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Morning roundup: An 11th-round knockout

Morning roundup

Well, that one was interesting.

Alexander Semin has two goals, Chris Clark had the decisive tally in the 11th round of the shootout and the Caps beat the Isles, 5-4, last night.

"Even when we were down, I never thought that we were out of it," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It was too early. There were 50 minutes left in the game, we were down 3-1, but I thought we had a good chance of coming back."
The Capitals did just that, scoring three straight and taking a 4-3 lead late in the second period on a fluky goal by Eric Fehr. And for the first 15 minutes of the third period, they did a respectable job of protecting that lead.

Cliffhanger! Click here to read the full story.

And now, a small collection of fashionably late links:

* Highlights:

* Washington Times on a balanced scoresheet:

10 players have scored goals since Ovechkin got hurt. 10 different goals scorers in four games -- that's some quality balance. The Caps have now scored 16 goals in four games without Ovechkin and 15 in the past three.

* Mike Vogel on Clark's assist streak:

In addition to wiring a rocket of a wrist shot for the deciding goal in the shootout - the first shootout goal of his NHL career - Clark collected an assist on Eric Fehr's third-period goal. The helper gives Clark a four-game assist streak, the longest such run of his NHL career. Clark has five assists in his last six games.

* PuckDaddy's No.1 star is Alexander Semin:

The Russian sniper didn't wait long to open the scoring at Verizon Center by scoring eight seconds into Washington's game against the New York Islanders. Semin would later tie the game at three in the second period and then scored Washington's first goal in the shootout en route to the 5-4 win. Semin also led all players with 11 shots on goal.

* Ed Frankovic on a strong line combo:

Boudreau's line combinations seemed to gel tonight but the line of Perreault, Clark, and Fehr seemed to especially make things happen all night even though they were together just under 10 minutes of ice time for the contest. Had the Islanders not converted late, Fehr would have had the game winner.

* Here's Newsday's recap, but you have to be a subscriber to read it. I'll save my thoughts on that for the How Not to Save Newspapers conference.

* Something about the number 26. Alex Ovechkin's name is definitely in there. All I got at this moment. (Bog)

* Top 10 hockey war veterans. (The Hockey News)

* Photo gallery to come in this spot shortly --> Update: Here it is!

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  November 12, 2009; 10:37 AM ET
 
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Comments

Thanks Lindsay. I enjoyed Frankovic's piece & I really have been enjoying the play of Perreault.

Posted by: uncatim | November 12, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Why the link that Dynamo denies signing Nylander was deleted?

Posted by: CodePoetry | November 12, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

To all new hockey fans, welcome. Please do not throw hats for a shout out goal. You are making Caps fans look like morons. Fans on hockey forums around the world are starting to call 2 regulations goals, and a SO goal, the Ovechkin hat-trick. Stop it.

Posted by: daddy_axe | November 12, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

To all new hockey fans, welcome. Please do not throw hats for a shout out goal. You are making Caps fans look like morons. Fans on hockey forums around the world are starting to call 2 regulations goals, and a SO goal, the Ovechkin hat-trick. Stop it.

Posted by: daddy_axe | November 12, 2009 10:45 AM

Ovechkin hat-trick? What tools, since only the first one was Ovi, the second time it was Semin. They should get their facts right!

But then, who cares!! They are just jealous that we are Kickin Butt and taking Names!!!


Go Caps!

Posted by: hbcapsfan | November 12, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Ahhh...the old "DC fans dont know hockey," argument again.

Thats pretty funny a large number of Caps fans are first and foremost fans of another team...Like Pittsburgh, Detroit, Rangers...

I seriously hate hearing that crap...people can do whatever they want...

the traditionalist can go watch games in Edmonton for all I care...

When your in 1st place, you make rules, you dont follow them...

Posted by: SA-Town | November 12, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Uh, the shootout itself is what is contrary to hockey "tradition" -- not whether or not fans want to consider a SO goal as part of a hat trick. It was sure exciting last night though.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | November 12, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Who cares what other hockey fans think about Caps fans? The important thing is that the Caps are selling out their games so the team doesn't move to Canada or Kansas City. If throwing hats after SO goals keeps people coming to the game, KEEP THROWING THOSE HATS!

Posted by: ablake70 | November 12, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

SA Town

C'mon... Everyone should know that a hattrick is 3 non-shootout goals in 1 games.

If you want to start a different tradition for 2 goals and 1 shootout goal then throw something else on the ice besides hats.

Any ideas?

Maybe socks?
or maybe visiting opponent fans?

Posted by: JSchon | November 12, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

A "shout out" goal?

Posted by: Jumpy66 | November 12, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

To all new hockey fans, welcome. Please do not throw hats for a shout out goal. You are making Caps fans look like morons. Fans on hockey forums around the world are starting to call 2 regulations goals, and a SO goal, the Ovechkin hat-trick. Stop it.

Posted by: daddy_axe | November 12, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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I think it is a great psychological weapon to use on the opponent during shoot outs, especially when it occurs right after a Capital goal! It is like calling timeout to freeze the kicker in the NFL. Both time it happened this year, the opponent failed to score because he had to wait and agonize on this new "stupid" tradition! I would prefer that the fans start throwing the hats and stuff on the opponent after each goal scored in the SO, that would really be a "Home Ice" advantage to put something else in the back of the opposing player's mind!

Posted by: JohnWWW | November 12, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

About the Hats...I don't care what other fans think, I care that these idiots represent us and don't know squat about the game. They look like fools and morons and if they want to do it for a Bettman Trick...they should carry a blown-up picture of Kaiser Gary and throw that on the ice.

That is all...oh yeah...Boyd Gordon should go to Hershey...keep MP!!!

Posted by: opus1m | November 12, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I know it is...When the hats went down my first thought was..oh this isnt a hat trick..

But seriously...if the blogs want to rip it, and talk trash then fine...

Blogs of so full or trash talk and garbage...no one talks hockey anymore.

People would rather talk about the hats then Semin's nice night on the ice...

Posted by: SA-Town | November 12, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I think we are way worse for yelling "oh" and "red" during the anthem.

Let the hats fall all night...I DONT CARE...

Posted by: SA-Town | November 12, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I know we're not even 1/4 into the season, but isn't it nice to see Nick battling Thornton for the assist lead? The kid's awesome.

Posted by: gonchpup | November 12, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

SA-Town: AMEN! Last night I was muttering in my mind "please don't say "red", "please don't say O", especially while a quartet from the armed services was singing the National Anthem, but no, nothing stops people from doing that.

I saw a little kid throw a hat on the ice, it was sweet if not inappropriate. But, no too many hats were thrown, and people are learning.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | November 12, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else get the feeling daddy_axe was uhm, Mr. Cherry?

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | November 12, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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