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Alzner and Beagle assigned to Hershey

With the Caps expecting to return to full strength tomorrow, the team sent down callups Karl Alzner and Jay Beagle today.

Coach Bruce Boudreau told me earlier that he expects all of the injured players -- with the exception of Milan Jurcina -- to be on the ice when the team returns to practice at 10:30 a.m.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 7, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
 
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Just in time...

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 7, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Back to Full Strength, let's stay healthy throught the last two and then the war begins. Bring on BOSPHILLYRANDIENS, VC will be unreal next week.

Posted by: moltzjo | April 7, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I like the sound of a healthy team. Green and Carlson back, BMo, Belanger, Gordo(?)

I gather emergency call-up rules are in place, no? So they had to go back.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 7, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Beags played a great game last night and was dominant in winning face-offs. He looks better every time we see him on call up.

Posted by: rockdaredlangely | April 7, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Great win over the Forces of Evil...

Savor the Flavor, fellow Caps fans!

Posted by: Rhino40 | April 7, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=686321&page=37#906

The referee reviewers on hfboards are saying that McCreary might not retire at year's end and could be doing the playoffs this year.

Side note: if you haven't seen their referee reviews, check the first post of that forum topic. Epically awesome.

Posted by: Raber | April 7, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

i was reading this guy japers and he had this article on the caps PK woes. And a lot of the comments under the article/blog entry whatever were talking about getting rid of Dean Evason. I can see why they would say that since Evason has got to be the guy behind the PK. But what I don't get is, he was a very solid PKer in his own right but his PK unit doesn't play the way Evason played. He was a hardnosed checking center who pressured the boards and the point very aggressively. I just don't get why he doesn't coach his units in the same manner.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 7, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

The referee reviewers on hfboards are saying that McCreary might not retire at year's end and could be doing the playoffs this year....


NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Rhino40 | April 7, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Last night, the Capitals had four penalties called against them. The Penguins only one. This was not an isolated incident. In fact, since the beginning of last season, there has never been a game where the Penguins had more penalties called against them than the Caps. Are the referees biased?

I know everyone is happy the Caps won, but aren't they playing a serious handicap?

Here are the numbers:


In the four games between the Capitals and the Penguins this season:
The Capitals have had 8 power play opportunities, or 2.00 per game.
The Penguins have had 19 power play opportunities, or 4.75 per game.

In all of their other games:
The Capitals have had 145 power play opportunities, or 3.72 per game.
The Penguins have had 137 power play opportunities, or 3.43 per game.

In last year’s playoff series between the Capitals and the Penguins:
The Capitals had 19 power play opportunities, or 2.71 per game.
The Penguins had 34 power play opportunities, or 4.85 per game.

What is going on?

Posted by: cassander | April 7, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this right:

Alzner, in DC with his girlfriend, had to drive to Hershey, get his gear, drive back to DC (not Pittsburgh), fly to Pittsburgh, get scratched, fly back to DC, then drive back to Hershey.

Was this a hazing ritual?

Posted by: EricinReston | April 7, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

cassander:

NHL conspiracy absolutely proved...it so the sweet Canadien girl can win over the Russian bear

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 7, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

found a coupla rod langway gems. One where he takes on reigning nhl heavy john weinsink.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWxBMtWJTmA

and always nice watching a flyer get pounded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvHHdNIrcdo&feature=related


i think these were the only 2 scraps where Langway threw punches. The rest of em he kinda just wrestled them to the ground.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 7, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I feel kind of bad for the guy. I'm glad we have someone of his caliber to be able to do something like that, but if last night wasn't much to play for it would have been nice to see him suit up.

I just hope he doesn't get tired of being called up and not playing and then at the end of his contract leave for another team that will start him. Somehow, I don't see Poti returning when his contract is up and Carlson taking that spot. What about Erskine, you think he could be a done guy when his is up where Alzner could take over?

Posted by: hockeyprep10 | April 7, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

The referee reviewers on hfboards are saying that McCreary might not retire at year's end and could be doing the playoffs this year....


NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Rhino40 | April 7, 2010 4:27 PM

This post was even more interesting:
http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=686321&page=37#912

Why would we be asking for McCreary not to retire?

