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Posted at 9:02 PM ET, 01/15/2011

Capitals recall Andrew Gordon

By Katie Carrera

The Capitals recalled Andrew Gordon from the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears on Saturday and the right wing will be available to play against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

Gordon has recorded a goal and an assist in eight games for Washington this season to go with 36 points, including 18 goals, in 32 games with Hershey. Gordon will help fill the void with Eric Fehr expected to miss 3-4 weeks with an injured right shoulder.

By Katie Carrera  | January 15, 2011; 9:02 PM ET
Categories:  Andrew Gordon  
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good recall. AG needs to show more than he has but he did have a nice storming of the crease that led to a goal a few games ago. I hope to see a better effort from him during this recall. I've been singing his praises for a while now and I'd like to see a quicker adjustment to the NHL than he has shown so far. I hope his "quickness" is good enough as well. He needs that otherwise his forechecking ability that he has shown in the AHL will be wasted at this level.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 15, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

We have a boatload of talent, but we don't
go into buildings with the intent to burn it down like Al Arbour and the Isles did.
----------hunterforcoach-------------

That is just a great sentence!

@cstanton

Booooo....unless, of course, you mean that AG should replace Chimera in the lineup and DJK gets in the game. I want to see King/Carkner and Erskine/Neil, and the balance of the season could very well hang on the outcome of those bouts were they to occur.

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 15, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

put him on the PP!

Posted by: caps512 | January 15, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I remember posing a hypothetical on these boards early in the season while advocating for Erskine when others belittled and demeaned him. I "bet the farm" Shultz's numbers would be terrible, far worse than Erskine's, if he was paired w/anyone other than Green.

Since I've been keeping tabs on the backline since Hannan's arrival (and Shultz has probably only played a couple games w/Green since), let's take a look:

Carlson (20gp) 1g 6a 7pts +5 14hits 29blocks 33shots 15giveaways 12takeaways 0fights

Alzner (20gp) 1g 2a 3pts +6 33hits 25blocks 26shots 9giveaways 8takeaways 0fights

Green (18gp) 3g 5a 8pts even 54hits 41blocks 43shots 20giveaways 9takeaways 0fights

Erskine (15gp) 0g 3a 3pts +1 36hits 25blocks 14shots 7giveaways 0takeaways 1fight

Hannan (19gp) 0g 0a 0pts -5 22hits 26blocks 11shots 15giveaways 1takeaway 0fights

Poti (13gp) 0g 5a 5pts -6 4hits 15blocks 12shots 8giveaways 0takeaways 0fights

Shultz (11gp) 0g 0a 0pts -6 6hits 16blocks 4shots 8giveaways 2takeaway 0fights

Sloan (2gp) 0g 0a 0pts -2 1hit 1block 0giveaways 0takeaways 0fights

Fahey (2gp) 0g 0a 0pts even 1hit 1block 0giveaways 0takeaways 0fights

Some might recall (capscoach) a suggestion I made he Thursday night....reunite Shultz/Green. Well, sorry everyone (they were worse than horrendous) but I still think they should be together and until I see the pairings I'm going to assume they are. Therefore, since Shultz is no longer Erskine's partner I can resume referring to him as ****55.

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 15, 2011 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Get off the high horse Kirk. Let folks state their piece.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach

wow - did i touch a nerve?
at no point have i ever told someone they can't/shouldn't state their opinion. i don't agree with them all - but high horse? you are a riot - thanks

cstanton1:
i think this team can win as they are - even with their flaws.
they could increase their chances of winning with more effort and execution. they do need to play more physical.

i'm only trying to elicit differnent viewpoints from posters here. most just repeat themselves over and over. i've stated before that i am not from a hockey background - so any theories i would have on why others views are flawed - would be weak at best.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 15, 2011 10:05 PM

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 15, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

based on your sarcastic post...

