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New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard was found dead Friday in his Minneapolis apartment. He was 28.
Alex Ovechkin stood in one corner of the Washington Capitals’ dressing room with a nasty cut on the bridge of his nose. Brooks Laich stood in another with a dozen stitches running across his chin. Later, Mike Knuble came in and talked about how “emotional” the previous 24 hours had been.
Watch the Lightning play in the neutral zone and you'll either be amazed by their structure or bored by how they're not really doing much.
Nicklas Backstrom knew it right after the Capitals eliminated the New York Rangers in five games to move on to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Karl Alzner's prolific playoff beard belies his 22 years of age and first real opportunity to be a No. 1 defenseman in the NHL. But wisdom derived from childhood taught him a very important lesson that he and Capitals defense partner John Carlson are putting into practice.
Several hours before he even stepped onto the ice Saturday, Karl Alzner was getting chirped. Someone on Twitter sent him a message asking if he and the Capitals were ready to choke again.
No team sport has more of a dual personality than hockey. If the NHL regular season is "Semi-Tough," then the playoffs are "There Will Be Blood." You're talking about a whole different kind of physicality this time of year — as the Capitals and New York Rangers are illustrating.
The Capitals insist there's no reason for concern. They aren't panicking about one loss to the New York Rangers or losing momentum in the first-round series.
If the New York Rangers are bothered by Bruce Boudreau's claims of dirty play and his disparaging remarks about Madison Square Garden, they are keeping those thoughts to themselves.