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      In today's Divisional Debacle, the Defense under Greg Manusky in the first half, gave up 207 yards of offense (105 rushing/102 passing) and two touchdowns.  That said, they did manage a single INT on which the Offense actually managed to score a touchdown off of. They allowed 12 of 16 passes to be completed . 
       
      In the second half it was 107 yards given up (58 rushing//49 passing) a field goal and a touchdown. They traded their first half pick for a second half sack. However, Dallas completed all five of their pass attempts. 
       
      Don't read that thinking "Well it seems like they tightened up some in the 2nd half."  They didn't. They simply had about half the plays in the second half. 30 plays in the First and 18 in the Second.
       
      So far in two Divisional matchups, the Defense has faltered in the Second half. They start out like a house of fire for the first few drives until their opponents gradually make adjustments. This Defensive coaching staff fails make any adjustments, whether in game or at the very least at Halftime. They've given up over 30 points per game for a total of 63 points given up in two games. While the Bears are up next, the Pats await and they've put up over 70 points in two games. Yeah. Ok. They did shut out the Dolphins today which is looking like the NFL version of ... ahem... shooting fish in a barrel. 
       
      The frustrating thing is Manusky is the DC that the Front Office actively looked to replace during the off season without firing him. When you know they're looking to replace you, most people would make a concentrated effort to show an improvement. Yet Manusky's Defense still keeps acting like it's starring in Groundhog Day.
       
      In his post game presser, when asked directly about if any coaching changes would be made, Gruden said "No, I think after two games – you’re talking about playing two very good offensive football teams and two of the best offensive lines in pro football we just played back-to-back. That’s no excuse whatsoever, but I don’t think we need to hit the panic button yet. We just have to continue to focus on what we can do better to win. Get Jonathan [Allen] in here, get a couple of our corners back in here and let’s go back and strap it up against Chicago [Bears] next week and see what happens.” 
       
      Here's another frustrating thing. The defensive communication was an issue last season as well. Wasn't this supposed to have been worked on during OTA's and Training Camp? It's understandable that the rookies would still be on a learning curve, but NFL vets like Collins and DRC you'd think they would have down by the start of the season. 
       
      Gruden said they're a very talented group on Defense but that they weren't reaching them. When questioned as to why the coaching staff that has been in place for several years, wasn't reaching them, he defended the comment as them being a young defense. “We have some moving parts now. Landon Collins is a veteran guy but this is his first year, [Montez] Sweat’s in his first year, [Cole] Holcomb, it’s his first year, [Jon] Bostic is in his first year. We’re playing Dominique [Rodgers-Cromartie] at corner and this is Jimmy Moreland’s first year, so it’s not like we are the most experienced group. We feel like were very talented, but we`re still fighting through somethings. There are a lot of things to look forward to, without a doubt, but we do have to play better and strap it up and get back to work."

       
       
       
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2018 - 19 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals Thread

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Calling a team in the conference finals that just swept a team, that swept the penguins, unskilled.

 

Okay.

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I do agree that the Caps should’ve beaten them but the Canes are getting the kind of bounces and breaks that lead to making the Finals. I mean, it took Holtby giving up the worst rebound ever on a super soft shot that lead to the Canes getting back into game 7. That’s the kind of rebound a beer league goalie gives up. Then the Islanders hit more posts in game 2 than is normal. 

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I think if Holtby even plays to a B+, the Caps win the series.  My contributing factors to the loss:

 

1.  No Kempny

2.  Holtby's play

3.  Not adjusting forward lines

4.  No Oshie

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Just now, @SkinsGoldPants said:

Don Cherry is making me root for Carolina. What an asshole. This is the top hockey analyst? 

 

He’s Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. He’s just a heel saying the craziest stuff to get a reaction. It wouldn’t surprise me if he starts using the term “humanoids”. 

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4 hours ago, Redskin4ever said:

 

He’s Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. He’s just a heel saying the craziest stuff to get a reaction. It wouldn’t surprise me if he starts using the term “humanoids”. 

 

He was much worse in his prime (I watched him a lot in the 90s when I was living in Canada). He and Ron Maclean almost used to get in fist fights on the air.

He's an old man now and has mellowed out considerably. 

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Ten years from now when OV, Backtsom and Holtby have retired or left, and the Caps are mired in Buffalo Sabres mediocrity (hopefully not for long)

and we as fans have too much time on our hands, I think we're going to look back and reaiize that the 2018 Caps were not even the best team of this

era. The 2017 Caps were a vastly superior team, top to bottom. And even the 2019 Caps (+Kempny) were probably a better than the 2018 team. Likely

the 2020 Caps could be better too, we shall see. Kind of ironic that we won a Cup with one of our more middling teams.  

 

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1 year ago today the demons were exercised and we beat Pittsburgh in game 6. Man. What an amazing Stanley cup run that was. Game 6 was the Day i had my last final of college so i was driving around with a friend trying to get alcohol or something to party that night, and i was following along with the game on my phone. When we were in overtime i was so nervous. But we won, so i partied even harder 😁 

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*sigh*

 

Watching all these clips of last years game against the Penguins chokes me up a bit, and then makes me even sadder because we're out of the ****ing playoffs.  Last year was probably the most fun I've ever had as far as anything sports related goes in my entire life.  I'd say it was more fun than living on south campus at UMD in 2002 when the Terps won the NCAA tourney.  Probably because the run lasted so much longer and I'm just more into the Caps.  

