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Jose Theodore set to start against Pens

Here's a quick update from KCI:

*Jose Theodore came off the ice first this morning, which means he'll start in goal tonight against the Penguins. The veteran is 16-0-2 since Jan. 13 with a 2.40 goals against average and a .927 save percentage.

*With Brooks Laich (face), Boyd Gordon (back) and Scott Walker (knee) out tonight, the only scratches will be defensemen John Erskine and Tyler Sloan.

*Coach Bruce Boudreau would not comment on the extent of Laich's injury, but I'm hearing he's got a fracture. I'm still seeking further clarification. Either way, Laich's 257 consecutive games played streak will come to an end.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 24, 2010; 11:01 AM ET
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too bad about Laich, he is one of the most respected players on the team

Posted by: sroessle | March 24, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Still kills me to watch this video. What a dork.

Posted by: WhyGo | March 24, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Check it out. All the stuff you need to refresh your memory.

Posted by: WhyGo | March 24, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Per TSN:

In the third period, Volchenkov nailed Simon Gagne with a check from behind that took the Flyers forward out of the play and resulted a Daniel Alfredsson's insurance goal. Volchenkov did not receive a penalty for the hit.

"I like to play physical, but I like to play clean physical," said Volchenkov, who also blocked five shots and had a big hit on Philadelphia's Daniel Carcillo. "Sometimes maybe it is dirty, but it's hockey it's tough."

I wonder if Campbell will review any of his hits from last night, or if he'll just let it slide since Gagne wasn't injured.

Posted by: Fro_ | March 24, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

As Crash Davis said.......that is why you dont mentioned streaks...they always get broken.

Posted by: RichC3 | March 24, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Campbell won't review it. He's made it pretty clear that if there is no injury then there won't be any suspension.

Posted by: saintex | March 24, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was Varly's turn in net.

Good for Theo, though. Does anyone think by BB starting Theo against the Pens, that's his subtle hint that no. 60's the man in the playoffs?


Posted by: redrocker2 | March 24, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

As opposed to whom? Theo is the only option for playoff goaltender at this point.

Posted by: JillC | March 24, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Volchenkov is the man. Flyers mad they got shutout.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 24, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse Still kills me to watch this video. What a dork.

Posted by: WhyGo | March 24, 2010 11:05 AM

@WhyGo: Yeah, that was cool. I'd have to rank this sequence from the recent PIT/NYR tilt a close second:

Crashing the Ranger net, Crosby takes a light bump from Staal (whose arms were nearly at full extension from Crosby as the latter was moving away when contact was made). Crosby then immediately acts like he's been shot with a high-powered sniper rifle, falling just short of the end boards behind and to the right of Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

He stands back up after the whistle, hoping for the mandatory penalty under NHL rule 87.7.1(double-minor for an opposing player being within 10 feet when Crosby falls).

At that moment, Lundqvist goes over to him and (probably) tells him to man-up and quit diving (or something to that effect).

Sid-the-Id immediately goes berserk, throwing a vicious high crosscheck at Lundqvist and is promptly swarmed by 2 or 3 facewashing Rangers.


What a dork, indeed.

Yes, looking at Crosby versus, say, Sean Avery: Avery is probably the bigger @$$hat of the two.

Thing is, being a world-class DB is what everyone expects from Avery; it's how he has "branded" himself.

Ø Crosby, on the other hand, was supposed to be the squeaky-clean, anointed Golden Child and Savior of the NHL Ø

Yeah, right.

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 24, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

just came in to give Theo some love! big game tonight cant wait, c u all at the phone booth soon!!!! LETS GET READY TO RUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMBLE!!!!!! LETS GO CAPS!!!! take it to the pens boys.......

Posted by: bigBinMd | March 24, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

i'm disgusted that erskine isn't playing tonight...he deserves better than 1 token game every 2 weeks....a life-long diehard caps fan, i think i'll be rooting for the penguins tonight; specifically, i hope godard/rupp/cooke injure one of our defensemen for two reasons: the caps will realize what a soft team they have and erskine will get a deserved chance to show that he can bring it every night

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 24, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Pitt Gazette reports that Malkin didn't skate this morning meaning he would probably not play tonight. He has a bruised foot.....I mean lower body injury. Then again maybe it's just a ruse.

I am still mystified why players risk their careers by not wearing a full facemask let alone even a half mask. It is just machismo?

How could you not go with Theo with 16 straight regulation wins (2 OT losses)....and Varly (who I still have a jersey of) hasn't had a win in over 3 months.....and even though all the remaining Cap games are standings wise meaningless....this is against the Pens.

I'm hoping for at least one point for Backstrom and none for crosby so that if he were on the Caps he'd be in 3rd place on the team in points....hardly a Hart candidate.

Posted by: rjma1 | March 24, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

@ vermontcaps: That was a very selfish comment to make. You should give credit to Erskine that he understands that the big games are coming up and that some rest now isn't going to hurt. He's almost guaranteed some time in the playoffs, so chill.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 24, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

@ vermontcaps: You disgust me. No real Caps fan would think that, let alone say that.

Posted by: cao091402 | March 24, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

@ vermontcaps: You disgust me. No real Caps fan would think that, let alone say that.

Posted by: cao091402 | March 24, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I love my sons, but if they're screwing around at their jobs i'd be the first to tell them they deserve to be far as being a "real" cap fan, perhaps you haven't rooted for the team long enough; i'll leave it at that

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 24, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse


you're right, erskine does deserve credit for being professional and understanding his role....but it's not him who needs the "rest"...the caps have defensemen who are virtually clones of each other; erskine is the only defensemen who plays a style the others can't (or won't?) play...give him a chance and you'll find we won't miss a beat

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 24, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

because i'm bored and someone might enjoy reading it, let me eliminate any doubt as to my status of being a "real" caps fan...i was friends w/coach mcvie's sons (dallas and denver, remember their publicity during'77 super bowl?) and played street hockey w/dennis maruk as a young i remember well the "save the caps" campaigns and praying each spring that the caps would be back for the next season...i mowed yards and shoveled driveways to buy my partial-game plans, thus ensuring my playoff seats throughout the '80s (my buddies and i screamed at the tops of our lungs for bryan murray's dismissal following lafontaine's crushing ot goal)...because of my job at a gas station in h.s., i had numerous encounters with gaetan duchesne, greg adams, and lou franceschetti to name a few; great guys all, and gaetan even acquired an autographed scott stevens stick for me (which my brother broke playing street hockey!!)...i traveled to see games in pitts, philly, msg, and long island and since moving north 15 yrs ago,i catch the caps when they're in boston or montreal (and thanks to center ice, i get to see games w/joe and locker just as i did back in the day)...i was probably only 1 of 5 people in the fleet center in boston during the '98 playoffs (foot in the crease!!!), and i was there again this year when they set team record for consecutive wins....i am indeed a "real" caps fan, but perhaps one from another era...i didn't like watching the red wings when they were on top (and i still swear we would've won the cup had esa tikanen not missed that wide-open net), and i guess it kind of irks me that the caps have decided to not have someone in the lineup willing to get things started, whether it be to fire up the bench, the crowd, or simply to send an old-school i guess i really don't hope anyone gets hurt tonite, but my point was that players come and go, but hockey is hockey and i don't understand why (with some of the best players in the world) we don't have some protection? to me, for who we have on the team this year, erskine is ideal for that role; against our current #1 enemy, why not play him and make it clear to him that we aren't going to tolerate any liberties by the pens in our building??? peace, and GO CAPS

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 24, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

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