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Posted at 7:06 AM ET, 12/22/2010

More on Andrew Gordon's first NHL goal

By Katie Carrera
Morning Roundup

Scoring that first goal is a moment that players wait for when they start getting a crack at the NHL, but when it happened for Andrew Gordon last night in the Capitals' 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils he didn't know quite what to do.

"It was good. I didn't even really know what to do," Gordon admitted. "I didn't really know if it went in. I didn't have any speed to go to the corner and fist pump or anything so I just kind of stood there and enjoyed that moment where everyone was looking at me for once instead of Ovi or something. That's a special moment, I'll probably be mulling it over in my head all night."

To get a first NHL goal against future Hockey Hall of Fame member Martin Broudeur is extra special, and that it was the result of a nice play by both Gordon and his linemate, rookie center Marcus Johansson. Gordon said he wanted to show his appreciation for Johansson's pretty pass from the left boards to the front of the net that set up the tally, so he kissed him on the cheek on the bench.

"I just attribute a lot of it to Marcus just getting to that puck in the first place and sending that puck through a couple bodies," Gordon said. "It was right on the money. All I had to do was make sure I had my hand low enough to control the hard pass and I was fortunate enough to see that one go through."

Said Johansson: "I was just hoping the puck would bounce over the defenseman's stick at the redline and it did. I looked to the middle and saw Gordon had more speed than his defenseman so I just tried to hit him and it turned out pretty good."

Gordon and Jay Beagle have been teammates now for four years, with the latter celebrating his first NHL goal last season against Brian Elliott and the Ottawa Senators.

"It was kind of funny on the bench to see Gordo get his first NHL goal," Beagle said. "I had that last year -- there's no better feeling in the world. To be here for that and to share that with him is awesome I couldn't be happier."

FROM THE POST
Gordon and some of the other members of the 2010 Calder Cup winning Hershey Bears help boost the Capitals to a 5-1 win over the Devils.

Tuesday was Mathieu Perreault Day: Here's a look at his production and more on his efforts to be more consistent.

Yet another commercial featuring Alex Ovechkin's floating head. (Early Lead)

AROUND THE WEB
Commissioner Gary Bettman says he's fine with Bruce Boudreau's language on HBO. (FanHouse)

Highlights from NBC's Winter Classic conference call. (Puck the Media)

By Katie Carrera  | December 22, 2010; 7:06 AM ET
Categories:  Andrew Gordon, Morning Roundup  
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Comments

Unrelated to the topice, but does anyone know how we will be seated at the Classic? Do they try to seat Caps fans together or is everyone just mixed in together? Should be interesting though to see how many fights there will be with this intense rivalry

Posted by: washingtoncapitals | December 22, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Man, Gordon's making it a lot harder for us to bust on Crosby's fagginess :-)

Posted by: 1995hoo | December 22, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

"Do they try to seat Caps fans together or is everyone just mixed in together?"

The latter.

Posted by: 1995hoo | December 22, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

The only bad part is as soon as BGordon is healthy one of these guys at least will be sent down. They both have been playing their butts off since recalled and it was really nice to see them finally get rewarded for that work last night. If they resign BGordon at the end of this season these guys should go elsewhere as they deserve a slot on an NHL team at this point of their careers.

Posted by: PhilR | December 22, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Why put BGordon back in the lineup? He is so injury prone and Beagle, MP, MJ, and AGordon are playing well right now. Maybe put BGordon in if one of those kids gets nicked or slumps, but now these guys are cycling, playing with energy and going to the net. You know, all the stuff Semin, OV, and Backis should be doing but are not. I saw OV moved from point (good) to crease (not so sure) on the PP. I think OV on the half board is a better idea frankly with Knubs/Brads/AGordon/Beagle/Fehr (maybe) in the crease. Green, Carlson, and Poti are good point players. I hope the top line gets into cycling and out of looping for the Pens.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | December 22, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

@washingtoncapitals.....I was wondering the same thing. What section did you get? 118 here

Posted by: OviFan08 | December 22, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

@washingtoncapitals.....I was wondering the same thing. What section did you get? 118 here

Posted by: OviFan08 | December 22, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

JIMALLCAPS,

I completely agree with you but that will not happen. BGordon comes back and either Beagle or AGordon will be sent back down, this is the pattern from mgmt of this organization.

Posted by: PhilR | December 22, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

@PhilR, agree that it's terrific AGordon got his goal, but it was due; the guy's a goal scorer. Last night aside, though, I haven't seen standout performances from AGordon for the club. Maybe he needs more chances -- guess he's been up for about 5 and maybe a couple of games last year. Hopefully there will be more, but otherwise if we can use him to get some value elsewhere via trade, great.

