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Capitals Insider: February 28, 2010 - March 6, 2010

Boudreau on Theo: 'He was by far our best player'

The story of tonight's game pretty much begins and ends with goalie Jose Theodore, who continued to strengthen his grip on the No. 1 job with a 30 save shutout of the Rangers at Verizon Center. Check out my game story here, then come on back for some notes and...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 6, 2010; 11:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Rangers at Caps

Jose Theodore will start tonight for the Caps; Alex Auld will be between the pipes for the Rangers. Nothing has changed since the morning skate, so the lineup should look like familiar: Forwards Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble Laich-Belanger-Semin Chimera-Fleischmann-Fehr Bradley-Steckel-Walker Defense Schultz-Green Poti-Corvo Morrisonn-Carlson Goalies Theodore Varlamov Also, it looks like New York's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 6, 2010; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (141)
 
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Boudreau on Ovie: 'This is his little funk'

Jose Theodore will start tonight at Verizon Center, where the Caps haven't lost since Dec. 28 (12 games). Rangers' backup Alex Auld, meantime, make his debut for New York after being claimed on re-entry waivers last week. The Rangers are also expected to get back leading scorer Marian Gaborik, who...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 6, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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Capitals' competition for ice time even more intense

Maybe the most overlooked repercussion of the Capitals' three deadline trades this week is how to work the new acquisitions into practice. With 15 forwards and eight defensemen now on the active roster, competition is fierce among the team's role players. Coach Bruce Boudreau did not take part in today's...

By Mark Giannotto  |  March 5, 2010; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Welcome to Washington, Scott Walker

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Newly acquired winger Scott Walker, above, scored twice in a three-minute span in the third period to propel the Caps to a win over Tampa Bay: Soon after the Washington Capitals traded for Scott Walker at Wednesday's deadline, Coach Bruce Boudreau noted how the gritty...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 5, 2010; 5:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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Boudreau on Walker's two goal debut

Welcome to Washington, Mr. Walker. Tonight, in his debut, 36-year-old Scott Walker earned the No. 1 star and the red hardhat after scoring two goals in the third period to lift the NHL-leading Caps to a 5-4 win. Check out my gamer here, then come on back for a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 5, 2010; 12:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Lightning at Caps

Semyon Varlamov will start in goal tonight for the Caps as they look to extend their franchise record winning streak on home ice to 12 games. Mike Smith, meantime, will get the nod for Tampa. The new-look lineup appears to be unchanged from the morning skate. But in case you...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 4, 2010; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (294)
 
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WJFK 106.7 to broadcast some Capitals games

WJFK 106.7 will broadcast at least four of the Capitals' remaining regular-season games and possibly more pending the station's schedule availability. The station carried the Capitals' season opener and home opener this season and has broadcast the Capitals' playoff games the past two seasons. The four games that will be...

By from staff reports  |  March 4, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Boudreau: 'Trying to keep everyone happy is going to be something'

Newly-acquired center Eric Belanger discusses being traded from Minnesota to a Stanley Cup contender: One day after the Caps made four separate trades, changes were apparent throughout the lineup this morning. Joe Corvo, Scott Walker, Eric Belanger all took part in the skate and are expected to suit up against...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 4, 2010; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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With four moves at deadline, Caps get in position

In today's Post: By pulling off four separate deals on Wednesday, Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee sent a not-so-subtle message to the rest of the National Hockey League: He believes the time is now for his team to make a Stanley Cup run. The Capitals were among the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 4, 2010; 5:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
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Jose Theodore on his performance, tonight's 3-1 win in Buffalo

So how did the Capitals celebrate what appeared to be successful day of deadline dealing? With a performance Coach Bruce Boudreau called "their best in 10 games." That's how. Check out my story on the trades here, my gamer here, then come on back for a few notes:...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 3, 2010; 10:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Caps GM George McPhee on today's moves

Caps GM George McPhee just spoke from Kettler Capitals Iceplex about an extremely busy trade deadline day. Here are some (hastily transcribed) quotes: On how busy the day was "They're always busy. ... nothing happens and then around noon it starts to happen." "I like what we did. We got...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 3, 2010; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (160)
Tags: Brian Pothier, Eric Belanger, George McPhee, Joe Corvo, Milan Jurcina, Oskar Osala, Scott Walker  
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Rate the Caps' trades for Walker, Belanger, Jurcina and Corvo

Caps GM George McPhee made a lot of moves today, but were they the right ones? Vote:...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 3, 2010; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (183)
Tags: Eric Belanger, Joe Corvo, Milan Jurcina, Scott Walker  
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More on new Caps defenseman Joe Corvo

(Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Some chatter about Joe Corvo, the Caps' final acquisition of a busy trade deadline day. The defenseman comes from Carolina in exchange for fan favorite Brian Pothier, Oskar Osala and a second-round draft pick in 2011. *"In 2003, Corvo pleaded guilty to two counts relating to...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 3, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Caps add Carolina's Joe Corvo, deal Brian Pothier and Oskar Osala

Well, one year after standing pat, the Caps have been the busiest team on deadline day. GM George McPhee pulled off his fourth deal of the day, picking up defenseman Joe Corvo from Carolina's fire sale in exchange for Brian Pothier, prospect Oskar Osala and a second round pick 2011....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 3, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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More on Milan Jurcina's return to the Caps

