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Posted at 12:32 AM ET, 03/12/2011

Matt Hendricks scores the deciding goal as Capitals win seventh straight

By Katie Carrera

It wasn't the Capitals best performance during this now seven game winning streak, even Coach Bruce Boudreau admitted they got a "little lucky" and weren't "very sharp", but Washington managed to find a way to clinch a 2-1 win over the Hurricanes. All of a sudden the Capitals are in second place in the Eastern Conference, three points ahead of the Boston Bruins and only two behind the Philadelphia Flyers.

Matt Hendricks scored the game-winning goal on what could be considered a quintessential hustle-play by the fourth liner to give the Capitals the lead they carried for the final 12:36 of regulation. It also snapped a 17-game goal scoring drought for Hendricks.

In the final seconds of a hooking penalty against Jason Arnott, Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason attempted a shot from the point on the power play. Hendricks blocked the shot and the puck bounced out to center ice where Arnott picked it up as he came out of the box.

Arnott raced down the ice and forced Cam Ward to make an excellent save, but none of the Hurricanes managed to pick up Hendricks, who had trailed the play the whole way down the ice. Hendricks was able to fish the puck out of the crease and pop it into the open net with Ward sprawled out on the ice having made the initial stop on Arnott.

"If there was going to be a rebound, I wanted to be the one to get it," Hendrick said. "I just wanted to try to get it over his pad."

Said Coach Bruce Boudreau: "That's what he does. He's going to get the dirty goals in the crease he's not going to get the end to end goals I think it was his first one in 16 games. Im happy for him because he works really hard all the time he deserves some success offensively every now and again."

By Katie Carrera  | March 12, 2011; 12:32 AM ET
Categories:  Carolina Hurricanes, Matt Hendricks  
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@Deadheads

I was always fond of “Terrapin Station” and not only because I knew it meant that Billy and Micky were about to GO OFF!! Anyway, after tonight’s win I happened to listen to it. I couldn’t help but think of “Capitals Nation,” so here it is:

Let my inspiration flow
In token rhyme, suggesting rhythm
That will not forsake you
Till my tale is told and done

While the firelight’s aglow
Strange shadows from the flames will grow
Till things we’ve never seen
Will seem familiar

Shadows of Scott Stevens form
And winds, both foul and fair, all swarm
Down in D.C. he loved a game
Many years ago…

Here beside him stands Erskine
A rock star, from the looks of him
Who came through many fights
But got no love…

While the story teller speaks,
A door within the fire creaks
Suddenly flies open
And a goon is standing there

Eyes alight with clenching fists
All that meanness paints as fear
He takes his gloves and drops them
On the ice…

“Which of you to fight me, tell
Will risk uncertain pains of hell?
I will not forgive you
If you will not look to dance.”

Erskine gave at least a try
Scott Stevens being much too wise
Strategy was his strength
And not disaster…

Erskine coming out again
The goon unfairly jumped at him
That’s how it stands today
You decide if he was wise

Cstanton makes no choice
Soon, you will not hear his voice
His job is to shed light
Not to master

Since the cup is never won
We pay cstanton off in gold
In hopes he will come back
But he cannot be bought or sold

Inspiration, move him brightly
Light his posts with sense and color
Hold away despair
More than this I will not ask
Face of mysteries dark and vast
Statements seem so sane at last

Some rise, some fall, some climb
To get to Washington…

Counting wins by candlelight
All are good and some are great
The Hockey Gods in kindness
Showing love and hookin’ us up

Oh, from the Capital Center
To the brand new Phone Booth
Koolaiders and darksiders sing
A rare and different tune
CAPITALS NATION!

In the shadow of Scott Stevens,
CAPITALS NATION!
And I know we’ll hoist it soon… Capitals
I can’t figure out… Capitals
If it’s the end or beginning… Capitals
But the team took its brakes off… Capitals
And Erskine is screaming…..CAPITALS!!

Is it ok to say we're going to SCALP THEM BLACKHAWKS SUNDAY!?!

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 12, 2011 12:44 AM | Report abuse

So are we going to go after RJ Umberger for his turnbuckel hit tonight? Guy didn't get hurt but it is the action that we are supposed to punish not the result. Lets see everyone who wanted Chara's head start making excusses for not going after RJ.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 12, 2011 1:34 AM | Report abuse

did some dude just write a 40+ line poem about the capitals?
i dont know whether to be impressed or a little creeped out

Posted by: royhperkins | March 12, 2011 3:43 AM | Report abuse

Vermontcaps, I'm fond of you and your poetry, but you're clearly drinking too much. Your mother and I are worried about you.

Posted by: maalesh | March 12, 2011 7:55 AM | Report abuse

@vermontcaps: you missed a chance with "rising first and shining best, Oh, from the SOUTH EAST corner".....otherwise, nice riff on Terrapin.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | March 12, 2011 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Vermont, I wish I had time on my hands like you obviously do. LOL.

Posted by: Doom_and_Gloom | March 12, 2011 7:58 AM | Report abuse

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