Posted by: Justafan | December 22, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to Andrew Gordon! Reading how thrilled he was, and how he gave so much credit to Johansson was uplifting. Here's to many more goals for A Gordon!

Posted by: dccitizen1 | December 22, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

On DJK sitting this game instead of AGordon, Beagle, or Chimera(the likely people who would have had to sit if DJK played).

That turned out to be a good decision by BB as those three scored the first 3 goals. Hindsight is 20/20 though(no one would have reasonably expected Chimera/Beagle/AGordon to combine for 3 goals) so I won't hold that against the people who wanted DJK in.

The reason I bring up DJK is that it may not have been possible for the Caps to take him off of IR and put him on the roster due to the current roster freeze. I know DJK is eligible to come off IR, but that would mean the Caps would have to either put another player on IR or send a player down, which they are not allowed to do until Dec. 27. So playing DJK tonight may not have been possible.

However, with Bradley getting hurt it is now possible DJK can be taken off of IR with Bradley going on IR(that move wouldn't violate the holiday roster freeze).

Posted by: sgm3 | December 22, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Going to compare apples to oragnes here...last 5 games played by A.Gordon and DJK:

Gordon: 49:31mins 1g 1a 2pts -2 4shots 4hits 4blockedshots 2giveaways 0takeaways 0fights 2-3-0 team record

DJK: 32:05mins 0g 1a 1pt -2 1shot 8hits 0blockedshots 1giveaway 1takeaway 2fights 4-1-0 team record

Congrats to Gordon and Beagle on their first goals, they were both good goals. But before everyone gets all amped and points to Gordon as to why DJK shouldn't play, consider:

Prior to last night, his stats the previous four games were on the bad-side of average. Against the worst team in the league in virtually all aspects, he was able to have a "monster" game. Consider: he scored 100% of his points, had his only +game which sliced his negative rating in half, had 50% of his shots, 50% of his blocked shots, and 25% of his hits all last night.

I do like A.Gordon and if he plays like last night CONSISTENTLY, he'll be deserving of a spot on the roster. But that spot should come at the expense of guys like Laich, Fehr, Knuble, Chimera and not DJK.

DJK is deserving a chance to show how he can contribute to the team, but he'll never get a fair-shake so long as BB is the coach.

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 22, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

VT - have you considered that BB only puts DJK in the lineup when they play weak ass teams.

Posted by: chatton | December 22, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

DJK is a bender. The guy can barely skate.

Statistics101. Comparing five games to five games is a poor sample size and is statistically irrelevant. Not to mention A.Gordon's five games are all taken from the worst stretch of Caps hockey in the last three years. Give the call-ups a chance. DJK is not the answer folks.

Posted by: Cherno | December 22, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

@vermontcaps

It may not have been possible for the Caps to take DJK off of IR and put him on the roster due to the current roster freeze.

I know DJK is eligible to come off IR, but that would mean the Caps would have to either put another player on IR or send a player down, which they are not allowed to do until Dec. 27. So playing DJK last night may not have been possible.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 22, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

@washingtoncapitals
@OviFan08

My seats are also in Section 118 for the Winter Classic (just 10 days from now).

Posted by: MReilly9 | December 22, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

I believe you're right about DJK's eligibility now, but as far as I know he wasn't even hurt to begin with and he could've been taken off for the Bruins game but BB went w/Beagle and A.Gordon instead....the writing is clearly on the wall for everyone to see, including DJK.

There will come a time when we're going to need DJK's brawn and willingness to start something or defend a teammate (tomorrow?). Does anyone really think that DJK feels like he's part of the team? No matter when he plays another game, BB has done his part to set DJK up to fail.

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 22, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm interested to see the lineup the Caps put out tomorrow. Hopefully Fehr will be back, but that may not be a given(it is possible the Caps give him through the holidays to be with his family and cope with the grief).

Bradley is out, BGordon is out, Hendricks may still be out, and Semin is a question mark at best(he did not look right last night). The team is starting to run out of bodies at the forward position. I do expect to see DJK taken off of IR with Bradley going on it. So DJK may be playing tomorrow.

I'm also interested to see about Semin tonight. Maybe they will reveal what he is suffering from.

After tomorrow's game the Caps schedule lightens up through the middle of January. They have a few times with two or three days off between games and I don't think any back-to-backs. Hopefully they can heal up during this time.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 22, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

VT - have you considered that BB only puts DJK in the lineup when they play weak ass teams.

