By Jay Sekulow
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There's a dry erase board in the Pittsburgh Penguins' dressing room coach Dan Bylsma uses to remind his players about where they stand in their bid for a Stanley Cup.
For the first time this postseason, the Penguins find themselves with a bagel next to their name after the Boston Bruins pulled away for a 3-0 victory in Game 1 on Sunday night.
Braden Holtby just stared. It was Game 7 against the Boston Bruins, and Rich Peverley slashed him across the left arm. The Washington Capitals' rookie goaltender didn't flinch.
Michal Neuvirth turned aside shots in practice and looked to be showing few ill-effects from a lower-body injury suffered in the final week of the regular season. What's not obvious is how the Washington Capitals goaltender is feeling.
Once again, it's time to check off some items on my "TIDU List" — Things I Don't Understand:
Had Nicklas Backstrom not drawn a match penalty for cross-checking Boston Bruins forward Rich Peverley in the face Monday, it's possible he wouldn't even have faced a disciplinary hearing with the NHL.
"Stuff happens in the playoffs," Karl Alzner said Wednesday, after the Washington Capitals were done banging the puck around at Kettler Iceplex. Oh yes, stuff does. Lots of stuff. After-the-whistle stuff. Before-the-puck-is-dropped stuff. While-the-officials'-heads-are-turned stuff. And let's not forget that old standby: after-the-game-is-over stuff.
Nicklas Backstrom is about as mild-mannered as they come for the Washington Capitals. Forward Troy Brouwer praised him for having a "level head" and insisted the star center won't do anything to jeopardize his teammates moving forward in their first-round series against the Boston Bruins.
Dale Hunter was no saint as a player, but as a coach he made it clear he wasn't happy that the Boston Bruins were targeting Nicklas Backstrom's head. The Washington Capitals coach said it crossed the line and was "not the right way to play."
Leave the euphemisms about playing with an "edge" or "emotion" to Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien and his players.
It's hard to put a value on Nicklas Backstrom's head. After missing 40 games with a concussion, the Washington Capitals center was starting to look like his old self despite being back for just seven games.
Braden Holtby’s Superman cape disappeared Monday night behind a swarm of Boston Bruins who made it their mission to make his life miserable.
The Washington Capitals lost 4-3 to the Boston Bruins on Monday night on defenseman Zdeno Chara's goal with 1:53 left. They trail the defending Stanley Cup champions 2-1 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, and the home-ice advantage they gained by stealing Game 2 is gone.
The firing of Arizona coach Mike Stoops on Tuesday wasn't completely unexpected. The Wildcats had been on a slide since late last season and didn't appear to be on the verge of any big breakthroughs.
Johan Franzen broke a tie in the second period, Ty Conklin stopped 29 shots and the Detroit Red Wings beat Colorado 3-0 on Saturday to spoil a night in which the Avalanche retired the jersey of Peter Forsberg.
"We've always believed in ourselves, or we never would have made it to this position," Peverley said. "We still believe we can win."