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Tonight's Lineup

Shaone Morrisonn, Sergei Fedorov and Chris Clark are out for the Capitals while Brent Johnson will oppose Henrik Lundqvist in goal. Coach Bruce Boudreau said the lineup will be the same as this morning.

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

Defense
Schultz-Green
Poti-Sloan
Erskine-Jurcina

Be sure to check back later tonight for some post-game notes and quotes.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 8, 2008; 5:53 PM ET
 
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From previous thread,

For AA/Howard County FiOS viewers, I think CSN+ can be found at QAM channel 122-4001. It looks like they just forgot to map it to channel 1 on the set top box. I'll report back closer to game time if it works.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | November 8, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Steve,
Gotta think Erskine gets Nyls spot. Can't think of one think Nyls can offer over SL.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 8, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know about Cox Fairfax? It used to be 74, but a NBA game is shown in the info...

I thought the Caps had better TV ratings than the Wizards...

Posted by: Yoshietree | November 8, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Mauree-san,
You still in the land of the Rising Sun fella?

Do you happen to know a link for tonight? Preferably via reflector.

Cheers

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 8, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Yoshietree, the Caps game will be on CSN+ (and the Wizards game will be on CSN). Go to comcastsportsnet.tv and type in your zip code to find out what channel CSN+ is in your area.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | November 8, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

For anyone in the DC/MD/VA markets having trouble finding the Caps game, see:
http://comcastsportsnet.tv/pages/plus

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | November 8, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

For those using Comcast in Montgomery county, it's on Channel 4. Not sure if it will be in HD.

Posted by: cbs75 | November 8, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

The games on CSN+ are not going to be available in HD this season.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | November 8, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

This will be the perfect game for Ovie to break out of his goal scoring drought and score 3 goals!!! YAY!! Hope it happens.. GO CAPS, this would be a huge win.

Posted by: rachel216 | November 8, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

http://www.justin.tv/rangers05fan

Seems to be working so far for those that need a stream. Quality is so-so.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 8, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I Love Tarik!!

Posted by: rachel216 | November 8, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

For FiOS viewers in AA/Howard County, I can now confirm that QAM 122-4001 is carrying the CSN+ feed of the Caps game.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | November 8, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

AHHHH!!! It's not on channel 643???!! theres nothing there!!

Posted by: rachel216 | November 8, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Hello All!

About who could be wearing the "C" tonight, Brads captained a preseason game as I recall. Just a thought. Teams do not throw the C or A around so I'm sure due consideration will be given to whom it bears.

The captaincy tonight will be an interesting compass of leadership mentality of the team so far with BB and crew.

Anyway, Go Caps!!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 8, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

This is tough to do...watching the Caps and listening to the Bears @ Baby Pens at the same time. Bears game tied 1-1, still in the first period. Bears goal by Lepisto. Machesney in goal. Word is Varlamov will play tomorrow at Bridgeport.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 8, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Baby Pens just scored. Machesney has only faced two shots and both went in!! Could be a long night.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 8, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Tess,
Where are you getting the Caps game?

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 8, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

GGOOOOOAAAALLLLLL!! Backs!!

Ugly as sin but they don't paint pictures on the scorecard. 1-0 Caps

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 8, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I live in PA (York County). I have CSN+ on cable.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 8, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Tess

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 8, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

theres nothing on CSN+

Posted by: rachel216 | November 8, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

rachel216, CSN+ is working just fine. It's an issue with your provider. You never said who it was, but using my telepathy, you need to call DirecTV.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | November 8, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Correction. Liach just beats Backs to the puck and should get the credit for the 1st goal.

Ovie just robbed by Lundqvist. Ovie thought it was in.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 8, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

2-0 Caps. Poti!!!

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 8, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

yeah, rachel, i've got csn+ on directv 643 and the games on. i'd call them.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 8, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom is returning to form. This is good news for the Caps!

Posted by: TJ91 | November 8, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Machesney's not having a great night. 3 goals on 6 shots. Varly's going out to salvage the game.
Bears down 3-1.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 8, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Just passing along:

I've got Cox and I'm watching Cox Sports Plus Channel 74 for the game. It says NBA Basketball on the guide.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 8, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

@jmu
Yea, this Bears game is painful to listen to.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 8, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

McNeill just worked over Boogaard 2.0. Let's hope it gives the Bears some momentum.

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

FINALLY!! It's on!!! :D Thanks GregAnnapolis and jmu_capsgirl. :)

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

Or it could encourage them to spend more time in the box. Ya know, either one. 4-1 Baby Pens.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 8, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

The kid that's in goal for the baby pens, John Curry, is the kid they had in goal last year when we faced them in the playoffs, and he's pretty good. Of course, it sounds like the Bears are making it easy for him tonight. Gotta stay out of the box. Glad to hear Walton say that last goal was not Varlamov's fault.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 8, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Laich can't catch a break, last game with the stinger to the lower leg and limps off, today he takes a slapper from a teammate in the hand and heads off shaking his hand

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

Hey, it looks like Brashear and Orr might have a little discussion tonight, which would make this is nearly perfect game (so far).