Posted by: chatton | December 22, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I didn't know the Bruins, Rangers, and Blues are weak teams....thanks for the heads-up

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 22, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Sorry VT, teams that dress other players that can't skate and are only out there to fight.

Posted by: chatton | December 22, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

@chatton

and since BB only plays DJK against "weakass" teams, how do you explain the combined records of the teams A.G. and DJK have faced during those last 5 games played (which I based my numbers on and you responded to):

DJK: 65-54-14
A.G.: 78-80-15

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 22, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

@chatton

sorry, forgot to include Calgary that DJK played against, so the revised records are:

DJK: 79-72-17
AG: 78-80-15


Posted by: vermontcaps | December 22, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure if any of you saw this, but the actions of Donald Driver should be commended(and are in the article). This is how people should react to head hits, and people should react negatively(not applauding) to players taking cheap shots to the head.

To quote Donald Drive "This is just a game. Your life is more important than a game."

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/commentary/news/story?page=keown/101221

Posted by: sgm3 | December 22, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Vermontcaps -- I have never been an Erskine fan but acknowledge that he has played well this year. I was disappointed when the Caps make the SDR for DJ King trade because I thought that SDR was a type of player (agitator) that the Caps were missing and hoped that he might ultimately fill that role. I have been more disappointed upon watching DJ King play -- I simply don't believe, in the small sample we have witnessed, that he adds much to this team (at the least, I had heard that he was a really good fighter -- I have yet to see him get the better of anyone). Why your strong feelings towards Erskine / King -- is it simply because you believe they play "tough" ? What has King shown you that makes you think he would provide value being in the lineup on a regular basis ?

Posted by: MadCap1 | December 22, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I don't know how to spell it out any better for you. With DJK in the lineup against teams w/a combined winning record the Caps are 4-1-0. With AG in the lineup against teams w/a combined losing record the Caps are 2-3-0. What am I missing again?

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 22, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

It was good the see that Patrick Wey made the U.S. roster for the WJC. I don't know anything about his game except that he is a defenseman, but he must be at least decent to make the U.S. WJC roster.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 22, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

What has King shown you that makes you think he would provide value being in the lineup on a regular basis ?

Posted by: MadCap1 | December 22, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Who hasn't looked bad in stretches this year, besides Erskine? DJK provides the intangibles that don't show up on his stat line; other players benefit from what he brings.

He's fought two players: Orr (one of the top-3 fighters in the league) and Gilles, who was recently lauded as officially arriving in the NHL on hockeyfights.com. No shame there, and it was nice having him on the bench to make Orr account for his actions against our team captain. His reward? Hasn't played since. BB said ice-time is based on merit, but apparently only if your name isn't DJK.

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 22, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Forget DJK, what the heck is going on with Backi ?????

1) hurt

2) big contract signed

3) vet, who realizes "just make the playoffs"

4) Doesn't want to play for BB

Allof the above ????????????????

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | December 22, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Hate to break it to you vermontcaps but both of those records are LOSING records with AG and KING.

DJK--79-89 (overtime loss is still a loss)

AG--78-95

So your point is rather mute as the records are actually very close and AG was playing during the time period the entire team looked like dog kaka.

Posted by: PhilR | December 22, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse


Man, Gordon's making it a lot harder for us to bust on Crosby's fagginess :-)

Posted by: 1995hoo | December 22, 2010 8:01 AM |
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since you brought it up maybe you're the one that's a fag

Posted by: hessone | December 22, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I don't know how to spell it out any better for you. With DJK in the lineup against teams w/a combined winning record the Caps are 4-1-0. With AG in the lineup against teams w/a combined losing record the Caps are 2-3-0. What am I missing again?
Posted by: vermontcaps | December 22, 2010 10:37 AM

Be careful with this sort of "evidence" because I can probably pull out a stat about the Caps tanking after Schultz was injured, and I know some don't want to believe that Schultz has anything to do with the success of this team.

Posted by: MadCap1 | December 22, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

@madcap1

DJK is no agitator, he's an enforcer. Hendricks is the closest thing we've got, but he's not an agitator nor is he an enforcer. (Like Bradley, Hendricks disappears for stretches....they're clones of each other)

Quite frankly, we should carry both an agitator and an enforcer. Why would we want an agitator on the team when we've got a roster of players who won't answer the bell once we "agitate" teams to the point they start running our star players?

DJK's presence in the lineup wouldn't be in question if guys like Ovi, Green, Laich, Knuble, Semin, Backstrom, Fehr, Chimera were producing offensively the way they should.

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 22, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

VT - five games is statistically irrelevant. Stop citing DJK and A.Gordon's five game records.

