April 29, 2010

Junior's Reading And Viewing List:
April 19 - 21, 2010

Last Update - April 29, 2010 at 3:34 AM EDT

Some of the most interesting bits of what I was following in the first half of this past week can be found in this 'Reading And Viewing List' for April 19 through April 21, 2010.

April 21, 2010

Postgame Notebook: Capitals 6, Canadiens 3
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at WashingtonCaps.com

Price Check – Montreal netminder Jaroslav Halak stopped 54 of the first 57 shots he faced in this series, but was dented for eight goals on the next 40 shots sent his way. Carey Price stopped 21 of 23 shots in a Game 3 relief effort, but he was racked for four goals on 36 shots in Wednesday’s Game 4, a 6-3 Washington win.

With the Caps now holding a commanding 3-1 lead in the series and Game 5 set for Friday night in Washington, Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin is now faced with the dilemma of which goalie to go with in a must-win game, Halak (4.07 GAA and .887 save pct. in the series) or Price (4.00 GAA and .898 save pct.)...

Caps Make Shorthanded Statement
By Joe Beninati - Washington Capitals Play-by-Play
at Comcast SportsNet - Washington, DC

It's hard to imagine a more critical shorthanded goal than the one Boyd Gordon and Mike Knuble collaborated on in tonight's game.

Bell Center in Montreal was its usual 22,000 person mad house. And with four minutes to go in the second period the fans were insane...

Washington Capitals at Montreal Canadiens
EC Quarterfinal Game 4 Highlights

Posted at Comcast SportsNet - Washington, DC

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Goalie coach on Varlamov: 'The sky is the limit'
By Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider

Yesterday I caught up with goalie coach Arturs Irbe and talked to him for a few minutes about Semyon Varlamov, the Caps' Game 4 starter tonight. Irbe, who knows a thing or two about alternating with another goalie in a Stanley Cup run (with Kevin Weekes in 2002 with the 'Canes), had some illuminating comments about young Varlamov...

Habs Hope Price is Right
By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

It goes without saying that tonight’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series between the Capitals and the Montreal Canadiens is an important one for both teams, but the importance is far greater for the Habs.

Montreal forward Michael Cammalleri told reporters before Game 3 that all the pressure was on the Capitals heading into that contest. The Caps responded with a convincing 5-1 win, and Cammalleri and his linemates finished the game at minus-4...

Jack Bruce Announces Intimate Q&A Session
By mdome at Classic Rock

Jack Bruce is holding a Q&A session in central London on April 28 – to raise funds for the release of a live album.

This is to be an exclusive affair, restricted to a maximum of just 40 people, each paying £100. For that you’ll also get an acoustic performance, an exclusive T-shirt and a signed copy of Bruce’s upcoming official biography, Jack Bruce: Composing Himself...

Caps Look For Third Straight vs. Habs
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at WashingtonCaps.com

Just a few days ago, the Capitals were less than two minutes from falling into an 0-2 hole in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series with the Montreal Canadiens. But after staging a thrilling comeback in Game 2 and hammering the Habs 5-1 in Monday’s Game 3, the Capitals have regained home ice advantage and now seek to put a chokehold on the set with a win in Game 4 on Wednesday.

Caps coach Bruce Boudreau made a pair of wise personnel moves that paid instant dividends in Monday’s Game 3 rout. Boudreau tabbed goaltender Semyon Varlamov for his first starting assignment of the series and he also re-inserted checking center Boyd Gordon into the lineup after scratching him in Game 2...

April 20, 2010

Caps Get Physical
By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

One of the underlying areas of this opening round series in which Washington has established a decided advantage over Montreal is the physical game. The Capitals are a bigger team than the Habs on paper, but that advantage only becomes an advantage if Washington takes the body on the ice. The Caps have been doing exactly that, outhitting the Habs 87-59 in the first three games...

Caps practice update: power play the focus
By Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider

A quick update before I start writing my story for the paper:

*Coach Bruce Boudreau sounded hopeful that both Shaone Morrisonn and Joe Corvo will be able to suit up tomorrow after skipping practice today with undisclosed ailments.

*Boudreau also spent the majority of practice working on the power play, which is 0 for 14 in these playoffs and a season-worst 0 for 21 dating back to the regular season...

Limited running will still help, says Block
Posted at WRC.com

Monster World Rally Team driver Ken Block says the experience he gained on Rally of Turkey will go a long way to helping him up his pace behind the wheel of his Ford Focus WRC, despite being forced to retire on both Friday and Saturday.

The 42-year-old Gymkhana driving video star is tackling a select programme of WRC rallies this season in preparation for a full assault on the series in 2011...

A Change of Fortune and Fate in the Crease
By pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog

Well, who has the goaltender controversy now?

And, how’s that Caps’ defense look right about now?

