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Capitals Insider: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Ovechkin, Malkin and Semin make up Team Russia's new top line

From Slava Malamud on Heavy Medal: Saturday afternoon's Team Russia practice featured a switch-around in the top two lines, with Pavel Datsyuk moving to pivot Ilya Kovalchuk and Maxim Afinogenov. This means that Evgeni Malkin will take his place on the top line, setting up the long-anticipated partnership between the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 20, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Olympics, Pittsburgh Penguins  
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Olympic links: Ovechkin's skates, Czechs win again

(Shaun Best/Reuters) Morning links: *Alex Ovechkin switches skate blades, gets amusingly frustrated when he can't solve Varly at Russia's practice. (Heavy Medal) *Czechs beat Latvia, leapfrog Russia in Group B. *Today's hockey games: Norway vs. Switzerland, 3 p.m., Slovakia vs. Latvia, 7:30 p.m. (TV listings) *Crosby scores winner, Ovie...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 20, 2010; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Morning roundup, Olympics  
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Sweden hangs on to beat Belarus

(Molly Riley/Reuters) It was another near-upset at Canada Hockey Place, but the Swedes hung on for a 4-2 win. From the AP: Daniel Alfredsson scored twice and defending gold medalist Sweden avoided a monumental upset against outmanned Belarus like that in 2002, winning 4-2 Friday for its second successive...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 19, 2010; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Slovakia outlasts Ovechkin, Russia in shootout

(Shaun Best/Reuters) From the AP: Pavol Demitra scored on Slovakia's seventh attempt in a shootout and Jaroslav Halak made some big saves, lifting the Slovaks to a 2-1 win over Russia on Thursday night in a thriller at the Vancouver Games. Two-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin scored on one...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 19, 2010; 2:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Olympics, Semyon Varlamov  
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Sidney Crosby's shootout goal saves a nation

(Getty Images) ...okay, maybe the headline's a little dramatic. But just imagine if Canada hadn't pulled out a shootout victory against the Swiss. From the AP: Sidney Crosby scored the only goal of a shootout in which an entire nation of nervous Canadians hung on every shot, giving Canada...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 18, 2010; 10:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Tags: Olympics  
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Team USA makes a statement in win over Norway

(Getty Images) From the AP: The U.S. men's hockey team won its second straight game with a solid 6-1 win against overmatched Norway on Thursday. Phil Kessel, Chris Drury scored first-period goals, top-line forward Patrick Kane added one in the second, and Brian Rafalski found the net twice in...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 18, 2010; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Russia practices, Swedes and Czechs open with wins

Frenemies? (Shaun Best/Reuters) Yesterday's game action: Nicklas Backstrom had an assist in defending champ Sweden's 3-0 victory over Germany, and Tomas Fleischmann's Czech's took a 3-1 win over Slovakia. *Afterward, Fleischmann talked about the Olympic experience. Read all about it on Heavy Medal. *If you haven't yet checked out...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 18, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Tags: Alexander Semin, Morning roundup, Nicklas Backstrom, Olympics, Semyon Varlamov, Tomas Fleischmann  
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Jagr, Czechs beat Slovakia in Olympic opener

(Chris Bouroncle/Getty Images) Yes, Caps fans, Jaromir Jagr's name is in the headline, because he played a key role in the Czech Republic's opening win. From the AP: Jaromir Jagr, out of the NHL for two years and now a role player rather than one of hockey's big names,...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 18, 2010; 2:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Tags: Olympics, Tomas Fleischmann  
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Defending champ Sweden blanks Germany

Germany's Dennis Seidenberg is caught between Sweden's Nicklas Backstrom and Loui Eriksson during the second period. (Julie Jacobson/AP) From the AP: Mattias Ohlund and Loui Eriksson scored in the second period Wednesday night, helping defending Olympic champion Sweden shake off a slow start to beat Germany 2-0. The Swedes...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 17, 2010; 10:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Tags: Nicklas Backstrom, Olympics  
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Matt Bradley update