Posted by: Section117 | November 8, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing how close OV has been to scoring, yet the puck can't find the back of the net. Just a matter of time. Got a gut feeling it's coming in the 3rd.

Posted by: cbs75 | November 8, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Bears are making a comeback. Now 4-3 baby Pens. Two goals by Kyle Wilson, one late in the second, one early in the third. Machesney is back in goal. I guess they're trying to save Varlamov for tomorrow.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 8, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

NO!! Tom Poti deflected it and it went in.

Posted by: rachel216 | November 8, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

poti giveth us a goal, poti taketh away

Posted by: austinsteve | November 8, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

tess,
I stopped listening. How much time do they have left?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 8, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Green is too irresponsible w/the puck.

I smell an OV empty-netter.

Posted by: cbs75 | November 8, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Nice save BJ!!!!

Posted by: cbs75 | November 8, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Johnny! He's inching his way past Brooks and trying to challenge Brads as my favorite Cap. He keeps this up and he may have the #1 spot by the end of the game.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 8, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

jmu: 5:22 left in the third. Still 4-3

Posted by: tess2201 | November 8, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Mike Green still sucks and the Capitals are playing a stupid high risk turnover filled game as usual. Thanks Boudreau. We went from a team that took no risks under Hanlon and was boring to a team that takes every risk now and is still boring.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 8, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Baby!!! That was a STARTING Goalie save!

It was a Bull $#!t call for the PS anyway, but this should spike his points with BB.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 8, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

"We went from a team that took no risks under Hanlon and was boring to a team that takes every risk now and is still boring.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 8, 2008 9:12 PM
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Which explains why Hanlon is still coaching the Caps. Wait a second...

Posted by: Section117 | November 8, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Jeff Schultz + Mike Green = ZERO Defense

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 8, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Which explains why Hanlon is still coaching the Caps. Wait a second...

Posted by: Section117 | November 8, 2008 9:16 PM

Nice one, you made no sense

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 8, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

It's called sarcasm Schrutebag, based on your genius statement.

Posted by: Section117 | November 8, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

OV off the pipe. Need a priest to bless his hockey stick.

Posted by: cbs75 | November 8, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

It's a final. WilkesBarre Baby Pens beat Hershey 4-3.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 8, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

(Jeff Schultz's age + Mike Green's age)/2 = 22.5

That's the problem (and the beauty) of d-men. They get better with time. As hard as it is to watch now, you've got to have faith that its going to get better. The nature of Green's game leads to turnovers and defensive lapses. Schultz has been his partner all of, what, 3 games? Its been said before and it'll be said again. Give them time.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 8, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

"Mike Green still sucks"
What, and still?
Talk about making no sense. Why does Mike Green "suck"? Esplan poor pha voor.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 8, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

weak call. nice 1 zebras.

Posted by: cbs75 | November 8, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

It's called sarcasm Schrutebag, based on your genius statement.

Posted by: Section117 | November 8, 2008 9:20 PM

Still made no sense, like most of your messages. You're a complete tool if you can't see what kind of high risk turnover filled style that Bruce has brought this team. Serves him right for playing Semin in a 1 goal game in the last 2 minutes. Semin can't play defense but yet he's out there taking a stupid penalty.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 8, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Why does Mike Green "suck"? Esplan poor pha voor.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 8, 2008 9:25 PM

Ever watch him play defense? ever watch him turn the puck over again and again on the PP?

Even his coach called him out a few games ago.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 8, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Flash is the best surprise of this young season. And our defense (Green and Schultz) are not getting better, they're getting worse. They were better last year.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 8, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

LOL. Eat it NYR!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: cbs75 | November 8, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

you gotta be kiddin'!
:)

Posted by: austinsteve | November 8, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I smell an OV empty-netter.

Posted by: cbs75
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Well, it was an empty-netter by someone named Alex!

Posted by: tess2201 | November 8, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Johnny steals the game again, and Semin finds a way to make the highlight reel on an empty net goal : )

Posted by: mimi72555 | November 8, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1:

Always with the negative waves Moriarty, always with the negative waves.


I wasn't bored.

Posted by: uncatim | November 8, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

That was a very weak call on Semin at the death. Nice he got back on to finish the job.

No-look goal from deep in his own zone. 5-0-1 at home this season. Yeah Stanton, this team has nothing going for it eh?

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 8, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

So I guess you never saw Green do all the other things on D huh? My point is your blanket "sucks" statement which to me indicates you don't know the game overall. Green sucks, yeah right...

Nice win boys!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 8, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Now that was a hockey game! They looked much more focused than the last several games and Johnson was on his game. They got a little sloppy in the third, but I think they did a much better job tonight.

Posted by: isaacc7 | November 8, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

How can Schultz get worse than last year (excluding the last little bit)? And its not only a dozen games in. The team as a whole (with a few exceptions) isn't "better" than it was last year. Breathe, cstanton1, breathe.

Game over. Green and Schultz managed to avoid bumbling over themselves long enough for the win. *rolls eyes*

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 8, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Don't matter what Alex scores, I'll take it. Just a matter of time for OV. He's prob the best non-scoring guy on ice right now. It'll come. Hopefully against Kolzig.

