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The Capitals had their own idea of how to welcome former netminder Olie Kolzig to Verizon Center, with two goals on their first two shots en route to a 4-2 victory that you can read more about in Tarik's story for the hard-copy edition. With the win, Washington tied Carolina with 18 points on top of the Southeast Division standings, but the two meet again on Wednesday in Raleigh.

*You can watch the Caps video tribute to Kolzig that played last night and Kolzig's pregame meeting with reporters on the extended page of this entry. (Click 'Continue reading this post').

*Here are the Tampa Bay takes on the Caps win last night over the Lightning from the St. Petersburg Times' and the Tampa Tribune.

*ESPN's Scott Burnside had a nice round up of the Hall of Fame weekend and yesterday's inductions of Igor Larionov, Glenn Anderson, linesman Ray Scapinello and junior hockey builder Ed Chynoweth.

*Larionov also talked about his concerns about the KHL, which is in its inaugural season, to The Globe and Mail. He is the director of player personnel for the KHL's SKA St. Petersburg club.

In the system:
*Hershey President and General Manager Doug Yingst is in good spirits , Tim Leone of The Patriot News reports. Yingst was injured after falling off a roof this weekend.

*Missed this yesterday, but in his second start with the South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL), Michael Neuvirth recorded his first professional shutout in a 4-0 win.

Here's the video tribute for Olie Kolzig:

And his meeting with reporters after the morning skate yesterday:

By Katie Carrera  |  November 11, 2008; 9:15 AM ET
 
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Posted by: madflava | November 11, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Wow - Larionov is very frank about the KHL. Thanks, Katie.

Posted by: uncatim | November 11, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

No mention by Burnside of Mike Emrick's long overdue Foster Hewitt Award at the HoF? Wow, you media types really are cannibals.

Posted by: Section117 | November 11, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

It's amazing this team can win while only playing 20 solid minutes of hockey.

-We paid respect to Olie...I thought it was the right thing to do.
-Fehr, Laich and Poti played great as did Johnny. Erskine had some real bone head plays. Brash's unsportsmanlike could of hurt us, even if it was a bad call on him.
-Im glad Ovie and Semin got called out for being too cute. Do they have a bet for who can set up the easiest goal or something? Those boys need to keep rocketing the puck all day.
-We really need to find a way to put teams away and not let them back in.

A win is a win. Another BIG 2 pts at stake tomorrow.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 11, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Interesting that Boudreau and Ovechkin would both use the word "cute" in post-game interviews. Its not a word that I would expect Ovechkin to use so they must have talked before the interviews.

Posted by: MKadyman | November 11, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

" Brash's unsportsmanlike could of hurt us, even if it was a bad call on him."

Gotta disagree with you there. I didn't see the call that sent him in the box in the first place, but he was jawing all the way to the box, and then some more when he got in there.

He should have followed Denis Lemieux's advice.

Posted by: Section117 | November 11, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

From last night.

I found it interesting that the mocking Olie chant came just after he made an amazing save on a sure goal.

Again, I don't believe we backed off last night. I think we just tried to score more of those pretty goals that come right after the third perfect pass and THEY JUST DON"T WORK! The Bolt's D got just a tiny bit better and shut down those picture perfect goals, but the Caps after the success of the 1st period just kept trying to make that extra pass. My favorite goal last night was our 4th goal, down and dirty, through the legs, ugly goal. If we pass the puck 20 times next game looking for the perfect shot we will lose to the Canes. Every time you pas the puck, you give the other team a chance to disrupt the play, every time you throw the puck at the net, you have a chance to score. We pass a lot some nights.

Posted by: majiksea | November 11, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

@section 117

Im saying the high stick was a bad call...his jawing and getting another two minutes was what bothered me, even if he did have a reason to be upset.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 11, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Big game tomorrow night. The Caps can really send a message if they beat the Canes in Raliegh, taking the first 2 games in the series. It'd be nice to see the Caps take their spirited play at home and deliver to someone else's home. They just gotta start playing better outside the phonebooth. OV has his goal to break outta the slump, so I'm praying for a hattrick -- he's overdue

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 11, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Brent Johnson on NHL Live today sometime between noon and 2. Pretty sure you can watch or listen to it for free on NHL.com, or it's on the NHL network and XM/Sirius.

Posted by: _jordan | November 11, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Okay, never chimed in before and this is a very anal thing, but because it has been said on TV, you have written the same above and so have the Tampa papers...

The Caps did not score on their first two shots - they did however score on their first two shots on goal.

Love the Caps, support them big down here in DFW. My girls where their jerseys and shirt often. We wnet to the game here in Dallas a couple weeks back. Love Tarik's coverage as it allows me to stay up to date. Keep it coming.

Posted by: horn73 | November 11, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

nice caption in the tampa article..