Where ya been, Juice? (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) The Caps are on again with defenseman Milan Jurcina after making a deal with Columbus for a sixth-round draft pick. *"Having reacquired Juice, I'm hoping the Caps are now attempting to get back that 7th rounder they just traded. I miss...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 3, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
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Milan Jurcina returns to Washington

I hope Milan Jurcina didn't sell his place in Arlington (and that fans didn't get rid of their red, white and blue No. 23 jerseys). After being dealt to Columbus in December, the hulking defenseman, who is currently injured, is on his way back. I was told last night that...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 3, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (130)
 
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More on new Capital Eric Belanger

Here's a quick roundup of links for more information about Eric Belanger, who joins the Caps from Minnesota in exchange for a second-round draft pick: *Above, Eric Belanger talks earlier this season about his career through the NHL and finding a home in Minnesota. *The basics. (TSN) *Jason Chimera...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 3, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (211)
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Deal No. 2: Caps get center Eric Belanger

(Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) An hour after getting tougher and more experienced on the wing by adding Scott Walker, the Caps have picked up center Eric Belanger from the Minnesota Wild for a second-round pick. The 32-year-old Quebec native had 13 goals and 22 assists in 60 games with the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 3, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
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More on new Capital Scott Walker

(Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Here are a few links on newly-acquired Caps forward Scott Walker, who comes from the Hurricanes in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick: * Some history, including this, from a 2001 article in The Tennessean: "How can you not laugh at a guy who sometimes packs...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 3, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Caps acquire Scott Walker from Carolina

GM George McPhee has made his first move of the day, acquiring veteran forward Scott Walker from Carolina in exchange for a seventh round pick, I'm told. Although it's fair to wonder how much the 36-year-old has left in the tank, my first impression is that he'll add a level...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 3, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (247)
 
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Poll: Deadline day drama?

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By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 2, 2010; 7:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (380)
 
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Fehr: 'I don't want to hear my phone ring'

Sorry for the late blog entry today, but I attended a meeting downtown that's left me scrambling to catch up. This morning's practice was relatively uneventful, with the exception of spare defenseman Tyler Sloan sitting out with flu-like symptoms, which Coach Bruce Boudreau suspects is going around the room. Anyway,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 2, 2010; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (129)
 
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Jose Theodore finds his sanctuary on the ice

(Jeff Gross/Getty Images) Capitals goaltender Jose Theodore continues to cope with the pain from the death of his infant son in August, and somehow finds the focus required to achieve success on the ice: "Obviously, it's a tough story for anybody," he said. "It's not something people are comfortable...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 2, 2010; 5:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (163)
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Q&A with George McPhee

General Manager George McPhee met with reporters after today's practice to discuss the upcoming trade deadline, the Olympics and the demotion of Michal Neuvirth. Here's what he had to say: (Spoiler alert: If you're hoping McPhee tipped his hand about any potential trades, you're going to be disappointed.) Q: Are...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 1, 2010; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
 
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Alex Ovechkin: 'Canada deserved to win'

Practice just wrapped up here at KCI, and afterward, Alex Ovechkin spoke to reporters about his Olympic experience, the disappointment of coming home without a medal and his now-infamous camera-shoving incident in Vancouver. A bleary-eyed Ovechkin arrived in Arlington around 9 a.m. after participating the closing ceremonies on the other...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 1, 2010; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
 
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Ovechkin returns to Caps

After taking three late night/early morning flights, Alex Ovechkin has returned from Vancouver and is on the ice for practice at KCI. With Alexander Semin also out there, the Caps' roster is now complete. Michal Neuvirth, meantime, has been sent to Hershey, leaving Semyon Varlamov and Jose Theodore as the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 1, 2010; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
 
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As Vancouver Games wrap up, Caps look ahead

Goodbye, Olympics. Hello, final stretch of the NHL regular season: "It's always slower," Boudreau said of the wait to get back on the ice during the Olympic break. "The first couple days are good, and then let's get back to playing. I'm dying not being able to go on...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 1, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Alex Ovechkin stays in Vancouver for Sochi handoff

(Jae C. Hong/AP) Caps star Alex Ovechkin, hockey legend Vladislav Tretiak and figure skater Evgeni Plushenko were among those who represented Russia in the Vancouver Games' Closing Ceremony tonight. Ovechkin and his countrymen, wearing jackets with the phrase "See you in Sochi" emblazoned on the back, stood with young...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 28, 2010; 10:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Crosby scores to help Canada edge USA for gold

(Jamie Squire/Getty Images) From the AP, for now: Canada beat the United States, 3-2, on Sunday to win the Olympic gold medal in its national sport of hockey, with Sidney Crosby scoring the winning goal 7:40 into overtime. The gold medal was Canada's 14th, breaking the record for most...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 28, 2010; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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Open thread: USA-Canada gold medal game

Canada goalie Roberto Luongo and USA goalie Ryan Miller will each need to be solid in net with gold at stake. ( Scott Gardner/AP) A rivalry is renewed as the undefeated U.S. men take on the hometown Canadians (NBC, 3:15 p.m.) with Olympic gold on the line. Will the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 28, 2010; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (156)
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Tomas Fleischmann and Nicklas Backstrom return

After taking Saturday off, a more complete Caps team was back on the ice for practice this morning. Olympians Tomas Fleischmann and Nicklas Backstrom returned from Vancouver and took back their spots in the lineup. Neither of the Alexes, however, were in attendance. (Alexander Semin reported to KCI, but was...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 28, 2010; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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