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D.J. King as the Capitals' 'big brother'

Morning Roundup

On his second shift as a Capital, D.J. King decided to get the first fight out of the way and maybe show his new team that he has more than just a reputation as an NHL heavyweight.

King convinced Boston's Shawn Thornton to drop the gloves for a rather lengthy fight, during which both players landed a few punches, earning the applause of the Verizon Center crowd and stick taps of teammates. They were both given five-minute fighting majors.

"I told him earlier on: 'You don't have to fight in training camp'... but he wanted to show his new teammates and the fans that he's not bad at his craft," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It made the guys feel better on the bench knowing they had a big brother out there...that's the feeling I got. We never really had that tough, physical presence last year."

After his first fight in Washington, it's hard to imagine many teams will want to take many liberties against the Capitals this season when King has dressed for a game.

King actually fought Thornton twice previously (per Hockeyfights.com), with the first meeting coming in January of 2007 when Thornton was still a member of the Anaheim Ducks. An interesting thing about the NHL enforcer community is that with such a small group of players partaking in the pugilistic arts, most are familiar with each other and have fought multiple times.

"I've been around long enough I think I've pretty much fought everyone in the league. It's bound to just happen over the years," said King, who added that while he and Thornton were in the penalty boxes he confirmed that it was the first fight of the year for both of them. "Always good to get that first one out of the way."

Here's King's reaction to when Alex Ovechkin got into a scrum late in the game:
"It's tough watching when you're not on the ice and to see him go into the boards like that. It's something you put up in the head there and the next time you play them and you get a good chance to run at someone, you can get a good hit on them."

FROM THE POST
Three games in to the preseason and it's still hard to pick a true front-runner in the competition for the third-line center spot.

More on Alex Ovechkin's preseason debut.

IN THE MINORS
Updates from the first day of on-ice practice in Hershey. (The Patriot News and Lebanon Daily News)

The Bears are getting to know Joel Rechlicz: ""I'm here to help out the guys with whatever they need," Rechlicz said. "I'll take care of the dirty work. Me and McNeill will do fine with that."

AROUND THE WEB
Here are some other recaps of the Capitals 3-2 win over the Bruins at Verizon Center on Tuesday. (Corey Masisak and AP)

According to ESPN Boston, it looks like the Capitals might face Tim Thomas in net in the second half of this back-to-back set with the Bruins on Wednesday.

By Katie Carrera  | September 29, 2010; 7:26 AM ET
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@fanohock (copy also sent to email),

First of all, I would like to sincerely thank you for the kind offer of tickets to Friday's game. Unfortunately, the only two babysitters we trust are both already taken that evening so there is no way my wife could accompany me. That left one of my two daughters which exploded into WWIII in my house last night! We even had a consolation prize for the one that chose not to come as going to dinner at their favorite restaurant and the theatre to catch a movie with their mother with ice cream afterwards. No dice, they fought for what seemed like forever until I finally said that nobody was going.

Once again, I appreciate the offer and if during the season you guys can't make a game or two I would appreciate if you kept us in mind as possible buyers!

Posted by: PhilR | September 29, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Katie, you're doing a great job on the CI. Keep up the good work. And if you misspell a word now and then, it just shows you're human.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | September 29, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Katie: Thank you for the coverage!

PhilR: I responded to you via email.

Everyone: The game is going to be streamed over the Bruins website tonight @ 7pm!

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 29, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

@ Fanohock1 - Thanks will be watching.

Great game last night, interesting poeple feel the race for the center slot is still so close, from what I saw last night the race is all but over and I think M P wins it while M J is great and appears to have a great sight on ice he lacks in the speed, he appeared to be a step or to short alot last night, I think C E could well be here in the 11/12 season but he will be told what M P was told last year, go put some weight on. It was very interesting to watch the top line last night, would like to see if M P can get the same interaction with Brooks and Semin as I think he is a better skater than Flash and he sure aint scared to go into the corner and get the puck.
Anyway it was good to be back in the phone booth. Heads up section 115

Drop the Puck !!!!!

Posted by: bqts | September 29, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Beware of D.J King "Kong"

Posted by: SA-Town | September 29, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Anyone know of an online feed for tonight's game?

