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Capitals Insider: January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

Alex Ovechkin wins third straight breakaway challenge

Team Staal defeated Team Lidstrom, 33-22, in the NHL's skills competition on Saturday night at RBC Center, where the members of the hometown Carolina Hurricanes stole most of the show -- perhaps with the exception of Zdeno Chara's blistering 105.9 mph slap shot that set another event record. Alex Ovechkin...

By Katie Carrera  | January 29, 2011; 11:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  All-Star Game  
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Competitors named for NHL skills competition

This year's NHL skills competition will consist of six events, the fastest skater, breakaway challenge, accuracy shooting, hardest shot, elimination shootout and a new relay challenge. Alex Ovechkin will take part in the breakaway challenge and hardest shot competition while Mike Green will participate in the relay and the fastest...

By Katie Carrera  | January 29, 2011; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  All-Star Game  
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Capitals still waiting to decide on 2011 NHL Premiere offer

The Capitals are still waiting on the NHL to finalize the logistics of the 2011-12 NHL Premiere to decide whether they will start next season in Europe, General Manager George McPhee said Saturday in Raleigh. Washington is one of six teams, along with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings,...

By Katie Carrera  | January 29, 2011; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  George McPhee, NHL Premiere  
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Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green to suit up for 'Team Staal'

Mike Green told Alex Ovechkin he would petition the other powers that be for Team Staal -- Eric Staal and fellow alternate captain Ryan Kesler -- to select Ovechkin early in the NHL All-Star fantasy draft. So even after he wasn't the first overall pick of the draft, Ovechkin didn't...

By Katie Carrera  | January 28, 2011; 10:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, All-Star Game, Mike Green  
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Live: NHL All-Star fantasy draft

Follow along with the NHL's All Star fantasy draft and discuss all of the picks here throughout the selection process. Remember, all goaltenders must be selected by the 10th round and all defensemen by the 15th. Team Lidstrom is led by Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom and alternate captains Martin St. Louis...

By Katie Carrera  | January 28, 2011; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  All-Star Game  
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Alex Ovechkin confident he and Mike Green will be on the same team

Alex Ovechkin told reporters prior to the All Star fantasy draft that he's rather confident that he and Capitals teammate Mike Green will be on the same team for the festivities this weekend. "I talked to him," Ovechkin said of Green. "He probably going to pick me. So we're probably...

By Katie Carrera  | January 28, 2011; 7:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, All-Star Game  
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Ovechkin, Green miss flight to Raleigh

Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green missed their flight to Raleigh for the All Star festivities, which kick off with tonight's fantasy draft but according to a team spokesman they were on their way by 4:30 p.m. They're expected to arrive in time for the draft. More to come from the...

By Katie Carrera  | January 28, 2011; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  All-Star Game  
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All-Star buildup centers on Friday's fantasy draft

Arguably the biggest buzz for this year's NHL All Star Weekend in Raleigh stems from the decision to move away from clearly defined, pre-selected teams to a fantasy draft with players doing the picking. The players for 'Team Staal' and 'Team Lidstrom' will be chosen Friday night at 8 p.m....

By Katie Carrera  | January 28, 2011; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  All-Star Game  
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Weigh in on Alexander Semin's contract extension

The NHL All Star break can be a quiet time of the season for substantial news but the Capitals certainly sparked discussion in Washington and the hockey world by signing Alexander Semin to a one-year, $6.7 million contract extension. After checking out analysis and opinions of the agreement from everyone...

By Katie Carrera  | January 28, 2011; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Alexander Semin, Poll  
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Source: Capitals' maximum offer to Semin was two years

Neither Alexander Semin nor the Washington Capitals were comfortable pursuing a long-term deal for the winger's contract extension, according to a league source who said the maximum length the team offered Semin was a two years. The Capitals announced Thursday that they've signed Semin to a one-year, $6.7 million contract...

By Katie Carrera  | January 27, 2011; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
Categories:  Alexander Semin  
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Alexander Semin's new deal worth $6.7 million

The Caps considered signing Alexander Semin to a multi-year extension, but the player and his agent decided that another one-year deal suited them best, GM George McPhee said on a conference call with reporters this morning. Semin's deal is for $6.7 million, up $700,000 from this year's contract, and it...

By Tarik El-Bashir  | January 27, 2011; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Alexander Semin  
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Capitals, Alexander Semin agree to one-year, $6.7-million extension

The Capitals have signed right wing Alexander Semin to a one-year contract extension, the team has announced. Katie Carrera, en route to Raleigh for this weekend's All-Star events, reports the deal is worth $6.7 million. Semin, 26, has 18 goals and 17 assists in 39 games. This season, Semin is...

By Washington Post sports editors  | January 27, 2011; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Categories:  Alexander Semin  
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NHL All Star break roundup; Ovechkin fine after being hit by stick

The Capitals had numerous, quality scoring chances Wednesday night in Philips Arena but couldn't get anything past the Thrashers and goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, falling 1-0 in Atlanta. Washington closes out the season series with Atlanta 2-4-0. Some other links and whatnot to get you through a snow-covered day in Washington:...

