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Morrisonn 'Okay'

Defenseman Shaone Morrisonn was struck on the leg in the second period by a slap shot and did not return. I didn't see him after the game (Saturday night deadlines are really early, so I have to report and write faster than usual, rather than hanging around the locker room) but Coach Bruce Boudreau said he's fine.

"He's okay," Boudreau said. "He took a pretty good shot. It takes a lot of courage to do it. We've got a lot of guys who do it -- and that's part of success."

Boudreau also praised the crowd, which was larger and louder than usual. The attendance was announced as 16,973 (and it actually looked like it.)

"I really noticed it tonight," he said. "I really noticed it when we were having success and coming off the ice in the first period -- the appreciation. It really makes the guys talk about it and play harder. Again, we hope they appreciate the way we're playing because the guys are playing really hard right now."

The Caps will not practice tomorrow before flying to Pittsburgh. I'm still hoping to write a small story on Michael Nylander for Monday's paper. I caught up with him tonight and he had some pretty interesting things to say about playing hurt and the injury itself.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 19, 2008; 11:17 PM ET
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