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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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Celebrate A Division Title?

from John Feinstein of the Washington Post,

It wasn’t giving up three late goals to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game that was over after 14 minutes. That’s something a good coach such as Bruce Boudreau can harp on in practice for a couple of days, but in the course of an 82-game season, letting up with a 6-1 lead in the third period isn’t something to really worry about.

The mistake actually came before the puck was dropped: Rather than slowly raising its 2009 Southeast Division championship banner to the rafters, the team decided to merely unfurl it. It was almost as if the Caps were saying, “This isn’t good enough, so we’ll just unfurl it fast and move on.”...

The Caps will win a lot of games this season, and they will have quite a few 6-1 leads. None of it will really matter though until April, May and perhaps June. Ted Leonsis, Boudreau, Ovechkin and company have good reason to believe the banner they raise next October will be the one they want to raise. In the meantime though, downplaying progress—as in back-to-back division titles—isn’t the way to go.

Most important, it could lead to bad karma.

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Capitals Look To Knuble For Leadership

from Gary Graves of USA TODAY,

As Knuble’s role takes shape with the defending Southeast Division champions — he was projected to play on the top line with Ovechkin when he signed July 1, but his first two games were with the second unit — he has made inroads. The club named him an alternate captain, the first time the 6-3, 223-pound Toronto native recalls starting a season with that title.

“That’s part of the deal of coming in, being an older player and (the team looking to) a more veteran guy,” he said. “It’s still a young core group, but there are leaders all over and guys lead by experience by their play on the ice. It’s an honor, though.”

Of his Philadelphia homecoming, he added, “It’s going to be weird.”

His true value might be defined in the playoffs, when the Capitals hope Knuble influences their younger players the same way since-departed Sergei Fedorov did last season. Knuble is coming off a 27-goal season, so there’s no doubt his stick carries as much weight as his voice.

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When Mike was a rookie with the Wings, we happened to live in the same city and would run into each other on occasion.  I remember Mike had that “deer in the headlights” stare with him at the time and it is nice to see the progress Mike has made in the NHL.

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All Alexander Semin

from Dmitry Chesnokov at the Washington Examiner,

How comfortable are you playing on the first line. A lot of people thought that Mike Knuble would join Ovechkin and Backstrom on the first line.

It’s not about being comfortable or not comfortable. We just have a great chemistry with Alex and Nick and no one is selfish. No one is taking it all on himself. It’s simply a pleasure to play when you have such chemistry. We just know each other all too well: where each of us should be, when to expect a pass, which position on the ice each one of us should take.

Because of this chemistry, your line will now be looked at differently by other teams, who will study the way you play. Are you ready to face the best defensemen in the NHL? Are you ready for more personal attention and closer play?

Let the rest be scared of us, than for us to be scared of how someone is going to play against us. Let them study our game. What is it to us? We will just go out and play our best, just like we have been playing. I don’t think it makes sense to change your game for anyone—especially when it comes to our line.

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