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Gordon sent home

Center Boyd Gordon returned to Washington after last night's game in Florida to begin receiving treatment on the balky back that he's struggled with most of the season. That almost surely means he'll miss at least the next two games.

"A lot of it has to do with [Gordon] sleeping in different beds," Coach Bruce Boudreau said after practice at RBC Center. "And since he wasn't going to play this weekend, [he needed] to start getting treatment now so that he's better quicker rather than keeping him on the road. When you have a lot of bodies, it's a luxury."

With Gordon and Alex Ovechkin out tomorrow, the fourth line will likely be some combination of Quintin Laing, David Steckel, Matt Bradley and and former Hurricane Scott Walker.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 17, 2010; 3:21 PM ET
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love gordo killing penalties...we need him in playoffs somethin' bad.

Posted by: carsonspence | March 17, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

the other team loves Gordo killing penalties also. No reach, no pressure on the point whatsoever, doesn't block shots, doesn't cover the front of the net when the D have to skate away from the crease to go chase someone down.

can someone explain why Gordo is elevated to cultlike status as a PKer? Anticipation, poise, I got that. What else? Faceoffs? ok, he's not bad at faceoffs but he's not great either. He's decent. Even Zenon Konopka who some fans have called a "goon" has a better faceoff percentage (surprised me too).

If Gordo wasn't expendable before, he sure is now with the addition of Belanger.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 17, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

That's one Boudreau roster dilemma taken care of. Backs are funny things, and if Scott Walker can take advantage the next couple games, he could nail down a spot on the fourth line.

Although the Steckel-Gordon-Bradley line can be very effective, of the three, to me Gordon is the most expendable.

Posted by: redrocker2 | March 17, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't see why Gordon and Laing should be anywhere but in the press box unless we have an injury between now and the playoffs, especially once Ovie returns. Personally, I think Steckel is far and away a better and more dependable player then Gordon but that is only my opinion. Anyway, much better debating about these players and line then Beagle and Nylander, especially come the playoffs like last season.

Posted by: washcaps11 | March 17, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I think Steckel is far and away a better and more dependable player then Gordon


no one thinks Gordo > Steckel

i think at some point some fans did wonder but they were thankfully clued in.

I think Laing > Gordo also. He's better on the wing. When you get Laing-Steck-Brads doing their thing, it is so much better than that same line with Gordon. Worlds apart.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 17, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

the thing is, gordo is good, and he got a clutch goal a few games ago, but during all the time he was injured, stecks got better. jury still out on walker.

Posted by: peabody2 | March 17, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

why is the jury out on walker? you know what he brings, he's got tons of leadership, tons of experience, he's the toughest player on the team, he's been thru all the battles, he can pot important goals as he recently showed

i mean, whats not to like ?

my only reservation about him is that fans who don't get it will start screaming for his head if he takes a couple of aggressive penalties in a game. Players like him need some leeway in that regard. You don't get the reputation he has without taking a roughing or boarding call once in a while. I don't know many players like him who can play his style without taking the odd penalty.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 17, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

one thing you can count on is when the playoffs are about to begin, both Gordon and Schultz start getting hurt.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 17, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Is Gordon hurt, or is he really just "hurt"?

Posted by: LloydChristmas | March 17, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I think the line of Chimera, Morrison, and Fehr was an awesome line last night. They need to stay together. i also like how Carlson is jumping into the play. Any replies?

Posted by: Tprpolen | March 17, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I like Walker-Stecks-Brads as the 4th line, anyway.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 18, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

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