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Kozlov Out With Leg Injury

via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Viktor Kozlov could miss two weeks with an undisclosed left leg injury, General Manager George McPhee said moments again. Kozlov appeared to injure his knee when he was hit along the boards by Rob Davison in the second period of last night’s 5-1 win over Vancouver.

“We suspect it will be a couple of weeks,” McPhee said. “But we’ll know more in a couple of weeks.”

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Fedorov Appears To Be A Dman Tonight

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Coach Bruce Boudreau appears to have changed things up. Sergei Fedorov is wearing a black jersey this morning and he’s working with the defensemen. Michael Nylander, meantime, has replaced him as the second line center, while Boyd Gordon is centering the third line.

read on

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Morning Line

“He’s a target out there and a lot of guys go after him.  It’s only natural for him to want to go want to go back at guys… He’s going to keep learning as he goes, but it’s better revenge to put the puck in the net than run somebody over.”

-Mathieu Schneider on Alexander Ovechkin.  More on AO from Craig Custance of Sporting News Today.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, mathieu+schneider

Oh Jose

Japers’ Rink let the picture describe the feeling of Capitals fans this morning.

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The Right Attitude

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

The last time we were picked this highly and with this much expectation, we didn’t even qualify for the playoffs.

So I think I liked it better when we were underdogs. Now we have the weight of expectations on our shoulders. I am hoping our shoulders are broad enough to carry these heightened expectations. There are so many great teams in the NHL. I would hate to give any team bulletin board fodder as motivation. We must remain hungry and very humble.

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Evening Line

“I want to win the Stanley Cup; that’s why we play hockey in the NHL.  I’m always that way. I want to do everything for the victory.”

Alex Ovechkin - via USA Today with more on AO and his role with the Washington Capitals

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Nylander Re-Freshed Heading Into The Season

from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post,

His shoulder feels strong. His timing is coming back as evidenced by Nylander, 36, finishing as the team’s second leading scorer in the preseason with seven points (two goals, five assists).

“He’s playing a lot younger and a lot more determined” Boudreau said. “At the end of last year when we were playing pretty good, he was almost an afterthought in people’s minds. Not in my mind, but in other people’s minds. . . . He’s out to prove he’s an elite player again.”

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The Leonsis Plan

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Asked what he had learned after just about 10 years as an NHL owner, Leonsis said:

“You know, I’ve always worked in public companies, but here’s a private company (in the Capitals).

“So I said, ‘OK, we don’t have shareholders like Wall Street. We have stakeholders – our fans.’ And you always hear businessmen being criticized for not taking the long-term view; that they have to meet the next 90 day’s quarterly results. So they view things for the short term, at the detriment of the long term of the company.

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Theodore Is The Key

from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

As the only new member of the organization, (Jose) Theodore will have to endure scrutiny this season. But toss in the position he plays and the great expectations for the franchise, and Theodore could be the linchpin for success or the scapegoat for failure.

Being a goaltender in places like Montreal and Colorado, Theodore knows all about that type of pressure. He also knows what the intense media scrutiny was like with the Canadiens - both on and off the ice - and is looking forward to settling in and being comfortable in the District.

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Adding Up Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin was modeling for the cover of ESPN Magazine a few days ago.  In the aftermath, ESPN came up with a simple equation…

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continued…

 

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, alfred+e+neuman, espn, mad+magazine, media

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