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Morning Reading List: The Hot Ticket in Town

(John McDonnell - The Washington Post)

You've heard about how much success the Capitals have experienced this season on the ice, in television ratings, merchandise sales, etc., and the trend has continued at the Verizon Center box office. Within days, the team may sell out its allotted number of full-season ticket plans and need to start putting names on a waiting list.

If you missed it late last night, Brian Pothier was nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Dan Steinberg talks to Donald Brashear and several other Caps players about the fine art of chirping.

Steve Kolbe's Take 5 features Brian Pothier this week.

If you missed it yesterday, the Washington Times examined the Capitals' history of selecting players from Western Canada. Check out the full story here.

The Hockey News breaks down front-runners and other potential contenders for the end-of-season awards.

Islanders Cliff Notes
Joey MacDonald is expected to be in net tonight when New York visits the Capitals as he tries to regain his form after missing much of the season because of injury.

Coach Scott Gordon said yesterday that Joel Rechlicz will be recalled in time to face the Capitals. Here's a primer on the 21-year-old forward hoping to make it as an NHL enforcer.

In the System
Steve Pinizzotto found his role as a high-energy, hard-checking forward for the Bears and continues to make his case to stay with the AHL team after he was left off the clear day roster.

Don't forget Bear Tracks to help get ready for tonight's game against Norfolk. Hershey leads the season series 9-1.

Braden Holtby and the Saskatoon Blades try to extend their season as they face Game 7 tonight against Lethbridge.

Before he made his way to Washington, Coach Bruce Boudreau was at the helm of the Mississippi Sea Wolves. The ECHL team announced that it is suspending operations for 2009-10 and it could be the latest victim of the current economic climate.

Frozen Four
The last time Boston U. reached the Frozen Four, Tom Poti was a Terrier. Dan Steinberg asked him what to expect at next week's festivities at Verizon Center.

Also at the D.C. Sports Bog, check out some Bemidji State excitement.

By Katie Carrera  |  April 1, 2009; 5:30 AM ET
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Congrats Brian!!

Posted by: ludeman95 | April 1, 2009 6:05 AM | Report abuse

Exciting news for the team and it's fans. I'm glad I went full season last year. Scored a ticket to the Frozen Four Final as well. That's going to be an awesome weekend for DC. Brian Pothier,I wish you all the luck and health in the world. Go Caps!

Posted by: ridgely1 | April 1, 2009 6:36 AM | Report abuse

dear katie:
it's= it is
its= belongs to it

sorry to be fussy, but it does make a difference, especially on a newspaper website :)

BIG congrats to brian pothier!! it's great to have him back, and even better that he's been nominated for the masterton!

Posted by: spinner-33 | April 1, 2009 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Masterton will either go to Pothier, Zednick, or that Dman from Minnesota....young kid that broke his leg going for an icing over a year ago....came back about a month ago skating with a steel rod in his leg.....can't recall his name, anyone help me out?

Posted by: PhilR | April 1, 2009 7:54 AM | Report abuse


Kurtis Foster on the Wild

Posted by: Caps16Fan | April 1, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

That's it! Thanks Caps16Fan!

Posted by: PhilR | April 1, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse


BIG is actually spelled Big or big.

Also, when begining a sentence, capitalize the first letter i.e it's should be It's.

Pot, this is the kettle...

Posted by: NJNJ | April 1, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse


It's beginning not begining...

Kettle, this is pot... I'm glad you all could meet.

Posted by: DCSportsFan28 | April 1, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Not to antagonize those who adore the WP sports reporters, but shouldn't an explanation of the Bill Masterson Memorial trophy have been included in the report? After all, according to one of your other articles and the first paragraph on this blog, there is an increase number of Caps fans - I am sure a good percentage are relatively new followers of the sports and may not be familiar with some of the awards. I have two such friends.

Posted by: tELb | April 1, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Ain't it nice to have them pots and kettles a-talking again?

Posted by: tELb | April 1, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse


I agree with you completely. Unless you know what each trophy represents, it is hard for newer hockey fans to know what the trophy's represent based off the names. However, in this case it's probably assumed (key word assumed) that because Brian Pothier is nominated everyone would know what the trophy represents :) Let's face it he's not winning the Hart, Pearson, or Norris this year.

Posted by: DCSportsFan28 | April 1, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse


It feels like one big reunion here.

Posted by: DCSportsFan28 | April 1, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Wow, a waiting list... never thought I'd see the day.

Posted by: griz0615 | April 1, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Glad I renewed early for next year. I'm so happy to see the city coming together around the team. Imagine what it'll be like after a deep playoff run - or a Cup.

Seems like forever since I've been in Verizon since I couldn't make the Tampa game.

Let's light 'em up tonight.

Posted by: saintex | April 1, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I'm just glad CAPS hockey is back again. While I enjoy watching Mon/Chi, NYR/NJ, etc. there is NO HOCKEY LIKE CAPS HOCKEY.

Go Caps!

Posted by: ds_kelly | April 1, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Huh? The blog post and the mention in the print notebook both have an explanation of the Masterton trophy.

Posted by: koalatek | April 1, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all, and thanks once again to Katie for the link smorgasbord. Haven't had time to look yet, but I'll get to it.

Color me not surprised but very pleased by the Pothier nomination. I think we'll see him, Zednik, and either Foster or Bergeron as the finalists. Who gets it? Hard to say.

Big game tonight. There's no excuse for us not winning this one. With a win for us tonight and a loss by Carolina tomorrow, we tie up the division, and we need to win four of the next six to tie the franchise record for points in a season.

Posted by: kittypawz | April 1, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Did TEB accidently publish Ted's latest Owners Corner article? Way to sell those remaining tickets and justify higher prices.

Posted by: brihobbs | April 1, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Hockey is's been too long!


Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 1, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

GOON ALERT!Joel Rechlicz

"That only builds up confidence, but there's definitely a lot of work to do, including my game and my fisticuffs," Rechlicz said. "I'm just going to do everything possible to keep learning and keep working hard so I can round out all the edges in my game."

I'm glad to see the Islanders develop Goons instead of talent...they ought to be very proud as an organization!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 1, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse


the trophy is described at the end of Tarik's article

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 1, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I find this snippet from The Hockey News encouraging. It's about new rules for the HHOF beginning in 2010.

Posted by: Greg S. | April 1, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

How many of the season ticket full season plans were bought up by ticket brokers? Wondering.

Posted by: dcstranger | April 1, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

hey again @ katie! i didn't want you to think i was being snippy this morning. i love your articles, and i'm thrilled to see the post is letting a woman write about the Capitals, and i don't want people to be dismissive of your work because of one teeny misplaced apostrophe. i didn't mean anything rude by the correction, and i hope you did not take offense. none was meant.

having said that, GO CAPS! only one hour till hockey!! =D

Posted by: spinner-33 | April 1, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

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