Posted by: cbs75 | November 8, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me, "And its only a dozen games in". Long day.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 8, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Serves him right for playing Semin in a 1 goal game in the last 2 minutes. Semin can't play defense but yet he's out there taking a stupid penalty.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 8, 2008 9:26 PM

And our defense (Green and Schultz) are not getting better, they're getting worse. They were better last year.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 8, 2008 9:29 PM

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Wait, that was Schultz who blocked the shot, right? And that was Semin who scored the empty net, right? And under 2 goals allowed in the last 3?

Just checking.

But hey, go ahead and bench the young guys to put old guys in there genius.

Posted by: Section117 | November 8, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

So is it easier for a goalie to face his old team (in that he knows players' moves) or is it easier for a team to face their old goalie (in that they know his weakness(es))?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 8, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Well, if Kolzig plays the same way he played most of last season then it definitely favors the Caps shooters. I mean, they WILL have to decide whether they want to go 5-hole, or 7-hole, or forehand-backhand if they get a breakaway, or just put it over his glove hand......

Nice game tonight...let's keep it going on Monday!

Posted by: Jeff_ | November 8, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Unrelated to this, but is anyone watching the MSG postgame show? Who's that sitting next to Ken Daneyko?

Posted by: Section117 | November 8, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I might be thinking to far ahead here, but am I the only one who's worried that if Semin keeps these numbers up he's gonna be asking for an Ovechkin like contract in a year or so and were not gonna be able to keep him?

Posted by: mimi72555 | November 8, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

By then we'll have a better idea who isn't going to fit in the Plan. He was injured a lot last year too, 1 year isn't enough to justify a big contract.

Think it'll fly? :)

Posted by: austinsteve | November 8, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

WHat a great game! Johnson looks amazing. Other than that one bad deflection, he had a shutout. The 3rd and 4th lines played great, though Stecks looked a little rusty. But the D played great, Sloan looked very good, Jurcina played to his size without being caught out of position, same with Erskine. That was important.
Semin was going to get a huge contract no matter what. The guy is sick. That penalty was crap, it was Gomez' skating and not the half stick touch. What a great empty netter.

Great great game.

Posted by: oo7 | November 8, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

First of all, if you called this a boring game you need to see your doctor and adjust the meds.

Second, I'm gonna say it. Johnny is our number one goalie. He plays with confidence in net and the rest of the team plays with confidence when he's in net. Sorry Jose, but you just seem to look too shakey, maybe it would have worked out with a little more veteran defensive corps but, well...

Posted by: TheCapitalist1 | November 8, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

He's leading the league in +/- right now. After last season's -18, I guess anything is possible, including having to move some guys to pay him. *coughErskineJuicecough*

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | November 8, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Johnny is now tied for 5th in the league in SV% at .929 and 5th in GAA with 2.12. Not too shabby. He's now officially my second favorite Cap.

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

@117

Not sure if you know yet, but it was Ron Duguay (sp?), old Ranger.

For anyone saying the Caps D stinks, they gave up one goal tonight and it was a PP with an errand tip to boot. They are playing better D now especially knowing they have a better goaltender in net.

Also, I get the pleasure of going to the Bears game tomorrow in Bridgeport. Looking forward to seeing the baby Caps. I hope Varlamov is in goal.

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

Was the reason everyone recently had to register to use this site to help keep the trolls under control like cstanton1? If it was, please inforce if. If not, please implement it.

Posted by: Riddler1 | November 8, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

IMHO Johnson is the better goaltender. He is much quicker than Theodore between the pipes and seems to have better positioning. He doesn't give up the rebounds like Theodore does also. Johnson is going to have a bad game where he will be like swiss cheese, but all goalies will here and there.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | November 8, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Awesome game. I took a friend to his first ever caps game and he loved it. His only other hockey game had been in Philly while there on work and he said our crowd was much louder and rowdier haha.

Ovechkin can't buy a break, but I think when he does the goals will come in bunches.

Backstom looked a lot like the old backstrom tonight.

Our first two goals were "dirty" goals. Maybe the team will learn something from shooting the puck and crashing the net vs trying to thread the needle every time.

Johnson was awesome tonight. He needs to play at least half of our games until we see reason not to.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 8, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Just got home. Er...paging our Eeyores...paging our Eeyores. Please report to the blog for black lipstick.

Backstrom is just fine. I was disappointed when Nicky didn't get credit for the first goal, but he was right there, and he was one of the few who seemed to remember what a forecheck is. He was a beast out there tonight.

Speaking of beasts - JOHNNY! What's not to love? If he keeps up like this he deserves to be our #1.

I saw a lot more to like in our defense - very seldom were they out of position or not there. Even Green was where he belonged 95% of the time. Wonder if that has anything to do, as someone suggested, with being able to rely on the goaltender?

Sloan looked pretty good out there tonight, IMO.

I do wish they'd be more aggressive in taking the puck from the other team rather than waiting for the setup.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 8, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

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