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Practice Update

Here's the latest from Boston College:

*The best quote in my story on Coach Bruce Boudreau's induction into the AHL Hall of Fame (in tomorrow's Post): "The one thing I learned about the NHL about five games into my tenure. ...I went on a little tirade about the referees in the paper. Instead of getting the $200 fine [like in the AHL], General Manager George McPhee comes in and says [NHL disciplinarian] Colin Campbell wants to talk to you. Colie said, you do it again, and it's $10,000. That was the last time I said anything negative about a referee."

*Defensemen Tom Poti (groin) and Shaone Morrisonn (lower body) are both questionable for tomorrow's game against the Bruins, though Boudreau strongly hinted that he's counting on one of them to play. He would not say which one.

*Brent Johnson appears to be fine and ready to return to the lineup. He and Jose Theodore were the only goalies in practice.

*Boudreau on Karl Alzner's recall: "He played pretty well this weekend [in Hershey]. Sometimes you need a refresher course. Even though it's great down there, you go 'Whoa.' I want to be back in the NHL."

*Boudreau said he's looking forward to the coming week because of the abundance of practice time. In fact, after playing in Boston, they don't play again until Saturday and Sunday.

"We just want to make sure that we review all the things that have gotten away from us [since] we haven't been able to practice," he said. "Like penalty killing and power play. We'll be doing a lot of that on Friday before the Detroit game."

The penalty kill "is a really worrisome thing because we can kill any penalty for 1:45," he added. "And then it seems that teams are getting one chance and it's going in. When things happen in a negative way, you're so worried they're going to happen again, that you don't play the way you're supposed to. We haven't had a 5 on 5 goal in three- and-a-half games."

Boudreau wasn't done discussing his 24th ranked penalty kill.

"Some guys are better puck handlers than other guys," he said. "Mike Green and Tom Poti, we certainly miss [Poti] on the penalty kill. He can get the puck, make the move and get it out. John Erskine is a banger. Milan Jurcina ...they are guys who aren't really good with puck handling skills in tight to pull it back and get it out. They have to dump it off the boards, which isn't great. You look at the teams that have the best penalty killing, they have great puck-handlers back there."

*The Boston College hockey players were invited into the Caps' dressing room after practice for some pizza and small talk with the Washington players.

"Isn't that cool?" Boudreau said. "I wish when I was playing junior that the NHL teams that came in gave us words of advice."

I'll check in again from the morning skate.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 26, 2009; 7:29 PM ET
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Posted by: richmondphil | January 26, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

To answer your question on the previous entry: AHL All Stars is Canadian-born players against American/European players. So yea, Bourque and Aucoin for PlanetUSA, Helmer and Giroux for Canada.

Posted by: tess2201 | January 26, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Looks to me like the Bears have the best representation at the All-Star Game. We've got four there, two per team including a captain and the Canadian coach. Giroux's scored once, and Bourque had a nice chance that he couldn't quite finish.

Cory Schneider is GOOD. So's Mike Brodeur.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 26, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

It's great that the CAPS do these types of things with the younger guys. To most of these guys it will be the only time the will get that type of oppertunity. Kudos to Bruce!

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | January 26, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Although I am bound by law to root against BC (my sister is a BU grad) it's gotta be rad for those kids to hang out in the locker room with an NHL team. Especially a team with the best player in the world.

Posted by: goskins1982 | January 26, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

My son is a BC grad who works in Boston as a TV news producer. He made it to the practice and got a bunch of autographs--Backstrom, Semin, Laich, Clark, etc.

Posted by: capsfan77 | January 26, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

How come Alzner wasn't invited to play in the rookies vs sophs game? Is he not one of the best 6 rookie d-men in the NHL?

Posted by: gtydings | January 26, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the clarification Tess!

Posted by: ludeman95 | January 26, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

majiksea, +1, thanks for taking my idiot comment and running with it!

Catching up on the AHL ASG after class. Good to see Giroux getting almost as big a cheer as the Worcester boys.

gtydings, The odds of a defensive dman getting an invite aren't good, let alone one that didn't start the season with his club.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 26, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

I for one, hope we never see another thread where people complain about Tarik giving us TOO MUCH information in his blog posts.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | January 26, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

14-11 Planet USA final after a holy-smokes third period in which Planet USA mustered nine goals in the third.

Bourque got one, Helmer got one, Giroux got one. Bourque could have had a second on an empty-netter, but refused it twice in favor of his linemate (name?) - they basically passed it back and forth all the way from the center line to the goal before putting it in. "You take it! No, you take it!" Very unselfish play on both guys' parts.

Corey Locke from the Houston Aeros had four goals (an AHL record), and there were two hat tricks, one per team. Overall, I thought it was rather more interesting to watch than the NHL one, if only because the guys played with real intensity and a competitive edge. Was fun to watch.

Oh, and this game set an AHL all-time record for most goals scored in an ASG at 25.

Now. Bring on the Bruins, much though I'm afraid to say that. Let's hope they can scratch something together on D. We need to win this one if we've got a hope of catching the Bruins.

Must lay friendly wager with coworker over the Detroit game.

Speaking of the Detroit game, Capitals Kremlin is asking everyone to wear an outback hat and sunglasses to the game Saturday in honor of Ovi.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 26, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Now why on earth would the US want to trade MN? There is more hockey played there than in most states combined! Besides, MN has a no trade clause (ever since the Stars were sent to Dallas - blasphomy!).

Posted by: --Boo-- | January 26, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Boo, Damn NTC!!! (I was joking with him since he said trade MN (Nylander). I figured I would make a joke about it to stop the "Trade Nylander!" conversation before it got started.)

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 26, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I knew what you were talking about on the previous thread. :-) Just made me laugh cuz MN went through my head when I read majiksea's post, too (great minds).

Posted by: --Boo-- | January 26, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Boo, haha, yeah, I was confused at first before I realized who he was talking about. Then when I got it, I figured I'd make a joke about it.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 26, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

In TSN's post all-star team rankings, they break down each teams trophy winners. In Tampa, the Norris and Breakthrough categories were won by Steve Eminger.

Oh , the inhumanity.

Posted by: oo7 | January 26, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Realllllly looking forward to watching this game (online) tomorrow afternoon.

Interesting thought on this article:

If the ducks don't make the playoffs, Steve Montador has a pretty good stay at home track record, with a pretty cheap price tag....

Posted by: LA_caps_fan | January 26, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

A nice AHL Hall of Fame video tribute to Coach B. was shown between the 1st and 2nd periods of the AHL Allstar game.
I hope Kattie or Tarik can post it on "Insider" tomorrow for all to see.

Good to see the USA take care of the Canadians!

Posted by: OldFan | January 26, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Not sure if this is what you're talking about. The audio isn't awesome, but its from the Caps site.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 26, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse


That's it, glad it is posted.

Posted by: OldFan | January 26, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

This may be off topic, but I was just on website on the soccer insider and I saw a big advertisement for the Washington Capitals!

The Caps looking to expand their brand to other markets, specifically NYC???

Posted by: redskinsux | January 26, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Welp, looks like all the east coasters hit the sack.

Posted by: LA_caps_fan | January 27, 2009 1:53 AM | Report abuse

It's a winter wonderland out there ... I am taking that as a good omen for tonight's game!! :-) LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: --Boo-- | January 27, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

This may have already been said, but how is it that Alzner's back? I thought the cap space was full?

Posted by: theredberocked | January 27, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Save some snow for me when I get there next Thursday for the game against my home team, the Kings, and for the Panthers game the following Saturday. *crosses fingers*

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | January 27, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

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