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Tonight's Lineup

As you may have seen, Sergei Fedorov, Shaone Morrisonn and Viktor Kozlov are out tonight for the Caps. Brent Johnson will make his fourth straight start and oppose some guy name Olie. Coach Bruce Boudreau said there were no changes to the lineup, so it should look like this:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin
Fleischmann-Nylander-Clark
Laich-Steckel-Fehr
Brashear-Gordon-Bradley

Defense
Schultz-Green
Poti-Sloan
Erskine-Jurcina

Before the game Boudreau, said that Morrisonn (groin) skated on his own this morning and continues to improve. The outlook for Fedorov (undisclosed) didn't sound as promising. Boudreau said he hasn't skated and I haven't seen him since he limped off the ice against Carolina.

Be sure to check back after the game for some notes and quotes.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 10, 2008; 6:12 PM ET
 
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Comments

LET'S CAPS!!! Chase Olie out of the net!!!!
Bad news on Feds though, I hope he gets better soon.

Posted by: ratgurl46 | November 10, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Er, I missed a GO there.

Posted by: ratgurl46 | November 10, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

LET'S CAPS INDEED -- GO, BABY, GO! BEAT THE BOLTS

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 10, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Don't like the idea of playing a video tribute to Kolzig before the game, just to make him inspired. Well I guess it's no surprise. If it's not a video tribute to cheer the opponent the stadium will just allow opponent fans to watch the game.

Can somebody tell me what the hell is wrong with Kozlov? Again!!!

Hopefully Feds didn't sprain his ankle. That's bad news and will take forever to heal on him.

Posted by: blanknerc | November 10, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

No changes from what lineup? the practice lineup? or the Rangers lineup? Kozlov out Clark in is a change-and not a good one. I getting a little suspect of the orange jersey.

Posted by: meagle | November 10, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

hey who has a link to a streaming video of the game -- stuck in class -- please help, this class is incredibly boring

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 10, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Prediction: Capitals 5, Lightning 3

Posted by: Cerealman | November 10, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Guess the "wrist" is better. Clark hasearned no more than the 4th line. Fehr and Bradley deserve the ice time.

Posted by: ChrisAm | November 10, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

GOAL! Poti on a nice feed from Brashear!

(Same ol' Olie.)

Posted by: Cerealman | November 10, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

+1 for the good guys.

They are really flying out there. Caps need to clear their zone better. Green and Jurnica are pretty weak on the clear.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | November 10, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

JMALLCAPS

this was posted by QuintenD on another thread:

the game is available on justin.tv and stoogetv. if you have a mac, go to justin.tv and search for nhl. on stooge, go to "other channels" it is right there. (the justin stream maybe in russian i dont know yet!)

-- im watching it right now.. it's not bad at all but i have no sound.. better than nothing that's for sure.

Posted by: diehardcapsfan | November 10, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

POTI, YES!!!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 10, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

+2

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | November 10, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Green scores on feed from OV!

The bank is open!

Posted by: Cerealman | November 10, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

GREEN!!! YES!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 10, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Hello All!

Great look by Brash and Ovie!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 10, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Same old Eminger

Posted by: doncosmic | November 10, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

+3

Ding!

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | November 10, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

GOAL! Fehr scores a rocket on assist from Steck.

Olie beat again.

Posted by: Cerealman | November 10, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Nervous, what???

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 10, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

We may see Olie get pulled here if the Caps get a goal or 2 more.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | November 10, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

When's the last time you saw this line?

First goal: Tom Poti 2 (Donald Brashear, John Erskine)

Posted by: Cerealman | November 10, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

FEHR!!! YES!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 10, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Correction: Pass on Fehr goal by Laich. Secondary assist to Steck.

Posted by: Cerealman | November 10, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Olie is getting hung out to dry by the almost non-existent defense.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | November 10, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

diehardcapsfan -- thanks for the links, but neither seems to work, darn

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 10, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Eminger -3 and Kolzig 3/7 -- not a good night for the ex-Caps

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 10, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

10hits 3 goals......... the monster awakes
welcome back fehr and steckel
bj looks good again

Posted by: wendel2 | November 10, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Hope Olie doesn't get pulled.

