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April 21, 2010

9:36
P.M.

Caps-Canadiens, Game 4 results

Total Responses: 27

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Gene Wang

Staff writer Gene Wang writes about the Caps, Nats, Wizards and local colleges for The Post.

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Post staff writer Gene Wang discusses the outcome of Game 4 of the Caps-Canadiens first-round playoff series.
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Gene Wang :

Welcome to the Capitals postgame chat following their 6-3 victory over Montreal in Game 4. The Capitals lead the series 3-1 and and can close it out on Friday at Verizon Center. Let's get started with your questions.

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Boudreau's future

Submitting early, so please take the appropriate question. After tonight's win, do you think Boudreau will make it into the Hockey Hall of Fame from this year's Stanley Cup victory? After tonight's loss, do you think we should fire Boudreau?
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Gene Wang :

There were more than a few questions regarding BB's future after Game 1. After the past three games, I think those can be put to rest.

– April 21, 2010 9:38 PM
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knubes + varly= French TOAST

Geno.....Thanks for the post game chat.... Varly was HUGE tonight....but the goal to tie the game by Knuble was RIGHTEOUS!!! He was the pickup of GMGM's career thus far. Agree?
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Gene Wang :

Knuble to me has been perhaps the best pickup in the entire league this season. He makes this team completely different from last season and a major reason whey the Caps are up three games to one.

– April 21, 2010 9:40 PM
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Good Game by Caps. Habs Getting Chippy

What is with the Canadians? Price's slash from the bench on Backstrom; the cheap shots; the goading to fight -- they really seem to come apart when they are losing.
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Gene Wang :

That happens so often when teams are losing and realize they can't compete against the opponent. Ottawa was resorting to similar tactics against the Penguins in their last game.

– April 21, 2010 9:41 PM
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Varly

Do we now see Varly for the rest of the playoffs after his spectacular game tonight?
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Gene Wang :

I can't see how you could go back to Theodore after the way Varly has been dialed in over the past three games.

– April 21, 2010 9:42 PM
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Classy move by price

The Price is WRONG, b---h
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Gene Wang :

Now let's play nice. The series isn't over yet, and we all know how difficult it is to close a team out for good. But the Capitals are in a great position obviously.

– April 21, 2010 9:42 PM
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Habs 'Tending

So I'm sure we'll get 48 hours of speculation, but might as well start now. Who do you think gets the nod for the Habs in net for game 5?
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Gene Wang :

My guess is they'll go back to Halak, but with the way the Capitals are playing, I'm not sure it matters either way.

– April 21, 2010 9:43 PM
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caps goalies

last year it was obvious varley was dead tired by the end of the playoffs . do you think coach b. will use theo to give varley a rest . and if so how do you think theo will respond?
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Gene Wang :

If the Caps win the series on Friday, Varly will have plenty of time to rest before the next round. And of course Theo has been getting plenty of rest over the past few games.

– April 21, 2010 9:45 PM
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Varly-Player of the Game

What a goalie can't get the Palm's Player of the Game? Give the guy a dinner! Good 3rd period. Can't wait for Friday.
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Gene Wang :

Friday should be a complete red-out at Verizon Center. I'm sure all Caps fans will be out in full force.

– April 21, 2010 9:46 PM
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NHL post game question

Can Price get fined or punished for hitting Backie with his stick?
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Gene Wang :

The league certainly can review it and determine if it's an offense than warrants a fine.

– April 21, 2010 9:48 PM
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John Carlson + Still Shaky Defense

Carlson has made a couple of the most plays in this series. The goal, obviously, in game two and that great pass to Knuble when Montreal had all the momentum in this game. Dude is impressive! But, the defense overall is still very shaky. Nobody clears the crease consistently. Erskine would not be a bad choice to throw in there IMHO. He was probably our best stay at home defender in last seasons playoffs.
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Gene Wang :

It's hard for me to nitpick with the way the Capitals have played over the past two games.  Yes, you would  like the defense the defense perhaps to be a bit more assertive, but you can't argue with the results so far.

– April 21, 2010 9:49 PM
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How impressive has "Hot Carlson" been?

He didnt play much in the regular season but he has arguably been the Caps best defensemen in this round. Although that may not be saying too much...
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Gene Wang :

Carlson has a very bright future, no doubt about that.

– April 21, 2010 9:49 PM
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THE issue!

Geno, this is DC. If necessary, we will take this "in-game chat" issue to CONGRESS! What's the story?
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Gene Wang :

I'm lobbying for an in-game chat for Game 5, so sit tight and come back to Capitals Insider for updates  on that. I know there are many Caps fans who have been pushing for another in-game chat. I'll make sure my editors are aware of that.

– April 21, 2010 9:54 PM
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Fleischmann

How long Bruce will give Fleischmann a free ride in the line-up? He's been the worst forward so far and keeps getting more ice time than he deserves. Could someone of you journalists ask Bruce why he keeps on favouring Flash over other players?
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Gene Wang :

You are 100 percent right. Flash has been anything but over the past month. It's definitely an issue worth examining.

