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Capitals Insider: March 30, 2008 - April 5, 2008

Caps Win, Schultz Injured

The Caps clinched the Southeast Division title tonight with a 3-1 win over Florida, but they lost another defenseman. Jeff Schultz left the game in the second period with an injury the team wouldn't even classify as being "upper body" or "lower body". Must be playoff time. Schultz is the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 5, 2008; 11:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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Caps in Control

Anticipation and nervous energy filled Kettler Capitals Iceplex this morning. The stands were packed with giddy fans, the players were all smiles in the locker room, and Coach Bruce Boudreau literally couldn't stand still. It's about what I expected considering last night's upset in Raleigh. Thanks to the 'Canes' unexpected...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 5, 2008; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (347)
 
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Caps Can Clinch Division Tomorrow

I never thought I would be writing this tonight. But the Panthers just beat the Hurricanes in Raleigh for the first time six years, 4-3, despite being out-shot 46-17, despite losing goaltender Tomas Vokoun to back spasms. That means the Caps can clinch the Southeast Division championship -- it would...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 4, 2008; 11:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
 
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Cooke Fined For Hit

Caps wing Matt Cooke has been fined $2,500 for his hit on Vincent Lecavalier, a league source confirmed to me moments ago. Cooke leveled the Lightning star with an open ice hit in the third period of the Caps' 4-1 victory at Verizon Center, seriously injuring Lecavalier's shoulder. Lecavalier is...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 4, 2008; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (328)
 
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Record Ratings for Caps

Fans aren't just showing up at Verizon Center in big bumbers. They're also tuning in on television to watch the Caps' remarkable run toward their first playoff berth in five years. From Comcast: Last night's Capitals-Lighting game on Comcast SportsNet delivered the Capitals' highest-rated game on Comcast SportsNet since the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 4, 2008; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
 
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Crunch Time for Caps

As you've probably figured out by now, there are several scenarios that could see the Caps reach the playoffs. But the one Coach Bruce Boudreau said he's eyeing involves tonight's game between Boston and Ottawa. If that game ends in regulation, and the Caps beat Florida on Saturday, they're in....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 4, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Caps' Playoff Scenarios

The Caps have come up with the simplest breakdown of the scenarios I've seen yet. If they win both of their remaining games, they get in if: 1) The Senators lose one of their final two games (Leafs, Bruins) in regulation or lose both in OT. 2) The Bruins lose...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 3, 2008; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (311)
 
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Morrisonn Out Week to Week

Defenseman Shaone Morrisonn is out week-to-week with an upper body injury, Coach Bruce Boudreau said after this morning's pre-game skate. Although he declined to get specific about the injury, Morrisonn clearly was favoring his shoulder when he left the ice late in the first period on Tuesday night. Boudreau also...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 3, 2008; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (207)
 
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Update on Morrisonn

Defenseman Shaone Morrisonn did not practice today after suffering what appeared to be a shoulder injury late in the first period of last night's 4-1 victory over Carolina. He went to the doctor this morning and is still undergoing tests for what the team is calling an "upper body" injury....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 2, 2008; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (467)
 
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Morrisonn Out with 'Upper Body' Injury

The team didn't provide many details, but Shaone Morrisonn is sidelined with an upper body injury. The defenseman left the game late in the first period after being checked by Jeff Hamilton. Morrisonn clearly was favoring his shoulder. It didn't look good, but we won't know anything more until tomorrow...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 1, 2008; 11:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
 
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Sleepless in Arlington

Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau said he didn't get a lot of sleep last night. Did you? It would be completely understandable if you didn't considering what's going to be on the line in a few hours: The Caps' Southeast Division hopes - and possibly the fate of their entire season...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 1, 2008; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (564)
 
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Caps Not Getting Much Help (Updated)

Who would have thought the Capitals could win eight of nine games, post a 5-1-0 record on a grueling six-game road trip, and still not be in the playoffs entering the final week of the regular season? Not me. And I bet not many of the Caps, either. But that's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 31, 2008; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (251)
 
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No Practice For Caps

The Caps are off today, and after spending 10 of the last 13 days on the road, so am I. The team will practice tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at KCI, so check back in the morning for an update. In the meantime, don't forget to keep an eye on today's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 30, 2008; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (140)
 
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