He will be a mid-tie goalie next year..

Since: May 14, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2009 2:22 pm

Penguins prove to be too much

i agree with you 100% on this people hate the kid because he is smart,whine or not he proved team leadership is the key too winning,good note on this bud.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2009 2:20 pm

Penguins prove to be too much

You lost, loser.  There's a fact for ya.  How'd ya like that Crosby, now?  Still think all his goals are cheap?

Since: May 14, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2009 2:18 pm

Penguins prove to be too much

the guy can cry n whine all he wants too,the kid is sick and saying he is overated shows you dont now the game,the kid is all over the ice hussles every shift does his job and wins not like some of the greats who played the game,remember the 80s the great one was always protected,not allowed too touch him,remember maple leaf gardens when he got hammered by mcreary,he was on the bench CRYING,this kid could play in the 80s when it was free wheeling hockey and put up the same or better numbers....lets face it sidney crosby will rise too any level not like the great ovey,who disappeared for the biggest game of the year...please admit it crosby is a team player and he doesnt care about points and awards,the kid wants too raise the greatest trophy in sports.

Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2009 2:13 pm

Penguins prove to be too much

"Crosby is the most overrated player in hockey.  he cries so much..."
hmm... that's odd that the most overrated player in hockey leads the playoffs in goals AND points... but that must just be coincidence.
as for Sid being deemed a "crybaby" --  wow.  that's original.  never heard that one before.  that's great how you can label a player a "crybaby" due to his intense passion for the game.  yes, he argues a lot of calls BECAUSE he's the Captain and questioning calls is part of his duty as Captain.  yes, he's been accused of taking dives and embellishing calls, but that doesn't mean he can't take the "hayday" heat!  look at Matthew Barnaby -- he argued calls, was accused of taking dives and embellished calls but nobody labeled him a crybaby?  why not?  because he was a fighter?  well Syd has dropped the gloves many occasions as well.
if you're gonna criticize the kid, get some reall ammo.

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2009 2:02 pm

Penguins prove to be too much

To Crosbyshot87: Excellent post!

To add a few comments: Fedotenko turns it up every time he's in the playoffs and does so again now. Kunitz has been a perfect fit for this team and brings energy, toughness and leadership to the team. Let's add other unsung heroes to the mix: Max Talbot plays on any line, anytime, with anyone and never fails to hustle, irritate the other teams' top players, get key points in big games when the stars aren't scoring, etc. Jordan Staal who will someday be recognized as the top defensive forward in hockey as his game matures. Billy Guerin who is turning back the clock (maybe hanging around all those kids is doing it?) and playing sound, tough hockey. Rob Scuderi who takes the toughest defensive assignments and quietly plays great games....I could go on but the point is that any team that is going to be great in the playoffs has to have their key components come together at the right time and we're seeing that here with the Pens.

If the Flower gets back on his A game...look out NHL!

Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2009 1:47 pm

Penguins prove to be too much

Hey brain surgereon.......Theodore was in goal when Crosby got his gimme breakaway.  I guess you were really watching the game!  Crosby is the most overrated player in hockey.  He cries so much I am surprised he doesn't carry a box of tissues with him out on the ice!  If he played during the NHL hayday(70's and 80's) he would just be another player!  He would be manhandled by Lemiuex and Messier in center! 

Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2009 1:07 pm

Penguins prove to be too much

The two Game 7's and additional experience of the Pens was too much for the Caps.

Perhaps Theodore should have played one of the games 3-5 (three games in four days), but goaltending isn't why the Caps lost.  Awful defense and turnovers did.  Take away the two soft goals and you still have a loss.

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