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from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,
Michal Neuvirth was slated to start Friday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens at Verizon Center, but as the netminder took to the ice for pre-game warmups he stepped on a puck and slipped.
Neuvirth suffered an apparent injury to his right leg during the session, was unable to put any weight on that leg as he hobbled on to the bench and needed help from the athletic training staff to make it down the tunnel. Coach Adam Oates couldn’t offer any type of timeline for Neuvirth’s recovery, but as of Friday night he didn’t believe the injury is serious. It sounds like the team is waiting to see how the goaltender feels over the next day or so.
“My understanding is he stood on a puck as he first came out,” Oates said. “Lights come on he went out, stepped on a puck.”
Below, in the game recap video via Sportsnet, you can see Neuvirth coming on to the ice and then slipping.
“We played a solid game in Toronto. We played lousy tonight. Lousy. We get a lead and we still don’t do the right things even though on the third goal that we scored we get the goal from doing the right thing. [Brooks Laich’s] goal came from what we talk about all day long. We’re up 3-1 and the next shift we turn it over twice. That’s mental to me.
“You’re up 3-1, maybe you think it’s an easy night and then all of a sudden they get the puck again. We got the goals from doing the right things. We’ve got to be disciplined in who we are — even our fancy guys, probably from the fancy guys first. Some guys they know that they’ve got no choice [but to stick to simple plays] but guys with choices still gotta put it deep.”
-Adam Oates, head coach of the Washington Capitals after losing to Ottawa last night. More from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider.
from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post,
Monday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, four Gatorade bottles perched on the boards in front of the bench, evenly spaced. Nine rolls of tape — some white, some black, some red — sat on another set of boards, up against the glass. An orange bucket of pucks rested on the floor aside the bench. There wasn’t a player in sight.
Forty-five minutes later, when the Washington Capitals buzzed about the ice, no one thought twice that the pucks, the gloves, the Gatorade, the tape, the sticks, the towels — the tools — would be in their proper stations. Craig “Woody” Leydig has put the pieces in place for thousands of hockey practices over a quarter century on the job. Who would notice that everything’s there, unless it wasn’t?
“What do I like about my job?” Leydig said earlier this week. “To be honest with you, I like everything about it.”
continued and below, watch a short video on Leydig...
via Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
Less than nine months after he was acquired by Washington, Martin Erat has asked the Capitals to trade him.
“I want to be traded. We’ll see how it goes,” Erat said following Monday’s practice in Arlington.”Since day one, I didn’t get the chance here. I got traded here to be a top six player but never got the chance, never played more than 15 minutes in here and it’s time for me to move on.”
“It was long coming, starting from the training camp. I never get any chance, any look,” Erat said. “It’s time for me to go.”
Alex Ovechkin scored the only goal tonight for the Caps in a 2-1 SO loss to Toronto.
He now has 20 goals in 23 games.
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
The recurrence of problems like turnovers and lost assignments off a faceoff that contributed to the slow start and the six minor penalties that prevented Washington from making any headway, made Friday’s 3-2 loss to Montreal a more maddening outing for Coach Adam Oates.
“Sometimes when I’m up here, I’m more frustrated than others in terms of how the game went,” Oates said during his post-game news conference. “Tonight I’m a little bit more mad at some of the older guys [who didn’t] help the young kids out. We all watch our shifts, we all watch video. We have a simple formula and when we don’t do it, we give them chances.”
Montreal’s first goal by Travis Moen was the result of a turnover by Mikhail Grabovski as he exited the Capitals’ zone. Their second goal came on a deflection by David Desharnais and while there wasn’t enough video evidence to wipe out the goal as having been scored by a high stick, it wasn’t that ambiguity that bothered Oates. It was that Washington failed in its coverage assignments after losing a faceoff.
Regarding the reviewed goal, I thought it would be ruled a no goal by the situation room, you can decide yourself by watching it below. Scroll to the 1:15 mark to see why I thought it should have been ruled no goal.
There are 4 NHL games tonight including the Pittsburgh Penguins visiting the Washington Capitals at 8:00pm ET on NBCSN and TSN2.
The battle between Crosby and Ovechkin continues tonight...
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
Ovechkin remained on the ice for a concerning length of time but after being tended to by head athletic trainer Greg Smith made his way to the bench and didn’t miss a shift. Once he joined his teammates, though, Ovechkin began barking at the officials for what he believed was a missed penalty call on the play. He was so angry he kicked the boards once he sat down on the bench.
“I think it was a trip. I hit head into boards,” Ovechkin said, gesturing to his right cheek. “I don’t know what the referee doing out there but it was clear two minutes and they just play.”
Coach Adam Oates seemed to absolve the officials for not calling a penalty.
“On video, you have the advantage of video, [Hejda’s] not trying to do anything but his stick-hit Ovi’s skate, so he went in hard.”
Hejda said there was no harm intended on the play and that he didn’t trip Ovechkin, but rather that the winger stepped on the stick blade.
more with Ovechkin saying he was speared too...
Maybe it was just a bad night for Ovechkin, watch below...
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed left wing Jason Chimera to a two-year contract extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Chimera will earn $2.0 million per year from 2014-15 through the 2015-16 season.
Chimera, 34, has recorded 11 points (five goals, six assists) and 10 penalty minutes in 16 games this season. The Edmonton, Alberta, native was named the NHL’s “Third Star” for the week ending Nov. 3 after posting a career-high four points (one goal, three assists) on Nov. 1 against Philadelphia and recording a career-long four game goal streak (10/24-11/1: four goals, five assists). Chimera has registered 107 points (45 goals, 62 assists) and 251 penalty minutes in 265 career games with Washington.
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