Matt Bradley was allowed to travel home to Ottawa after leaving Saturday night's game in St. Louis with an apparent concussion. That's an encouraging sign for the Caps winger, who didn't look so good when he was helped off the ice at Scottrade Center following a seconds-too-late, head-high hit from...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 17, 2010; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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No surprises in Olympic hockey openers: USA, Canada, Russia win easily

(Shaun Best/Reuters) Here's today's Olympic-inspired roundup of links: *Alex Ovechkin scored twice to lead Russia to an easy 8-2 victory over Latvia. Postgame notes, quotes and other hockey odds and ends can be found on on Heavy Medal, our Olympics blog. *Barry Svrluga wrote about the two earlier games,...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 17, 2010; 5:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Alex Ovechkin, Russia breeze past Latvia

Alex Ovechkin celebrates his first-period goal against Latvia with teammates Alexander Semin and Pavel Datsyuk. (Reuters) Alex Ovechkin scored twice and the Caps- wait, no -- the Russians, easily beat Latvia, 8-2, to win their Olympic opener. Here's a recap from the AP: Alex Ovechkin scored two goals as...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 17, 2010; 2:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Olympics  
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Canada wears out Norway in opener

(Hans Deryk/Reuters) From the Associated Press: Jarome Iginla and Dany Heatley scored twice and heavily favored Canada overcame some early nervousness and a scoreless first period to roll over Norway, 8-0, in its highly anticipated Olympic hockey opener Tuesday. The Canadians are so deep and balanced that 15 players...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 16, 2010; 10:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Miller helps USA to Olympic opening win over Switzerland

(Julie Jacobson/AP) From Post staff writer Barry Svrluga in Vancouver: The American men's hockey team opened the Olympics with about as strong a performance as could be expected, a 3-1 victory over Switzerland that featured a splendid performance from goaltender Ryan Miller -- the U.S.'s best hope to lead...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 16, 2010; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Tags: Olympics  
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Russian Caps practice before opener vs. Latvia

(Shaun Best/Reuters) Here's a collection of links to start off the day: *Check out our photo gallery of Team Russia's practices yesterday and Sunday. *Alex Ovechkin's big chance to upstage Sidney Crosby (like he hasn't already done that in two games this season). (AP) *Olympic predictions. (Russian Machine Never...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 16, 2010; 5:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Olympics  
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Alex Ovechkin's skates

After Team Russia's practice yesterday, Alex Ovechkin told reporters he had something cool in store for his Olympic footwear. "I will have a twist of my own," he said when asked if his skates would be red, as Caps teammate Tomas Fleischmann had suggested. "It's a secret. You will see...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 15, 2010; 7:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Ovechkin, Semin, Varlamov attend Russia's first practice at Canada Hockey Place

Alexes Ovechkin and Semin flank ex-teammate Sergei Fedorov. (Photo by Slava Malamud) Team Russia held its first practice yesterday at Canada Hockey Place, and Sport-Express' Slava Malamud chatted with the Caps contingent afterward. Here's a sample of what they had to say: Alex Ovechkin on the media scrum around...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 15, 2010; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Olympics, Semyon Varlamov  
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Ovechkin, Caps arrive in Vancouver for Olympics

Alexes Ovechkin and Semin joke with ex-teammate Sergei Fedorov. (Shaun Best/Reuters) Welcome to the Olympic edition of the Morning Roundup, a collection of links dedicated to the five Caps players (and some others) representing their countries at the Vancouver Games. We'll also have daily updates on the Caps, starting...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 15, 2010; 5:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Morning roundup, Olympics  
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Boudreau: Bradley expected to be 'okay'

The Olympic break has arrived, and not a moment too soon for the Capitals, who played their best game of the road trip but still lost, 4-3, in the shootout at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Since I covered a decent amount in my gamer and video, I'm going...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 14, 2010; 1:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (141)
 
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