Brooks Laich bats the puck past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. (Photo by AP)_________________________________________________________
NYR: Voros (6) from Dubinsky and Girardi (3-6:27-PP).
GOOD: Brent Johnson. Everything must look like a beach ball to him right now. The poke-check on the penalty shot was jsut like the other night in Ottawa on Daniel Alfredsson. He's stopped over 96% of shots against him in his three consecutive starts.
BAD: Injuries. They are starting to pile up. D Shaone Morrisonn sat with a groin pull suffered Thursday, so too did C Sergei Federov, and his injury is of the "undisclosed" variety. Chris Clark sat as well with what is reported as a wrist injury.
UGLY: The Captain's mysterious injury. Clark was reported to be upset when asked about his injury after Saturday morning's skate, saying "You have to ask Bruce [Coach Boudreau]." When asked about Clark's statement, Boudreau said "He's perturbed that he's hurt." Hopefully there's no more to this than a player's frustration about not being on the ice. But if this is the coach's method of sitting his captain for his noted poor play so far this season, trouble may be brewing.
NEXT GAME: Monday, November 10 against Tampa Bay at 7:00 PM from the Verizon Center.
NOTES: Alex Ovechkin has now gone nine games without a goal, and has scored in just one of Washington's 13 games this season.
The Caps recalled D Tyler Sloan from AHL Hershey, replacing Morrisonn in the lineup. Eric Fehr dressed for just the fourth time this season and skated with C Dave Steckel and RW Matt Bradley.