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Capitals Insider: October 26, 2008 - November 1, 2008

Caps Blown Out In Buffalo

Bruce Boudreau was about as steamed as I've seen him after a loss. He named names, too, then ripped into his players for not being prepared to play. An ardent supporter of Mike Green, Boudreau took the young defenseman to task for his performance. Green was beaten by Thomas Vanek...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 1, 2008; 11:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Morrisonn Injured

You may have noticed that defenseman Shaone Morrisonn did not return to the game after taking a few shifts in the second period. It's unclear what exactly happened to him, but the word is that he's been was taken to a local hospital for a CAT Scan, possibly to get...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 1, 2008; 9:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Tonight's Lineup In Buffalo

Defenseman Tom Poti returns from a five-game absence while Alex Ovechkin remains in Russia. He's been skating in Moscow, I'm told, and barring any last-minute changes should be on the ice for practice on Monday. Eric Fehr, meantime, will be the other scratch. Forwards Laich-Backstrom-Kozlov Steckel-Fedorov-Semin Fleischmann-Nylander-Clark Brashear-Gordon-Bradley Defense Morrisonn-Green...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 1, 2008; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
 
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Boudreau: "I think Crosby is unbelievable"

Live from HSBC Arena ... Looks like Jose Theodore will get the nod in net tonight. But there's a little more to the story than just that. Coach Bruce Boudreau said before the morning skate that Brent Johnson was "scheduled to start." Johnson, however, said after the skate that he's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 1, 2008; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Boudreau Inks Book Deal

Want to know all there is about Coach Bruce Boudreau and his storybook rise from obscure minor league coach to Jack Adams Award winner? Well, your wait is almost over. Potomac Books (Dulles, Va.) announced this morning that Boudreau's autobiography, co-written with Bears beat writer Tim Leone, will be on...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 31, 2008; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Post-Practice Notes and Quotes

Defenseman Tom Poti is ready to go tomorrow in Buffalo, Coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed. "There's always going to be a little bit of pain, and it was a little bit tight when I woke up," Poti said. "But it loosened up when I got out there. It was good enough...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 31, 2008; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Sloan Demoted Today

Defenseman Tyler Sloan has been returned to Hershey, so that must mean Tom Poti is ready to go for tomorrow's game against the Sabres. Sloan skated in his first four NHL games this month and also got his first goal in Dallas. The 27-year-old averaged 10:38 in ice time per...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 31, 2008; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Morning Reading List

*Tarik went back to school this week. Well, sort of. He sat in on a graduate-level sports management class at Georgetown taught by Capitals General Manager George McPhee for today's hard-copy edition. *Remember how Coach Bruce Boudreau took a few young fans out for lunch yesterday? If you've been dying...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 31, 2008; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Poti Practicing (Updated)

The Caps are back on the ice, and defenseman Tom Poti, who has missed five games with with a groin muscle strain, is practicing with his teammates for the first time since suffering the injury in Pittsburgh. Coach Bruce Boudreau said on Tuesday that he wanted to see Poti get...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 30, 2008; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Thursday Morning Reading List

*CBC.ca becomes the latest news outlet to take notice of the other Alex. (The picture they have is pretty entertaining as well.) *In case you missed it, Forbes released their annual ranking of NHL franchises yesterday. The Caps came in as the 26th most valuable according to the list and...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 30, 2008; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Morning Reading List

The Caps were given today off from practice, but we'll start things as usual with Tarik's story for the hard-copy edition: Semin Picks Up Slack for Capitals. The Tennessean's take: Preds avoid one Russian, lose to another and also some notes on Dan Ellis' play, which was a large reason...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 29, 2008; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
 
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Capitals Beat Predators in Shootout, 4-3

Alexander Semin, who had another strong performance with a goal and an assist in regulation along with a pretty shootout goal - he roofed the puck over Dan Ellis and popped the water bottle up off the top of the net - told reporters after the game that Alex Ovechkin...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 28, 2008; 10:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Third Period

3-2 Caps on a power play goal. Semin from Backstrom and Fedorov at 1:58. Backstrom had a nice pass to a wide open Semin, who had plenty of time to take a shot from his spot below the hash marks in the faceoff circle and sent a clean wrister over...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 28, 2008; 8:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Second Period

Much like the first period the Capitals have had two early power plays and failed to score on either of them. Alexander Semin had an outstanding chance on the second man-advantage of this period however, standing alone atop the crease with the puck and was robbed by Predators goaltender Dan...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 28, 2008; 8:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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First Period (Update)

While the Capitals are out shooting the Predators 10-2 as we eclipse the half way point in the first period, they failed to capitalize on their first two opportunities with the man advantage. The Predators came into today's game with the 26th-ranked penalty kill unit in the league, stopping opponents...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 28, 2008; 7:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Theodore To Start Tonight

All signs yesterday pointed to Brent Johnson getting the start tonight against Nashville. I'm also told he came off the ice first after the morning skate, usually another tip off. But Jose Theodore is listed as the starting goaltender on the lineup sheet that was just handed out here in...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 28, 2008; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Pregame, Live Game Posts

Coach Bruce Boudreau told the media that he and General Manager George McPhee expect to hear from Alex Ovechkin tomorrow and get an update on when he might return to Washington. "We figured if he left at 1 p.m. it's a 12 hour flight," Boudreau said. "He didn't get there...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 28, 2008; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Morning Skate

Viktor Kozlov, who missed four games with a knee sprain but played in Dallas, wasn't on the ice this morning for the optional skate but will play tonight against Nashville. He will skate with Nicklas Backstrom and Brooks Laich. Dave Steckel is in and Eric Fehr will be a healthy...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 28, 2008; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Morning Reading List

To start things off here is Tarik's story for the hard copy edition about Alex Ovechkin returning to Russia to be with his ill grandfather. From The Tennessean: Capitals can relate to Preds' Radulov saga. Nashville City Paper: Preds gear up to face Caps. Looking ahead: *The Caps play the...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 28, 2008; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Ovechkin Could Miss Two Games

I just spoke to Konstantin Selinevich, Ovechkin's business manager and a friend of the family. He said Alex's grandfather has been hospitalized for a few weeks, but in the past 48 hours has taken a turn for the worse. Selinevich said he's not sure exactly what is ailing 83-year-old Nikolay...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 27, 2008; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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Ovechkin Out Tomorrow (Updated)

Alex Ovechkin won't face the Predators tomorrow because he has returned to Russia to be with his ill grandfather. How much time Ovechkin, who left D.C. yesterday, will miss isn't clear, but the Caps don't play again until Saturday so perhaps it will be only one game. Tomorrow's game, which...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 27, 2008; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Morning Reading List

The Caps only have two games this week, but here are some things to catch up on after the weekend. From the Calgary Sun: Mike Green in his own words From the Patriot-News: Bourque sparks rout. The Bears have won seven of their first eight games and several familiar names...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 27, 2008; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Caps 6, Stars 5 (OT)

I don't even know where to start. That was crazy - for the fans watching at home and the sports writers in the pressbox who had to rewrite their stories about three times on deadline. But I've got to start somewhere, so let's go with Sergei Fedorov. *Fedorov became the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 26, 2008; 12:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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