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- "Thought it was the right trade for us right now"
- Felt like they could move an extra defenseman
- Will likely move Laich to a center spot
- The trade "helps both teams" with Columbus acquiring veteran presence
- Chimera has "good size" and "tremendous speed" and thinks he's a 15-goal a year scorer
- "Don't mind" the edge Chimera plays with
- "Clarkie was a terrific captain."
- The deal was "discussed in September" but these things "have a way of resurrecting themselves."
- He felt the team had "a hole we wanted to fill on the left side."
- The move was "not necessarily about cap space"
- But acknowledged that the team could be a major player at the deadline "if we wanted to be."
- Out of respect for Clark, the team will "take our time and do things right."
- Will "address it in the near future."
|From 2008.11.25 Chris Clark at ESPN Zone|
1. T. Fleischmann - WAS (Goals: 2, Assists: 0)
2. M. Bradley - WAS (Goals: 1, Assists: 1)
3. K. Wilson - WAS (Goals: 0, Assists: 2)
Two ensuing faceoffs provided no more help, and the Caps (13-5-4) fell 3-2 before a capacity crowd at the Verizon Center Friday night.
Washington played the final 1:52 on a power play, and much of the time played with a six-to-four man advantage.
"There was a lot of red out there," Price said about the last two minutes to the media after the game. "Especially when I lost my stick. I've got six players against four with no stick. That makes it pretty tough."
Tough, but obviously not impossible.
The Capitals found themselves down 3-1 midway through the third period due to an uneven, sometimes sloppy performance.
With several players wearing jerseys numbers in the 70s and 80s, Washington resembled a traveling pre-season squad.
Missing from the lineup were such regulars as Alexander Semin, Mike Knuble, Boyd Gordon, Quintin Laing, Milan Jurcina, Shaone Morrisonn and Jose Theodore. In were 21-year old Michal Neuvirth, 19-year old John Carlson and others that started the season in AHL Hershey, such as Mathieu Perrault, Jay Beagle.
It's no wonder the Capitals looked like a different team in the first period of the game. They are a different team.
"It's easy to rip on your players when you lose to a team that's below you in the standings," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said, "but I thought Montreal played a strong game. The biggest thing was I didn't think we were ready at the start of the game. "
Regardless, you have to play with what you have, and tonight the Caps just weren't ready out of the gate, despite taking the early lead.
"We got the sense of urgency in the last two periods," he added. "Sometimes it's too late when the other goalie is on top of his game."
Eric Fehr struck with the only goal in the first period. After good forechecking by Perrault and David Steckel, Fehr beat Price with a rising wrist shot as Steckel skated right in front of the Montreal goaltender.
But Les Habitents registered the next three tallies, including two goals in 2:47 in the second period. There was a deflection and a bounce off a Capitals player, so youngster Neuvirth (19 saves) can't really be faulted too hard one either.
"He did what a starting pitcher is supposed to do," Boudreau said of the goalie, making his first start of the season. ""He kept us in the game. And we didn't take advantage of it."
The Canadiens' last goal was a rocket by Mike Cammilleri on a questionable power play midway through the third period.
It was at that time the Caps woke up, but it was too little, too late.
Washington got it's second goal off a terrific shot-pass from Green to Brendan Morrison, who then beat Price with a backhander as he skated through the crease, setting up the final two-minute flurry.
Despite the onslaught, the Caps never did get the equalizer.
There is no rest for the weary, though. The team loaded up for their charter immediately after the game for a 7:00 pm road faceoff with the woeful Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow.
Hopefully they find their legs earlier Saturday evening than they did Friday.
NOTES: Carlson made his N.H.L. debut and acquitted himself well. He led the team in hits and rang a shot off the post in the first period in a bid for his first goal. "I thought [he] played well," Boudreau commented. "He's going to be a good player in this league for a long time."
D Tom Poti left in the second period with an undisclosed upper body injury. He is listed day-to-day, and Boudreau indicated the team will call up another player for Saturday's game, implying that Shaone Morrisonn, Milan Jurcina and Poti all will be unavailable.
The Caps are taking the day off in NYC tomorrow before returning to Prudential Center for practice on Monday and then game Tuesday night at Madison Square Gardens against Rangers.
04:15 WAS - [Power Play] T. Fleischmann (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Morrison, Green
05:02 WAS - M. Perreault (20), Wrist Shot. Assist: Green, Bradley
09:47 NJ - C. White (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Langenbrunner, Zubrus
05:44 NJ - [Power Play] J. Langenbrunner (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Murphy, Bergfors
14:40 NJ - Z. Parise (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Zajac
19:04 NJ - M. Halischuk (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Bergfors, Sestito
03:23 NJ - C. Murphy (2), Tip-In. Assist: Zajac
1. Z. Parise - NJ (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)
2. J. Langenbrunner - NJ (Goals: 1, Assists: 1)
3. M. Halischuk - NJ (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)
Posted by Anthony Amobi, Special Contributor of Caps News Network
WASHINGTON – Despite not having Alex Ovechkin on the ice, the Washington Capitals aren’t suffering – in fact, they’re rolling. They made the most of their opportunities on Friday night, and in the end, the Capitals defeated the Minnesota Wild, 3-1.
The timetable for Ovechkin’s return is undetermined.
Alex Ovechkin was hoping to be back on the ice on Friday night, however, it sounds like he needs a couple more days. Caps Insider explains that Ovi is getting closer.
Jeff Schultz is a game-time decision.
MIN: C Pierre-Marc Bouchard (IR-Head), RW Petr Sykora (OUT-Concussion)
**Interesting to note that the number 11 was an important number in DC sports today. Earlier on Wedneday, the Washington Nationals' made history when Ryan Zimmerman (#11) won the NL 3B Gold Glove which is the first Gold Glove for the Nationals. Then tonight, the Caps won their eleventh in an eleven round shootout. Both of these took place on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.**
The Islanders quickly responded with a Matt Moulson goal at 1:02. New York scored another two goals so had three unanswered goals in less than seven minutes of the first period. The game was on pace for a football score.
Jose Theodore was pulled at 6:54 after the three Islander goals and replaced by Semyon Varlamov.
00:08 Alex Semin (8), Slap Shot. Assist: B Morrison
01:02 Matt Moulson (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Streit
05:10 Mark Streit (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Gervais, Schremp
06:54 Sean Bergenheim (2), Backhand. Unassisted.
13:42 Power Play -Tomas Fleischmann (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Backstrom, Knuble
05:35 Power Play -Alex Semin (9), Snap Shot. Assist: Green
16:46 Eric Fehr (2), Backhand. Assist: Clark, Green
17:52 Power Play - Trent Hunter (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Tavares, Nielsen
NYI: Tambellini (Round 1), Wrist Shot
WAS: Semin (Round 2), Backhand and Clark (Round 12), Snap
3. M. Streit - NYI (Goals: 1, Assists: 1)
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