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Capitals Insider: January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

D.C. snow creates travel issues for Penguins

Update, 10:17 p.m.: The Caps just sent out the following release: As of 10 p.m. ET Saturday, the Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins game scheduled for 12 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7, at Verizon Center remains as scheduled. The Penguins are en route to Washington, D.C., and are expected to...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 6, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (345)
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Caps beat Thrashers, 5-2

The Caps won their 13th straight game tonight, matching the longest streak in the NHL in nine years. And, once again, they had their goaltender to thank for it. Michal Neuvirth, who was called up from Hershey earlier today, made 43 saves, including all 22 shots he faced in...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 5, 2010; 11:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
 
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Michal Neuvirth on his 43-save night

Here's goalie Michal Neuvirth on the Caps' 5-2 victory against Atlanta tonight:...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 5, 2010; 11:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Saturday's practice in limbo

The Washington Capitals may not have practice on Saturday depending on the severity of the snow storm that is moving through the D.C. area. The team said it would make a decision early in the morning based on a handful of factors, including accumulation totals and road conditions. As much...

By Gene Wang  |  February 5, 2010; 10:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Caps push win streak to 13

Alex Ovechkin scored a goal in his fourth straight game. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) The Capitals extended their franchise-record winning streak to 13 games tonight with a 5-2 victory over Atlanta at Verizon Center. Nicklas Backstrom scored the go-ahead goal at 15 minutes 29 seconds of the second period,...

By Gene Wang  |  February 5, 2010; 9:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Atlanta Thrashers, Jason Chimera, Michal Neuvirth, Nicklas Backstrom  
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As snow falls, Caps tell fans to hurry home after game

The Capitals just announced to fans at Verizon Center that above-ground Metrorail trains will cease operation tonight at 11 and that fans must be on trains leaving the game by 10:30 in order to be able to get off at those stops. There were some groans as the announcement was...

By Gene Wang  |  February 5, 2010; 8:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Tags: Atlanta Thrashers  
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Live chat: Thrashers at Caps

Post reporter Gene Wang will be chatting live around 7 p.m., when the Caps look to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 13 games. Join the conversation below: Thrashers at Capitals...

By Gene Wang  |  February 5, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Neuvirth set to start

Coach Bruce Boudreau just told reporters that Michal Neuvirth, recalled earlier today, will start tonight against the Thrashers as the Caps look to extend their franchise best winning streak to 13 games. If they win, they'll equal the Devils' run in 2000-2001. The last streak longer than that was the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 5, 2010; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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D.C. snow and tonight's Thrashers-Caps game

The Caps say tonight's 7 p.m. game against the Thrashers and Sunday's noon game against the Penguins are still on despite the threat of a severe winter storm in D.C. through tomorrow afternoon. If you're braving the elements and heading out to Verizon Center tonight, here are some things to...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 5, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Mike Green eager to get back in lineup

Defenseman Mike Green is due back for tonight's game against Atlanta after serving a three-game suspension for an elbow to the head of Florida Panthers forward Michael Frolik during the first period of last Friday's 4-1 victory. Green took part in this morning's skate at KCI and said he felt...

By Gene Wang  |  February 5, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
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Michal Neuvirth recalled

Rookie goalie Michal Neuvirth has been recalled from Hershey. Not yet sure why the move was made, considering they've already got Jose Theodore and Braden Holtby on the roster. It's possible Coach Bruce Boureau wants to give Theodore the night off and plans to start Neuvirth as the team goes...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 5, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Caps push record-setting streak to 12

(Frank Franklin II/AP) If any of the Caps' last 12 games felt like a loss from the start, it had to be this one. But despite some incredibly sloppy play, the league's best offense ultimately took over in a 6-5 victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. "We're...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 5, 2010; 5:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Tags: Morning roundup, New York Rangers  
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Caps 6, Rangers 5 (updated)

Lots going on, and I'm pressed for time because of the potential for an absolutely crazy travel day tomorrow. So here's an abbreviated version of the post game wrap. Check out my gamer here, then come on back for a few notes and quotes:...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 4, 2010; 11:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Caps beat Rangers, 6-5, for 12th straight win

(Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) A full postgame wrap-up is on the way, but here's a quick look at the numbers (seriously, how could you not?) following tonight's 6-5 win at Madison Square Garden. 500 career regular-season points for Alex Ovechkin. (Dan Steinberg has all the details on Ovechkin's one-handed goal.)...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 4, 2010; 10:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Mike Knuble, New York Rangers, Nicklas Backstrom  
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Live chat: Caps at Rangers

Post reporter Gene Wang will be chatting live around 7 p.m., when the Caps go for a franchise-record 12th straight victory. Join the conversation below: Capitals at Rangers...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 4, 2010; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
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D.C. snow and the Penguins-Caps game (updated)

With another massive snowstorm slated to pummel D.C. Friday, the Caps are monitoring the possible effects on their games against Atlanta on Friday night and Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon, a team spokesman said. Consider these factors: *The Penguins play at 2 p.m. Saturday in Montreal -- will they be able...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 4, 2010; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Tags: Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins  
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Boudreau on Caps' streak: 'It hasn't sunk in or done anything'

