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First full practice in days well-attended

The Caps just participated in their first full practice since Thursday, and with Saturday's blizzard forcing schools to remain closed in many areas, an estimated 1,000 fans turned out at Kettler this morning.

The Caps had their full complement of players on the top three lines skating, as fans circled the rink two and three deep. Some were taking notice of Mike Green's black eye, which has become even more pronounced since he was hit from behind by Colorado's David Koci in the Capitals' 6-1 victory on Dec. 14. Koci since has apologized for the hit.

Ailing goalie Semyon Varlamov was skating fairly hard this morning, and he also faced shots during the early portion of practice.

More to come soon.

By Gene Wang  |  December 22, 2009; 11:45 AM ET
 
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go caps.

Posted by: derk45 | December 22, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Welcome Gene Wang. Glad you could bring us good news!

Tarik, Lindsay, and Gene, I'm thrilled for even more coverage (but again, please talk to the print staff about getting 1, just 1, full page of hockey coverage each day!)

Posted by: Sonyask | December 22, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

That's not surprising given the schools closed...

Posted by: FrankM73 | December 22, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Wang Chung

Posted by: SA-Town | December 22, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Welcome Gene.

More coverage is never a bad thing until it gets into the Maple Leafs Zone, viz.:

"Maple Leafs head Coach Ron Wilson ate three eggs for breakfast today instead of the usual two, and these were cooked for eight minues vice the customary four minutes. He did so while wearing a green tie rather than one in his favourite light blue colour.

Speculation is rampant as to what this will mean for trade rumours swirling around the Leafs' current Assistant Equipment Manager..."

(note the Canadian spellings).

Posted by: Rhino40 | December 22, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Welcome Gene.

More Caps coverage can never be a bad thing. At least not until it gets into the Maple Leafs Zone of dissecting every morsel of minutiae about the team. e.g.:

"Maple Leafs Head Coach Ron Wilson ate three eggs for breakfast this morning instead of the usual two, and these were cooked for 5 minutes 18 seconds vice the customary 4 minutes. Wilson also wore a different necktie while eating the eggs, choosing a green tie rather than one in his favourite light blue colour.

This further fuels the rampant speculation on the trade rumours swirling around the Leafs' Assistant Equipment Manager, who is slated to become an Unrestricted Free Agent at the end fo the current season..."

(Note the Canadian spellings).

Seriously, Gene: Welcome!

Posted by: Rhino40 | December 22, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

That's not surprising given the schools closed...

Posted by: FrankM73 | December 22, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

if this were any other region it would make sense that people couldn't get around while the schools are closed, because usually that means the roads are impassible. However this is MD/VA area, which means schools are closed on bright sunny days! Oh those were the days....

Posted by: mrszilla | December 22, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

That's not surprising given the schools closed...

Posted by: FrankM73 | December 22, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

if this were any other region it would make sense that people couldn't get around while the schools are closed, because usually that means the roads are impassible. However this is MD/VA area, which means schools are closed on bright sunny days! Oh those were the days....

Posted by: mrszilla | December 22, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Re Koci's apology - First of all, no one believes he is sorry. And why should he be? He is a hired thug, who was sent out to injure a skilled player. He was just doing his job. The Avs management/coaches should be apologizing, for engaging in behavior that in any other context would be a felony. The league/Bettman/Campbell should apologize for causing significant harm to a great sport, through their knuckleheaded policies.

Posted by: zmega | December 22, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I have fantasies about Gene Wang.

It starts with a vast underground universe made up of "virtual players" and millions of "actual fans" that trade them and play with them. Like little plastic ponies. Only not REAL ponies.

It ends with my wife hollering at me "are you doing that Fantasy Football thing again! Get in here and do your duty..."

Posted by: WhyGo | December 22, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

It ends with my wife hollering at me "are you doing that Fantasy Football thing again! Get in here and do your duty..."

Can i watch?

Posted by: jamalnasir_2000 | December 22, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

What are you? 12?
>>>
Wang Chung

Posted by: SA-Town

Posted by: rh71 | December 22, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

So 1,000 people showed up to watch practice (a practice, NOT a scrimmage).

For the families who find it way too expensive to take their kids to a real game, this is acceptable.

Everyone else who was there should probably look into getting; i) a life, ii) a job, iii) enroll in a pottery class, iv) volunteer at old folks home, v) help the homeless, vi) learning a foreign language

Posted by: LesGrossman | December 22, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I believe LesGrossman just earned himself an enlistment into the Doofus Brigade...

Posted by: PhilR | December 22, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Things I find more interesting than working, pottery class, volunteering an an old folks home, helping the homeless or learning a foreign language?

Getting to watch a Caps practice life at Kettler!!!

How about the homeless learn a foreign language to make themselves more competitive to get a job, a life, and stop bothering me to volunteer to help them because they refuse to help themself?

Hopefully Caps fans enjoyed themselves at Kettler today.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 22, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I should probably take a typing class too. Not until after I attend a Caps practice at Kettler.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 22, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gene - Go Bulldogs!!!

Posted by: JustAnObservation | December 22, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

@LesGrossman:

Pick a rifle off the rack and a pair of boots and start marching.

^
^
^

(those are your chevrons)

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 22, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

@LesGrossman

Well, Les, that's awfully judgmental of you. School is out, some adults probably had to take off because the kids are home unexpectedly, and it is Christmas or the holidays -- take your pick. You must be Scrooge.

My own personal reason for going today and other days? I've had to go to VA Hosp. Center every weekday for 8 weeks for radiation for cancer. Popping over to the Caps practice afterwards is a nice distraction for me from the 9 months of various treatments and makes the 45 minute drive each way more worth it.

Happy Holidays to you!

Posted by: Steakum | December 22, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Well said, @Steakum, well said!

Posted by: JohnWWW | December 22, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

yeah, we were going to go but THANKS to the crappy/unclear coverage as usual, the quote about them getting two days off practice lead us to believe this was an optional practice and we didn't want to drive an hour to see two or three player. way to disappoint my 8 year old nephew media folk!

Someday someone is gonna to bust out with real caps coverage around here!

Posted by: kmr2r | December 22, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Gene- please please dont meantion that other team in town that sucks in this blog. Just a heads up. Some of us are upset hockey gets the shaft to this other team in most media coverage.

Posted by: kmr2r | December 22, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Hockey was getting the shaft in Washington even before the Redskins won their first Superbowl and the Foreskins had some tough seasons in the 70's.

Posted by: zcxnissan | December 23, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse

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