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Morning Roundup: Sky's the Limit

(John McDonnell - The Washington Post)

With five goals logged through three contests, Alex Ovechkin has never started a season so hot. Here's a comparison of how many games it's taken the Caps' star winger to get to five goals in past seasons:

Season Games
2009-10 3
2008-09 16
2007-08 8
2006-07 8
2005-06 8

In today's story, No. 8 tries to explain his explosive start: "Thank God, I've had a little bit luck. And when I score goals, guys give me nice assists."

Luck? Not so much, says Tarik. Read the story here.

Other items of note:

* The Caps play King Henrik and the Rangers tonight at Verizon Center, 7 p.m. (And you can watch on Comcast SportsNet ... sigh of relief.)

* Watch out for Brash -- he plans to "give it a little extra" against his ex-team tonight. *shudder* File under: "Words You Never Want to Hear Uttered by the League's Best Fighter." (NY Daily News)

* Everyone cheers Caps-Flyers. (NY Times)

* Tom Poti and John Erskine were, to put it delicately, not so good in Philly. And Coach Bruce Boudreau says only one of the pair (or never-again pair, as the case may be) is willing to admit as much. (Washington Times)

* The rundown on Varly. (Japers' Rink)

* Caps' top line is pretty good. (Express, - PDF, p. 16)

* 8-19-28 the best Caps line EVER?!?! Who knows, but it's probably not the worst. (On Frozen Blog)

* Ted on the OT loss: "We live and we learn." (Ted's Take)

* WINDOWS!!!!!!!!! (!!!)

* Sidney Crosby tops Ovechkin as the NHL's best current superstar. Talk amongst yourselves. (National Post)

* Top 25 under 25 list includes a few Caps. Go ahead, guess which ones. (

* Katie is handling today's morning skate so Tarik can practice with the team as backup goalie get some rest before the game. More to come.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 8, 2009; 10:35 AM ET
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How many 'Alex is good' stories can you people run? Why not something about a real issue with the team, something newsy, current? Caps fans deserve more intelligent coverage.

Posted by: bugaboo1 | October 8, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Who's Alex?

Posted by: Lindsay_Applebaum | October 8, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Hah. Zinger!

Posted by: SmallZ827 | October 8, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Right, why would we be interested in something silly like the best start yet by the best play in hockey and how it compares to his previous years? That's nonsense! I didn't see anything posted about Sloan practicing at forward, and that's certainly worth mentioning! . . .

Oh. Well, I must've skipped over that one, but that's irrelevant. I want news!


Posted by: TotallyTacos | October 8, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Seriously? The greatest player in the league is playing even better than he has before. That sounds newsworthy to me!

Posted by: hillg | October 8, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

My point being, cut 'em some slack. They do a great job keeping us up to date with Caps news. Nothing wrong with throwing some interesting numbers like these into the mix.

Posted by: TotallyTacos | October 8, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

i dont mind reading about how great Ovie is, keep em' coming!

Posted by: capsfan387 | October 8, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I agree with bugaboo1, there are other stories more interesting that need to be told or at the very least looked into, but sadly and unfortunate most of the people on this blog will be happier reading about what kind of cereal a particular player is eating.
By the way, does anyone know what Alex is doing now?

Posted by: hock1 | October 8, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Being awesome!

Posted by: eorr53 | October 8, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Caps fans will whine about anything... give it a rest and enjoy having a dynamic team in town!!!

Posted by: gonchpup | October 8, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

and Count Chocula!

Posted by: eorr53 | October 8, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

How many 'my post is absurd' posts can you people write? Why not something with substance, something thought provoking, interesting? CI posters deserve more intelligent things to argue about.

Posted by: Fro_ | October 8, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Then I am out to the store to buy Count Chocula!!

Posted by: hock1 | October 8, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

@hock1 - I haven't been around this board for long, but it seems that what most of the posters here want to discuss is which defenseman is the worst and who's to blame for the Nylander situation. At this point I think I would actually prefer a discussion of the relative merits of various breakfast cereals. :-P

Posted by: hillg | October 8, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

If you read between the lines on the Times article, it's clear that Poti is the one who admitted he was horrible and Erskine who's in denial. Anyone wanna bet Erskine's on the bench tonight?

Posted by: butcherbaker | October 8, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

given that Brash was quoted as saying he is gonna give it something extra tonight, would be a big mistake to seat Lumberjack. who is gonna fight Brash if push comes to shove, Bongo Boy????

Posted by: doughless | October 8, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

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