The Washington Times - February 7, 2009, 10:28PM

OK, let’s get this one out of the way first before some other post-game thoughts after the Caps won 3-1 against Florida.

*The ice was terrible. Regardless of the day-to-day quality, on this night it was really bad and really noticable. Maybe the Georgetown game going into overtime had something to do with it, and maybe not. This does seem to be a hot-button for people, so here’s what Tom Poti had to say on the matter:


“The ice was disgusting,” Poti said. “Every game here, it is an embarassment. That’s why so many guys get hurt with groins. It is a shame to be honest with you.”

“The puck was like a bouncy-ball out there, jumping around and banging around. It is tough to handle the puck when it is like that. I can’t imagine a guy like Alex Ovechkin on a decent sheet of ice how many goals he could get. A guy like Mike Green as well — you look at the puck and it bouncing and rolling and flipping all over the place. The only good thing we have is that it’s the same for both teams.”

It should be noted that Alex Ovechkin put 12 shots on net tonight. It also bears mentioning that Tom Poti has injured his groin three times this season.