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Boudreau, Team B Rallies to Claim Duchesne Cup

After the first period of the inaugural Gaetan Duchesne Cup tournament, Team A has a 2-0 lead on goals by Jay Beagle and Alex Ovechkin.

Ovechkin's goal, scored on Jose Theodore, came on the second of three shorthanded breakaways for him in the opening frame. It was a pretty goal, but Ovechkin did crash hard into the boards after scoring and appeared to favor his left shoulder as he skated to the bench.

Simeon Varlamov, meantime, was a rock in Team B's net, thwarting a Donald Brashear breakaway with an eye-popping toe save.

Update:At the of the second period, Team A continues to cling to a 2-0 lead. Ovechkin, by the way, appears to be fine. He did not miss a shift, and even had a fourth breakaway. This time he skated in against junior goalie Braden Holtby, who made the biggest save of his career.

Update:Team B rallied for a 3-2 shootout victory on goals by linemates Boyd Gordon and Alexandre Giroux, whose late tallies against Michael Neuvirth forced the game to penalty shots.

In the shootout, Fedorov scored the decisive goal; and Gordon and Brooks Laich also scored for Team B.

Afterward, assistant coach Jay Leach handed the Gaetan Duchesne Cup to Fedorov, the elder statesman of Team B. Fedorov lifted it above his head, then handed the trophy (which arrived via overnight express) to his teammates. A Stanley Cup celebration it was not, but it seemed everyone got a kick out it.

Other notes and observations from the game:

*In the shootout, Ovechkin and Bradley scored for Team B on Holtby.

*Boyd Gordon was named MVP of the game, according to Boudreau.

*Although Ovechkin spent plenty of time on the PK in the scrimmages, don't count on seeing him out there during the regular season. "I was yelling, 'Get him off the ice'," Boudreau said.

*Brooks Laich on the improbable comeback: On the bench, Bruce kept saying, 'If we get one, we're going to get two. That's just the way it works.' That was about two minutes before we got the first one."

"Whether it's pre-pre-season, whatever, that's Bruce. That's why he's got a winning record."

*Holtby on his breakaway save against Ovechkin and the shootout goal he allowed to No. 8: "The first one, I thought he was going to shoot and he did, but he shot in a totally different direction than I thought he was gonna," he said. "Luckily it hit me. And in the shootout, well, I thought I had it but he's just so skilled he found the net. But he's the best player in the world, he's supposed to."

*The winning team, which also will get dinner at The Front Page down the street for its victory, posed for a photo with the cup after the game. I'm going to try to get it emailed to me so I can post it.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 23, 2008; 12:54 PM ET
 
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Comments

first!

Posted by: migz | September 23, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I hope he shakes off the shoulder thing...Ovie's gotta settle down a little on those goal celebrations!

I'd like to have seen Brash's breakaway...

Posted by: Jill | September 23, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

"Ovechkin did crash hard into the boards after scoring and appeared to favor his left shoulder as he skated to the bench."

Cue anxiety-ridden posts by anonymous posters in 3...2...

Posted by: Section 117 | September 23, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

ohmygodvoiegothurt?thewholeteamisonhisbackwe'llhavetotradeforschneidertoshoreupourdbecauseallourgoalsaregonewhydoesBBworkthemsohard?thisisallgmgm'sfaultissomeonedoesn'tfirethisguysoonthecapswillneverbeanythingliketheyveneverbeennothingdetroitiswaybetterthanusanditsbecaseuofthegmgm

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

OHHH NOOOO!!! NOT OV!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is hurt? I'm freakin out man!

Posted by: 828 | September 23, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Its here, the jinx of the Gaetan Duchesne Cup!

I'm sure OV will be fine. Give him a week off from contact and he'll be good as new. Its not like he's going to play much in any of the pre-season games.

Posted by: old time hockey | September 23, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

is green watching the game?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Like OV would miss any time because of an injury. the guy scored 4 goals the night after having 15 stitches put in his leg!

Posted by: Leeguru | September 23, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Pour Ovie some vodka into freaking Duchesne Cup!

Maybe it was a bad idea after all. I mean they could skate hard and workout hard and not fight for some meaningless Cup. You know Ovie, he wants to win everything.

Posted by: Dave King | September 23, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Sorry everyone, thought I'd be able to get out there to bring play by play, but couldn't. I had some car issues, and by the time it was all ready to go, it was too late.

Posted by: CapsCorndog | September 23, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

@ CapsCorndog

No worries, you did a great job yesterday, thanx!

Posted by: Dave King | September 23, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

AO 1-4 on breakaways... ouch. Looks like he needs some new moves if he wants to be in the shootout lineup this season

Posted by: Ovechkins Wodka | September 23, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

How about tightening up that defense? Four breakaways? The Caps will need some great goaltending if that keeps happening.

Posted by: pga3 | September 23, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

He's okay... "Russian machine never breaks".

