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

Boudreau on Theo: 'He's making a great case' (updated)

Alex Ovechkin is back, and he didn't wait long to announce his return. The two-time MVP scored the eventual game winner midway through the first period, and Jose Theodore slammed the door on the Lightning in a 3-1 victory at St. Pete Times Forum. Here's my game story. After checking...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 20, 2010; 11:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Caps at Lightning

Jose Theodore will start tonight at St. Pete Times Forum, where the Caps wrap up up their season series with the Lightning. The Caps are 3-2-0 in the previous five meetings. Antero Niittymaki will be in net for the 'Bolts. Based on warmups, the lineup will look like this morning's....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 20, 2010; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (233)
 
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Ovechkin: 'Vacation is over'

Alex Ovechkin will return from a two-game suspension tonight at St. Pete Times Forum, and Jose Theodore will start in goal as the Caps attempt to bounce back from an overtime loss in Raleigh on Thursday. Coach Bruce Boudreau said he expects Ovechkin to play as if he's "making up...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 20, 2010; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
 
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Boudreau on Stamkos: 'Definitely the real deal'

Today was a bit of a scramble because of travel and reporting, so I apologize for the lack blogging. But I wanted to give everyone a heads up on what I was working on this afternoon. The Caps and Lightning were both off. But Tampa Bay was kind enough to...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 19, 2010; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Caps lose 4-3 on defensive breakdown in OT

With an overtime game tonight and a 6 a.m. flight to Tampa looming, I'm going to be brief. Besides, no one in the visitors' dressing room here at RBC Center had much to say after a 4-3 loss that spoiled special nights for Eric Fehr and Joe Corvo. I covered...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 18, 2010; 11:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (130)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Caps at 'Canes

As I reported earlier, Semyon Varlamov (13-3-3, 2.57 goals against average, .911 save percentage) will face fellow rookie Justin Peters (4-2-0, 2.35, .923) at RBC Center. Not much on the line tonight -- the Caps lead the 'Canes in the Southeast by 39 points -- but these rivals really don't...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 18, 2010; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (364)
 
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Varlamov set to start tonight at RBC Center

Here's your afternoon update from RBC Center: *Semyon Varlamov will start in goal tonight against the Hurricanes, and as expected, will face fellow rookie Justin Peters. Jose Theodore, meanwhile, will play in Tampa. "After that, I'll see again," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. *Looks like Quintin Laing, Tyler Sloan, John Erskine...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 18, 2010; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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Boudreau on Ovechkin: 'He's going to come out more determined than ever'

For Coach Bruce Bodureau's thoughts on how Alex Ovechkin is handling his two suspension, click below. Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. I'm writing a story for tomorrow's Post about Brendan Morrison, his up and down season and the sense of urgency he feels with the playoffs approaching and a spot...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 17, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (156)
 
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Gordon sent home

Center Boyd Gordon returned to Washington after last night's game in Florida to begin receiving treatment on the balky back that he's struggled with most of the season. That almost surely means he'll miss at least the next two games. "A lot of it has to do with [Gordon] sleeping...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 17, 2010; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Gordon not practicing in Carolina

The Caps just hit the ice here at RBC Center and everyone is practicing with the exception of Boyd Gordon, who aggravated a back injury last night in Sunrise. I haven't received an update on Gordon's status yet, but Coach Bruce Boudreau said after the game that he wouldn't be...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 17, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Caps improve to 7-2 without Ovechkin

(J Pat Carter/AP) Some morning links to get the day started: *Caps 7, Panthers 3: Pretty much everybody scores as the Caps improve to 7-2 without Alex Ovechkin in the lineup. | Postgame wrap-up » *Mike Wise: "If Alex Ovechkin listens to no one else, he needs to listen...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 17, 2010; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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No Alex, no problem

With a thorough 7-3 victory tonight in Sunrise, the Caps showed, yet again, that they're a pretty good team even without their superstar winger. They also might have finished off the Panthers' fading playoff hopes. Check out my gamer here (an updated version should posted soon), then check back for...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 16, 2010; 11:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Caps at Panthers

Jose Theodore, who has stopped 101 of the last 108 shots he's faced, will be in net tonight for the Alex Ovechkin-less Caps. Tomas Vokoun, meanwhile, will start for the Panthers, who have won four of five. The rest of the Caps' lineup is expected to look like this: Forwards...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 16, 2010; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (256)
 
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Boudreau: Caps 'know how much Alex means to the team'

Coach Bruce Boudreau said he wouldn't tell the Caps to "win one for Alex [Ovechkin]" as the captain serves a two-game suspension, but added that he doesn't have to. "They know how much he's done for them," Boudreau said. Here's a quick clip:...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 16, 2010; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Alex Ovechkin skates, comments on suspension