Posted by: jakopz | September 29, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I guess my feelings about fighting in the NHL are the way people felt about slavery in the US in the 1800's: you knew it was bad, but it was so entrenched, the meme protected itself with "convincing" arguments. I won't fight that fight here, just sayin'. I just don't feel comfortable snarling up in the seats while two guys put on a circus act that often can lead to injury. (And King - who has had a concussion - looked pretty dinged by that fight...)

Let's see how KC buys into this meme and how it was proven not to be true in this one game: "It's hard to imagine people taking liberties..when DJ King suits up for a game."

Really?? Someone forgot to tell that pinhead who boarded Ovechkin.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | September 29, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

"We never really had that tough, physical presence last year."

yeah no shyte Bruce and why was that? Because your GM decided that you didn't need it last yr because opponents would apparently decide not to take any liberties with the Caps stars for fear of our awesome PP. Didn't work out too well despite us having a great PP. The cheap shots on our players definitely rose last yr.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure I'll get flamed for this, but the hit on AO really wasn't that bad. He was already headed towards the boards and Campbell barely touched him. It looked a lot worse in real time because of the angle that Campbell had. He was directly behind Alex. Not that I care much for Greg Campbell, and I'm glad AO didn't get hurt.

Posted by: Fro_2 | September 29, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

"It's hard to imagine people taking liberties..when DJ King suits up for a game."

teams will always take liberties regardless of who is suited up. The issue is, how often will that occur when King is in the lineup and allowed to do his job. It should happen less. And not only that, we should be able to take some liberties with other teams. Its a two way street, or it should be anyway. This isn't just about King being a deterrent. That's just a fraction of his role.

if you think a team like Toronto or Philly will suddenly ease up their physical game because King is in the lineup, that'll never happen. They have more than enough guns on those teams to not have to worry about a DJK. Probably same with an Atlanta and the Rangers. The Devils have beefed up a bit this yr also despite losing Andrew Peters. Hell, may as well include Pittsburgh in that mix and that's only the Eastern Conf.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure I'll get flamed for this, but the hit on AO really wasn't that bad. He was already headed towards the boards and Campbell barely touched him.

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you gotta understand, anytime its one of our stars involved you'll get an extreme reaction from some people.

that being said, i'm all for creating a perception that any ill-will towards Ovy should be treated like an egregious sin and responded to accordingly. Any extra room we can give our stars on the ice will only bode well for this team and their future health.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

you gotta understand, anytime its one of our stars involved you'll get an extreme reaction from some people.

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Oh no doubt, and admittedly as soon as it happened I gave a WTF yell. But after watching the replay, it just wasn't that bad. But you get some people who scream that *opposing player* should be suspended etc, while if the roles were reversed- they'd be screaming that *Caps player* did nothing wrong.

Such is sports however, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't have that mentality sometimes. I just try not to express it in specific circumstances.

But I do try to stay as objective as possible, otherwise you run the risk of sounding like a joke.

Posted by: Fro_2 | September 29, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone see the Malkin and Nash fight. Awesome that these two guys got into it in a pre season game

Posted by: pkme | September 29, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Where can I watch the game tonight? Online? Cable?

Posted by: jonmclaren | September 29, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

@jonmclaren

I'm pretty sure you can see it at the caps website, but it's spotty. Got to multimedia/caps360 once you find their site.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | September 29, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone see the Malkin and Nash fight. Awesome that these two guys got into it in a pre season game

Posted by: pkme

yeah i watched a clip of it. The Penguins seem very very determined to make up for their playoff loss last season. They were very aggressive in FA and when you have a guy like Malkin dropping the gloves with 3 mins left in a "meaningless" preseason game, that always bodes well for how sharp the focus is for the entire team.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

new thread, Holtby recalled

Posted by: PhilR | September 29, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

@jonmclaren
You can sign up on the Bruin website - they'll send you the feed.

Posted by: jakopz | September 29, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

DJ King is scary but also a super nice guy.

Shawn Thornton is a tough scrapper but very cool too, saying DJ King is a great addition to the Caps. Gotta love that from an opponent.

Posted by: GAU8A | September 29, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

DJ's a beast but also a really nice guy.

Shawn Thornton is a helluva scrapper too and very cool as well, saying DJ is a great addition to the Caps. Gotta love that respect from an opponent.

Posted by: GAU8A | September 29, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Here's a link to the game without having to sign up.

http://www.fromsport.com/c-3.html

Posted by: alanb1 | September 29, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

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