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Laing update (updated)

Coach Bruce Boudreau said he thinks Quintin Laing suffered a broken jaw when he was struck in the face by a Michal Rozsival shot in the third period. The team has not provided an official diagnosis yet, but Boudreau said Laing will remain in New York overnight for observation.

Update: Laing did suffer a broken jaw, a team official confirmed. it's believed he'll be out of the lineup for several weeks. We should have more information tomorrow at practice.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 17, 2009; 9:57 PM ET
 
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All the best to Quintin on a full recovery.

(Please keep us posted on his condition, Tarik!)

Posted by: Terptwin | November 17, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

This looked like a playoff game. kind of game knuble would have done well also in. Good win. Our fourth line with steckel beagle and bradley was super. go caps

Posted by: samb99 | November 17, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, here I was ranting and raving about all these great things from tonight, and now we hear that the Q might have a broken jaw.

I offer to the Q my highest compliment as a hockey fan:

Any team in the league can win the Cup with him on the roster.

All the best and a speedy recovery to Quintin. Looks like maybe Jay "Who Let The Dogs Out?" Beagle might be up for awhile.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 17, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh, man. That stinks. Get well soon, Q!

Posted by: wocoliz | November 17, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Ouch! Wishing you all the best, Quintin.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 17, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

That guy has got so much heart.

Posted by: LA_caps_fan | November 17, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Can't catch a break! Get better quick Laing - this team is better with you in the lineup!

Posted by: Raber | November 17, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

q has no luck at all. i wouldn't be surprised if he puts on a jason voorhees mask and is back on the ice before he's fully recovered.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 17, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

POSTGAME THOUGHTS:
That was a game of resiliency and not worrying about things despite the early goal. You stick to your plan and look what happens.

Welcome back Ovie - that was a nice blast from the point although I have to say I still like him down in front of the goaltender too. Nothing like mixing it up and I'm beginning to like it with Morrison at the point too. So many things to do.

Jay Beagle - that man was a backchecking machine tonight. Great job Beags.

Sean Avery - that fool has it coming. One game he's going to get someone riled up and when he's not looking he will get knocked out and wheeled off on a stretcher. I never like seeing a hockey player hurt but if that ever should happen - it's not like he doesn't have it coming.

Matt Bradley - had a great fight and then scores the game winner - he truly is the #1 star tonight. Great job.

Refs - they can go away with their lame calls in the third. That one on Erskine was an absolute joke. Oh well - after the fact.

A solid effort minus Knuble and Semin. It's a great feeling as a Caps fan to witness how deep this organization runs into the minors. The guys they call up - they have an immediate impact. What a pleasure it is to see these guys working their butts off and getting great results.

Back to Verizon as the Habs come calling Friday.

Ice Breakers Goal Shakers.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | November 17, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Laing is snake bit.

Glad to see the scoring continue to be balanced. Let's hope for Semin to return healthy, if not soon.

Posted by: crooks_c | November 17, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

This really is a team (mostly) of champions. Q is high on the list of guys I mean.

He'll be back sooner than later, still fearless.

Love that guy.

Posted by: large23220 | November 17, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

TIME FOR A SPEECH

No, this time I'm not apeing Abe Lincoln.

And you might be saying, or ChickenLittle might, "Oh, no, tominfl1, not again!"

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, your resident political philosophy major must do what he (doubtless mistakenly) feels he does best.

No, not "pour another drink."

Quintin Laing is a really tough hockey player. We've all seen him play, and we've seen him risk life and limb to block a shot. Here a spleen...there a jaw...wtf.

This is not meant to detract from either his pain or his sacrifice.

But...he gets hurt...a lot. And we all say, "Man, dude, he's...TOUGH!"

Other players also get hurt. They don't miss as much time as Laing, not percentage wise, but they get hurt too.

And people call that person a female body part (not to detract from females or that body part - HE!! NO) or say he's a wuss or has no heart or needs to visit the female doctor or whatever.

They don't come any tougher than Quintin Laing. Or Matt Bradley. That's pretty d@mned obvious. But I'm thinking they don't come much tougher than Alexander Semin either.

