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Matt Hendricks a 'great shot of energy' to Caps

By Lindsay Applebaum

Matt Hendricks, Washington Capitals,Caps forward Matt Hendricks knows how to spark a team. Plus, he's good for a few punches. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)


The Capitals are unbeaten in regulation in their past nine games, so they're naturally a pretty happy bunch these days. But when they hit the inevitable bumps in the road, writes Post columnist Tracee Hamilton, count on Matt Hendricks to be there to loosen up the locker room:

Like most Caps, Brooks Laich chuckles when you mention Hendricks's name. What's up with that?
"Because he's such a good guy," Laich said. "He's a character guy and he's been a great shot of energy to our hockey team. He was out in the West, nobody really knew much about him until this year. He'd played for [Coach] Bruce [Boudreau] but not a lot of us players had seen much of him. He's come in and done a fantastic job. He's a physical guy, he'll fight, he's scoring a little bit, he lays the body every night, he's a fun guy in the locker room. I think he's been a fantastic addition and we hope it continues."

Click here to read the column.

By Lindsay Applebaum  | November 18, 2010; 6:31 PM ET
Categories:  Matt Hendricks  
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Comments

Nice picture of Hendricks tangling with Campbell. Too bad he isn't hitting the "father".

Posted by: MReilly9 | November 18, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Nice article.

So is the all-time record for goals in a game in danger tonight? The record is 21 and the Flyers-Lightning game is 6-5 after 25 minutes...

Posted by: yosemite_sam | November 18, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Stamkos may be the most accurate shooter I've ever seen. I can't believe he's only 20. He isn't even close to his peak.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 18, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Holy cr@p - now 7-6 Flyers at roughly the halfway point. 2 goals in the last 14 seconds.

Posted by: yosemite_sam | November 18, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

everyone knows where 90 percent of Stamkos' goals will come from but it almost doesn't matter because of his accuracy and quick release.

Posted by: joek443 | November 18, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Stamkos can snipe from all over the place and he has quick hands around the net.

I've seen him score several goals from areas other than the circle on the PP. He's just ridiculously accurate from anywhere on the ice.

Like you said, tremendous release and accuracy. Best sniper in the NHL and he's only 20.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 18, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention, he is going to grow into his role as a center, making him even more valuable. He has passing skills, great hands and is a tremendous skater in addition to his sniping ability.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 18, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Bossy-Lemieux-Stamkos?

if he keeps this up, he'll be up there with those two.

Posted by: joek443 | November 18, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Tonight's game hurts the old save % of Bob the goalie.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 18, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I know it was an extraordinary game, ending with an 8-7 TB win, but I can't help think about if you were to imagine the Flyers as the Caps and how much this crew would contend how bad the team sucks, giving up 2 on 1's, 3 on 1's, horrid backchecking by the forwards, watching Pronger and Timonen getting burned by the Steve Downie and Brett Clark. Stuff happens.

In any case, they've cooled a touch but Philly is the team to beat right now. Can't wait for Saturday night at VC. We're on the back end of a back to back and they're resting til then, but it's gonna be a great game.

Posted by: Justafan | November 18, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

The league has really circled the wagons in defense of Campbell. What a joke. The guy is the Canadian equivalent of the small town southern sheriff in the Smokey and the Bandit movies.

Posted by: zmega | November 18, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

The Devils are in a free-fall, how much longer till they make a coaching change? Of course, that change won’t really help as their problems are related to many injured key players. Additionally, the Kovy contract has really limited their flexibility to maneuver, add players and make needed changes to improve their club.

Posted by: MReilly9 | November 18, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

@hock1
@dugza

Ablake had a great response to your "we're the greatest team" dung. I've watched thousands (Yes, THOUSANDS) of Caps regular season games. Hockey is fun to watch and play. But, nothing comes close to getting a whiff of that cUp.

This team will not play enough team defense to win 16 games. Jacque got Hal Gill and the Smurfs to buy into a "game plan" that he knew would beat the Caps. The Caps don't grind, don't get physical in front of the net, and don't play team defense. ALL of which are needed to win a cUp.

I guess we can have fun watching Semin FINALLY play to his full potential in a contract year. We can raise another President's cup banner next to the Mystics "ATTENDANCE CHAMPS" banner.

Unfortunately, The playoffs are so different than the regular reason that you can't discuss the two in the same conversation.

Since I've watched so much regular season hockey, it is time for the OLDER fans to enjoy a cUp run. You enjoy the SLICK regular season goals now, because you will not see them in the playoffs. Yea, we're the best now right now. Woopdee dooo!!!!!!!!!!!

