Jose Theodore on his ovation
Since I mentioned earlier how Jose Theodore seemed a bit started by the ovation he received Tuesday night, I thought I'd ask the goalie about it after practice.
"I didn't really know how to react," he said. "I always say the D.C. crowd is really one of the best crowds. They're loud, they're very into it, and at the end was really fun. it was fun to feel that the crowd was behind you....As a player, you just want to give more, give them solid games like this so they can cheer. I was really moved by the ovation."
Bruce Boudreau said Theodore "stole one for us" against the Red Wings, and Alex Ovechkin said the team owes him one, but the goalie laughed off that talk.
"You know what, at the end of the day, I'm sure that I can think of a couple bad goals that I let in and we lost, so it pretty much evens out," he said. "They bailed me out a few times. I'm just trying to do my job when I'm out there."
Theodore declined to call Tuesday his best performance of the season, and said that the number of shots he faces is less important than the type of shot and the sightlines.
"Last couple of starts...I felt pretty good, but we've been playing so well that I didn't have to make too many key saves," he said. "You know what, the shots are not really an issue. It's about being able to see the pucks. That's what we've been doing good. Even though sometimes we only allow 20 shots or (sometimes) 40, if we do a good job letting me see the puck--which we've been doing--it makes it much easier."
Also, this has nothing to do with Theodore, but I asked Matt Bradley about a 1997 newspaper description of him as "skilled but soft."
"I've talked about this before, but everyone who plays in the NHL in junior--other than fighters--are skilled guys," Bradley said this week. "As you get higher up, the skill guys are so good that if you're not good enough to be that skill guy, you have to figure out a different way to play. I still hit a lot, [but] I didn't fight very much in junior. I got the most gentlemanly player in junior my last year. I'm a gentleman, always a gentleman."
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