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Another game on Long Island, another overtime and another Alex Ovechkin goal. The Caps left winger notched both goals in Washington's 2-1 overtime win over the Islanders, his 30th and 31st tallies on the season to become just the third player in franchise history (along with Peter Bondra and Mike Gartner) to record four consecutive 30-goal seasons.

*Here are the game stories from the Islanders perspective from Newsday and the Daily News.

*For those of you who couldn't catch the game here are the highlights.

Senators Cliff notes:
*Ottawa's two wins this month both came against Southeast Division opponents, Carolina and Atlanta. The Capitals and Senators split their two previous meetings this season with Washington taking the most recent in a 5-1 win on Dec. 12.

*The Senators are looking to enter the All Star break on a positive note after capturing just 15 wins in 42 games so far this season. They'll be without defenseman Anton Volchenkov (shoulder) and forward Shean Donovan (lower body) while defenseman Jason Smith (lower body) is questionable.

*Ottawa should have Jason Spezza, who left the Senators' practice early yesterday with a sore back, in the lineup though.

*The Caps could face Brian Elliott in net tonight. He's started each of the Senators' past four games (.921 save percentage and 2.22 GAA) and has just five total NHL appearances but in this awful season for Ottawa he might be giving them a glimpse of the future.

*On a lighter note, here's a story and video about Daniel Alfredsson making good on his debt from a bet with Shean Donovan on the World Junior Championship final between Canada and Sweden.

In the system:
*In addition to breaking the AHL record for consecutive games with a goal, Alexandre Giroux moved into a tie at No. 50 on the AHL's all-time scoring list with goal 232.

By Katie Carrera  |  January 20, 2009; 9:03 AM ET
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Wonder if Cheese gets the start tonight?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 20, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Last year we owned OTT, remember? OTT was actually real hot at the beginning of the season, but couldn't resolve the Caps.
4-1 in Nov, then 8-6 in Dec, the game OVI scored 4 goals. Then 6-3 and 4-2 for the season sweep :D

Posted by: mauree | January 20, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

JSChon, from previous thread

well yeah, this season exceeded expectations so far. I thought we couldn't do so well w/o a rugged S@H D, but we did.

I wonder how deep we can go in the playoffs...

Posted by: mauree | January 20, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

i hope we go right back to no way jose for tonight's game, we have a break for a bit after tonight so we shouldn't let up

Posted by: _stevo | January 20, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Is there something else going on today besides the Caps game? pretty quiet in here!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 20, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse him Crash as in Crash Davis from Bull Durham. He is a stud in the AHL, but can not seem to make the jump to the show. When he was up, he had a number of quality chances, but could not put it away. He then is sent down, and he immediatly lights it up at an amazing pace. If he could do half of what he has in the AHL in the show, we would have true sniper on all three lines.

Posted by: SeattleRob | January 20, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

After reading those stories from NY about the Islander game, their coach sounds like a real a-hole. The guy is criticizing his goalie for allowing 1 goal in regulation! He made the guy sound like a terrible goalie in public - how about getting your crappy forwards to score more than 1 goal a game? We definitely have it good...
Go Caps!

Posted by: Roose | January 20, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse


true, but did we really expect him to score? These are good NHL goalies he was facing. I think the fact that he even got those solo chances is very encouraging - he was at the right place at the right time. I honestly don't know hockey as well as many others her but I'd cut Giroux some slack... I think he's a good prospect.

Posted by: mauree | January 20, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse


I thought the exact same thing when I read the article. I'd heard yesteday on the radio broadcast that the entire upper echelons of the Isles organization is made up of goalies. Then I get the background on the coach in this article - 13 NHL games - and see he's busting on his goalie who did a pretty damn good job. I think his "poor playing" rookie now has almost as many games as "Coach" and looks pretty good for the worst team in the NHL.

That guy needs to lighten up.

Posted by: saintex | January 20, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Because I missed it from yesterday's GameDay post... why was Steckel scratched yesterday?

And is it me or is Chris Clark a liability at this point?

