- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tyler Sloan wanted to have a late dinner with his father after making his Stanley Cup playoff debut Monday night, but his dad had another drive to make.

Sloan’s dad drove back to Hershey, Pa., after the game to prepare for his flight home to Calgary after spending the past two weeks with his son but not before witnessing one of the great postseason games in recent NHL history - and his son collecting his first career playoff point.

“It was awesome. It was thrilling,” Sloan said. “I was pretty nervous during the day, but I got to the rink and settled down and felt good. I felt comfortable after the first period.”

This wasn’t the first time Sloan’s father has been around for a critical juncture in his career. He made the 2,264-mile trip from Calgary to Hershey to watch Tyler play for the Bears in the American Hockey League earlier this season - but he had to make a drastic change in his itinerary.

Sloan was called up to play for the Caps and was set to make his NHL debut - in his hometown of Calgary, no less. His dad had to fly home to see it, then go back to Hershey to pick up his car to drive back across the continent.

“I think he’s my good luck charm,” Sloan said. “Every time he comes down, I get called up. It is pretty special to have him here.”

Infirmary report

Neither forward Eric Fehr nor defenseman John Erskine was on the ice Tuesday for Washington’s optional practice, and both are questionable for Game 3 of this Eastern Conference semifinal series Wednesday night at Mellon Arena.

Erskine could miss his second straight game after taking a shot off his leg during Game 1, but Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said he will make the trip to Pittsburgh. Either Sloan or fellow rookie Karl Alzner would play in Erskine’s place.

Fehr left Game 2 in the first period after a big hit from Pittsburgh’s Ruslan Fedotenko and did not return. Boudreau said it is an injury Fehr has dealt with before. He has missed time with shoulder and back/hip problems the past couple of years.

If Fehr cannot play, the Caps either would turn to Michael Nylander, who has hasn’t played since Game 2 of the first round, or add a forward from Hershey.

Brashear leaving?

The Russian newspaper Sport-Express reported Tuesday that Caps enforcer Donald Brashear will fly to Russia next week and sign a contract for next season with Chekov of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Brashear, who is serving a six-game suspension and is eligible to return for Game 6 of this series, is an unrestricted free agent after the season. He did not practice Tuesday.

“That’s news to me,” Boudreau. “To me, that’s a total fallacy because I haven’t heard anything about it.”

A team spokesman said general manager George McPhee had no comment at this time on the matter.

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