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*The Capitals reassigned Chris Bourque to Hershey, but there's a chance the left wing could be back in Arlington soon. He had an assist in the Bears' ninth-straight win yesterday, a 3-2 victory over Norfolk.

*We'll have more about the Panthers before tomorrow's game but in case you missed it on a relatively slow hockey Sunday, Florida earned a decisive 4-0 victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Goaltender Craig Anderson made 37 saves to snag the shutout, and he also earned himself a start Tuesday in Verizon Center against the Caps.

*Remember Brooks Laich's individual shot-blocking effort during a 5-on-3 against the Kings? It caught the attention of folks at too.

*You may have already seen this, but the Wild's Cal Clutterbuck, who scored his first two NHL goals against the Capitals last week, attended Boudreau's hockey camp as a kid. (The note is split between the first and second page of the article from the Star Tribune.)

*Nicklas Backstrom made a list that no one really wants to be on as part of the Winnipeg Sun's top 10 goal gaffes, but hey he's not Steve Smith.

In the system:
*As previously mentioned, Hershey extended its winning streak to nine games with a 3-2 win over Norfolk last night thanks to the play of goaltender Simeon Varlamov. It's the longest winning streak since the franchise record (10) was set in 2001-02.

*The Bears handed the Phantoms their worst loss in franchise history with a 9-0 shellacking on Saturday night. Defenseman Greg Amadio, whose career season high for goals is three, found the net twice against Philadelphia to lead the onslaught.

*Everyone's been reminiscing lately about how Boudreau put his stamp on the Capitals after taking control of the team last November, but there was another transition in the system as Bob Woods took the helm in Hershey at the same time last year.

*Ben Boudreau followed in his father's footsteps when the Stingrays faced the the Mississippi Sea Wolves this past weekend. Michal Neuvirth only faced 12 shots in South Carolina's 2-1 victory.

By Katie Carrera  |  December 1, 2008; 8:11 AM ET
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Hershey's top line of Perreault, Osala, and Bouchard is a beautiful thing to behold. If you get a chance, go see them. Or wait a couple years, and watch them play for the Caps.

GP G A Pt +/-
Bouchard: 20 7 11 18 17
Perreault: 22 4 17 21 17
Osala: 24 16 5 21 17

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 1, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Why would anyone come here to read links 'borrowed' from Japers' Rink, where they were surrounded by better, smarter content? Clearly the Washington Post doesn't understand the whole 'blogging' thing, eh?

Posted by: baddabing1 | December 1, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse


I dont see any point on slamming this blog. It has high traffic and people like the instant feedback from practice.

Does Japers have real time from Kettler? Dont be a troll.

Posted by: SA-Town | December 1, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

How much ice team are Perreault, Osala, and Bouchard getting? I often see them listed as the 4th line but I suspect they probably get almost as much ice time as the Aucoin, Mink, Giroux line.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | December 1, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

It's really amazing that Hershey's still doing so well considering the Caps have had to purge their entire D corps. It sure seems encouraging for the future of the Caps.

Posted by: kenjabi | December 1, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Obviously there is a reason people come here. You seem to come here for a reason. Even if it is to push Japers Rink and slam this blog.

For the most part there is valid discussion that happens here. Discussion that you never take part in other than to post the link to Japers Rink.

Posted by: _Mark | December 1, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

As a carry over from last night's topic. I was checking back from time to time basically waiting for Tarik to provide some kind of update as to who might be back at Verizon tomorrow. At this point, given the injuries, and two west coast road trips, I will take a 13-8-3 record. Like many of you I believe the Caps need to get more wins on the road. They should have been able to pull out wins in Calgary and Phoenix in my opinion. At the same time, besides the Carolina come back at home there were 3 other games this season that are among the most exciting of the season. They were all road games. The comeback win in Pittsburg, the OT win in Dallas, and they OT loss where OV scored with 1 second left in NJ. They have shown the ability to put it together on the road. With the line-up we've had for the last 3 road games it is impossible to see how we match up, or begin to waive the white flag just because we have lost so many in a row on the road. As I said a post last week, if the young guys from Hershey can just play .500 hockey we will be fine. When the team becomes more healthy we can put together some wins. I have been a Caps fan for 20 years now, and now that Jose is playing solid in goal, I believe this is the best Caps team, bar none. As far as our Captain is concerned, I was disappointed to read that Clark is having a hard time talking one on one with team mates that are having issues because he is having issues. Leaders have to get beyond that. I may get blasted for this one but Dale Hunter was a horrible leader. He led from the penalty box. His cheap shot at the end of the playoff series against the New York Islanders series years back injuring Pierre Turgeon (would be like us losing Backstrom to a goon) was embarrasing. It also earned him a 21 game suspension the following season. I cannot believe that his number is retired. It should be an embarrasment in itself that Hunter was given the gift of one of the penalty boxes from the old Capital Centre (moment of silence please).

