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Marcus Johansson adapts to NHL's faster pace

Marcus JohanssonJohn McDonnell/The Washington Post

In his first two NHL games, Caps center Marcus Johansson has shown off his smooth skating and puck-handling capabilities, but he's also made some rookie mistakes. Exhibit A: The first-period giveaway that led to a New Jersey goal in an eventual Washington win.

"With young players, the beginning of the season is nerve racking," Coach Bruce Boudreau said of the young Swede's development. "You want to do good for your team and show you belong. It's going to take a few games for Marcus and Karl Alzner and John Carlson to settle down and play the way they are capable of playing."

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By Lindsay Applebaum  | October 10, 2010; 6:10 PM ET
Categories:  Marcus Johansson  
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I liked the intro video/music.

There is always a cheesy aspect to that stuff but I still felt it.

If you didn't see it: http://video.capitals.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=810&id=78015

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 10, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

BB didn't put out Earskne because he was trying to stop the fighting and start playing hockey. I would be willing to bet that the L3 or whatever his name is ends up getting more then just the one game. If making a throat slash with your hand gets a game then blindside starting a fight should be at least one extra game. Normally when a goon is out against skill guys there is no fight and the goon takes runs at people. BB probably told the guys out there to watch out and not put themselves in a bad spot on the ice.

Having finally seen a replay of this NJ is very lucky this didn't end up like the Todd Bertuzzi Steve Moore incident.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz9RE9RGrVY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTkbQ3AFATg

If MJ doesn't skate away facing the NJ player then it would have been very similar. The results were not the same but the same sort of thing. Targeting a guy all the way down the ice who wanted nothing to do with the guy. I am all for fighting in the NHL but hunting down players needs to be stopped and the NHL needs to take a stand.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 10, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Yea, that was just bush-league stuff from Leblond on multiple levels.

I'm just glad 90 didn't get hurt. He was spun around awkwardly and came down funny on his right leg. Could've jacked up his knee.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 10, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer97

I think the official word is that LeTourneau-LeBlond has been suspended for 1 game. By the letter of the law, that's what it merited.

Granted it was extremely douchbaggy of him to go after a player who did not want to fight, especially when the player is a rookie who's 3 inches shorter and 20 pounds lighter.

(BTW, it seems that LeBlond is actually pretty light for an enforcer. I seem to recall most enforcers are in the 230-240 pound range.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | October 10, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I believe DJ King will sort out the LeBlond incident when we next play NJ. Justice will be served.

Posted by: AADCDERM | October 11, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

"Boudreau said he also expects to see less "circling" from Johansson as the season progresses."
-OH NO!! The dreaded circling! The circle of death must be vanquished! We all know what happens to the "circlers". MJ must learn now before he kills his career.

Posted by: coolcraig | October 11, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

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