Quote of the night from Sharks' 3-2 win over the Capitals
Sometimes players and coaches sum up a game so quickly that there's not too much left to say. With the Capitals letting the 3-2 loss to the Sharks sink in as they started to pack up in HP Pavillion, John Carlson had his readers digest version of the game.
"I think we came out really strong and kind of tapered off," Carlson said. "We can't put ourselves in those situations. We just have to be dominant all game long. We can't let off the gas."
Personally, Carlson didn't have the greatest game in San Jose either. The puck bounced over his stick at the blue line on the Capitals' only power play, he tripped and it resulted in a two-on-one and shorthanded goal for Joe Pavelski and afterward Coach Bruce Boudreau said he should have found a way to block the shot that resulted in San Jose's third goal.
In the four games Mike Green has missed since he was struck in the head by a puck on Feb. 6 against Pittsburgh, Carlson has played an average of 25:10 per game. It's not a huge increase from his season average of 22:22 but it's something worth keeping an eye on.
Against the Sharks, Boudreau and the coaching staff spread the minutes out rather evenly among the defensemen. Carlson played the most with 23:58 and John Erskine the least at 15:21.
--One of the centers that wasn't mentioned yesterday but will be a unrestricted free agent at the end of the season is Dallas' Brad Richards. The veteran would likely be one of the most highly-sought after players if the Stars would try to trade him before the deadline but GM Joe Nieuwendyk has repeatedly expressed his desire to resign Richards. ESPN's Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun discuss the possibility of Richards being back in play.
--Ted Leonsis' take on the Capitals 7-6 win over the Ducks earlier this week.
--Also from the game against the Ducks, Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski explains the extra-attacker, delayed-penalty-esque rule of when a net is knocked off its moorings by one team while the other has possession of the puck.
--A little late on linking to this but Craig Laughlin has a Twitter account and yes it is real:@Laughlin18
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