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 1, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

osala, bouchard, and perrault are our 4th line, not top...there ice time really depends on the situation. if we come out flat and need a boost this line usally gets the team going, we were down 3-0 in the 3rd vs. philly a couple weeks ago, this line took it upon themselves and scored 3 in the last 10 mins of the game. if were losing by 1 youll see giroux and those guys more. woods trys to keep it as even as possible

Posted by: bearsfan26 | December 1, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse


"Dale Hunter won a Stanley Cup"

ORLY!?! Where and when did he win said cup?

"you want quotes, here from the great Chris Clarke from just last week"

You're comparing apples to oranges. You said that GMGM has made similar quotes about Jagr's ability to lead. I'm asking to see them.

"So, where your Clarke jersey's proudly, he is our captain. and lets compare him to Joe Sakic(MVP) Dale Hunter(MVP)."

Ummm...ok. Joe Sakic won the Hart in 2001 (I think) but to the best of my knowledge, Dale Hunter has never been close to the MVP award.

"Your hockey ignorance shows"

Maybe, maybe. That's a pretty subjective commet. But I will say this. I've backed my argument up with statistics and factual information. You've backed yours up with "If Calgary dumps you(A HOCKEY TOWN) then what does that tell you? If Clarke is such a good captain why can't he lead?". Unless you sat in with Calgary's GM and are in the Caps locker room here and on the road, then those comments are known as something called opinion.

Oh and speaking of ignorance, at least take the time to do some minimal research/proofreading. Then, just maybe, you'll not only be able to spell the player names correctly, but also won't have such foolish type-os/grammatical errors. Not only do you make your arguments less compelling, but you insult whatever school district you were brought up in.

/oh and one more thing. The reason I brought how many captain's aren't in the race for the Rocket Richard is too show that goals do not equate to leadership.

Posted by: Yoshietree | December 1, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

So I guess it is a lock that we will see Theodore vs FLA, NYI, and Carolina.

Johnson vs. Toronto?

Posted by: SA-Town | December 1, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

A "lighten up, Francis" for the masses.

Posted by: Section117 | December 1, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse


Don’t bother. You are screaming at a wall. It is obvious that ergoroc has never played hockey or any other organized sport. He/She doesn’t understand that there is more to the game then putting pucks in the net.

Posted by: Blahblahblah73 | December 1, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

117- couldn't have said it better. you peace maker you.

slow down guys. we all would like to take certain folks on the board out to the wood shed, but do we really need to, or can we just quietly enjoy knowing that some people are dopes and they make themselves look stupid. no need to let the turkeys pull you in and make you look just as bad.

have a good morning all. off to kettler to watch paratice and take some photo's.


Posted by: lamplighter1 | December 1, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

As nasty as this board is getting, one might think that the Caps were not in first with some many injuries and a few choice games coming up with injured players likely to be streaming back soon. Sheesh. Not much about how well the call-ups have done and how awesome the farm club is doing with some much talent ripening for the Caps in the years to come.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 1, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

err... so much, not some much

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 1, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Amen, Section 117.

Do we have a problem on the road that needs addressing? You bet. Should we be pushing the panic button and counting days until tee time yet? Absolutely not. Like I said, it might be an issue of confidence on the road vs. at home. When we're not confident, we stop playing the system, try too hard, and it ends up breaking. It's not an issue with the system or the skill level of the guys involved, because on home ice we bring down the house. You ever had a case where you're like "this is gonna be hard, don't screw up don't screw up don't ... oh damn I screwed up"? I know I have, and maybe that's what's happening on the road. It's a self-defeating mindset, but one that just requires a mental reset to fix.

Can we all just take a chill pill please? They'll get it sorted before the season dies, okay?

Posted by: kittypawz | December 1, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

From the Wash Times

The healthy Caps haven't taken the ice yet here at K-Plex, but five of the injured guys are. Mike Green, Alexander Semin, Sergei Fedorov, Chris Clark and Tom Poti are all out skating around now. Poti does not have his full gear on. Green has taken some wrist shots but no slap shots. John Erskine is not on the ice, but he was watching from the benches for a couple of minutes.

