- Obama mulls support for Islamists in Syria, with conditions
- Obama ‘birther’ theories float, as Hawaii health director killed in crash
- U.S. drone faulted for killing 14 ‘innocent civilians’ at Yemen wedding
- GOP hopes taking shutdown off the table with budget deal will pay dividends
- Chinese Death Star: The moon cited as the perfect launch pad for ballistic missiles
- Help wanted: Homeland Security plagued by vacancies at the top
- We are not amused: Queen’s protection officers warned to keep ‘sticky fingers’ off the royal cashews
- Unleash the crossbows: Gov. Scott Walker creates new hunting season
- Bubonic plague kills 20 in Madagascar
- G-20 diplomats fell for hacker attack promising nude photos of former French first lady Carla Bruni
Senators play Caps tough — even after Sergei Gonchar leaves injured in 1st
It was hard to miss the pain Sergei Gonchar was in. The Senators and ex-Capitals defenseman had just taken a shot to the right foot from Matt Hendricks with 2:25 left in the first period and skated gingerly until he was able to get to the bench, where he doubled over.
Gonchar didn't take another shift, leaving with a bruised foot.
"It's a bruise right now, so it's going to be one of those day-to-day [things] depending on the pain threshold," Senators coach Paul MacLean said afterward.
Gonchar, who is in the second season of a three-year, $16.5 million contract, played in Washington from 1995 to 2004. He was an All-Star three times with the Caps and was dealt away for Shaone Morrisonn and two 2004 draft picks, one of which turned into Jeff Schultz.
On this night, Gonchar's injury — not a broken foot, he told Sport-Express' Slava Malamud — forced the Senators to roll five defensemen. But Ottawa kept the Caps off the scoreboard the rest of the game.
"I think they did a great job as a group of five," MacLean said, "and I think the forwards did a great job of helping out their defense tonight."
Senators bounce back
Caps players and coach Bruce Boudreau talked about the Senators being a motivated team after getting thumped 7-1 by the Avalanche on Thursday night. And while Ottawa left Verizon center with no points, the game against the Caps signified progress.
"I thought we deserved a way better fate with the way we played," MacLean said.
Added captain Daniel Alfredsson: "After what happened at home against Colorado, we had to have a bounce-back game in the sense that we do the little things right, we stick to the plan and we execute. And we did that tonight against a tough team on the road, so that's really encouraging for us.
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
- WHYNO: Tomas Vokoun gets unexpected Stanley Cup shot with Penguins
- Brandon Meriweather, Redskins' secondary ready for bounceback year
- Kirk Cousins embraces role as Redskins' offseason starter as RG3 rehabs from injury
- Capitals notes: Realignment won't prompt roster remake
- Despite Caps' first-round playoff exit, Adam Oates' first season as coach left a positive taste
Latest Blog Entries
- Redskins injury updates (5/23): WR Pierre Garcon, CB Josh Wilson each had labrum surgery
- Capitals 'love' Matt Hendricks, but how much?
- Wojtek Wolski signs in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League
- Tom Poti won't return to Capitals, plans to continue his NHL career
- Is Tom Wilson ready to be a regular for Capitals?
By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
- House budget bargain faces Senate filibuster; Republicans line up to oppose
- Broncos-Chargers game ends with several stabbings
- Obama's Afghanistan experts stumped on U.S. death toll, war costs during hearing
- NAPOLITANO: A conspiracy so vast
- Kim Jong-un consolidating power or losing grip on North Korea's military
- Inside China: Ukraine gets nuclear umbrella
- Echoes of Cold War in Ukraine as Russia tries to rein in former Soviet satellites
- PRUDEN: The last living witnesses; they wore the yellow star and remember the Nazi terror
- American missing in Iran was CIA operative who went rogue - Washington Times#pagebreak#pagebreak
- Medicare pays full price for half-empty vials of medicine
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Consummate traveler Todd DeFeo explores the unique stories that make destinations worth going to.
Covering the world of soccer, including the World Cup, Major League Soccer, D.C. United and the English Premier League and other interesting sporting events.
Born in 1930 in rural Missouri, Charles Vandegriffe, Sr., brings his time and place to the Communities.
Columns from Voices around the World talking about the events, people, politics and social issues that concern us wherever, and whoever, we are.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow