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Capitals Insider: February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010

Tonight's lineup: Caps at Blues

Jose Theodore will start in goal at Scottrade Center tonight as the Caps aim to end a two-game losing streak and pick up their first victory here in eight contests. Chris Mason, meantime, will get the nod for the Blues, who sit in 12th place in the Western Conference. The...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 13, 2010; 7:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (253)
 
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Theodore to start as Caps seek to end slide in St. Louis

Sorry for the delay folks, but I had to take care of a few things before blogging this afternoon. Anyway, here's what you need to know about tonight's game: Jose Theodore will start tonight at Scottrade Center as the Caps attempt to bounce back from back-to-back and head out on...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 13, 2010; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Blues, Capitals, Jose Theodore  
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John Carlson recalled (update)

Rookie defenseman John Carlson has been recalled from the Bears and will be in the lineup tonight in St. Louis, I'm told. It's unclear if someone is hurt and unable to suit up. Or if this is Coach Bruce Boudreau's way of sending a message to a blue line, that...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 13, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Jason Chimera 'questionable,' Tom Poti out

As I mentioned here last night, I could not adjust my travel schedule to attend practice in Ottawa this morning. But I just caught up with some of the players and Coach Bruce Boudreau here in St. Louis. So here's a quick update: *Fourteen players took part in this morning's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 12, 2010; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Tags: Bruce Boudreau, Jason Chimera, Semyon Varlamov, Shaone Morrisonn  
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Alexander Semin has a hat trick, but Caps still lose

(Getty Images) Three games, three hat tricks by three different players, five goals scored in each, yet only one win. Weird. But not even the most noteworthy event yesterday, which would be Semyon Varlamov's return to the net in a 6-5 loss to the Senators at Scotiabank Place. "It...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 12, 2010; 5:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (215)
Tags: Morning roundup, Ottawa Senators  
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Varlamov, defense struggle in 6-5 loss to Senators

After watching his team suffer a second straight sloppy loss, Coach Bruce Boudreau did not mince his words....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 11, 2010; 11:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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In-game chat: Caps at Senators

Join Post reporter Gene Wang here on the Insider as the Caps seek to rebound from their loss to Montreal last night that ended a franchise-record 14-game winning streak. Tonight's matchup:   Washington Capitals (41-12-7) Ottawa Senators (34-22-4) Scotiabank Place, 7 p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNet (find your channel) Radio: 1500...

By Gene Wang  |  February 11, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
 
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Banged up Caps expected to recall two

Coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't divulge much about his team's mounting injury woes. But he did acknowledge the team has recalled "a couple" of players from the Bears. While the identity of the call-ups is being kept under wraps, Karl Alzner and Chris Bourque reportedly missed the Bears' practice this morning....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 11, 2010; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Boudreau: Varlamov set to start in Ottawa

With the pressure of keeping the winning streak alive no longer a concern, Coach Bruce Boudreau said he'll tap Semyon Varlamov to start in goal tonight as two of the NHL's hottest teams meet at Scotiabank Place. "I'm looking to see him stop the puck," Boudreau deadpanned when asked about...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 11, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Caps put up a fight, but go down in overtime

The Caps rallied from a three-goal deficit, then forced overtime, only to yield a goal with eight seconds left to lose in Montreal, 6-5, in ending their team-record run at 14 games. One bright spot: Brooks Laich's first hat trick. Still, the final score isn't something the Caps want...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 11, 2010; 5:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Tags: Montreal Canadiens, Morning roundup  
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Caps suffer loss, injuries in Montreal

Tonight's 6-5 overtime loss at Bell Centre was a bit of a disaster for the Caps' defense and for sportswriters scrambling on snow deadlines. Since it's so late and the wireless here is on the fritz, I have to be really brief. Check out my web-only gamer, which has...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 11, 2010; 12:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Tags: Bruce Boudreau, Canadiens, Capitals, Josh Gorges, Michal Neuvirth, Tom Poti  
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Caps' winning streak ends in Montreal

For the first time since Jan. 12, the Washington Capitals' offense was unable to push them over the edge. After rallying from a deficit in eight of their franchise-record 14 straight victories, the Caps found themselves on the unfamiliar losing side as Tomas Plekanec's last-second overtime goal gave the Montreal...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 10, 2010; 10:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
 
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In-game chat: Caps at Canadiens

Join Post reporter Gene Wang and NHL editor Lindsay Applebaum here on the Insider as the red-hot Caps seek to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 15 straight games. Tonight's matchup:   Washington Capitals (41-12-6) Montreal Canadiens (28-26-6) Bell Centre, 7:30 p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNet (find your channel) Radio: 1500...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 10, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
Tags: Montreal Canadiens  
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Boudreau: 'The minute I relax is the minute they relax'

Washington's Michal Neuvirth and Montreal's Carey Price each came off the ice first during their respective morning skates, so it looks like they'll be your starting netminders tonight at Bell Centre as the Caps look to tie the second-longest winning streak in NHL history. The big news this morning was...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 10, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau, Jason Chimera, Jose Theodore, Michal Neuvirth, Mike Green, Montreal Canadiens, Quintin Laing, Semyon Varlamov  
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Jason Chimera not skating

Although Coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't confirm whether the Caps have any injuries, Jason Chimera is not skating this morning at Bell Centre. It's unclear what is ailing the left winger, but he was observed walking with some difficulty and working with team trainers. So it's likely a lower-body injury. Chimera...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 10, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Tags: Jason Chimera, Montreal Canadiens  
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Olympics robs D.C. of Alex Ovechkin, red-hot Caps