– April 21, 2010 9:54 PM
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More Morrisson?

Any news on Morrisson and his upper body injury? Does the coaching staff think he'll be available to help the Caps clinch on Friday?
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Gene Wang :

No word yet, but be sure to check back on Capitals Insider for the latest news on that front.

– April 21, 2010 9:55 PM
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Sometimes.....

....the best defense is a good offense.....Yes the defense for the Caps could be better....Still, this team is very similar to the Oilers of the 80's...and we all know what they did....TimDz PS> Geno...what's the word on an actual post game chat?
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Gene Wang :

Hello TimDz, thanks for submitting postgame. There's already been one poster asking for an in-game chat, and I said I would make that know to my editors for Game 5. Stay tuned.

– April 21, 2010 9:56 PM
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In Game Chat

If you are looking for numbers, do the in game chats for away games. I know a lot of us, including me, will be at the Verizon Ctr. I don't think I'll be chatting during the game. I'll be rocking the red!
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Gene Wang :

A very good point. Thanks.

– April 21, 2010 9:56 PM
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Theo

The longer Theo sits the more it kills his confidence. Up 3-1 going home seems like a perfect time to start him - the guy has had a solid season and deserve a shot to redeem himself. What do youm think?
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Gene Wang :

If BB was considering starting Theo again in this series, Friday would be the best time. Theo certainly would get plenty of support from Capitals fans at Verizon Center.

– April 21, 2010 9:57 PM
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Theodore...Again

What do you think is going through Theodore's mind right now? He had a great regular season, played superbly in Game 1, and then had a rough start to Game 2 and now he's liable to not play as the primary option for the rest of the postseason. Varlamov's obviously played great, but did Theodore do anything wrong?
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Gene Wang :

Theodore gave up two goals  in two shots. Now we could debate for hours whether that warranted Bruce Boudreau pulling him and going to Varly, but the facts are the Caps have won three in a row since that move and have looked clearly the superior team.

– April 21, 2010 10:02 PM
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Potential round 2 foe

Do you think Philly can still close out their series without Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne?
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Gene Wang :

Philly should win the series regardless. Boucher  has been  playing better than expected, and the Devils have virtually no offensive firepower in front of Brodeur.

– April 21, 2010 10:03 PM
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theo

No way the caps sit varly now. I think the difference this year is BB will not be afraid to go back to Theo if varly starts to breakdown as he did last year toward end of the series. Theo and BB knows he only one bad game away from getting back in there.
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Gene Wang :

That seems like the conventional wisdom at this juncture.

– April 21, 2010 10:04 PM
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Left Wing for the Caps

Gener, If Everson Walls could skate, do you think he would've made a good left winger for the caps? Baby Flathead
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Gene Wang :

He certainly would have been good at intercepting passes

– April 21, 2010 10:04 PM
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booing the anthem

what is up with Canadians booing our anthem? Maybe the ill mannered people of Quebec have taken over the whole country.
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Gene Wang :

Yes, that was completely bush league.

– April 21, 2010 10:04 PM
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Candiens ritual..

Not sure if Caps fans are aware of the "La Capitale" ritual done in front of the Bell Centre each time the Canadiens are facing playoff elimination. Normally people scoff at it joking that is would only work if we were to play the Capitals in the playoffs...needless to say, we expect the turnout tomorrow to be record breaking!
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Gene Wang :

I expect the turnout to be ridiculous, especially on a Friday night. Leave early -- and I mean very early -- if you are coming into town for the game.

– April 21, 2010 10:05 PM
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Fehr

Shouldnt Fehr be getting more ice time?
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Gene Wang :

He's been doing plenty with the ice team has has been getting, and the Caps are deep enough that they can keep all their players rested.

– April 21, 2010 10:07 PM
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Carey Price

Can you remember ever seeing any NHL player while on the bench slash someone on the ice? I can't. I will be absolutely shocked if Carey Price is not suspended for at least one game. I believe the NHL will want to make it very clear that there is a definite line between dirty play while on the ice and whacking someone with a goalie stick from the bench.
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Gene Wang :

That's frustration setting in, and it wasn't pretty.

– April 21, 2010 10:07 PM
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Another Vote for In-Game Chat Friday...

That would be a life saver for Caps fans who live in the Versus shadow of other playoff teams, such as the Sabres in Upstate New York.
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Gene Wang :

Noted again, and I will be sure to pass it on to those in charge.

– April 21, 2010 10:08 PM
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Amazing night

Caps win a huge road game, and the Nats win late again. Who is a better closer? Varly or Matt Capps?
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Gene Wang :

Considering what's at stake at this point in the season, I'd have to say Varly right now.

– April 21, 2010 10:08 PM
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Gene Wang :

Thanks everyone for joing the postgame chat. Be sure to come back after Game 5 for another installment. Have a great night.

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