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Posted at 8:10 AM ET, 03/ 7/2011

On Boyd Gordon's hard-hat performance against the Panthers

By Katie Carrera
Morning Roundup

Boyd Gordon doesn't get top billing for the Washington Capitals on a regular basis. He's the longest-tenured member of the club and one of those players that everyone around hockey talks about needing: the guy who excels as a role playing grinder on the fourth line. Whether it's winning faceoffs, killing penalties, blocking shots or having a strong shift to try to give the Capitals momentum that's what Gordon does.

Against the Panthers, Gordon snapped a 27-game goal scoring drought when he fished a loose rebound out of the mess in front of the Florida crease and backhanded it into the open net in the second period.

Gordon earned the hard hat for his performance against the Panthers, partially because of that goal but also likely because of the four blocked shots and two hits he had in the 13:39 of ice time.

"It was his best game of the year," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He blocked shots, he paid the price and that's why he won the helmet [Sunday]. He did what it took and scoring a goal for him is a luxury and that's a bonus."

--Ran into Jeff Schultz on the way out of BankAtlantic Center yesterday and he said he was fine despite being hit on the foot/ankle against St. Louis and missing part of the third period against the Blues. On Sunday, the Capitals said Schultz was a healthy scratch.

--Alexander Semin's goal 48 seconds into overtime sealed a 3-2 win over the Panthers that allowed Washington to move into first place in the Southeast.

--This is a critical week for the future of the Phoenix Coyotes. [ESPN and Puck Daddy]

--If you ever wanted frame-by-frame coverage of a Sheldon Souray fight, RMNB has you covered.

By Katie Carrera  | March 7, 2011; 8:10 AM ET
Categories:  Boyd Gordon, Morning Roundup  
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Comments


Katie's telling stat of the day:

"Washington is 19-7-10 in one-goal games this season"

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 7, 2011 8:10 AM |

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the caps lead the league in games won after giving up the first goal this year.

proof that they don't give up in the majority of their games they've played.

Posted by: hessone | March 7, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

We need to get one early on TB and get that two game shutout monkey off our back right away and put them on their heels.

Posted by: DBnMD | March 7, 2011 8:30 AM | Report abuse

How's Mojo feeling? Kid had a GREAT game last night.

Nice to see Backstrom string together games with a goal, though he still looks a little sluggish.

Looking forward to the game tonight. Let's go Caps!

Posted by: saltine182 | March 7, 2011 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Last game against TB we beat them..it wasn't a shutout - it was the game they looked foolish while we passed the puck back and forth and they sent no fore-checkers in.

That night the Caps exposed things on the Lightning that other teams have also used to cause them grief I think.

Roloson really wasn't on his game versus Montreal on Saturday - if we get to him early they will burst.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 7, 2011 8:37 AM | Report abuse

@ yes
thanks I had forgotten that game where the D men sat in the circles looked some sort of bizarre delay tactic..

Posted by: DBnMD | March 7, 2011 8:40 AM | Report abuse

How's Mojo feeling? Kid had a GREAT game last night.

Posted by: saltine182 | March 7, 2011 8:34 AM | Report abuse

What impressed me is that after blocking that shot MaJo eventually came back and agreed to go right back out on PK and stand in front of shots! He was one of the best players on the ice last night and helped with winner too....

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 7, 2011 8:40 AM | Report abuse

The three wins following the deadline are nice and were much needed, but we were 40 seconds and 1-goal away from only getting 3/6 pts. in those same games. Time to take it to another level.

I think we should bench Chimmy tonight, and let him get a little motivation in the pressbox. It's past-time for some results from him! In his place, promote Hendricks...the man's got a heart the size of Erskine's!! Slide DJK and his 5-8 minutes in on the 4th, and let's administer a beatdown unlike anything the Bolts have seen this year.

Sturm could probably also use a breather, so he should join Chimmy upstairs. Beagle would get a jersey and presto....we'd see the toughest lineup the Caps could possibly ice tonight. LET'S BURN THAT BUILDING DOWN!! (for you, hunterforcoach)

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 7, 2011 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Dang.. I shouldn't have used the word "we" so much in the earlier post about tonight's game... that would be great bulletin board material for the Lightning to get up for this game....ugh :(

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 7, 2011 8:46 AM | Report abuse

For the Future of this Blog and the People who post here I suggest that Hunterforcoach change his screen name to Hextallforcoach and go join the the Flyers Blog since he cant seem to stay off their Jocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: koppleschloss | March 7, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I think Backstrom his finally finding his zone. He's now starting to think "shot first" as shown by leading the team in shots against Fla. If this continues teams will have to shift the defensive pressure will have to shift from Ovi to 19, which only means Ovi will get more time/space. I've been screaming all year for Backie to shot more and I'm glad to see he's finally doing it.

Posted by: ttenner | March 7, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I want to say I did post a couple of supportive notes on Gordo yesterday, so very happy with hard hat selection.

I realize nobody else wants him back, and yes I want Beagle and AGordo to make the club, plus we need to sign another Hendricks or an Asham type. But Gordo has done a good job on PK, and you can't overlook defense.

Maybe we can get Neil Greenberg to do a statistical analysis which Caps forwards have best goal prevention ES and PK.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 7, 2011 9:07 AM | Report abuse


LET'S BURN THAT BUILDING DOWN!! (for you, hunterforcoach)

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 7, 2011 8:45 AM |

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vc, now your talking.

the caps play 60 mins, we're one of the best teams in the league.

agree with chimera taking off a game. he seems to have lost some of his focus a bit.

