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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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Watch Out Washington

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Here is what Washington fans, players and management have to fear as the NHL’s regular season hobbles toward a much-needed Olympic break:

1. Do we have the goaltending and defense corps to compliment The-Best-Player-We’ll Ever-Have come playoff time?

2. Somebody’s always watching Alex Ovechkin to make sure he isn’t risking life and limb in some previously unheard of, frenetic off-ice activity such as Midnight Moguls or Zamboni Racing, right?

That’s it. That’s the sum of the Capitals’ stress.

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Capitals Content With Their Team

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

As general managers wrestle over whether they are buyers or sellers before the March 3 NHL trade deadline, Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee speaks with the contentment of a farmer who already has his spring crop planted.

“If the trade deadline was tomorrow,” McPhee says, “we wouldn’t do anything.”

Why would he?

While the hockey world has focused on whether the San Jose Sharks finally have the right mix of players to win the Stanley Cup or whether the Chicago Blackhawks are this year’s Pittsburgh Penguins, the Capitals have effectively become the NHL’s most dangerous offensive team.

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Jack Hillen Takes A Shot To The Mouth

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

The Islanders defenseman did what hockey defensemen do, throwing his face in front of an Alex Ovechkin slapshot at close range. The results were about what you’d expect; a pool of blood, a lot of quiet fans and scared players, and a trip to the hospital.

“It’s the game of hockey, but you never want to see a player go down like that,” Jason Chimera said, via FanHouse. “He took the full force of the shot. Difficult to watch.”

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added 12:06pm, Hillen suffered a broken jaw and out for around 2 months.  Video of the play is below…

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Big Numbers For Caps/Pens Game Last Night

Bethesda, Md. (Jan. 22, 2010) – Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic posted all-time record ratings for regular-season Washington Capitals coverage – earning a 3.3 household rating and a 6.5 rating in the key Men 25-54 demographic – during last night’s (Jan. 21) road game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The National Hockey League’s premier rivalry attracted an average of 88,000 combined households in the Washington (76,000) and Baltimore (12,000) markets during the Capitals 6-3 win over the Penguins. During the third period, the game earned peak ratings of 4.2 in Washington and 1.5 in Baltimore, which equates to 113,000 combined households.

In the key demographic categories of Adults 25-54 (4.3), Men 18-49 (5.9) and Men 25-54 (6.5), Comcast SportsNet was the highest-rated television network in the Washington market during last night’s game and ranked second among Adults 18-49.

Last night’s record viewership shattered the previous single-game high for a Capitals regular-season game on Comcast SportsNet, set on April 5, 2008 against the Florida Panthers. The overall household rating eclipsed the previous mark by 32% and the 6.5 rating registered in the Men 25-54 demo was an increase of more than 117% over the previous record. Among Men 18-49, last night’s 5.9 rating broke the previous high by 64%.

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