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Standing Room Only in Voorhees

I just arrived at the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees, N.J., for the rookie game. There's a standing room only crowd of about 500 here. And it's growing quickly.

The Caps' first line is Dan Kronick-Nicklas Backstrom-Francois Bouchard, and it's looking good right now.

The Flyers' socks, by the way, are the strangest things I've ever seen. Against all black uniforms, they are wearing black socks with a wide white stripe down the front. It looks like they are wearing skeleton costumes for Halloween. (I'm told they are only practice socks. I hope.)

Note:Flyers win, 5-3. Patrick McNeill, Nicklas Backstrom and Mathieu Perreault scored for the Caps. Daren Machesny played the first period in goal, allowing two scores, both on the power play. Michal Neuvirth played the next 40 minutes, yielding three goals, two of which came on the power play.

Defenseman Sean Collins, meantime, left the game in the third period with an apparent knee injury.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 12, 2007; 4:03 PM ET
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Please cease and desist your live blogging of this NHL event.

Posted by: Gary Bettman | September 12, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Bettman,

Please cease and desist ru(i)nning the league.

Posted by: NHL fan, esq. | September 12, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

So does this mean we get two stories tomorrow? One on Ovechkin and one on the rookie game? You need to start catching up to the WashTimes, after all. ;-)

Posted by: norske | September 12, 2007 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: J.P. | September 12, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

On a whole though, how did they look?

Posted by: Lee | September 12, 2007 7:09 PM | Report abuse

good to see backstrom on the score sheet early.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2007 7:21 PM | Report abuse

the injury to collins didnt look good at all

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2007 7:50 PM | Report abuse

they looked pretty good, plus it was cool seeing the team in what looked like the official away whites for the first time(very slick, and even better in person), while the flyers were wearing home black practice jerseys.
the flyers pp goals and faceoffs killed the caps, but they had the better of the 5-5 play, and were even outshooting the flyers by almost double at one point in the second period
backstrom roofed one late in the second thanks to a nice pass from bouchard i think, who played well, and played with backstrom for the majority.
backstrom didnt play as well as i had hoped but he was solid, showed a little bit of his physical side, and some flashes of skill late in the second and several times in the third, which is when it seemed like he was finally at full intensity, or close to it. not worried though, he looks like a pro.
alzner was solid, and made quite a few quick 'pro' passes down the middle
lacroix, beagle, and especially pinizzotto were mixing it up quite well
the defensive unit as a hole played well and were playing smart possession hockey, especially around the offensive blueline, making nice short passes, something the caps have had none of recently
overall, slightly disappointing because of the loss but very exciting to watch some pretty good hockey
probably an overanalysis for a game like this but i hope it helps

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2007 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Un-named poster, thanks for the review. I need my hockey-jones

Posted by: Lee | September 12, 2007 8:22 PM | Report abuse

more heat....
check out this link

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2007 9:25 PM | Report abuse

the next time people complain about the Caps' frugality, let the record show they were wearing sweaters with numbers on the sleeves and names on the back. the flyers, numbers on the back only and no names. I guess that's why they had grunts handing out fliers (ha) with the players' names and numbers on them.

the first period had so many penalties, you would have thought the teams agreed to work on the PP/PK for the whole 20 minutes.

backstrom's goal was very nice.

Posted by: odessa steps magazine | September 13, 2007 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Good to hear that Backstrom and Bouchard are clicking. If they have a good camp together, I'm betting on a Semin-Backstrom-Bouchard line. That'd be pretty sweet - Semin would have someone on his line to pass him the puck.

He won't have to do it himself with two guys on the line that are legit passers. It'd be good for him to focus on positioning for shots rather than having to beat the entire opposing team in order to score!

Anyone have video of the Backstrom goal?

Posted by: Raber | September 13, 2007 12:57 AM | Report abuse

For those of you who want to see the socks that the flyers were wearing, check out this site.

Posted by: go caps | September 13, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the Cap's prospects got dominated physically by the Flyer's prospects. Some things never change.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, you are a bum! It's pretty sad when you get better reports from bloggers and the one guy getting paid to cover the Caps hasn't even reported on the rookie game by 3 pm the next day. I'll get my Caps news elsewhere from now on, thanks.

Posted by: kenwood | September 13, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

are you serious? the rookie game has virtually no bearing on what happens this season. None.

Posted by: Tarik | September 13, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

That doesn't mean you shouldn't let us know what is going on. I went to the other bloggers to get the scoop. You're the one with the paycheck, but I guess they are the ones with the passion for the caps.

Posted by: kenwood | September 14, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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