What's next? Are you going to argue that Jim Carey's 1996 Vezina trophy season makes him a better goalie than Patrick Roy?

Andrew Gordon deserves the ice time right now. He has been very effective with the Hershey Bears.

DJK should count his lucky stars that he is making 600k to ride the pine.

Posted by: Cherno | December 22, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

DJK is no agitator, he's an enforcer. Hendricks is the closest thing we've got, but he's not an agitator nor is he an enforcer. (Like Bradley, Hendricks disappears for stretches....they're clones of each other)Posted by: vermontcaps

Vermontcaps -- I don't believe that I said DJK was an agitator -- was speaking about SDR (sorry if my post implied that DJK was). I didn't like giving up a future agitator for a current enforcer.

Here's my feeling : I don't care who is in the lineup as long as it translates to success in the playoffs. My sense is that you have decided, however, that Erskine/King MUST be in the lineup and you will rationalize any success in their absence as a fluke or coincidental.

Posted by: MadCap1 | December 22, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I was at the game last night and near the end of the third period I heard shouts of "We want Crosby." Tomorrow night should be fun. Hope Ovi brings his game and doesn't leave it to the Hershey kids. Will there be a regular practice at Kettler tomorrow morning?

Posted by: pirate1 | December 22, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

DJK should count his lucky stars that he is making 600k to ride the pine.

Posted by: Cherno | December 22, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I'll give you that, I'd gladly take his place too. I'd imagine that as a professional athlete, DJK has a little more pride than you give him credit for though. Also, you seem to be missing the point (didn't you read that I said I'd be comparing apples to oranges??)

I, too, like A.Gordon in the lineup but we're incomplete as a team. I hope we see the EXACT lineup tomorrow night that played last night. And I hope the Pens dress Godard and they play smashmouth, in-your-face hockey against us.

Perhaps a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Pens will bring to light the value of DJK.

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 22, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

New thread

Posted by: PhilR | December 22, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

@ verm

Who hasn't looked bad in stretches this year, besides Erskine? DJK provides the intangibles that don't show up on his stat line; other players benefit from what he brings.

Erskine made a real bonehead pinch last nite in the last minute of the first period, causing a 2 on 1 break. He got bailed out cause they didnt score. He plays a good game , but he isnt a top 4 you make him out to be.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 22, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Cherno

DJK can skate and WOULD skate a regular shift on any NHL team other than this one. Did you watch him play for the Blues? I did and he was never a liability. Basing your opinion of King on seven games is as idiotic as basing OV's worth on his last seven games. Not only that, scratch OV 7-8 games in a row and see how he performs!

The intangibles King brings to the team can't be measured. As vermontcaps has clearly stated, when DJK is in the lineup the Caps respond. They play bigger, tougher and know they have someone to watch their back. THAT adds more value than can be measured.

Some people just don't get it and there is no way to get through to them...

Posted by: FLDave | December 22, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Erskine made a real bonehead pinch last nite in the last minute of the first period, causing a 2 on 1 break. He got bailed out cause they didnt score. He plays a good game , but he isnt a top 4 you make him out to be.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 22, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I've never once called for Erskine to be slotted top-4, but I have stated he's the consumate 5-6 dman. And despite his "boneheaded" play are you suggesting that he wasn't one of the best dmen on the ice for the team last night? Please, look at the game stats and compare...only Carlson/ALzner were better (oh, and Erskine led team in pk minutes too; the pp goal NJ scored was w/Green and Hannan on the ice)

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 22, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

"And I hope the Pens dress Godard and they play smashmouth, in-your-face hockey against us."

Even with DJK in the lineup they would smash us. They have arguably two of the Top 5 fighters in the league (Engelland and Goddard), Engelland knocked out Orr and has found his stride as the seasons progressed. Something King has not had the benefit of... Last night Engellland KO'd Pyatt http://www.hockeyfights.com/fights/100199

If the game gets chippy it could be Beatdown City for the Caps. If Crosby and OV drop em my money is on Crosby. Even though he is giving away strength and size Crosby knows how to handle himself.

Posted by: FLDave | December 22, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

FLDave -- yes, when it comes to punching guys from behind/below the waist and punching guys when your teammate is engaging with them, Crosby knows had to handle himself.

Posted by: MadCap1 | December 22, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

@MadCap1 - hahaha, that was awesome dude!

Yeah, amazing how tough Crosby can be when another teammate has the guy in a headlock and he's nailing the dude from behind - in the sack, no less.

Btw, how the eff was that NOT suspension-worthy?! Man Coly Campbell's a sockpuppet master.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | December 22, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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