(Getty Images) With 14-and-counting straight wins, the Caps have brought Washington plenty of warmth in the middle of a blizzard. But why, starting Sunday, do we have to share them with the rest of the world? Mike Wise blames NBC's Dick Ebersol: In absconding with our players for 2...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 10, 2010; 5:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Tags: Morning roundup  
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Canadiens' Josh Gorges and Brian Gionta talk about the Caps' streak

A few of the Canadiens conceded this morning that they're in awe of what the Capitals have been able to accomplish over the past month. That said, they're itching to put an end to Washington's 14-game winning streak tomorrow at Centre Bell. But if the Habs are going to be...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 9, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
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Nats' Presidents Race: Ice edition

Mark Giannotto reports from Kettler Capitals Iceplex that our favorite big-headed former presidents picked up where the Caps left off after today's practice, running several of their signature Nats game races -- on skates. They must be practicing for a future promotion at Verizon Center, Mark said, because they did...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 9, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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To beat the snow, Caps seek shelter in... Canada?

It's not often an escape from winter weather involves a trip up to Canada, but that's exactly the situation in which the Capitals find themselves. The team held an early 9 a.m. practice in order to catch a flight to Montreal before the D.C. area is hit with another heavy...

By Mark Giannotto  |  February 9, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau, Jose Theodore, Michal Neuvirth, Mike Green, Semyon Varlamov  
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Caps recall Semyon Varlamov

The Caps have recalled goalie Semyon Varlamov, who started in Hershey on Sunday and made 26 saves in a 5-4 comeback win over the Baby Pens. Varlamov, who has been rehabbing a lingering knee injury, is practicing with the team at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The 21-year-old hasn't played for the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 9, 2010; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
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Snowvechkin hits D.C., Part II?

One quick snow-related programming note: The Caps have moved their practice time up to 9 a.m. to get a head start before Mother Nature pelts D.C. with another giant snowball, and Tarik is doing the same -- his flight to Montreal is in a few minutes. The team is...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 9, 2010; 5:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom named NHL's first, third stars of the week

"Mike Milbury who?" (AP/The Washington Post) Today the NHL announced that Alex Ovechkin is its first star of the week and Nicklas Backstrom is the third. It's probably the Caps' least significant accomplishment all week, so... it's been a pretty good week. From a team release: Alex Ovechkin has...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 8, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom  
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Snowvechkin ends with a tip of the hat

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post) What Super Bowl? The game of the day -- the season, really -- was played at noon (as scheduled, despite the snow) and the season's second installment of Caps vs. Pens did not fail to impress: Sidney Crosby scored the first two goals Sunday. Alex...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 8, 2010; 5:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Morning roundup, Pittsburgh Penguins  
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Ovechkin records hat trick in Caps' win

Whether you made it to Verizon Center or not, aren't you glad this game didn't get postponed? I heard people afterward calling today's 5-4 overtime win the best regular-season game in Capitals history. Because I haven't seen each and every last one of them, I can't say whether it...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 7, 2010; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
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Caps get Monday off after win over Penguins

Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau said the team would not be practicing on Monday but that the players shouldn't necessarily consider the day off as a reward for their 5-4 overtime win against Pittsburgh. It's more about rest and recovery for a team that has played three games in four days,...

By Gene Wang  |  February 7, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Mike Green, Bruce Boudreau on Caps' victory

Despite the below-capacity crowd and a slow start for the Caps, defenseman Mike Green said today's 5-4 overtime win over Pittsburgh had a postseason feel. "It felt like a playoff game," he said. "Not like a regular-season game. They came out really strong. You can't expect anyone to be tired...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 7, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Eric Fehr, Mike Knuble on goals in win vs. Pens

Here's winger Eric Fehr on scoring his 15th goal of a season in the Caps' 5-4 overtime win against the Pens: Of Fehr's goal, Coach Bruce Boudreau said: "Well, we needed it and Eric needed it for his confidence because, quite frankly, he hadn't been playing very well. So, I...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 7, 2010; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Tags: Eric Fehr, Mike Knuble, Pittsburgh Penguins  
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Ovechkin on his hat trick and the Caps' win

Penguins Coach Dan Bylsma might not have wanted to blame the weather for his team's loss, but Alex Ovechkin had no qualms about pointing a finger at the snow for Washington's sluggish start in an eventual 5-4 win. "I think it's the weather," said Ovechkin, who got to wear the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 7, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Ovechkin has a hat trick in Caps' OT win over Pens

Alex Ovechkin had his first hat trick of the season and Mike Knuble scored on the power play in overtime to give the Caps a thrilling 5-4 victory over the rival Penguins, a franchise-record 14th straight. "It's always nice to score goals, especially in this type of big game," Ovechkin...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 7, 2010; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
 
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Live chat: Caps vs. Penguins

Join the conversation below: Capitals vs. Penguins...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 7, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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Theodore to start; Backstrom set to return

Count Coach Bruce Boudreau among the thousands of local residents forced to stay in a hotel after losing power at his home during the snowstorm. But that still doesn't compare to what the Pens went through over the past 18 hours. After losing in Montreal on Saturday afternoon, they flew...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 7, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Tags: Bruce Boudreau, Capitals, Nicklas Backstrom, Penguins  
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