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Morning skate notes

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The Caps are just finishing up the morning skate here at K-Plex. Here’s what the lines will look like tonight:

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Clark

Laich-Nylander-Semin

Fleischmann-Gordon-Fehr

Bourque-Steckel-Bradley

Morrisonn-Green

Fedorov-Jurcina

Schultz-Erskine

Johnson

Donald Brashear skated this morning, but he is still out there after everyone else. Chris Bourque is back and will take his place.

“Awesome — it was a good call to get and I am really excited to be back,” Bourque said.

Bourque had a great camp, finishing with three goals and six points. In the past, that would have been enough to make this team. Instead, he was cut because of a numbers crunch.

When Bourque was sent to Hershey, he could have been upset about starting a fourth season in the AHL. Instead he continued his hot pace, putting up two goals and five points in three games.

“That’s not my style — I want to help that team out, not bring them down,” Bourque said. “They don’t need that. When I am down there I want to be the best player I can be and when I am here I want to be the best player I can be.”

Bourque played four games with the Caps last season, but saw little ice time and wasn’t able to make much of an impact. His parents flew to Atlanta for his debut last year, and they will be at Verizon Center tonight along with his sister and girlfriend.

He’d like to make this time with the team last a little longer.

“I feel a lot more confident out there and like I have a lot more to prove,” Bourque said. “Last year I was just kind of happy to be here, and now I want to be here to stay.”

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