Posted by: kevbnyc | November 10, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

best first period yet this year

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 10, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

The way Fehr one-timed that was ovie-esque
Nice 3rd line

Posted by: honed | November 10, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Emmy is a minus 3. WHo was saying that he got hosed here?

Posted by: Leeguru | November 10, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

"WHo was saying that he got hosed here?"
i was
and he did
but he's certainly not making me miss him :)

Posted by: honed | November 10, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I also laughed at Emmy's move to Philthy and TB and the Caps getting a first rounder. I love that move. Now I also hoped that the Caps had kept Ollie and not taken Jose. Not so sure now. Not crazy about JT, but OK does not look very hot tonight. BJ looks awesome holding the Caps in the game early when TB got the first 3-4 shots.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 10, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

ok, so i clicked over to the caps website and there is a banner page promoting caps courage hats. there's ovie, greener, clark and someone wearing a 28 jersey but i swear the picture is not semin. someone please confirm this. i kinda looks like scott stevens...seriously....

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 10, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

dcsportsfan1,
He's a fan.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 10, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

MAN! I missed a meeting to catch the game it isn't on CSN! is it streaming anywhere?

Posted by: large23220 | November 10, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

just got in. not a smart move by melrose 2 send in the goalie the opposing team has been practicing against for years. olie enterred the game w/ something like a .914 sv % which is quite good. guess tonight sends that down the drain.

Posted by: am_jim | November 10, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

SOLID! nevermind i'm at justin.tv

justin's the man!

And I'm learning some russian too!

Posted by: large23220 | November 10, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Game is on Versus if you get that.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | November 10, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

large23220,

Props!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 10, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone see the call, double?

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 10, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Johnson is money. He looks really solid. Jose who?

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | November 10, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Johnny!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 10, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

The 'Nings are showing some life after that goal. They are getting a little chippy.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | November 10, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I liked how "the sexy lumberjack" stifled Vinny.

Johnny looks fantastic in goal.

Posted by: Cerealman | November 10, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

18 - 6 shots, come on Caps, wake up!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 10, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

brash back doing dumb shyt again
tell me again why we need him and clark

Posted by: wendel2 | November 10, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

This is worrying me, Ovechkin looks like he has lost all his skills, whenever he's got a good scoring chance it looks like he's trying to do too much instead of just shooting it.. his offensive skills look like Donald Brashear's offensive skills. He just looks so ordinary now, he doesn't look like an NHL MVP. When will his goal scoring drought end? He'll have like 15 goals at this pace. :( Is anyone else worried? I mean we need him to go far in the playoffs, I just wished he looked more like the way he did last year.

Posted by: rachel216 | November 10, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

They better have a better 3rd period then the 2nd. Bolts were comming on some. 18 shots in the second period for the bolts. Go CAPS ROCK THE RED!

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | November 10, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

whoa, it's one bad period, and Johnson stopped 17/18 in the period on top of that. OV will get his goals when the dam breaks, he will get his in bunches, that's his history. The Caps will regroup for the 3rd

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 10, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

rachel, Jim,

Exactly. Ovie does looks abit pedestrian but it is just one period. He is off his pace but unlike last year, he does not have to win each game single handidly at this point in the season.

Bunches or not, they'll come. Besides, the Caps are on the winning side of the issues so I don't think Ovie's too concerned as long as we keep winning.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 10, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

He carried a large load on his shoulders for a couple years. He is allowed a scoring drought for the time being.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | November 10, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Caps are starting to try and play pretty hockey. They are going to let Tampa back into the game.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | November 10, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

7-3 in shots, come on Caps, Let's Go, Unleash the Fury!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 10, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

if we can win without ov scoring it is a good sign for when he does regain his touch

Posted by: wendel2 | November 10, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Agreed wendel.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | November 10, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

ov semin backs are averaging 1:20 minutes per shift
anyone else concerned about this being too long and leaving them too tired to be defensively responsible?
no one on tamps is over 56sec( lecavailler)

Posted by: wendel2 | November 10, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

There it is.

Posted by: kevbnyc | November 10, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

"if we can win without ov scoring it is a good sign for when he does regain his touch"

I'm sure Ovie and BB are thinking the same thing.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 10, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

WTH was that!

What a play.

+4

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | November 10, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Finally!!! Great one OV!!!!

