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Roman Hamrlik was in an unfamiliar spot Wednesday night, watching the Washington Capitals lose from the press box. It was the 37-year-old defenseman's first healthy scratch of the season, as coach Dale Hunter criticized Hamrlik's play of late.
It fell apart for the Washington Capitals under Bruce Boudreau when defenseman Mike Green hurt his ankle and couldn't play.
Roman Hamrlik's play has raised the ire of fans for being responsible when opponents score on the Washington Capitals. His minus-10 rating and 18 penalty minutes haven't helped.
The Capitals were happy to snap a four-game skid. Happy enough to play the victory music, happy enough to have some smiles.
Dennis Wideman joked recently that the right leg hematoma he suffered in March makes that leg "instantly older" - like 37-year-old Capitals teammate Roman Hamrlik.
Ask any NHL player about injuries, and there's a good chance he'll find the nearest wooden object and give it a tap. The Capitals had been going pretty well on that front through a half-dozen games, but now Washington has hit a rough patch in one of the worst areas --- on defense.
In the rotation of lines, the trio of Matt Hendricks, Jeff Halpern and Mike Knuble stepped onto the ice third Friday night, leading Hendricks to question the label of being the "fourth line." Then, Jason Chimera piped up as he was walking by.
The Capitals' penalty kill, in a word, stinks.
The prospect of defensemen Mike Green and Dennis Wideman in the lineup and on the power play left the Capitals salivating. In theory, it was a dangerous combination, and in game action the duo proved to be all that and more.