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Alex Ovechkin On Team Putin Social Movement

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

After the Capitals’ 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night, Ovechkin explained why he decided on this public show of support for Putin.

“I just support my country, you know?” Ovechkin said. “That’s where I’m from, my parents live there, all my friends. Like every human from different countries, they support their president.”

Asked if his support of Putin means translates into a support of Putin’s political ideals, Ovechkin said, “It’s not about political stuff.”

“I don’t try to be politics man or someone like that,” Ovechkin said. “I just support my president and just support my country because I’m from there, and you know, if people from U.S. came to Russia, they care about what happening in U.S. So, I care about what happening in Russia because that’s my home and that’s where I’m from.”


Then we have this from Jeff Blair of Sportsnet (yesterday),

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Soccer Mentality Coming To The NHL When It Comes To Diving?

from Tarik El-Bashir of NBCSports Washington,

Barry Trotz and says the Capitals are frustrated by the low number of power plays they've been awarded and the way some opponents have gone about drawing penalties this season.

“I despise diving, and our guys know it,” Trotz said. “We don’t try to go down easy. We’re not getting any penalties. …We’ve got to keep our legs moving, which will help. But we’re getting a little bit frustrated because some of the soccer mentality is back in our league a little bit—go down easy.”

A moment later, Trotz cracked: “All of the soccer fans will be happy about that one. …It’s a sell. Some guys sell it better. We’ve got to stay out of the box and draw some more penalties.” 


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Four Wins In A Row For The Vancouver Canucks

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

...The Presidents’ Trophy winners went so quietly into the night that the only loud sound at Rogers Arena was the end boards rattling with their defencemen getting stapled and pucks being turned over....

It was a free-fly zone for the Vancouver Canucks. Fourteen first-period shots included Thomas Vanek doing Thomas Vanek things — knocking a loose puck out of mid-air in the crease — and nobody touching Bo Horvat on a charge to the net to deposit a cheeky Sven Baertschi back pass.

And when Derek Dorsett destroyed Dmitry Orlov on the end boards to strip him of the puck to set up Markus Granlund in the slot for a three-goal cushion, it became more like a laughable SuperSkills competition. The 29th-ranked power play even struck three times.

Here’s what we learned as the Canucks cruised to a 6-2 victory:

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The Washington Capitals Give Up Eight Goals To The Philadelphia Flyers

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

The Capitals’ 8-2 loss to the Flyers on Saturday night highlighted that the Capitals as a whole may require an exercise in patience. The team is forced to lean on inexperienced defensemen learning on the job with its blue line depleted, and rookie mistakes are understandable and expected. The forwards have had some issues with puck management through six games, and Saturday’s game was Washington’s worst showing in that area....

Goaltender Philipp Grubauer was peppered with 37 shots. The last time the Capitals allowed eight goals in regulation was on Jan. 25, 2006. Saturday night’s game in Philadelphia was an early-season test for the Capitals. While the Flyers were fresh and energized to play their home opener, Washington was playing its second game in two nights in the first back-to-back set of the season.

The turnovers increased in the second half of the game, just as players got tired, and it was a recipe for disaster.

“We were absolutely stupid with the puck,” Coach Barry Trotz said. “We deserved every ounce of that.”

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Matt Niskanen Placed On LTIR

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen has been placed on long-term injured reserve after he seemed to injure his left hand in Friday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils. On long-term injured reserve, Niskanen will miss at least the next 10 games and 24 days, but Washington was able to clear enough salary cap space to recall right-shot defenseman Madison Bowey Saturday morning.

In the second period of Washington’s game on Friday night, Niskanen was slashed on the stick by Devils forward Jimmy Hayes. Niskanen returned to the bench in pain, taking the glove off his left hand to examine it.


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Carey Price Pulled After Giving Up Four Goals

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Carey Price wasn’t in the mood to answer a lot of questions following Saturday night’s 6-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.

That’s understandable considering the goalie was pulled after allowing four goals — three by Alex Ovechkin — in the first period of a 6-1 loss. Ovechkin scored a fourth goal against Al Montoya, who replaced Price, while T.J. Oshie and Nathan Walker — the first Australian to ever play in an NHL game — also scored for the Capitals. Brendan Gallagher scored for the Canadiens.

When Price was asked if coach Claude Julien asked him if he wanted to come out of the game during the first intermission, the goalie responded with one word: “No.”...

“I don’t think we were very sharp off the get-go, obviously,” Price said during his post-game media scrum that lasted 54 seconds. “We just needed to come out with a better effort in the first. It’s tough when you fall behind like that.

“They came out of the gun,” the goalie added. “It’s their home opener and we didn’t match their intensity. I think we’ll make our adjustments and come back better tomorrow.”

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Video- Six Goals For Ovechkin In His Last Two Periods

Ovechkin had a three goal third period on Thursday and tonight he had three in the first period.

Tonight's goals...


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Your First Australian NHL Player Is Nathan Walker

from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

When Nathan Walker was 6 years old, he laced up his in-line skates to play organized hockey for the first time in his hometown of Sydney, Australia.

His relentless, havoc-causing playing style quickly earned him the nickname Stormy.

"He used to skate the fastest from one end of the rink to the other, causing a storm," said Walker's mother, Ceri. "The name has stuck with him since then."

Still playing with the same seemingly endless energy, Walker is eager to make a name for himself with the Washington Capitals as the first Australian to play in the NHL. The 23-year-old left wing made the Capitals' opening night roster, but it's unclear if he'll play in their first game, at the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

Walker, who was born in Cardiff, Wales, before moving with his family to Sydney when he was 2, understands that his first NHL game, whenever it happens, will be significant not only for him and his family but also for Australia.


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Video- Tom Wilson Suspended Four Games

Suspension is for boarding.

Here is the explanation.


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Another Questionable Hit From Tom Wilson

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson could be facing discipline from the NHL’s department of player safety again, just eight days after he was suspended two preseason games for interference. Playing in St. Louis on Sunday, Wilson was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Blues forward Sam Blais....

Wilson’s suspension a week ago also came in a preseason game against the Blues, when his hit on Robert Thomas was deemed late and excessively forceful. On Sunday, St. Louis Coach Mike Yeo said Wilson’s boarding on Blais was “a predatory hit with a guy that apparently didn’t learn his lesson from the first suspension.” Blais was evaluated for a concussion, but he returned to the game.

“Maybe coming down a little bit harder on him will make him think a little bit more about it,” Yeo said. “It’s tough, going after vulnerable people.”


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