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Capitals Insider: October 4, 2009 - October 10, 2009

Caps Can't Hang on Against Red Wings

Jose Theodore might have just played his best game of the young season at Joe Louis Arena, but his 34-save effort wasn't enough to save the Caps from a 3-2 loss to the Wings at Joe Louis Arena. The power-play proficient Red Wings struck twice with an extra man, including...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 10, 2009; 9:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
 
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Tonight's Lineup: Caps at Red Wings

Jose Theodore will get the nod in net tonight at Joe Louis Arena and is expected to oppose Chris Osgood in the first of two meetings between a pair of hockey's most skilled teams. Based on the pregame warmup, here's what the rest of the Caps' lineup should look like:...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 10, 2009; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Theodore to Start Against Red Wings

One day after a lengthy team meeting/video session to carefully go over all that went wrong during Thursday's loss to the Rangers, the Caps had an upbeat morning skate at Joe Louis Arena ahead of tonight's showdown with the Johan Franzen-less Red Wings. "It's not only Bruce [Boudreau] who feel...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 10, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Boudreau: 'Maybe We Got Complacent'

As I mentioned earlier, Bruce Boudreau didn't go on the ice for an off-day practice for the first time in his tenure as Caps coach. The reason, he said, was that he wanted time to thoroughly dissect the tape from last night's 4-3 loss before going through it, in painstaking...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 9, 2009; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
 
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Fehr Makes U-Turn in Frederick

Okay, so here's what happened with the confusion surrounding Eric Fehr and whether or not he had been assigned to Hershey for conditioning. The winger said he was told he was being sent to the Bears to get in a few games, and that as long as there were no...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 9, 2009; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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Slight Changes Up Front (Updated)

In the wake of Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers, Coach Bruce Boudreau has tweaked his third and fourth forward combos -- two lines he openly complained about after the game. The top two lines remain unchanged, but Eric Fehr is skating on the third line with Steckel and Chris...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 9, 2009; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Morning Roundup: Caps Waste Late Lead

(Jonathan Newton - The Washington Post) The Caps' 4-3 loss at home to the Rangers last night wasn't all Jose Theodore's fault, but the two soft, third-period goals he allowed certainly don't help his case for becoming Washington's No. 1 goalie. From today's game story: "Both of them were...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 9, 2009; 5:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Rangers 4, Caps 3

After tonight's disheartening 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers, the Capitals have scored 18 goals and allowed 15. As I'm typing this, the first number leads the league while the second is also tops. Coach Bruce Boudreau has seen this before, and perhaps it's the reason he was...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 8, 2009; 11:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Rangers Shut Down Ovechkin, Edge Caps

Despite a pair of third-period goals from Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin's fifth tally of the season, the Caps were unable to hold off the New York Rangers tonight at Verizon Center in a 4-3 loss. Marian Gaborik scored his second goal of the third period at 10:42 to lift...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 8, 2009; 10:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Tonight's Lineup: Rangers at Caps (Updated)

Jose Theodore will make his second start of the season tonight and will oppose Rangers All-Star Henrik Lundqvist. The rest of the Caps' lineup should look familiar, with two exceptions: D Tyler Sloan will play left wing on the fourth line and D Milan Jurcina is out. Forwards Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin Laich-Morrison-Knuble...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 8, 2009; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
 
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Caps Need Resilience Against Rangers

The Capitals have already shown their ability to score goals seemingly at will, but tonight's contest with the Rangers marks the first time they must display how quickly they can learn from their mistakes. In particular, cutting down on the number of penalties from the nine minors they were whistled...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 8, 2009; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
 
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Theodore to Start Against Rangers

Some quick notes from the morning skate: *As anticipated, Jose Theodore will get the start in goal against New York. Theodore faced the new-look Rangers on Sept. 24 in the second-to-last preseason game, which the Capitals lost, 3-2. *Brian Pothier is back in the lineup after sitting out against Philadelphia,...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 8, 2009; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Morning Roundup: Sky's the Limit

(John McDonnell - The Washington Post) With five goals logged through three contests, Alex Ovechkin has never started a season so hot. Here's a comparison of how many games it's taken the Caps' star winger to get to five goals in past seasons: Season Games 2009-10 3 2008-09 16...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 8, 2009; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Sloan Practices at Forward

Practice just wrapped up here at KCI and I've got a few notes and quotes to share: *Today's session was short but pretty intense for the day after a road game. A lot of the 50-minute practice focused on defensive positioning in front the Caps' net. Anyone who watched last...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 7, 2009; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
 
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Morning Roundup: Penalties Prove Costly

(Bruce Bennett - Getty Images) The Caps, as center Brendan Morrison put it, were their own "worst enemy" last night in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Flyers at Wachovia Center. The Capitals got two goals apiece from Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin and another off Brendan Morrison's skate....