Posted by: cbs75 | November 10, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Great save by Olie on Backstrom right thar.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | November 10, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Cam Ward and Carolina might be seeing them bunches. ha ha

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 10, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

what a cheap goal. whatever. TB was pwn'd tonight.

Posted by: cbs75 | November 10, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

great win. glad olie settled down and didn't get pulled. ovie off the schnide...

more importantly, brian engblom, whats with the f'in hair. he went from bad to worse. who does that lid, donald trump? i mean really...

and ps, the nhl is doing hall of fame inductions on a monday night in november? who's idea is this?

ok, i'm done. good night.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 10, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

4-2 -- i predicted this score and OV's goal -- I am a swammy, baby

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 10, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Johhhh-naaaay!

Whipped the 'Nings' ASS!

I knew he had it in him.

His body remembers how it was keeping goal back in 2001. When that guy has confidence, suckas better watch out.

And FINALLY for Ovie...wtf. He gets a goal when it doesn't even matter anymore. That dude needs to find his clutch game. All that money he makes. Christ. But I love him.

Last word out of me for the night: I'm glad it's Barry Melrose and not Gabby that's trying to squeeze W's out of olie kolzig anymore. He is ridiculous for thinking that he could show this team up. I'm just sad that chomp didn't get pulled. Melrose is hating that Olie has to play every game we play against them this season according to his contract.

Posted by: large23220 | November 10, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Nice game, Caps were picking the Lightning apart most of the game and late TB was trying to save face. Johnny is my number one goalie now... I wonder if BB and GMGM will make it official?

Nice to see Olie, better to get the points.

Did anybody notice we're leading the division again!?

Posted by: TheCapitalist1 | November 10, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

those first three goals were a thing of beauty, the holy grail of hockey, tic, tac, toe, and into the net. not a goalie in the NHL stops one of those goals, problem is when we get that kind of goal, we forget that most of the goals we score aren't that pretty, in fact when our passes get picked off we get like 6 shots on goal (please see period 2). personally I would rather see ugly goals. great game from johnny again!

Posted by: majiksea | November 10, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Steve_R | November 10, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

hahahaha.. Dr. Poti's time machine!

Posted by: _jordan | November 10, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Just getting back. For what it's worth:

I think Boudreau said something in the post-game about easing off the throttle (my words), and I couldn't agree more. I felt a lot more comfortable after 2 periods against the Rangers than I did against the 'Ning. Put the foot on their necks and keep it on them.

Can someone misplace and shred that contract extension to Erskine? Hooray he got an assist and all, but when you lose the puck in your own end to a forechecking Gary Roberts, who's older than dirt...just saying. On the flip side, that Sloan/Poti pairing is working out well, Poti's got 2g 1a and a +6 in his last 3 games.

Kolzig's comments in the last post on Semin and OV couldn't be more ominous. Semin saw a little more pressure, which opened things up for OV (I thought).

Overall, here's hoping the goals start flowing and improved consistency before the road trip. Night all.

Posted by: Section117 | November 10, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure that the Caps didn't deliberately back off in the second and third, honestly. There was no reason to humiliate Olie, and utterly humiliated he would have been if the Caps had kept going full throttle. True that the second looked nasty, but the third looked rather better -- it looked like they were doing just enough to hold the lead. They wanted to win, not to crush Kolzig. There was no point to crushing him.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 10, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Well that was fun - bittersweet, but fun. I was proud to be a Caps fan when Olie was received with cheers and O-LIE chants, but disappointed towards the end when he was mocked with OOOOOOO-LIE chants. Was that really necessary? I mean please (at least it didn't last long). Anyway, glad to see Johnny is still strong - I will be curious to see who gets the next two starts. And Ovie FINALLY scored ... pfew! Hopefully that will be the beginning of a looong streak.

Steve:
Loved the picture of Poti. Ya know, he has been playing like a younger man lately ...

Leeguru:
Regarding Jagr, something was missing without him at the Rangers game the other night. While I never boo him, it was not the same without hearing the boos!! ;-) (Briere, on the other hand, I happily boo ...).

Posted by: Boo- | November 10, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Boo-

I agree with you. One of the guys around me started with the mocking Olie chants at the end... if looks could kill, he was a dead man. No class. I thought it was completely uncalled for.

Posted by: Tracy2117 | November 11, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

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