If anyone wants to debate, bring facts. Not some stupid armchair opinion. I mean, anyone can sit there eating potato chips and criticize.

Ooops. I was just eating potato chips!

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 17, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh, poor Q!!! :-( :-( :-(

Posted by: irockthered | November 17, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Q,

Wishing you a very speedy recovery. You are a great inspiration to this team, and me, as well.

All this lousy luck will come to an end. Don't lose any faith...think of all you've done to get here. You're due!

Hang in there!

Posted by: WCAPS1 | November 17, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1

Great post, Tom, on our tough injured guys.

And I agree with you, Semin is tougher than anyone gives him credit for being. (I've seen Semin get knocked down at games an awful lot but he gets back up and back to try to get the puck again.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 17, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

@timinfl,

Get a clue.

Posted by: WCAPS1 | November 17, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Well said, tom, as always.

Posted by: wocoliz | November 17, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Yes, if Laing didn't have bad luck, he'd have no luck at all. We could also say the same thing about Eric Fehr and Alex Semin, as well.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 17, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1 - *applause!*

Well said. Very well said.

Posted by: irockthered | November 17, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

@timinfl,

Get a clue.

Posted by: WCAPS1 | November 17, 2009 10:30 PM

@WCAPS1:

Get a spell check.

TOMINFL1

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 17, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan6-great post game summary.

The only thing I would like to add is I thought Erskine played a hell of a good game. He was out there aginst Avery all game. I'll take that cross check he gave super pest after he connected with Varly's head everytime.

Everyone else has my points coverd especially in regards to Q and Brads.

Posted by: Riddler1 | November 17, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

@WCAPS1 - No, YOU get a clue. It's TOM, not Tim. And dollars to donuts, you're not as tough as Sasha Semin is. So shut up.

Posted by: irockthered | November 17, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

somebody or something doesnt want Q to succeed in the nhl.but you cant keep a good man down.thats what i love about Q.no matter what he pushes through and keeps on coming.he probably would of came back in the game if it was up to him.hes a soldier!hope hes ok and wish him back soon roar'n and ready.GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: gratefuldid | November 17, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Geez Q, like all said, speedy recov.

Yeah, talk about tough guys, Brads can eat glass and ask for seconds. Also, what a great touch on his goal huh? He does not get enough credit for his hands in that way ya know? Just like to goal he scored against Lundy last season in the playoffs. Shaaa-weet.

Is that right, Brads got 3rd star? No, he should have go at least 2nd.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 17, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

@Riddler1

Frankly, I think the pest should have had a penalty called on him (when one was called on Oisk.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 17, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Changing the subject...

Columbus has loaned Nikita Filatov to CSKA of the KHL. Isn't that one of the teams that was supposedly interested in Nyls? Hope this doesn't mean that they've given up on Nyls and called off the deal.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 17, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Get well soon, Q!

Posted by: CapsChick | November 17, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

We all agree that the Nyls situation has dragged on way too long. Get it done already.
In the immortal words of Alan Sheppard, "Fix your little problem and light this candle!" Geez...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 17, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I feel the same way as tom about Q. I don't see him as tough, rather just very very unlucky.

Posted by: trunkenmath | November 17, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm convinced the Nylander situation will never be resolved.

Even after his contract expires, he will end up living in the Verizon Center in a state of the art home that circles around the upper rafters of the arena.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 17, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

I want to give Brads "fifth star" because his namesake, Gen'l of the Army Omar N. Bradley, was a rare 5-star general.

BUT, considering this was at MSG, giving an opposing player a "star" for a losing fight and a goal (OK, game-winning) is asking for a lot from the enemy.

Obviously Ovechkin is the star, but no team ever wins a championship unless you have min-wage guys like Brads, Laing, Flash, etc, making the big contribution.

I yelled as loud for Brads' goal as any so far this year.

How 'bout:

A "Matt Bradley Hat Trick?"

A goal, a fight and some stitches.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 17, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

I understand Nylander doesn't want to leave DC because he's so fond of the Beltway.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 17, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I am eating chips while resting my arm on my chair and I say Semin is a decent checker but not nearly as sturdy as Laing. Laing is a great blocker but his timing was way off on that block - I was cringing they second he decided to slide. Brads was huge tonight but he needs to see a doc about the thickness of his skin - he bleeds to easily.