Posted by: Raber | April 7, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

What is going on?

Posted by: cassander | April 7, 2010 4:35 PM

Caps vs. Pens
2009-2010: 4-0-0
2008-2009: 3-0-1

Most of these games are national, but everyone knows the Pens are the league's love child. So when they're not winning the refs will still call penalties on the Caps, but for us to get a Power Play someone has to lose an arm before we'll get a whistle.

Posted by: dimagus | April 7, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

how much do you think an infraction like this today would cost a player? lifetime ban?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUZM5_M9JgM&feature=related

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 7, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Why would we be asking for McCreary not to retire?

Posted by: Raber

I am assuming (hoping) this was tongue in cheek. McCreary seems to me to be the NHL's equivalent of Dick Bavetta in the NBA. He's the league's go to guy for "influencing" the outcome of a game through his calls.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | April 7, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1: Clarke deserved it, at least.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | April 7, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

i thnk the hooks and the holding calls will always be called. The Pens get away with some of the "aggressive" type penalties and I think those are the ones if we commit, we may see a more even balance of them doled out by the refs. Like that pseudo-elbow by Talbot on Semin. I think we had a good chance of getting away with a play like that. It wasn't too blatant and if Semin hadn't reacted no one would've noticed it. That, and the little xchecks in the back, those are the ones you can get away with.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 7, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

It'll be nice to see the full Caps roster again. Hopefully, these next two games will get them working smoothly again.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 7, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

My goddd.... lavar and chad talking about if Ovie scoring that EN goal was showing unsportsmanship... they can't be serious. since when did scoring an EN goal mean unsportsmanship?

Posted by: rachel216 | April 7, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1: Clarke deserved it, at least.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | April 7, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

oh yeah, he deserved that and more for all the stuff he did. Loiselle was kinduva Clarke clone with the style he played too. One good slash deserves another :)

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 7, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

My goddd.... lavar and chad talking about if Ovie scoring that EN goal was showing unsportsmanship... they can't be serious. since when did scoring an EN goal mean unsportsmanship?

Posted by: rachel216 | April 7, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

lmao, thats funny stuff. I love non-hockey types trying to equate an empty net goal with running up the score in football

Lavar probably thinks its akin to calling a timeout with one second left and kicking a FG in a game that you're already winning easily.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 7, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Something hockey ignoramuses don't know is that goal differential is one of the major tiebreakers for the playoffs. Plus, Ovie is still trying to win the goal race and the points race, and that goal tied him for the lead in both. So he had 3 very good reasons to take that shot.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 7, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1: actually Lavar thinks there was nothing wrong with Ovie scoring that EN.. but chad seemed to have a little problem with it. He says you're not icing the game when you're up by two and score another one with less than a second left.

geez... never thought an EN goal would cause so much controversy. Ovie is in a tight race for the rocket richard and the art ross.. he'd be stupid not to try to score.. no matter what the score was.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 7, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

It seemed to me that Ovi actually did more to AVOID scoring the EN. First he tried to pass it to Backstrom, then he tried to tie up the puck along the board but when it got kicked out the Backstrom and Nicky put it back on Ovi's tape at the blue line with no one in front of him, he seemed resigned to the fact that he would have to put it in the net. ENs are part of the game and for anyone to begrudge someone for scoring that way is just not very educated about the game. It's silly that the EN is a topic of discussion. What next, that goals that deflect off of a defender shouldn't get attributed to the shooter?

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | April 7, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Those talking heads on 106.7 sure make you wish Ken Beatrice was around... YOUUUURRRRRNEXT!!!!

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 7, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Beatrice was the man... he had sorrrces all over the country, you know

Posted by: joek443 | April 7, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Those talking heads on 106.7 sure make you wish Ken Beatrice was around... YOUUUURRRRRNEXT!!!!

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 7, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

i spoke to beatrice on his private line back in the day, he had quite a foul mouth. Caps had a guy named Chris Felix who played for i think the skipjacks and Beatrice used to always describe him as a "closet f__ing winger"

lol

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 7, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

how much do you think an infraction like this today would cost a player? lifetime ban?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUZM5_M9JgM&feature=related
---------------------------------
wow - that's a good one. And right next to it was a link to this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XQaC1bILjM&feature=related
Aside from enjoying Clark being knocked down, if you freeze the clip at 23 sec, you see A-train's dad in the right corner - Alexey Volchenkov.

