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Capitals Insider: September 27, 2009 - October 3, 2009

Caps 6, Leafs 4

Another game, another big night for the Caps. They got six goals from five different scorers in a 6-4 win over Toronto that was not really as a close as the score indicated. The Caps scored three times in the opening 14 minutes and were up 6-1 after 40, but...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | October 3, 2009; 11:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Caps Win Eighth Straight Home Opener

Alexander Semin had two goals and an assist, Alex Ovechkin scored in his fifth straight home opener and the Caps cruised to a 6-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at a raucous Verizon Center. It would probably be easier to list who didn't get a point tonight, but here...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | October 3, 2009; 9:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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Tonight's Lineup: Maple Leafs at Caps

After watching from the bench as Jose Theodore played well in Boston on Thursday, Semyon Varlamov will get his first start of the season tonight against the revamped Maple Leafs. The Caps will be looking to win their eighth straight home opener, while Alex Ovechkin will be looking to keep...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | October 3, 2009; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
 
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Boudreau: 'Good Teams Do It Over Time' (Updated)

Here are some post-skate notes to get you ready for tonight's home opener against the revamped, more rugged Maple Leafs: *Coach Bruce Boudreau said the key to the regular season will be getting an effort like Thursday's on a nightly basis and not allowing complacency to set in. "The biggest...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | October 3, 2009; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Morning Skate Update

All of the Caps (except Mike Knuble) are on the ice for the morning skate ahead of tonight's home opener against Toronto. Coach Bruce Boudreau told me that Knuble is not hurt or nursing anything. It's just at 37 years old, Knuble just doesn't like to skate in the morning....

By Tarik El-Bashir  | October 3, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Friday Practice Update

Here's a quick update from an uneventful afternoon practice at KCI: Coach Bruce Boudreau didn't make any changes to his lineup. And after the way his Caps performed Thursday in Boston, that shouldn't come as any surprise. *Asked why he decided to name Semyon Varlamov the starter on Saturday before...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | October 2, 2009; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
 
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Morning Links: Not a Bad Start to the Season

(Getty Images) The Caps won easily last night, with goalie Jose Theodore redeeming himself by stopping 19 of 20 shots in a 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins. Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich scored two goals each in a game that was controlled by Washington throughout. Some links for...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | October 2, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
 
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Caps 4, Bruins 1

That was about as good a team performance as you're going to see from the Caps. But one player garnered the majority of the praise in the visitors' dressing room after tonight's 4-1 win at TD Garden. Goaltender Jose Theodore had waited five months for the chance to redeem himself....

By Tarik El-Bashir  | October 1, 2009; 11:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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Caps Breeze Past Bruins in Opener

The Caps got the season off to an explosive start tonight thanks to Alex Ovechkin and, uh, Brooks Laich, who both scored two goals in a 4-1 victory over the Bruins at TD Garden. Jose Theodore stopped 19 of 20 shots and looked solid in his first full (non-preseason) game...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | October 1, 2009; 9:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Varlamov to Start Saturday

Coach Bruce Boudreau just confirmed that Jose Theodore will indeed start the opener tonight at TD Banknorth Garden tonight. He also said Semyon Varlamov will start the home opener Saturday against Toronto. Boudreau's explanation? "Just because he's had success in this building before and he plays good and he's had...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | October 1, 2009; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
 
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Theodore Expected to Start

Although Coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't say which goaltender is going to start the season opener in Boston tonight, it appears as though Jose Theodore will get the nod based on the morning skate. Theodore came off the ice much earlier than Semyon Varlamov, which is usually a pretty good indication...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | October 1, 2009; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (142)
 
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Tonight's Lineup: Caps at Bruins

When the Caps hit the ice here at TD Banknorth Garden moments ago, here's how they were lined up: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin Laich-Morrison-Knuble Laing-Steckel-Clark Kane-Gordon-Bradley Note that Quintin Laing had to be bumped up to the third line to replace Caps' cap casualty Chris Bourque, who was claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | October 1, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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Morning Links: Hockey's Back, for Real

Enthusiasm! (By John McDonnell - The Washington Post) It's here! The NHL kicks off the games-that-count part of the season tonight, and you won't have to wait long to watch the Caps (unless you have DirecTV... What, too soon?). Tonight's action begins on Versus at 7 p.m. as the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | October 1, 2009; 5:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
 
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Bourque: 'I'm Excited and Sad'

Chris Bourque just emerged from the Caps' dressing room at KCI carrying about a dozen sticks and a red hockey bag over his shoulder. All he could do was shake his head. Indeed, it's been a crazy 48 hours for the 2004 second-round draft pick, who made the Caps out...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | September 30, 2009; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (268)
 
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Bourque Claimed by Pens

Chris Bourque was claimed by Pittsburgh this afternoon, the team announced. But that doesn't mean Michael Nylander will get into the lineup for tomorrow's opener in Boston. Instead, the Caps plan to recall minor-league forward Boyd Kane to skate on the left side of the fourth line. Coach Bruce Boudreau...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | September 30, 2009; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
 
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Caps Preview '09: Is This the Year?

