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Capitals Insider: October 5, 2008 - October 11, 2008

Videos From the Jumbotron

For those of you who did not attend tonight's home opener at Verizon Center, here are a couple of videos from the Jumbotron that you missed: And another ... Enjoy....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 11, 2008; 11:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
 
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Caps Defeat Blackhawks, 4-2 For First Win

The biggest question coming into tonight's home opener was how prime free-agent pickup Jose Theodore would rebound from his underwhelming performance against Atlanta on Thursday. And when Theodore gave up a goal to Chicago's Kris Versteeg on the first shot, 26 seconds into the game things weren't looking any brighter....

By Katie Carrera  |  October 11, 2008; 11:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Boudreau: Onus on Caps to Do Better

In his pregame interview, Coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed that Jose Theodore will start in net tonight against the Blackhawks and the lineup will be the same from yesterday's season opener. Boudreau did talk to Theodore, but said that this game needs to serve as a clean slate for the whole...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 11, 2008; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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Khabibulin To Start For 'Hawks

Nikolai Khabibulin is expected to start tonight against the Caps instead of former Washington netminder Cristobal Huet, I'm told. I know, I know, it would have been great to see Huet's reaction as the Caps raised their Southeast Division banner over his head during the pregame ceremony, but Huet started...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 11, 2008; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Looks Like Theodore in Net Tonight

Coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't divulge who will start in goal tonight for the Caps against the Blackhawks, but Jose Theodore was the first off the ice in the morning skate at Kettler. Traditionally in the NHL the first goaltender to come off the ice is the starter. Theodore also doesn't...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 11, 2008; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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T-Minus 90 Minutes

A couple of quick notes to get you ready for tonight's opener at Philips Arena: *After taping a pre-game segment for the local broadcast, Coach Bruce Boudreau and his rookie counterpart in Atlanta, John Anderson, headed toward their respective dressing rooms. Anderson came down the hall first and accidentally turned...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 10, 2008; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (276)
 
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Tonight's Lineups In ATL

No surprises today. Coach Boudreau is going with the same lineup for tonight's season opener in Atlanta. In case you missed it, here it is again: Forwards Ovechkin-Backstrom-Kozlov Laich-Fedorov-Semin Fleischmann-Nylander-Clark Brashear-Steckel-Bradley Scratches - Fehr and Gordon Defense Morrisonn-Green Erskine-Poti Schultz-Jurcina Theodore will start tonight at Philps Arena, but Coach Boudreau...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 10, 2008; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
 
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Thursday Practice Update

Practice just started here at KCI and Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin are on the ice and appear to be participating fully. Both wingers left Wednesday's practice early with nagging injuries, but it's now pretty clear they'll be ready for tomorrow night's season-opener in Atlanta. Line combos are the same...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 9, 2008; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (207)
 
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Boudreau On WPL

Here's the Bruce Boudreau interview from last night's Capitals Special on Washington Post Live: And ......

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 8, 2008; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
 
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No Practice For Caps

As you might have guessed by now, the Caps did not skate today. Instead, the players are participating in a team building excercise. Details are sketchy, but I heard a military base and Black Hawk helicopters are involved. Anyway, just wanted to let you know why there hasn't been a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 8, 2008; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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McPhee on the Final Cuts

I talked to General Manager George McPhee during the Caps media luncheon at Verizon Center about yesterday's final round of cuts. He said that the team was impressed and very happy with the play of Chris Bourque and Karl Alzner and called the cuts, including that of Quintin Laing, "the...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 7, 2008; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
 
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Laing, Sloan Clear Waivers

I'm told left wing Quintin Laing and defenseman Tyler Sloan have cleared waivers and have been assigned to Hershey....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 7, 2008; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Ovechkin Departs Early

Alex Ovechkin left this morning's practice at Verizon Center after less than 15 minutes on the ice. I didn't notice a limp when I saw him walking outside the locker room a few minutes later, but it's believed that he's been nursing a sore groin/upper leg muscle. But knowing Alex...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 7, 2008; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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Boudreau Talks About the Cuts

A few comments from Boudreau on the demotion of Chris Bourque and Karl Alzner as well as putting Quintin Laing on waivers: *On telling the players: "They were the toughest cuts I've ever had to make. Because they did everything they could. It's just not in the cards right now,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 6, 2008; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
 
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Bourque, Alzner and Laing to Hershey

The Capitals made their final cuts this afternoon, sending Chris Bourque and Karl Alzner to Hershey, I'm told. Quintin Laing has also been placed on waivers with the intention of assigning him to Hershey tomorrow (if he clears, of course). General Manager George McPhee said through a team spokesman that...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 6, 2008; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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Kozlov Skates

The Caps won't practice today and instead will participate in their annual charity golf tournament. In the meantime, I'll be working on a handful of preview stories that are scheduled to run later this week. Speaking of previews, be sure to watch the Capitals Special on Washington Post Live tomorrow...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 6, 2008; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Caps Lose in Shootout to Bruins, 5-4

The Caps wrapped up their best preseason since 1999 with a 5-4 shootout loss to the Bruins in Verizon Center that dropped them to 5-1-1. This was arguably Washington's most inconsistent game of the preseason, and coach Bruce Boudreau said Boston outworked the Caps. Chris Clark, Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 5, 2008; 8:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
 
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Boudreau Pregame

Although it's the final preseason game, the Capitals continue to experiment with different line combinations - granted, today's mixing and matching is a partial product of Nicklas Backstrom being unavailable because of a cold, but Coach Bruce Boudreau is looking forward to see how Dave Steckel fares at left wing....

By Katie Carrera  |  October 5, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Tonight's Lineup Vs. Boston

This is how the lineup looks as of 10 a.m., but Coach Boudreau said it's there's a good chance that it will change before tonight's preseason finale against Boston. Forwards Ovechkin-Laich*-Fehr Steckel-Fedorov-Semin Fleischmann-Nylander-Clark Bourque-Gordon-Bradley Defense Morrisonn-Green Jurcina-Alzner Schultz-Erskine *Theodore will start and is expected to play the full 60 minutes...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 5, 2008; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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