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Capitals Insider: January 11, 2009 - January 17, 2009

Caps 2, Bruins 1

There was a playoff-like feeling in the third period -- with the score tied and the teams playing what seemed like a game of chicken -- that it would just be one nice play, or one costly mistake, that could decide the outcome. And the Caps got that nice play....

By Katie Carrera  |  January 17, 2009; 10:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
 
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Tonight's Lines

Based on what they looked like in warm ups the Capitals lines are the same as this morning. Jose Theodore will start in net, while Chris Clark is a healthy scratch for the second-straight game. The Caps are still without Boyd Gordon, Tom Poti and Shaone Morrisonn. Tim Thomas is...

By Katie Carrera  |  January 17, 2009; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
 
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Morning Skate Update

As I mentioned in the previous post, all signs point to Jose Theodore starting against Bruins tonight at Verizon Center. This is a huge game for the Caps, who get two cracks at Boston in the next four games. Needless to say, a pair of wins for the Caps would...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 17, 2009; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
 
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Quick Update

Jose Theodore is expected to start in net tonight against Boston, while the rest of the lineup should look a lot like it did in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. In a few minutes, I'll have some additional notes and quotes from the morning skate and a bit about Bruce Boudreau's recent...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 17, 2009; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Theodore's New Mask

Check it out:...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 16, 2009; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Helmer Returns

It's a good thing Bryan Helmer stayed around (not that he had a car in which to drive himself home). Because it appears he's going to be recalled at some point today since Shaone Morrisonn (lower body injury) left practice early and will not be ready to play tomorrow against...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 16, 2009; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (140)
 
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Helmer Sent Down

Bryan Helmer was reassigned to Hershey this morning, which likely means Shaone Morrisonn will return from the lower body injury that forced him to miss Wednesday's game in Pittsburgh. Helmer, though, is still in the building -- just in case. Morrisonn, by the way, appears to be participating fully in...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 16, 2009; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Morning Reading List

The D.C. Sports Bog is just teeming with Caps info these days as Dan Steinberg shares Bryan Helmer's transportation stories about his DC-Hershey commutes, a discussion with ESPN 980's Steve Czaban about Capitals' media coverage and Alex Ovechkin's quotes post-Penguins game. (Not to mention a picture of Ovechkin and Tarik's...

By Katie Carrera  |  January 16, 2009; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Fleischmann's On A Roll

Tomas Fleischmann has always possessed enough skill to score YouTube.com worthy goals. The Washington Capitals winger just lacked the confidence necessary to pull them off in the NHL. Until recently, that is. Fleischmann has scored 15 goals this season - five more than all of last season. But there's been...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 15, 2009; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (126)
 
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The Interview That Keeps Giving

Another must read from our ace guest blogger, Slava Malamud of Sport Express: Well, there were several things to learn from last night's festivities at the Igloo. I mean, of course, the complicated relationships between the four stars of the Caps and the Penguins, three of whom happen to hail...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 15, 2009; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Morning Reading List

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar The Capitals snapped their losing streak with an explosive 6-3 win over the Penguins as much of the hockey world watched some of the NHL's biggest stars meet in a game filled with off-ice subplots. But it was Alex Ovechkin, who lived up to his...

By Katie Carrera  |  January 15, 2009; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
 
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Caps 6, Pens 3

Another big performance from Alex Ovechkin on a night when anything less than a big performance from the MVP might not have been enough. Ovechkin finished with two goals and a primary assist - all in the third period - to lead the Capitals to a 6-3 win over the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 15, 2009; 12:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Clark Scratched Tonight

Captain Chris Clark will be a healthy scratch tonight, giving way to Eric Fehr. Jose Theodore will start in net and Bryan Helmer has been recalled. Helmer will replace Shaone Morrisonn, who will sit out with a lower body injury, according to Coach Bruce Boudreau. The rest of the lineup...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 14, 2009; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (466)
 
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Guest blogger: The Russian Four Is Ready To Rumble

Here's Slava Malamud's latest contribution to Capitals Insider: The snowy weather and biting cold, provided by the good old city of Pittsburgh, is somehow a perfect backdrop to the deep, complicated emotions and existential conflicts of the brooding Russian soul. One practically feels sentenced to ten years of hard labor...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 14, 2009; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Crosby: 'I Wasn't Happy With It'

Bruce Boudreau is usually a pretty affable fellow. Not today. Not with his team on a three-game slide. He was downright grumpy this morning after emerging from a longer than usual team meeting at Mellon Arena (there was no morning skate). The coach wouldn't divulge what was said, but I'm...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 14, 2009; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
 
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Helmer Recalled?

