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Posted at 8:27 AM ET, 01/18/2011

Andrew Gordon: 'Every day feels like a road day' as a call-up

By Katie Carrera

Andrew Gordon is settling in with the Capitals again after being recalled on Saturday with so many other right wings out of the lineup with injuries but a call-up only gets so comfortable when he's in the NHL and it's not just because of the pressure to do well. Asked about the upcoming three-game, week-long road trip, Gordon explained that every game feels like a road game to him.

"When you're a call up every day feels like a road day," Gordon said. "You're eating in restaurants you're sleeping in hotel -- nothing's familiar. You've got to leave an hour and a half early to get to the rink because of traffic and stuff. So for me, around here, nothing really feels like home.

"I'm uncomfortable now, that's what I'm trying to say," Gordon said with a laugh. "I'm getting used to being uncomfortable though. Getting on the road it's a little more structured, everybody's in the same boat."

Gordon's previous eight-game stint with the Capitals this season spanned from Dec. 12-28 and saw the right wing score his first NHL goal, but he was returned to Hershey just days before the Winter Classic. Although getting sent down is never a pleasant experience, Gordon said he wasn't too upset about missing the league's showcase outdoor event knowing that several Capitals, who were injured at the time, had targeted that day for their return.

As for the opponents he will face this week, assuming he remains in Washington, Gordon isn't intimidated by the Philadelphia atmosphere the Capitals will face tonight.

"As strange as it sounds, Philly's a place I've always enjoyed playing," Gordon said. "I really miss the Spectrum. I thought that was great, I loved playing in there. So much history, it's such a great building -- I was sad to see it go. I'm looking forward to going back there it's a good test for the team and myself if I play."

By Katie Carrera  | January 18, 2011; 8:27 AM ET
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It'll be a good test for the Caps going against a legit playoff contender in Philly. While the Caps have done ok against non-playoff teams since the Winter Classic (Cats and Sens), they have looked out-classed by playoff teams (Bolts and Canucks). If BB can only rack up wins against teams not going to the playoffs, now would be a good time to say bye-bye so a real playoff calibre coach can come in and get this team to play well for entire games and enforce a standard of play on even the superstars (e.g. OV, Semin, and Backis).

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | January 18, 2011 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Just wanted to share this for a laugh for everyone from the ESPN rumor page.

"Even if he's healthy enough to participate, Sidney Crosby may choose to skip the All-Star game in protest of so-called poor protection the NHL offers it's players - according to Dave Shoalts of The Globe and Mail.

As reported by Shoalts, there's word from unnamed sources with the Pittsburgh Penguins that Crosby is angry the league didn't suspend the two players who recently nailed him on the head.

David Steckel of the Washington Capitals caught Crosby on the noggin during the Winter Clasic on New Year's Day; while Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning hit him from behind on Jan. 5.

Nursing a mild concussion, Crosby hasn't played since. Steckel wasn't penalized on the play and Hedman only received a two-minute minor."

Talk about being a baby.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 18, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

@JIMALLCAPS

I actually have noted the opposite...Caps tend to bring their better game against the good teams and are lazy against the not so good. Last week was just a bad one all around.

We lost to the Panthers too...the first TB game after the classic was a good game...the second one not so much...we played two good games against the Pens so far.

Caps need to learn consistency. to treat each game like it matters, and not wait for 20 minutes to get "into" the game.

Posted by: capscoach | January 18, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

@Capscoach, How is losing in OT to a team tied for first in the division good? Then getting another chance and being blanked 3-0 to a team that lost 8-1 in its next match? All season long, the Caps have stunk it up against playoff calibre teams, look at the schedule, not your apologist heart. By my count, the Caps are 5-12 against teams in current playoff contention. Let's face it, a winnig percentage against non-playoff teams may get a team into the playoffs, but a very bad losing percentage against likely opponents bodes very poorly. I blame BB's lack of control of this team and I want to see a for-real playoff coach behind the bench.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | January 18, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

@jim

well look at our winning percentage against playoof teams last season and see where that got us...and I stand by the TB game...that 1-0 loss was well played by both teams.

Obviously scoring is a big issue this season and needs to be rectified, but just like you look for a negative in every win, I sometimes see a positive in a loss...I look at how we played not the outcome...I am happier with a well played loss than a crappy half hearted win. I acknowledge the flaws in the caps.

and I counted 10 wins and 15 losses against playoff teams. I counted every team in the top 8 in the east and west. While that record is not good, it is not terrible either...

caps may or may not be able to figure stuff out this season, I hope they can. I hope BB can do it...ir not then another coach for next season is all but guaranteed. I get frustrated when the caps play half hearted even when they win, but I think it is WAY to early to throw the team under the bus. If Ovie and Backstrom get themselves together we will be a virtually unstopable team...and if we get a real center even more so! With so many offensive weapons not clicking right now...I think it is a testament to the teams recent focus on D. the games are close and we are rarely out of any game.

Posted by: capscoach | January 18, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

icehammer: In a related story, THN reports today that Capitals forward Eric Fehr is also threatening to sit out the All-Star Game in retaliation for Steckel not being suspended for hitting him.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 18, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Well said capscoach. In spite of our obvious problems In retrospect I feel better about this years team than last years... with our focus on defense and the PK we will def be unstoppable if/when our stars heat up... and did anyone else notice that Ovie was off the point on the PP on Sunday? If JC's shot had not gone in Ovie was right there for a rebound... I have a feeling our PP is about to heat up!

Posted by: allCAPS | January 18, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

just when you think cindy can't be more of a baby...

Posted by: edwardeichler | January 18, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

allCAPS,

I like our team last year better. The Caps needed an improved PK to go deep in the playoffs. They needed a little more grit (Hendricks) in the line up. They needed to crash the net better.

The Caps lost to Montreal because they couldnt score later on in the series. Their offense let them down.

The Caps are being Brazil this year. They dont have the personel to run a trap style. Like Brazil, they stopped playing "the beautiful game" to become more mainstream as a contender.

Posted by: theAnswerIs42 | January 18, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Not a huge hockey fan, though I go catch a few games each year.

A little off subject, but my son and his buddies hit the local club scene and comment how they seem to run into Caps Players out the night before home games.

Play hard and party hard?

Posted by: guruvinny | January 18, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

if i had to pick between this year and last yr's team heading into the playoffs, i go with this year's as well. Doesn't mean I think they'll go far as they're currently constructed. But their overall attention to team play is a bit better.

however, a lot of that depends on the lineup that BB chooses to dress. His personnel choices sometimes really detract from his team's success. Its always been that way with him.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 18, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Just wondering, but where was Crosby's ire last year when Matt Cooke wasn't suspended for his hit on Marc Savard?

Posted by: ouvan59 | January 18, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

That's got to be one of the worst opening sentences I've seen on Caps Insider. Is anyone editing anymore?

Posted by: RIP-21 | January 18, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Vinny I am a die hard fan and keep up with everything Caps. I have heard the same. I even know someone who saw OV doing shots after practice at noon! You'd be hard pressed to convince me that that isn't part of his slump. BB should light a fire under him...

Posted by: christine333 | January 18, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

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