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Boudreau Makes Changes

The Caps just hit the ice here at Wachovia Center for the morning skate and Coach Bruce Boudreau has scrambled his forward lines in an effort to spark his club after Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Flyers.

You knew it was coming.

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Kozlov
Laich-Fedorov-Semin
Cooke-Steckel-Bradley
Brashear-Gordon-Fehr

That means Fleischmann, Clark, Laing and Johnson are the scratches. The 'D' pairings will remain the same.

Update: Here are some additional notes from this morning:

*Laich, who is actually the left wing on the second line, said he knows why he was put there.

"I know what my job is," he said. "Feds is going to make plays, and Sash is the shooter. I have to go get the puck, be first on the puck, be physical, and when they have the puck, go to the net and create traffic."

*Boudreau said he put Eric Fehr in the lineup to provide some additional size and strength against a physical Flyers' team that pushed Fleischmann around.

"We thought we would maneuver a little bit and see if it works," Boudreau said of the changes. Fehr "can be big and strong and good along the boards."

*Asked about the Sean Avery Rule, Boudreau said he considered asking his players to do employ similar tactics in the minors.

"I love to score goals on 5 on 3's. I wanted to put a guy there to do that, but nobody had the ...to do it," Boudreau said. "And Avery did it. There was never a rule. Unless the rule is there, any loophole anybody finds, they're going to try to use. I don't know if it was morally right. But he did it, and got away with it. And now the league has taken quick action to close that loophole."

"There's all these things you think about," Boudreau explained. "You never want to put it into action because it just doesn't sound right. I considered asking a big guy to go right in front of the net and turn [around]. You know how aggravating that would be?"

"I don't know how any goalie would have reacted. But I know how Ron Hextall would have reacted."

*Also, the Capitals have signed prospect 2006 second round draft choice Francois Bouchard, a 19-year-old right wing who has put up big numbers in the QMJH and is already playing in Hershey. Read about it here.

*Also, from the game notes: The Flyers are 16-3 when leading a series 2-1.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 15, 2008; 10:37 AM ET
 
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