The Dump and Chase – 05/02/2011

Bad change kills Capitals in Game 2

The American military did the Washington Capitals a solid last night by wiping out Osama Bin Laden. The Capitals took some heat in the hours that followed their 3-2 OT loss to Tampa on account of a lazy change that would lead to the 2-on-1 in which Vincent Lecavalier would bury the winner on, but Bruce Boudreau’s club will elude whatever front page criticism that may have been heading their way. That is, of course, assuming newspapers managed to get the evening’s big story in time for printing (oops!).

Anyway, Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider had a few quotes from Capitals players that should make it abundantly clear what went wrong:

“It was a bad change,” [Scott] Hannan said.

“It was a bad change,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said.

“It was a miscommunication on a line change,” Schultz said.

Niemi’s numbers solid through two or: Niemi due for shelling

David Pollak of Working The Corners:

Last year, Niemi had a .965 save percentage and a 1.67 goals against average in helping the Chicago Blackhawks sweep the Sharks out of the Western Conference finals.

His numbers against Detroit so far? A .966 save percentage and a 1.00 GAA.

Stars blog: ‘expect Brad Richards to test free agency’

Brandon Worley of Defending Big D on Brad Richards:

Getting the chance to make the decision and have complete control over the team he plays for, absolute and complete control, is what will help Richards move from a period of six or seven years of absolute turmoil and disappointment. He’s made it very clear that stable and competitive ownership is what he’s after, teams that contend for Stanley Cups and have the potential to do so for at least the next few years while he’s still in his prime.

Gretzky rookie card fetches record $94,613

In vintage Wayne Gretzky fashion, the Great One’s rookie card broke its own record for most expensive hockey card ever sold over the weekend. The 1979-80 Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee rookie card was auctioned off for $94,613 by SCP Auctions, eclipsing the previous record for a modern hockey card of $80,000. As Puck Daddy’s Sean Leahy points out the all-time record price for a hockey card (not just a modern one) “is a tie between a 1910-11 C56 Newsy Lalonde and a 1911-12 C55 Georges Vezina that both sold for $100,000.”

Sergei Zinoviev reminds you that that the World Championship is a great place to make highlights