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Capitals Insider: November 28, 2010 - December 4, 2010

Capitals suffer rare regulation loss at Verizon Center, 3-1 to Thrashers

If there's any team that may represent the greater challenge the Southeast Division provides for the Capitals this season, it's Atlanta. The hard-working Thrashers, against whom Washington has gone 14-4-2 over the past three seasons, have not yielded an inch against the three-time defending division winners in this season and...

By Katie Carerra  | December 4, 2010; 10:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Atlanta Thrashers, Bruce Boudreau, John Carlson  
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Open thread: Capitals vs. Thrashers

Semyon Varlamov will be back in net tonight as the Washington Capitals (18-7-2) take on the Atlanta Thrashers (13-10-3) at Verizon Center. Chat about the game in the comments below, or join the conversation on Twitter and see your tweets here by using #caps. Faceoff: 7 p.m.; TV: CSN; Radio:...

By Washington Post sports editors  | December 4, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
Categories:  Atlanta Thrashers  
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Tonight's lineup: Thrashers at Caps

A third of the way through the 2010-11 regular season and the Capitals are set for their fifth meeting of the year against the Atlanta Thrashers. Semyon Varlamov will be in net for Washington and Ondrej Pavelec for Atlanta as both teams look to bounce back from losses in their...

By Katie Carrera  | December 4, 2010; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Atlanta Thrashers, Lineups  
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Statistical analysis: Which Alex is more talented at scoring goals?

There is no debate that both Alex Ovechkin (named the best player by his peers three out of his five full seasons in the league, including the last two) and Alexander Semin (on pace for a career-high 55 goals this season) are two of the NHL's most talented players, but...

By Neil Greenberg  | December 4, 2010; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Statistical analysis  
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Semyon Varlamov to start against Thrashers

Coach Bruce Boudreau said it's Semyon Varlamov's turn for another start in net tonight. While it will be the Capitals' fifth meeting of the year against the Atlanta Thrashers it will be Varlamov's first appearance opposite the only Southeast Division foe that Washington has lost to this season. --Tom Poti...

By Katie Carrera  | December 4, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Atlanta Thrashers, Semyon Varlamov  
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More from Bruce Boudreau on coach's challenge

Bruce Boudreau addressed the washed out would-be tying goal from last night's 2-1 loss in Dallas and how he believes a coach's challenge would remedy such situations and help the NHL get more calls right this afternoon at KCI. Here's video of the washed out goal, including several replay angles...

By Katie Carrera  | December 3, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau  
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First impressions of Scott Hannan

One of the things Coach Bruce Boudreau said he noticed immediately about trade acquisition Scott Hannan when the veteran defenseman was on the ice in his first game with the Capitals Thursday night in Dallas is that he likes to talk. In addition to showing an ability to quickly pick...

By Katie Carrera  | December 3, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau, Scott Hannan, Tom Poti  
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Despite loss, a 'full 60 minutes' from the Caps in Dallas

After losing, 2-1, in Dallas, Matt Hendricks remarked that regardless of the mess of penalties in the second period, Thursday night's tilt was a "a good, full 60 minutes of hockey." Although the loss left the Capitals feeling upset, the contest was the type of game they're learning to play...

By Katie Carrera  | December 3, 2010; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (191)
Categories:  Morning Roundup  
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Boudreau critical of officiating following loss

I haven't been able to watch any replays of the would-be tying goal that was washed out because Alex Ovechkin was in the crease, but suffice to say that after the Capitals watched the replay immediately after the end of regulation they were left with questions as to why that...

By Katie Carrera  | December 3, 2010; 12:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau, Dallas Stars, Michal Neuvirth, Scott Hannan  
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Open thread: Capitals at Stars

The Washington Capitals (18-6-2) will have Michal Neuvirth back between the pipes tonight as they take on the surging Dallas Stars (14-8-1) at American Airlines Center. Chat about the game in the comments below, or join the conversation on Twitter and see your tweets here by using #caps. Faceoff: 8:30...

By Washington Post sports editors  | December 2, 2010; 8:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (211)
Categories:  Dallas Stars  
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Tonight's lineup: Caps at Stars

Washington will try for its fifth consecutive victory tonight at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, while Alex Ovechkin will attempt to not match the longest goal-scoring drought of his career -- nine games without lighting the lamp in 2008-09. This game will feature another new set of line configurations...

By Katie Carrera  | December 2, 2010; 8:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Dallas Stars, Lineups  
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Caps sign 2009 draft pick Brett Flemming

The Capitals have signed defenseman Brett Flemming to a three-year entry-level contract. Flemming, a fifth-round (145th overall) draft pick in 2009, has 12 assists and 14 points in 25 games with the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors of the OHL this season. Here's more about Flemming from Hockey's Future....

