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from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
Every NHL team must cope with injuries during the course of the grueling 82-game regular season, but the recent run of ailments that has ravaged the Washington Capitals’ roster is so rare that the players, coaches and general manager can only shake their heads in disbelief.
When the Capitals host the Florida Panthers tonight at Verizon Center, they might be without seven players who started the season on the active roster for a fourth consecutive game.
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Theodore was lights out, stopping all 28 shots he faced to beat Montreal and settle an old score against his former team. The 32-year-old goalie was the No. 1 star of the game for the first time as Cap, earned his first shutout as a Cap, and got his first standing ovation as a Cap….
Carbonneau on Theodore: “He was good. He was lucky at sometimes but sometimes you make your luck. He made the save when he had to, but we didn’t really test him.”
more on the Caps 30 victory over the Canadiens last night…
from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,
We are humbled as the Caps are now ranked as a Top 10 team in the NHL in paid admissions with only Minnesota, Buffalo, Detroit and Philadelphia ahead of us for US -based teams. We are up in paid admissions more than 27 percent year over year. Only Chicago is growing faster than us.
Earlier today, Forechecker pointed to an interview that Sharkspage posted with Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis. I wanted to reference the interview here on the main KK Hockey feed as well, just in case anyone missed the earlier post. It’s really a fascinating read for anyone interested in the issues of technology and media as it pertains to the NHL.
Leonsis provides a great deal of detail about how the league does—and will—utilize technology to support its business model. In his words:
“We lifted up [our business enterprise], put the internet underneath, and then slammed it back down so it is the powerplant the pretty much drives everything that we do.”
Read the rest here.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The Phoenix goalie was Brian Boucher. He volunteered his role in the play when we were talking after this morning’s skate and I brought up Ovechkin’s name in the context of Saturday night’s game.
“What are you going to do? It was a one in a million play? He was on his back and he just whacked at the puck,” Boucher said. “At the time I didn’t realize how unreal the goal was.”
“I couldn’t believe how far I had to keep moving and I still didn’t get,” Boucher said.
more and Boucher will be facing Ovechkin again tonight, this time as a member of the San Jose Sharks.
from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,
We played Anaheim on Wednesday and L.A. on Thursday. So we traveled three time zones on Monday night to get to California; adjust to new time zones; and played back to back games. We play again on Saturday night so three west coast games in four days.
Note: L.A. hadn’t played since Sunday so they were well rested. We are banged up and we played like we were tired. The fans out in LA didn’t see our best. But L.A. will come to Verizon Center soon enough and the tables will turn on the schedule.
more and any Western Conference fans, feel free to comment!
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Here’s a first for me, in the new give-and-take world of cyberspace sports writing. Ted Leonsis, the Washington Capitals’ owner and AOL mover and shaker, took a shot at me in his blog, Ted’s Take. Leonsis took exception to my views on the ballot-box stuffing controversy in Montreal, in which Canadiens supporters have their six candidates miles ahead of the pack in the voting for the 2009 All-Star Game.
What fun! Usually, it’s the other way around – writers critically analyzing the work of owners, general managers and players, mostly done in a vacuum. Turnabout is absolutely fair play - I wish more of them did it. A real dialogue could be a useful tool in ridding the industry of the lame blah-blah-blah that passes for analysis these days, fuelled largely by professional athletes who are coached to say nothing of consequence, for fear of alienating opponents or tarnishing their brilliantly polished images.
continued with many more NHL topics…
from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Byfuglien and defenseman Brent Sopel were scratched for the game against the Stars. Both have been mentioned in recent trade speculation. Quenneville said Sopel, often injured this season, was a healthy scratch and was in the Hawks’ locker room after the game.
Most prominent of the trade rumors have Byfuglien going to the Capitals in a deal that would bring Nylander back to the Hawks. A straight-up deal was nixed by the Hawks this week, apparently because they couldn’t stay under the salary cap if they acquired Nylander. Adding Sopel to the deal would allow them to do that…
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
The Star has learned the NHLPA has filed a grievance over the Washington Capitals’ refusal to allow representatives of the union into the Capitals room.
The union believes this to be a violation of the agreement, which states: “No one other than NHL, NHLPA or team representatives or properly accredited members of the Media shall be allowed in dressing rooms during Media access periods.”
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the issue is isolated to one club. “From our perspective, it’s not something either the collective bargaining agreement or applicable law provides for or guarantees, and our position is that each club has the latitude to establish its own policy,” Daly said.
I asked the Capitals about this situation this morning and they are deferring to the quote from Bill Daly.
This note from the Caps PR department this morning-
Alex Ovechkin’s 171 career goals are not only the most in the NHL since he entered the league in 2005-06, they are the most of any player who has entered the league since 2002-03. Among those goals, however, he has scored against all but three NHL teams: Los Angeles, San Jose and Minnesota, Washington’s next three opponents in succession.
If Ovechkin just keeps doing what he’s doing he’ll be able to put checkmarks next to those teams as well, beginning tonight in LA. He enters the game with a five-game goal-scoring streak and multiple-point games in each of them, with 14 points (six goals, eight assists) and a +12 rating in that time.
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