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Round 2- Bolts versus Crapitals


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Schedule out already:

 

Friday, April 29 at Washington, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, TSN

Sunday, May 1 at Washington, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, CBC

Tuesday, May 3 at Tampa Bay, TBD VERSUS, TSN

Wednesday, May 4 at Tampa Bay, 7:00 p.m. TSN

*Saturday, May 7 at Washington, 12:30 p.m. NBC, TSN

*Monday, May 9 at Tampa Bay, TBD VERSUS, TSN

*Wednesday, May 11 at Washington, TBD VERSUS, TSN

 

Tough schedule after an emotional series with Pittsburgh, including back to back games next Tuesday and Wednesday, yet there is nothing scheduled at the SPTimes Forum...WTF? :mad The Bolts have exceeded my expectations already for this season, so this next round is gravy. Would like nothing better than to shove it up Ovechtrick's butt and have Boucher tell Boudreau to "shut your yap" :winkwink

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IT'S ON TONIGHT! BRING ON THE CRAPITALS!

 

Southeast foes set to start second-round series

 

LIGHTNING at CAPITALS

 

Season series: Washington won four of the six meetings this season, but when the games were played had some effect on the outcome. The Capitals won the first two contests 6-3 and 6-0 before the Lightning added Dwayne Roloson via trade. The ...Lightning won the next two with Roloson pitching shutouts before the Capitals claimed the final two, though the sixth meeting went to a shootout.

 

Big story: These members of the Southeast Division will meet in the postseason for the first time since Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos became the faces of their respective franchises.

 

Team Scope:

 

Lightning: Tampa Bay comes to Washington on a three-game winning streak, erasing a 3-1 series deficit against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Lightning showed they could do it with offense (an 8-2 win) as well as defense and goaltending (a 1-0 victory in Game 7).

 

While the big guns helped the Lightning to rally against the Penguins, Tampa Bay’s third line was also a big story in the series. Nate Thompson, Dominic Moore and Sean Bergenheim have given the team depth beyond the likes of Stamkos, Martin St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier. Stamkos got off to a slow start against Pittsburgh but played much better near the end of the series.

 

"I think you have to be physical on him," Washington forward Brooks Laich said. "I think he's a very good player but I don't think the game plan changes -- take his time and space away and be physical on him."

 

Capitals: Washington was the only team to advance in the Eastern Conference and not need a seventh (or a sixth) game to do so. There weren't a lot of goals in the Capitals' first-round series with the New York Rangers, but Ovechkin and Alexander Semin scored some key goals as did role players like Jason Chimera (two game-winners).

 

The biggest strength for the Capitals against the Rangers was penalty killing, but the Lightning will offer a step up in competition in that department. There aren't many questions about the goaltending in Washington right now after Michal Neuvirth allowed only eight goals in the five games and played every minute.

 

Who's hot: St. Louis, named Thursday as a Hart Trophy finalist, was Tampa Bay's top offensive player against the Penguins with 4 goals and 8 points. … Ovechkin led the Capitals with 6 points in the first round, while rookie center Marcus Johansson had 4 points in the final four games of the series.

 

Injury report: Defenseman Randy Jones hasn't played since early March for Tampa Bay because of a lower-body injury. … Washington will be without right wing Mike Knuble (hand/wrist) and defensemen Tom Poti (groin) and Dennis Wideman (leg) at the start of the series. Knuble expects to play against the Lightning at some point, while the status of the two defensemen are uncertain.

 

Stat pack: Every series can be about the goaltenders, but none were better in the first round than Roloson and Neuvirth. There may be 18 years between the two netminders, but Roloson was first in save percentage (.949) while Neuvirth was second (.946); Neuvirth was tops in goals against average (1.38) and Roloson was second (1.77).

 

Puck drop: This game could be a classic example of rest versus rust. Washington has not played since Saturday after wrapping up the Rangers in five games, while Tampa Bay has been rolling for the past three games and just played Wednesday night.

 

"I think in the playoffs [the rest] gives you a little advantage but it not like you have 100 percent change you're going to win," Ovechkin said.

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Goal was waved off, I missed it before I typed...

 

I liked how we kept the pressure on in the 3rd and didn't play the prevent defense. Get some well deserved rest, injuries to Gagne and Kubina are a concern with 3 games in 4 nights coming up starting Sunday. But a good solid win, the Craps boobirds were music to my ears.

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BAM!!! They come through with the win. I was surprised we got this one. Washington was just killing it in every period. Their attack on the net was relentless. Unfortunate for Hedman to get the right handed stick, but it worked out for us in the long run. Great pass from our defensive zone, and even better past to Vincent, and EVEN better goal by Vincent. I just want to shake hands with Roli. He is just a great goaltender, and very modest. Keep up the good work! Lets take them in our house and give our fans some real excitement.

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BAM!!! They come through with the win. I was surprised we got this one. Washington was just killing it in every period. Their attack on the net was relentless. Unfortunate for Hedman to get the right handed stick, but it worked out for us in the long run. Great pass from our defensive zone, and even better past to Vincent, and EVEN better goal by Vincent. I just want to shake hands with Roli. He is just a great goaltender, and very modest. Keep up the good work! Lets take them in our house and give our fans some real excitement.

 

I said it in the Pens series, TB seems to get outplayed for 58 minutes and in the other 2 find a way to put up enough goals to win.

 

Of course I wanted to see my Pens advance, but I knew we would have very little to offer the Crapitals. Good to see the Bolts put them in a deep hole early, if history is any indication they will not dig out of this one, Crapitals just might get swept.

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Hoping to get club seat tickets for tomorrow's game. God bless Roly....I'm still confused as to how the team is actually winning. It's like we barely hang on for 80% of the game and then just turn it on. I'm loving the series. Fuck the Crapitals even harder than YOI's beloved team (why a shittsburgh fan posts here is beyond me, despite his explanations).

 

LeCavlier (sp) is playing like the star that he was supposed to be. Stamkos showed some flashes as well, although I don't know why the team had all those lazy passes tonight. If Stamkos eventually turns it on and the team gives maximum effort the entire game they'll be nearly impossible to beat.

 

I'm thrilled and loving the playoffs. It's just obvious that the team needs more speed next year.

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Just got home from the game and Wow the Ice Palace was rocking tonight. Free concert after the game by Steve Howe of Bad Company who replaced Paul Rodgers.

 

What a game. The Lightning was once again being doubled in shots on goal, but then caught up in the 3rd period to only finish 2 behind the Crapitals. The Crapitals looked dead tired in the 3rd period. Roli was once again solid although he allowed one bad goal, but he is tough as nails!

 

Unsung hero for the Bolts is No. 16 Teddy Purcell! He may not make the splash plays but the kid never quits as he constantly battles and works hard. He wins the battle for the puck more then not.

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