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Morning Line

“Even though we have a fairly veteran team, it’s learning how to win again.  When you’ve got it, instead of thinking, ‘Uh-oh, what’s going to happen, what’s going to go wrong? You’re thinking, ‘No problem, we’re going to win it.’ That’s the mindset a little bit right now. So it would be good to eventually win a game again.”

-Washington Coach Bruce Boudreau after losing to New Jersey last night.  More from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post.

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All Ted Leonsis

from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum at the LA Times,

Here’s the rest of my chat with Leonsis before the Capitals 3-2 shootout loss to New Jersey on Monday.

Q: You’re so willing to interact with fans. Is that something you did to build a fan base or something that’s just part of your nature?
A: I grew up on the Internet and I don’t think you can use the medium at your convenience. And so what I decided to do from day one is I published my e-mail address. And I do owners’ corners, and then I started my blog and I’m walking around with the fans at games.

Then I turned my blog into Facebook. I’m already at 5,000 fans on Facebook. And I send all my blog posts out automatically as tweets on Twitter, so I try to pride myself on being transparent and honest, both good and bad. And so at least you’ll know that what you’re hearing and seeing from me you can believe. And sometimes people don’t like what I say.

A couple weeks ago I had this big press event at the Washington Times. There was, like, 20 editors and reporters and I showed up and this one managing editor said, ‘Are we waiting for somebody else?’ I said no. He said, ‘It’s just you?’ And I said, ‘What do you mean?’

They said, ‘No PR people, no entourage?’ I said no. Why do I need those?

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Morning Line

That game looked like a game played between grownups and some spoiled teenagers.

-Ted Leonsis, Caps Owner on last night’s loss to the Wings.  More on the game from Ted at Ted’s Take.

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Have Crosby & Ovechkin Peaked?

from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,

As much as we think the wizardry of Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin will be with us for the next 10 to 15 years, chances are their otherworldly scoring exploits are at a peak now and will trend downwards in the coming seasons.

At 22 and 24, Crosby and Ovechkin are sure to be the cream of the league for the next decade. There’s little question of that. But in terms of over-the-top scoring totals, they’re in their prime right now. Thing is, however, their “prime” is such a narrow range, if history is to be a barometer.

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Can The Wings Stop Ovechkin?

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Boudreau expects a big game from Ovechkin tonight. The rare game against the Detroit Red Wings, at Joe Louis Arena, on a Saturday night is an appealing stage for Ovechkin. It certainly beats playing Florida on a Tuesday.

“He’s always very cognizant of the TV, who’s watching, Canada, US, Saturday night against Detroit,” Boudreau said. “He knows where the people are and he puts on shows when that happens.”

more from the Caps morning skate…

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Bad Goal Of The Night

Nicklas Backstrom from center ice scores on Henrik Lundqvist.

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The Best Of AO, Off The Ice

TSN style…

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Afternoon Line

We took too many penalties or too many penalties were called. The refs can’t become such a big part of the night. Six penalties in one period and more penalty killing time than playing 5 on 5 time means that our best offensive players aren’t on the ice either. The refs played the best D against our best lines last night!

-Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis on last night’s loss to the Flyers.  Read more from Ted at Ted’s Take.

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Capitals/Flyers- An Early Season Game To Remember

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL might have financial issues in a few of its markets, but we once again were reminded just how far the game has come on the ice Tuesday night.

Anyone check out Philadelphia’s 6-5 overtime win over Washington? I needed a towel after that one … and I was sitting on the couch.

Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Mike Richards combined for seven goals in a thrill-a-minute affair that left your jaw open.

continued and watch the highlights of the game below…

added 9:00am, Anthony SanFilippo of In The Room reports Blair Betts suffered a dislocated shoulder and James van Riemsdyk go his “bell rung”.

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Gordie Has High Praise For Ovechkin

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

One member of the sold-out Wachovia Center crowd watched Tuesday’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals with a bit of extra interest in a certain player.

Gordie Howe, one of the all-time legends of the game, had a prime spot to watch one of the League’s current greats, Alexander Ovechkin.

Howe said that while he hasn’t seen too much of Ovechkin, he’s certainly liked what he’s seen.

“If he got any better he’d be scary,” Howe told NHL.com.

Howe said Ovechkin won him over the first time they met, last season.

“There’s 18 guys sitting down and he’s the only one who jumped up to shake my hand,” Howe said. “He shows respect for the older players.”

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