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Capitals Insider: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

Neuvirth settles in after uneven start

With Jose Theodore having played exceptionally well over the past handful of games, Michal Neuvirth was becoming almost a forgotten figure in the Washington Capitals' goaltending rotation. But then Coach Bruce Boudreau decided to go with Neuvirth for Saturday's game against Phoenix, following the thinking that he wanted to keep...

By Gene Wang  |  January 23, 2010; 10:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Live game chat: Caps vs. Coyotes

Chat live with Post reporter Gene Wang around 7 p.m., when the Caps host the Phoenix Coyotes at Verizon Center: Capitals vs. Coyotes...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 23, 2010; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Neuvirth vs. Bryzgalov

As I mentioned in a previous post, Michal Neuvirth will get his chance to reprove himself tonight against the Coyotes. "Why not?" Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He's had 10 days off, basically, and we don't want him to get too rusty. [Jose Theodore] has played three games in a week...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 23, 2010; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Neuvirth appears set to start, Green says he'll play

Michal Neuvirth came off the ice first, which most likely means he'll be the starter tonight against Phoenix. It will be his first start since Jan. 13 in Florida, where he got pulled for the second night in a row. Mike Green, meantime, said he'll be back in the lineup...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 23, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Updates on Semyon Varlamov and Mike Green

After missing last night's game in Pittsburgh, defenseman Mike Green practiced today but said he was somewhat limited and is unsure about his status for tomorrow's game against Phoenix. Again, he declined to say what's ailing him. "It's better," Green said. "It's one of those things if [I] was out...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 22, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
Tags: Mike Green, Semyon Varlamov  
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Morning roundup: Worth the wait

(Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) They had to wait eight months for it, but the Caps' 6-3 win over the Penguins was a step toward avenging last season's playoff loss. It was also, Coach Bruce Boudreau said, simply "a satisfying win against a rival." | Game story » *Notebook: Jose Theodore...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 22, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Postgame notes, Ken Campbell talks Caps-Pens

Ken Campbell of The Hockey News joined tonight's postgame video to assess the Caps' 6-3 win over the Pens: Yeah, it's just one regular season win. But this was a huge one for the Caps' collective psyche. They desperately needed it to delete all memory of their Game 7 loss...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 22, 2010; 12:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Tags: Jose Theodore, Pittsburgh Penguins  
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Live game chat: Caps at Penguins

When the Caps face off against the rival Pens tonight at the Igloo, Post reporter Gene Wang will be watching along on TV and sharing his thoughts on the game. Feel free to join the conversation by signing in with your social networking account of choice (Facebook, Twitter or MySpace)...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 21, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (211)
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Mike Green: 'We have a chip on our shoulder'

Thanks again to the fine camerawork of Dan Steinberg, here's Mike Green on tonight's game: One reporter asked if it felt like the playoffs with so many reporters and cameras around. "No. No," Green said. "It's just a regular-season game on the way to the playoffs, and it's obviously a...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 21, 2010; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Tags: Mike Green, Pittsburgh Penguins  
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Video: Alex Ovechkin on the Penguins and Sidney Crosby

(Video by Dan Steinberg.) It's been somewhat of a role reversal for the Caps' and Pens' respective superstars this season, as winger Alex Ovechkin has had more assists and center Sidney Crosby is scoring more. Here's what No. 8 had to say about it: "Well, we called each other...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 21, 2010; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Pittsburgh Penguins  
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Jose Theodore vs. Brent Johnson

Caps vs. Pens. Alex vs. Sid. And, of course, Brent vs. his former teammates. Tonight's game has got it all. But since the first two rivalries have been done to death, let's talk about the other one, shall we? Brent Johnson spent the previous four seasons in Washington and was...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 21, 2010; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau, Mike Green, Pittsburgh Penguins  
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Quick updates on Green, goalies and more

While Tarik works on a longer post at Mellon Arena, here are a few bits of info the non-tweeting community may have missed (in reverse chronological order): *The Consol Energy Center is taking shape. http://tweetphoto.com/9219608 *John Erskine, Quintin Laing and Michal Neuvirth are on the ice for extra work. So...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 21, 2010; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Caps recall John Carlson

The Caps have recalled rookie John Carlson from the Hershey Bears. The reason is unclear, but it could have something to do with fellow defenseman Mike Green, who did not practice yesterday. More to come from Pittsburgh soon....

