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Varlamov Is In The House (Updated)

I just received word from the Caps that Simeon Varlamov has arrived at Verizon Center and he'll be on the bench shortly. Moments ago, the Brett Leonhardt was shown on the screen above center ice (sitting on the bench, of course) and acknowledged for making his NHL debut.

Leonhardt tried his best not to crack a smile; the crowd gave him a warm ovation.

Update:Leonhardt just left the bench at 10:57 of the first period and has been replaced by Varlamov.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 12, 2008; 7:17 PM ET
 
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attaboy stretch

Posted by: jason595 | December 12, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, Al Koken said Stretch won't get paid for this. Maybe you guys on press row should take up a collection for him!

Posted by: tess2201 | December 12, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

The goalie past and future of the Dec. 12 Washington Capitals: http://img68.imageshack.us/my.php?image=handoffye9.jpg

Posted by: KurtNYC | December 12, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh man I'd really like Brash to shut Ruutu up

Posted by: mauree | December 12, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I bet we're gonna need him cause Ottawa is trying to hurt Johnny

Posted by: rachel216 | December 12, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Oops! Re-post:

Poor Brett - didn't even get an entire period out there. Oh well, I bet he is pretty pumped, regardless. And how psyched must he be about that sweater?!?

BTW, Kurt, I wouldn't say that was ALL 6'7" of him ... ;-)

Posted by: HeyBooBoo | December 12, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Hello Caps Fans!

I'm laughin' about the whole crease situation but lets play to win boys.

Lets Go Cap-I-Tals!!!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 12, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't like it either how they're charging at Brent.

Posted by: mauree | December 12, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Random fact: Sens' Nick Foligno played for the Hershey Junior Bears when his dad Mike was the Bears head coach back in the 90s.

Posted by: tess2201 | December 12, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

1) Stop charging at Johnny before we send Brashear and Bradley after Auld, capice?

2) Nylander, SHOOT the puck!

3) Great job otherwise. Keep it up!

Posted by: TheSkyIsntFalling | December 12, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

What, is this game being shown in colon vision? The picture is terrible on COX...

Posted by: isaacc7 | December 12, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I guess this qualifies Brett Leonhardt as an official member of the Caps alumni..

Posted by: warsaw63 | December 12, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

A bit of doom seems to bring luck: we relaxed too much on that 4 on 3...

Posted by: mauree | December 12, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

isaacc7:
Is the game not offered in HD?

Posted by: HeyBooBoo | December 12, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

In terms of the picture, it is a streaming feed. The way our tech guys explained it to me is, that all the transmissions now are digital for the upcoming analog to digital transission. You have uplink and downlink that are one or the other but not both, until next Feb. Anyway, useless info maybe but I thought some of yoos might be messing with your set, so no need.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 12, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

I haven't read any of the previous stuff. I would just like to say after having the Holiday luncheon at work (NY Strip that was money) with Yenglings and then a couple Guinness for happy hour, I am happy that the HOME game is on CSN+ in horrible standard def. in favor of an hour documentary about the 2008 Terps basketball team......

NOT!

sigh.


Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | December 12, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

hell yeah!!

Posted by: mauree | December 12, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Brooksie!!!!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 12, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I didn't wade through 106 posts in the previous thread but in the days of the six team league this kind of situation would not have been unusual.

Back then teams only had one goalie. If the goalie was hurt teams would choose the team doctor, the equipment manager, someone out of the stands, or even someone from the opposing team. Anyone with experience with goalie play would be allowed to stand in for the injured goalie.

There are numerous accounts of guys in the stands volunteering to play claiming that they had played goalie at sometime in their lives.

I'm surprise our beat reporter didn't know this. If he did I apologize.

Posted by: MKadyman | December 12, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Johnson is incredible, almost as good as the post (3 saves for it so far). Laich's shot was awesome.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 12, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Make that 4 stops for the post

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 12, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

BernieWolfeFan:
I don't think that's quite to case; I can definitely tell the difference between feeds, even on a non-HD TV (HD feeds are simply a thing of beauty, especially when it comes to hockey). So unless someone has had a chronic picture problem, then a bad game picture can usually be attributed to the feed (i.e. the broadcaster) as opposed to the cable provider.

Speaking of thing of beauty, Laich's shot was incredible!!