"The Washington Capitals celebrate a goal by teammate Brian Pothier as Tampa Bay Lightning center Chris Gratton, left, looks on."

does the same person who write's captions for the post also do it for the tampa web site? good thing they pointed out that gratton was on the left, otherwise i might not have figured out who he was with the whole different jersey and all...duh.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 11, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

On Eminger's trade. it was a good trade for the Caps and for Eminger. The Caps got a 1st round draft pick and Eminger got to play. He played very good for Philly and now for Tampa. Just remember that there are 5 OTHER guys out there that can fall apart, and Tampa is widely known to be porous. He played a good game, he just didn't have a lot of help around him. He can't do it alone.

Kozlov tweeked his knee during training camp. Apparently he's re-aggravated it. Over the past 2 seasons he's scored over 50 points each year (51 and 54) and was a plus skater (12 and 28). After 9 games you want to get rid of him why exactly? All last season people were wanting to trade him and he turned in the team's 4th most points at 54, and was tied for first with AO in +/- at +28.

Brashear wears an "A" on his chest which allows him to jaw at the refs. Apparently the refs don't see that. Brash had a nice setup on the first (?) goal and almost bagged one himself fighting in front of the net. He had some pretty hard hits on the boards, digging out the puck in the corners and behind the net. He won't put up big numbers, but he allows others to do that.

I hate rehashing these arguments over and over...

Posted by: Greg S. | November 11, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else notice on Tampa Bay Online they mentioned Brian Pothier celebrating after scoring a goal. Why do these lazy reporters keep getting Tom Poti and Brian Pothier confused with each other? Check out Tarik's link to the Tampa Tribune and see what I mean.

Posted by: reesem37 | November 11, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Katie, John Carlson has been impressing in London and in the write-up of the last Knights win, the London Free Press noted the Knights have not lost in regulation any game Carlson has played in. Website is www.lfpress.com

Posted by: rbluesw | November 11, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

@ Greg S -- agree and disagree about Eminger. The Caps wern't going to play him, so a first rounder and his salary off the books helped a lot. As to explaining away Eminger's -3, he must have a lot of bad luck because he has always been a negative points blueliner. He has never had a positive season as a pro; he is a career -46. That's more than bad luck. He is irresponsible with the puck and a hothead, which is too bad because he has some real skills as a skater, passer, and shooter.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 11, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I keep waiting for the shoe to drop on Brent Johnson and hoping that it doesn't. He's playing really really good. Could we have an Osgood on our hands where the backup takes over the #1 slot?

I think that JT will get the next call, but I dunno. Coach B likes to stick with the winner (to wit Huet last spring).

I've been watching Sloan (when the TV lets me see him). He's looking pretty darn good out there. His positioning is good, he seems to be a strong skater, and he has a nice shot. Am I wrong about him?

Posted by: Greg S. | November 11, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Greg,
Johnny has been a starter in the past and not a bad one, perhaps he is a late bloomer. Could we have another Kolzig who takes over for the #1. That is the way goalies got their jobs always before we started, as Bruce has done with Josie, anointing them with the staring job.

Posted by: majiksea | November 11, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Sloan is pretty solid. He's responsible for the occasional bad clearing pass, but not any more often than Jurcina and Erskine. I sure wish Sami could get in a game or two, though.

Posted by: _jordan | November 11, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I hate rehashing these arguments over and over...

Posted by: Greg S. | November 11, 2008 10:14 AM
------------------------------------------
How is it an argument? Section 2, Rule 6.

"Only the Captain, when invited to do so by the Referee, shall have
the privilege of discussing any point relating to the interpretation of
rules. Any Captain, Alternate Captain or any player or goalkeeper who
comes off the bench and makes any protest or intervention with the
officials for any purpose shall be assessed a minor penalty for
unsportsmanlike conduct under Rule 40 – Abuse of Officials.

Should this protest continue, he may be assessed a misconduct penalty, and
if it further continues, a game misconduct penalty shall be warranted.

A complaint about a penalty is NOT a matter “relating to the
interpretation of the rules” and a minor penalty shall be imposed
against any Captain, Alternate Captain or any other player or goalkeeper making such a complaint.

Posted by: Section117 | November 11, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Section 117,
I think Greg was referring more to the repeated complaints that Brash and Kozlov have no place on this team other than to take up space that could be filled by another player.

Posted by: _Mark | November 11, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Gotcha (dealing with a minor Red Bull high).

Posted by: Section117 | November 11, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Yes. That and they're not seeing him as an Assistant Captain, but as a goon and an enforcer only. They penalize him based on his reputation more than the infractions. I've seen several times where he was sent off for 2 where others in the same game for the same infraction were not.

Of course, he should know that and act accordingly. That includes knowing when to keep the yap closed. I just think it's unfair that you see an Iginla or some other player jawing at the refs long after the door is closed and they don't get the unsportsmanlike.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 11, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

@Greg S.

