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Boudreau on Erskine: 'I Doubt It'

Coach Bruce Boudreau said moments ago that he does not expect defenseman John Erskine to suit up for Game 2 against the Pens. Erskine, who took a shot off his right leg on Saturday, will be replaced by either Karl Alzner or Tyler Sloan, but Boudreau wasn't saying which of them will make his NHL playoff debut tonight.

I should have a better idea after warmups, so check back.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 4, 2009; 5:10 PM ET
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Seems like it would have to be Alzner.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | May 4, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

"But, much of the REACTION and overreaction and the "well, hockey's different" answer is related to race. People are much more afraid of black people being physical than they are white people, plain and simple. If white people fight in public it isn't seen as reflective of some greater societal ill, just a couple of guys fighting. A lot of the people who talk about "thug" pro basketball players will put on their jerseys and go the local arena and cheer for white guys to fight and swing sticks and brawl. We, and by "we" I mean Americans, are afraid of black people and violence. We're not as afraid, typically, of white people and violence, or even the threat of it. You can no longer fight on a basketball court, which is probably good. Hockey, on the other hand, defends violence, sells violence, celebrates it at every chance. I'm sorry, these two things are at odds, in my view. Hockey would be so much better without the fighting. Do I want to see Ovechkin and Malkin and Crosby play or a couple of goons batter each other, while I'm sitting there with a couple of 12 year olds? Sorry, I know which camp I'm in."

You are in the "I have no clue what I'm talking about when it comes to hockey" Camp - there are many of you staying in those cabins- please don't come home when the Camp is one loves you at home.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | May 4, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

It has absolutely nothing to do with race.

Wilbon, where did you get your sociology degree?

Posted by: richmondphil | May 4, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

It is always unfortunate when you see racism like that perpetuated by mainstream media. But not surprising.

Similarly, disspappointing bu tnot surprising when you see anti-hockeyism like that perpetuated by MSM.

Posted by: Baildog | May 4, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

what is this Versus channel i keep hearing about? HTS not showing the game tonight?

Posted by: millionea7 | May 4, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

The race thing is stupid, very stupid. I suggest everyone drop it.

Regarding Tarik's post, BB's comments, a question -- which one is faster, Sloan or Alzner? Alzner is an excellent "stay at home" guy with great eyes, but we need him, or Sloan, to keep up with Crosby's rushes and crashes to the net. That's when he scores, or tries to.

Posted by: bucknelldad | May 4, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Look, you may disagree with Wilbon, but the issue is more nuanced than the simple "players need to police themselves" argument.

And, while Wilbon's particular argument about race falls short in this instance, there is a racial element that is unique to hockey. It is, by far, the whitest of the elite sports.

Wilbon's argument about tradition isn't as far off. The worst reason to continue doing something is the fact that you've been doing it for as long as you can remember.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 4, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Aren't Brashear and Laraque, the top two fighters, black?

Posted by: oo7 | May 4, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Wilbon's right about the different ways American's view violence by whites as we do violence by blacks, but he is wrong in applying it to fighting in hockey.

There's fighting in hockey because there has always been fighting in hockey and hockey hates change, we all remember Rod Langway out there without a helmet on.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | May 4, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Wilbon should not be allowed to watch Hockey. He has never cared for Hockey, but all of a sudden he sees this sweet matchup between the Pens/Caps, and OV/Sid, and wants to hop along and enjoy the ride. NO!! Go back to the dumb NBA. We don't need you. =)

Posted by: rachel216 | May 4, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Maybe that should be "talk Hockey," sorry, "not allowed to watch Hockey" seems a little harsh.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 4, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Wilbon: put either Alzner or Sloan in some Al Jolson makeup
BB: what the h*ll for?
Wilbon: we all know that black people fighting is way more intimidating than white people fighting
BB: *sigh* where's brash - i've got a quick job for him

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | May 4, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Wish I did not have class tonight. I have my final next Monday too. I hope the caps can get it done in 5 or less.

Posted by: ejohnsto | May 4, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Less would be best.

Posted by: uncatim | May 4, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Any idea who'll take Brash's spot when he signs with KHL.

Posted by: bajgirl | May 4, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I think Erskin is underrated. He has been solid all post season. He is the one Caps D'man that isn't prone to make either poor decisions or try to get to cute with the puck. He just plays simple solid fundamental D which is what we need more of not less. Big loss for game two. Hope he heals fast.

Posted by: congero | May 4, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Violence in sport is a very complex thing when it comes to the player. Rules and spectators are essential. Change the rules and you change the spectators. The player will be the same.
Talking about race is just stupid.

Posted by: Hookey | May 4, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: mrszilla | May 4, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know if Joe B is calling the game tonight for Versus?

Posted by: rachel216 | May 4, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse


We just signed up for Versus today (comes with some other sports channels, via RCN) and will probably cancel it after the Stanley Cup. I don't understand the broadcast deals, but I guess that's life. Some games are NBC, some are Comcast, and some are Versus. Sheesh.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | May 4, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

what is this Versus channel i keep hearing about? HTS not showing the game tonight?

Posted by: millionea7 | May 4, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Oh mill, HTS! You still got District CableVision?

As for VS, it used to be called the Outdoor Life Channel (OLN). It's 603 on DirecTV

Posted by: R_Milot | May 4, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

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