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Capitals Insider: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

Morning Look Back: And Then They Cheered

When the Penguins routed the Capitals, 6-2, in Game 7 this season, the fans at Verizon Center could have booed -- it was a devastating end to a thrilling postseason. But, as Barry Svrluga wrote, they didn't: "With two minutes remaining in the game, and the two teams doing little...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 22, 2009; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (298)
 
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Varlamov Interview on CSN Tonight

Tarik's out of town this weekend covering the Indy 500, but Comcast SportsNet's got your Caps fix covered tonight and tomorrow night. Part 1 of Russ Thaler's interview with goalie Simeon Varlamov (translated by Dmitry Chesnokov of Sovetsky Sport) airs this evening during SportsNite at 6:30. Part 2 will air...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 21, 2009; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Morning Reading List: Big Stars, Weak Beards

"The only reason a Sidney Crosby interview is remotely interesting these days is because you can place bets on what year his mutton chops will connect to his Abe Lincoln fuzz." -- Justin Bourne (AP Photo) They might have trouble growing playoff beards, but the NHL's youngest stars have...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 21, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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McPhee: 'Ideally, You Want to Avoid Free Agents'

Hello everyone. I'm back (but only briefly) after taking a few days off to decompress following a long season. I'm leaving tomorrow morning for my annual trip to cover the Indianapolis 500, but before I do, I wanted to leave you with a few Caps notes: Not Much Interest I'm...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 20, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Laing Making Progress

Tim Leone of The Patriot-News reports that Quintin Laing, who suffered a torn spleen in March, is nearly recovered and could crack the Hershey Bears' lineup for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday. "He's getting close," Woods said. "Every day, he looks stronger and stronger. We don't want...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 20, 2009; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Morning Reading List: Golden Rivalry Boosts NHL

(Jonathan Newton -- The Washington Post) The Capitals' season may have ended with a thud in Game 7 against the Penguins, but the matchup did more for the NHL than any playoff series in recent memory: It brought hockey back into the fold. Yes, to most longtime hockey fans,...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 20, 2009; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Morning Reading List: A Few Pieces Away?

(John McDonnell -- The Washington Post) The Hockey News' Ken Campbell says the Caps need a few more things to make a true Cup run, starting with some structure. "What Ovechkin and the rest of the Capitals have to learn is that once they get down in a game,...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 19, 2009; 7:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
 
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Final Webcam Update: The Outtakes

Check out some of Tarik's lighter moments during the Capitals' playoff run, thanks to video editor Jon Forsythe. This is a must-watch. Seriously....

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 18, 2009; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Report: Roy Has Offer to Coach Avs

[We'll pretty much stick to offseason Caps news and throw in a few other links here and there, but the following seems like a blog-worthy bit of information:] According to a Denver Post report, one of the NHL's best netminders of all time, Patrick Roy, could be back with the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 18, 2009; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Morning Reading List: Ted Says Take It Easy

(John McDonnell -- The Washington Post) The Capitals' season is over, but the Internet still has plenty of links to go around, so let's get to it: Raise your hand if, in a moment of weakness following the Caps' earlier-than-hoped-for playoff exit, you've emailed a ridiculous idea to majority...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 18, 2009; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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