Just arrived at Mellon Arena and there's something interesting stuff report. Bryan Helmer just walked past me. There's been no announcement from the team about a recall, but I'm under the assumption that he's not here for the warm weather and sunshine. I didn't notice an injury to a defenseman...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 14, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Morning Reading List

The Capitals' 5-2 loss to Edmonton yesterday was, in a word, ugly, which was evident to the coaching staff, players and the fans who booed from their Verizon Center seats. Washington heads to Pittsburgh the losers of three straight games -- tying their longest losing streak of the season --...

By Katie Carrera  |  January 14, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
 
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Oilers 5, Caps 2

After the Capitals dropped their third straight game in regulation tonight against the Oilers -- a team that entered the game 17 spots behind them in the NHL standings and is playing without their leading scorer -- Coach Bruce Boudreau's sentiments were quite clear. "They're lucky there's no practice tomorrow,"...

By Katie Carrera  |  January 13, 2009; 11:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
 
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Tonight's Lines

The Alex Ovechkin-Nicklas Backstrom-Alexander Semin line stays together to start another game as the Capitals hope to continue the Oilers' streak of bad luck in Verizon Center. Edmonton hasn't won a game in Washington since Jan. 26, 1997. Based on warm ups the lines look like they have the past...

By Katie Carrera  |  January 13, 2009; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (162)
 
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Morning Skate Update (Updated)

The morning skate just wrapped up, and there's not a whole new to report. Jose Theodore will start in goal and both Sergei Fedorov (ankle) and Jeff Schultz (finger) will return to the lineup against the Oilers, who will likely be without leading scorer Ales Hemsky (concussion). Some other stuff...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 13, 2009; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
 
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Quick Update From KCI

If I had to bet, tonight's lineup against the Oilers will look like it did yesterday at practice. Looks like Jose Theodore will start in goal and Jeff Schultz (finger) and Sergei Fedorov (ankle) will return. Also appears that Boyd Gordon (back spams) and Eric Fehr (healthy) will be out....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 13, 2009; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Ovechkin to Defend All-Star Breakaway Title

While the Breakaway Challenge debuted at the NHL SuperSkills competition at last year's All Star weekend, this year's contest however will be determined by fans watching both in the Bell Centre and across North America who will vote for their favorite breakaway by text message. Alex Ovechkin won last year's...

By Katie Carrera  |  January 13, 2009; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Morning Reading List

John Erskine didn't expect that a glancing hit in Minnesota would give him his second concussion in eight months or that it would keep him out of the Capitals' lineup for 22 games. Take a closer look at what the past six weeks of recovery have been like for Erskine...

By Katie Carrera  |  January 13, 2009; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Erskine Set to Return

Here's the latest from KCI: John Erskine will return to the lineup tomorrow against Edmonton, and based on practice, he'll be paired with Mike Green. Jeff Schultz also practiced, but he's got to see the doctor about his surgically repaired finger, so he's questionable. Tom Poti also participated in the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 12, 2009; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (145)
 
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Quick Morning Update (Updated)

One day after Tyler Sloan and Sean Collins were reassigned to Hershey, all of the Caps' the injured defensemen -- Tom Poti, John Erskine, Jeff Schultz (and Brian Pothier) -- are on the ice for the team practice. Sergei Fedorov is also out there after missing the 5-4 loss in...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 12, 2009; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Morning Reading List

There are quite a few "In the system" links today as everyone waits to hear updates from practice at KCI and which defensemen may be ready to go for tomorrow's game against Edmonton. *Here is Sports Illustrated's overall mid-season report along with Allan Muir's first-half awards. In the system: *The...

By Katie Carrera  |  January 12, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Collins, Sloan Sent Down

The Caps reassigned defensemen Sean Collins and Tyler Sloan to Hershey today. That could mean some of the injured D-men -- John Erskine, Jeff Schultz and Tom Poti -- are set to return, or getting really close. We should know more after tomorrow morning's practice....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 11, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
 
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