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Kozlov Update

The team announced the Kozlov is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. When Kozlov left the ice he was favoring his left knee after being hit along the boards.

If Kozlov is not able to play Thursday in Pittsburgh, the Caps will turn to spare winger Eric Fehr, who has yet to play this season.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 13, 2008; 10:10 PM ET
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I knew I shouldn't believe that other paper.

Posted by: uncatim | October 13, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Any truth to the rumor that Kozlov was injured in Atlanta?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 13, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

OK. Let's hear the Canadian press talk around this one.

They were poned. 10 shots on net? I'm upset that we let them more than double their shot production in the third over the previous 2 periods of total shots.

I hope we bring that kind of work ethic to the ice every game. We won't win all of them, but we'll be in all of them.

Semin was a MONSTER out there! Goodness gracious! Nylander was sick on the boards. We put on a clinic for sure. Fantastic job all around.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 13, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Koz will be missed. We are blessed with depth, so we will see how Coach juggles lines for the next game. In Bruce I trust!

Posted by: Mark | October 13, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to hear from all the doubting Thomases who hated the line shakeup for the night and thought we were dead for sure. *cups hand to ear*

Posted by: this space for rent | October 13, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I know - I was just kidding! :-)

OK, who can enlighten me about the penalty shot - I could not hear the reason over the PA system at the game (it was loud for a Monday night - how cool is that?!? :-)). So what the heck caused it?

Posted by: Boo! | October 13, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

BTW, Johnny's 'glamour shot' had his hand on his chin (ala 'The Thinker') ... now THAT'S a classic glamour shot!!! ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | October 13, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse


Canucks threw the broken stick. I think it was thrown at Nylander (but maybe Semin), Nylander controlled the puck at the infraction so he got the shot. I'm still not sure why it wasn't an interference minor but given the result I won't complain

Posted by: uncatim | October 13, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I saw a t-shirt in one of the kiosks tonight that must have been made just for you - it said, "Capitals Girl. Enough Said." :-)

Posted by: Boo! | October 13, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

We expected Johnny to bring a lawn chair and cooler out with him for the third! I could have played goal tonight!

Posted by: Bob | October 13, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Dominant win.
All facets of the game was Caps favor.

Blue Liners will get some rest this year with Fed playing there.

Posted by: Victor | October 13, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse


Youve got the call spot on. I think it was a penalty shot since it was in the offensive zone. If it happened in the d zone for some reason I think it's interference.

No clue if I'm right but sounds good to me.

Great game, gotta stop that first shot whoops tho.

Congrats to Johnny for his 100th win.

Posted by: MetalCap | October 13, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Throwing a stick is a penalty shot, it is not interference, it is a penalty shot. You cannot throw your stick and you cannot throw a stick laying on the ice even if you throw it with your stick and don't touch it. If you throw a stick at a player with the puck, that player gets a penalty shot.

Posted by: Bob | October 13, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Seriously? That was it? I thought someone must have grabbed Nylander's stick when he was trying to shoot or something like that (apparently he didn't even know that he drew a penalty!). No one around us could figure out what was going on. I kind of felt bad for the Canucks at that point - they couldn't catch a break. But based on the way they played, I don't think it would have made a difference. Anyway, thanks for the clarification! :-)

Posted by: Boo! | October 13, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse


Thanks. I was somewhere in the ozone when Joe B & co. explained the rule so I missed most of it.

Posted by: uncatim | October 13, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

You cannot throw a stick from the defensive end, the offensive end, or the bench at a player with the puck. You cannot throw the stick you are carrying, a stick on the ice, a broken stick, a stick you grab from some other player, or I presume a stick torn from a tree hanging over the rink. If you throw a stick of any kind at a player with the puck, that player gets a penalty shot. I think that should be clear, right?

Posted by: Bob | October 13, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

But did he throw it at him? I sure didn't see it ... RE: Johnny, at the beginning of the 3rd my DH commented on how well he was playing. I said, "Are you kidding? He has not had to work at all - he's only faced like 3 shots!" At that point I, too, thought I could have played in goal tonight!

Am I the only one who thinks it is funny that goalies on the bench wear their catching glove and blocker while they are riding the pine? I don't know why that amuses me but it does. I need a keeper to set me straight on this one ... ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | October 13, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse


But what if a stick is not thrown but launched, as in a rocket, and then upon reentry strikes a player on a different rink? Is that a penalty shot?

Or am I just being a smart@zz?

Posted by: MetalCap | October 13, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse


Oh yeah, he threw it.

Posted by: uncatim | October 13, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I mentioned the bench because I remember a game with the Caps alumni where someone on the bench threw a stick just to see the goalie face a penalty shot. They were all laughing and cheering for the shooter who I believe was a fireman or cop.

Posted by: Bob | October 13, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Her threw it AT Nyls? Man, I so totally missed that. Thanks!

Posted by: Boo! | October 13, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Nylander and Kozlov (when he gets better) should be the top two shooters in the shoot-out -- they both are sick controlling the puck and changing direction on a dime all while not rushing, waiting patiently for an opening. Nylander made that goal look really easy on a very, very good goalie.

Posted by: JIM | October 13, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Not for nothing, but almost 17k on a Monday night against Vancouver is surprising, at least for my little brain.

Hope the Kozlov injury isn't severe, maybe it's a reaggravation of the preseason injury?