By Katie Carrera  | January 27, 2011; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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All-Star break may come at a good time for Capitals

After a 1-0 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night that left few answers as to why the Capitals continue to struggle to score, Coach Bruce Boudreau was asked if he thought the team might need the four-day break for the NHL's All-Star Weekend mentally more than physically. "Maybe...

By Katie Carrera  | January 27, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  All-Star Game  
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Capitals shutout for seventh time this season, fall 1-0 to Thrashers

The Capitals did everything they've emphasized in trying to spark their offense out of its midseason hibernation -- they crashed the net, got second chance shots, cycled, created movement in the offensive zone -- and yet they still couldn't find a way to put the puck in the net behind...

By Katie Carrera  | January 27, 2011; 12:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Atlanta Thrashers, Bruce Boudreau  
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Open thread: Capitals at Thrashers

Faceoff: 7 p.m., Philips Arena; TV: CSN; Radio: 1500 AM.shsMiniCopyright {display: none; } .shsMiniCopyrightText { display: none;} var now = new Date(); var nowSecs = now.getTime(); document.write( ' ' ); Update: 6:37 p.m. Based on warm-up here's what the lineup should look like against Atlanta: Forwards Ovechkin-Backstrom-Chimera Laich-Perreault-Beagle Hendricks-Johansson-Knuble...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | January 26, 2011; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (205)
Categories:  Atlanta Thrashers, Lineups  
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Capitals look to capture two points in Atlanta

Tonight's contest is the final meeting of the regular season between the Capitals and Thrashers. Atlanta has had Washington's number this season as the Capitals are 2-3-0 against the Thrashers and have not won at Philips Arena yet this year. Heading into this game both teams are anxious to pick...

By Katie Carrera  | January 26, 2011; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Atlanta Thrashers, Mike Green, Mike Knuble  
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Post Sports Live: The state of the Caps

For those of you who didn't want to watch the other 25 minutes of yesterday's Post Sports Live show, here's the Caps/NHL-centric segment, where Katie discusses the Caps power-play issues, Braden Holtby, and the new NHL All-Star Game format...

By Washington Post editors  | January 26, 2011; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Semyon Varlamov to start, Matt Bradley to return against Thrashers

Semyon Varlamov was the first goaltender off the ice at Philips Arena and looks set to make his first start since Jan. 14 against Vancouver tonight in the Capitals' final meeting of the regular season against the Thrashers. Also, Matt Bradley will likely return to the lineup after missing 14...

By Katie Carrera  | January 26, 2011; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Atlanta Thrashers  
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Capitals forwards taking shots against Semyon Varlamov in skate

With the forwards taking practice shots against Semyon Varlamov at Philips Arena this morning it looks like he will make his first appearance back in net for the Capitals since facing the Flyers on Jan. 18. Varlamov stopped 20 of 22 shots in two periods against Philadelphia when he entered...

By Katie Carrera  | January 26, 2011; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Matt Bradley, Semyon Varlamov  
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Capitals' penalty kill continues to shine

As much of the attention, albeit negative, is squarely on the Washington Capitals' sagging power play, that most frustrating deficiency has been counterbalanced somewhat by the team's torrid penalty killing. Washington has killed off 22 of 23 power plays, including 16 in a row, and is ranked second in the...

By Gene Wang  | January 26, 2011; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Mike Green  
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All Star captains discuss strategy for draft selection

The newest wrinkle to the NHL All Star Weekend is the addition of the fantasy-style draft that allows three players from each team, captain and two alternate captains, to pick teams as if they were out on a pond as kids again. With the draft only a few days away,...

By Katie Carrera  | January 25, 2011; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  All-Star Game  
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Post Sports: NFL Championship games,
the Caps at midseason and college hoops

Katie Carrera and Eric Prisbell joined LaVar Arrington, and host Jonathan Forsythe on this week's webcast to discuss the NFL championship games, how fun the NHL All-Star Game captains picks might be, take a midseason look at the Capitals, and address how many NCAA Tournament bids the Big East and...

By Washington Post editors  | January 25, 2011; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Matt Bradley, Alexander Semin remain uncertain

The Washington Capitals wrapped up their last practice this afternoon before the all-star break, and while Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johhansson were not on the ice at KCI so they could gain some valuable rest, ailing forwards Matt Bradley and Alexander Semin did participate. Bradley looked especially fit...

By Gene Wang  | January 25, 2011; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Alexander Semin, Matt Bradley  
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Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom among those absent

The Washington Capitals conducted their last practice this morning before the all-star break, and the notable absences included Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johnasson, each of whom played in last night's 2-1 shootout loss to the New York Rangers. Absent as well were Tom Poti and Eric Fehr, both...

By Gene Wang  | January 25, 2011; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom  
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Capitals' Alex Ovechkin may be regaining his form

At times over roughly the last week, Alex Ovechkin has looked exactly like the dominant, energetic force that his reputation as a player is built on. Against the Rangers on Monday night, he created scoring chances off rushes, crashed the net (even sparking a bit of a shoving match with...

