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Capitals Insider: February 21, 2010 - February 27, 2010

Varlamov, Sloan and Laing assigned to Hershey

The Caps demoted Semyon Varlamov, Tyler Sloan and Quintin Laing to Hershey this afternoon. Varlamov was reassigned; Sloan and Laing were sent down for conditioning stints. Although the Caps were off today, all three skated this morning at KCI with goalie coach Arturs Irbe. Varlamov has played in just one...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 27, 2010; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Team USA has Canada's fans seething red

(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Canadian fans hoping to see the United States lose to Finland were reduced to stunned silence as the Americans rolled to a 6-1 victory and advanced to Sunday's gold medal game. Columnist Tracee Hamilton writes: VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The Canadians have been a happy folk for...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 26, 2010; 8:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Tags: Olympics  
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Spirited rout of Finland lands USA in Olympic hockey gold medal game

(Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) With a convincing 6-1 victory over Finland in the men's hockey semifinal, Team USA can rest assured it will bring home at least the silver despite rarely entering the medal conversation before these Games began. From the AP: The United States is on its way to...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 26, 2010; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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Boudreau puts Caps through grueling practice

Capitals forward Mike Knuble had trouble remembering a practice this year that featured as much skating as Bruce Boudreau put his players through this morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Boudreau had steadily been ramping up the conditioning since the Capitals' non-Olympic players returned to the ice Wednesday after a 10-day...

By Mark Giannotto  |  February 26, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Bruce Boudreau, Mike Knuble, Nicklas Backstrom, Semyon Varlamov, Tomas Fleischmann  
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Igor Larionov on Russia's loss, Canada's strength

Here's another hockey update from Sport-Express' Slava Malamud, who will be blogging for us throughout the Games: There aren't many people in Russian hockey as respected and as well-versed in both the NHL and the KHL as Igor "The Professor" Larionov, a Hall of Famer and the pivot of the...

By Slava Malamud  |  February 25, 2010; 7:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (148)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Detroit Red Wings, Olympics  
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Cam Janssen gets five games (updated)

The NHL delivered another stern message regarding head shots this afternoon when it suspended St. Louis enforcer Cam Janssen five games, without pay, for elbowing Matt Bradley in the face on Feb. 13. Janssen's punishment, according to the league, was for "a late hit to the head delivered to an...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 25, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Mike Green on watching the Olympics from home: 'My time will come'

Capitals defenseman Mike Green always imagined watching Wednesday's epic Canada-Russia Olympic hockey game from ice level, a red and white jersey on, and his name stitched to the back. But because he was one of the odd men out when the roster for the Canadian Olympic team was announced last...

By Mark Giannotto  |  February 25, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Olympic roundup: U.S. advances; Russia falls

(Julie Jacobson/AP) Some morning links: *Alex Ovechkin: "The will be a lot of dirt poured on us from the media and from people who don't know anything about hockey. But to the people who support and love us, I would like to say that we tried our best." (Heavy...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 25, 2010; 5:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, Olympics, Semyon Varlamov, Tomas Fleischmann  
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Russia routed by Canada in quarterfinal

(Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) Columnist Tracee Hamilton writes from Vancouver: This is what Canadians have wanted, from the moment the cauldron was lit, from the awarding of the Olympics to Vancouver seven years ago, probably from birth. This is what they demanded during their beloved hockey team's humiliating reality, a...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 24, 2010; 9:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
 
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Chimera leaves practice early

Here's a quick update from today's afternoon practice session at KCI: *Matt Bradley practiced fully and afterward pronounced himself healed up and ready to go, despite getting his "bell rung" for the second time in two months. He also said Cam Janssen apologized to him after the game in St....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 24, 2010; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (155)
 
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Parise scores twice to send Team USA into semis

(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Zach Parise scored twice in the third period, and the top-seeded U.S. men's hockey team reached the Olympic semifinals with a tense 2-0 victory over Switzerland. VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Only one goal dribbled past Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller Wednesday at Canada Hockey Place, but for the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 24, 2010; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Quote of the day

Today's 'Quote of the Day' belongs to Bruce Boudreau, who just has a way with words. Asked what he wanted to see happen in the Olympics, the coach said: "I've gone over it a 100 different ways. Being Canadian, do you want them to win? Do you want them to...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 24, 2010; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Matt Bradley returns to practice

The last time we saw Matt Bradley, the checking line winger was being helped off the ice in St. Louis after being knocked woozy by a Cam Janssen elbow to the head. This afternoon, he's back for the Caps' first practice of the break -- and so far -- looks...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 24, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Czechs beat Latvia; Canada-Russia showdown set

(Harry How/Getty Images) The Caps' Tomas Fleischmann had a goal in the first period and David Krejci scored 5:10 into overtime to lift the Czech Republic to a 3-2 win over Latvia. They play Finland in the quarterfinals -- with or without star player Jaromir Jagr, who left in...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 24, 2010; 5:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Tags: Morning roundup, Olympics  
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Video: Boudreau, Leonsis on Washington Post Live

Washington Post Live's Ivan Carter talks to the Caps' head coach about practice, the Stanley Cup and who will win Olympic gold. Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. Ivan also sat down with Capitals owner Ted Leonsis. Here's a clip: Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames....

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 23, 2010; 8:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Tags: Bruce Boudreau, Olympics  
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For Canada, U.S., hockey world is upside down

(Photo compilation inspired by Sports designer Tim Ball) Whither Olympic hockey? The United States is the surprise top seed after the preliminary round. Canada, both as a team and a nation, is stunned, and by Thursday morning either the Canadians or the Russians will be eliminated. "The pressure started...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 23, 2010; 5:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
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Caps return to practice Wednesday

The Caps' non-Olympians will return to practice Wednesday at 2 p.m., which is right after the mandatory hiatus for the Games is lifted. The team will also get in some much needed work beginning at 10:30 at KCI on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Then, next Wednesday, just three...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 22, 2010; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (141)
 
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Team USA stuns host Canada, 5-3

(Ryan Remiorz/AP) Brian Rafalski scored two goals and set up another to lift the Americans to a victory over Canada and into the quarterfinals. Here's a quick excerpt from Amy Shipley's gamer, with more to come soon: When U.S. Olympic hockey player Jamie Langenbrunner scored in the final period...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 21, 2010; 10:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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In-game chat: USA-Canada

Join us at 7:30 for Part II of the Olympic hockey chat, hosted by staff writers Tarik El-Bashir and Gene Wang and Japers' Rink's Jon Press. Olympic hockey: USA-Canada...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 21, 2010; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Russia beats Czech Republic, 4-2

(AP/Gene J. Puskar) From the AP: Evgeni Malkin scored twice and Russia bounced back from a shootout loss to Slovakia, beating the Czech Republic 4-2 Sunday to reach the Olympic hockey quarterfinals. In a rematch of the 1998 Olympic gold-medal game, won 1-0 by the Czechs, Russia scored in...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 21, 2010; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Tags: Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Olympics  
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In-game chat: Russia-Czech Republic

When Russia and the Czech Republic face off Sunday, Caps beat writer Tarik El-Bashir, hockey editor Lindsay Applebaum and Jon Press of JapersRink.com will be chatting live right here on the Insider. Sign up for a reminder below, and then come back a little before 3 p.m. to join the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 21, 2010; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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