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Hey Canada, Do You Want Mike Green On Your Olympic Team?

from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

His prowess on offense - and on the power play in particular - could be a big positive for his chances to make the team. Canada struggled to generate offense at the Turin Olympics in 2006, scoring only 15 goals in six games (including three shutout losses) en route to a national panic-inducing seventh-place finish.

The biggest question about Green seems to center on trust. Can Team Canada, with gold-or-bust expectations, trust Green not to have a defensive lapse or a turnover at a critical point in what could be the most pressure-packed tournament in the history of the sport?

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  Tags: team+canada

Capitals A Legitimate Threat

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

What the Capitals either don’t realize, or don’t acknowledge, is how Ovechkin’s little two-game ban was actually a blessing in disguise. It helped him heal for starters; but far more importantly, it also demonstrated to every player on their team that they can now play at an elite level, even without their most important contributor.

This is a pivotal part in the evolution of any championship team, which is what the Capitals imagine they are, after making the playoffs in each of the past two years, and pushing the Pittsburgh Penguins to the limit in the second round last spring.

The Penguins ultimately won last year’s championship, putting Ovechkin’s rival, Sidney Crosby, one up in terms of their personal battle.

But the Penguins’ evolution was greatly enhanced these past two seasons by the adversity they faced. Two years ago, when Crosby missed 29 games with a high ankle sprain, Evgeni Malkin stepped up his level of play and picked up virtually all of the scoring slack. When Crosby returned, the Penguins were measurably better overall.

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Boudreau Takes A Few Shots At The Media

from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

Boudreau wasn’t done. When asked about his team’s defensive play being underrated throughout this offensive explosion, it was Boudreau who went on the offensive.

“Just don’t go tell Mike Milbury that or Alan Muir that, because they keep saying we can’t play defensive hockey,” Boudreau said. “We’re good defensively, I believe. Sometimes if you’ve played the game before and you score four or five goals it is really hard to keep that [defensive] pressure on—you are so up for the game it is human nature to relax a little bit. But every week in the power rankings I read Alan Muir saying we can’t play defense, so it is interesting.”

And finally, since Boudreau was on a roll ... why not ask him about SI’s Jim Kelley, who wrote an article criticizing Alex Ovechkin this week?

“I heard about it and I heard it was so ridiculously ridiculous that I was hoping someone would have it or show it to me,” Boudreau said. “I would like to, not attack him but I’d like to at least have a chance at a rebuttal on all the things he said that weren’t true.”

more including Boudreau’s reaction to Carcillo’s action last night…

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Caps With A 9 Minute Power Play Thanks To Carcillo

How is this for a boxscore…  Carcillo decides to act crazy on Matt Bradley of the Capitals.

So far the penalties have cost the Flyers 2 goals.  Caps up 3-1.

14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 2 minutes, cross checking
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 5 minutes, fighting
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 10 minutes, misconduct
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 2 minutes, instigator
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 10 minutes, game misconduct

video added 8:10pm,

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  Tags: dan+carcillo

Take A Trip To Washington Mr. Kelley

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

I am probably one of the most transparent and interactive owners in the league. I embrace the media and the blogosphere. I respect all of the people that cover our great sport. I went to my first hockey game with my father as a birthday gift he gave me in 1961. I still remember that day. I actually did see many of the great old great players play as a child at Madison Square Garden and The Boston Garden. My favorite player was Bobby Orr.

In all of that time and all of those interactions, I honestly can’t ever remember meeting Jim Kelley or seeing him at a Caps game here in DC. If I am incorrect in that statement I apologize in advance.

I would like to invite Jim to a Caps game here in DC where we can meet, discuss and exchange ideas. We can talk about the game and history. He can come and Rock the Red. He can put a human face on the name that he writes about. We certainly didn’t connect or talk about what he was writing in this piece. He certainly didn’t call me to talk or send me an email to discuss.

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Toss The Cotton Out The Window

Washington Capitals Equipment Manager Brock Myles talks undergarments.

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Caps Owner Has A Sit-Down With Ovechkin

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

We had a short and direct conversation.

Alex isn’t trying to hurt anyone. He has an honest respect for the game and for all players in the league. Alex is trying to “get the puck. I just want what they have and that is the puck.” It is a simple logic. He plays the game the way it was designed. He is just bigger and faster than anyone. Can you name a player in NHL history that has this mix of size, skill, power and speed? I can’t.

Alex does play fast and hard. It is why he is beloved. It is why he is the two-time and reigning MVP of the league.

I believe if he changes and becomes a player that is managed by the media or fans or anyone else, he will put himself at risk. ” To thine own self be true.” That is the right motto to live by. That is what I have advised Alex. Be authentic and be respectful. Play the game with passion. Lean in, don’t lean back. Love the game. Have fun. Win.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, ted+leonsis

Does Junior Seau Know Hockey?

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

Next Wednesday (on Versus) is the episode featuring Seau as an equipment manager for the Washington Capitals. He spoke with us recently about working that sports job, gauging the toughness of hockey players and the impression Alex Ovechkin(notes) made on him. That, along with talk about his three days as a reporter for Sports Illustrated, concussions in the NFL and NHL and attempting to be a TV star after football. Oh, and a strange moment involving man-on-man tickling. Enjoy.

On a player to player basis, who has more equipment: Football or hockey?

Oh, definitely a hockey player. There’s so much more going on. They wear leotards underneath those pads.

What’s that one stud’s name?

Ovechkin?

Yeah, Alex. Watching him, you’d think that he would be a prima donna. That guy is a jokester. He lightens it up. The reason why the Capitals are doing so well is basically because the guy puts it in perspective. He’s not bigger than anybody on that team, and he cares for the players in that locker room, which I got to see firsthand.

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  Tags: junior+seau

IS It All About PR With AO?

from pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog,

In literary circles this narrative might be termed a potboiler — a tale hastily conceived and executed with commercial profits foremost in mind. Earlier this fall Ovi signed on with the global champions of sports personality marketing, IMG. It’s a firm renowned for being visionary and aggressive in its strategic branding. When word of the deal broke, I wondered: how might Ovi be re-launched under IMG’s auspices? I was pretty sure the firm wasn’t going to simply allow the dynamic winger to merely pile up goals this hockey season and issue a press release come spring saying, “Ain’t that just dandy?”

One idea that might have occurred to IMG brass would be to exploit Ovi’s on-ice aggressor activity. He doesn’t just hit, he hits hard, and often, and often ferociously, pummeling plexiglass in the process and intimidating some of the league’s largest bodies. Additionally, it might have occurred to the firm that the league’s preferred poster boy, Sidney Crosby, rarely wades into trouble waters out on the ice, and so establishing a clear antagonist to #87, the protagonist, with a Russian bad-guy motif might just catch a few outside-of-hockey eyes.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Report- Ovechkin Gets Two Games

Tarik El-Bashir via his Twitter,

Alex Ovechkin has been suspended two games, I’m told.

added 4:13pm, Official per NHL.com.

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