On another note, both Forsberg and Naslund is back playing with Modo this year. Not a bad pick up for a cellar dwelling club.

Posted by: jakopz | November 17, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Am I to assume that the refs didn't see Avery's forearm to the head of Varly? Didn't he get a 4 minuter for doing the same thing during the playoffs. Was that the game where he was pulled the following game by the NY coaches.

Am I also to assume that NY fans like that kind of thing.....as long as he gets away with it. And loves it when it provokes a retaliation and penalty on the opposition.

This just has no place in hockey IMO. If there nothing that can be done to stop this?

I hope Laing is better soon. I would think a broken jaw takes a while to heal properly. A nice cage faceguard like my kids wear seems like nice idea.

Posted by: rjma1 | November 17, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

So I went over to YouTube thinking that if I just went ahead and listened to "Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me" I would be able to get it out of my head. Well, it backfired on me. Now I have "Pfft You Were Gone" stuck in my head too. (Yeah, I know I'm showing my age by admitting that.)

Posted by: wocoliz | November 17, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Am I also to assume that NY fans like that kind of thing.....as long as he gets away with it. And loves it when it provokes a retaliation and penalty on the opposition.

This just has no place in hockey IMO. If there nothing that can be done to stop this?

I hope Laing is better soon. I would think a broken jaw takes a while to heal properly. A nice cage faceguard like my kids wear seems like nice idea.

Posted by: rjma1 | November 17, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

sure.. next time you see him in front of the net, you make certain he gets an elbow right in his mouth or a nasty slash on the back of his ankles

Posted by: joek443 | November 17, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, there goes our best shotblocker.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 17, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it is a question of bad luck with Laing. I think shot-blocking is a high risk play. I think that he understands the risks, but continues to block shots because he is good at it, it helps the team, and it keeps him in the NHL. If the past is any indication, he will shake this injury off, come back, and continue to block shots. You've got to respect the man's toughness.

Posted by: zmega | November 17, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

shot-blocking has always been high-risk and bad for one's face... just look at Langway's nose

Posted by: joek443 | November 17, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Tarik has just updated this post. Looks like Q is going to be out a few weeks. Poor guy!

Posted by: wocoliz | November 17, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Here is hoping to a speedy recovery for Laing!

Great win tonight by the Caps. I thought Beagle had a great game.

Same with Bradley getting a well deserved goal, as I have said before, he has been playing really well lately! (Though, he has been pretty good all season long so far). He has "King" Henrik's number! :)

Someone here mentioned that they did not see Perreault much in the third, I did not notice if he was missing or not, but curious if anyone else did??

Steckel is soooo due a goal!

Go Caps!


Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | November 17, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

At this rate of losing one or two player to injury each game maybe they might need Nylander.
I hope Q a full and speedy recovery. A broken jaw for Thanksgiving is just terrible karma.

Seriously though, that this team continues to play on and play strong with so many injuries demands respect for GMGM and the coaching staff as well.

As the covert Islanders fan, well GMGM is no Bill Torrey, but the esteem that the players seem to hold for Bruce Boudreau certainly reminds me of Al Arbour.

I love seeing the Ranger lose. Love it! Thank you Ovi, Laich, Bradley, and very much Pothier. I laughed out loud at his seemingly unintended empty netter.

Posted by: lornemyoung | November 17, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao

Well after his contract expires, Nyls won't have any more cap hit for the Caps no matter where he lives, even if it is a hourse that circles the rafters at VC.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 17, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Don't know if I missed it here, but Beagle gets his 1st NHL point on the game winning goal.

Posted by: OldFan | November 17, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Here's a photo that should make every Caps fan happy!