Wish we were as lucky as the Sens going after the kids of former CSKA stars. We struck out very badly - twice!

BTW both of those two have a funny connection to Bobby Clark. Anybody?

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 7, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Beatrice had no love for closet wingers... just Bobby Orr wannabes as far as he was concerned... he thought Orr was the greatest ever

Posted by: joek443 | April 7, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Beatrice also hated the Iafrate trade and thought Big Al was a bad influence on Kevin Hatcher

Posted by: joek443 | April 7, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Beatrice also thought that the Big Tuna was a lousy coach, of course the Big Tuna then went on to win two Super Bowls with the Giants, and afterward took a 1-15 team to the SB in three years time - the team? The New England Patriots. Of course the Big Tuna accomplished a lot more, but the point here is: Beatrice really knew his stuff.

Posted by: hock1 | April 7, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

who says the Caps get no respect??

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)


Who do you think will be the 2009-2010 Stanley Cup Champions?

Pierre LeBrun (4:11 PM)


Washington Capitals

Posted by: joek443 | April 7, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I think Parcells is a better GM than he was a coach... the Big Tuna never won a SB without Bill Belichick as his assistant

Posted by: joek443 | April 7, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Beatrice also hated the Iafrate trade and thought Big Al was a bad influence on Kevin Hatcher

Posted by: joek443

I remember - he was really fond of Bob Rouse who went the other way, and was never shied away from sharing his opinion... Wait a second, don't we have a regular here among us who is also very fond of Bob Rouse? And not shy at all to share his opinion?... ;-)))

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 7, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

If a team is willing to pull their goaltender to try for a goal then they have opened themselves up to be scored on at any time since they are saying the game isn't over and we are still trying to score.

If it was a 5 goal game and the opposing goalie was in and Ovie was coming down on a 1 on 2 with 15 seconds left, that's when you just dump it in the corner.

If the other team is using all its resources to try to score then you should be doing the same.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 7, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Wait a second, don't we have a regular here among us who is also very fond of Bob Rouse? And not shy at all to share his opinion?... ;-)))

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 7, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

damn straight! Rouser was the man. Loved his presence in all the Patrick Div games. He did all the dirty work and was afraid of no one. Big #8. I still have a bunch of his clips from when he was in MN. Those Norris Div battles were something else having to go against guys like Wendel and Probert and Kocur and the whole Hawks team

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 7, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I used to love when Beatrice would get crazy bent out of shape when a caller would suggest the NFL was rigged. He'd go ballistic, apologize to his audience for the severe tongue-lashing he was about to deliver and then rip the guy a new hole.

and boy did he love his Arbys. His friggin cholesterol musta been thru the roof the way he talked about roast beef.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 7, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

the red wings just scored 3 goals in 1:16 against Umberger's BJ's... LOL serves him right

Posted by: joek443 | April 7, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

and boy did he love his Arbys.
Posted by: cstanton1 | April 7, 2010 9:38 PM

I was just thinking how I went to Arby's once in my entire life, must've been 93-94... The guy behind the counter asked me if I wanted the fries, and I just blurted out "I don't eat fries, but I am told they are very good." And then I asked him what the milk shake flavor of the month was, by then laughing uncontrollably. Needless to say, the guy thought I was missing a few screws...

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 7, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

come on, people, it's a slow hockey night, nothing going on... can't anybody do my useless trivia?
Two Washington Capitals draft picks (by David Poile). Two famous dads. Connected by one very famous ankle slash courtesy of Bobby Clark.
If only 432-WMAL lifeline was still available... ;-)

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 7, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I'll put it this way: that no goal call for the caps last night took some objectivity. if the refs were in the Pens pocket, that would have been a goal.

Posted by: j762 | April 7, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that no goal could easily have gone the other way. True there was a whistle, but the puck hit the line by that time.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 7, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

@EricinReston

Almost seems like a hazing ritual for Alzner. It's too bad that the Caps hasn't known of his trip to Washington so things couldn't have been coordinated better.

