The Washington Times - December 12, 2008, 11:38PM

OK, so there is plenty of other stuff to get to on a crazy day:

* Simeon Varlamov, one of the team’s top prospects and one of the most heralded prospects at his position, also suited up for an NHL game for the first time. He also had a pretty unusual day.


Varlamov said, through an interpreter, that he got a call from Alex Ovechkin at 9:30 a.m. [central time] to tell him that Jose Theodore was hurt. He then got the official call to the bigs about 30 minutes later. His flight from Houston arrived at Reagan National Airport at about 6:40 p.m.

“This is one of the happiest days in my entire life,” Varlamov said. “It was a chaotic day. I didn’t know I was going to dress up [for the game]. Only when I got here to the arena did I find out.”

Johnson has said he’s not 100 percent because of his own hip problem. When told after the game that Johnson said he didn’t feel great, Varlamov flashed a sheepish grin and looked around like he had just stolen something out of the cookie jar.

“It would be really awesome if I could make my debut in the NHL in Montreal,” Varlamov said.

* Not only was Varalmov in Texas, South Carolina and goalie Michal Neuvirth was in Fort Myers, Florida.

“Just another day in the hockey business,” Caps general manager George McPhee said. “This was a little different than most. This is what is really neat about our business and really terrifying about our business. You just never know what you’re going to get when you get to the rink in the morning.”

* Sergei Fedorov and Mike Green came back, and both had great nights. Green had a goal and an assist, and generally looked like the dominant offensive force of old, carrying the puck and skating through people.

“I’ve been sitting in the stands for too long,” Green said. “It feels good to get back on the ice and I was just hoping something good happened.”

Fedorov had three assists, and was flying around pretty good. He logged 13:33 of ice time on a line with Brooks Laich and Matt Bradley. It was Fedorov’s first three-point game since Dec. 18, 2006 when he was with the Blue Jackets. The interesting part of that was he played on the wing while Laich stayed at center.

“Actually I asked if I can [play wing],” Fedorov said. “Brooks felt comfortable center and I felt comfortable on the wing. There was less pressure in our zone. We just decided to switch, whoever got back first [on defense].”

* Alex Ovechkin had two goals, and Alexander Semin had his first since coming back from injury. It isn’t often that those guys combine for three goals and barely make the story.

* Nicklas Backstrom had three primary assists, and generally picked apart the Senators.

* Brent Johnson has won four in a row, and had another impressive performance. He stopped 33 of 34 shots, and he has now stopped 111 of the past 116 shots (.957 save percentage) he has faced.

* After the game was over, Sean Collins and Oskar Osala were headed for the elevator with hockey equipment over their shoulders. They were waiting around to make sure no one else was injured tonight.