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 7, 2009; 5:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (127)
 
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Flyers 6, Caps 5 (OT)

The Caps earned a point against a good team playing in its home opener tonight. But Bruce Boudreau wasn't a happy coach after a wild an unpredictable night at Wachovia Center, where the Flyers pulled out a 6-5 win in overtime on a goal by Daniel Briere. Boudreau watched his...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 7, 2009; 12:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Flyers Edge Caps in OT

Was there any doubt that this thriller would go to overtime? Danny Briere wished himself a happy birthday by knocking in a rebound in extra time, giving the Flyers a 6-5 victory over the Caps in what could be an early candidate for one of the most wildly entertaining games...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 6, 2009; 10:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Tonight's Lineup: Caps at Flyers

Semyon Varlamov will make his second straight start tonight and will oppose Ray Emery in a matchup of undefeated teams at Wachovia Center Based on the morning skate, the rest of the Caps' lineup should look like this: Forwards Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin Laich-Morrison-Knuble Laing-Steckel-Clark Kane-Gordon-Bradley Scratch: Michael Nylander Defense Morrisonn-Green Poti- Erskine...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 6, 2009; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (272)
 
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Big Night For Knuble, Schultz

While it's a big, measuring-stick type game for both the Caps and Flyers tonight, it's a considerably bigger for Mike Knuble and Jeff Schultz. Knuble, of course, is back at Wachovia Center for the first time since he and his Flyers teammates were eliminated by the Pens last spring. The...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 6, 2009; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
 
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Varlamov to Start in Philly

Here are some quick observations from Wachovia Center, where the Caps just hit the ice for the morning skate: *Semyon Varlamov will make his second consecutive start tonight against the Flyers. Coach Bruce Boudreau said he's looking forward to seeing how the 21-year-old reacts to playing in front of a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 6, 2009; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Morning Roundup, Part II: By the Numbers

There's a lot of Caps-centric activity on the Internet today, so here's a little addendum: (Caps/coverage Q&A at 2:30 today.) Check out some mind-boggling Caps vs. Skins numbers over at the D.C. Sports Bog: Margin of Victory: The Redskins' margin of victory in their two wins is a total of...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 6, 2009; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Morning Roundup: Bullies and Cheesesteaks

(AP) Tonight's game in Philadelphia kicks off what should be the toughest part of the Caps' regular-season schedule. "It's going to be a huge test for us," Boudreau said. "But if we think we're good, we better back it up." The grueling 12-day span couldn't begin in a more...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 6, 2009; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Knuble Returns to Broad Street

Mike Knuble insists he won't be tempted to turn right into the Flyers' dressing room instead of left into the visitors' tomorrow at Wachovia Center. But the big right wing does anticipate a flood of memories to wash over him when he walks into the building. "You try to treat...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 5, 2009; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Boudreau Makes Changes on Blueline

Although the Capitals are 2-0 and playing well by most measurements, it appears Coach Bruce Boudreau has decided to shuffle his defensive pairings for tomorrow's game in Philly. The top pairing of Mike Green and Shaone Morrisonn remained unchanged during this morning's practice at KCI. But the other pairings were...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 5, 2009; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
 
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Morning Roundup: Caps Put on a Show at Home

[The Morning Reading List is now the Morning Roundup. Adjust your life as necessary.] Here's a short video we filmed after the Caps beat the Leafs in the Verizon Center opener, 6-4, Saturday night. Tarik gives his insta-reaction on the atmosphere and Semyon Varlamov's first game of the season. (Please...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 5, 2009; 6:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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Ovechkin's Mom, Leonsis Talk Olympics

(2006 file photo - Getty Images) Here's an Olympics update from our unofficial Russian correspondent, Slava Malamud of Russia's Sport-Express: At the All-Star Game in Montreal earlier this year, Penguins star Evgeni Malkin stated in an interview that he, Alex Ovechkin and Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk would all be present...

By Slava Malamud  |  October 4, 2009; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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