 

Man what a run that was and how much damn fun it was.   

 

I wish I could watch random NHL teams like I can NFL but it's tough for me to watch it without a vested interest, and I just don't know everyone on every team like the NFL.  

 

EDIT:

 

This is the one that got me a bit.

 

 

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12 hours ago, Mournblade said:

Ten years from now when OV, Backtsom and Holtby have retired or left, and the Caps are mired in Buffalo Sabres mediocrity (hopefully not for long)

and we as fans have too much time on our hands, I think we're going to look back and reaiize that the 2018 Caps were not even the best team of this

era. The 2017 Caps were a vastly superior team, top to bottom. And even the 2019 Caps (+Kempny) were probably a better than the 2018 team. Likely

the 2020 Caps could be better too, we shall see. Kind of ironic that we won a Cup with one of our more middling teams.  

 

got hot at the right time and the team clicked together right when they needed to. same thing is happening to a lesser talented Canes team right now. i think, in hockey more than any sport, how a team "clicks", moves, syncs,etc together is probably more important than overall talent

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13 hours ago, Mournblade said:

Ten years from now when OV, Backtsom and Holtby have retired or left, and the Caps are mired in Buffalo Sabres mediocrity (hopefully not for long)

and we as fans have too much time on our hands, I think we're going to look back and reaiize that the 2018 Caps were not even the best team of this

era. The 2017 Caps were a vastly superior team, top to bottom. And even the 2019 Caps (+Kempny) were probably a better than the 2018 team. Likely

the 2020 Caps could be better too, we shall see. Kind of ironic that we won a Cup with one of our more middling teams.  

 

 

I respectfully disagree. The Caps may have had more talent last year and maybe this year. But it’s not always about talent. It’s how you play as a team. Last year’s team was the greatest TEAM in Capitals history. They played all aspects of the game as a team. They got scoring from all lines on the run to the cup. They got outstanding goaltending from Holtby. There has been no other team in Capitals history that has had primary scoring, secondary scoring, great team defense, and great goaltending all in the same playoffs. It’s why they never won a cup before. They never played the kind of team hockey like they did last year. 

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1 hour ago, Redskin4ever said:

 

I respectfully disagree. The Caps may have had more talent last year and maybe this year. But it’s not always about talent. It’s how you play as a team. Last year’s team was the greatest TEAM in Capitals history. They played all aspects of the game as a team. They got scoring from all lines on the run to the cup. They got outstanding goaltending from Holtby. There has been no other team in Capitals history that has had primary scoring, secondary scoring, great team defense, and great goaltending all in the same playoffs. It’s why they never won a cup before. They never played the kind of team hockey like they did last year. 

 

Well said but you forgot something equally important. They got the bounces last year too. 

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Difference between last year and other years...secondary scoring. We got contributions from the likes of Eller, DSP, Bura, etc. Never had that even with our stacked teams from before.

 

And of course...the bounces. I say we're still due a lot more good bounces after the years of heartache leading up to 2018.

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21 hours ago, Redskin4ever said:

 

I respectfully disagree. The Caps may have had more talent last year and maybe this year. But it’s not always about talent. It’s how you play as a team. Last year’s team was the greatest TEAM in Capitals history. They played all aspects of the game as a team. They got scoring from all lines on the run to the cup. They got outstanding goaltending from Holtby. There has been no other team in Capitals history that has had primary scoring, secondary scoring, great team defense, and great goaltending all in the same playoffs. It’s why they never won a cup before. They never played the kind of team hockey like they did last year. 

 

You make good points, but I think a 2019 Caps team with healthy Kempny waltzes it way to the SC finals. Even with Holtby and Kuznetsov's erratic play, this team (w/Kempny) is head and shoulders above Carolina, NYI and Boston. 

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16 hours ago, Mournblade said:

 

You make good points, but I think a 2019 Caps team with healthy Kempny waltzes it way to the SC finals. Even with Holtby and Kuznetsov's erratic play, this team (w/Kempny) is head and shoulders above Carolina, NYI and Boston. 

 

Unfortunately, we never got to find out.

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18 hours ago, Mournblade said:

 

You make good points, but I think a 2019 Caps team with healthy Kempny waltzes it way to the SC finals. Even with Holtby and Kuznetsov's erratic play, this team (w/Kempny) is head and shoulders above Carolina, NYI and Boston. 

 

Do teams ever waltz into the SC finals? You are way too invested in this narrative. Stanley Cups and Cup finals are not easy to get to. 

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4 hours ago, Springfield said:

This year’s team was never making the finals.  Just too erratic and undisciplined.

 

But you're not taking the competition into account. Carolina, NYI and Boston is about as easy as it gets (compare that with Columbus, Pittsburgh and Tampa

last year). 

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32 minutes ago, Mournblade said:

 

But you're not taking the competition into account. Carolina, NYI and Boston is about as easy as it gets (compare that with Columbus, Pittsburgh and Tampa

last year). 

 

Yeah, even as undisciplined as they were, they couldn’t beat Carolina in a 7 game series.  So they fared worse against weaker opponents.

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There was a Marcus Johannson sighting tonight. He had the game tying goal. Boston dominated the 3rd period, which had been Carolina's game so far this playoff. 

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