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Ovechkin And Brodeur Have Points To Prove

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Keep an eye on two NHL players in the coming weeks, because I have a feeling that both Alex Ovechkin and Martin Brodeur are coming out of Vancouver with a burr under their respective saddles.

Ovechkin had the 1,000-yard stare as Team Canada ended Russia’s medal hopes in a brutal 7-3 shellacking that saw the Canadians simply dismantle a Russian squad many thought would at least be competitive with Canada.

That didn’t come close to happening and Ovechkin was completely shut down by the Canadians, going minus-2 with just three shots and a very bad feeling about the experience.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, martin+brodeur

A Crack In Ovechkin’s Game

from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

None of us know the details regarding Alex Ovechkin shoving a person with a camera in the wake of Russia’s embarrassing 7-3 loss at the hands of the Canadians, but no matter what the circumstances, the Capitals and/or the NHL need to send a message by suspending him.

The once-congenial and ultra-media-friendly Ovechkin has shown progressive cracks in his off-ice demeanor for some time now, culminating with his Olympic availability where he essentially ignored the English media during the tournament.

continued and if you missed the video, you can watch it here.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, team+russia

Janssen Suspended Five Games

via Tarik El-Bashir’s Twitter,

Cam Janssen has been suspended five games by the NHL for “a late hit to the head ...to an unsuspecting” Matt Bradley.

If you want to review the hit, you can watch it here.

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  Tags: cam+janssen, matt+bradley

The NHL Needs More Offense

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Capitals overwhelm opponents with persistent waves of attack. Their retro style is becoming more prevalent - especially in the East, but not exclusively. In the West, the three division leaders - Chicago, Vancouver and San Jose - are not as defensively suffocating as they are offensively potent. Each of these teams has a goal differential between plus-42 and plus-53.

Not a day goes by when Boudreau isn’t asked whether his offensive style can hold up in the cauldron of the playoffs. His response is automatic: We play defense, too.

He also says, “The only way to answer the question is to win the Stanley Cup. And we’re trying really hard.”

If the Capitals manage to hoist the Cup, a process will be validated and more coaches will look to open up the game. That would be an Olympian development, especially in the eyes of the casual fan.

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Sticker Shock

from OrderedChaos (Mike Rucki) of On Frozen Blog,

I just received the annual email from the Washington Capitals to renew season tickets for the 2010-11 season.

This year’s increase in price? Approximately 32%.

Ouch.

Yes, the Caps’ current ticket prices—particularly for my seats in the front row of the upper deck—are not only significantly discounted from face value, but quite a bargain by league standards. According to The New York Times, 20 NHL teams charged more, on average, for tickets than the Capitals did in 2009-10.

Nonetheless, it was a bit of a shock seeing the new total invoice amount in a painfully-enlarged lump-sum.

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Afternoon Line

But to be honest our Red Outs and our crowds at Caps games are louder and more passionate than this game at the Olympics. I mean that.

-Ted Leonsis, Owner of the Washington Capitals.  More from Ted at his blog, Ted’s Take.

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Crosby & Ovechkin Are Popular Topics In Vancouver

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

NBC analyst Mike Milbury obviously knows that Caps fans regularly accuse him of anti-Ovechkin propaganda. From the Crapitals incident, to calling Ovechkin “a dog,” to the more recent “Hey Ovi, I’m still your daddy right now” comment about Crosby, Milbury is building up quite a resume.

Does this make him second-guess his comments about Ovechkin, keeping everything drab and vanilla, offering generic praise and moving on, staying away from controversy? It does not. During the first intermission of the Canada-Norway game Tuesday evening, NBC ran a little piece about Ovechkin, then came out of it by asking Milbury to whom he compares Ovechkin.

The question was asked in the “history of hockey” sense, or maybe the “compare him to a great athlete in another sport” sense. The gist was that NBC’s analyst should help viewers understand the nature of Ovechkin’s game. Milbury’s answer?

“Well, if I compared him to the other great player in the game it’d be Sidney Crosby,” Milbury replied.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby, team+canada, team+russia

Capitals Review At The Olympic Break

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

We are first in the East up 13 points over NJ. We are first in our division over second place Tampa by 27 points.

We lead the NHL in goals scored with 247. San Jose is second with 204 goals scored.

We lead the NHL in power play efficiency.

We have the best home record at 23-3-3 and have played the least amount of games at home of the best teams. We have sold out every game. We spend at the cap max in payroll. Our ticket prices continue to be in lowest third of the NHL….

The bad: We are a tired team and a team with some injuries.

We know we have to get back to playing better systems oriented hockey.

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Does Washington Go Goalie Shopping?

from Darren Pang of HockeyChats,

I say no.

Semyon Varlomov will return from injury, while Jose Theodore has played well. He is a good presence in the room, works hard and can be part of a platoon type system.

I like Varlomov and he showed last year he has composure under fire, not to mention, ability.

Why go out and trade for a goalie that hasn’t proven to be a difference maker? There are no Hasek’s, Belfour’s, or Roys hanging around out there, waiting to get picked up for one last chance at glory…

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Cam Janssen Hit On Matt Bradley Last Night

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Janssen, who appeared to lead with his elbow, said: “I was just coming back and [Bradley] had the puck. He cycled it back, and he was looking back like he felt the puck was still on his skates. I finish my hits. I thought it was a good opportunity. His head was down and I was just trying to get the boys into it. I hope no suspension, but we’ll see what happens. If it happens, it happens and that’s the way it is.”

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Scroll to around the 2:00 minute mark to see the hit a little more clearly…

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  Tags: cam+janssen, matt+bradley

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