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Capitals Insider: December 3, 2006 - December 9, 2006

Heward, Playoff Spot Getting Close

Defenseman Jamie Heward hopes to return to the Caps' lineup Monday, just 11 days after getting his face sliced open by a skate blade. If the 35-year-old veteran manages to make it back that soon--Washington hosts the Penguins--it would mean he missed only four games. Which is quite amazing considering...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 8, 2006; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Who Saw This Coming?

About a week ago, I was close to imposing a ban on the word "playoffs" from any and all copy regarding the Capitals until next season. They had lost six straight, and Tampa Bay, Dallas, Buffalo and Anaheim awaited. It's a good thing I didn't. Instead of crumbling, Olie Kolzig...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 6, 2006; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Ovechkin Talks With NHL About Hit

As reported yesterday, Alex Ovechkin won't be suspended for his controversial hit on Buffalo Sabres captain Daniel Briere. But Ovechkin did get a call this morning from the NHL's dean of discipline, Colin Campbell, to discuss the matter. "We talk about it," Ovechkin said after practice. "He tell me we...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 4, 2006; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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No Suspension for Ovechkin

A.O. won't be suspended for his controversial hit on Buffalo Sabres captain Daniel Briere, Capitals General Manager George McPhee told me today. We kind of suspected that last night, but you can never be 100-percent sure until the following afternoon, which is when the NHL sends out press releases on...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 3, 2006; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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