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Capitals Insider: January 25, 2009 - January 31, 2009

Caps 4, Red Wings 2

It sure seems like Alex Ovechkin lives for the third period. With his two goals 1 minute and 16 seconds apart he broke the 2-2 stalemate with Detroit for his NHL-best 16th and 17th third-period goals and also reclaimed the league's goal-scoring league from Philadelphia's Jeff Carter with 33 tallies....

By Katie Carrera  |  January 31, 2009; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
 
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Today's Lineup

Jose Theodore will start this afternoon against the Wings and will oppose Ty Conklin as the Caps try to snap a three-game losing streak and rediscover their scoring touch against the Stanley Cup champion Red Wings. They've been held to two goals in four straight games for the first time...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 31, 2009; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (192)
 
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Post Practice Update (Update)

I'm writing about the Caps' struggling penalty kill vs. the Red Wings' top-ranked power play for tomorrow's paper. But I've got to run downtown, so I don't have long to blog. Here's what I've got from today's rare afternoon practice: *Tom Poti will be back in the lineup tomorrow after...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 30, 2009; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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New Lines

Sorry for the delay today, but I was live chatting and have been playing catch up ever since. Anyway, Coach Bruce Boudreau has put together some new lines and defensive pairings today. Here's how they look: Forwards Ovechkin-Fedorov-Semin Fleischmann-Backstrom-Fehr Laich-Nylander-Kozlov/Clark Brashear-Gordon-Bradley/Steckel Defense Poti-Morrisonn Erskine-Green Schultz-Jurcina So far, the focus of...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 30, 2009; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
 
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Morning Reading List

*The video above has clips and interviews from D.C.'s own winter classic last night at Chevy Chase Country Club. It was the third year the Caps took to the outdoor rink, but the first time that they spent most of the time scrimmaging rather than running drills -- a...

By Katie Carrera  |  January 30, 2009; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Scrimmage Scandal

So what was the best thing about tonight's scrimmage? That John Erskine recorded a hat trick? That Donald Brashear did, too? How about Alex Ovechkin's penalty shot goal on Jose Theodore? Or that Coach Bruce Boudreau, who served as linesman and referee, had to stop the action at one point...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 29, 2009; 9:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Poll: Tonight's Scrimmage

Here are the lineups for tonight's three-on-three scrimmage: Team Theodore: Goal Theodore Defense Green Poti Pothier Jurcina Forwards Brashear Kozlov Nylander Backstrom Fleischman Fedorov Team Johnson: Goal Johnson Defense Erskine Schultz Morrisonn Forwards Laich Gordon Semin Clark Fehr Steckel Ovechkin Bradley poll by twiigs.com...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 29, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
 
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Late Practice Today

There won't be a morning practice update today because, well, there is no morning practice. The Caps are scheduled to hold their annual outdoor practice at Chevy Chase Club this evening. But it won't really be a "practice" at all. The players will instead get back to their outdoor-rink-roots and...

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

Elise Amendola-The Associated Press *Time to catch up with the goings on at the D.C. Sports Bog....First with a story about how and why Jose Theodore became a goaltender with this quick synopsis: "Four older brothers that needed a target," Theodore said. *And also how Brooks Laich spent his All...

By Katie Carrera  |  January 29, 2009; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Ovechkin Update, Alzner Sent Down

Alex Ovechkin didn't take part in practice this morning but Coach Bruce Boudreau said the break was a planned off day for the star left winger and that Ovechkin is fine after he crashed into the boards Tuesday night in Washington's 3-2 overtime loss to Boston. "Just a stinger," Boudreau...

By Katie Carrera  |  January 28, 2009; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
 
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Alzner Not Skating

The only player not on the ice this morning other than Alex Ovechkin, who is taking the skate off, is rookie defenseman Karl Alzner. This likely means that he will be sent back down to Hershey today. Tom Poti is on the ice and participating fully. More to come in...