Here's a quick video of Alex Ovechkin, serving a two-game suspension for his hit on Chicago's Brian Campbell, and the Caps' scratches practicing in South Florida this morning: Ovechkin spoke briefly afterward about the suspension, expressing his regret that Campbell got hurt but adding, "you know, it's a hockey game."...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 16, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Alex Ovechkin on suspension: 'I was disappointed with the NHL's decision'

Via a Caps press release, here are Alex Ovechkin's comments on his two-game suspension: "I am very sorry that Brian was injured and I hope he is able to return to his team soon. NHL hockey is a physical game. We all play hard every time we are on the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 16, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Theodore set to start vs. Panthers

Sorry for the late post today, but wireless and cellular service are both extremely hard to come by here at BankAtlantic Center. So let me catch you up on the basics: Goaltender Jose Theodore will get his second straight start against the Panthers as Alex Ovechkin serves the first of...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 16, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Tonight's matchup: Caps at Panthers

(Ovie-centric roundup is here.) Looking ahead to tonight's game:   Washington Capitals (46-14-9) Florida Panthers (28-29-10) BankAtlantic Center, 7:30 p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNet Radio: 1500 AM *Caps-Cats preview (Mike Vogel, Caps Blog, Storming the Crease, Peerless, Japers' Rink) *Nathan Horton's return could give the flailing Panthers a boost. (Sun Sentinel)...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 16, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Varying reactions to Alex Ovechkin suspension

(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) Here's an Alex Ovechkin suspension-themed collection of links for your reading pleasure (or disgust): *Bruce Boudreau is not pleased. *Late add: More from Boudreau, Mariotti and Ovie. (Bog) *No rhyme or reason to NHL's 'discipline' (ESPN) *NHL's one-size-fits-all rules. (Globe and Mail) *Suspension is...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 16, 2010; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
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NHL suspends Alex Ovechkin two games

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Alex Ovechkin has been suspended two games by the NHL for his hit yesterday on Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell. The Caps captain and two-time league MVP was assessed a five-minute major and his third misconduct of the season for boarding Campbell, who reportedly could miss...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 15, 2010; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (402)
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Knuble on Ovechkin: 'You would like to see him being more careful'

Earlier today, I spoke to a handful of Caps about Alex Ovechkin's latest controversy. All said -- not surprisingly -- that they felt the five-minute major for boarding and game misconduct were a bit harsh. But two of Ovechkin's teammates had interesting takes on the hit that left Chicago defenseman...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 15, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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Awaiting a decision on Alex Ovechkin

The Caps just wrapped up a very optional practice at the Florida Panthers' practice facility in Coral Springs, where about a dozen players participated in on-ice drills. The most notable absence was Alex Ovechkin, who only played 4:50 in Chicago yesterday after being ejected from the game for boarding Blackhawks...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 15, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
 
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NHL's boarding rules: What's going on here?

There's been a great deal of chatter and confusion following Alex Ovechkin's ejection from yesterday's win over the Blackhawks. The Caps winger was issued a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Chicago's Brian Campbell, who reportedly could be out for the rest of the season with a broken...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 15, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
 
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After Ovechkin gets tossed, Caps battle back

(Nam Y. Huh/AP) Some Monday-morning linkage: *Caps 4, Blackhawks 3 (OT): "Thanks to another controversial hit by two-time MVP Alex Ovechkin, however, Nicklas Backstrom's end-to-end rush in the extra session wasn't the focus after the league-leading Capitals humbled the league's third-ranked team before a national television audience and a...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 15, 2010; 5:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
 
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Alex Ovechkin on getting ejected vs. Chicago

After the Caps' come-from-behind, 4-3 overtime win against the Blackhawks, captain Alex Ovechkin talked about getting ejected after receiving a game misconduct for boarding Brian Campbell. "I didn't hit him hard," Ovechkin said of Campbell, who did not return to the game. "He fell bad. But you can see, every...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 14, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (211)
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Ovechkin tossed from game vs. Blackhawks

Alex Ovechkin got tossed from the Caps' game in Chicago at 12:16 of the first period for boarding defenseman Brian Campbell. Ovechkin got five minutes for boarding and a game misconduct, which led to a Blackhawks goal by Jonathan Toews at the end of the power play. This is Ovechkin's...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 14, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (290)
 
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This morning's lineup: Caps at Blackhawks

Jose Theodore is expected to start in goal this morning - yes, opening faceoff is 11:30 a.m. here in Chicago - for the Caps. The Blackhawks, meantime, are expected to start Antii Niemi after Chris Pronger scored on Cristobal Huet with 2.1 seconds remaining yesterday to lift the Flyers to...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 14, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (194)
 
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