Posted by: cuqui | September 23, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

it's not like other teams have an OV

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Yes i am watching the game. Ovie deserves a bum shoulder for taking a run at me yesterday. This game is boring i am going to go home and play the drums

Posted by: mike green | September 23, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Looks like he needs some new moves if he wants to be in the shootout lineup this season

I've heard that at the beginning of last season, and witnessed it myself... obviously he lost the touch in shootouts... and he still ended up winning Morris Richard ahead of Nash with his fancy moves, Heater, Vinny, Iginla and on and on and on...

So I am not worried this season, he'll find the way to score...

Posted by: Dave King | September 23, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Is Kyle Wilson still with the organization? I didn't see his name on any training camp rosters but I don't remember hearing about him leaving

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 23, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Any updates on how John "sexy lumberjack" Erskine looked out there?

Posted by: stevo | September 23, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Team B, huh? I'm interested in the breakdown. How were Feds, Semin and Laich?

Posted by: oo7 | September 23, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

@ Sombrero Guy

Wilson is still in the organization. He was the person who dropped the gloves with Beagle yesterday

Posted by: CapsCorndog | September 23, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Sorry:

"Maurice" Richard.

What were the shoot-out lineups?

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | September 23, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

@DrinkingPartner

hehe my bad, spelling nazi :) My French is rusty...

Posted by: Dave King | September 23, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

@Corndog

thanks. I thought he was, and could have sworn I had heard about him from training camp already but didn't see him on the Caps website roster.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 23, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I only caught part of the 2nd, the 3rd, and then the shootout.

I apologize if I get any of these wrong, but I didn't write 'em down:

For the Blue team it was Kozlov (no goal -- NG), Ovechkin (goal - G), Aucoin (NG), Bradley (G -- and also celebrated in a rather amusing fashion), and Bourque (NG).

For the White team is was Fehr (NG), Semin (NG), Gordon (G -- and a real nice one too), Laich (G -- terrific move), Fedorov (GWG)

Just one comment on the Laich/Fedorov/Semin line. There was one shift where Laich forechecked the puck, won it, passed it back to Fedorov who passed to Semin who shot it on net where Laich was providing the screen. No goal out of it, but it was the perfect execution of what that line can provide.

Posted by: Jeff | September 23, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Tarik - For those of us who cannot make it out to camp; can you provide rosters for Teams A, B, and C respectively?

Thanks!

Posted by: Husky Hockey | September 23, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Let's see some pictures of the GD Cup!

Posted by: Justbrewit | September 23, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Go Booooooooyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyd!

Posted by: keef | September 23, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Who was in goal for the final period/shootout for the losing team? One live blog says Varlamov, and here it seemed like it was Neuvirth..?

Posted by: Vlad | September 23, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Neuvirth was in goal for the shootout.

I have still pics from today's scrimmage that I will post later tonight.

The cup looked nice!!

Posted by: KCK | September 23, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

@Anonymous
That run-on sentence rant was the bomb. Too funny

Posted by: Shaggy | September 23, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RonG Capsfan | September 23, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is definitely okay. I had the good fortune to be allowed to act as penalty box operator for the game and you could tell he was fine. Best line of the day, Ovie takes his first penalty, heads to the box and my counterpart says to him, "I saw the whole thing and I don't think you did it" (the play was as obvious a trip as you could make). Ovie laughs. Then one of the timekeepers says to Ovie, "Hey, keep it up, you just might make it." Ovie deadpans, "Ok, I keep up."

Posted by: StikSav | September 23, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Ice Girls. Where are the dang Ice Girls?

Posted by: Girl Watcher | September 23, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

OK - here are my forward lines. I think the D is set.

OV-Backs-Kozlov(Laich)
Semin-Feds-Laich(Clark)
Flash-Nylander-Clark(Fehr)
Brash-Gordon-Bradley

This leaves out Fehr and Stecks, which I am not happy about. The weak links are Kozlov, Flash, Brash and Brads. Brash and Brads I don't really consider weak links since they are in roles that fit them but are going to sit on occassion to get the young guys some ice. But if Kozlov or Flash look miscast in those roles at all, make a change(The names in parenthesis show what the lines could be if we moved Kozlov). Fehr and Stecks need to make this an easy decision for BB and GMGM. Be so good that you force a move. If Fehr comes on strong I see him having the grit to play RW with Backs and OV, or put him on RW on 3 and move Laich/Clark up to 1. For me, as much as I like the old vets like Clark/Brash/Bradley, I would really like to see the young guys step it up.

If I had my way I would trade Kozlov for picks and sign a vet D (Schneider half price?) who is no longer wanted elsewhere, then use young guys to fill the void up front. I like our D, but would love more. Jurcina is the weak link here, not Erskine.

Ok - feel free to vilify me.

Posted by: kenwood | September 23, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused. Did AO play for both teams?

"...Team A has a 2-0 lead on goals by Jay Beagle and Alex Ovechkin".

"In the shootout, Ovechkin and Bradley scored for Team B..."

Posted by: Aleksander O'Munchkin | September 23, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Lamp | September 23, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

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