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Capitals Insider: December 26, 2010 - January 1, 2011

Winter Classic: Capitals beat Penguins, 3-1

(By Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) Eric Fehr scored twice to help the Washington Capitals claim a rain-soaked, 3-1 Winter Classic victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins before 68,111 at Heinz Field. Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves for the Capitals, who moved to 8-0-2 in their last 10 regular season...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | January 1, 2011; 10:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Eric Fehr, Pittsburgh Penguins, Winter Classic  
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Winter Classic open thread: Capitals at Penguins

(Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) Under the bright lights at Heinz Field, the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins face off in a regular season game that means a lot more than two points for the coaches, players and the approximately 67,000 fans gathered here in Pittsburgh for...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | January 1, 2011; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
Categories:  Lineups, Pittsburgh Penguins, Winter Classic  
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Update on the Winter Classic ice surface

Dan Craig, the NHL's facility operations manager, talked about the Heinz Field ice surface on the NHL Network's pregame show and he said that it looks like the Winter Classic will "be in good shape." Here are excerpts from Craig's interview: Q: What's the condition of the ice as it...

By Katie Carrera  | January 1, 2011; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau: Winter Classic means 'more than just two points'

As excitement has built for the Winter Classic, players and coaches have pointed to the fact that this still is just a regular season game -- worth two points for a win just like the 81 other regular-season games that a team will play in a year. But the Winter...

By Katie Carrera  | January 1, 2011; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Winter Classic crews removing water from Heinz Field rink

The NHL ice crews have been working round the clock to remove water from the rink at Heinz Field after showers that began in the early hours of the new year continued through this morning in Pittsburgh. The good news, however, is that the showers have tapered off and all...

By Katie Carrera  | January 1, 2011; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Capitals talk about early impressions of the Winter Classic atmosphere

None of the Capitals quite know what it will be like to walk out on to the ice surface under the Heinz Field lights this evening to take on the Penguins in the NHL Winter Classic, but they did come away with some first impressions on Friday. "When you walked...

By Katie Carrera  | January 1, 2011; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Capitals look for another strong performance against Penguins in Winter Classic

The biggest lineup change for this evening's NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field will be the addition of Penguins center Jordan Staal, who will be playing in his first game this season under the lights against the Capitals after battling foot and hand injuries. Pittsburgh Coach Dan Bylsma said that...

By Katie Carrera  | January 1, 2011; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Winter Classic update: Tom Poti out for Capitals

Some quick hits from today's morning skate at Consol Energy Center, with much more to come: *The Capitals' lines were the same as last week, with Tom Poti, who has missed the last two games after suffering a concussion Dec. 23 against Pittsburgh, out tonight against the Penguins. *Semyon Varlamov...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | January 1, 2011; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Pittsburgh Penguins, Tom Poti, Winter Classic  
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Winter Classic video: Capitals undeterred by later start time

On Friday, the Capitals tested the ice surface created for the Winter Classic in Heinz Field and discussed the possibility of a later start time, which eventually became 8 p.m. Check out the video: Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. We'll have more soon from the morning skate at Consol Energy...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | January 1, 2011; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Varlamov set to start Winter Classic

Semyon Varlamov will make his third straight start Saturday when the Pens host the Caps in the fourth annual Winter Classic at Heinz Field, Coach Bruce Boudreau told me this afternoon. "I can't see how I can't give him the start," Boudreau said. "I have all the faith in the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | December 31, 2010; 7:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Winter Classic video: Alex Ovechkin on learning to adjust

After the Capitals practiced at Heinz Field ahead of the NHL's Winter Classic (moved to 8 p.m. because of impending rain), captain Alex Ovechkin spoke about having to play differently now that opposing teams are defending him differently and applying more back pressure. Check out the left wing's candid comments...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | December 31, 2010; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Winter Classic  
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Winter Classic time change won't bother the Capitals

By the time the Capitals took the ice for practice this afternoon, the sun was shining down on Heinz Field, and after two previous groups skated, the quality of the surface wasn't nearly as good as it had been for the alumni players and the Penguins. Several players said the...

By Katie Carrera  | December 31, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Pittsburgh Penguins, Winter Classic  
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Winter Classic between Capitals, Penguins moved to 8 p.m. on Saturday

Updated, 4:50 p.m.: The NHL has announced that the Winter Classic has been moved to 8 p.m. on Saturday based the heavy rain expected to fall through the afternoon in Pittsburgh. The Capitals will hold an 11:30 a.m. skate Saturday at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins will skate beforehand, at...