By Katie Carrera  |  January 28, 2009; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Morning Reading List

After a week-long hiatus the Washington Capitals still have the same concern about discipline after an ill timed penalty led to a Boston power play and goal to give the Bruins a 3-2 overtime win last night. The win extended Boston's lead over the Caps in the Eastern Conference to...

By Katie Carrera  |  January 28, 2009; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Bruins 3, Caps 2 (OT)

In the Caps' last game before the all-star break they talked about how minor penalties and the penalty kill were literally killing them. A week later, they were talking about the same thing after their 3-2 overtime loss in Boston, which - surprise, surprise - ended on a Bruins' power...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 27, 2009; 11:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Tonight's Lineup

Based on warm-ups, the Caps should line up like this tonight against the Bruins: Forwards Ovechkin-Backstrom-Kozlov Laich-Fedorov-Semin Fleischmann-Nylander-Clark Brashear-Gordon-Bradley Scratches--Fehr, Steckel Defense Alzner-Jurcina Erskine-Green Schultz-Morrisonn Theodore Johnson I'll have some postgame notes and quotes, so check back later....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 27, 2009; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (476)
 
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Morning Skate Update

Jose Theodore will start in goal for the Caps tonight at TD Banknorth Garden in a matchup of the Eastern Conference's top two teams. Defenseman Tom Poti (groin) is on the trip but will not play, while David Steckel and Eric Fehr will be Washington's healthy scratches. Some other notes...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 27, 2009; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
 
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Morning Reading List

Bruce Boudreau returned to his minor league roots yesterday when he was inducted into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame -- the highest honor from the league that he "owes everything" to. Check out the video from yesterday's ceremony below. *Here's another look at Boudreau's induction from the Patriot...

By Katie Carrera  |  January 27, 2009; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Practice Update

Here's the latest from Boston College: *The best quote in my story on Coach Bruce Boudreau's induction into the AHL Hall of Fame (in tomorrow's Post): "The one thing I learned about the NHL about five games into my tenure. ...I went on a little tirade about the referees in...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 26, 2009; 7:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Alzner Recalled

I just arrived at Boston College for the Caps' late afternoon practice, their first team activity in six days. I'm counting 14 forwards and seven defensemen, including rookie Karl Alzner, who has been recalled. Defensemen Tom Poti and Shaone Morrisonn are on the ice and participating fully. Alex Ovechkin, meantime,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 26, 2009; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Morning Reading List

Shaun Best/Reuters Alex Ovechkin continued to make his presence known at the NHL's All Star weekend in Montreal with a goal and two assists in the Eastern Conference's 12-11 shootout win over the Western Conference. *The Globe and Mail says the All Star weekend showed that this is indeed...

By Katie Carrera  |  January 26, 2009; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
 
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All-Star Game Notes

Here are some interesting factoids and stats from tonight's All-Star Game in Montreal: *Alex Kovalev is the fifth member of the Canadiens to win all-star MVP honors, joining Jean Beliveau (1964), Henri Richard (1967), Peter Mahovlich (1976) and March Recchi (1997). "Like I said at the beginning of the weekend,"...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 25, 2009; 11:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Ovechkin Sets Caps' ASG Points Mark, Gets Caught Lookin'

Alex Ovechkin scored a goal, had two assists and also netted a goal in the shootout -- against goaltending nemisis Roberto Luongo -- to help the Eastern Conference win the NHL All-Star Game, 12-11, at Bell Center tonight. But Ovechkin's most memorable moment didn't have anything to do with the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 25, 2009; 10:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Kovalchuk Brokers Ovechkin-Malkin Peace

Yet another insightful contribution from Slava Malamud of Sport-Express: You have to admit it, you are loving all the showmanship the Russian delegation is putting on. From The Handshake to The Gatorade Squirt, the Ovechkin-Malkin kiss-and-make-up melodrama is easily the top story of the All Star weekend. Well, one thing...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 25, 2009; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
 
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