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Blog 2 - Thursday April 16
Last night's game sucked. There is no other way to express it.
I need to give props to Lundqvist, the guy is an amazing goalie and he is the principle reason for the game's outcome. The Caps played well overall, but it was apparent that the issues that have plagued them all year have followed them into the playoffs, starting with the penalty kill. The Rangers, despite their improved offense, are not a team worthy of a spot at the top of the League. If the Caps want to win this series, they need to improve dramatically in this area ASAP. To give up two goals to the Rangers anemic power play is unforgivable.
Let's talk about the Caps power play, an area where they get good press. But last night, in the third period, with under five minutes to go, the Caps power play (their big chance one would think!) looked dead and tired. It just seemed like they didn't care at all. I imagine the players feel and see it differently, but from my vantage point (high-def) the team looked tired. Their emotional tank was empty.
Also, I'm pointing a finger at Schultz. You need to be better Defense-MAN and you need to be better NOW. Grow a pair and line up your man. Dubinsky beat you with a simple move, you fell down and left Theodore all alone. PLAY THE MAN, NOT THE PUCK! pee wee players know this.
And Theodore! You have a better glove than that. And what happened to playing the angle on the last odd man rush? The Caps just can't afford to give up anything as the other teams always seem to score.
On a positive note: it seemed like a clean good game of hockey. They had the better goalie and we lost fair and square.
We have a day game coming up... Have the Caps won one this season? Don't think so...
Guys- let's get back on the ice and remember you only have a couple games left if you keep playing like this.
Do you want to lose to the Rangers? Again? At home??! Really!!
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It's about enjoying the moment. It's pretty cool to get that many people together and that excited about hockey to the point they really want you to mess up. They've got a ton of red jerseys and you have to sit back and appreciate people love hockey that much and you are the one out there who gets to play the game. Just try and stick with that respect for the game and also the mentality that for me it's just about entering the fight and seeing how long I can stay in it.
— Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller on what he expects from the fans in Calgary for Game 6