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The D.C. Sports Bog is just teeming with Caps info these days as Dan Steinberg shares Bryan Helmer's transportation stories about his DC-Hershey commutes, a discussion with ESPN 980's Steve Czaban about Capitals' media coverage and Alex Ovechkin's quotes post-Penguins game. (Not to mention a picture of Ovechkin and Tarik's eerily similar hats.)

*Both of the main Oilers beat writers from the Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun chose to further examine hockey's resurgence in Washington.

* takes a look at the Capitals' season thus far as Washington seeks to reach the playoffs in a less stressful manner than the way they did last March and April.

"If we stay on an even keel we won't have to burn ourselves out to get there," Mike Green told "That will give us a huge advantage in the playoffs."

*Courtesy of the Caps 365 crew, here's part two of Mike Vogel's interview with Bengt Gustafsson.

In the system:
*Not only are the Bears reeling from a 7-2 loss to Albany on Wednesday, but they're also pretty banged up. Tyler Sloan, Alex Giroux, Keith Aucoin, Graham Mink, Andrew Joudrey, Simeon Varlamov all didn't participate in practice while Darren Reid, Josh Godfrey and Patrick McNeill aren't expected to make the trip to Bridgeport for tonight's game against the Sound Tigers. Hershey faces Philadelphia and Worcester at home on Saturday and Sunday respectively to round out the weekend.

*Tim Leone talks to Sean Collins about his 15-game stay with the Capitals and how he's adjusting again to the AHL.

*The ABC affiliate in Charlston, S.C. spotlights the relationship between Bruce and Ben Boudreau, a rookie with the ECHL's Stingrays.

*Michal Neuvirth and the Stingrays fell 4-0 to the Florida Everblades last night.

By Katie Carrera  |  January 16, 2009; 7:47 AM ET
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That's a good hat. Let's all get them.

Posted by: lornemyoung | January 16, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Not feeling the hat Tarik. Interesting read on the other 2 articles about the resurgance. I have always said if more people got exposed to Ice Hockey it could move to second or first in the "Big 4". Caps win a cup here things will drastically change.

Posted by: trunkenmath | January 16, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

You pull off the hat better, Tarik.

Posted by: JohninMpls | January 16, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Visor beanies are money.

Rusurgance is spelled resurgence.

It's "Cup" not cup.

Posted by: mnmnt_snow | January 16, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

To be loved in this town you have to win, I've always asked people here, Had the Redskins not won a Super Bowl would they be as loved as they are? Could never get an answer. To me its tough to say, Football in America is just god-like to everybody for some reason.

Caps are on the right path, And with the way they play and a lil luck this town will be painted Red more than it already has pretty soon!!!!

Posted by: darrylrbaker | January 16, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse


You are hard pressed to find many pro-teams that are loved when they are constantly outside of a playoff spot. I really think that it comes down to investing money in entertainment, you want the excitement of the game being important.

Football is different because it is only 16 games. People go for the party just as much as the game. So if your's still a tailgate and a party.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 16, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

I hear allot of people say hockey is the most exciting sport in-person but then they say they don't ever watch it on tv because they can't see half of what's going on. Makes some sense. I actually loved that blimp view from the Winter Classic. It was like playing EA hockey for the old Sega Genesis ;)

Posted by: cappies | January 16, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse


To watch it on TV you really have to be interested in the team and understand the roster.

I watch non-Caps game all the time on TV, but it is not nearly as entertaining when you dont have some emotional stake in the final result.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 16, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Hope many of you are now starting to see my point on the good news headed our way down the road. Remember keep your glass full.

Is anyone more excited than me about the beginning of the stretch run?

Looking Ahead: Really really Good News (update)

The last 21 games of the season the Caps schedule includes:

13 games against division foe
4 against Atlanta
3 against Tampa
3 against Florida
3 against carolina (2 at home)

2 games against the Maple Leafs

1 against the Bruins (A)
1 against the Penguins (H)
1 against the Flyers (A)
1 against the Predators (A)
1 against the Sabers (H)
1 against the Islanders (A)

Looking good for the stretch rush to rush back Poti.

Posted by: windjammersouth | January 16, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Are you sitting at home right now watching NHL on th Fly? man did you see that hit on Thorton last night?

Posted by: windjammersouth | January 16, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse


the hit on which thorton? shawn or joe

Posted by: _stevo | January 16, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: _stevo | January 16, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

@darrylrbaker: Caps are on the right path, And with the way they play and a lil luck this town will be painted Red more than it already has pretty soon!!!!

Spot on, and I think Ted's got it right too. We crave media attention, but right now, it's just a distraction. Eyes on the prize, boys. The rest will follow in due time. Until we take home the Cup, we're very ignorable, and if we're not ignored, we'll get more of the backhanded, snide commentary from the mainstream media that isn't Tarik, Katie, Corey, or Dan.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 16, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

It is good to hear Bengt Gustafsson, my all-time favorite player. Was he observing or helping coach the team? He was asked about Backs but I wonder what was his opinion on the rest of the guys.

Posted by: opita | January 16, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Good to see they acknowledge the truth, that Crosby got "tangled up with" not "checked into the boards by" like some other places. And I guess I'm going to have to find a new player to razz on if Erskine keeps this up.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 16, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Bengt was in town to try and get some "coaching" tips, at least thats what he said when I ran into him out on the town with Smokin Al after the St. Louis game. He acted almost as if he was scouting for the Swedish Olympic team. But I get the feeling from watching practice that week that he as also doing a bit of guest assistant coaching, especially helping Green with his puck handling and def. spending more time with Backs helping him with his game. And his impression of other Caps players (probably my most favorite quote of that night) - "Your Russians are very dominant players."

Posted by: abuddy2004 | January 16, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the post. Bengt was always a class player, that seems to be his personal nature.

I wonder where Tarik was during all of this, says I using a bit of sarcasm.

The game seems to be too fast on TV for those who are not familiar with Hockey, it takes time to get used to it, and I am for anything that will help improve the experience, but not at the expense of the game. Lets hope it does not become a side show like football, where you get three minutes of non-sport action for every minute of play - double that during the Superbowl, the event where the commercials show is as important as the game. In my opinion we already have too many TV time outs in hockey games.

Posted by: opita | January 16, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

The Hershey home games are Saturday and Sunday, not Friday and Saturday...

Posted by: jyjr16 | January 16, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

"If we stay on an even keel we won't have to burn ourselves out to get there," Mike Green told "That will give us a huge advantage in the playoffs."

oh thats why Greenie doesn't skate hard out there, he's saving himself for the big show, got it!

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 16, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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