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Boudreau’s Book

from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

Boudreau is also courageous enough to talk about one of the most disturbing rookie-initiation episodes imaginable.

“They put me in the hospital during rookie hazing,” he writes of the treatment he received from his Minnesota Fighting Saints’ teammates. “They pinned me down on a gurney and tied my legs and arms. They shaved my head and pubic area. Then they put turpentine on the cuts and smeared black tar on my groin and chest. They finished by gluing my armpits and left me lying there bawling like a baby until the trainer came and took me to the hospital. If I didn’t love the game so much, I would have quit after that day. It’s one of the reasons I’ve never liked initiations. I’ve never cut another guy’s hair.”

more and Gabby: Confessions of a Hockey Lifer is available at Amazon.

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Talking Caps Cap

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Chicago Blackhawks’ salary-cap issues have been well-documented as they attempt to sign Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith to extensions. To me, the Washington Capitals are a mini-version of that cap crunch in the East.

Star winger Alexander Semin and star center Nicklas Backstrom are both slated for restricted free agency July 1, and preliminary contract talks have already been held in both cases. I don’t think Backstrom will be an issue. But I’m hearing things aren’t going great on the Semin front.

more plus other NHL topics…

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Old School vs. New School

from Mike Milbury at CBC,

Please don’t wax poetic about Hull and Howe and Shore. Today’s players are bigger, stronger, faster, better conditioned, better coached and with better equipment. The players of the 50s couldn’t keep up. And there’s so many of them that you don’t need to consult the standings to name a bunch of them. Kopitar in LA. Bobby Ryan in Anaheim. Duchene and O’Reilly in Colorado. Toews and Kane in Chicago. Stamkos in Tampa. Kovalchuk in Atlanta. Gaborik in New York. Parise in New Jersey. Crosby and Malkin and Fleury in Pittsburgh. And on and on.

But it is in Washington where the new generation’s poster boy resides. Hey, Alex Semin, Nick Backstrom and Mike Green are all stars in their own right, but the lightning rod is Alex Ovechkin.

The attraction? He is the next Mr. Hockey, the newly-defined Mr. Hockey. The computerized, twittered, facebooked, instantly gratified and accessible Mr. Hockey.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

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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