Morning Reading List: Pothier, Laich and Laing Profiles
There's not much to say other than that Alex Ovechkin's celebration is "a done deal."
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun profiles Brian Pothier and the defenseman's comeback after 14 months away from an NHL rink. The story includes quite a bit of detail about the realization that one of Pothier's largest roadblocks was astigmatism and how his recovery continued after the eureka moment.
If you need a laugh this morning, meander over to the D.C. Sports Bog, where Dan Steinberg has a conversation with Eric Fehr about his hometown of Winkler, Manitoba.
Over at the Washington Times, colleague Corey Masisak takes a look at the MVP race.
In case you missed it, The Hockey News looks at what Brooks Laich means to the Capitals. Be sure to check out the video at the bottom of the article as several players talk about preparing for the playoffs.
The Hockey News' Adam Proteau picks NMVPs (Next Most Valuable Players) for each Eastern Conference team. For the Caps, he picks Mike Green. What do you think?
Lightning Cliff Notes
Seven of Tampa Bay's 12 games in March have gone at least to overtime, and the Lightning extended the game again last night in Montreal, where they fell, 3-2, to the Canadiens in the extra session.
The early part of the season wasn't kind to first-overall draft pick Steven Stamkos, but the rookie seems to have found his stride and confidence.
Stamkos has also written a weekly diary for The Tampa Tribune this season, and in his latest entry he talks about encouragement he's received from some of the league's veterans, like Curtis Joseph and Brendan Shanahan.
Here is the Lightning's take on the last chapter of the celebration, beginning with Rick Tocchet's appreciation for Bruce Boudreau's effort to apologize when the Capitals practiced at St. Pete Times Forum the next day.
In the System
Hershey needs to win just one of its nine remaining games to clinch a playoff spot. The Bears visit Binghamton tonight then host Bridgeport and Wilkes-Barre on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Tim Leone talks to Quintin Laing about how he suffered the torn spleen on his second shift against the Tampa Bay Lightning last week and how the fan favorite refuses to play the "what if" game.
The Bears named Dean Arsene their Man of the Year.
In preparation for the Frozen Four, the Washington Times talks to Caps prospect Joe Finley as his North Dakota Fighting Sioux hope to earn a trip to Verizon Center. Check the story out here.
March 27, 2009; 5:30 AM ET
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