Friday, November 20, 2009
The Caps almost pulled the rabbit out of their hat in the final threeminutes tonight but a determined Carey Price and a Canadiens defenseemerged with a hard fought victory.
Any team coached by Jacques Martinis going to be structurally sound in the neutral zone and Montrealproved to be very frustrating to Washington's speedsters.
After alackadaisical start in the first ten minutes, Mathieu Perreault andEric Fehr continued to demonstrate good chemistry together and theyclicked to give the Capitals the lead. Fehr put that snap shot awaylike the goal scorer the club hopes he can be.
That gave surprisestarter Michal Neuvirth a lead to protect in goal for the home team.Neuvirth was victimized by two deflection goals and a bullet power playtally from Mike Cammalleri. Otherwise the 21-year-old net minder wassolid, not necessarily spectacular.
The Caps broke in 19-year-olddefender John Carlson tonight, and it was great to see the emotionalreactions of his family, particular his mom Angela in the stands. Theyoung man didn't appear flustered much by his surroundings. He threwhis weight around, he ripped a hard shot off the post, and kept hiscomposure as his ice time mounted.
The Caps lost Tom Poti to an upperbody injury in the 2nd period, which means they are likely to recallanother blue liner from Hershey in time for Saturday night's action inToronto.
The fans were treated to a big time strap between GeorgesLaraque and John Erskine in the first period. Erskine more than heldhis own against one of the league's heavyweight champs.
You could makethe argument the Caps outplayed the Canadiens this evening. Montrealwas bound and determined to hook and hold and slow the tempo down, andthey squeaked out the victory. Now we turn our attention to the Capsand Maple Leafs tomorrow at Air Canada Center. You can find that gameon CSN.
The Redskins’ defense may not be as banged up as we thought it was.
On Thursday, the first day of serious preparation for their Monday night game in Philadelphia, injured defenders CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), and S Deshazor Everett (hamstring) all practiced on a limited basis.
Norman was inactive against the 49ers after suffering a broken rib against the Chiefs on October 2. Breeland injured his knee against San Francisco. They are the starters, and if they both can play against the 5-1 Eagles it would be a huge boost to the defense.
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It should be noted that both cornerbacks only took part in individual drills, so it is no sure thing that either will be ready to play in Philadelphia. But having them at practice was a good start.
Everett is a reserve safety and a key special teams contributor. His presence in the latter area could be important as the Eagles’ performance on special teams is among the best in the league.
LB Ryan Anderson (back) and S Stefan McClure (knee) both practiced on a limited basis.
Also practicing was S DeAngelo Hall. He has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp rehabbing a torn ACL he suffered in 2016. The team now has a 21-day window during which they can activate him. However, he must sit out at least one more game.
On offense, Trent Williams (knee) did not practice. That is not ideal but he was able to play last Sunday after being out of practice all last week.
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Jay Gruden announced roster moves that had been reported previously, with K Dustin Hopkins (hip) and DE Jonathan Allen (foot) going on injured reserve. First-year player Nick Rose will handle the place kicking duties and A.J. Francis will take Allen’s roster spot.
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On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman personal injury lawyers, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller broke down the season opener, plus some positive news on the injury front with both Jason Smith and Markieff Morris.
Wizards forward Chris McCullough joined the show to discuss fighting for minutes, who he models his game after and why he goes by the nickname 'Briskuno.'
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