By Katie Carrera  | December 31, 2010; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Video: Peter Bondra, Mario Lemieux face off in Winter Classic's Capitals-Pengins alumni game

Hockey greats such as Peter Bondra of the Washington Capitals and Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins played to a 5-5 tie in the Winter Classic's Capitals-Penguins alumni game. Check out the scene below: Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. (By Evelio Contreras/The Washington Post)...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | December 31, 2010; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Winter Classic: Transforming Heinz Field from turf to ice

(Washington Post photo illustration) The NHL and its ice guru, Dan Craig, turned the Pittsburgh Steelers' home turf into a Winter Classic-worthy hockey venue in just more than six days. Check out our Winter Classic ice graphic to see how they did it....

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | December 31, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Winter Classic weather: Bracing for rain

Washington Post photo illustration When the Washington Capitals meet the archrival Pittsburgh Penguins for the Winter Classic tomorrow, the visual spectacle at Heinz Field should be stunning. The actual game, though, could be really wet. Check our graphic on the Winter Classic weather and see how the elements can...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | December 31, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dean Evason: Winter Classic ice surface is 'good'

With all of the concern about the weather conditions for tomorrow's Winter Classic between the Capitals and Penguins, a lot of the focus today is on the sky and also the ice surface at Heinz Field. After the alumni game this morning, though, Capitals assistant coach Dean Evason said he...

By Katie Carrera  | December 31, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Caps-Penguins alumni play to 5-5 tie in Winter Classic showcase

The Capitals and Penguins alumni skated to a 5-5 tie, thanks to a goal in the final minute by Peter Bondra for the former Washington players that knotted the score up. It was a fun scene afterward, with former players still joking and chirping in the hallways of Heinz Field...

By Katie Carrera  | December 31, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Greetings from the Winter Classic rink at Heinz Field

Apologies for my Blackberry photo-taking skills but the above is a picture from the Heinz Field press box of the Capitals and Penguins alumni warming up for their early-morning contest here on Pittsburgh's North Shore. At the time of this posting, it's 2-2 with goals by Alan May and...

By Katie Carrera  | December 31, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Caps-Penguins rivalry isn't limited to NHL

On Thursday night, 13,567 people in Consol Energy Center watched the Hershey Bears claim a 1-0 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Among the crowd were several former and still-partial Bears who are currently playing and practicing with the Capitals. While all levels of any NHL organization are linked, the Capitals...

By Katie Carrera  | December 31, 2010; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Morning Roundup, Pittsburgh Penguins, Winter Classic  
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George McPhee not worried about Winter Classic: 'This game will be played'

General Manager George McPhee said Thursday he had no concerns about the Capitals taking the ice at Heinz Field, nor doubts that the Winter Classic against the Pittsburgh Penguins will be played as scheduled this weekend despite the rainy forecast. "I'm not concerned. This game will be played," McPhee said....

By Lindsay Applebaum  | December 30, 2010; 7:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Boudreau: No partying for Capitals before the Winter Classic

Friday may be New Year's Eve, but it's also the night before the Winter Classic, the Capitals' biggest game of the regular season, and Coach Bruce Boudreau said he would be "extremely disappointed" if his players stay out all night. "If I have to say anything to the players on...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | December 30, 2010; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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NHL has 'maximum flexibility' to play Winter Classic on Saturday if rain delays start

Update from the Capital Weather Gang, 4:30 p.m.: "Bad news. Weather models have generally trended wetter for the forecast for Pittsburgh between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. The GFS model (shown above) now indicates 0.5-0.75" of rain will fall on Pittsburgh during that time span (compared to 0.25-0.5" yesterday)...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | December 30, 2010; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Fond outdoor memories for Capitals' Jason Chimera

(Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images) While playing outdoors has been mostly a childhood memory for practically all of the Washington Capitals, winger Jason Chimera has a more recent recollection of that experience from his days with the Edmonton Oilers, who participated in the league's first regular season outdoor game in 2003...

By Gene Wang  | December 30, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Statistical analysis: Keys to a Winter Classic victory for Capitals

While most people outside the Beltway don't think Washington stands much of a chance against Sidney Crosby and company on such a big stage, here are three keys to the Capitals coming away the Winter Classic victors on New Year's Day: Use Carlzner to Neutralize Crosby. When Sid the Kid...