I'm sure he feels like a yo-yo, an analogy they've made on Japers.

Eric, sounds like you probably don't live far from me. I live in Reston, too.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 7, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

They have this ridiculous "Intent to blow the whistle" rule - doesn't matter if the actual whistle sound was heard after the puck was over the line. Since the whistle was blown, the refs really had almost no choice but to disallow the goal.

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 7, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Very eventful couple of days for the Caps. Winning their defensive struggle against the Bruins. And then the sweep against the Pens.

Attended the Bruins game at VC on Monday after attending the Nats game earlier. I actually ran into Tarik and Mike Vogel at the Dunkin Donuts stand at VC.

BTW, Tarik and Mike, enjoyed finally meeting you guys. Keep up the good coverage of the team.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 7, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

@igor_k17

Your story of your trip to Arby's reminds me of when I saw the movie "Moscow on the Hudson" many years ago. That was the one where Robin Williams had starred as a Russian who had defected to the US so we got to see him in many "culture shock" type moments.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 7, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

On Ovi's empty net goal,

I'm sure, given it was Pittsburgh, he was more motivated to do it than he would have been to any other team.

My husband hopes it doesn't come back to haunt us in the playoffs.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 7, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

About Ovie and the EN goal being associated with unsportsmanship. I can't believe it is a subject of discussion. The name of the game is winning. Pens pulled the goalie to try and WIN. What were the Caps and Ovie supposed to do?

Don't even dignify those posts with a response folks.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan1 | April 7, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

No offense to Ovie and the current Capitals roster, but I think Langway is still my all time favorite Cap. He really was the epitome of leadership and class during his time in DC. I had the pleasure of meeting him on several occasions and he actually remembered me whenever I approached him. Really a cool guy.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan1 | April 8, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: BorntoHula | April 8, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

from THN's Ken Campbell's column regarding Flames re-build plans:
You could also either bury Bouwmeester in the minors or have another team take him on re-entry waivers and be on the hook for only half of his salary for the next four seasons.

Now, seriously, they are paying this guy to write such nonsense? I've seen more common sense on Pensblog...

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 8, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Ah the halcyon days (borrowed from KB) of DC sports radio with Koken, Woods, Beatrice.

For those who don't know who Kenny B was:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Beatrice

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 8, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

What is going on?
The answer to cassander
NHL doesn’t want Caps to win Stanley cup. So far they think, that Pittsburgh is the team who can stop Caps. This why if Caps and Pens will meet again, Pens will have huge power play advantage. This how they won in the last year play off. It is what it is, you can’t change it. Caps need to play much much better to win in the play off series against Pittsburg.

Posted by: michaelnonna | April 8, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

from THN's Ken Campbell's column regarding Flames re-build plans:
You could also either bury Bouwmeester in the minors or have another team take him on re-entry waivers and be on the hook for only half of his salary for the next four seasons.

Now, seriously, they are paying this guy to write such nonsense? I've seen more common sense on Pensblog...

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 8, 2010 12:53 AM


This just in: confidential sources have discovered that the widely discredited hockey blogger known as "Eklund" is actually...


(wait for it...)

....Ken Campbell.

Posted by: Rhino40 | April 8, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

... the Big Tuna never won a SB without Bill Belichick as his assistant

Posted by: joek443

Interesting. So is Big Tuna's success a by-product of Belichick assistance? or is Belicheck success a by-product of Big Tuna? In my opinion, the latter is correct. Big Tuna assembled and managed the whole team, Belichick was just one very good part of it. That experience gave Belichick a great push start on his success. Of course, both men helped each other but it was BT wisdom that brought them together.

My apologies for this non-hockey stuff, but it is early, JoeK made an interesting point, and besides no one is reading this tread any longer. LOL. If a tree falls in...

Posted by: hock1 | April 8, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75

Yeah, we might be neighbors. I used to post here as EricCarr, but changed it because I had picked that login way back before I started posting in threads like this.

Alzner's definitely riding the yo-yo. Hopefully, next year both he and Carlson can get off that ride.

Posted by: EricinReston | April 8, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

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