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No Time To Relax While Holding A Lead

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

Boudreau went on to explain that while it’s a natural thing to ease up when a game seems to be in hand, that’s what the average player does; not a great one.

“I always look at Gretzky,” Boudeau said. “If they were winning 5-1 or 4-1, Edmonton, they end up winning 7-1 because Gretzky would end up getting three points in the last 10 minutes when the other team had given up. That’s what you want to do, you want to have that killer instinct to make [opponents] not want to play you anymore. We’ve let a lot of teams back in the game. Even though we’ve been successful and won most of them this year, it’s been too close.”

We’ll see tonight if the Capitals can maintain their intensity against the Islanders, who are scraping to make strides in close contests. Out of 11 games this season, New York has played in seven one-goal games, six of which went to overtime or a shootout.

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Tell It Like It Is

from Japers’ Rink,

One of the great things about being a sports fan in this day and age is the access we have to the players we follow. Through social media and real-time online coverage, our collective insatiable hunger for the latest news (and non-news) is getting fed around the clock.

For example, Mike Green has 2,309 followers on Twitter, some of whom, no doubt are minors. Earlier today, all of them got to see this:

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Another Case Of H1N1

from the CP at TSN,

The Washington Capitals say forward Quintin Laing has the swine flu, making him at least the third NHL player to be diagnosed with the illness this week.

Capitals spokesman Nate Ewell tells The Associated Press that Laing is being treated for H1N1 and is being kept away from the rest of the team.

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  Tags: quintin+lang

Caps On The Fly

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will launch Caps on the Fly tonight, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m., as WashingtonCaps.com gives Caps fans an opportunity to watch this new podcast live on location. The monthly, hour-long video podcast will broadcast live from the Hilton Garden Inn in Washington, D.C., on WashingtonCaps.com.

The first Caps on the Fly will be hosted by WashingtonCaps.com senior writer Mike Vogel, who will be joined by special guests vice president and general manager George McPhee and defenseman Brian Pothier to discuss the state of the Capitals and the upcoming games. Fans at the Hilton Garden Inn or listening online will be able to submit questions for the hosts or guests.

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Evening Line

“I love you as a guy, and as a player. You play my type of game.”  … [But] you’re going to be very, very sorry one day because someone is going to cut you in half.”

-Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner tonight speaking about Alexander Ovechkin when reviewing his recent slew-foot.  More from Don at CBC.

added 9:32pm, Watch Coach’s Corner from tonight.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, don+cherry

Ovechkin Fined For Slew-Foot On Peverley

from NHL.com,

NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell, has confirmed media reports that Capitals’ right wing Alex Ovechkin has been fined but will not be suspended for his slew foot of Atlanta’s Rich Peverley in the final minute of Washington’s 5-4 road victory on Thursday night. Ovechkin was whistled for a two-minute tripping penalty.

The fine comes one day after Anaheim’s Evgeni Artyukhin was suspended three games by the League for slew-footing defenseman Matt Niskanen of the Dallas Stars, though no penalty was called on the play. The Ducks’ right wing, who loses $34,756.11 in salary, will miss Saturday’s game against Columbus, Monday’s game against Toronto, and an Oct. 30 contest against Vancouver.

“It is unfair to draw any parallels [about the two slew-foot incidents] other than the players that [Ovechkin and Artyukhin] tripped both fell down,” Campbell told NHL.com

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added 5:58pm, Video of the incident…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, rich+peverley

Bad Goal Of The Night

Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec would like to have this one back.

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Nylander On Conditioning Stint In Grand Rapids

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have assigned center Michael Nylander to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a conditioning stint, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

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Mike Green Getting Back In Shape

from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washingotn Post,

But getting back to the Mike Green who Boudreau played more than anyone else last season first meant nursing himself back to health. Upon returning to his hometown Calgary, he began rehabilitating his injured shoulder. And instead of working on building muscle like most fourth-year professionals, Green focused on shedding the 29 pounds he’d gained during the season and adhering to a healthier diet. Poor eating habits, Green said, had not only caused his weight gain but also were to blame for the dangerously low iron levels that sapped his energy in the playoffs.

“It was a mistake he made,” Boudreau said of Green’s weight. “He let it get away from him.”

It wasn’t the first time Boudreau had seen Green pack on a significant number of pounds during a season.

“The same thing happened in Hershey,” Boudreau added. “I said, ‘Mike, you have to look after your weight.’ So he starved himself and he was so weak. So I said, ‘Mike, forget about it. Just play the way you’re playing. I don’t want you to kill yourself.’ So when he put on a few pounds last year, I wasn’t really ready to bring it up in the middle of a playoff run because I didn’t want it to affect him.”

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Craig Custance of the Sporting News takes a look at the play of the Washington Capitals too.

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Capitals & Their Season Ticket Holders Taken For A Ride

from Mike Rucki of On Frozen Blog,

For the second year running, the Washington Capitals hosted their annual Season Ticket Holder “Meet the Caps” party at Six Flags America. Once again, the team provided fans with a night of fun for all ages.

The timing of the event was impeccable—a perfect Autumn evening, perhaps our last before a spate of rain and cold arriving tomorrow. The crowd was large and enthusiastic, though the autograph lines were far longer than those for the many rides. It’s easy to forget how exhilarating a good rollercoaster can be when one doesn’t wait in an hour-plus queue, melting on an August afternoon. Waiting two minutes to fly 20 stories high at 75 mph? Sign me up!

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The Capitals sure do an awful lot for their fans.  What other NHL teams go the the extra-mile with their fan group?

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