By Neil Greenberg  | December 30, 2010; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Pittsburgh Penguins, Statistical analysis, Winter Classic  
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Capitals hold practice at home before Winter Classic

The Capitals are in the home stretch before the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 against the Penguins at Heinz Field. They will travel to Pittsburgh later today, two days early as opposed to their usual schedule of flying out the day before. But Coach Bruce Boudreau doesn't believe that the...

By Katie Carrera  | December 30, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Peter Bondra, Mario Lemieux lead Winter Classic alumni game rosters

Caps alumni Craig Laughlin and Peter Bondra practice their goal celebration. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post) The NHL has announced who will be joining Peter Bondra and Mario Lemieux for tomorrow's sold-out Capitals-Penguins alumni game, and, well, it's gonna be good: CAPITALS Peter Bondra Dino Ciccarelli Michal Pivonka Sylvain Cote...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | December 30, 2010; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Winter Classic weather update: Rain, then cold

A rainfall simulation from the National Weather Service GFS model (from Wednesday morning) for Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Graphic courtesy StormVistaWxModels.com, adapted by CWG. Our colleagues over at the Capital Weather Gang will be tracking the Winter Classic rain situation into the weekend, when the Caps and...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | December 30, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Capitals' equipment staff ready for the Winter Classic

Brock Myles, the Capitals' head equipment manager, has stockpiled as many cold-weather layering pieces and various other accoutrements that the players might need when they take to the outdoor rink at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh for the NHL's Winter Classic. Unfortunately for Myles and the rest of the Capitals' equipment...

By Katie Carrera  | December 30, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Morning Roundup, Winter Classic  
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Top quotes from HBO '24/7' episode three: Capitals vs. Penguins

The third installment of HBO's "24/7" documentary on the Capitals and Penguins offered some laugh-out-loud moments, like Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke and Paul Martin talking about "Just for Men-ing" Martin's blonde mustache, and Washington Coach Bruce Boudreau trying to buy his wife a Christmas present but being distracted by "Haagen-Dazs. Woo!...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | December 30, 2010; 12:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Heard on HBO's "24/7": Capitals, Penguins talk hockey

We knew hockey players liked to have fun, but we didn't know quite how funny -- not to mention foul-mouthed -- they could be until the premiere of HBO's "24/7" series documenting the Capitals' and Penguins' journey to the Winter Classic. Check out our random quote generator here. Episode three...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | December 29, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Capitals get a pre-Winter Classic taste of outdoor hockey

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. (Video by AJ Chavar/The Washington Post) After months of anticipation, the excitement of playing outdoors in the Winter Classic felt a lot more real to the Caps on Wednesday when they participated in their first outdoor practice on the rink at the Chevy Chase Club....

By Greg Schimmel  | December 29, 2010; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Capitals practice outdoors

Some quick updates from the Capitals' outdoor practice this afternoon at Chevy Chase Club. Even though it was 46 degrees outside and very sunny on the Chevy Chase rink, unlike what the forecasts are calling for in Pittsburgh on New Year's day, the Capitals enjoyed the opportunity to run...

By Katie Carrera  | December 29, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Winter Classic lineup planning creates a headache for Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau

For the past few days and even weeks, the concern for some players has been making sure they're healthy in time to possibly play in the Winter Classic against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday at Heinz Field. During Tuesday's morning skate, nearly all players who have been nursing ailments or...

By Katie Carrera  | December 29, 2010; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Jay Beagle's 'great bid' to stay with the Capitals

Jay Beagle (No. 83) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Devils on Dec. 21. (Toni L. Sandys/ The Washington Post) With 16 minutes and 20 seconds gone from the first period against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night, the Capitals took a lead on one of the prettier...

By Katie Carrera  | December 29, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Caps reassign Andrew Gordon and Keith Aucoin to Hershey

The Capitals announced that they have reassigned right wing Andrew Gordon and center Keith Aucoin to the AHL's Hershey Bears. Last night, Gordon broke the news of the move himself on Twitter. Gordon was recalled on Dec. 15 and played in all seven of the Capitals' games since, recording his...