By Lindsay Applebaum  | December 2, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Michal Neuvirth to start, Tom Poti out against Stars

Defenseman Tom Poti suffered a mild groin strain in Washington's 4-1 win over St. Louis on Wednesday, but felt better than expected Thursday morning at American Airlines Center in Dallas according to Coach Bruce Boudreau. Poti won't face the Stars in tonight's 8:30 (EST) start as a precaution. With Scott...

By Katie Carrera  | December 2, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Injuries, John Erskine, Michal Neuvirth, Scott Hannan, Tom Poti  
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In sixth NHL season, Alex Ovechkin is rounding out his game

(Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post) The Capitals aren't planning to skate this morning at the American Airlines Center, but the team will hold its game-day meetings, so I'll have an update from Coach Bruce Boudreau a little later. Wednesday night in St. Louis, Alex Ovechkin recorded his 23rd assist of...

By Katie Carrera  | December 2, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin  
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Watch the preview of HBO's 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic

"You step on the ice and nothing else matters." Listen to players talk about their love of hockey and get the inside scoop as HBO's reality series, 24/7, takes to the ice to follow the Penguins and Capitals on their road to the Winter Classic. The series premieres Wed.,...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | December 2, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Pittsburgh Penguins, Winter Classic  
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Dissecting a winning streak

There's little question that ever since their brief three-game losing skid, the Capitals have righted the ship for more even-keeled games. They head into Dallas on Thursday with the chance to tie the season's longest winning streak with the bounces -- and more -- going their way. So numerically, what...

By Katie Carrera  | December 2, 2010; 7:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Morning Roundup  
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Semyon Varlamov, Caps win fourth straight 4-1 over Blues

The consensus at Scottrade Center after Washington's 4-1 win against the Blues was that this was Semyon Varlamov's best game since returning from the groin injury that prevented him from playing for most of the first two months this season. "I think this was his best game because his rebound...

By Katie Carrera  | December 2, 2010; 1:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Boyd Gordon, D.J. King, Semyon Varlamov, St. Louis Blues, Tom Poti  
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Open thread: Capitals at Blues

The Capitals (17-6-2) visit goalie Jaroslav Halak and the Blues (12-8-3) tonight in St. Louis, a place Washington hasn't gotten a victory in 14 years (eight games). Chat about the game in the comments below, or join the conversation on Twitter and see your tweets here by using #caps. Faceoff:...

By Washington Post sports editors  | December 1, 2010; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (130)
Categories:  St. Louis Blues  
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Tonight's lineup: Caps at Blues

There's always something unsettling for a team facing an opponent that just suffered an ugly loss the day before. The Blues showed some resiliency last night but ultimately fell to Chicago, 7-5. "The pitfalls are they got smoked last night," Coach Bruce Boudreau said when asked about facing St. Louis,...

By Katie Carrera  | December 1, 2010; 7:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Lineups, St. Louis Blues  
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Scott Hannan makes his practice debut for Caps

Scott Hannan took part in the typically grueling scratches skate run by the Capitals' assistant coaches during his first day with the team. It's a scenario the veteran defenseman hasn't usually found himself in over recent seasons, as he's missed just two regular season games since the 2008-08 season. But...

By Katie Carrera  | December 1, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau, Scott Hannan, St. Louis Blues, Tomas Fleischmann  
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Scott Hannan will watch in St. Louis, play in Dallas

Some quick notes from the skate at Scottrade Center in St. Louis before the Q&A at 1 p.m.: --Newly-acquired defenseman Scott Hannan won't play tonight and will instead watch the game up in the booth with assistant coach for video Blaine Forsythe and take in the Capitals' systems and style...

By Katie Carrera  | December 1, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  D.J. King, Scott Hannan, Semyon Varlamov, St. Louis Blues, Tyler Sloan  
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Live Caps Q&A: Today, 1 p.m.

Join beat writer Katie Carrera from St. Louis, where she'll answer questions about tonight's game against the Blues and yesterday's trade that sent forward Tomas Fleischmann to Colorado for defenseman Scott Hannan. Click here to submit questions. The chat begins at 1 p.m. (Hannan, by the way, will sit out...

By Washington Post sports editors  | December 1, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Scott Hannan, St. Louis Blues  
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Capitals looking forward to facing Jaroslav Halak

Word out of the St. Louis camp was that the Blues intend on starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak when the Capitals visit the Gateway to the West on Wednesday. While last spring may seem like a long time ago, there's no mistaking that Washington wouldn't mind putting a few pucks behind...

By Katie Carrera  | December 1, 2010; 7:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  Morning Roundup, St. Louis Blues  
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Who would you pair Scott Hannan with?

Aside from those prompted by injuries, there haven't been too many adjustments to the Capitals' defensive pairings this season. The addition of shut-down defenseman Scott Hannan, who averaged 18:37 minutes over 23 games with the Avalanche this season, will obviously change that as Coach Bruce Boudreau and the Capitals find...

By Katie Carrera  | November 30, 2010; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
Categories:  Scott Hannan  
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Scott Hannan expects to 'fit in right away' with Caps

George McPhee acknowledged that the Capitals have been looking for a veteran, stay-at-home type defenseman for "three or four years" and the initial reaction is that Scott Hannan fits Washington's need for more experience in its own end precisely. Hannan might not be a bone-crushing presense, but he's solid and...

