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Capitals Insider: February 10, 2008 - February 16, 2008

Lepisto to Make Debut vs. Lightning

I'm having problems getting a decent wireless signal here at the St. Pete Times Forum, so I've got to be quick. Here's what I know: *Defenseman Sami Lepisto, the Caps' third round pick in 2004, will make his NHL debut tonight in Tampa, Coach Bruce Boudreau said. The coaches have...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 16, 2008; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
 
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Caps Recall Lepisto

Defenseman Sami Lepisto has been recalled from Hershey. I'll have more from the rink in about 45 minutes. Update:I'm hearing that Lepisto was recalled for insurance reasons and isn't expected to play tonight. I'll update again if that changes....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 15, 2008; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Hanlon to Finland; Brashear Scratched;Poti Out

Former Caps Coach Glen Hanlon has agreed to coach in Finland next season, according to this report. Hanlon, who was fired in Washington on Thanksgiving Day and was later given a job in the organization's scouting department, will step behind the bench of Helsinki Jokerit. Hanlon had one year remaining...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 15, 2008; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
 
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Poti Questionable vs. Florida

Sorry folks, but I've got to be brief today. Defenseman Tom Poti was not on the ice for the Caps' optional practice at BankAtlantic Center. The team's ice time leader, Poti suffered what is believed to be a leg injury in the first period last night in Altanta and did...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 14, 2008; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
 
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Poti Out With 'Lower Body Injury'

Defenseman Tom Poti suffered an apparent leg injury late in the first period last night against Atlanta. The team didn't release any specific information on the severity or nature of his injury, and I did not see him in the dressing room afterward. A team official later said Poti, the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 13, 2008; 11:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
 
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Tonight's Lineup vs. Atlanta

The Caps open a critical, three-game Southeast Division swing tonight in Atlanta with Olie Kolzig in goal. He's is scheduled to oppose Kari Lehtonen, who made 36 saves to shutout Washington, 2-0, in the teams' last meeting on Feb. 2. Here's the rest of the Caps' lineup: Forwards Ovechkin-Backstrom-Kozlov Fleischmann-Gordon-Semin...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 13, 2008; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Caps Extend Fleischmann

Sorry for the late posting today. But getting out of Dulles (and then landing in Atlanta) proved to be an adventure. Anyway, I have some news to share: the Caps have re-signed left wing Tomas Fleischmann to a two-year extension. The 23-year-old will earn $725,000 in each of those seasons,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 13, 2008; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lepisto Recalled (and Returned)

Defenseman Sami Lepisto has been recalled from Hershey and is on the ice for practice this morning. Why? He's been playing well for the Bears -- how does 29 points (two goals and 27 assists) in 37 games sound? -- and there's probably some concern about John Erskine's health. Erskine...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 12, 2008; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Boudreau: 'Olie was the difference'

Although Mike Green's OT goal clinched Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Rangers, the Caps wouldn't have been in position to reclaim the Southeast Division lead without Olie Kolzig's stellar 31-save performance. "He made, in the third period, some unbelievable saves and one in the first period where he had to...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 11, 2008; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Former Cap Zednik Stable After Freak Accident

Florida winger Richard Zednik was taken to a Buffalo-area hospital moments ago after being cut on the neck by a teammate's skate blade during a game between the Panthers and Sabres. He is reportedly in stable condition. Here's the latest via ESPN.com (w/video of incident): Blood gushed from Zednik's neck...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 10, 2008; 8:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Today's Lineup and Other Items of Interest

Olie Kolzig will start in goal against the Rangers today and, in a surprise decision by Rangers Coach Tom Renney, will oppose backup goalie Steve Valiquette, who made 31 saves Saturday to shutout the Flyers 2-0. Most around here presumed the Caps would face Henrik Lundvist, who was between the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 10, 2008; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
 
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