- Mandela service sign language interpreter: ‘He made up his own signs’
- Pope Francis named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’
- Ben Affleck: Fundraising for Democrats started to ‘feel gross’
- Vladimir Putin orders military to boost presence in Arctic
- Brooklyn, N.Y.: ‘Lesbian capital’ of the Northeast
- Elian Gonzalez: It’s America’s fault that my mother died
- India top court rules homosexuality is illegal
- Aaron Hernandez, ex-Patriot, on prison life: ‘I’m way less stressed in jail’
- Man pulled from water believed to be disgraced D.C. cop
- Kabul airport hit by suicide bomber who targeted NATO gate
Capitals notes: Marcus Johansson returns, receives coach’s praise
Marcus Johansson was more than ready to return after missing 12 games with a concussion. “I’ve been waiting a long time to get back out and play again,” he said.
“I thought he was one of our best players,” Oates said. “That looked like maybe that hit in training camp really did affect him because that looked like what I saw on tape.”
Johansson collided with captain Alex Ovechkin during a training camp scrimmage Jan. 15. The 22-year-old forward said recently the hit had nothing to do with his injury, though he also wouldn’t say when the concussion symptoms began.
But Johansson wasn’t himself in his first nine games: one goal, no assists and a minus-7 rating. In his first game since Feb. 7, he assisted on defenseman Steve Oleksy’s goal and played well enough to earn a midgame promotion to the first line.
“I think that’s how it played out,” Johansson said. “Obviously, just happy to be out there and play again. Try to help the team win.”
“I felt good,” he said. “This is the best I’ve felt all year, so it was nice to be out there again.”
Braden Holtby was pulled Sunday after the starting goaltender allowed three goals on 19 shots.
The first banked in off Holtby’s right skate, while the 23-year-old didn’t see the second one. It would have been hard for anyone to stop the third one, a snipe by Rick Nash that went in off Ryan Callahan’s leg.
“My mindset is I want to finish every game,” Holtby said. “If that’s in the coach’s best interest to do, then I respect his decision. I’d like to battle through every challenge that I’m faced with, but that’s just the way it is.”
Asked about his game, Holtby said: “It has to be better, simple as that. That’s all I can really say.”
© 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 Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
- Teen thugs in DC run wild -- even while wearing GPS ankle bracelets
- New budget accord saves $23 billion -- after $65 billion spending spree
- VEGAS RULES: Harry Reid pushed feds to change ruling for casino's big-money foreigners
- Obama takes 'selfie' at Mandela's funeral service
- CARSON: Why did the founders give us the Second Amendment?
- Obama hits new poll lows for approval 38 percent
- Gov't Motors: Obama fudges math on auto bailout, $10.5 billion loss for taxpayers
- FITTON: A closer look at the Benghazi lie
- LAMBRO: The dark lining to the silver cloud of Obamanomics
- Somber duty: U.S. presidents in hot demand at Mandela's memorial
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Television commentary, reviews, news and nonstop DVR catch-up by Lisa King Dolloff and friends.
Helping the YOUniverse conspire on your behalf.
A column dedicated to discussing politics, national security, civil liberties, and education.
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow