Matt Hendricks' response to being healthy scratch

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Bruce Boudreau has been careful over the past couple weeks to say that the forwards he’s scratching while from game to game aren’t getting that just for rest. He’s doing so because he thinks they need to watch a game.

Matt Hendricks got that treatment last Saturday, coming out of the lineup with Eric Fehr going back in.

Since, he’s had that jump in his step and even scored a goal Wednesday night against the Panthers. Was that Hendricks’ response to his coach?

“That’s a tough question. I don’t know,” Hendricks said, wondering if that goal was the only reason the question was being asked.

No – because the Toronto game he was flying around and looked like a totally different player.

“I think it benefited me to sit out and game and get some rest,” Hendricks said.

The forward who has been an impressive story for the Caps since being signed just before the season tied his career high with his ninth goal vs. Florida. Hendricks has said he’d love to get to 10 goals, but he’s not worried about that stat for the final regular-season game.

“It’s been a tough year for me to score goals,” he said. “But I’m happy with nine right now if we keep winning.”

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