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Posted at 7:57 PM ET, 12/30/2010

George McPhee not worried about Winter Classic: 'This game will be played'

By Lindsay Applebaum

General Manager George McPhee said Thursday he had no concerns about the Capitals taking the ice at Heinz Field, nor doubts that the Winter Classic against the Pittsburgh Penguins will be played as scheduled this weekend despite the rainy forecast.

"I'm not concerned. This game will be played," McPhee said. "Certainly, we'll take all things into consideration -- what's best for the fans, what's best for the players, what's best for the league -- and we'll make decisions accordingly. We all just have this feeling, though, that this game is going to take place this weekend and there won't be any issues. I think luck will be on our side. It will happen."

And for all the panic about options and windows for delays, Coach Bruce Boudreau said he's not concerning himself with the what ifs, either:

"It's not like I'm going to sit and lose sleep... and make contingency plans of my own," he said. "They'll tell us what to do. We're either going to play and we're going to play our [rear ends] off, or we're not going to play."

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By Lindsay Applebaum  | December 30, 2010; 7:57 PM ET
Categories:  Winter Classic  
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Comments

Bears and baby Pens playing right now at ConsulEnergy Center, scoreless in the 2nd period. HBO is filming the game and has Andrew Gordon mic'd up.

Posted by: tess2201 | December 30, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update, Tess.

Posted by: nicety251 | December 30, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Game is now 1-0 bears end two

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 30, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

@ icehammer

Have fun in Pittsburgh.

Posted by: nicety251 | December 30, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

1-0 bears final. Home teams both lost today hope it continues for the rest of the weekend

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 30, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Watching NHL Overtime on Versus. They basically just annointed Crosby "King of the World". Plenty of negative comments about Ovechkin. Makes me wish Ovie would score 4 goals at the Winter Classic!

Posted by: kcbrichmond | December 30, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Amen to that, kcbrichmond! And throw in no points for Crosby, please.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | December 31, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

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