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Capitals Insider: April 20, 2008 - April 26, 2008

Kolzig Explains Nameplate Removal

Olie Kolzig returned the message I left for him early this morning. Unfortunately, I missed his call. But he spoke for about a minute and wanted to explain a few things. First, Kolzig said he doesn't want to give any interviews for a few days as he collects his thoughts....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 24, 2008; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (590)
 
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Breakdown Day Notes

The Caps dragged themselves into KCI this afternoon for one last team meeting. They said their goodbyes, got a few autographs from Alex Ovechkin and cleaned out their locker stalls. It was kind of somber considering how abruptly their season ended last night. But a lot of news came out...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 23, 2008; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fehr Sent Down

Right wing Eric Fehr was sent down to Hershey this morning and will suit up tonight in the Bears' first round playoff series against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Bears are down 3-0....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 23, 2008; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Capitals Reflect on Season After Disappointing Loss

Members of the Washington Capitals discuss the disappointing 3-2 overtime loss to the Flyers in Game 7 on Tuesday night and reflect on their remarkable run to end the season....

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  April 23, 2008; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Kolzig Removes Nameplate

Goaltender Olie Kolzig removed his nameplate from his locker here at Verizon Center after tonight's 3-2 overtime loss to Philly. Kolzig declined to speak to reporters, but that gesture seems to say it all about his future with the organization....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 22, 2008; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Final: Flyers 3, Capitals 2 (OT)

Game 7 and the Capitals season ends with Joffrey Lupul putting in a rebound on a power play 6:06 into overtime. What do you think of the officiating in this game? Should there have been a goaltender interference call on the Flyers' second goal? Should Poti have been called for...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  April 22, 2008; 10:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Second Period Survival

I'm having software issues, so I'm going to be brief. I don't know how goaltender interference (or something) wasn't called on the Flyers' goal. But a team official told me the play was not reviewable. Also, did anyone notice Biron's (non) reaction to Ovechkin's goal. He never saw it --...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 22, 2008; 8:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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PK and Huet Come Up Huge

If the Caps win tonight, they'll likely point at the final four minutes of the first period as the reason why. The penalty kill and goalie Cristobal Huet helped kill four straight minutes of Flyers' power play, including 2:00 of 5 on 3. As a result, the game goes into...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 22, 2008; 7:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Up Next: The Best Thing in Pro Sports

I've only covered one NHL Game 7 in my career and I remember it like it was yesterday -- Calgary at Tampa Bay in the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals. There's nothing like it in professional sports. The hits are harder, the plays develop quicker and the shots are faster as...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 22, 2008; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Another Record Audience for Caps-Flyers

From Comcast: Last night's Game 6 telecasts on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia & Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic attracted a combined peak audience of 436,500 households and averaged 320,000 households , setting new records ratings for the Caps in Washington DC and Baltimore on Comcast SportsNet and our predecessor network. It was the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 22, 2008; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Audio Slideshow: Capitals Force Game 7

The Post's Jason La Canfora breaks down the Capitals' 4-2 victory over Philadelphia on Monday night and previews Game 7 Tuesday night at Verizon Center....

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  April 22, 2008; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Victorious Capitals Look Forward to Game 7

Members of the Washington Capitals discuss what it is like to play in a Game 7 following the team's 4-2 victory over Philadelphia in Game 6 Monday night....

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  April 22, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Boudreau: Poti, Green Will Play

Coach Bruce Boudreau just said he expects defensemen Tom Poti and Mike Green to be ready to go tonight after both suffered minor injuries in Monday's 4-2 win in Philadelphia. Poti was whacked in the head by teammate Brooks Laich's stick in the third period and afterward said he had...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 22, 2008; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Poti Says He'll Play

Defenseman Tom Poti was knocked woozy late in the third period when he accidentally was whacked over the head by teammate Brooks Laich's stick. Poti went to the bench briefly and returned to the game. He said he has a bit of a headache, but expects to be in the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 22, 2008; 12:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (199)
 
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Final: Caps 4, Flyers 2

Tarik's on deadline, so we'll just post the final score and echo his comments from the second intermission: When the Flyers went up 2-0 early, who thought there would be a Game 7? And what do two third-period goals tell us about Ovechkin? Comment it up ... Late add: I...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  April 21, 2008; 10:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
 
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Capitals Rally in Second

I've got to be brief. So here it is: When Briere made it 2-0 early on, who thought the Caps would be tied entering the third? Be honest....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 21, 2008; 8:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (201)
 
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First Period Thoughts

*If not for an unlucky bounce, the game would still be 0-0. But unfortunately for the Caps, unlucky bounces count and they're down 1-0. *Biron is on. He was outstanding, stopping 12 shots, including one on Ovechkin from point blank range. *The Caps had two power plays late in the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 21, 2008; 7:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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An Hour to Go

If you count the final game of the regular season, the Caps will be attempting to stave off elimination for the third time in about two weeks tonight at Wachovia Center. Can they do it? As I said in an earlier blog entry, if they can withstand the Flyers' "push"...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 21, 2008; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
 
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First 10 Minutes Will Be Key

The morning skate just ended and there are no lineup changes to report for Game 6. The consensus in the visiting dressing room was that the first 10 minutes will determine the outcome tonight, and perhaps the direction of the series. We know the Flyers are going to try to...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 21, 2008; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (246)
 
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Heading Back to Philly

Not much in the way of hard news out here at KCI this morning. It was a very optional practice, so none of the big minute players like Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Sergei Fedorov went out. Injured defenseman Jeff Schultz (back spams) did practice but told me afterward that he's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 20, 2008; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (182)
 
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