By Katie Carrera  | November 30, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  George McPhee, Scott Hannan  
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Get to know new Caps defenseman Scott Hannan

Scott Hannan (Getty Images) Here's a quick rundown on Scott Hannan, the durable defenseman acquired from Colorado in exchange for forward Tomas Fleischmann: *From the Caps' news release, some basics: Hannan, 31, is an 11-year NHL veteran who has played for Colorado and the San Jose Sharks. The 6'1", 225-pound...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | November 30, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Scott Hannan, Tomas Fleischmann  
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McPhee: Scott Hannan 'completes our defense'

Throughout Coach Bruce Boudreau's tenure, critics have often cited the Capitals' need for a veteran, shut-down type of defenseman. By acquiring Scott Hannan in a trade that sent Tomas Fleischmann to the Colorado Avalanche, General Manager George McPhee said the Capitals have made "the perfect addition" to the already existing...

By Katie Carrera  | November 30, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  George McPhee, Scott Hannan  
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Caps trade Tomas Fleischmann to Colorado for defenseman Scott Hannan

Scott Hannan (Getty Images) Update, 12:30 p.m.: The Capitals have confirmed the trade of forward Tomas Fleichmann to the Colorado Avalanche for defenseman Scott Hannan.Katie reports that Hannan will wear No. 23. General Manager George McPhee said he will be in St Louis tomorrow, and the Capitals might give him...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | November 30, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (134)
Categories:  Scott Hannan, Tomas Fleischmann  
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Alex Ovechkin fourth in All-Star fan balloting after two weeks

*All-Star voting update after two weeks: It's not lookin' good for Alex Ovechkin, who's in fourth place among forwards with 120,966 votes. Who's in first? Yep, you know it. *The Caps visit the FBI training academy, shoot at stuff and blow things up as a teambuilding exercise. Watching at home,...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | November 30, 2010; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Afternoon roundup: Cody Eakin invited to try out for Canada's junior team

The Caps are off today and so is this blog, for the most part, but here are a few items of interest: *Caps prospect Cody Eakin was invited to try out for Team Canada ahead of the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo. The Caps drafted Eakin, 19, in...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | November 29, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (146)
Categories:  Cody Eakin  
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Bruce Boudreau discusses altered lines in Capitals' 3-2 win over Hurricanes

Alex Ovechkin's shootout goal gave the Capitals a 3-2 victory over Carolina on Sunday at Verizon Center, but Hurricanes center Eric Staal's goal at 19 minutes 57 seconds of the third period sent the game into overtime and prevented the Caps from getting their third straight regulation win against a...

By Greg Schimmel  | November 28, 2010; 9:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Carolina Hurricanes, Lineups  
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Open thread: Capitals vs. Hurricanes

The Washington Capitals (16-6-2) look to move to 3-0 against Carolina this season as they host the Southeast Division rival Hurricanes (10-10-2) at Verizon Center. Chat about the game in the comments below, or join the conversation on Twitter and see your tweets here by using #caps. Faceoff: 5 p.m.;...

By Washington Post sports editors  | November 28, 2010; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Categories:  Carolina Hurricanes  
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Tonight's lineup: Hurricanes at Caps

Signs point to Semyon Varlamov starting in net for the Capitals tonight against Carolina, in what will be his third consecutive start and fifth appearance this season. As Coach Bruce Boudreau promised earlier this afternoon, defenseman Mike Green skated with the regulars during warm-ups and looks set to return to...

By Greg Schimmel  | November 28, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Carolina Hurricanes  
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Boudreau: Mike Green is back in Caps' lineup

Bruce Boudreau said defenseman Mike Green will be back in the lineup after a two-game hiatus tonight when the Caps take on Carolina at Verizon Center. Boudreau also said Tomas Fleischmann will play against the Hurricanes after the forward was a healthy scratch on Friday against Tampa Bay for the...

By Greg Schimmel  | November 28, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Carolina Hurricanes, Mike Green  
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Caps vs. Hurricanes pregame roundup

(Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post) Just to pass the time until this evening's 5 p.m. start... *Carolina's Paul Maurice will coach his 1,000th game, becoming the youngest to reach that milestone. (News&Observer) *Count Alan May among Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau's admirers. *Japers' Rink challenges the assertion that Alex Ovechkin doesn't...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | November 28, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Carolina Hurricanes  
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Statistical analysis: Don't count Alex Ovechkin out just yet

There are whispers that the Art Ross Trophy is a two-man race between Steven Stamkos and Sidney Crosby, but don't let a 34-goal, 106-point pace fool you: Alex Ovechkin is just getting warmed up. Winning the Art Ross Trophy (awarded for the regular-season scoring title) requires individual skill, a good...

By Neil Greenberg  | November 28, 2010; 7:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Statistical analysis  
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