I mentioned Brash's penalty as a another reason why we could of let Tampa back in the game.

I will certainly give him his props for a good game last night though. He had a great assist, and was working two men at a time down low.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 11, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else having problems connecting to the Caps boards? Are they down?

Posted by: Hatfield223 | November 11, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

The "porous" blue line is one thing, but the utter lack of defensive responsibility and neutral zone presence by the Lightning was terrible in the first period last night. Olie was hung out to dry.

That being said, Brash's Nylander impression was great to watch, and Ovie's feed to Green was just wonderful execution of an odd-man rush. It was a very fun first 20 minutes.

But that's what led to the cuteness, I think. Nice to see Johnny stand on his head yet again to preserve the W.

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 11, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I think the word "cute" is misused by a frustrated coach and by people who will ape anything that comes out of his mouth. OV and Semin were brought up using a different system than the North Americans, it is more of a team and strategic game - which people don't understand and calls it "cute"" - rather than a shoot-the-puck and hope for a lucky goal or a rebound.
Understandable, BB would like for them to score at every opportunity, unfortunately, there is always an equally able opponent who can make a good play too. The coach, the team and their fans obviously would like to dominate every game and would prefer a lopsided victory, while a true hockey fan prefers to see a good contested game with great plays all around regardless of the outcome.
I love the Caps and my first preference is for them to win, but a win is no necessary for me to enjoy the game, after all I have just witnessed some of the best athletes in the world contest a match.
In the final analysis there is three ways to enjoy:
1. enjoy the team
2. enjoy the game
3. enjoy both.

Posted by: x1232 | November 11, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

SA-Town

That was classic, wasn't it? Shoved one to the ice and another became part of the glass and he ends up with the puck. That's what I like about him. He's not going to score a lot, but he opens opportunities for others. People avoid him and often leave the puck behind .

And he's cheap.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 11, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I love the OV/Backs/Sasha line as the first line. I also love the Brads/Gordo/Brash as a 4th line. After last night I REALLY love the Laich/Steckel/Fehr line. That leaves Nyls, Feds, Flash, Kozlov and Clark to fill out the second line.

IMHO - By the time the trade deadline rolls around some of our young guys will be in good form and we will have seasoned emergency callups from Hershey. I will be surprised if some of our older players aren't moved out.

Of course this all depends on the emergence of Flash, Stecks and Fehr.

I love Feds' versatility and we will need Nyls come playoff time, plus he plays great with Flash. Hopefully Clark will continue to get/feel better. I think Kozlov is toast before the year is over.

Posted by: waitingsince75 | November 11, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Now THERE'S a guy after my own heart! I love my teams, but I also want to see a good game. I don't care if it's midgets or pee wees or pros. There's nothing like a hotly contested game.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 11, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Greg, 117,
Any player wearing a letter can approach the refs about a call.

In reference to Section 2, Rule 6, I think it is written just as much to prevent players from coming off the bench and engaging the officials.

"Any Captain, Alternate Captain or any player or goalkeeper who
comes off the bench and makes any protest or intervention with the officials"

I'm not arguing that Brash should have know when to zip it but I think Mark's point is accurate.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 11, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Hatfield.... yes, I haven't been able to access the Caps messageboards either today.

Posted by: chombie13 | November 11, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Food for Thought on Kolzig

Before Huet, Kolzig was the #1 goalie. Brent was the back-up. I remember in the beginning of last season where comments were made that Johnny would be getting more starts in goal. I liked that idea as Olie started developing the habit of giving up the soft goal over the past couple of years. But I remember him getting irritated from his comments to the media of the thought of playing less games. You never heard Johnny complain about not getting more starts. Again, when Johnny was shelved at the end of the season, you did not hear any sour grapes.

Was the communication between McPhee and Kolzig near the end of the season as good as it should have been? Kolzig has said so and I would bet McPhee would give you the same answer.

Kolzig, like other past vets at the end of the career, fall into the black hole on not realizing that they can still play "but" not at the same level they once did. Their egos get in the way of evaluating their diminishing skills. Getting older sucks on the body. It aches more and takes longer to recuperate.

In a perfect world, Kolzig would have signed last summer with the Caps for less money and agreed to let Brent truly compete for the #1 job. Given the past and Olie's decision to sign with TB, it wasn't to happen.

Look at Chris Chelios, though older, he sucked up his pride from being scratched during the Stanley Cup Final and resigned for the minimum with Detroit this year. This guy is a legitimate HOF candidate.

Now given that hindsight is 20/20 and he's a back-up to Mike Smith, I'm sure he would rather be still in a Cap uniform and backing up his good younger friend Brent Johnson.

Just Food For Thought!!!

Posted by: puckman | November 11, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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