By Katie Carrera  | December 29, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Semyon Varlamov continues as the hot hand for Capitals

(Richard A. Lipski/For The Washington Post) Semyon Varlamov stopped 25 shots in last night's 3-0 victory over Montreal, and while he was more steady than spectacular, he has won two in a row, which leaves Coach Bruce Boudreau with an even more difficult decision as to which goalie will...

By Gene Wang  | December 29, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov, Winter Classic  
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Capitals deliver early-season salvo against Montreal

It wasn't exactly a vanquishing because such seminal moments rarely unfold during the regular season, but Washington's 3-0 victory over Montreal last night was about as satisfying and complete as any so far, especially for a club bent on prospering during the playoffs after flaming out in the first round...

By Gene Wang  | December 29, 2010; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Caps claim fourth win in five games, beat Canadiens, 3-0

The transition for the Washington Capitals these past few weeks hasn't always been easy as they've tried to add a more defensive mindset to their arsenal, but lately, the dedication to finding more balance in their game has paid off. Against Montreal Tuesday night, the Capitals demonstrated a composure to...

By Katie Carrera  | December 28, 2010; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau, Jay Beagle, Mike Green, Montreal Canadiens  
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Capitals among teams being considered to start 2011-12 season overseas

Updated at 10:54 p.m. Ken Yaffe, the NHL's senior vice president for international, said Tuesday night in an email that the Capitals are one of the teams being considered to participate in the 2011-12 season-opening NHL Premiere games in Europe. "We are currently in the early stages of preparing our...

By Katie Carrera  | December 28, 2010; 7:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Open thread: Capitals vs. Canadiens

The Washington Capitals (21-12-5) hope to stay on course and continue to improve after snapping an eight-game skid on Dec. 19, but there's another motivating factor tonight at Verizon Center: The Montreal Canadiens (20-14-2) are in town, and the Caps wouldn't mind collecting two points against the team that unceremoniously...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | December 28, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Tonight's lineup: Canadiens at Caps

Coach Bruce Boudreau said during his pre-game comments to the media that a decision would be made on Jeff Schultz's status after the warm-up skate, but the towering Capitals' defenseman took part in line rushes and looked like he might indeed return against the Montreal Canadiens. Schultz missed the past...

By Katie Carrera  | December 28, 2010; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Victory against Montreal Canadiens could go a long way for Caps

(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) While a victory over the Montreal Canadiens tonight wouldn't come close to avenging last spring's heartbreaking, seven-game defeat, it's safe to say the Capitals would still get some extra satisfaction out of beating their most recent postseason foe. "It's gonna be a big game for...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | December 28, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Keith Aucoin glad to be back in Washington

Keith Aucoin was among the last players to come off the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex after the morning skate, partly because he was savoring every moment of having been recalled to the Capitals in light of injuries to fellow centers Marcus Johansson and Mathieu Perreault. Aucoin's journey back to...

By Gene Wang  | December 28, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Sidney Crosby: Caps, Penguins 'bring out the best in one another'

Sidney Crosby was on a conference call with reporters around the NHL Monday to talk about his point-scoring streak, the Winter Classic and the rivalry with the Capitals. One thing he made clear was that even though he appeared in the first-ever Winter Classic during the 2008 season, the novelty...

By Katie Carrera  | December 28, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Boudreau: Alex Ovechkin's slow stretch no cause for alarm

(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) Alex Ovechkin is weathering a trying stretch in which goals have been coming at an almost alarming rate of infrequency. Despite scoring in Sunday's 3-2 win against Carolina, the Capitals captain still has just three goals over his last 20 games. That's hardly a pace...

By Gene Wang  | December 28, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Scott Hannan, Mike Green starting to mesh, but Jeff Schultz could soon be back in the mix

(Photos by The Washington Post) After playing as a defensive pair for the last five games, Scott Hannan and Mike Green seem to have found a good rhythm. It's a development that may not matter for too long, though, with Green's usual defensive partner, Jeff Schultz, poised to return...

By Katie Carrera  | December 28, 2010; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Jeff Schultz, Mike Green, Scott Hannan  
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Semyon Varlamov first goaltender off the ice at KCI

It looks like Semyon Varlamov, the last goaltender to get a win for the Caps, will start tonight against the Montreal Canadiens at Verizon Center. Practice had close to perfect attendance this morning, which Coach Bruce Boudreau attributed to several players hoping to rejoin the team in time for the...