For a team that was rather thoroughly maligned for its defensive play upon arriving in Montreal on Sunday, the Capitals in game 3 gave a doozie of a debunking of that slur. Did you notice how seldom Habs’ forwards were able to get off shots off of the rush and instead often peeled back looking for trailer help? That’s prima facie evidence of exceptional defender positioning but also deft stick defending of additional attack space...

In the heat of battle... respect
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

Last night at Bell Centre, some boos were heard during the playing of the American national anthem. It isn't something you ever appreciate hearing, even in a playoff series.

There were probably a few Caps fans thinking that when the series returns to Verizon Center on Friday, they will return the favor.


April 19, 2010

Postgame Notebook: Capitals 5, Canadiens 1
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at WashingtonCaps.com

Net Gain – Leading up to tonight’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series, most of the burgeoning throng of media focused on Caps coach Bruce Boudreau’s decision to start rookie goaltender Semyon Varlamov instead of veteran Jose Theodore, who had started the first two games of the series.

It’s a safe bet that the media masses will be directing their netminding queries at the other head coach in this series heading up to Wednesday’s Game 4...

Caps Weather Storm
By Joe Beninati - Washington Capitals Play-by-Play
at Comcast SportsNet - Washington, DC

When we first met up with the team today, at the rink for the morning skate, the refrain from all the guys was the same: “Let’s get through the first 10 minutes, and then the rest of the first period, and we’ll be fine.” Well, they were true to their words.

Washington withstood an early onslaught from Montreal and did so with Semyon Varlamov making three really big saves in the opening eight minutes. That netminding kept the 21,000-plus Canadiens fans in their seats, and settled down any road jitters the Caps may have had. The old adage is “they weathered the storm.”...

Washington Capitals at Montreal Canadiens
EC Quarterfinal Game 3 Highlights

Posted at Comcast SportsNet - Washington, DC

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Happy Birthday Tony Martin!
By Joe Siegler at Black Sabbath Online

A lot of Black Sabbath sites/pages talk about the time with Ozzy Osbourne. Most of them talk about the Ronnie James Dio era, too. It's very few that talk about the Tony Martin era, let alone celebrate it. Not this place. I'm a fan of the Tony Martin era of the band. Despite a lot of "stick their head in the sand and go Ozzy or nothing" Black Sabbath fans, there's more to the band's legacy than that.

There's some fantastic music in these albums (5 studio, 1 live). While most of the albums are currently out of print, I've been told that eventually they will all be remastered and re-released, so the music will get heavily pushed here, as most of them are forgotten gems...

Samuel L. Jackson Says Nick Fury Will 'Kill Somebody'
In Marvel Movies

By Rick Marshall at MTV's Splash Page

While Samuel L. Jackson previously told us Nick Fury is unlikely to see action in "Iron Man 2," that doesn't mean the S.H.I.E.L.D. head honcho won't get his hands down dirty down the road in future Marvel movies like "The Avengers."

In fact, the actor told MTV News that his character will indeed be seeing some serious action in future installments of Marvel movies...

Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash To Release Anniversary Compilations
By mdome at Classic Rock

Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash both celebrate their 40th anniversaries with double CD compilations, released by Universal on May 31.

Heep’s is titled On The Rebound – A Very ‘Eavy 40th Anniversary Collection. And on the same day, the band have their classic Live 1973 album reissued in an expanded format. This has a bonus CD with 12 previously unreleased US radio show edits.

The Wishbone Ash one is titled Sometime World – An MCA Travelogue. This is a double CD with 26 tracks, spanning the years 1970 to 1981...

Hirvonen stays positive about his title chances
Posted at WRC.com

Ford’s Mikko Hirvonen says that he is not disheartened by his third successive defeat at the hands of Sebastien Loeb, despite the fact that the Frenchman is nearly two wins clear of him in the title race.

Hirvonen was deprived of the chance to win by a puncture after he slid wide on the final day of the Rally of Turkey, and his eventual third place on the event meant that he has now slid to third behind Petter Solberg in the drivers’ rankings...

Solberg needs more funds to win again
Posted at WRC.com

Petter Solberg says his team’s frugal budget is holding him back from challenging for outright wins in the World Rally Championship.

The Norwegian, who was taking part in his 150th WRC event alongside co-driver Phil Mills, moved into second place in the drivers’ standings with his third-straight podium finish of the season on Rally of Turkey.

However, he said he is continually driving with car preservation firmly in mind due to his limited funds...

Series Shifts to Montreal for Game 3
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at WashingtonCaps.com

Down three goals late in the second period of Saturday’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series, the Caps were teetering on the precipice of falling into an 0-2 hole against the Habs with the series headed back to Montreal for Monday’s Game 3.

That’s when Nicklas Backstrom intervened.

Backstrom recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career – regular season or playoffs – to help lead the Caps to a wild, 6-5 comeback triumph over the Canadiens. Backstrom’s three goals came in a span of 22:08 and his third one was the game-winner at the 31-second mark of the extra session...

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