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Streaks The Talk Of The NHL

via the Washington Post,

With 12 wins in a row, the Capitals have the longest such streak since the New Jersey Devils won 13 straight in the 2000-01 season, and Washington is two victories away from the third-longest streak ever. Here are the longest single-season winning streaks in NHL history:

17 games: 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins

15 games: 1981-82 New York Islanders

14 games: 1929-30 Boston Bruins

The Ottawa Senators and LA Kings are also on extended winning streaks.  The Sens have won 11 in a row and the Kings stand at 8.

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Rangers Screw Up

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This one against the powerhouse Caps came on a night on which the Blueshirts actually scored five goals, four of them on the power play, and even led by 5-3 in the final minute of the second period before collapsing in a heap of penalties on their way to 6-5 doom.

“For sure this is very, very tough to take, but we screwed it up ourselves,” Marian Gaborik told The Post after the Blueshirts yielded three power-play goals while shorthanded nine times overall, including three times in the second period and five times in the third.

“We have to be disciplined; we can’t take that many penalties against anyone, certainly not against a team like that.

“It’s our own fault.”

read on

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Caps Playing Boudreau Style Of Hockey

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“You know what, they’re an exciting team,” Gretzky told ESPN.com on Wednesday.

The Great One cited Caps coach Bruce Boudreau and his history as a prolific junior player with the Toronto Marlies (Boudreau posted 165 points in 69 games in 1974-75).

“I think it goes back to when he played for George Armstrong with the Toronto Marlies,” Gretzky said. “He loves that transition hockey, head-manning the puck and going to the net. It’s very similar to the way the Marlies played in 1974-75 when they won the Memorial Cup. Obviously, the players are bigger and stronger these days, and the goaltenders are probably a little more athletic and they have bigger equipment, so it’s tougher to score. But the actual style of play, transition and head-manning the puck is similar.”

And just like Gretzky, Mark Messier and Paul Coffey leading the way offensively on those Oilers teams, the Caps have their own version.

“Their top guys, Ovechkin, Semin and Green, play a hard-tempo game every night,” said Gretzky. “They lead by example and pull the rest of the guys with them.”

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PTI Likes The Caps

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

Here’s how you know the Caps are becoming a big deal: Tony Kornheiser discusses them on national television without using the phrase “choking dogs.”

“Odds the Caps win the Cup” appeared during PTI’s oddsmakers segment Wednesday afternoon. Wilbon put the odds at 49 percent. Kornheiser chose 60 percent. Those aren’t bad odds.

“They’ve got the most points in the NHL, they’ve got an 11 game winning streak and they’ve got the most exciting offensive player in the league in Alex Ovechkin,” Kornheiser began. “But this always comes down to a goalie. And if the guy Varlamov, or however you pronounce that, who was in the playoffs last year, if he’s healthy I like their chances. If Theodore is in the nets, I like them not quite as much, but I still like them. Watch this Reali, 60 percent.”

continued

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We Are The Washington Capitals

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

We have won 11 in a row. A franchise record.

We are now first in the East. We are TEN POINTS ahead of New Jersey who is in second place.

We are first in our division, 25 points ahead of our nearest competition.

And we are now FIRST in the NHL with 82 points.

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Blame Canadian Media For Mike Green’s Suspension

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog, Comcast SportsNet’s

Alan May openly suggested this week that the Canadian media is out to spotlight transgressions by Caps players, and that this may have contributed to Green’s punishment.

“They’re always trying to poke holes in the Capitals, and it’s the same reason that Mike Green was suspended,” May said on 106.7 The Fan’s Mike Wise Show Monday afternoon, when asked about criticism of the Caps’ netminders. “I thought it was created by TSN up in Canada and their announcers, sitting there on a Friday night. The only angles they showed of the Mike Green hit were very poor angles that looked like it was a bad hit, and when you go in super-slow motion, it makes it look worse all the time. And I thought the Mike Green hit, no one even noticed it the other night. And they made a big deal, and he winds up getting three games out of it.”

The conversation moved on, but May—who is Canadian—later returned to this subject, again pounding away on the Toronto media pack.

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Morning Line

“The number 10 is pretty tough to get to, and I told the guys, “You might go your whole career without getting it again, so enjoy it.”

Washington Coach Bruce Boudreau after the Caps tenth consecutive win.  More on the Capitals from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post.

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Mike Green Suspended For Three Games

via the Twitter of Bob McKenzie,

Three game suspension for Cap’s Mike Green for elbow on Michael Frolik.

Watch the elbow hit in case you missed it.

added 1:06pm, via the Twitter of Tarik El-Bashir,

Boudreau on the suspension: “I don’t know how to react anymore. Obviously I’m very upset about it. But what can you do?”

More Boudreau: “It’s like fighting a ticket [when] you know you’re not doing something wrong, from the police. You can’t argue with them.”

More still from BB: “I better not say nothing. I’m just livid about whole thing anyway.”

added 1:21pm, Again from Tarik’s Twitter,

Laich on Green: “Obviously we don’t want to lose Greenie. But at some point you have to take control of the game and protect the players.”

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Mike Green Elbow On Michael Frolik Tonight

Green received 2 minutes for elbowing.

added 11:26pm, via the Twitter of Tarik El-Bashir,

Mike Green on his elbow to Michael Frolik’s head: “I didn’t mean to elbow him. I might have got it up. I thought it was my shoulder.”

If you missed the knee-on-knee hit Green took tonight, you can watch it here.  The knee hit was after the elbow…

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Dmitry Kulikov & Mike Green Knee-On-Knee Hit

via TSN,

Washington Capitals’ defenceman Mike Green has left tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers’ with an apparent knee injury.

Green collided with Panthers’ defenceman Dmitry Kulikov with just over three minutes remaining in the second period.  It appeared to be a knee-on-knee collision.

He briefly returned to the Capitals bench in the third period but left for the dressing room once again shortly thereafter.

Earlier in the game Green was involved in another incident when he appeared to nail Panthers’ forward Michael Frolik with an elbow to the head.  Green received a two minute elbowing penalty on the play, however the league may well review the hit.

Watch video of the knee-on-knee hit below and note, instead of play by play in the vid, we get some music…

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