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from Lightning Strikes,
It is going to be an interesting evening Monday when the Lightning faces the Capitals at the Verizon Center and Olaf Kolzig faces his former teammates. Kolzig has never been shy about saying how emotional was his breakup with Washington, with which he played 16 seasons. But Kolzig, classy as always, said all the right things about his former employer.
“I still wish it hadn’t ended the way it did,” Kolzig said, but added that “there’s no bitterness. Obviously, going out there tomorrow, I want to beat them as bad as anybody, but there’s no malicious feelings or anything like that.”
from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,
Another option would be to send 475 red carnations to Fedorov, one for each of Fedorov’s goals, care of the Caps. Because that wouldn’t be weird at all. The floral excess arrived yesterday, in all its rocking-the-red glory, although Fedorov went out and got hurt that night. Maybe next time roses would be better. I’m told that Fedorov was very appreciative of the gesture, if a bit taken aback.
Coach Boudreau? No. Owner Ted Leonsis!
We struggle on the power play and with all of our talent, we must be more effective. We pass too much. We don’t shoot the puck and generate enough traffic.
We are not aggressive enough on our forecheck.
We are not making crisp enough outlet passes, D to forwards in transition.
We are not taking the body enough.
from Sam Kasan at PittsburghPenguins.com,
Washington Capitals forward Alexander Semin has gotten a lot of attention from the media following his comments about Penguins star Sidney Crosby.
The drama continued today when Pittsburgh head coach Michel Therrien was asked about Semin’s comments. Therrien, who has never shied away from giving his opinion, laughed and then responded:
“Is he talking about the youngest guy to get 100 points in the history of the National Hockey League? Is he talking about the youngest guy to win the Hart Trophy and lead the league in scoring? Is he talking about the youngest captain in the National Hockey League to bring his team to the Stanley Cup Final? That’s all I have to say.”
From Ted’s Take:
I just spoke with Alex Ovechkin after practice and he informed me that his grandfather HAS NOT passed away. This report in a Russian paper and on this blog is incorrect. Alex asked for respect of his privacy and that they will communicate to our fan base in an official capacity if there is any news on this matter.
added 1:16pm (Paul), from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
One day after the Caps were put through a brutal practice, and two days after they suffered their worst loss since March, Ovechkin was at KCI celebrating goals and joking with teammates loudly in the dressing room.
“I feel good and I feel bad,” he said. “I feel good I saw my grandpa, but I feel bad I didn’t play and couldn’t help my teammates win the game.”
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
All morning, Bruce Boudreau stalked around Kettler Capitals Iceplex with a scowl on his face. And when he met with reporters later, he didn’t mince his words.
He was angry. About as angry as he’s been since becoming head coach of the Caps last November.
“If they’re not going to work to our standards during the game, then they’re going to work that hard during practice,” he said. “I’ve been through a lot of those during practice, and they’re not fun. I’m trying to send a message that the coaching staff was displeased with the effort.”
added 6:56pm, The Owner chimes in…
I went to the practice on Sunday. It wasn’t fun and it was motivated by the team NOT working hard or looking prepared on Saturday night.
It is very frustrating to the staff to see us be scored upon eight times in the first minute or last minute of a period.
more from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Takes…
from Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider,
I asked Bruce Boudreau if he had any thoughts on Alexander Semin’s comments about Sidney Crosby.
“I thought that was the biggest comment I’ve seen from him in three years,” Boudreau said. “I’m just glad to see he’s talking. Obviously, you don’t want top give anybody [bulletin board] stuff. But he said it. If it might mean he’s coming out of his shell a little bit, then good for him.”
“Not good for him that those comments were made,” he added. “I think Crosby is unbelievable. I think he is a great player and all of those things. But it was also through an interpreter, so it could have been taken out of context….”
From Tarik El-Bashir in the Washington Post,
George McPhee leaned forward in his chair, squinted his eyes and focused on the performance that was unfolding before him. Except on this Wednesday night, the performers weren’t hockey players and McPhee, the general manager of the Washington Capitals, wasn’t sitting in a suite high above the ice. Instead, he was in a classroom at Georgetown University grading the midterm projects of 44 students in his graduate-level sports management class.
The Washington Capitals GM is teaching eight classes this semester. I think my favorite line in the article comes from one of McPhee’s students, who remarked “It’s like learning to play basketball from Michael Jordan” which, it occurs to me, might not be the best analogy… (edit: actually, I change my mind. I was thinking about that quote in the wrong way, equivocal to “...learning to play hockey from George McPhee.” Which obviously isn’t what was meant. Whoops!)
Anyway, great article—read the rest here.
from the Reliable Source at the Washington Post,
Six months ago, Kelly Black ran into the Washington Capitals head coach at Ballston Common Mall—where the team holds public practices—and invited him to join her kids and her best friend for lunch. “Can’t right now,” he told them. “Next time.”
Yesterday, 7-year-old Austin Black attended Caps practice with a hand-held sign: “Coach Boudreau: You promised lunch with me. Today is the day.”
From Bill Clement at NBCSports.com:
Without a doubt Fedorov is the best all-around Russian forward who has ever played in the NHL. Early in his career I believed I saw greatness in the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder. He was drafted by the Red Wings in the 1989 NHL Entry draft, taken in the fourth round with the 74th overall pick. It wouldn’t take him long to reach a breakout season.
To make his way to the NHL he had to defect from the then Soviet Union. He did so in 1990 while in Seattle to play in the Goodwill Games with CSKA Moscow on a line with two other future NHL stars, Mogilny and Pavel Bure.
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