By Katie Carrera  | January 25, 2011; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin  
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Goalie Braden Holtby the victim of unlucky bounce

The Washington Capitals have been pressed into a goalie carousel this season in part because of injuries, and during this latest stretch, Coach Bruce Boudreau has leaned on Braden Holtby in net. Last night, Holtby made his third consecutive start, and although Washington lost to the New York Rangers in...

By Gene Wang  | January 25, 2011; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Capitals continue to struggle beyond regulation, fall 2-1 to Rangers in shootout

Washington lost its seventh straight overtime or shootout contest Monday night, falling 2-1 to the Rangers on a fourth-round shootout tally by Artem Anisimov. The Capitals are 1-9 in their last 10 games that have extended beyond regulation after winning their first five extra-time games this season. Unlike some of...

By Katie Carrera  | January 24, 2011; 11:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  New York Rangers  
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Open thread: Capitals vs. Rangers

Faceoff: 7:30 p.m., Verizon Center; TV: Versus; Radio: 1500 AM.shsMiniCopyright {display: none; } .shsMiniCopyrightText { display: none;} var now = new Date(); var nowSecs = now.getTime(); document.write( ' ' ); Update: 7:06 p.m. Based on warm-up here is what the lineup should look like against the Rangers: Forwards Ovechkin-Backstrom-Chimera...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | January 24, 2011; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (167)
Categories:  Lineups, New York Rangers  
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Video: Matt Hendricks answers your questions

Readers sent in questions for gritty Capitals forward Matt Hendricks, who has quickly become a fan favorite since he arrived at training camp on a professional tryout in September. Want to know what Hendricks and Tampa Bay's Steve Downie talked about in the penalty box after their fight on Jan....

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | January 24, 2011; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Matt Bradley: 'I feel like I'm ready to play sooner than later'

Matt Bradley skated with the rest of the Capitals for the first time since breaking his finger Dec. 21 against the New Jersey Devils, and although Coach Bruce Boudreau said he didn't expect the fan favorite back in the lineup prior to the All Star break, the veteran right wing...

By Katie Carrera  | January 24, 2011; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Injuries, Matt Bradley  
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Capitals seek more than redemption for ugly December loss against Rangers

The Capitals are playing much better and in a different place than the last time they saw the New York Rangers on Dec. 12, when they lost 7-0 in what was the ugliest point of Washington's eight-game losing streak. "Low point of my life," Coach Bruce Boudreau said when asked...

By Katie Carrera  | January 24, 2011; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  New York Rangers  
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Boudreau doesn't expect injured Capitals back until after all star break

Both Alexander Semin and Matt Bradley, who have missed the last seven and 13 games with a lower body injury and broken finger, respectively, are taking part in the Capitals' morning skate at KCI but Coach Bruce Boudreau said he doesn't anticipate them returning to the lineup until after the...

By Katie Carrera  | January 24, 2011; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Alexander Semin, Injuries, Matt Bradley, Michal Neuvirth, Tom Poti  
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Statistical analysis: Who is the Capitals' shutdown pair?

Washington's defense has been a pleasant surprise this season, allowing only 2.54 goals against (entering Saturday's game) after surrendering 2.77 goals per game last year. So when it comes to being the Capitals' "shutdown pair," who is doing most of the heavy lifting? The defensive pairings have seen far less...

By Neil Greenberg  | January 24, 2011; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Statistical analysis  
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Matt Hendricks on his highlight-reel breakaway against the Maple Leafs

Since Matt Hendricks made the Washington Capitals' roster out of training camp it's been a successful partnership for both player and team. The gritty, versatile forward is willing to drop the gloves, is solid in the defensive zone and his line typically succeeds at cycling the puck down low...

By Katie Carrera  | January 23, 2011; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Matt Hendricks, Toronto Maple Leafs  
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Leonsis: 'Enjoy the day off'

Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis discussed his team's 4-1 win over Toronto, Alex Ovechkin's commitment to group success and having three young goaltenders in the system on Ted's Take this morning. (He also said people who expressed angst and concern about the team before the road trip can "Take the...

By Katie Carrera  | January 23, 2011; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Capitals provide Braden Holtby with plenty of support against Toronto

In Washington's two consecutive road victories this week, the Capitals not only supported rookie goaltender Braden Holtby with goals but blocked shots. Against the Islanders, en route to a 2-1 win in New York, the Capitals got in the way of 20 shots while in Toronto Saturday in a 4-1...

By Katie Carrera  | January 23, 2011; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Braden Holtby  
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Caps conclude road trip with a win, 4-1, over the Maple Leafs

This time the Toronto Maple Leafs wouldn't force extra time with a late comeback against the Washington Capitals, who earned a big 4-1 victory at Air Canada Centre. They head home having claimed five of six available points on this week-long road trip. There were a few hiccups, some miscues...

By Katie Carrera  | January 23, 2011; 12:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Bruce Boudreau, Toronto Maple Leafs  
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