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Capitals Insider: September 21, 2008 - September 27, 2008

Bourque Lifts Caps in Boston

A few weeks after saying that he would do just about anything to earn a full-time job in Washington, Chris Bourque is letting his play do the talking. Bourque continued his impressive training camp in today's Caps' 4-3 preseason victory at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, beating Tim Thomas on...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 27, 2008; 7:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Today's Lineup in Boston

I am not in Boston, but here is the lineup according to Mike Vogel of WashingtonCaps.com: Forwards Laich-Fedorov-Fehr Fleischmann-Aucoin-Clark Bourque-Perreault-Kozlov Brashear-Gordon-Bradley Defense Alzner-Schultz Jurcina-Cutta Poti Carlson Goalies Theodore is expected to start; he'll be backed up by Johnson....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 27, 2008; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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Four More Cuts; Theo's New Mask

Daren Machesney, Andrew Gordon, Andrew Joudrey and Josh Godfrey were sent down to Hershey this afternoon, reducing the camp roster to 34. On another note, I just saw Jose Theodore's new mask in his locker room. Obviously, it's got red, white and blue. It's also got the "weagle" on the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 26, 2008; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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Semin On the PK?

Last night, three players -- Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Mike Green -- made surprise appearances on the Caps' penalty kill unit. Today, Bruce Boudreau said he was just experimenting with Ovechkin and Green. As for Semin, well, he might actually see some time on the PK during the regular...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 26, 2008; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Caps Make 20 Cuts

With Hershey's camp set to open tonight, the following players are headed up I-83: Greg Amadio, Dean Arsene, Jay Beagle, Francois Bouchard, Sean Collins, Viktor Dovgan, Michael Dubuc, Alexandre Giroux, Bryan Helmer, Maxime Lacroix, Tommy Maxwell, Patrick McNeill, Graham Mink, Travis Morin, Michael Neuvirth, Oskar Osala, Steve Pinizotto, Sasha Pokoluk,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 26, 2008; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Caps Beat Canes, 5-2 (Updated)

The Capitals fell behind by a pair last night at Verizon Center, but they rallied on five consecutive goals, including two each from Michael Nylander and Alex Ovechkin - to beat the 'Canes for the second straight night and improve to 2-0-0 in the preseason. Some observations: *Goalie Michal Neuvirth...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 25, 2008; 9:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
 
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On Nylander Playing Twice

Coach Bruce Boudreau said the reason why Michael Nylander is the only one to play in both of these first two preseason games is to help him get his timing back after missing a significant chunk of last year because of a torn rotator cuff. "He missed a lot of...

By Katie Carrera  |  September 25, 2008; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Tonight's Lineup

Based on the morning skate here's what the lineup should look like against the Hurricanes tonight at Verizon Center. Ovechkin-Laich-Semin Bourque-Nylander-Clark Mink-Wilson-Bouchard G.McNeill-Pinizzotto-B.Gordon Erskine-Poti Green-Sloan Morrisonn-Godfrey Neuvirth-Machesney **19-year-old goaltender Braden Holtby returned to his junior team this morning....

By Katie Carrera  |  September 25, 2008; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Caps 4, 'Canes 1 (Updated)

The Caps brought a prospect-laden roster to Raleigh and left with a 4-1 victory over Carolina in the preseason opener for both teams. Some notes and observations from RBC Center: *Goaltender Simeon Varlamov continued his impressive camp, stopping all 20 shots he faced in a hectic first period, which included...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 24, 2008; 9:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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Boudreau Bobblehead

For those of you who already set aside space on a desk or shelf for the Bruce Boudreau bobblehead doll, here's a sneak peak of what it will look like. The bobblehead will be given to the first 15,000 fans at the Caps' Friday Nov. 14th game against New Jersey....

By Katie Carrera  |  September 24, 2008; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Tonight's Lineup

Based on the players on the ice (and their alignment), here's what tonight's lineup in Carolina should look like. Fleischmann-Nylander-Kozlov Giroux-Perreault-Fehr Laing-Steckel-Bradley Osala-Beagle-A. Gordon Cutta-Jurcina Alzner-Schultz Lepisto-Carlson Machesney-Varlamov...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 24, 2008; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Preseason Broadcast Schedule

From the Caps: Washington Capitals fans can listen to all seven preseason games this year on WashingtonCaps.com, and fans in the D.C. market can watch the three preseason home games live online. The Capitals will take the ice for their first preseason game at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 against the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 23, 2008; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Duchesne Cup Pics

Here are a couple of pictures from today's Gaetan Duchesne Cup championship game, courtesy of the Capitals: And......

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 23, 2008; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Roster For Tomorrow's Preseason Game at Carolina

Here is the roster for tomorrow's preseason game at RBC Center. Keep in mind, not all of the 28 players listed below will travel: Goalies: Johnson, Varlamov and Machesney. Forwards: Bradley, Bourque, Beagle, Fleischmann, Fehr, Aucoin, Laich, Kozlov, Giroux, Steckel, Osala, Laing, Joudrey, Andrew Gordon, Morin, Perreault, Nylander. Defensemen: Jurcina,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 23, 2008; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Caps Return Six to Juniors

Joel Broda, Stefan Della Rovere, Dmitry Kugryshev, Brett Leffler, Eric Mestery and Justin Taylor were returned to their junior teams today....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 23, 2008; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Boudreau, Team B Rallies to Claim Duchesne Cup

After the first period of the inaugural Gaetan Duchesne Cup tournament, Team A has a 2-0 lead on goals by Jay Beagle and Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin's goal, scored on Jose Theodore, came on the second of three shorthanded breakaways for him in the opening frame. It was a pretty goal,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 23, 2008; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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On the Ice With Josh Godfrey

We* had a chance to put a mic on Capitals prospect Josh Godfrey, a defenseman who was a second-round pick in 2007 and seems targeted for the NHL in 2009-10, at last week's rookie game vs. the Flyers. Take a look -- there's some good action video, as well as...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  September 23, 2008; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Clark's Charitable Endeavor

I meant to blog about this a couple of weeks ago, but I got sidetracked and forgot. So my apologies if you've already heard about it. Anyway, Chris Clark and his wife, Kim, are hoping to raise enough money to build a new playground in their summer hometown of Henderson,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 22, 2008; 7:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Team A Looks to Eliminate Team C

Alex Ovechkin, Viktor Kozlov and the rest of Team A (0-0) can end Team C's dream of hoisting the Gaetan Duchesne Cup in a few moments. As usual, I'll post updates during and after the game right here. Team C lost, 3-1, to Team B yesterday. A little news to...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 22, 2008; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
 
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Game 1 of the Gaetan Duchesne Cup (Updated)

The teams are on the ice at Kettler, warming up for the opening game of the Duchesne Cup tournament. Looks like it's going to be Brent Johnson in net for Team C and Jose Theodore for Team B. Coach Bruce Boudreau said the format will be as follows: 30 minutes...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 21, 2008; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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