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Tonight's Lineup

Jose Theodore will start tonight against Montreal and oppose Jaroslav Halak, Carey Price's backup. The Caps, as you might have heard, are so banged up they had to dig deep just to fill out their lineup.

The Habs, meantime, are coping with some injuries issues, as well. Mike Komisarek, Alex Tanguay and Georges Laraque are all out, I'm told.

Here's the Caps' lineup:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Kozlov
Fleischmann-Nylander-Fehr
Laich-Steckel-Bradley
Brashear-Gordon-Bourque

Defense
Lepisto-Morrisonn
Alzner-Jurcina
Helmer-Sloan

With Theodore getting his third straight start tonight, I'm thinking Brent Johnson will get the nod in Columbus tomorrow. Theodore, by the way, yielded eight goals in his only previous start against Montreal, his first team.

I'll have more on tonight's game later.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 28, 2008; 4:12 PM ET
 
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Go Caps!

Posted by: TheVampireCorndog | November 28, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to the Caps tonight. They're gonna need it.

Sad to see Mink sent right back down after playing only 10 minutes despite a great first shift.

Tarik,

I'd actually love to hear Boudreau's thoughts on when and what makes people decide that someone is a minor leaguer, especially since that was his own experience. At one point, in 1981, he was called up as an injury replacement and had 24 points in just 39 NHL games, yet was sent back down and never really got another real shot at the NHL. Mink is another example of a player who's known as a top scorer in the AHL, but obviously not looked at as a potential NHL player anymore (which I think is unfortunate). 2 players come to mind when it comes to getting a chance and proving that they can indeed score in the NHL. Andrew Brunette and Yannick Perrault. They were AHL stars for many years before getting a real shot at the NHL due to expansion and sticking around.

Also, reposting this from a previous thread since it might get lost there:

Is anyone planning to attend the AHL Awards Luncheon during which Bruce will be inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame? I live in the Boston area and wanna go, but don't know any Caps fans around here.

Here's the link for the event: http://www.ahlstore.com/index.html?i=527

Posted by: ranndino | November 28, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Tarik (or anyone who knows),

One more question. What is the protocol is for calling up a junior player to the NHL? We have D Carlson who had an awesome camp in juniors. Could we have called him up instead of signing and bringing up a 36-year old career minor leaguer?

Posted by: ranndino | November 28, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

OK, already got my last question answered. Junior players can't be called up until their season is over, so Carlson is not an option right now.

I've seen junior players get added during the NHL playoffs, but that was after their own season ended.

Posted by: ranndino | November 28, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Hmm... Fedorov is listed in the Caps line-up on NHL Gamecenter.

Posted by: ranndino | November 28, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

ranndino: nice thoughts about Mink... I also liked him on the first shift. I trust BB though.

Very happy about:

1) Price not on net
2) Fleischmann-Nylander-Fehr line :D

LETS GO CAPS!

Tonight is a tough one, here's for a good game, good ice, and NO INJURIES for crying out loud.

Posted by: mauree | November 28, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

so no Laraque/Brashear brawl? aw...

GO CAPS!

Posted by: sargeantmofo | November 28, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Game is up and in HD on CSN-HD. Enjoy everyone.

Nobody took my tickets so I guess I'll trade them in and get a pair to one of the exchange games. *shrug*

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | November 28, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I was about to say damn this is a good PP, but we were even strength! Go Caps!

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | November 28, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Woooooo!!!!! Man what a line!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 28, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

FLASH FROM NYLS! WHAT A BEAUTY!

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | November 28, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

YES FLASH! (delayed cause of connection dropped)

Posted by: mauree | November 28, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

first goal 4 bears on the ice with nylander
great start

Posted by: wendel2 | November 28, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Hello All!

Been watching the game but just got to the PC to post.

We look ok I guess.

Lets Go Cap-I-Tals!!!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 28, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Nice start !! ... the boys look good

Posted by: obx13 | November 28, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Yeah the offense is clicking :)

I imagine some more pressure from the Habs in the next two periods.

Posted by: mauree | November 28, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Let's go boys!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 28, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

I've gotta say, I've never seen a goalie do such an energetic flippy movement to get back into his net quite like Theo. He's part chimp, I'm pretty sure.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 28, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I hope JT has finally found his groove.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 28, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

The whole team has stepped it up a notch. I like.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | November 28, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Jt looks good, anticipating well. He's on his game but we need to get him 2 more goals

Posted by: Moose33 | November 28, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Moose,
At least...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 28, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Goooooo ManBearCaps!

Posted by: sargeantmofo | November 28, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

OVECHKIN!!!!

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | November 28, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

ALEX!!!!

Posted by: mauree | November 28, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Woooooohooooooo!! Ovie!!!

