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While the Capitals will likely recall someone from Hershey to help fill gaps left by the team's ever-growing list of injuries, they're also looking toward the healthy players to step up. Players like second-year center Tomas Fleischmann, who has four goals in the past six games and appears to be finding his stride in the NHL at the perfect time to help the Caps most.

*While the Caps do get to come home to Verizon Center, where they're 7-0-1, they have three games over the next four days beginning tonight against Atlanta. The Thrashers put together their most complete effort of the season and snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over Toronto last night.

*After the win, Thrashers Coach John Anderson told reporters that star Ilya Kovalchuk played with newfound intensity against the Leafs.

"I think it was our best game," Anderson said. "[Ilya] Kovalchuk obviously his best game, the most enthusiasm I've seen him have all year. He's got a bit of a bloody nose for it, but I think he'd trade that for a win any day. Kovy, he's the face of the Thrashers, and when you see your big star go in there and fight and score and hit and do whatever he has to do to win, I think that lifts our whole team."

*Kovalchuk recorded an unassisted goal and also wound up in a rare fight with Toronto's Ian White. Neither Kovalchuk nor White were shy about sharing their side of the story with the media. Here's Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski's take as well.

In the system:
*Sami Lepisto was called off the ice at Bears practice yesterday, but as of last night he had not been officially recalled. On that link you'll also find the Bears injury update and projected lines for tonight's game against Binghamton which Simeon Varlamov is expected to start.

*The Bears are off 14-5-0-1 through the first quarter of the season and have proved, that like their parent club, there's rarely a problem finding offense -- Hershey leads the AHL with 88 goals.

*Left wing Maxime Lacroix and defenseman Sasha Pokulok were reassigned to Hershey yesterday from the ECHL's Stingrays.

*AHL President and CEO Dave Andrews mentioned both Oskar Osala and Mathieu Perreault among a list of AHL players ready to jump to the NHL in his latest blog entry for The Hockey News.

*One goal away of tying his career season high of 13 goals, 2007 fifth round draft pick Brett Leffler has become Regina's most consistent secondary scorer and has 12 goals in 24 games.

*Missed this one earlier, but goaltender Michal Neuvirth recorded his second shutout of the season as the Stingrays drubbed the Mississippi Sea Wolves 10-0 back on Sunday.

By Katie Carrera  |  November 26, 2008; 8:57 AM ET
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They should change their name to the River Wolves.

Posted by: _jordan | November 26, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Katie, but you and Tarik should see the end of the last thread for evidence of what happens when you don't post regular updates! :)

On that subject, Walla Walla Dodge/Jeep have put together a package that will be hard to say no to. They hope to trade Lee for a receptionist, a 1st round pick in the upcoming Salesman Draft and a coffee machine.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 26, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

As long as they look at the end of the thread and not all of the foolishness that was going on yesterday. :)


Just in case there is a new fine for not mentioning Lee. :)

Posted by: _Mark | November 26, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

And a coffee machine ... HA!!!

BTW, Dave, did you ever recover from that big scare?!?

Posted by: Boo- | November 26, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: rw-c | November 26, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

What'll we do til then?!

Posted by: _jordan | November 26, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Ted Parker Broward Nissan have just signed a slick talking, lefty from Cambridge Lexus. "Well his average basis points were significantly higher than the other options we were looking at", said Ted Parker Jr.

With Nissan out of the picture, Baltimore/Camden Acura remain the front runner for the services of Leeguru, the question is what would they be willing to send to BMW of Fairfax. "We have a few employees that are off limits, the really hot part time receptionist certainly has a future with us, off the top of my head thats all I can think of. There is a list somewhere", said a Baltimore Camden Acura representative. More to come from this on going situation.

Posted by: JSchon | November 26, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Nuremburg Chevy has entered the Leeguru sweepstakes. The rumor is that they are ready to offer the services of Boris Becker, for no more than 3 commercials and a 1 year supply of schnitzel, BMW of Fairfax is asking for 2 yrs of schnitzel and only 2 Boris Becker endorsement commercials. Things are getting interesting.

Posted by: JSchon | November 26, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I didn't know Leeguru was at the stage in his career where Europe is an option..

Posted by: _jordan | November 26, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

A snag in the negotiations between Nuremburg Chevy and BMW of Fairfax may cause the two parties to break off talks for Leeguru. It seems as if they have agreed on the years of free schnitzel, but BMW is now asking for a group photo with Heidi Klum, something that Nuremburg Chevy have been reluctant to accommodate due to her over exposure. Mattias Shurm from Nuremberg Chevy had this to say, "Wir haben ihnen schnitzel, jetzt sie wollen Klum gegeben, Nr". Seems like the Germans are firm in their offer.

Posted by: JSchon | November 26, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

You know, some of the regular negative posters may just be thrown off by this and think they have gone to the wrong site. Keep it up jschon, Boo, and Dave, and maybe we can have a happy thread.


Posted by: _Mark | November 26, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I bow to your superior talents.

I know, I laughed at the coffee machine too. As if they would give up that for Lee!!

My heart is back to a normal rate now - taken a while though :) By the way, my work is done!

If you read this, sorry mate!

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 26, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

News keeps filtering in from the wire about the next possible destination for Leeguru. The latest rumor has him being shipped off to Walla Walla Dodge/Jeep for Rick Hunsky and their new wireless Ricoh Color Laser printer. "Rick, has been great for us, he knows his Jeeps, can fix a paper jam and makes a great pot of decaf", said a fellow co-worker Theo Dodd. This is a significant offer since BMW of Fairfax has had paper jam issues since 2004. As more news trickles in, we will keep you informed.

Posted by: JSchon | November 26, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

With Baltimore/Camden Acura unwilling to trade the hot part-time receptionist and Nuremburg Chevy balking at the photo op with Heidi Klum, the new destination for the service of Leeguru is as clouded as ever. What does Leeguru think of all of this? Well the rumor is that he was celebrating Tuesday last night with some friends, Jack, Jim and Johnny. Leeguru was unavailable for comment this morning but we are currently talking to Great Manitoba Range Rover.

Posted by: JSchon | November 26, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

JSchon, don't take the following the wrong way, I respect your opinions even when I disagree with them, but I could not help noticing your love with numbers, I love them too.
Here is a little story a friend told me about his boss when hiring an accountant. The boss ask the same simple question to the three applicants:
Boss: how much is one and one?
Acct1: why it is two.
Acct2: Well, it could be two or eleven
Acct3: That depends... how much do you want it to be?
The beauty of numbers is that if you play with them long enough, you can shape them anyway you like them.

Posted by: opita | November 26, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

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