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Gordon Progressing Slowly

Boyd Gordon had been hoping to return from a broken left forefinger finger before the end of the season. But this morning the checking line forward told me that he's now shooting for the first round of the playoffs.

"Sometimes you just need to let things heal," he said. "I don't know exactly when [I can return]. But it's the worse finger to break."

Gordon said he hasn't had a setback and the break, which is near the knuckle, didn't require surgery. But he described the injury as "complicated" and said it could end his season if he doesn't allow it heal completely.

I'll have some other updates this afternoon.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 30, 2009; 1:17 PM ET
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Posted by: uncatim | March 30, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

poor Gordo. I hate it when these sorts of injuries happen to the quiet but hardworking guys. Seems like they should get a break from these awful "potentially season ending" injuries. not that I wish injury on anyone (not named crosby....), but it seems extra unfair when a guy like Gordon or Laing, or even Johnson, gets struck with oen of these.

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 30, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

"broken left forefinger finger" ? so he has a finger to spare? :p

Posted by: honed | March 30, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Get well soon, Gordo!

I'm a little behind the party today, but:
Boo-, I remember watching Pitt's last game last season. They definitely played like they could care less. I was paying more attention to the Jays-Sox game that was on, but the Pens fans at the bar were pretty much yelling 'WTF?' the entire time the game was on.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 30, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Rats. Well, get better Gordo. We'll see you when you're ready and manage in the meantime.

Anyone else planning to watch the Rangers/Devils game tonight? We should be taking a big interest in this one; this is the Devils' final game in hand on us, and after that it's a headlong sprint to the finish line. Boston has first pretty well locked; I don't think we catch them. Second and third seeds are up for grabs between us and NJD. Below that, the 4-10 seeds have some jockeying left to do. Having the second seed means that we evade the entire Pitt/Philly/Carolina mess entirely, landing the Rangers, the Habs, or the Panthers depending on how that end shakes out, so it's to our benefit to angle hard for that second seed. I wouldn't consider it a done deal or a lock by any means.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 30, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to have to watch the Rangers/Devils tonight. 1 game in 7 days is retarded...I'm dying here. Let's go Rangers tonight!

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 30, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

we'll be watching the devils/rangers game at Dogfish in g'burg :) They always have the game on.

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 30, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Definitely, go Rags!

I'm not holding my breath on that one. NJ's got a tough schedule coming up, though -- plenty of chances to get that L.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 30, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Can the Caps clinch the Southeast with a win on Wednesday? By my math, a win on Wed. means that at worst they'd be tied with Carolina for points and wins. Anyone know the tiebreakers? I think head-to-head record is one, but I can't recall the others.

Posted by: spacecadetkid | March 30, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse


Well, you're right about the same no. of OTLs, and they are an even number of points separating, but if head to head is the next measure (and I think it is), then Car. might have an edge -- we're 3-3 against them, but they're 3-2-1 against us.

I assume that means we need a 3rd point to clinch -- anyone know for sure?

Posted by: Sonyask | March 30, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

caps have 99 points w/ 6 games to play. carolina has 91 points w/ 5 games to play. a caps win on wed. means they have 101, which is the max carolina could earn if they won all their games. the tiebreaker after points is wins. caps would have 47 w/ a win on wednesday vs. carolina at 42. again, 47 is the max wins they could get. next up is points between the two teams head to head. guess what, 6 points each. next up is goal differential. caps are plus 23, canes +6. so, technically the caps can't clinch on wednesday, but could on thursday w/ a canes loss in regulation or OT. however, presuming carolina doesn't win the remaining games by a goal margin of 17 or more, then we clinch w/ a win on wednesday. YEAH!

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 30, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

According to the tiebreakers are (assuming every team plays 82 games):
1) Wins
2) Points earned in head-to-head games (only counting home-and-home pairs)
3) Goal differential

Posted by: koalatek | March 30, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

wait, i take that back, carolina took 7 points from us vs 6 for us. so we can't clinch wednesday. got to wait until thursday...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 30, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

go home gordon, we don't need ya.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 30, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

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