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By Tom Fitton
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Jack Hillen
The Capitals have used 11 different defensemen this season. Patrick Wey could be their 12th.
The team also placed goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who injured his lower body on Friday by stepping on a puck during pre-game warmups, on injured reserve, sidelining him until at least Saturday.
Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen has another month to go before he can put weight on his broken right leg.
The Caps would be heading to Dallas with an 0-2 mark if not for the work Michal Neuvirth did after coach Adam Oates decided to pull Braden Holtby 16:22 into the game with the Caps already down 3-0.
Mike Green scored in the fourth round of a shootout and former Belleville Bulls goalie Philipp Grubauer stopped all four Winnipeg attempts in the Washington Capitals' 4-3 victory over the Jets on Saturday night in the exhibition opener for both teams.
With the amateur draft looming Sunday and free agency set to begin July 5, the Capitals are focused on their future first before they turn to tying up remaining loose ends on the current roster.
Perhaps the early struggles and late run to the playoffs should have been predictable for a rookie head coach, especially given the lockout and shortened training camp. In looking back at his first season running a team, Adam Oates might take all summer to hone his craft for next year and beyond.
The Caps spent much of the past couple of weeks making officials part of the story of the series. Maybe that was the problem.
Washington again failed to take a 3-0 series lead, a feat that has never been accomplished in 21 playoff series in franchise history. Instead, the Rangers have life going into Game 4 Wednesday night.
It's Washington's sixth straight playoff appearance and fifth division championship in that time. It's also something that would have been difficult to envision at several points earlier this season. The Caps started 2-8-1 and were at the bottom of the NHL standings.
There is more to the Capitals' win streak than the play of those expected to play at such a high level. Steve Oleksy's play on defense, Jack Hillen's solid defense as well as his scoring surge, Jason Chimera showing he still has "it" – pretty much the entire roster is playing at a high level.
Jay McClement shoved Nicklas Backstrom's head into the boards, and Alex Ovechkin came to his teammate's aid. Washington Capitals fans roared at the replay, and it didn't even matter that the captain took a penalty by jumping the Toronto Maple Leafs forward. From that moment on, the Caps dominated the Maple Leafs on the way to a 5-1 rout, their eighth straight victory.
Green scored the game-winning goal Saturday for the second straight game. It was also the 16th of his NHL career.
The Washington Capitals were not happy, even though they left Verizon Center on Saturday night with their seventh straight victory and two valuable points. What they did in blowing a lead to the Tampa Bay Lightning was much more of a concern in the aftermath of a 6-5 overtime win than snatching this one back after a four-goal lead evaporated.
It was Montreal's first loss to a Southeast team (11-1-0) in 2013, but the Capitals always play well at the Bell Centre, where they are 6-0-1 in their last seven visits.
"It wasn't shattered; it was a pretty clean break," Hillen said, "but they still had to put it back together."
"What can you do?" said Hillen, who has another year remaining on a contract that pays him $700,000 a season. "I've had a broken jaw, broken ribs and broken knee. I drank lots of milk as a kid, I swear. What can you do about it? I mean, they're freak injuries. Maybe I need a sacrifice a live chicken or something. I've got to try to find a way to stay positive. And that's been the biggest challenge."