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/photos?photoId=294413&gameId=291117013

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | November 17, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Fabulous goal by Bradley. The guy is having a career year. Pretty soon he'll have to stop fighting so he doesn't hurt those soft hands. :^)

Posted by: ccCapsfan | November 17, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

@DevilsCapsGal

Loved that picture. Of Caps "taking care" of Mr. Avery.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 17, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Jesus H., Quintin deserves a break (from catastrophic injuries) for crying out loud, esp. when he had finally embedded himself as a fixture here. :( Good win. I just was aghast to read about that injury.

Posted by: blackjack65 | November 17, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

how do we live in a world where this guy cant buy a break and sean avery does what he wants?

Posted by: formerlylove1 | November 17, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

This month has certainly been bad for the Caps on the injury front. Here's the list.

Ovi
Green (out 1 game but back)
Schultz (out 2-3 games but back)
Knuble
Jurcina
Boyd Gordon (bad back, game back and is now out again)
Semin (playing through injuries and now finally sitting out)
Laing (broken jaw)

And we were also dealing with the continuation of Fehr's injury.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 17, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the refs just allow Sean Avery to punch our goalie in the head and then call a penalty on Erskine for pushing him to the ice.

As to what someone said above about not liking to see any hockey player get hurt--I generally do not like to see anyone get hurt. But I would like to see Avery get hurt. I believe he is a psychopath. I wish there were a way to ban him from playing in the NHL. But as long as he is playing in the NHL, I would like it if other players would make a concerted effort to try to seriously injure him and make him stop playing. And if I saw it happen, I would clap.

Posted by: youaresquishy | November 17, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

nhlfan0014 (11/17/2009 at 9:30 PM) Report Violation

whens henrik gonna work on his glove hand?


that sounds familiar...

Posted by: joek443 | November 17, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm not much into violence, but I'm even less into Avery. Erskine did good.

What was the dust-up which led to the Backstrom penalty? Seemed to me Ovi was in there first, and then Backstrom came along. What did I miss?

Posted by: RedRocker1 | November 17, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

@DevilsCapsGal,

Great picture, thanks. I'll laugh for the rest of the night...


Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 18, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

That sucks. Get well soon, Quintin. We're a better team with you in. Thanks for putting your body on the line every night.

Also, Brads was my first star of the game. Getting us going with a fight, getting some stitches, working hard all night, and then scoring a gorgeous game-winning goal. Phenomenal. He picked up right where he left off in the playoffs with these guys last season.

Posted by: TheDoubleAlex | November 18, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Brads was just an assist shy of a Gordie Howe hat trick

Posted by: joek443 | November 18, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

DevilsCapsGal: Thanks for the pest management photo.

Posted by: uncatim | November 18, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

I now understand the Pens have about 5 blue liners out. They were losing recently but won their last contest.

This got me to wondering. If the Pens do well with all their kids form Wilkes Barre, will they have blueliners available for trade once the injured get well?

Yes, will the Pens keep the kid blue liners and have comparatively expensive D-man available to trade. D-men who have proven they can win the Stanley Cup. So the Pens can acquire players for the playoffs by surrendering 'seasoned' Stanley Cup caliber veterans.

Will the Pens offer us one or more of their veteran blue liners in exchange for a certain goal scoring forward with red hair whs people wish to run out of town? (Meanwhile, I'm sure Pens fans would drool to have this guy on a line with Crosby or Malkin.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 18, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Re Perrault: There's a nice story about him in the "Rookie Watch" series at NHL.com.

Is there any chance that Avery might get a fine for his forearm to the head to Varly. Seems like the team might also do something, as he was lucky this time. But he might not next time. Surely the refs are watching him.

Posted by: rjma1 | November 18, 2009 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Quintin Laing litteraly took one on the chin for the team. What a guy. I extend my best wishes to him and hope for a speedy recovery.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | November 18, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

I know all the arguments against this, but Q would not have been injured as severely if he had been a full-face helmet (or if he was the real Q). Flame on.

Posted by: patrick24 | November 18, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Laing - like Bradley - is one of those guys you really root for.
Unfortunately he always seems to have bad luck.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery Quintin.

Posted by: Rocc00 | November 18, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

God I love Quentin Laing. The guy's made of steel.

Posted by: Ramone8 | November 18, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

too bad for Lainger. he has been having a good season. get well soon

Posted by: doughless | November 18, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

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