Standing outside the visitors' locker room at Madison Square Garden on the morning of March 24, Adam Oates recalled the Washington Capitals' loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins a few days earlier, and not because of the seemingly crushing result. Instead, the coach said it was his team's best game of the season.
When Matt Cooke mouthed off at the officials after being called for boarding Alex Ovechkin, Washington had its break: a four-minute power play. Four minutes to untie the score. Four minutes to gain ground in the playoff race. Four minutes to end Pittsburgh's winning streak.
Having completed two trades to add three players to the injury-depleted Pittsburgh Penguins lineup, general manager Ray Shero is looking forward to seeing how good his team might look once its healthy in time for the playoffs.
With or without an injury-riddled lineup, the opportunity to acquire young power forward James Neal in a trade with the Dallas Stars was too good to pass up for Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero.