The Washington Times - April 2, 2011, 11:34PM

Before last week’s game against the Hurricanes, the Capitals’ game day entertainment staff intentionally played Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back In Town” for warm-ups with Alex Ovechkin and Jason Arnott returning to the lineup.

No word yet on if they’ll start featuring Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” to reference the Caps’ ever-depleting defensive corps. Washington lost another defenseman Saturday night as Tyler Sloan left the game in the second period and didn’t return.


“I think [three] games in a row now that we’ve lost a D,” coach Bruce Boudreau said, clearly exasperated by the trend. “He’s day-to-day. He got his bell rung, and we’ll see how it goes.”

On Tuesday night it was Dennis Wideman suffering a leg injury. On Thursday night it was John Erskine suffering an undisclosed injury (likely in his fight with Jared Boll). Then On Saturday night it was Sloan colliding with a Buffalo player.

The Caps were already forced to recall defenseman Sean Collins for this game because of the two injuries earlier in the week. Erskine declared himself “ready to go” earlier Saturday but sat out this one as a precaution, according to Boudreau.

Erskine could be back Tuesday at Toronto, but if Sloan misses it, that would mean another game for Collins, who played 14:07 and drew praise from his coach.

“I thought he did really good. I thought he moved the puck well. I thought he competed. He did a really good job,” Boudreau said. “We didn’t wanna put him out at the end because … it’s a pressure situation type thing and we didn’t want him to, if he makes a mistake, his confidence would’ve gone to all hell.”

Instead, Collins was all smiles afterward and practically willing to do interviews all night if media members obliged. This was his turn in the Washington spotlight – his first NHL action since the 2008-09 season – and he’d love for it to continue.

“You obviously never, never wanna see anyone get hurt, but it could be an opportunity for me,” he said. “I’m just gonna take it as it comes.”

The Caps have a day off Sunday and return to Kettler for practice Monday morning before leaving for Toronto. By that time Sloan could be back – or Collins could get yet another chance.

“If they keep me up here for two more days or they keep me up the rest of the season I’m gonna have the same attitude,” Collins said. “Just go out and give my best performance and do whatever I can to help the team.”