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Capitals Insider: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

Green, Boudreau react to suspension

When Mike Green limped off the ice after a light skate this morning, he did not look like he could play 24 hours from now. As it turns out, the NHL took the decision out of his hands. Green was suspended this morning for three games without pay for his...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 30, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (222)
 
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Mike Green suspended three games

The NHL has suspended Mike Green for three games for his eblow to the head of Florida's Michael Frolik last night. The suspension is without pay and is the first of Green's career. More later....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 30, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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Green not skating (updated)

Mike Green is not skating with the team this morning after suffering a contusion near his right kneelast night. The injury is not believed to be serious and he might skate on his own after practice. The injury, however, might be the least of his worries at the moment. He...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 30, 2010; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Caps 4, Panthers 1

The Caps picked up their ninth straight win tonight. But all of the chatter after the game was about the team's star defenseman. Mike Green received a penalty for elbowing Michael Frolik in the the head in the first period, then sustained a right knee injury late in the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 30, 2010; 12:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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Green on injury: 'It's not serious'

Mike Green suffered a "charley horse" when he was hit in the second period by Florida's Dmitry Kulikov, but the Capitals' high scoring defenseman said after the game that he does not believe the injury is serious. "We'll see," Green said about playing Sunday afternoon against Tampa Bay. "I can't...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 29, 2010; 10:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Live game chat: Caps vs. Panthers

Michal Neuvirth is between the pipes tonight against the Florida Panthers as Washington goes for its ninth straight victory, and when the puck drops at 7 p.m., reporter Gene Wang will be online to chat about all things Caps. Join the conversation below: Capitals vs. Panthers...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 29, 2010; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Tags: Florida Panthers  
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Brooks Laich: 'We can't let down'

The Capitals had a short morning skate at KCI today, and while the mood was predictably upbeat in the locker room, there remained uncertainty surrounding who would be starting in goal tonight against Florida. Jose Theodore, who suffered a hip flexor Tuesday night against the New York Islanders, participated and...

By Gene Wang  |  January 29, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Tags: Brooks Laich, Florida Panthers, Jose Theodore, Michal Neuvirth  
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Morning roundup: Caps go for nine in a row

Tonight the Caps host the Florida Panthers and look for their ninth straight win. From the game preview: Washington is averaging more than five goals per game during the streak and has received goals from 15 players, including seven from Alex Ovechkin and six from third-liners Eric Fehr, Brendan...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 29, 2010; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Tags: Florida Panthers, Morning roundup  
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Poll: What do the Caps need?

The March 3 NHL trade deadline is creeping around the corner, and while struggling teams like the Atlanta Thrashers are looking to unload some major contracts and start over, the streaking Caps haven't made any waves just yet. And if you believe him, GM George McPhee doesn't plan on shaking...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 28, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (170)
 
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Jose Theodore says he's ready to return (updated)

(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) Jose Theodore says he could be ready to return tomorrow after suffering a hip flexor injury Tuesday night on Long Island. Theodore practiced for about 40 minutes and told me afterward that he's recovering faster than expected. He said he suffered the injury in the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 28, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Theodore practicing

Jose Theodore, who is sidelined with a suspected hip flexor injury, is on the ice and facing shots from Tyler Sloan, Matt Bradley, Quintin Laing and the assistant coaches. Theodore doesn't seem to be having any trouble getting up and down. If all goes well, it's possible, if not likely,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 28, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Tags: Jose Theodore  
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Morning roundup: Caps win eighth straight

(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) By the numbers: 8 Consecutive victories for the Caps after last night's 5-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks 2:30 Span in which the Caps scored three goals to open the third period 49 Shots on goal by Washington last night 21 The Caps' point lead...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 28, 2010; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Morning roundup  
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Caps 5, Ducks 1

For about 40 minutes tonight, J-S Giguere looked like he might put an end the Caps' run. Unfortunately for him, there were 20 minutes left to play. The Caps scored three times on three shots to open the third (all in the span of 2:30 seconds) and order was...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 28, 2010; 12:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Tags: Anaheim Ducks  
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Live game chat: Caps vs. Ducks

Chat with Post reporter Gene Wang around 7 p.m., when the Caps host the Anaheim Ducks at Verizon Center: Update: Tonight's chat might start a little bit late thanks to the Wizards news, but hang tight -- it's still on. Tonight's lineup will feature Michal Neuvirth in goal for the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 27, 2010; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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Ted Leonsis's path to Wizards ownership in doubt

When sports entrepreneur Abe Pollin died in November, it seemed all but certain that Capitals owner Ted Leonsis would purchase the Washington Wizards and Verizon Center en route to building a D.C. sports empire. In a statement released Nov. 24, Leonsis said that when his company, Lincoln Holdings LLC, bought...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 27, 2010; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Tags: Ted Leonsis, Washington Wizards  
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Semyon Varlamov works out, Ducks on a mission

The big news today at Kettler was the the reappearance of goalie Semyon Varlamov on the ice. It was so big that, as Varlamov finished his workout and went over to sign some autographs, a UPS delivery driver who had just finished dropping a package off at Kettler started asking...

