- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 27, 2009

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. | Karl Alzner is back with the Washington Capitals, and it appears he will play Tuesday in Boston against the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins.

Alzner was recalled Monday and practiced with the team at Conte Forum, the home rink for Boston College. Injured defensemen Tom Poti (groin) and Shaone Morrisonn (lower body) also practiced, but coach Bruce Boudreau said he expects only one of them to play - leaving a spot in the lineup for Alzner.

The rookie defenseman was sent to Hershey of the American Hockey League during the NHL All-Star break; he played in two games for the Bears.

“[Alzner] played pretty well this weekend, and I was really happy with him,” Boudreau said. “Sometimes you need a refresher course. You go down, and even though it is great down there, you go, ‘Whoa, I want to get back to the NHL.’”

Poti has played in only six games since Nov. 26 and less than half of the team’s contests this season because of three separate problems with groin injuries. He took off the first three days of the break but has put in three consecutive days of on-ice work.

“I’ve been kind of going a little crazy sitting out for so long,” said Poti, a Worcester, Mass., native. “It’s been a long time to be out, and obviously it is a huge game [Tuesday]. It is number one vs. number two, and that’s something you want to be part of. Then there is the home crowd, and it is always nice to play in Boston, but I don’t want to jeopardize the rest of the season for one game.”

Morrisonn hasn’t been in the lineup since a Jan. 13 loss to Edmonton. He said it wasn’t the result of a hit or a puck - the injury is just from general wear and tear and soreness. Both players said they expected to skate Tuesday morning with the team at the Bruins’ TD Banknorth Garden before making a decision.