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 15, 2011 8:59 PM

i guess there can be a fine line between detecting sarcasm and humor in a forum like this.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 15, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I see BB going for the softest team in the league tactic again...seems to be working well so far

Posted by: _stevo | January 15, 2011 10:42 PM | Report abuse

"Something is rotten in the State of Denmark"

Posted by: Randolph2 | January 15, 2011 10:52 PM | Report abuse

When did Denmark become a State? Darn, I guess I've been following the Caps too long and stopped reading the news. All I know is something stinks at Verizon too.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | January 15, 2011 11:08 PM | Report abuse

ESPN reporting Caps may open in Moscow next season. They'll really be able to Rock the Red there. Special memo to GMGM from League Office: Re-sign Semin until after this game.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | January 15, 2011 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Gordon is a good call-up. I agree with vermontcaps (yes, it hurts to say this), Chimera should sit (in fact he & Sloan should become best friends) & DJK should take his spot.
Kirk, you can't fire the whole team, that is often why the coach gets fired. Some players are self-motivating (Erskine, Laich & Hendricks for example) & some need kicks in the behind (Semin & Ovie for example).
Having a coach sit Ovie for 2 shifts after he extends a shift and blasts him in practice (and require him to show up for practice) shows the whole team everyone has to work. If a few players don't follow the system, make them ALL pratice it until they barf. That will add some peer pressure into the mix. Sorry about taking this shot but, BB is a fat slob & allows the team to slack (like he does with his personal ethic).
I've been coached by alot of different people. Alot of players tend to slack when the coach allows it. This trend tends to get worse the longer it's allowed.
IMO the Caps have the players, the talent to play & win with a defensive system. The leadership to make it work is lacking. However, I know the Caps are going to waste a great chance this year & then fire BB after the playoffs.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 16, 2011 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Roloson gives up 5 goals tonight. Gave up 4 on just 9 shots to the devils on friday and gets pulled.

And the guy shuts us out twice...its embarrassing.

Come on boys you really need to pull together and start playing like you're capable of!It is getting real frustrated to watch.

Ottawa is awful, we better not play down to them. A 6-1 win would be great. Get it done!

Posted by: digster1013 | January 16, 2011 2:36 AM | Report abuse

I'm still feeling deflated after the Canucks game.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 16, 2011 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Caps win today 5-2. OV finally nets a pair.

Kirk - this team has no chance at a Cup as presently put together.

Posted by: underpants2 | January 16, 2011 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Caps will be lucky to make the playoffs, let alone win any cup. They most definitely will not be winning a cup this year, that much I guarantee.

Maybe if we can start beating SE opponents convincingly, but right now we are Atlanta, Tampa, and Floridas' b!+ch. As much as they've improved, they aren't THAT much better. Other conference teams seem to have no problem steam rolling over them.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | January 16, 2011 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Roloson gives up 5 goals tonight. Gave up 4 on just 9 shots to the devils on friday and gets pulled.

And the guy shuts us out twice...its embarrassing.

Come on boys you really need to pull together and start playing like you're capable of!It is getting real frustrated to watch.

Ottawa is awful, we better not play down to them. A 6-1 win would be great. Get it done!

Posted by: digster1013 | January 16, 2011 2:36 AM | Report abuse

Are you watching these games you are using as examples or just scoreboard and stat watching? I've watched them and the Lightning as a whole were no-shows. I am sure that Guy Boucher challenges his team to play with as much passion every night as they do when they play the Capitals. The Thrashers played without heart.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 16, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Caps will be lucky to make the playoffs,......
---------------------
I'm feeling this way too. With respect to TL's recent comments, I wonder what happens to GMGM and BB if this scenario comes to pass.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 16, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Not sure what happened to my post. The last part what getting into how well it seems the Thrashers play against us too but yesterday they just stood around and hung Pavelec out to dry over and over again.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 16, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

The Canucks looked like a well oiled machine against the Caps, just ticking along at about 75% capacity. Depressing.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 16, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

@chriscaps (Posted/ January 16, 2011 1:18 AM )

WHAT A GREAT POST! I've posted before that BB lost the team the day he relegated Erskine to lame-duck status. On the morning of Dec. 2, the Caps were 18-6-2 with 90 goals for and 69 against. (I believe we were 1st in the league at that time, though I could be mistaken)

That afternoon, BB made his infamous comment concerning the backline (giving Hannan a spot and discarding Erskine) and the team has gone 6-8-5 with 38 goals for and 51 against ever since.

