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Latest Brooks Laich Items
The Washington Capitals have played the past 40 games without Nicklas Backstrom. Karl Alzner admitted last week that you can forget about a player's impact after so long, and Brooks Laich made it clear that he and his teammates were comfortable in that time.
Brooks Laich made no secret of his disdain for the Jets last week in Winnipeg when he said, point-blank, "We don't like them." The Washington Capitals' forward couldn't wait to see the Jets again.
Mike Knuble was already in the penalty box for holding. Then, Brooks Laich sent the puck sailing over the glass from the defensive zone.
The video board at MTS Centre's message was clear before Friday night's showdown: "The loudest fans in the NHL are ready for the biggest game of the year." Biggest game of the year for both the Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets.
So this is what it's like to have a functioning power play.
Brooks Laich and other Washington Capitals players acknowledged Tuesday night they were watching the out-of-town scoreboard, just taking a glimpse to see if the division-leading Florida Panthers were winning.
Alex Ovechkin missed six minutes during the second period of the Washington Capitals' 5-0 loss Monday night at the Carolina Hurricanes. He and coach Dale Hunter shrugged it off as an equipment issue, even as the star left wing finished with just 15:43 of ice time and no shifts in the final five minutes.
A broken-stick penalty, a six-on-three goal and a once-in-a-season kind of deflection. Those are the events that led the Washington Capitals into overtime and then a shootout and eventually a loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.
It's Feb. 7 on the calendar, but Dale Hunter's theme of the past week, all about warm weather and important hockey, continued Tuesday.