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Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Semyon Varlamov first goaltender off the ice in Tampa

By Katie Carrera

The Capitals had an optional morning skate at St. Pete Times Forum -- Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green and Mike Knuble were among those who did not take part -- but both goaltenders did hit the ice. Semyon Varlamov was the first netminder off the ice and considering that Coach Bruce Boudreau said yesterday he would start against the Lightning, it looks like he's ready to get back between the pipes.

--Boyd Gordon said he is ready to go and it looks like he might be making his first appearance in the Capitals' lineup since Dec. 12 in New York.

--John Erskine, Tyler Sloan and D.J. King all took part in extra practice work this morning so it appears as though Tom Poti will be back in against Tampa Bay after being scratched last night in Florida.

--Boudreau didn't speak to the media this morning but more to come on the importance of tonight's game against Tampa Bay and some of the Capitals' thoughts on what they need to do to get the power play back on track.

By Katie Carrera  | January 12, 2011; 12:46 PM ET
Categories:  Tampa Bay Lightning  
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Comments

swell, Poti is back.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 12, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

In the last two games against Florida, the Caps scored 3 goals in each game.

With Poti the Caps let up two
Without Poti the Caps let up four

In the game against Tampa with Poti, the Caps let up one goal, and no goals in regulation.

Why are people getting bent out of shape over this.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 12, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I actually prefer Erskine > Poti (if they have to be mutually exclusive), but it's good that he seems healthy.

We'll see if the boys decide to skate 1st period!

Posted by: TurbineBlade1 | January 12, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

so much for Bruce sticking with a goalie if he plays well....Neuvy was our best player last night

Posted by: _stevo | January 12, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

let the 'ovi never skates' bashing begin

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 12, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

@sgm

Hard to forget these kind of poti goals:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALUj7U8AJ68&feature=fvsr

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 12, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

@mjw4m:

Yes, these lines are based on Semin's injured status. However, when he returns I would consider him interchangeable with Ovie on the half-wall of either the first or second PP unit.

But it's all useless if no-one moves their feet (cough-cough Sasha cough-cough).

The goals don't have to be pretty--they just need to go in.

Posted by: Rhino40 | January 12, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

so much for Bruce sticking with a goalie if he plays well....Neuvy was our best player last night
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That goes both ways, were you complaining about the same thing before the game last night?

Posted by: joek443 | January 12, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I hope Hendricks crushes Downey in the 1st. It's a good trade to get him off for 5.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 12, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

@Tom et al

Maybe you can relate to this. Sometimes I think I come up with some pretty brilliant stuff while drinking! LMAO! So last night as I'm partnering with Captain Morgan I thought of who on this team would really make our 1st line go. Obviously 8 & 19 are there but who is the ideal RW? I got it folks and I will give credit to the Captain. Hendricks! Matty Hendricks should be on the 1st line. I'm tellin ya the guy gives it his all, throws down and can pop a few goals as well. If somebody else has thought of this before I apologize but I didn't see it. I can think of a ton of reasons to have him up front with 8 & 19. Wonder why BB hasn't tried it with all the tinkering he's done.

Get on it BB!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 12, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

fair enough, good point

Posted by: _stevo | January 12, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why the media reports who didn't skate in the morning skate.

Ovie never does and he never will. And yes, it will constantly hammer home my point that he is not the kind of leader I want my team to take after.

Instead of using the "copy" function with those who didn't skate, why not tell us where they were?

I would like to know if he was receiving treatment, watching film, meeting with a coach, helping underpriviledged kids, or visiting sick children in the hospital.

At least, it would be an opportunity to show whether he is a typical Euro/Russian (take the money and run), or if he is a good hearted leader who cares about the community/his game.

Till then. Ovie should at least take a lap every morning skate, then call it a day. Perhaps if he didn't stay out till 3am every night before a game, he would be able to make morning skates...

(that's my story, until I hear otherwise)

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 12, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

regarding the line combos and the posts about all time combos...

This can't be a "Best Line Combos" thread since Ovie never played with Bondra and Oates. IF we go the hypothetical route, then these are my "Best Caps Potential Line Combos".

FORWARDS:
Ovechkin-Oates-Bondra
Semin-Gustafsson-Gartner
Miller(Alt)-Backstrom-Ciccarelli
Konowalchuk-Hunter(Capt)-Dahlen

Scratches:
C-Pivonka
LW/C-Juneau
C-Maruk
RW-Christian
C-Ridley
C-Carpenter


DEFENSE:
Gonchar-Langway(Alt)
Green-Stevens(Alt)
Johansson-Witt

Scratches:
D-Murphy
D-Cote
D-Hatcher
D-Tinordi


GOALTENDERS:
1-Kolzig
2-Beaupre
3-Peters

Posted by: FrankM73 | January 12, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

So you're making up a lie and waiting to be proven wrong?

Posted by: GFisher1 | January 12, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

"At least, it would be an opportunity to show whether he is a typical Euro/Russian (take the money and run)"

How is that typical of Euro/Russian but not North American. It seems to me that there are plenty of people from this continent and this country who are of the take the money and run mentality.

Not a higher or lower percentage than other coutries, just about the same.

How about Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton, Jason Spezza, Phil Kessel, Brad Richards(who only started to play well when his contract was about to end), Vinny Lecavlier, Rick DiPietro, Wade Redden, Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta, Dion Phaneuf, Jay Bouwmeester, Brian Rolston, Dustin Penner, Jonathan Cheechoo.

I can go on.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 12, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

pokerface: Hendricks is a poor man's somebody. If we had that "Somebody," he'd be perfect for 1RW.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 12, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

This just in from the media, today Ovie was
was receiving treatment, watching film, meeting with a coach, helping underpriviledged kids and visiting sick children in the hospital.
Just trying to keep you advised of his schedule.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 12, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

@lyle
Check out the 2:35 mark of your tape. If Poti does not attempt to make that play Crosby puts in an empty net. The puck bounced in off him while he was trying to make a play, get over it.

Posted by: pebowers | January 12, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

@_stevo
"so much for Bruce sticking with a goalie if he plays well....Neuvy was our best player last night"

That may be so, but last night was simply Neuvy's game because Varly is playing tonight. Varly is the hotter goalie on the Caps team right now and very few coaches will play the same goalie on back-to-back nights. Neuvy did great last night, but he is a sub right now for Varly.

I'm sure we'll see Varly cool down and Neuvy get back into the mix as the #1 before the season ends.

Posted by: sabredc | January 12, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Well for those of us wondering about Ovie's leadership (or lack thereof), maybe we should find out how many morning skates Messier or Yzerman missed. If they regularly missed them, then no biggie. If they never missed them, then we have an issue.

Posted by: McLobo | January 12, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

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