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Latest Roman Hamrlík Items
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.
It was a long 20 days for Mike Green. He missed six games and plenty of practices.
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.
Mike Green was still limping around Wednesday. Even worse was that he was limping around after not taking part in the Washington Capitals' practice at Rexall Place.
Saturday night might be "just another game" in the words of Roman Hamrlik. But the Washington Capitals' game against the Ottawa Senators will mark a major milestone for the defenseman.
It's the dream of owner Ted Leonsis, who said he'd "cry like a baby" if it happened. It's the dream of public address announcer Wes Johnson, who said he wouldn't be able to hear himself if it happened. It's the dream of every kid who wants to play in the NHL.
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