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Tom Poti returns to the ice after injury

Tom Poti, Washington Capitals(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

After missing the past three games, Washington Capitals defenseman Tom Poti was back on the ice last night logging considerable minutes in a 3-1 loss to Boston at Verizon Center.

Poti had been out with an undisclosed lower-body injury. That setback followed an eye injury from taking a puck to the face in Game 6 of Washington's first-round playoff series loss to Montreal last season.

"I wasn't one hundred percent, but I felt okay," said Poti, who played 20 minutes 31 seconds, more than any other defenseman except John Carlson. "It's good to be back in game action. Just trying to get the timing down is the big thing."

Poti, who recently signed a two-year, $5.75 million contract extension, was a big part of the Capitals' penalty-kill unit with 2:55 on the ice in those situations. Only Jeff Schultz and Carlson were on the ice more often when Washington was shorthanded.

Poti also had a chance in the closing minutes to draw Washington within a goal, but his stinging bid didn't make it past Boston goalie Tim Thomas, who stopped 35 shots. Thomas, the 2009 Vezina Trophy winner, has allowed two goals over the past three games.

"Tonight was weird," Poti said last night. "I thought we played really well. We outplayed them and didn't get the win. A couple other games where we didn't play that well but got the win, so I guess the karma bug bit us back tonight. We had some really good chances to score. We just couldn't finish them off."

While Poti was recalibrating himself as he recovers from this early-season ailment, his right eye has healed from that frightful moment when a wayward puck struck him, causing temporary blindness.

He now wears a visor, and was not the least bit tentative in his return against the team he followed religiously growing up. Poti is Boston through and through. He was born in in Worcester, Mass., played college hockey at Boston University and now lives in Cape Cod during the offseason.

An early-season homecoming is on the horizon for the veteran defenseman. The Capitals' next game is on the road against the Bruins tomorrow.

"It's always nice to play the team you idolized growing up," said Poti, 33. "It's always fun, and you get a little more jacked up for these games."

By Gene Wang  | October 20, 2010; 2:26 PM ET
Categories:  Boston Bruins, Tom Poti  
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Spezza is at $7M/yr for 4 more years after this one. That will not work.

The one guy who could be a possiblity if the Sens negotiations to re-sign him fail(and the Sens continue to play bad) would be Chris Phillips.

He will be a UFA after this year so it would likely only be a rental. But he would be an awesome guy to get. Ottawa may not even trade him, but if they would I think he would be the perfect acquisition.

Okay, so my trade deadline dreams are Chris Phillips and Brad Richards. I know it won't happen, but that would be my #1 get.

And yes people, to acquire one of those guys the Caps would likely have to give up top prospects like Eakin along with picks. Those players will not be given away.

Posted by: sgm3 | October 20, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat from previous thread

DJK should be in the lineup when the caps are healthy. not all the time, but most of the time. If BB uses him for 4-5 minutes a game, then yes he is not that useful. BB needs to better utilize him.

Oh and last night Ovie played like 6:13 of the last 7:30 of the game. That is absolutely too much ice time.

Bruce needs to delegate icetime a little bit better...he has never been that great at that

Posted by: _stevo | October 20, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

@steveo

bruce wont use him more than that. look I like guys that can hit and fight, but you got to be able to skate. I dont think DJ King is worth being in the lineup when this team is healthy. He's not even a very good fighter.

Posted by: ThePat | October 20, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

SAOTI and sgm from last thread:

Brad Richards will have a bunch of suitors and they will want too much for him IMO. I am personally not willing to let either Eakin or MaJo go as in no more than two years they will be ready to play a major role. Now if it is MP I can live with that as I just don't see him being big enough to take the NHL abuse. Flash/MP/1st rounder for Richards I would do, not either of the other two I mentioned.

Posted by: PhilR

Posted by: PhilR | October 20, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Didn't we do the whole Brad Richards chain yesterday ??? :)

Posted by: bqts | October 20, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

the only player of interest from Ottawa would be Mike Fisher... but his cap hit is 4.2 for the next 3 seasons... and that's too much for a guy who only gets 50 points, regardless of all the intangibles and PK presence he brings.

Posted by: FrankM73 | October 20, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I think the Caps need a center sooner than later. Watching Backstrom struggle has made it apparent that the Caps need a real 2C, not a defensively challenged winger.