Nick has really impressed me since the playoff run. He seems to be taking advantage of opportunities and chasing them down. He's breaking away from being just "Ovie's Center" and really trying to create things for himself too.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 28, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

All right 5 on 3 lets go boys!!!

Posted by: mauree | November 28, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

oookayy...
I guess the refs are calling it tight.

Time to seal it boys!!!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 28, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Laich is earning the hardheart tonight

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 28, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

FYI
Bears and Albany tied 2-2 with about 5 minutes to go in the 3rd. Bears goals from Alex Giroux and Kyle Wilson.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 28, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

NICE!!!! AHHHHHHAHAHAHA what a RIDICULOUS possession that was!

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | November 28, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

YEAH BABY!!

Posted by: mauree | November 28, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Woooooo!!!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 28, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Stecks -- nice redirect. Awesome cycle set that goal up

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 28, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Dang.
We were owed a few anyway. If the boys don't play way clean from here on out, we will get any and all calls against us.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 28, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Awesome pk!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 28, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Bouchard scores in OT and the Bears beat Albany 3-2!

Posted by: tess2201 | November 28, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 28, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

jmu_capsgirl -- fyi, your pic is on your photo page. don't know if you care or not, but if you do...

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 28, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Stingrays up 1-0 at the end of the first. Ben Boudreau with the secondary assist!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 28, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Jim, thanks! I may edit it later, not concerned enough about it at the moment.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 28, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Tess, thanks for the update!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 28, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau's 50th win, and Theo's 1st shutout as a Cap. Wooooooooooo! :)

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | November 28, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I didn't want to jinx it with this word:


S H U T O U T!!!

YEAH BABY!!

Posted by: mauree | November 28, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

jmu -- wife and I have public jobs. Thanks for the Bears and Stingrays info

THEO! Nice shut-out

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 28, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Nice effort from the boys tonight, shower, shave, and don't fall for a trap game tomorrow on the road.

Posted by: Section117 | November 28, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Superb game. Nice win, Caps!! This team has heart. If they keep winning w/so many of Hershey on the roster, coach BB has got to be nominated for the Jack Adams again.

Posted by: cbs75 | November 28, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I love the home cookin'.
Yeah boys!

JT was solid.
The Hershey crew looked good. I think they realized winning the game was more important than trying to earn a roster spot.

A Friday night game facing a good team and being depleted with injuries, with a bulk of the lineup called up from Hershey, this was a great game and a credit to BB and the coaching staff.

Awesome win!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 28, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

@cbs75
I made that very same comment to someone today about BB.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 28, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Morning skate photos from the new camera. I'll get more up when I develop the other roll of film.
http://flickr.com/photos/jmu_capsgirl/sets/72157610377147950/

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 28, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

The two skaters with the most TOI tonight? Alzner-Jurcina at just over 23 minutes, OV at 21:52, nobody else over 20. Gotta love time management.

Posted by: Section117 | November 28, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

"A very winnable game"?? You are kidding with that attitude. The defense might be Morrisonn, Jurcina, Sloan, Alzner, Lepisto and Laich.

Montreal is a good team instead of the bad team Atlanta is. Montreal is rested instead of the played last night Thrashers.
Ov scored 3 to get the win. Its very unlikely that he scores 3 two games in a row.

By the way. The Caps had no healthy scratch for Atlanta. If Poti is out and Laich is on defense, the Caps will be forced to play one player short. 17 skaters. 11 forwards and 6 defense.

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Posted by: txpd | November 27, 2008 8:05 PM

eat your words! That goes for the others who never gave the team a chance in tonight's game!

Solid performance by the Caps. Specifically Jose Theodore! His play in the second is what got the win, IMO. If he hadn't made those saves when Montreal had tons of pressure on Caps defense in the second, the results would've been much more different. To top it all off, first shutout of the season!

The depth of this team is amazing. To have 7 starters out and be able to call a player up and not miss a beat. Just amazing. I liked what I saw from Helmer. Who looked solid out there. At some points he even looked like a vet.

Alzner improved tons tonight. Unlike from what I saw of him wednesday night, he wasn't afraid to carry the puck a bit more. Not Sloan's best game; made some iffy plays, but overall pretty solid. Lepisto didn't catch my eye tonight, which is good. He didn't make any glaring mistakes, just on by, and did his business.

Fleischmann continues to impress. I'm definitely eating my words from last season. I remember wondering what Boudreau sees in this kid. But now, I see it.

Posted by: elicea | November 28, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Tess, cbs75,

You both read my mind. Yeah, the team played great but BB and the coaches deserve alot of credit as well.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 28, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

@elicea

I agree, this game was won in the second

Posted by: mimi72555 | November 28, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ManBearCaps!!

ManBearCaps - part Man, part Bear, part Caps. similar to ManBearPig, but much more vicious, explosive, and entertaining.

behold their Sergei Gonchar leg!

