PHILADELPHIA | Taking punishment is a sign of winning, according to Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau.
“That’s what happens when you win,” he said. “The guys that win, they’ve got cuts and they’ve paid the price and that’s what they talk about. I’m a big believer in that.”
A few players experienced that first-hand Thursday night in the 5-2 victory over the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.
The most obvious was Jeff Halpern, who was sporting a healthy cut above his left eye that caused him to miss the early part of the third period. Halpern said it happened on a hit, while confirming that he was OK.
“Halpern got a pretty good pressure cut in his eye,” Boudreau said. “I don’t know how many stitches he took.”
But Halpern re-entered the game and appeared no worse for the wear.
Earlier, Brooks Laich took not one but two high sticks to the face from Philadelphia’s Danny Briere, who has a reputation as a player with reckless use of his stick. Laich bled from the left side of his nose on both, but only the first led to a four-minute penalty.
“It’s the same area. They didn’t know if it was just the same cut reopened,” Boudreau said. “So it’s a hard decision for those two [referees] to make at that time.”
Matt Hendricks also laid out to block a big slap shot early in the game but was an exceptional catalyst the entire game.