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Topic - Brent Johnson
If Braden Holtby hasn't done enough to lock down the No. 1 goaltender job and lock it down hard, one can only wonder what people were watching the last time hockey was actually played.
Alex Ovechkin appears to be shooting less (3.4 per game; career average is 5.26) but it might be because fewer pucks are making it to the net:
Olie Kolzig's career with the Capitals was marked with a Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender and a trip to the Stanley Cup Final. His exit was far more infamous, as Kolzig was caught in a three-goalie carousel in 2008 and left Washington as a free agent that summer.
A hockey rink has two nets, which means three goaltenders makes for a crowd. And with just nine games left in the regular season, the Capitals are thinking playoffs.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will not get into a public debate with Mario Lemieux over league discipline.
Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux said the NHL failed in its punishment of the New York Islanders following a fight-filled game between the teams _ and went so far as to question whether he wanted to stay in the league.
The NHL suspended New York Islanders forwards Trevor Gillies for nine games, Matt Martin for four and handed the club a $100,000 fine late Saturday night for their actions in a fight-filled win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The NHL suspended New York Islanders forwards Trevor Gillies for nine games and Matt Martin for four and handed the club a $100,000 fine late Saturday night for their actions in a fight-filled win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Pittsburgh Penguins' rough weekend in New York got a little bumpier when the team bus hit a car while heading to an outdoor practice.
Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro is out again, this time for four to six weeks because of broken bones in his face caused by a punch from Pittsburgh counterpart Brent Johnson.