Posted by: SA-Town | December 1, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

JIMALLCAPS: I think it stems from disappointment that we're not near the top where we think we should be. We're still ironing out issues, and dealing with an absolutely unreal raft of injuries. Honestly, once we get the "oh god I don't dare screw up" mindset out of the way and our boys are relaxed enough to mentally focus on the game without getting cocky, the injuries are the only really serious problem we've got.

Posted by: kittypawz | December 1, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

More on Hunter. With the draft pick the Caps gave up to Quebec to get Hunter, the Nordiques drafted Mr. Joe Sakic. So how lucky are we now to have had Hunter? From 1988-89 to 1998-99, Hunter's stats 183 goals 556 pts, and 1853 PIMs. Sakic's stats 375 goals, 979 pts, 377 PIMs. Sakic was a two time Stanley Cup champion and won awards such as the Hart, Pearson, Conn Smythe and Lady Byng. A true leader.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 1, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

One trend I have noticied is that the Caps struggle the most against teams playing a trap: NJ, Columbus, LA, & Calgary. All these teams played a trap against the Caps and made life difficult for a team that likes to get the puck up ice quick and press. Part of the problem is that for some of these games, many of the best outlet defenders or guys who can rush the puck up the ice were hurt: Green, Federov, Schultz, Poti, Morrison, and Semin -- just off the top of my head. The trap seems to show up more on the road, even from teams that do not normally trap (e.g. LA and Calgary). None of the next four teams the Caps play normally play the trap and the Caps will have a few good players back soon, so I expect the Caps to win their next four: Panthers, Isles, Leafs, and Canes. Call me an optimist, but these next four are quite winnable. The Bruins will be a great test at home.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 1, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Scoring is not the only thing that defines a leader. I wish like heck that Hunter had not lost his mind with the Turgeon incident. It mars a pretty good career.

Posted by: _Mark | December 1, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

4th line, huh? The bears seem poised for greatness...

Posted by: oo7 | December 1, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Sakic was drafted by the Nordiques 15th overall in the 1987 draft. The Nordiques became the Colorado Avalanche. The Caps traded for Hunter with a first round draft pick. Who knows whom they would have drafted? Taking Sakic 15th overall is not a gimme. It's not like the Caps traded away the first overall. At the time, Hunter was a proven vet, well respected in the league. He was awesome at faceoffs, had a scoring touch, great leadership, and was very tough. If Hunter wasn't the captain in the late 90's, the Caps would not have played for the Cup.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 1, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Was it Hunter's 4 measely assists, or 30 PIMs in 21 playoff games that year that led the Caps to the Stanley Cup Finals? Or his impressive 8 goal, 26 pts, 103 PIM regular season? Dale Hunter was over rated and should never have been a Capitals captain. He is remembered as a goon by everyone outside of the Caps. The only good thing he did in my opinion was the Game 7 overtime goal that eliminating the hated Flyers. Clark is a good Captain, when he has confidence, because he leads by example. He goes above and beyond as a matter of fact because he would gladly take a puck in the face if it will keep the puck out of our net. When he almost got his ear ripped off last year by OV's shot he was battling for position in front of the new against the Canucks in a game that had been over for a period or so. I agree that a Captain doesn't have to be a goal scorer, but they shouldn't be a penalty minute leader either. You can't very well negotiate with officials or encourage team mates when you're sitting across the rink in a box.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 1, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Also, thanks for the history lesson regarding the Nordiques becoming the Avalanche, new that bud. Just as I know the KC Scouts became the Colorado Rockies, and are now the NJ Devils, and that the WHA Winnepeg Jets became the NHL Winnepeg Jets which are now the Phoenix Coyotes, and that the WHA New England Whalers (where the Mark and Marty Howe played with Gordie) became the NHL New England Whalers, later the Hartford Whalers, and now the Carolina Hurricanes. Thanks for the history lesson.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 1, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

fanohock1, dude!!! Go take a valium or something.....some people on this blog are unreal!!!!

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

fanohock1, dude!!! Go take a valium or something.....some people on this blog are unreal!!!!

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Does Japers at least get some kind of a courtesy check for gathering those links for you guys every morning?

Posted by: FlyersSuck | December 1, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

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