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from In the Room at the Washington Times,
The latest batch of voting results was released Thursday. With upwards of 445,000 votes, Sidney Crosby has about 2 1/2 times as many as Vinny Lecavalier and Daniel Alfredsson, who are in a tight battle for second. Ovechkin was more than 46,000 votes behind those two with Daniel Briere in between and Ilya Kovalchuk nipping at his heels.
This might not seem like a big deal to some, and it is not like Ovechkin won’t be in Atlanta as a reserve. But I don’t think I am making a bold or inaccurate statement by saying Alex is the second-most popular player in the NHL (and this voting stuff is really just a glorified popularity contest).
Ovechkin with 4 goals, Mike Fisher with 3, all in the 3rd period.
Watch all 14 goals in about 7 minutes…
from the Washington Post,
Ovechkin left the game early in the third period after being cut on the leg by a skate. The Capitals’ leading scorer (he tallied his 26th goal in the second period) required “a few” stitches to close the cut, but he will play on Saturday in Ottawa, General Manager George McPhee said. Ovechkin declined to talk to reporters as he limped to the team bus, saying only that he was “okay.”
The prognosis was not so good for Johnson, who will miss the next two to four weeks with a sprained left knee.
more (reg. req.) on the Caps loss to Pittsburgh…
via the Washington Capitals,
The Washington Capitals have named Bruce Boudreau the team’s head coach, removing “interim” from his title, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. The Capitals are 7-5-3 since Boudreau was named interim head coach on Nov. 22.
added 2:11pm, Link now available to the story at the Caps website...
from the D.C. Sports Blog,
“Hey Segway guy,” the Park Police officer was shouting at Alex Ovechkin. “You can’t ride in there.”
Ovechkin, wearing his red Caps jersey and yes, riding a Segway, scooted out of the tourist-dotted maze that encircles the National Christmas tree, smiling his gap-toothed smile.
“I’m sorry officer, he got away from me,” apologized Mary Ann Melville, a tour guide from Capital Segway.
continued... very funny with pics…
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
Update 10:58pm ET: Courtesy of the Washington Capitals media relations department, two photos of today’s adventures. Click the images to enlarge.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
The Montreal Canadiens have more than Alex Ovechkin to keep an eye on Thursday night when they visit the Washington Capitals.
Unheralded defenceman Mike Green is blossoming into an offensive force on the back end for the Caps. He was tied with Montreal’s Andrei Markov for the NHL lead in goals by defencemen at eight apiece before other games Wednesday night, a surprising piece of trivia even for the most ardent hockey fans.
“My buddies, that’s about it,” Green said with a laugh when asked who might know the answer to that question.
from the D.C. Sports Bog,
Since that dark day, Washington is 7-4-2. They might not be the ‘84 Oilers just yet, but at least the franchise is now located somewhat north of hell. Boudreau, it stands to reason, must have deployed some sort of motivational wizardry, some magic set of words, some sloganeering that snapped this team out of its funk. Where does he get his inspiration?
“Movies, quite frankly,” he told me.
Yup, the Caps’ new boss is a movie fanatic who prefers action and adventure flicks, from crime tales to mobster dramas to historical capers. When he watches movies now, he keeps track of the motivational bits for possible use in the locker room.
from On Frozen Blog,
Leonsis emphasized that embracing new media is for the league merely an extension of the relationship its fans have already cultivated, passionately. “All of our fans are wired. They spend most of their time on broadband. They have their mobile devices.”
“People have underestimated the importance of search. They’ve underestimated the influence of Facebook. Facebook has a $15 billion valuation — more than every NHL and NBA team combined. What did they do? They brought a big audience of young Web-savvy customers. We have to look at our business in the same vein.”
So what’s ahead? For starters, the owner contends, increasing acceptance of bloggers and the blogosphere. Additionally, individual blogs that are likely to surpass The Hockey News in popularity and influence. Their quality, he said, “is better than the copy you see in the newspaper.” Then next up comes a very new age role for NHL players.
from Capitals Insider,
“We can take a lot from this,” defenseman Tom Poti said. Detroit “has only lost six or seven games all year, and we stuck right with them for 65 minutes. If we keep going out and giving a consistent effort like that, we’re going to be fine.”
Alex Ovechkin, who netted his 24th goal, added: “We don’t give up. We know we played hard. It was a great time for us. We played a great team in a great place.”
“We’re going to get back at it and keep on rolling,” defenseman Shaone Morrisonn said.
more and the key for the Caps is to, as Morrison said, “get back at it”. If the Caps play like they did last night, they will win more than they lose, but they need to maintain that effort all year long.
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
But what if Ovechkin doesn’t want to play in Washington any longer? What if the young superstar tells the Caps he’d prefer to play someplace a little more cosmopolitan than Washington? You know, it could happen.
And frankly, I think Caps GM George McPhee should, at the very least, explore the possibility of trading the 22-year-old sniper.
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