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Capitals Insider: November 22, 2009 - November 28, 2009

Caps 4, Canadiens 3 (SO)

Well, the Caps certainly make it interesting, don't they? They took a 2-0 lead. Then, inexplicably, they stopped skating in the second period and watched that lead evaporate. They even fell behind in the third period after running into penalty problems...again. "How often do you see that happen?" Coach...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 28, 2009; 11:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Caps at Canadiens

Semyon Varlamov will make his fourth straight start in goal tonight at Bell Centre. Carey Price, meantime, will get the nod for the Canadiens. Shaone Morrisonn took the pre-game warmup, but it appears that he'll miss his fifth straight game with a concussion. The rest of the Caps' lineup should...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 28, 2009; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (174)
 
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Ovechkin on Montreal: 'You don't need to drink Red Bull'

The morning skate just wrapped up here at Bell Centre and, as expected, it looks like Semyon Varlamov will get the start in goal. His counterpart appears to be Carey Price, who made 32 stops in a 3-2 Canadiens' victory when the teams met in Washington on Nov. 20. Defenseman...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 28, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Varlamov expected to start in Montreal

Sorry for the delay, but I had to write my daily story for tomorrow's Post first. It's on Semyon Varlamov, who has been lights out the past two weeks after a bit of a rocky start. Varlamov, by the way, is expected to get the nod tomorrow at Bell Centre,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 27, 2009; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
 
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Giroux recalled, on top line

Alexandre Giroux has been recalled from the Bears and is skating on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom this morning. Giroux has taken the roster spot of swingman Tyler Sloan, who returned to Calgary for personal reasons. He's expected to rejoin the team soon. Also, Shaone Morrisonn...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 27, 2009; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Ovechkin won't be disciplined

Alex Ovechkin won't be suspended or receive an additional fine by the NHL for his hit on Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta on Wednesday night, I'm told. Ovechkin, as you know by now, was assessed a five minute major for boarding and game misconduct for a controversial check that sent Kaleta headfirst...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 26, 2009; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Caps 2, Sabres 0 (updated)

The Caps managed to hang onto a slim third period lead and beat the Sabres 2-0 tonight. But more important, I'm told they do not expect Alex Ovechkin to receive a suspension for a third period hit that resulted a five-minute major for boarding and a second career ejection...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 25, 2009; 11:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Sabres at Caps

Semyon Varlamov is expected to make his third straight start tonight at Verizon Center, where the Caps will be looking to snap a three game losing streak against the similarly slumping Sabres. Ryan Miller, meanwhile, will get the nod for Buffalo. Milan Jurcina is back from a groin strain and...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 25, 2009; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
 
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Varlamov appears set to start, Alzner makes return

Based on the morning skate, it appears that Semyon Varlamov will start in goal and Karl Alzner will make his season debut tonight as the Caps attempt to snap a three-game slide against the Sabres. For Alzner, it's been a long time coming. Although he's probably deserved a promotion prior...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 25, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Alzner recalled, others still hurting (updated)

Karl Alzner has been recalled and appears set to make his season debut tonight against Ryan Miller and Sabres. It also looks like Milan Jurcina will return from a groin tweak that kept him out of the past six games. But the overall injury situation remains bleak. There was no...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 25, 2009; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Abe Pollin: The man who brought hockey to D.C.

1998: Abe Pollin leads the crowd and Capitals Andrei Nikolishin, Sergei Gonchar and Dmitri Mironov in Christmas carols during his annual holiday party. (Frank Johnston/The Washington Post) Abe Pollin, the man who not only brought professional basketball and hockey to Washington but transformed the city through his businesses and...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  November 25, 2009; 5:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Leonsis's statement on Pollin (updated)

Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis has released the following statement regarding the death of Abe Pollin: We are all saddened by the news of Mr. Pollin's passing. We extend our deepest sympathies to Irene, Robert, Jimmy, the rest of the Pollin family and his many friends and join them, and all...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  November 24, 2009; 8:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Bettman's statement on Pollin

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman released the following statement regarding the passing away of former Washington Capitals owner and D.C. sports figure Abe Pollin: "Abe Pollin always wanted the best for his teams, for the fans and for Washington -- and all of those passions combined to create the arena that...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  November 24, 2009; 7:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Abe Pollin dies at age 85

Abe Pollin, the only majority owner in the history of the Washington Wizards and the former owner of the Washington Capitals, died Tuesday at age 85. Pollin was owner of the Capitals when they reached the Stanley Cup finals in 1998, before he sold the team in 1999 to AOL...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  November 24, 2009; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Boudreau: 'We stopped playing'

There was no getting around it in the locker room following practice at Kettler today: The Capitals let what should have been a win slip away in Ottawa last night. After a strong second period gave Washington a 3-1 lead heading into the third, the team's bad habit of taking...

By Mark Giannotto  |  November 24, 2009; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Plenty of Caps absent from practice

The Capitals started practice about 20 minutes later than expected, but Coach Bruce Boudreau is putting his players through some fairly rigorous five-on-five drills considering the team didn't get back from Ottawa until 1:30 am last night. Injured defensemen Milan Jurcina and Shaone Morrisonn are both skating, but Alex Ovechkin,...

By Mark Giannotto  |  November 24, 2009; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Morning roundup: Third-period breakdown

(Blair Gable/Reuters) Despite jumping out to a two-goal lead in the second period thanks to a tally by Jay Beagle -- the first of his NHL career -- the Caps only ended up with a single point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Senators at Scotiabank Place. On...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  November 24, 2009; 5:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
 
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Senators 4, Caps 3 (OT)

With the seven regulars out of the lineup, the Caps needed a strong team effort tonight in Ottawa. And for about 40 minutes, that's exactly what they got. Then in the third, the Senators came out hard and the Caps suffered a collective letdown of epic proportions. They took...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 24, 2009; 12:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Caps at Senators

Semyon Varlamov will start in net tonight for the Caps, who will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak. Brian Elliott, meantime, is expected to get the nod the surging Sens at Scotiabank Place. The Caps, once again, will be without seven players from the opening night roster. Because...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 23, 2009; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (197)
 
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Varlamov likely to start in Ottawa

I'm working on something else for later in the week, so I'm going to be brief: *The Caps' injury situation might not get any better before tonight's game. Defenseman Shaone Morrisonn (concussion) skated this morning said he's getting close but that he doesn't expect to play tonight. "I felt pretty...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 23, 2009; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
 
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Semin on injury recovery: 'So far, so good'

Here's an Alexander Semin injury update from Russian reporter Slava Malamud: As one injured Alex has returned to the Caps lineup, albeit with mixed results, the other one is still out with a wrist injury and, unlike his teammate and compatriot, mostly remains mum on the subject. This is nothing...

By Slava Malamud  |  November 23, 2009; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Morning roundup: Injuries taking a toll

Tom Poti, left, is the latest Cap to suffer an injury. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) As the injuries continue to pile up, the Capitals will have to see how much depth they have. The team could again be without seven players who were on the opening-night roster when they...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  November 23, 2009; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Maple Leafs 2, Caps 1 (SO)

Reaction to tonight's humbling 2-1 shootout loss to the lowly Leafs was all over the place in the visitors' dressing room at Air Canada Centre. Coach Bruce Boudreau said his players looked worn out, a combination of playing on back to back nights and performing under the strain of...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 22, 2009; 12:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
 
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