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Video: Are the Capitals a very dangerous opponent for Boston?

Apr 8, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty broke down the Washington-Boston first round playoff series and explained why he doesn’t think the Washington Capitals are a typical seventh seed. You can check out his analysis below:

One thing I’d like to emphasis is how good Alex Ovechkin has been lately. He’s woken up since mid-March with 11 goals in his final 13 games. Whether or not his hot streak carries into the playoffs might be a defining factor in this series.

  1. baywatchboy - Apr 8, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    The Caps have “terrible goaltending”? That’s a bit of an overstatement. One could say that about the Bruins after watching this from Matt Hendricks on Tim Thomas

    • homelanddefense - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      it was a great move, but completely pointless in this debate.

      • baywatchboy - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        It’s to point out the absurd comment that the Caps goaltending is terrible. You wouldn’t say Thomas is terrible based on one play. Holtby has good stats.

        2010-11 10-2-2 1.79 GAA .934 Save %
        2011-12 4-2-1 2.50 GAA .922 Save %

        I wouldn’t call that terrible

      • homelanddefense - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

        so you try to prove an absurd comment to be false with another absurd comment?

        I agree its not terrible, but its not ideal either.

      • baywatchboy - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:25 PM

        Partially. I tried to show how absurd the statement was by posting another absurd statement. I tried to show it was false by posting stats to back up my claim. Of course the wonderful thing about playoff hockey is that a lot of times you can throw stats out the window except for very few. How many times in history have lesser known players risen to the challenge during the playoffs?

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 8, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Until the Caps can prove themselves in the playoffs I will never ever pick them.

  3. bethgoesglobal - Apr 8, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    I agree w/baywatchboy that the Caps don’t have “terrible goaltending” but it’s not as strong as Boston. That being said T2 has not been as strong as he has been in the past and the Caps have proven that they can find his holes and score. Having Holtby in net however, forces the D to be better which I think they demonstrated in yesterdays game w/the Rangers.
    The Caps will need their offensive talent to show up! They’ve been heating up, and it was great to see Backstrom get a G and A yesterday; however, they need to produce consistently. It is paramount that Green gets back on track; he’s been getting close and hopefully his evident frustration will get him closer to form.
    I also agree that the Caps have to prove to themselves that they can make a solid run at the Cup, this may not be the season where they can do that, but there would be no better test than playing the Bruins. The Caps have nothing to lose given their overall play this season and having a AHL call-up in net. Who knows, should they make it through this round it might be just what the doctor ordered.

    This will be a great series to watch.

  4. grimlock410 - Apr 8, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    People said that about detroit in the 90s, the ducks in the 00’s. No one thought CAR could win. It is just our time C-A-P-S

  5. kitshky - Apr 8, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    With Boston a little vulnerable and Caps heating up … this one’s way more interesting than it should be

  6. sadermatt - Apr 8, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    If the Caps get past Boston, they’ll likely have to beat the Rangers AND the Pitt/Philly winner. Yes, Ovie’s been hot, but I don’t think they have the horses to win that race.

  7. ravenscaps48 - Apr 8, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Come on, boys! Bring it to Capitol Hill

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