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 21, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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Morning roundup: Caps, Penguins finally clash

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. The Caps have had to wait eight long months to face Pittsburgh again since that anticlimactic, Game 7 collapse in the playoffs, and while it's just the regular season, a win might be a step toward redemption. "I don't know what the emotion is going...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 21, 2010; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Boudreau wants better work ethic

I apologize for the late update today. I had a lot going on and I'm fighting off an upper body injury (okay, so it's just a minor cold). Anyway, here are some post practice tidbits: *Judging from the pace of today's session at KCI - which was a bit unusual...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 20, 2010; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Afternoon roundup: Big win, praise for Theodore, 'Mr. Nasty'

(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) Update from Tarik, who's working on tomorrow's story: Mike Green was not at practice this morning, but Coach Bruce Boudreau characterized the absence as a "maintenance day" and said the defenseman will play tomorrow against Pittsburgh. Goalie Semyon Varlamov did not practice for the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 20, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Semyon Varlamov on 'nagging injury that won't heal'

Here's another update from Sport-Express reporter Slava Malamud, who spoke with Caps goalie Semyon Varlamov after last night's game: It's quite unusual to see Semyon Varlamov downcast. Normally, he is one of the most affable people in the room. But getting two injuries in a row that knock one out...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 20, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Caps 3, Red Wings 2

This time last month, Jose Theodore was sitting on the bench pondering his future. Tonight, he was standing tall between the pipes, putting together one of the finest goaltending performances this building has seen all season. Yep, Theo was that good tonight in a stirring, come-from-behind victory over the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 19, 2010; 11:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Postgame video: Leonsis hugs Theodore

After the Caps' 3-2 win against Detroit tonight, owner Ted Leonsis entered the locker room and made a beeline for Jose Theodore. Here's a video of Leonsis congratulating the veteran goalie on a 44-save performance: And here's winger Matt Bradley on his goal in the second period:...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 19, 2010; 10:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Jose Theodore, Matt Bradley, Ted Leonsis  
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Tonight's lineup: Red Wings at Caps

Jose Theodore will make his third consecutive start tonight as the Caps aim to win four in a row and avenge a 3-2 loss in Detroit on October 10. The Red Wings, meantime, will turn to veteran Chris Osgood, who will be making his first start in 13 games. Also,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 19, 2010; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (203)
 
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Theodore to start, Varlamov absent again

Jose Theodore will be between the pipes tonight against the Red Wings, and by making his third straight start, the veteran appears to have regained the No. 1 role in Semyon Varlamov's absence. "He was relegated to the backup role because the kids were playing so good, [but] now it's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 19, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Jose Theodore, Karl Alzner, Semyon Varlamov  
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Karl Alzner recalled from Hershey

The Caps have recalled Karl Alzner from Hershey, which likely means he'll be in the lineup tonight against the Red Wings. One clarification: Alzner's demotion earlier this month wasn't so he could meet a games played threshold in Hershey. It was so he would miss five games with the Caps....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 19, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Morning roundup: Caps see a model in Wings

When the Capitals look at how the Detroit Red Wings organization is run and what it has accomplished, they see the type of powerhouse they would like to one day become: "Detroit, whether they win or not, they just keep going and going and going," Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 19, 2010; 5:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Carlson sent down, Ovechkin named first star

Today's practice was optional and several players, including Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Tomas Fleischmann, exercised that option. Still, there was plenty going on. *Let's begin with the news of the day: Defenseman John Carlson was returned to Hershey after practice, despite his strong showing against Toronto and Philadelphia. Carlson...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 18, 2010; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Semyon Varlamov  
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Morning roundup: Caps stay hot

(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) Who needs NFL playoffs? Here's some late-morning reading material: *Caps win sixth in seven games by beating the Flyers, 5-3. (Tarik) *Laich breaks out of his offensive slump with a three-point night. (Geno) *Tom Heath reports that Ted Leonsis faces a Wednesday deadline (that...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 18, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Caps 5, Flyers 3

Brooks Laich's slump is over. Alex Ovechkin's penalty shot drought is history. And so might a local restaurant's profit margin if the Caps keep scoring at this clip....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 17, 2010; 8:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Philadelphia Flyers  
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Today's game: Flyers at Caps

Jose Theodore is set to make his second straight start this afternoon as the Caps seek their third win in a row and sixth victory in seven games. Ray Emery, meantime, will be in net for the resurgent Flyers. Emery, who is coming off abdominal surgery, will be making his...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 17, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (192)
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