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CapitalPowerPlay Wallpaper: January 2011

Our January installment of the CapitalPowerPlay.com, monthly computer desktop and iPhone/iPod Touch wallpapers. Every month we will make a new wallpaper available for download in various standard resolutions.This month we showcase Semyon Varlamov for standing on his head during the Winter Classic!

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Spies Among Us: Ovechkin and Varlamov Star in ESPN Commercial

This is great. Very funny.

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Caps’ Defense Shutout Canadiens 3-0

Semyon Varlamov 1 (1).jpgBy Rodger M. WoodStill smarting from playoff elimination by them last spring, the Washington Capitals showed their nemesis Montreal Canadiens they had learned how to play playoff hockey again in their 3 – 0 shutout of them last night at the Verizon Center.Working Coach Boudreau’s new mid ice checking patterns, and better keeping the puck In the opponents end of the ice, while supported by Semyon Varlamov’s 25-shot shutout goaltending, the Capitals displayed a defensive style of hockey, which they can practice in the Winter Classic against the Penguins New Year Day and perfect before Stanley Cup playoffs begin again in mid – April.Hershey call up, and Caps 10th center in 2010, Jay Beagle scored the lead goal, assisted by Eric Fehr and Matt Hendricks at 16.20 of the first period.Coach Boudreau was impressed with Beagle’s play since call up, “There’s a guy that’s making a bid to stay here. It’s his 4th year pro and his work ethic is second to none.”Continuing 2-game goal scoring streaks, Mike Green put the Caps up 2-0 with 38 seconds remaining in the first period, and Alex the Great netted an empty netter at the game’s end.Hats off to right winger Eric Fehr whose energy and hard grinding play with line mates Jay Beagle and Matt Hendricks lit up the ice against Montreal.Out 9 games with a fractured thumb, it was good to see defenseman Jeff Schultz back protecting the Caps blue line.

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Varly Blogs…Google Will Translate

Russian Machine Never Breaks posted a interesting link to a blog today. That of none other than Caps goalie, Semyon Varlamov. Here’s the catch, it’s in Russian.No problem, as Caps fans we all speak Russian through our Google interpreter. How to do it? Copy the Varly blog URL (the address), then go to Google Translate. Paste it in and your translator is ready to go.Bookmark and Share

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Do The Caps Have A Goalie Controversy?

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By ThomJust eight minutes into game, the Capitals found themselves dominating the Canadians, but strangely with a two goal deficit on two Habs shots. Both shots went glove side with nary a reaction from Caps goalie Jose Theodore. Fraught with the risk of losing the teams motivation and confidence, coach Boudreau made the change and in went Semyon Varlamov in a delayed repeat of last season’s first round against the New York Rangers. The move last year sparked the Caps and allowed a hard fought series win, but will Boudreau mirror last year’s change and keep Varly in the crease for the duration of the playoffs or was yesterday’s move only temporary? Are this years circumstances different?

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Clearly, something was afoul for Jose Theodore in last nights first eight minutes. In game one, he appeared to be right on with fluid saves and a resilience or groove that had thrilled the Capitals fans throughout the regular season. That is up until the overtime game winner by Tomas Plekanec. Last nights game made it three goals in the last three shots against Theo and arguably three that could have been stoppers. Was it nerves? Who knows, but Theo’s season may give him a pass for last night and see him in the nets again tomorrow night. Varley was good last night, but still hasn’t blossomed into last seasons playoff form. What do you think? A goalie controversy or a temporary setback for Theo?Bookmark and ShareCreative Commons LicenseCapitalpowerplay.com images by PhotoByThom.com are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.