Is it just coincidence the team went flat after BB put his favoritism and caste-system on public display for all to see? (Confirming it a week later, Dec. 9, when he stated playing time would be based on merit because it wasn't before....as to be expected, BB reneged on that promise too.) Fortunately, the Hockey Gods have intervened on a few occasions to grant Erskine reprieve.

With all the injuries befalling our forwards, doesn't anyone recognize that the Gods are attempting to do the same for DJK? Why does BB continue to offend the Gods by ignoring their will?

BB talks about a lot of things that are ailing the team right now, but I don't remember him ever talking about heart, passion, want, drive, and a willingness to battle teams tooth-and-nail in every aspect of the game....attributes DJK could bring to the lineup if given a chance.

If DJK is in today, I'll be rooting for the team. If he's not, I'll be rooting for Erskine and otherwise be unconcerned about the outcome of the game.

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 16, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

To those calling out for Bruce's head, it seems to me that he and the coaching staff have made significant adjustments in several areas and the players have responded. The PK is leaps and bounds better than last year and I no longer cringe every time we get called. I almost welcome penalties to watch the PKers do their stuff. Defensively we have improved and bringing in Hannan will continue to show positively. Funny... many posters were calling for a player such as Hannan and now are unhappy with Erskine sitting a few. So it goes... I think the only real issue is getting the spark, timing, and luck following Ovie and Backstrom as well as the powerplay. Fix THAT and we have the new and improved high-powered team from last year. Is it BB's fault? No one hear really knows what is discussed in player meetings so we can only speculate. I still believe that in the end, it's the players we need to hold accountable. We miss the 60 goal seasons from Ovie and the play-making of Backstrom. Get that back both 5v5 and on the powerplay and we have the Caps of last year and then some.

Posted by: gonchpup | January 16, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Caps need more sandpaper,they play soft.Steckel knocks out cindy and Fehr by accident.We need players that are going to do it on purpose.

Posted by: 23rough | January 16, 2011 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I remember watching an NFL films clip last year that had Bill Belichick who's about the most boring coach to listen to shouting to his players, "60 MINUTES, YOU HEAR ME??? 60 MINUTES!@#$@!"

What has been the most consistent complaint with this team?? That they seldom play 60 minutes of hockey even when they were winning all those games last year.

The difference is coaches like Belichick not only expects 60-minute efforts from his players, he DEMANDS that from them. And if you don't deliver for him, there are consequences.

BB "asks" for 60-minute efforts from his players but his players seldom deliver. And there's never any consequences unless you're just a scrub.

Posted by: joek443 | January 16, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

@kcbrichmond

Denmark is not a state but I believe the line "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark" that Randolph2 quoted was originally in "Hamlet". Speaking of Denmark, Peter Regin of the Senators is from Denmark.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 16, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

many posters were calling for a player such as Hannan and now are unhappy with Erskine sitting a few. So it goes...

Posted by: gonchpup | January 16, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

We wanted someone like Hannan on the backline to complement Erskine, NOT BUMP HIM FROM THE LINEUP. ****55, Poti, Sloan, and Alzner (at the time) all looked avg. at best when the trade went down. Subsequently, Hannan has looked average and Poti and ****55 have looked AWFUL.

And so it should go that Erskine only sit if/when he needs a maintenance day....

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 16, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

The Caps need to get back on the roids.

Posted by: pkme | January 16, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

My guess is that other teams are on the juice this year and The Caps are not.