Posted by: donknutts | January 20, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Yeah - What an a-hole! He criticizes his rookie goalie in the NY papers over two unstoppable goals from the MVP. He should get fired on that alone.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 20, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Let down game. Caps will get pummeled tonight, as the players as too busy thinking about the break and about Obama, the Hockey Fan Commander in Chief

Posted by: gtydings | January 20, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Hey gang, Hello from Cairo -- really. I'm glad to see the Caps have won three in a row after that little skid. I can't watch any games along the Nile, but the highlights are nice. Enjoy the traffic in DC; it's like that everyday here. Peace out!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | January 20, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

i dont think clark is or ever has been a liability. I know i always rag on schultz, but yesterday was probably one of his worst games i have seen him play....and that is saying alot

Posted by: _stevo | January 20, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

On Gordon's post-game comments: I watched the press conference live and also noticed that he was less than complimentary about the play of his goaltender. But two things to note: 1) the Islanders have just lost a string of one-goal, close games so Gordon is obviously frustrated and 2) Gordon was very evenhanded and calm in his statements, not irritated or upset. In fact, to be honest, his demeanor impressed me.

Posted by: donknutts | January 20, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Giroux is certainly running out of time to prove he's a NHL player. Although, it doesn't seem like any team has been willing to give him a real chance to shine, he only has 21 NHL games total.

Posted by: koalatek | January 20, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

@Donknutts - funny name by the way!

That may have been the case - IMO you handle that internally especially with a rookie. You do not call him out in front of the NY press. Anyhoo, who cares? We beat em - Sens are next!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 20, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Coach has a good point about the Danis turnover that Ovie should have buried into the empty net. Danis got lucky. 99 times out of 100, that is a goal.

Posted by: CBT2 | January 20, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

donknutts - Steckel was out because Gordon was back in. Clark is playing fine on the checking line.

Posted by: koalatek | January 20, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

RE: Giroux,
I think its going to be his time next year, given that he is lighting it up down there. There are major speed and timing adjustments from what everyone says between the two levels, not to mention higher skill at all levels. If we were not so deep I think Giroux would be comparable to Flash from last year and needs the time to adjust. He has looked good for the most part when up this year, just the polish was what he was lacking, i thought.

Posted by: caps28fan | January 20, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

good post. It is nice to see, hear, read, other side of a story, one can get a distorted point of view otherwise.
Maybe Gordon should have handle the matter internally as lylewimbledon says, it wouldn't have made him look like an a-hole in some readers' mind, but on the other hand he sounded like he was giving an honest assesment of a couple of plays and I am sure it was as an answer to a question and not as a single-out the goalie to fry. A rookie coach mistake? like Zorn of the Washington Redskins.

Posted by: opita | January 20, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

koalatek: But Clark was playing with Nylander and Laich, right? It's the Caps' third line
but not technically a "checking" line and on it I feel like Clark doesn't fit with those other two players as well as Fehr does. As has been mentioned above perhaps if Giroux can ever recreate his AHL prowess in the bigs, he could take that slot on the third line.

Posted by: donknutts | January 20, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Well, I think Nylander is the one that doesn't really fit in anywhere. Flash-Nyls-Koz might work, but you don't break up 8-19-25. Although I remember Brash-Nyls-Clark seemed to do okay.

Posted by: koalatek | January 20, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Keith Aucoin is leading the AHL in points as well. I really liked his short stint with the Caps. I don't think he fit the Caps height and weight requirements though ;)

Posted by: cappies | January 20, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I thought the NYI coach was right to pin Ovie's first goal on him. Wasn't especially hard a shot and he wasn't screened at all. You'd expect an NHL goalie to stop those.

Great pic you posted on the previous thread showing all the Caps fans in NY.

You were there, how many Caps in the house yesterday? Couple of hundred? A thousand? Any ballpark figures?

To drown the home team out you need more songs. Some non-offensive ones like:

We're here
we're here
We're drinking all ya beer
We're the Caps
We're the Caps

Witt should have been seranaded with:
"Stayed with a big club
You should have stayed with a big club"

Welcome aboard, where in ONT are you?

Brilliant post at the end of the last thread. Totally agree. Also you ended it with the single best quote ever on this blog.

Was that "gooed" enough?

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 20, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

How come Wilbon doesn,t write about the Caps?

Posted by: hessone | January 20, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

How come Wilbon doesn't write about the Caps - That's better.

Posted by: hessone | January 20, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse


Thanks for the concern, folks. I am feeling better. Still not 100-percent yet -- I passed up a night on the town in Manhattan last night -- but I'm at least pretty sure I won't need to see a doctor.

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