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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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Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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