Wait until some other "real NHL level" coach like Martin "game plans" us again in the playoffs, and see how thrilled you are with that Pres. banner. (An experienced NHL coach like Laviolette or Torts will come up with a slot
clog or a trap system to shut us down AGAIN.) Another average NHL goalie will all of the sudden get "HOT", because his team is just playing playofff defense in front of him.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | November 19, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Yum, that late night swig of Goat's Blood just before bed!

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 19, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

@joek44

No, it' Bossy-Mario- Alan May

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | November 19, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

@joek443

Better yet,

Bossy - Mario - Dale Hunter

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | November 19, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

@hunterforcoach.
LOL. You have got to quit drinking and take your blood medicine. Enjoy life man, being on top is not a forever thing, so enjoy it while you have it. Geez. man! Do you always walk with a frown on your face? Is your attitude as bad as you make it look? Are you the guy who walks the streets with a sign that says the world is coming to an end?

LOL. Take your medicine and learn to relax.

Posted by: hock1 | November 19, 2010 2:29 AM | Report abuse

@huntercoach
re: Ablake had a great response to your "we're the greatest team" dung.

I went back to see what the hell you were talking about and I think I found the idiotic response that I got from Ablake, I can see why you liked it. Is full of false accusations and moronic to say the least.

Look, I don’t want to be responsible for you having a heart attack. So you and Ablake have a drink and enjoy yourselves.

Posted by: hock1 | November 19, 2010 2:38 AM | Report abuse

People have been saying for a while now that we can't win because we only care about scoring and in the playoffs that won't win. However, this season we are 9th in both shots against per game and goals against per game. Not the top of the league but not the sign of a team that does play team defense. Our PK is also up to 11th in the league. Are we the most defensive team? No, but some of the teams who give up less shots are teams like NJ and Toronto who don't score very much at all.

Looking at the top 10 in SA/G, GA/G, and GF/G there are only three teams in the top 10 in all three, the Caps, Detroit, and Philly. LA is the only team in the top ten in both SA/G and GA/G and Pittsburgh and Tampa are the only two teams in the top 10 in both SA/G and GF/G. The other 4 teams in each of the top 10s are only in the one catigory.

The interesting thing to point out is that the three teams that are 1, 2, and 3 in GF/G are the Caps, Detroit, and Philly so at least so far there seems to be a connection between scoring also of goals and not giving up many goals and shots.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 19, 2010 2:59 AM | Report abuse

Hunterforcoach: That song and dance about the playoffs is getting old. Did you even watch the playoffs last year? They were high scoring as heck. Montreal didn't come up with a game plan to beat the Capitals. They came up with a game plan that best suited their lack of depth on offense. They used the same game plan against the Penguins and won too. There was a post Flyers series interview with Halak and he was asked how the Flyers differed from the Caps and Pens, and he simply said, I was tired.

The days of having to win playoff games 2-1 and 1-0 for a 7 game stretch are over. A lot of teams have done what the Caps have done and gone with young goaltenders that give your team a chance to win not steal games like Brodeur and Roy did when their teams had a bad day in the playoffs.

BTW your experienced coach, Torts, already lost in a head to head series against Boudreau.

The Capitals, and BB get it. They know what they have to do differently. They understand they needed to put a more defensive system in place. There are some growing pains with it, but it's coming together. The good thing is, the players, coaches, and GMGM are not happy with simply getting a win. They are striving for those 60 minute efforts on a nightly basis.

Hunter: I identify with your pain. I'm frustrated with the lack of playoff success, but to compare this group to any previous Capitals group and honestly say these guys don't give us fans the best shot at a Stanley Cup is just untrue. Sorry, they are the most talented Capitals Core this city has ever seen. The 97-98 Caps gave us an exciting run, but the fact is, EVERYTHING fell into place for them. Much like the Flyers last year. All the top seeds lost in the 1st round in 97-98 too. To top it off, our Caps made it to the Finals because of a hot goaltender named Olaf Kolzig. Thanks Olie!!!

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 19, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Hendricks' game reminds me of Matt Cooke, but without the jackass mentality (which is good... they need someone who plays that style).

As for the Colin Campbell stuff... it really is a joke the way the league has come to his defense. So ponder this... it's not really an issue now because both Campbell and Savard play for the B's and hence CC won't make any rulings involving him, BUT what if they weren't and there was an incident involving Savard. Can we really expect this controversy NOT to come into play? Would CC give a harsher suspension for an infraction commited against Savard to prove that he's being "unbiased"?

Either way, the league is kidding themselves if they think this won't still be an issue going forward. The dude needs to be replaced (preferably with a PANEL of individuals deciding on the discipline).

Posted by: chombie13 | November 19, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

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