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Capitals Insider: September 13, 2009 - September 19, 2009

Alzner Shows Another Side for Caps

(Toni L. Sandys -- The Washington Post) If you're looking to pass the time until the Caps and Blackhawks face off at United Center (not on TV, but you can listen in here), we bring you a feature on defenseman Karl Alzner: Karl Alzner is reminded of the daunting...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 19, 2009; 7:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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Tonight's Lineup: Caps at 'Hawks

The Caps will look to improve to 2-0-0 in the preseason tonight at United Center, where they'll face the Blackhawks. Here's the Caps' lineup: Forwards Giroux-Aucoin-A. Gordon Laich-Wilson-Clark Laing-Steckel-Bradley Osala-Perreault-B. Gordon Defense Morrisonn-Green Poti-Jurcina Erskine-McNeill Goalies Neuvirth Holtby Two nights after the Caps pulled out an OT win in Buffalo,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 19, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Afternoon Reading: Laing Looks to Rebound

[Ed. Note: Better late than never? Our preseason futility will only be matched by our regular-season awesomeness.] The Caps pulled out a close one in Buffalo last night, winning their first preseason game, 4-3 in OT. Semyon Varlamov was sublime -- for two periods. Then he allowed three goals on...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 18, 2009; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Caps 4, Sabres 3 (OT)

As far as preseason openers go, the Caps and Sabres put on a pretty entertaining show Thursday night at HSBC Arena. After producing a total of one goal through 40 minutes, the teams combined to score six times over the next 20:49, capped by defenseman Brian Pothier's five-on-three tally in...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 17, 2009; 10:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Notes From Day 5: Who Gets the 'A?'

Here are a few notes from today's on-ice sessions at KCI: *With the departure of Sergei Fedorov, one alternate captain's "A" is up for grabs this season, and there's no shortage of options. Coach Bruce Boudreau listed Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, Mike Knuble, Tom Poti, Brooks Laich, David Steckel and...

By Katie Carrera  |  September 17, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (156)
 
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The Lineup For Buffalo

First look at the ice this morning at KCI and here's who will be facing the Buffalo Sabres for tonight's preseason opener. Forwards: Laich-Backstrom-Knuble Giroux-Morrison-Clark Bourque-Gustafsson-A. Gordon Finley-Beagle-Pinizzotto *Beagle and Gustafsson have since swapped jerseys and line combinations. So you could see either tonight. Defense (in no particular order): Pothier,...

By Katie Carrera  |  September 17, 2009; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Morning Reading List: Caps' No. 3 Not Too Shabby

(Toni L. Sandys -- The Washington Post) [Update: Thanks to the few commenters who reminded me that Alex Ovechkin turns 24 today. С Днем Рождения.] After four days of practices and scrimmages at training camp, Michal Neuvirth has closed the gap between himself and the incumbents in the Capitals'...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 17, 2009; 5:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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'Team A' Takes the Cup

Any surprise the team with Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Knuble on the same line captured the Duchesne Cup?...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 16, 2009; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Morning Reading List: Tweets Create Confusion

Good morning, and happy Day 4 of Caps training camp. Be sure to keep checking back today for updates on all the goings-on at KCI. In the meantime, here's a fun (for some) story on the number of Twitter accounts impersonating Caps players: The Twitter page belonging to user @jeffschultz55...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 16, 2009; 5:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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Notes From Day 3

A few notes from today's training camp sessions at KCI: * The afternoon scrimmage, won in the shootout by Team A, 3-2, had a thrilling conclusion (for fans of penalty shots, that is). Boyd Gordon beat Michal Neuvirth over the glove in the sixth round, then Jose Theodore stopped David...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 15, 2009; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Training Camp: Day 3 Updates

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By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 15, 2009; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Morning Reading List: The Net Navigators

(Jonathan Newton - The Washington Post) Jose Theodore, center, is the starter for now, but youngsters Michal Neuvirth, left, and Semyon Varlamov, last season's playoff hero, are eager to challenge him in goal this year. Click here to read the story....

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 15, 2009; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Fleischmann Talks About Blood Clot

Flash, in happier, blood clot-free times. (John McDonnell - The Washington Post) When Tomas Fleischmann went to the doctor in June to have his throbbing left leg checked out, he expected to be diagnosed with a muscle bruise or pull. He wasn't expecting to be told he was suffering...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 14, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
 
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Nylander: 'I Want to Play in the NHL'

(Toni L. Sandys - The Washington Post) When Michael Nylander spoke to reporters a few minutes ago, the veteran did not sound like a player who expects to be playing elsewhere anytime soon. Here's the transcript of the interview: Q: Bruce Boudreau and George McPhee both said [yesterday] that...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 13, 2009; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
 
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Live: Day 1 Camp Updates

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By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 13, 2009; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Fleischmann Hurt

A few quick notes after the first 30 minutes of training camp: *Tomas Fleischmann has some sort of an injury and won't skate today. A team spokesman said GM George McPhee will have an update for the media after he meets with the medical staff. *Eric Fehr is on the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 13, 2009; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Morrison and Knuble are Ready to Start the Season as Caps

Here are Brendan Morrison and Mike Knuble's comments from media day. Starting with Morrison: How has the transition to D.C. been for you... A couple weeks here. But it's been a good transition. I got a real good vibe from the team here. The guys are tremendous. The staff has...

By Katie Carrera  |  September 13, 2009; 12:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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