@ _stevo

BB put Ovi on defense to get him away from Chara, allow him to play the whole game, whatever. So when we see Ovi taking long shifts and getting 24 minutes of ice time in an early season, non overtime game, we can all assume that it is just Ovi being selfish. No way could it be the coach breaking from his "system" and riding his horses because he can't bare to lose a game in October. Oh wait, Semin played over 22 minutes. Never mind.

Posted by: ablake70 | October 20, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to come late to the party: I agree tht Brad Richards would be a great addition for the Caps, but we are unlikely to get him without a blockbuster trade (i.e., one involving current key assets)...and that's assuming that Dallas falls completely out of the playoff picture between now and the trade deadline.

Posted by: Rhino40 | October 20, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

"Trade Flash for Stamkos...just use controller one to offer the trade and use controller 2 to accept the trade. Bada bing, bada boom."

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | October 20, 2010 12:36 PM

@SAOTI:

I wish it were that easy but sorry, but it won't work: You'd get the Red Ring (Square? Triangle? Dodecahedron? Pentagram?) Of Death and your XBox Live account would instantly get banned.

Posted by: Rhino40 | October 20, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

the only player of interest from Ottawa would be Mike Fisher...

Posted by: FrankM73 | October 20, 2010 3:20 PM

would that deal come with carrie fisher too? either the current country singer or star wars carrie fisher will do.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | October 20, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

This team is screaming for a second line center that will plop his butt in front of the net. Flash is not a second line center.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | October 20, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I was at the game. I had my binocs on Ovi with about 4 minutes left. He was sitting at the far offense side of the bench up on the glass edge. BB looked at him and pointed to the far end of the bench ( the defensive side . BB told him to go there, so that should be definitive enough for some of you eh?

Posted by: billd2 | October 20, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat

DJK is one of the top 5 fighters in the league IMO. If you can break boogards nose in a fight I'd say you know what you are doing.

Didn't GMGM and BB say when they made the trade that they wanted someone that can do more than just fight and DJK can do that? Gotta give the guy a chance

Posted by: _stevo | October 20, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

@SAOTI >

Man, that Stamkos is much, much better than I thought he would be. I can't see anyone scoring more goals than him these next few years (but I hope I'm wrong!).

Posted by: RedLitYogi | October 20, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

THOUGHTS ON TUESDAY'S ACTION:

The Good

--Varly solid in relief.
--Team made some mistakes, but definitely was not mailing it in.
--Semin finished his checks...impossible, you say? Again: Semin finished his checks.
--Forecheck was pretty good.
--Penalty Kill remains perfect.
--Erskine not elite, but much better than many give him credit for.
--Team improving on draws.
--Congrats to Mackan on his first NHL goal.


The Bad

--Power Play still fizzling
--Neuvy sick...oh no!
--D allowed not just 1 but 2 BOS screeners to crash the paint on one of the goals.
--Sloan tried to move BOS forwards a couple of times and just bounced off of them.
--We lost.
--Whatever happened to "score more goals?"

Final Analysis

It stinks that the Caps lost, but the last time an NHL team went a whole season undefeated was...Beuller? Anyone? Anyone at all?

Yes, the correct answer is "Nobody". So, would we rather lose one game like this now and get it over with, or wait until later in the season--say, in another $^%@$# Game 7? Bottom line:

--It's one game.
--In October.
--A lot can happen between now and March.
--Get over it.

That said, I hope the Caps get payback and bash 'em up in Beantown!

GO CAPS!

BTW, @all the Pensblog trolls: If THE Caps were steamrolling everyone in the NHL and PIT was getting their butts handed to them evry other night, your response would be: "We have Cups. You Don't. The Regular Season means nothing. Nanny-nanny boo-boo." But you'd sure as H311 be crowing from the rooftops if the reverse were true.

Cups or no, you can't have it both ways, so Shaddup and go back to Pensblog.

And BTW, hows that shiny new building working out for ya? LMAO.

Posted by: Rhino40 | October 20, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino - looks like a pretty good analysis to me, and I agree Semin has been very involved in scrums and puck battles; actually that whole line's usually played pretty well most games. The 2d line has not been the Caps problem, for the most part.

As for Erskine, if he gets a top-line winger to go toe-to-toe, that's a great tradeoff for the Caps; that line is by far the B's best and most dangerous.

I love Ovie but he played way too much in the 3rd, that's just asking too much [and for injury!] to put a guy out there when he's completely outta gas. Ovie's in phenomenal shape and a marvelous athlete - that said he is, after all, human.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | October 20, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

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