Posted by: sargeantmofo | November 28, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

elicea

same thing exactly for me about Flash.

The save of Theo on that redirect was really really hard to make.

Helmer IS a veteran, 36 years old and an excess of a thousand games :D

Posted by: mauree | November 28, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure what happened with the Stingrays game. It's been saying it was a minute left in the first for about an hour now and it started at 7:30. Oh well. Really happy for Theo and the rest of the boys. Good homestand to offset that awful roadtrip. Bring on the 'Jackets!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 28, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Hard to fault that performance. Just got home -- there were a LOT of crazy Montreal fans there, it was fun. Good thing the Caps didn't let them have anything much to cheer about.

It's amazing to see such a solid win against a good team with so many regulars out. Think about this: how many teams would be happy to have a STARTING LINEUP of Poti, Green, Semin, Fedorov, and Clark. Amazing depth by the Caps, credit GMGM.

Now if we can just figure out (preferably by tomorrow) how to play like this on the road...

Posted by: christiansonm | November 28, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to the Caps tomorrow at Columbus. Bears have two more this weekend...home Sat against Philly and home Sun against Norfolk. Then 5 days off to rest and recharge.

Go Caps...Go Bears...Go Rays!

Posted by: tess2201 | November 28, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

@Mauree

Helmer is a vet, huh? Well there you go. It explains his solid performance. (;

Forgot about Bourque. He was all over the ice tonight. Need to buff a bit, I think. He's a little soft. A lot of times I saw him get hit and fall fairly easily. Other than that, very good player for the future.

Posted by: elicea | November 28, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

THAT was a great game! D played very good. Only a couple of serious scrambles. Flash-Nylander-Fehr line was all over as was the first line. Great 60 minutes of work.

I think we be in good shape.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 28, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Great game.. makes you feel sorry for the rest of the AHL.

Oneal

Posted by: TheRealOneal | November 28, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Oneal

Nah. Just glad to be a Caps/Bears fan! :D

Posted by: Greg S. | November 28, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

If you don't break these lines and add a Fed-Semin line... pretty scary cool stuff huh?

I don't think the Habs were at the top of their games tonight, BUT:

Our D played solid. Jurcina and Morrison were very good these last two games. Tomorrow it will be a really good test against Columbus.

Posted by: mauree | November 28, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

"Unleash the Hershey Bears."

The Habs got beat by a minor league team..hahahaha

Posted by: SA-Town | November 28, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

just got home from the game and tried to get caught up on some of the comments. What a well played game from start to finish. The Chocolate Caps are playing better than I thought here in DC. I was worried about tonights game based on the attrition that has gone on. I agree with the thoughts about Bruce. If this keeps up......(I'm not gonna jinx it.) Theo's a streaky guy. I hope this sets him off in the right direction. All in all, the only thing that worries my is the way Jurcina seems to play like he is worried about breaking a nail or ripping his prom dress. I saw someone post that he logged the bulk of time tonight? I'm kinda surprised by that since it seemed like he wasn't out alot in the 3rd. Can someone help with that? Either way, you couldn't slap the smile off my face.

Way to go boys!!!

Posted by: lamplighter1 | November 28, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Great game tonight.

I hope the top 3 lines look like this (when everyone is healthy)

OV/Backstrom/Kozlov
Laich/Fedorov/Semin
Flash/Nylander/Fehr

Of course that leaves a bunch of guys fighting for 4th line duty, including Clark. But it seems to me like the Backstrom & Nylander lines are playing too well to break up right now.

Let's pick up another 2 points tomorrow night!

Posted by: Jeff_ | November 28, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Minor league defense. Most of our forwards were our regular guys. Not to downplay that we're missing some majorly talented forwards. But its also been said that we've got guys in the A that would be "up" in any other organization. A great game tonight by the guys, no matter where they started their season.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 28, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

mauree

I think the Caps played their game. Forcing the puck deep by carrying it, cycling down low and backchecking. That takes a lot of pressure off the D. Les Habs weren't prepared for that kind of play.

I do miss Lang, though. But only for a moment.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 28, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Hardhat: I vote Nylander...he was all over the ice!

Posted by: meagle | November 28, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Greg S. ... no doubt.. and even with one-third of the team called up Hershey won again tonight. Bouchard got one in OT.

I've never been a Schultz-hater, but the drop-off from Schultz and Erskine to Alzner and Lepisto seems pretty small. In fact it may be non-existent.

Green and Poti.. that's another story.

As for the forwards, I'm with Jeff..

Oneal

Posted by: TheRealOneal | November 28, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Can the hardhat go to the goalie? If so, I'm thinking BJ deserved it on a few nights this season as well.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 28, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I think the Caps played their game. Forcing the puck deep by carrying it, cycling down low and backchecking. That takes a lot of pressure off the D. Les Habs weren't prepared for that kind of play.


