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Good Trades

From Tarik El-Bashir at the Washington Post,

Trading for “Huet was the easiest decision because he played really well for a few years,” McPhee said. “It’s worked out the way we had hoped. He’s playing well and Olie is better rested and playing really well, too.

“We couldn’t be more impressed with how [Fedorov has] handled this situation,” he added. “How great he’s been with our young players, and how well he’s played. And Cooke is playing better than he played in Vancouver.”

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  Tags: cristobal+huet, george+mcphee, matt+cooke, sergei+fedorov

Forget 50, How About 60!

image[Updated March 10th —Originally posted March 4th. Deadline for contest entries is tomorrow. Details below.]

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Can Alexander Ovechkin get to 60 goals this season?  You tell me!

Pick the game, period and time that AO will reach 60 goals this season.  If you are the closest (in case of tie, a random drawing will be held between the winning entries)  with your prediction, you win a replica Rbk Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin Premier jersey.

Also, anyone entering will be entered into a random drawing for an autographed, limited edition DVD from Alex’s Calder Trophy season, courtesy of the Washington Capitals.

To help you out, here is the Caps schedule for the season.  I need the date of the game, what period he will get #60 and the time of the goal, NOT the time left in the period.

Closest to the correct time (over or under) will win the jersey.  If Ovechkin does not get to 60 goals, a random drawing will be held for the jersey.

You must be a KK member to win (join, it’s free!) and good luck.  Also, all entries must submitted in the comment section of this post (no emails) and must be timestamped by noon EDT on March 11, 2008.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

The Caps Owner Hasn’t Given Up

from Ted’s Take,

I expect us to play hard and to play with desperation from here on out. We are still in the race. We have been playing terrific hockey.

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You have to feel pretty bad for Caps rookie of the year candidate Nicklas Backstrom with his “own goal” yesterday.  In case you missed it you can watch the video…

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Contenders Fading

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

You think its painful for the Maple Leafs to be playing their best hockey of the season with no chance to make the playoffs?

Try the Caps predicament. One lost weekend turned great promise into what is likely to be another spring on the outside looking in.

Now, it appears there won’t be a group of three or four teams in each conference fighting to get into the playoffs right up until the final day of the season.

In the east, only ninth place Buffalo has a realistic chance to still get in. Out west, going into play yesterday only ninth place Nashville still had serious hopes of making it to the dance.

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Follow The Caps/Pens Game

A little late, but Empty Netters has invaded Washington D.C. and is live blogging from the game…

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Afternoon Line

via Sabres Edge,

Asked how the Sabres would defend Ovechkin, coach Lindy Ruff couldn’t resist cracking off a couple one-liners and getting another shot in at the whiners in Philadelphia griping about Derek Roy’s goal last night.

“We’re going to put three guys on [Ovechkin],” Ruff said. “Then we’re going to watch [Alexander] Semin and then we’re going to watch [Mike] Green on defense. So obviously we’re going to have too many men on the ice again.”

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

OvechKam

Bethesda, MD (March 5, 2008) – Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the leader in local sports television, will unveil its latest innovation, the “OvechKam,” when the Capitals host the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, March 12.

This unique broadcast, which will be available on CSN+ and replayed on Comcast On Demand, will feature a dedicated view that follows Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin throughout the entire game, providing viewers with an unprecedented look at the most prolific player in the NHL

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Alex Ovechkin Conference Call

The NHL hosted a press conference call this afternoon with Washington Capitals star, Alex Ovechkin.  Ovechkin reached the 50-goal mark for the second time in his three NHL seasons Monday, scoring a hat trick [video] and adding two assists in Washington’s 10-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. Ovechkin reached the milestone in his team’s 67th game of the season, the fastest since the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux (59th game) and the Buffalo Sabres’ Alexander Mogilny (63rd game) in 1995-96.

The player below provides the audio of that conference call.  A written transcript will be made available shortly.


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Update 6:28pm ET: Transcript now available below.

 

 

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, media, press+conference

Ovechkin Reaches 50 Again

AO celebrates his 50th goal after scoring early in the first period against Boston.  AO scores again, even before I can post this…

added 7:39pm, How about three for Alex, with more than 5 minutes to go in the first.  Caps up 5-0.

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video added 3/4/08...

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Question Has To Be Asked

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

OK, we’ve never been asked to coach an NHL team. But it was a bit mystifying to see Olaf Kolzig in net Saturday for Washington a day after newcomer Cristobal Huet shut out the New Jersey Devils 4-0 in his inaugural start for the Caps. It’s not like Huet was too worn out. He faced just 18 shots against New Jersey and his last start was Feb. 21. But this may be function of coach Bruce Boudreau trying to appease too many folks now that he has three netminders following the Huet trade.

much more NHL talk…

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