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Kolzig Praises Johnson, Semin

In case you didn't already know, Olie Kolzig and Brent Johnson aren't just former teammates, they are very good friends and have remained in close contact with one another. Because of that, Kolzig had plenty of positive things to say about Johnson, who was named the NHL's third star of the week.

"At dinner last night, I told him how proud I was of him," Kolzig said of Johnson. "And how he's really emerged as a goaltender since he first came here four years ago from Vancouver. I'm really proud to see the way he's playing."

"The way I look at it, I hope we win 1-0," Kolzig added. "He plays well and I play a little bit better, and we're both happy."
Kolzig also had some interesting things to say about Alexander Semin's early season outburst and compared his talent level with Alex Ovechkin's.

Semin "had some injury issues last season," Kolzig said. "I'm sure at the beginning of [this season] people really focused on Ovie, which has allowed Alex Semin a little more room. You give that kid room and ... I've always said he's probably a little more talented than Ovie. He just might not have that intangible that Ovie has."

You mean more skill?

"Yeah," Kolzig added. "It's his release. He can change his angle any which way. If a D-man is standing in front of him, and you think the D-man has the shot blocked, he'll just toe-drag it a little bit and give himself a better angle and still get it off as hard. He uses the D really well as screen. He comes hard and fast, so you just hope you get a piece of it or it misses the net."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 10, 2008; 4:20 PM ET
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Win, lose or draw... Ollie Kolzig is a class act!

Posted by: muddapucker | November 10, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Here's hoping for a 1-0 Caps victory. Still luv you, Godzilla.

Posted by: cbs75 | November 10, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Is there an internet feed of the game?

Posted by: ChrisAm | November 10, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Tickets! I have two for tonight. Who wants 'em?

Send email to irockthered {at} gmail {dot} com. First email gets 'em. :-)

Posted by: irockthered | November 10, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Tickets are section 406, row H, seats 13 & 14.

Posted by: irockthered | November 10, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

For internet feed go to stoogetv. It'll be under "other channels" if they have it on.

Posted by: Moose33 | November 10, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

As much as I love Olie, here's hoping for a 7-0 victory, all Ovechkin. It could happen...

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 10, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Okay, maybe a couple for Semin, too...

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 10, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I am guaranteeing at least 1 Ovie goal tonight. The drought ends tonight!

Disclaimer: or it may not...

Posted by: Moose33 | November 10, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

goal and an assist for OV tonight, a fight for the sexy lumberjack, and a 4-2 win for the caps

Posted by: _stevo | November 10, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

oh and a random circles by nylander as well

Posted by: _stevo | November 10, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The Caps should be commended for paying tribute to Olie tonight; he was such a mainstay-player, his career extended back to the days of Langway!
Olie, here's a tip of my hat to you & am looking forward to giving you some pregame cheers!

(posted earlier,I didn't see Tarik's more recent updates)

Posted by: Max23 | November 10, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I love Olie, but his hopes for a shutout against the Caps gave me a good chuckle.

Posted by: JillC | November 10, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Kolzig: "What so special about Ovechkin? I don't see anything special there. Yes, he does skate well, has a good head, good shot. But there's nothing else. Even if you compare him to Alex Semin... Semin is a much more interesting player. The way he moves, his deking abilities, his thinking on the ice and his anticipation of the play is so superb.
I think that if you take any player, even if he is "dead wood," and start promoting him, you'll get a star. Especially if he scores 65 goals. No one is going to care about anyone else. No one is going to care whether he possesses great skill. Let's say you put someone in front of the net and let him deflect pucks in, and he scored 65 goals; everyone will say "Wow!" and then hand him a $10 million per year contract."

Posted by: CodePoetry | November 10, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Tickets have been claimed.

Posted by: irockthered | November 10, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

There is something to be said about Nylanders random circular skating. He does create time and space in the offensive zone. It would be interesting to see him centering Ovie and Semin/Kozlov. Not saying permanently, just want to see it tested out.

Posted by: Moose33 | November 10, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, thank you for the furious update pace! How about something like this every day, not just when the Caps are playing half of their 2006 spring lineup and their former franchise player? Because that would be awesome, winning.

Posted by: ThisGuy | November 10, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Olie is so sweet! (love you Olie)

Posted by: rachel216 | November 10, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

CodePoetry, you sir (or madam), just lol'd my pants off!

Posted by: mimi72555 | November 10, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Careful, Brent.

Olie was good friends with Boston goalie Byron Dafoe - so good, in fact, that they were best men at each other's weddings - but that didn't stop the two from throwing down ten years ago.

Okay, so they were both laughing pretty much the whole time. But really, how coll would a Johnson/Kolzig mid-ice fight be?

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 10, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

If AO gets his jump start and AS can keep his motor running... DAYUM!

There's something to be said for what Olie said about Semin. He has some pretty slick moves and that wrister of his is twisted beyond recognition. It doesn't come off the stick like a normal wrister does. That's a skill that AO doesn't have.

Now, AO has a lot of skills, but given both healthy and in good form, which person would you want to build a team from? Semin could be a franchise player. That we have two such beasties is amazing.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 10, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

anyone know where i can see a live feed of the game??? pleasee and thank you :)

Posted by: diehardcapsfan | November 10, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I've said it for a while. Semin has more pure skill. Ovechkin has the incredible drive to succeed as well as the physical game to intimidate. If Semin could borrow Ovechkin's intensity level he would be an elite player for years to come. And by elite I mean top 5 forwards in the NHL.

Posted by: ranndino | November 10, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

the game is available on and stoogetv. if you have a mac, go to and search for nhl. on stooge, go to "other channels" it is right there. (the justin stream maybe in russian i dont know yet!)

Posted by: QuintenD | November 10, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

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