Greg... right there with you...Once the guys seemed to wake up and push the physical, grinding play, it seemed like the tide turned in the Caps favor. With only 9 SOG in the first I was a little worried, but they seemed to come out with a little more passion and energy after the 1st and it kept building.

Posted by: lamplighter1 | November 28, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

works for me. Nylander's line is clicking right now. No reason to disrupt it. All 3 played great tonight.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 28, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Just got home, gotta say that was fun. Ov is worth more than all 6 of their all stars.

Posted by: Steve_R | November 28, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

My one concern about the Caps this year - as in last - is the apparent inability to convert 5-3 situations. That should be a gimme one goal, especially when it's for almost 2 minutes.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 28, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Funny no one is complaining about Theodore now. This is the game he needed, and with a depleted team... I think Theo is getting into his groove now after a rocky start. When everyone gets back it's on like Donkey Kong.

Posted by: MNMNT | November 28, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Steve,

how does Alzner's movement look from your seat? On TV he looks quite good to me, considering it's only his second game.

Posted by: mauree | November 28, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

What an excellent game tonight. Theodore played well, but the young guys on defense played especially well after the first 5-10 minutes of the game! We will need some key returns off injuries if we are to do well long-term though.

Posted by: TrackCollector | November 28, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of The Habs and their 6 All Stars, has that situation been resolved? Has anyone heard if the voting will be challenged, etc...?

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 28, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Mauree, I was actually 2nd row from bottom in my section tonight. Two things jump to mind: I need to pony up more $ and move the he@@ down as my regular seats suck compared to tonights seats, and the only negative I saw on Alzner was a couple of clearing attempts that sucked. He's looking solid in his positioning and is going to be a good d-man for a while to come. Gotta be honest, I'm looking forward to Carlson too.

Posted by: Steve_R | November 28, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

MNMNT

I think most are praising Theo since quite some time now. Even when we lost 4-3 to the Wilds, many agreed he was the best on the ice.

Posted by: mauree | November 28, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

What a game! Did not expect much from the last two (especially tonight) but have been oh so pleasantly surprised! Theo must be thrilled - not only beats his old team after getting hammered by them the only other time that he played them, but did so with a lot of Caps kids in front of him AND does it with a shutout!! Add to that the fact that the Habs are good this year, that Jose has not had a great season and that Habs fans were taunting him all night, boy he must be on cloud nine. Hopefully he has found his game for the rest of the season! Geez, if we can win like this, we can win in just about any situation. GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: Boo- | November 28, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

So where are all those whiners from the road trip now? The ones questioning our depth, etc?

Great game by the Caps. It's amazing actually that we get our first shutout when we have only one regular defenseman in the lineup.

Also, can the people who kept trashing Nylander give the man some credit now? He's been one of our best players in the last 5 games. I've been saying all along that if he gets to play with someone good he'll show why he's a #2 center. The combo of him and Flash have a great understanding. Keep those two together, BB!

Lastly, honestly Montreal just didn't really show up today. Carbonneau was embarrassed by the effort they put forth in his post game comments and rightly so. It seemed like they just expected to get the 2 points simply by showing up. Perhaps out injury situation lulled them into sleep. They played a great game vs. Detroit and a real stinker tonight.

Posted by: ranndino | November 29, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

By the way, during the game I was thinking... So the Caps get to raid Hershey when they have injuries. Hershey, in turn, gets to raid the ECHL Stingrays. What do the Stingrays do when they need players? There is no pro league below the ECHL. Do they sign senior amateur players to tryout contracts on an emergency basis? Just wondering.

Posted by: ranndino | November 29, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

does anyone have an idea on who's getting the nod to be in net for tomorrow's game? I know that BB likes to say he will play the "hot hand" but he also seems to favor staying away from starting the same goalie on consecutive nights.
Thoughts??

Posted by: lamplighter1 | November 29, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

lamplighter1,
I thought Tarik mentioned BJ was getting the nod tomorrow (tonight) on a previous thread.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 29, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

ranndino,

ECHL teams usually source players who have been waived or released from other ECHL teams or other pro leagues, even the AHL.

Off the top of my head, some of the other leagues are the IHL (formerly the Colonial League), Central Hockey League, Southern Pro League,... uh can't think of anymore right now. They can get players from European leagues as well. Just an FYI since ya asked.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 29, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

last weekend Semin was "very close" to returning, in fact "looking to return" Monday night. Now there is talk that it will be next week at the earliest. What is going on? Did he re-injure? Seems to be more than a day to day injury...

Posted by: vernbestow | November 29, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

BernieWolfFan,

Thanks. Not easy for them though. I read that the Stingrays were down to just 16 players and had 3 games in 3 nights! This is even with the addition of Bruce's son.

Posted by: ranndino | November 29, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

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