Posted by: hessone | March 7, 2011 9:09 AM | Report abuse

the caps lead the league in games won after giving up the first goal this year.

Posted by: hessone | March 7, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

And I bet that someone with 100 free throws will score more points than a person who only gets 30 shots

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 7, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Rolo is an emotional goalie, very streaky. Hendricks has proven you can get in his head by crowding the crease. Screwing with Rolo also affects the Bolts in general, so go after Rolo, snow spray him, poke at his glove, get in his grill, park players in his crease -- let him melt down. There is a reason such a talented goalie is a career journey-man, he is a big head-case.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | March 7, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

@hessone

Wasn't ragging on your comment in last post...we've gotta get off to better starts in games. Someone, I think Darren Pang broadcasting the Blues game (wife dvr'd the wrong feed for me...ugh, women!) commented that the Caps started games last year like they were trying to win it in the first 10 minutes. Can't really recall seeing that fire/intensity/drive at the beginning of games this year. BRING IT TONIGHT BOYS!!

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 7, 2011 9:20 AM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

When BGordon is healthy he is a very good 4th line center, as he proved in the playoffs last year. No, he isn't overly phsyical, but he isn't shy about throwing his body around and giving up his body to make a play either (which is probably a reason he gets hurt so much).

I know people like to compare him to Beagle, AGordon and others, but BGordon is best at the center position. Beagle is best at the wing. I really like Beagle and what he brings to the team, and I think he will be a checking line winger for a while on the Caps, but BGordon does provide a lot to the Caps in the form of a checking line winger. In addition, he has a high hockey IQ. He seems to be in the right defensive position almost all of the time, and hockey IQ is much more important at the center position than it is at the wing position(it's nice to have at any position, just more important at the center position).

Like almost all players on this board, the ones who are criticized constantly are generally underrated. It doesn't mean that the some of the criticism isn't warranted, but once a guy gets thrown into that bin, it seems people just pile on. Just like there are other players who are probably overrated. It doesn't mean that they aren't good and valuable players, but just that their values have grown a little too high with the constant praise (IMO, Hendricks falls into this category now). I love Hendricks and feel that he has provided a lot to the team and am very glad the Caps re-signed him, but feel that some people may be overvaluing his contributions and value now. Remember, being overrated does not necessarily meant that a player isn't good or valuable, just that his value is ranked higher than where it should be.

Note: I'm curious to see how long it takes until people take my post completely out of context on what I said about Hendricks. I'd say about 10 minutes, but it may be even sooner.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 7, 2011 9:22 AM | Report abuse


Can't really recall seeing that fire/intensity/drive at the beginning of games this year. BRING IT TONIGHT BOYS!!

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 7, 2011 9:20 AM |


i agree vc.

it's not that the caps haven't had opportunities early on in games this year, they just don't finish them. looks like they're coming around though. early lead tonite, but don't sit on it. and whatever we do, stay out of the sin bin.

Posted by: hessone | March 7, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

think Backstrom his finally finding his zone. He's now starting to think "shot first" as shown by leading the team in shots against Fla. If this continues teams will have to shift the defensive pressure will have to shift from Ovi to 19, which only means Ovi will get more time/space. I've been screaming all year for Backie to shot more and I'm glad to see he's finally doing it.


Posted by: ttenner

I agree completely. Backstrom seemed to be looking for his shot a lot more the past few games and that will only be a good thing as it should open up more space for Ovie and Knuble or just lead to more goals for Backstrom.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 7, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

sgm: Assuming they keep 14 forwards next year, AGordo, BGordo, Hendricks, Bradley, Beagle and an Asham type would be good for say 9-14, and assuming also they don't bring back King. Now say they bring back Arnott and have Backie and Majo for centers. Ovechkin, Semin and Laich and you need RW for first two lines. Let's assume Knuble retires. Maybe Eakin makes it. And you have Fehr. Or if no Eakin, you get a one-year RW. We need a winger in the Tocchet mold for overall team toughness. I think Eakin will need a year at Hershey anyway, but OTOH maybe he cracks the line-up and you sign the Tocchet type and then Bradley or BGordo don't come back.

I should quit worrying about next year until this year is done. Like June 15th.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 7, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

I have thought about next year earlier, but right now I'm only focused on this year.

All the things you mentioned are possible. There are a lot of variations that could happen. The issue is that the Caps have a lot of 3rd to 4th liners in that 9-14 spot. My guess is that one or two of them will not be on the Caps next year (hoping for Chimera, hoping for Chimera, hoping for Chimera).

I also think that was one of the reasons GMGM unloaded Steckel, he knew he was going to have to get rid of some of those players at the end of season anyways and went with the higher priced one(good move).

Posted by: sgm3 | March 7, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse


beeps

Posted by: hessone | March 7, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Kuznetsov could also be with the big club next year and he can play center/right wing.

Posted by: LetsGoCaps2 | March 7, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

@LetsGOCaps2

Kuznetsov will not be over here next year. He has said it on multiple occasions.

Posted by: ThePat | March 7, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: capsfansince74 | March 7, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm curious to see how much of what Kuzentsov said is truth and how much of it is him bargainning so he will be on the Caps next year.

We will find out, but I'm not closing the door on him coming over just yet, although it does seem a lot less likely now.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 7, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

We need to get one early on TB and get that two game shutout monkey off our back right away and put them on their heels.

Posted by: DBnMD

we got the shut out monkey off our back in the last game against TB.

Remember Green just hung out behind the net and forced TB to come get him...hilarious!!!

Posted by: capscoach | March 7, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

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