(Jonathan Newton - The Washington Post) Alex Ovechkin is surrounded by what could be the best supporting cast in the Washington Capitals' 36-year history. If the 24-year-old Russian superstar is going to lead his team to a Stanley Cup, what better time than now? Sincerely hoping this Caps extravaganza...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | September 30, 2009; 5:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
 
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Video: Bourque Put on Waivers

Right after Tarik interviewed Chris Bourque about the excitement of making an NHL opening-night roster, Coach Bruce Boudreau took him aside and told him he'd been waived. Talk about experiencing the ultimate highs and lows in a 24-hour span. Here's a short video recap:...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | September 29, 2009; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
 
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Bourque Update

Chris Bourque was placed on waivers earlier today because of salary-cap concerns, I'm told. Bourque likely wouldn't have been waived had the Caps managed to move Michael Nylander as they had hoped. But that hasn't happened, and so the Caps must absorb his $4.875 million cap hit -- for now....

By Tarik El-Bashir  | September 29, 2009; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Ovechkin Interviews Boudreau

At today's Caps media luncheon, Alex Ovechkin stole the show -- and our Bruce Boudreau interview -- when he grabbed a reporter's voice recorder and started asking questions. Earlier in the day, teammate Alexander Semin jokingly stole Boudreau's rolling suitcase and Ovechkin wanted his coach's reaction. Check out the short...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | September 29, 2009; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Bourque Put on Waivers

Chris Bourque was placed on waivers at noon, the team has confirmed. The move could give the Caps some salary cap flexibility if the winger is claimed. If he is not claimed, Bourque will start the season with the Caps in Boston, Coach Bruce Boudreau said. While Bourque making the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | September 29, 2009; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
 
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Tuesday Morning Update

Practice at Verizon Center just got underway, so here's a quick update: Forwards: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin Laich-Morrison-Knuble Bourque-Steckel-Clark Laing-Gordon-Bradley Extras: Nylander, Fehr Defense: Erskine, Sloan, Pothier, Morrison, Green, Schultz, Poti, Jurcina. A few more notes/observations: *Poti and Knuble wore the alternate captain 'A's on their jerseys for the team photo. *Michal Neuvirth...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | September 29, 2009; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (142)
 
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Morning Links: Bourque Gets His Break

(AP Photo) For the first time in his career, Chris Bourque will start the season as a Washington Capital, having made it through the final roster chop along with fan favorite Quintin Laing and defenseman Tyler Sloan. Voted off the island: Karl Alzner, Alexandre Giroux, Keith Aucoin and Brandon...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | September 29, 2009; 5:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Making the Cuts

Cautious optimism was the pervading mood in the Capitals' locker room after practice Monday morning, especially for the likes of Chris Bourque, Quintin Laing, and Tyler Sloan, all of whom were told today that they would be a part of the team's opening night roster Thursday against Boston. Coach Bruce...

By Mark Giannotto  | September 28, 2009; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (143)
 
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Practice Update From Kettler

Mark Giannotto filling in for Tarik El Bashir at Kettler Capitals Iceplex ... No official word from the Capitals at this point on potential roster cut downs following Sunday's preseason finale against the Rangers. Here at practice, forwards Keith Aucoin, Alexandre Giroux, and Brandon Sugden and defenseman Karl Alzner are...

By Mark Giannotto  | September 28, 2009; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
 
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Morning Links: Bourque, Laing Make Final Statements

(John McDonnell - The Washington Post) Yesterday's preseason finale was the last chance for Quintin Laing and Chris Bourque, both angling for spots on the Caps' opening-night roster, to prove themselves. They both performed solidly in the a 4-3 win over the Rangers, but who knows when we'll actually...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | September 28, 2009; 5:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Caps 4, Rangers 3

The Caps closed out the preseason by hanging on for a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers earlier today. But neither the win nor the near third-period collapse mean very much. What matters now is this: The Caps have 28 players on the roster and until 3 p.m. on...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | September 27, 2009; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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Today's Lineup: Rangers at Caps

There's a lot on the line for a few players in today's preseason finale, but Coach Bruce Boudreau warned not to make too much of who's in and who's out. Forwards: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble Laich-Morrison-Semin Bourque-Steckel-Bradley Laing-Gordon-Sugden Defense: Schultz-Green Erskine-Poti Sloan-Pothier Goalies: Varlamov Theodore Some other items of interest from Boudreau's pregame...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | September 27, 2009; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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