PHILADELPHIA – That Scott Hannan is a warrior surprises no one. The guy has played in at least 75 games in each of his nine full NHL seasons.
So when he took a Matt Carle shot off what appeared to be his left foot or ankle in overtime and could barely put weight on it skating to the bench, there was concern.
But afterward the team said Hannan was OK. Asked what the update was on the veteran defenseman after blocking that shot and not returning, a team spokesman told The Times Hannan was “healthy.”
It remains to be seen if Hannan will practice with the Caps at 11 a.m. Wednesday back at Kettler or if there will be any sort of swelling. But for now it seems there’s no reason to panic.
Tuesday night’s game was billed as a battle of top-flight rookie goaltenders who could potentially be the playoff starters for the Caps and Flyers. Michal Neuvirth played well; it’s hard to fault him for goals that 1. Bounce off Dennis Wideman’s skate, 2. Hit a wide-open net thanks to a wide-open shot, or 3. Result from a brutal turnover that puts the puck on an opponent’s stick in the slot.
Sergei Bobrovsky, on the other hand, was not. He allowed three goals on nine shots. And while Flyers coach Peter Laviolette defended Bobrovsky for his year being “very good so far” …
“Tonight? Bob probably wishes he could have some of those back and another opportunity at ’em,” Laviolette said. “We’ve all had tough games and he probably wishes he could have another crack at some of those.”
Boudreau-ism of the day
Unfiltered Bruce Boudreau. This time, asked if this is the time of the year when great players play great.
“I hope it happens more in April. This is the exciting part of the year for the players, lemme tell ya that much. When points are on the line and games are on the line, they enjoy – they enjoy playing those games”
Bruce works the refs
The last time the Caps went into Philadelphia, the Flyers weren’t whistled for a single minor penalty. That happening has since been a talking point for Boudreau, and he mentioned it again Tuesday morning – after being asked about the rivalry between the teams that re-ignited with the 2008 playoff series.
“Philly didn’t get a penalty the last game we were in here, so I don’t know how that worked out,” he said before the morning skate. “It might be the only time in their little history that that’s ever happened but we’ll see if we can’t manage one power play tonight.
The Caps got two and even scored on one, Wideman’s first since being acquired from the Panthers.
The Caps moved to 36-0-3 this season when scoring three or more goals and 26-0-2 when leading after two periods. … The team practices at 11 a.m. Wednesday and is expected to be on the ice at 10:30 a.m. Thursday before departing for Ottawa.