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Capitals Insider: December 23, 2007 - December 29, 2007

Ovechkin Probable, Cassivi's Pads AWOL

Alex Ovechkin's status has not been determined yet, but he's on the ice for the pregame skate and appears to be moving fine. He's also come over to the bench several times to talk to head athletic trainer Greg Smith, who took a close look at the stitches on his...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 29, 2007; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
 
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Ovechkin Probable for Senators

Okay, here's the latest on Ovechkin: He suffered a superficial cut on his inner thigh after Kris Letang's skate came up and sliced him as he hit the Pittsburgh defenseman early in the third period last night. Oveckin is walking around without a limp, and said he's not in pain....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 28, 2007; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Cassivi Recalled; Sens' Emery Sent Home

Hershey goaltender Frederic Cassivi has been recalled to replace the injured Brent Johnson and will join the Caps today in Ottawa. It's expected that he'll backup Olie Kolzig tomorrow against the Senators. I'll have more on Johnson and Alex Ovechkin when the team arrives at Scotiabank Place for practice. It's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 28, 2007; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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Johnson Out 2-4 Weeks; Ovechkin "Okay"

GM George McPhee said that goaltender Brent Johnson suffered a sprained ligament in his knee tonight when he went down awkwardly in the first period. He'll miss two to four weeks. The Caps will obviously have to call up a replacement from Hershey tomorrow. McPhee said he would talk to...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 27, 2007; 9:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
 
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Tonight's Lineup vs. Pitt

Checking in from the morning skate at Mellon Arena, where Coach Bruce Boudreau just said that Brent Johnson will get the nod tonight against the Penguins. Boudreau has also made some tweaks to the forward lines in order to accommodate Boyd Gordon, who is back after missing 12 games with...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 27, 2007; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
 
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Interim Tag Dropped From Boudreau's title

Bruce Boudreau waited more than a decade to land a full-time gig behind an NHL bench - and now, at long last, he's got one. After a month-long evaluation period, the Caps dropped the interim from his title. Now, he's just Coach Bruce Boudreau. He's guided the Caps to a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 26, 2007; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
 
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Pothier Back; Gordon Close; Clark Still Out

Just arrived at Kettler for the morning skate and there are a couple of interesting developments: Defenseman Brian Pothier, who had been listed as week-to-week with a broken thumb, is on the ice and particpating fully in drills. He's paired with Jeff Schultz and appears to be ready to return...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 26, 2007; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Taking One For The Team

Not sure how many of you saw this in today's print edition of The Post, so I thought I'd blog it, too. I interviewed Quintin Laing about blocking shots for a weekly feature called "What it feels like..." Here's some of what Laing had to say: For guys, there's just...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 24, 2007; 9:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Missed Opportunity

I can honestly say that the mood in the Caps' dressing room last night at Nassau Coliseum was as gloomy as it's been all season. The players weren't just disappointed by their performance, and the result, they were devastated. "That game was up for grabs," Matt Pettinger said after the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 23, 2007; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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