By Mark Giannotto  |  January 27, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Anaheim Ducks, Brian Pothier, Jose Theodore, Quintin Laing, Semyon Varlamov, Tyler Sloan  
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Michal Neuvirth to start against Ducks

With goalie Jose Theodore sidelined, Michal Neuvirth, who stopped all 11 shots he faced in relief last night against the Islanders, will be between the pipes tonight against the Anaheim Ducks. In his last start against the Coyotes Saturday, Neuvirth stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced in a...

By Mark Giannotto  |  January 27, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Braden Holtby, Jose Theodore, Michal Neuvirth  
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Semyon Varlamov: 'It's been too much waiting'

One more quick goalie update: Just saw Semyon Varlamov putting on his gear in the locker room. He's going to come out on the ice here at Kettler in a bit, the first time he's skated since last Wednesday. "It's been too much waiting," he said, adding he's been doing...

By Mark Giannotto  |  January 27, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Goalie update: Braden Holtby arrives at Kettler

Michal Neuvirth and Braden Holtby were two of the first players on the ice this morning here at Kettler. They're out there right now with Quintin Laing, Brian Pothier, John Erskine, Jeff Schultz and Tyler Sloan. Coach Bruce Boudreau followed them out shortly thereafter, telling me, "you're not gonna get...

By Mark Giannotto  |  January 27, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Tags: Braden Holtby, Jose Theodore, Karl Alzner, Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov  
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Morning roundup: You could say 'they're in a groove'

(Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Seven goals -- six at even strength and none from Alex Ovechkin -- in a seventh straight victory? Yep, the Caps are flying high after last night's 7-2 win on Long Island. "I wouldn't say unstoppable, but they're in a groove," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Teams,...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 27, 2010; 5:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Tags: Morning roundup, New York Islanders  
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Caps 7, Islanders 2

How do you know when a team's offense is clicking? When John Erskine records his first goal in 109 games and sets up another with a slick-looking assist. That's how. The Caps routed the Islanders 7-2 at Nassau Coliseum to record their season-best seventh straight victory and their 16th...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 26, 2010; 11:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Caps at Islanders

Jose Theodore will start tonight at Nassau Coliseum and will oppose Dwayne Roloson of the Islanders in the teams' fourth and final meeting of the season. New York center Josh Bailey will play after missing the morning skate with an undisclosed illness. As for the Caps, it doesn't look there...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 26, 2010; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (230)
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Semyon Varlamov set to return to the ice

Semyon Varlamov did not skate today, meaning he's been off the ice for more than a week. But the Caps' future in goal is scheduled to skate on his own tomorrow at KCI. If the pain and discomfort in his sprained right knee (MCL) is gone and the joint continues...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 26, 2010; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Theodore set to start on the Island

Jose Theodore will start in net tonight at Nassau Coliseum as the Eastern Conference-leading Caps go for a season-best seventh victory in a row. If they win, it will match the longest streak of Coach Bruce Boudreau's tenure (he's done it twice before). Theodore will likely face Dwayne Roloson, who...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 26, 2010; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Tags: Jose Theodore, New York Islanders  
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Morning roundup: Caps know their lines

(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) Bruce Boudreau, who has a penchant for changing up his forward lines, is sticking with what works as the Caps have won nine of 10. "It's nice to have linemates," winger Brooks Laich joked yesterday. "When someone asks, 'Who's your line?' you don't have...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 26, 2010; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Boudreau likes his lines' chemistry

After spending a day away from the rink, the Caps returned to KCI this morning for an uptempo, systems-heavy practice. Everyone was in attendance with one notable exception: Semyon Varlamov. Varlamov, who's been sidelined since Dec. 7 with knee and groin muscle injuries, said Saturday morning that he planned on...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 25, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (185)
Tags: Brian Pothier, Brooks Laich, Bruce Boudreau, Semyon Varlamov  
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Morning roundup: Fehr finally breaks out

(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) Eric Fehr is having his best season yet. The 2003 first-round pick has 14 goals in his past 36 games, including a power-play strike on Saturday night. "I just wanted to finally be able to contribute consistently on the offensive score sheet. I mean, that's...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 25, 2010; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Tags: Eric Fehr, Morning roundup  
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Caps 4, Coyotes 2

Coach Bruce Boudreau was worried that there might be a emotional letdown tonight against an unfamiliar Coyotes' team. His worries, as it turned out, were unfounded. The Caps took a two-goal lead late in the second period, and rookie goaltender Michal Neuvirth helped them hang on for a 4-2...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 24, 2010; 12:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Tags: Phoenix Coyotes  
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