Posted by: pkme | January 16, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

pkme: C'mon that kind of talk is goofy.

The Capitals just can't seem to get any passes, and maybe they shouldn't, but when the Capitals win, they win the wrong way. When they dump and chase fans want them to carry the puck. When they carry the puck people want them to dump and chase. Fans have suggested entering the zone and pulling up short to allow team mates to crash the net, Nylander earned the nickname "circles" in here for using that tactic. The Caps are struggling right now. Even me, the biggest of all Kool-aid drinkers admit that. The Canucks DOMINATED our guys the other day. As were over 18000 fans, I was there the other night. The body language on the Capitals bench was, well, let's say, they looked beaten in the 2nd. The confidence that oozed from the Canucks pores, whether fans on here want to admit it or not, is the same type of confidence that oozed from the Capitals pores last January when they drew at least a point in something like 26 games straight.

The Capitals without a doubt implemented a more defensive approach this season from the start, not just the last few weeks. They have been using the trap when they have the lead in the 3rd and blew 3rd period leads because they are just not that good at it yet. They don't want to ditch it though because as many have already said, that is the type of play that will carry teams deep into the playoffs.

Now, having said all that. If Ovi, Backs, and Semin don't find a way to start putting pucks in the net, this team will be in serious trouble. They are expected to carry that burden and there are millions of reasons for team mates, fans, and management to expect that. All three of them know that which is why, IMO, they look unbelievably frustrated. I didn't add Green into the point production list because I believe he best helps this team get where it needs to go is by continuing to improve his defensive end work. I am very happy with the improvement he has shown over the last 10 calendar months.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 16, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Nobody mentioned it but once AG plays two games, he needs waivers to go down. So I assume he will play only one game or else they will keep him up, maybe the rest of the season.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 16, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

@fanohock1

Good post. And, to add to that, we need to get Ovi, Backstrom, and Semin healthy again to improve their chances of getting pucks in. What I perceive is that Ovi's played with an injury since late October; Semin's played with a variety of ailments since late November; and I've even heard rumors that Backstrom's been playing with a sprained ankle (although he was ill, too). So, we have the vicious cycle of them trying to do to much and playing through injuries and no longer being effective due to that.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 16, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

CapsFan75: Very true, there probably are injuries factoring in, but again, pushing my Kool-aid aside, every team has players playing hurt. Kudos to Ovi and Backs for not using injuries as an excuse because I have not once found articles with quotes of them saying that. I have seen a lot of articles that it is true, but they haven't said a thing. The thing is, the chances have been there. Someone used the operative word the other day, a few have, and that word is EXECUTION. As the old hockey joke goes there is plenty of Swedish in the Capitals game right now but not enough Finish.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 16, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

fanoHock,

I am attempting to be humourous. It was meant to be a goofball statement. BTW, I agree with your post.

Posted by: pkme | January 16, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

The lack of PP scoring actually hurts all aspects of the game. If I'm facing the Caps, I'm going to take a penalty instead of giving up a good scoring chance. The lack of PP scoring also prevents the team from playing with a lead. The defense/transition game works alot better with a lead.
Ovie is horrible at the point. He is most dangerous on one-timers from the left circle (right-handed shots on the left side are better for one-timers). The PK must respect his shot & commit to watching him, this opens up the ice. When Ovie is over there, my right side PP guys should shoot low towards the left (pad stop rebound goes to Ovie, shoot..SCORE). Go ahead and expand the PK box with Ovie low & see how that works. Pack the PK box to cover Ovie & Green, Backstrom get time & space. As a PK I'm willing to give up the point shot from the blue line. The open ice would really help Backstrom make plays. Laich should be in front screening.
Left point is an issue. If you use Carlson, you have no offensive d-man for the 2nd PP unit. I guess I would use Alzner.
1st PP: 8-19-21-27-52
2nd PP: 63-90-85-4-74
If I knew anything, I would be in hockey. If I didn't know anything, I would be the Caps coach.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 16, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

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