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  • ESPN Erroneously Reports Brash, Green Suspended


    I’ve received a lot of inquiries over the course of the day regarding reports on ESPN this morning that Washington Capitals Forward Donald Brashear and Defensman Mike Green were suspended for Game 7 tomorrow night.

    This report was patently false, although there is a decent chance that Brash could be suspended for contact with Colton Orr during the pre-game skate and the viscious hit (although clean, IMHO) he put on Blair Betts during Game 6, a hit that resulted in a broken orbital bone for the Blueshirts top penalty killer.

    From the NHL.com’s Rangers-Capitals blog:

    ESPN erroneously reported that Mike Green and Brashear were suspended this morning. The Brashear news is a possibility, but not official. The Green report was shocking and completely untrue. I’m told that a fan posing as a Washington Post reporter called ESPN and told them Green and Brashear were suspended. ESPN put it on its bottom line ticker and reported it on SportsCenter this morning. It was completely untrue and they retracted it immediately. Green was laughing about it this afternoon.

    If Brash can’t go, Captain Chris Clark would likely get the nod, with Michael Nylander an outside possibility.

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    Kevin Barnes Highlights Day 2 Haul


    As a Maryland fan, I couldn’t have been happier with the Washington Redskins third round selection on Sunday. Kevin Barnes is a hard-hitting cornerback with decent hands and above average coverage skills.

    If you aren’t a Maryland fan, you may or may not have heard of this kid, so for reference, feel free to ask Cal’s Jahvid Best.

    For those of those unfamiliar with this hit, here’s a youtube video that will show you what I mean: (warning: if you have a weak stomach, you may want to look away for the last 10 seconds or so)

    That was the hit of the season. Man.

    Our friends at redlasso also posted a clip from Fox 5 here in DC about Barnes.

    The rest of the second day of the draft was fairly quiet for the ‘Skins. They drafted:

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    A Quick Note To Simeon Varlamov


    Dear Varly,

    Feel free to remove the Hershey Bears logo from half of your goalie mask.

    For a 20-year-old rookie to have a .5 goals against average after his first two Stanly Cup play-off starts is phenomenal. I can’t imagine any circumstance under which you should ever leave the big league team again.

    Your size, athleticism and power in front of the net — and the roucous New York crowd — really made itself known last night at MSG, and to play the way you in did in that spot and in that environment is a testament to what you bring to the table as a top-flight netminder in the NHL.

    The crazy thing is that you will get better as you gain more experience. Your perceived over-aggressive style of play that you make up for now with speed and strength will likely get more controlled as you make your way through your career, but this season, with a spotlight on this post-season, has shown that you are ready to begin that journey.

    I am a big Brent Johnson fan. I like that he came here as a starter and assumed the role of back-up behind Olie even though his numbers were comparable, and fit right in. I will always be grateful for the way he played when called upon, and the leadership he provided in the locker room, but I fear Varly’s coming out party may just mark the end of your time in the Nation’s Capital, unless you sign with Ottawa.

    Sure Simeon, your production over the next few games might drop off and the Caps may lose this series, but I think you have shown you are ready for a shot, and if I ran the team, this would mark the beginning of the time when the Washington Capitals are your team.

    Good luck on Wednesday, keep up the good work. Oh, and if you accidentily knock Sean Avery on his tail a few times, we won’t be mad.  I’ll give you a quick English lesson. Sean Avery = иДиот.

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    Ovie On E:60, 4/21


    The Washington Capitals’ ultra-megastar Alexander Ovechking will make an appearance on ESPN’s E:60, ESPN’s verson of 60 minutes. Ovie, who will be the first hockey player to make the show, spent multiple hours over the course of two weeks shooting for the piece. Rachel Nichols will do the interview.

    If that name sounds familiar to Caps’ fans, its because Rachel was the Caps Beat Writer at the Post before going to work in Bristol.

    Here’s a sneak peak:


    E:60 Alex Ovechkin Preview from ESPN Communications on Vimeo.

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    Join Hogettes, Rocky McIntosh At Kaps For Kids Walkathon


    Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Greater DC Area
    I just received an email telling me about the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington DC’s 12th Annual Airbus KAPS FOR KIDS WALK-A-THON, scheduled to take place on April 18th.  

    I wanted to post it here for a number of reasons. From a THN perspective, this is a cool way to meet a Redskins player, hang with the Hogettes, and do a great thing while you are at it.

    Much more than that, though, I wanted to post this to help this great cause. Last April, my son was hospitalized for a kidney infection. This infection persisted for days at the local hospital, would not give a positive culture to identify the cause of the infection,  and would not respond to antibiotics. The local hospital ran out of options, so they sent us to Children’s Hospital in DC, where we spent five days. The Ronald McDonald House saved us.

    For anyone in that situation, the last thing you want to worry about is where you are going to stay. The family liason at Children’s called the Ronald McDonald House for us. We drove over and registered and that was it. It was a nice, safe place to stay. It was a community house filled with people all going through the same thing we were going through. Best of all, it was $10 a night. We gave more because we could, but if you can’t, you don’t have to.

    This is a great charity, and I ask you all to remember them when you have something to give.

    Here’s the email I received:

    Ronald McDonald House Charities
    of Greater Washington DC’s
    12th Annual Airbus
    KAPS FOR KIDS WALK-A-THON
    on April 18th. . . it’s the Place to Be !

    Want to help families with seriously ill children? Want to have fun? Want to do the hula with the Hogettes, walk with Redskin Linebacker Rocky McIntosh, and make a difference in a child’s life?

    Come to Ronald McDonald House Charities’ Annual Kaps for Kids Walk-A-Thon from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 18th at Tysons Corner Center. This event was started by kids for kids and has grown into an exciting community event that gives everyone the opportunity to help families going through a traumatic time in their lives.