Posted by: Section 117 | October 13, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Oops! HE, not her! :-)

Posted by: Boo! | October 13, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Tonight the player sort of tossed the stick that was laying on the ice with his stick and then claimed he was going for the puck to the ref.

Posted by: Bob | October 13, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Chi just lost the shootout, 2 5-hole goals by Huet. Hee-hee

Posted by: Steve R | October 13, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I watched the highlight. The defender definitely lifted the stick at Nylander. It was so stupid and wimpy, so I wonder if the defender even knew the penalty. Just how boneheaded can a guy be?

Posted by: JIM | October 13, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

FYI, the Blackhawks, just lost in a shootout, where Huet let in two straight goals through a MASSIVE 5 hole!

Posted by: Bob | October 13, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

5 hole EVEN BIGGER than JT's I mean MASSIVE!!!!

Posted by: Bob | October 13, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Great crowd for a Monday night, much fun was had. I have to ask: are we that good, or does Van suck that bed?

Posted by: Steve R | October 13, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

can anyone tell me how Gordon did in tonight's game?

i completely missed the game cause i don't have that versus channel... :(

Posted by: diehardcapsfan | October 13, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it, but I'm inclined to say the latter ... :-/

Posted by: Boo! | October 13, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse


Gordon did pretty well, he had an assist, no stupid penalties & a fair amount of ice time.

Posted by: uncatim | October 13, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I don't know Boo. I think that tonight, anyway, the Caps were that good. Just stifling tonight. The lack of shots weren't really great defense, it was because we ALWAYS had the puck in their end, and didn't give it up. I don't see how anyone could've beaten the Caps the way they played tonight.

Posted by: kenjab | October 13, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Darn, I really should have been there tonight!
I entertained thoughts of going when my class today was canceled, but figured since it was a Student Rush, by the time I got there, it would be sold out and my 8am tomorrow might be a problem. I didn't get to watch the game live, but watched it after. Didn't know the score, but I have to be honest, my thoughts after 4-1 were, How are we going to screw this up? It seemed to be going to well. Now if only the boys could play this way for the rest of the season, that would be awesome!
And how 'bout that Mike Green! Not a single PP goal last year, and he's already got 3. Maybe he'll win the Ross & the Richard trophies this year!
Can't forget Semin of course! I was cheering for his hat trick. Versus jumped the gun on it and had it up as they were showing a shot of Nyls after his penalty shot. My (hockey apathetic) roommate even noticed they got the wrong guy. I may get her hooked yet!
I still can't believe Brian Engblom cut his hair. I'm in shock.
Hope Koz heals quickly and I hope Fehr gives himself a proper showing if Koz can't play soon.
Its a shame such a great game for the Caps coincided with such a low day for the sport. Once again, I express my condolences to the Cherepanov family. I remember watching his draft with my dad and we were both rooting for the kid from Russia who's stock seemed to drop so quickly on the day. I couldn't place him immediately when I heard, but realized it later.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | October 13, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I got crappy digital camera video of the jazz band playing outside of the arena tonight. It was awesome, we hung out for like 20 minutes while they played and people clapped, danced, sang etc. I hope these guys are out there after every game

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | October 13, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

A second little clip of the celebration.

Oh and @rockthered - nice to meet ya!

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | October 13, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

I was totally there in the right place. I saw it. The defender so threw the stick. He scooped it up with his own stick and just lobbed it.

The reason Nylander got the penalty shot is that he had the puck. And I got a photo of it, too, with the puck just over the goal line and the goalie flat on his arsenic and old lace! I'll toss it on my blog tomorrow when I'm less burzausted, since I've been up since 5:00 this morning, and it's now just after midnight... (((>.

@Sombrero Guy - right back atcha! See you Saturday, I hope! :)

Posted by: i rock the red | October 14, 2008 12:03 AM | Report abuse

@Sombrero Guy

That band was great! I've never seen any musicians outside the Verizon really get a crowd going like that.

I sent an e-mail to Ted suggesting that they get them to play inside the arena during breaks. Maybe if enough of us e-mail, we'll get something a little more fun than the organ (why not, this team is different, it rocks!).

Posted by: Pete Chipman | October 14, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Oh - and someone tell me why Fedorov shouldn't be on defense? We kicked BUTT out there tonight! I know the puck spent a lot of time down on their end of the ice, but when it DID get down to our end, the defense was there. How else did we cut them to the fewest shots on goal in franchise history? :)

I'm willing to bet Boudreau knows EXACTLY what he's doing here, and I'm willing to roll with it.

The 100th win for Johnson, AND a new record for fewest shots on goal allowed... Against a team that had been undefeated this season before we took them on. The Caps are now sitting pretty at the top of our division. Woo! HOO!

Posted by: i rock the red | October 14, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse


I'm very happy to hear that. and I'm glad that he got to play tonight. honestly, IMO he's always been one of those underrated players that you can always count on. He's pretty solid and consistent.. and that kid's got heart.

Posted by: diehardcapsfan | October 14, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Can't believe I missed this game... was driving from VA to CT, I planned to be there at 7 but a combination of bad traffic :( ... just arrived.

I saw the highlights... Two nice passes by Flash, is his game finally improving? Great game by everybody it seems.

PIT next huh? I won't miss that one - no way :D

Posted by: mauree | October 14, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

new thread, guys!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 14, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

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