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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Perhaps we're not as free as we think
Topic - Joey Crabb
Hendricks had six fighting majors through the Caps' first 27 games, more than the rest of his teammates combined. He fought twice Saturday at the Boston Bruins in a game that underscored how much this team needs Hendricks to answer the bell when opponents take liberties.
There's a saving grace in the Caps' 5-2-1 record against opponents out of the playoff picture because without those points they would be in an even deeper hole. But sitting 15th in the East isn't a spot they want to be in with two games coming up Thursday and Saturday against the defending conference-champion New Jersey Devils.
Going into Tuesday night's game, the Washington Capitals captain had two goals and none at even strength, while the Toronto Maple Leafs forward had yet to score a goal in his first nine games of the season.
Errors by the Washington Capitals in Tuesday night's 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Verizon Center illustrated what has gone wrong during a disastrous start to the season.
Alex Ovechkin is used to working with fellow skill players like Nicklas Backstrom and, in the past, Alexander Semin. But when the Washington Capitals step onto the ice Tuesday night at the Ottawa Senators, it's likely he'll again start on a line with grinders Jay Beagle and Joey Crabb.
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"Not a lot of guys have that job, not a lot of guys want to do that job," right wing Joey Crabb said. "Good job on him for stepping up. Two fights, one game, and he had to fight a couple tough guys, so it's a tough job."