Jose Theodore appears set to start tonight at MSG tonight as the Caps look to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 12 games. The veteran goalie has been a big part of the team's recent success, winning a career-best eight straight games while posting a 1.93 goals against average and...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 4, 2010; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Tags: Atlanta Thrashers, Braden Holtby, Bruce Boudreau, Jose Theodore, Mike Green, New York Rangers  
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Caps go for win No. 12 tonight against Rangers

(Adam Hunger/Reuters) The Caps have a franchise-record 11 straight wins and a million reasons to be confident about the regular season and beyond: Having joined the Washington Capitals in 1982, team president Dick Patrick has witnessed a lot from the owner's suite. Last year's record-breaking season saw the Capitals...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 4, 2010; 5:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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Michal Neuvirth injured

Tim Leone, who covers the AHL's Hershey Bears for The Patriot-News, reports that Caps goalie Michal Neuvirth has a lower-body injury: Bears head coach Mark French said Tuesday that Neuvirth was scheduled to start Wednesday's game at Norfolk. Now he has been ruled out with a lower body injury. The...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 3, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (176)
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Morning roundup: Caps roll to new record

(Elise Amendola/AP) With last night's 4-1 victory over the Bruins -- thanks in part to the outstanding play of goalie Jose Theodore -- the Caps made history. Eleven games, 11 wins, and a whole lot of goals. Was there ever any doubt Washington would find a way to win...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 3, 2010; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Caps 4, Bruins 1

For the third straight game, the Caps conceded that they got outplayed. For the third straight game, they still managed to win. This time, Jose Theodore bailed out his teammates on a night when many of them decided to show up fashionably late. The veteran goalie stopped 41 shots...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 3, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Live game chat: Caps at Bruins

Post reporter Gene Wang will be chatting live around 7 p.m., when the Caps go for a franchise-record 11th straight victory. Goalie Jose Theodore will be in net against the Bruins at TD Garden, where he'll look to set his own record with an eighth consecutive win. Join the conversation...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 2, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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Theodore set to start in Boston as Caps go for 11 (updated)

The Caps just wrapped up their morning skate here at TD Banknorth, and it doesn't appear as though there will be any surprises with the lineup. Jose Theodore came off the ice first and will start in net tonight as they go for a franchise-record 11th straight win. The veteran...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 2, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Boston Bruins, Jose Theodore, Karl Alzner  
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Alzner rejoins Caps

Karl Alzner has joined the Caps here at TD Banknorth Garden. It's unclear if he'll play tonight, though. It's possible Alzner could be the extra defenseman considering how solidly Tyler Sloan played against Tampa Bay. I'll have more after the morning skate....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 2, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Morning roundup: Caps' new year's revolution

(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals are on a blistering streak entering tonight's game in Boston, and if they beat the Bruins for their 11th straight, they'll break a record that dates back to the '83-84 season. And the key to all this success, of...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 2, 2010; 5:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Boudreau: 'The guys like to win'

When the Caps go for a franchise record 11th consecutive victory in Boston tomorrow, they'll do so with their biggest fans in the crowd: Dad. The two game road trip, which also makes a two-day stop in Manhattan, marks the beginning of the annual father-son trip. The players' fathers/mentors travel...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 1, 2010; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Morning roundup: Caps win 10th straight

(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) The Capitals matched a 26-year-old franchise record of 10 straight wins with yesterday's 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Verizon Center: For much of Sunday's matinee, Alex Ovechkin appeared to be a step off his game. Shots he normally puts on net...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 1, 2010; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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Caps 3, 'Bolts 2

The Caps, admittedly, did not play their best game of the month. But thanks to Alex Ovechkin's clutch third period goal, they managed to eke out a 3-2 win over the Lightning and extend their winning streak 10, matching a 26-year-old franchise record for consecutive wins....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 31, 2010; 8:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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Today's lineup: Lightning at Caps

As I mentioned in a previous post, Jose Theodore is set to start today and will oppose Mike Smith at Verizon Center. Matt Bradley took the warmup and is ready to go. So the Caps' lineup should look like this: Forwards Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble Laich-Fleischmann-Semin Chimera-Morrison-Fehr Gordon-Steckel-Bradley Defense Schultz-Sloan Erskine-Poti Morrisonn-Pothier Goalies...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 31, 2010; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (129)
 
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Neuvirth sent down; Holtby recalled

Jose Theodore will be backed up this afternoon by Braden Holtby, not Michal Neuvirth. Neuvirth, I'm told, has been sent to Hershey so that he can qualify to play for the Bears for during the Olympic break. If you recall, it's the same thing that happened to Karl Alzner earlier...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 31, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Theodore to start; Bradley's status unclear

Jose Theodore will return from a hip flexor injury this afternoon as the Caps attempt tie a franchise record for victories with their 10th in a row. Mike Smith, I'm told, will be in net for Tampa Bay. "Jose was playing really good before and he deserves to come back,"...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 31, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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