Posted by: HeyBooBoo | December 12, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

The Caps really settled down after Laich's goal. The beginning of the period was all Sens, but now the Caps are controlling the puck possession -- nice

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 12, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

awesome skating and stick play for Koz

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 12, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

wow Giroux is getting pretty confident huh?

Posted by: mauree | December 12, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Awesome pk -- esp. Semin & Laich

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 12, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

HeyBoo,
My psuedo-tech explanation exactly. There is a difference in all of the feeds, non HD and HD (I agree, HD is a beaut). Right now, some of the uplinks or downlinks are already on the full digital system, where it is being broadcast with some still analog compontents, until next Feb. That is why it looks like a streaming video, in my case anyway. My tech guys assure me it should be resolved come Feb when there are no longer any analog components. Sorry for the non-caps stuff folks but I think you and I are both just pissed it is not in HD. :o)

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 12, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

... too confident darn it... come on Giroux

Posted by: mauree | December 12, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh - lost my video feed. :-( Thank goodness for Steve Kolbe!

BTW, went to the Caps website and there was BB in that striped purple polo again! What do we have to do to get that away from him? Come on, Gabby, you're in the big leagues now!!

Posted by: HeyBooBoo | December 12, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Nuts another PK

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 12, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Nice -- 4 on 4

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 12, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

OVI!!!

Posted by: mauree | December 12, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

OVP!!!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 12, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Bernie:
I'm just ticked I don't have a feed at all - I would take a bad one over nothin'! :-) Yes, come Feb things should improve, however we still we not get every game in HD.

Yeah - goal!! :-)

Posted by: HeyBooBoo | December 12, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

FYI - Kolbe has Brett on the air with him.

Posted by: HeyBooBoo | December 12, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

@Boo!

Keep reloading, usually it comes back.

Also there's another one (but not working either right now... might be atdhe server :( )

http://atdhe.net/live-tv-1402.html

Posted by: mauree | December 12, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

k - thanks, mauree!

Posted by: HeyBooBoo | December 12, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

HeyBooBoo,

Can you get the following:

http://www.atdhe.net/

We should be on.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 12, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, all I got to say is I told you the russian kid was coming. How cool is that? Tonight we are showing our leadership at the blueline. Johnson is playing outstanding at this point of the season. And notice how anybody hanging around the crease is paying the price. Personally I'd like to see them establish that area as their own more physically. But with the NHL "touch penalty" rule this is not wise at this point. Kinda funny though that they found a way to not dress Theodore.

Posted by: ergoroc | December 12, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

The live feed is working. I have it running off my laptop through my plasma. I have FIOS so maybe it is the connection. There is no reason this game shouldn't have been on CSN and not +.

Posted by: CapsSkins | December 12, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Bernie:
No, that's what I had before; I made the mistake of refreshing since the picture got choppy. Now it just keeps trying to connect. :-(

Posted by: HeyBooBoo | December 12, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

BooBoo,

Oh man...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 12, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Is that 5 for the post or 4 for the Caps???

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 12, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Bernie:
I know; it's not easy being me!! ;-) But, like I said, at least I have Kolbe.

Posted by: HeyBooBoo | December 12, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Darn post -- 5 saves

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 12, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

man Poti looked great on Spezza

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 12, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Jim,

You are making HeyBooBoo feel bad. LOL :o)

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 12, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Bernie!! ;-)
-Boo!

Posted by: HeyBooBoo | December 12, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

HeyBooBoo is Boo!, one and the same?

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 12, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

@Bernie

the one and only. She might confuse even more later on with more nicks :D

Posted by: mauree | December 12, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

*confuse you

Posted by: mauree | December 12, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Having Poti and Green on the ice is sweet. They are so good at getting the puck up ice.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 12, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that looked good.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 12, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Green -- sweet! Really like having Green back

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 12, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

that was beautiful! (sorry Boo! if you can't see it)

Posted by: mauree | December 12, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Yes - it's me, yes - mauree is right, and yes - I would have liked to have seen that goal!! :-/
-Boo! :-)

Posted by: HeyBooBoo | December 12, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I meant that was a great play! :o)

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 12, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

OVP!!!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 12, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

And that was beautiful too!