    Bring your friends, co-workers, and entire family to:
    Bid on unique “collector’s” items,
    Enjoy children’s activities,
    Participate in the scavenger hunt,
    Win prizes,
    Save while shopping — discounts for registered walkers,
    Be ready for surprises!

    Cost: $25 to walk and get this year’s Kap.

    For more information, call 703.698.7080,
    visit “Special Events” on our web site at www.rmhc.greaterdc.org,
    or e-mail ashleyrmhc@vacoxmail.com

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    Capital Investments Paying Off


    There a plenty of great things happening for the Washington Capitals right now. Take last night for instance. The Great Eight Alex Ovechkin scored number 50, making him only the third NHL player in history to score more at least 50 goals in three of his first four NHL seasons. The other two you may have heard of: Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy. If you are a forward in the NHL, you’d be hard pressed to find two better guys to be included on a list with. With a little less historical significance, that 50 is tops in the league.

    Tops in the league in goals by a defensemen is Mike Green, who scored numbers 26 and 27 last night in the Capitals 5-2 victory over Tamba Bay (the 9th straight victory by the Capitals over the Bolts, by the way). This victory pushed the Caps back into the second overall position in the East.

    While these are huge stories for the Capitals, the biggest story is a little bit more big picture and not quite so evident unless you’re looking for it, and that is the phenomenal job General Manager George McPhee has done building this team. The Caps are Rocking the Red this season, and as a Caps fan, I couldn’t be happier, but the real story is that this team is built to be a perennial contender; this team is built to withstand injuries and attrition.

    This season, this fact has really come to the forefront. Last night, Quintin Laing became the 15th Hershey Bear to be recalled to the Big Club to fill in for an injured starter, and like the other 15, he stepped in and stepped up. Boyd Gordon is out 2-3 weeks with a broken finger, and, like we have seen time and time again, McPhee had a player waiting in the wings that played the same type of game, possesses the same skill set, and the Caps kept on rolling.

    Last week, it was more of the same. Sergei Federov falls ill, and Keith Aucoin stepped in and the Caps didn’t miss a beat. Brent Johnson goes down, Simeon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth are there to pick up the pieces. This team is ripe with talent at all levels, and will be contenders for a long time to come. Its been awhile since Capitals fans could be so excited about the state of the franchise and the possibilities on the horizon. Thanks to George McPhee and Ted Leonsis, that time is now and for the foreseeable future.

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    Caps Lose Some Battles, But Win the War


    Tuesday Night’s tilt in Nashville felt more like Tuesday Night at the Fights. The old adage my Grandfather used to use when we’d leave the Capital Center after a Caps-Flyers contest was fitting: “I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.” Aside from the fights though, this game was a tough fought, tight match until Sergei Federov scored the 15th overtime game winner of his illustrious career – tied with Patrick Elias, Jaromir Jagr and Mats Sundin for the all-time lead in that category – giving the embattled Capitals a much needed win. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak, the first of Bruce Boudreau’s young NHL career. Read the rest of this entry »

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    THN to Join Pro Football Central Radio Thursday


    Our very own SkinsFreak (a.k.a. Brad Johnson — and no, not THE Brad Johnson) will be joining the cast of Pro Football Central Radio on Thursday to preview the Washington Redskins off-season.

    This blurb is from their web page:

    Pro Football Central Radio Show will be live this Thursday and will provide the best preview/review of the NFC East that you will find anywhere, guranteed. Already confirmed to be joining us live will be reporters from there respective teams, representing the Dallas Cowboys TheDallasCowboys.net , representing the Giants BigBlueInteractive.com , and representing the Redskins TheHogs.net . We will be announcing an Eagles representative very shortly.

    For more information or to listen, please visit them or stay tuned here for more details.

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    Important Note For Those Attending Tonight’s Caps Game


    I just received this note from the Caps. Anyone attending tonight’s Capitals-Islanders tilt will want to read this:

    Street Closures & Parking Restrictions For 2008 Pageant of Peace.

    (Washington, D.C.) The Metropolitan Police Department has provided the
    following information regarding street closures and parking restrictions
    for the 2008 Pageant of Peace on Thursday, December 4, 2008.  The
    ceremony for the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree is scheduled to
    take place at 5 p.m. on the Ellipse near the White House.  Please note
    the times and locations of the road closures have been amended.
    Amended Road Closures:

    -Beginning at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, 2008, and
    in effect until the completion of the ceremonies, there will be no
    traffic allowed northbound or southbound on 15th Street, NW, between E
    Street and Constitution Avenue.

    -Beginning at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, 2008, and
    in effect until the completion of the ceremonies there will also be no
    traffic allowed northbound or southbound on 17th Street, NW, between
    Constitution Avenue and New York Avenue.

    Parking Restrictions:
    (These restrictions remain the same as previously released.)

    -From 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, there will be no
    parking allowed on 15th Street, NW, between Pennsylvania and
    Constitution Avenues.

    -There will also be no parking allowed during that time on 17th Street,
    NW, between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues.

    These street closings and related parking restrictions are subject to
    change without notice based upon prevailing conditions.

    Traffic delays may occur during this event and motorists should consider
    alternative routes to avoid the area if possible.  The Metropolitan
    Police Department and the Department of Transportation (DDOT) encourage
    motorists to expect increased pedestrian traffic around this event and
    to exercise caution.

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    Early Play-Off Look For Redskins


    Its definitely too early to really make play-off predictions, but Steve Wyche did so any way. There’s no real surprise information here. Obviously, he has the Giants, Panthers and Cardinals as locks, since all three of these teams are the class of their division, at least as it presently looks in the standings. He also lists Tampa Bay as being “In good standing.” Again, no surprise. They are 7-3 and playing pretty good football. Read the rest of this entry »

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