By Katie Carrera  | December 28, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault, Montreal Canadiens, Tom Poti  
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Center Keith Aucoin recalled from Hershey

The Washington Capitals recalled center Keith Aucoin from Hershey, where he has logged 24 points in 15 games this season. Aucoin played in nine games for the Capitals last season and had a goal and four assists. Aucoin, 32, led the AHL last season with 106 points (35 goals, 71...

By Gene Wang  | December 28, 2010; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Keith Aucoin  
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The challenge of building an outdoor rink

As anyone who has ever tried to make a rink in their backyard knows, building a hockey-worthy ice surface outdoors isn't an easy task. Constructing a playing surface for the best hockey players in the world is a little more stressful and requires even more precision. On Monday, NHL Facilities...

By Katie Carrera  | December 28, 2010; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Morning Roundup, Winter Classic  
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Winter Classic ice crew bracing for rain

Despite well-above freezing temperatures and rain in the forecast this coming weekend in Pittsburgh, officials for the NHL's fourth annual Winter Classic between the Capitals and Penguins said there are no planned changes to the schedule. "We will do everything humanly possible to play this game on Saturday," NHL executive...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | December 27, 2010; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Winter Classic  
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Despite Winter Classic buildup, Caps focused on Montreal

Before the game on Saturday that has created a swirl of attention around the Capitals, Penguins and the NHL, Washington will first face its nemesis from last spring in the Montreal Canadiens. While several players noted a certain desire to avenge the Capitals' early playoff exit, there was a greater...

By Katie Carrera  | December 27, 2010; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau, Matt Hendricks, Montreal Canadiens  
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Boyd Gordon out with infection, Jeff Schultz still hoping for a Winter Classic return

Coach Bruce Boudreau said Boyd Gordon missed the past six games with an infection in his right foot, which has the forward wearing a walking boot. Gordon will have stitches removed on Tuesday, Boudreau said, adding that the veteran's status will remain day-to-day because he's been unable to skate for...

By Katie Carrera  | December 27, 2010; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Boyd Gordon, Injuries, Jeff Schultz, Marcus Johansson, Tom Poti  
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Monday morning practice update

The Caps are back skating at KCI for the first time since before their holiday break and here are some quick observations and notes. --Tom Poti, Mathieu Perreault (broken nose) and Marcus Johansson are not out on the ice this morning. I'll have updates on all of them once the...

By Katie Carrera  | December 27, 2010; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault, Tom Poti  
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Alex Ovechkin's strong game against the Hurricanes

Perhaps one of the biggest things to come out of Sunday night's 3-2 win over Carolina for the Capitals was that it was a strong game for Alex Ovechkin. Not only did he snap his latest goal-scoring drought at eight games (he had a nine-game stretch without a goal from...

By Katie Carrera  | December 27, 2010; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Morning Roundup  
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Caps beat Hurricanes 3-2, Mathieu Perreault suffers a broken nose

Granted this was viewed from afar, but the Capitals needed another strong game after two days off to continue moving forward after snapping out of the December doldrums. They appeared to get just that on Sunday night in snow-covered Raleigh with a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes. It was a...

By Katie Carrera  | December 26, 2010; 11:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Carolina Hurricanes, David Steckel, Mathieu Perreault  
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Open thread: Capitals at Hurricanes

Michal Neuvirth Semyon Varlamov is in net for the Washington Capitals (20-12-5), who are hoping for a bit more than a moral victory tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes (15-14-4) in snowy Raleigh. Faceoff: 7 p.m., RBC Center; TV: CSN+; Radio: 820, 1500 AM. Click here for a live game summary....

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | December 26, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  Carolina Hurricanes  
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Tonight's lineup: Caps at Hurricanes

Although Michal Neuvirth was the first goaltender off the ice in the morning skate, Semyon Varlamov led the Capitals out on to the ice at the RBC Center and appears set to start. Varlamov's last appearance came on Dec. 15 in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks. In...

By Katie Carrera  | December 26, 2010; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Carolina Hurricanes, Lineups  
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Michal Neuvirth to face Hurricanes

Unfortunately because of the snow in North Carolina, my flight was canceled and I'm unable to make it to Raleigh for tonight's game between the Capitals and Hurricanes. The good news is that colleague Liz Clarke couldn't get out of Raleigh for the same reason and she'll be covering the...

By Katie Carrera  | December 26, 2010; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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