Posted by: mauree | December 12, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

R U Kid'n me? Yeah Caps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: cbs75 | December 12, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

MAN WE ARE SO GOOD :D :)

Posted by: rachel216 | December 12, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

OH MY GOSH!!! This is SO unfair!! LOL!! :-P

Hey mauree - how about TheOneAndOnlyBoo?!? ;-)

Posted by: HeyBooBoo | December 12, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

How can I be making Boo feel bad -- I just keep cheering Caps goals ;)

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 12, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Jim:
It's a bittersweet thing ... ;-)

Posted by: HeyBooBoo | December 12, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Boo! you'll get it on the recap :)

That one's too long. The one you told me before is perfect me think :D

Posted by: mauree | December 12, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

mauree:
I was kidding! I was actually thinking about changing my screen name to:
MaureeRocks-WeWouldBeLostWithoutHim ... ;-)

Posted by: HeyBooBoo | December 12, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Kolbe is already predicting that 1st star will go to Johnny.

Posted by: HeyBooBoo | December 12, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

paraphrasing a great movie: "I must warn you young lady... I'm susceptible to flattery..."

Posted by: mauree | December 12, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I like Boo! too...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 12, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

nutz -- get one tomorrow Brent

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 12, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Boo! I should scold you a little bit there... I carefully avoided the words "fantastic" and "shut-out" ... Ok I'll forgive you (I'm easy that way)...

Posted by: mauree | December 12, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Bernie:
The registration system does not allow "!" so that had led to a couple of changes. Do to Leeguru's recent objections, it will probably change again (because what the guru wants, to guru gets).

Darn it. So I was going out of my way to NOT say 'shutout', but it fluttered away, anyway.

How was the hit to Auld's mask? That would have been interesting to see (sniff*sniff).

Posted by: HeyBooBoo | December 12, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Dang.

Yeah, just get the win tomorrow.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 12, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

mauree:
I didn't say that or anything like it! Kolbe said it - blame him!! ;-)

Posted by: HeyBooBoo | December 12, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

VICTORY :D

Posted by: rachel216 | December 12, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping Johnny would get the shutout, but I can't be too greedy. Solid performance by the Caps' tonight. I just hope they saved some goals for tomorrow night.

The injured have come back and played outstanding! As much as I liked the recalls, none of them can replace the guys we are slowly getting back.

I had a feeling Ovi would have an interesting game tonight. Glad it was interesting in a good way. :D

Posted by: elicea | December 12, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh ok. As long as we know who you are, that is all that really matters. :o)

Great win boys!!!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 12, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Ok now I can say it: I have never see Johnny playing this good as he has the last two days - not only in terms of saves but in transmitting security... I hope it's something he found and will never let go.

Also: I have never seen the D playing so well. Alzner was fantastic. Green... well he's Green, he was the missing piece.

Man I bet the people at the VC had a blast :)

Posted by: mauree | December 12, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see Mike and Feds out there. We weathered the storm with the injuries so far. Time to stay healthy and kick some a@@.

Posted by: Steve_R | December 12, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

mauree:
Way to further make me feel bad - my tickets went to two of my good friends (I would have LOVED to see that one live) ... at least I know that my friends were rockin' the red!! ;-)

Bernie:
Yes, now you know, and any future changes will be more obvious (I promise). BTW, thanks for ignoring my typos (long day).

I'm outta here, folks - have a good one!

-Boo!

Posted by: HeyBooBoo | December 12, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Greenie just said they will win tomorrow "for sure". I'm holding him to that. :D

Posted by: elicea | December 12, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

aww aww Boo! I'm sorry... but when you go to next game at VC, think about my sorry sad self forced at home instead of being at VC :D

Actually, I will make it to one or both the Pens games at VC.

Posted by: mauree | December 12, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Poti. Go Terriers!

Posted by: KireDCU | December 12, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

"HeyBooBoo, stay with your call or the Ranger will take our picanic basket" -- Yogi

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 12, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm already worried about tomorrow. Caps don't play that well in back to backs, and Montreal lost to Tampa their last game so they'll come out hard...

Posted by: rachel216 | December 12, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216

The Hockey News reports that 6 Canadiens missed practice today. Let's see if their callups are as good as ours were recently!

Posted by: Terptwin | December 12, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

dude i wanna stretch jersey. awesome game tonite.

Posted by: miked3 | December 12, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

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