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Johnson 'happy to oblige' Caps


Johnson 'happy to oblige' Caps

When Michal Neuvirth bolted for the Czech League earlier this week, the Capitals were left without a goalie for their daily practice sessions at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

So Brooks Laich picked up the phone and called former teammate and former Penguins netminder Brent Johnson, who happens to live just a few blocks away from the Arlington practice facility.

They need a goalie and Im happy to oblige, Johnson said. I come out and face some good shooters and help them out in the process.

Johnson, 35, played 91 games for the Capitals from 2005 to 2009, going 32-39-12 during that time. He met his future wife, Erica, during that time and since her family lived in Burke, Va., the couple bought a home in Arlington in 2007.

Johnson served as a backup to Olie Kolzig and Jose Theodore, and when Semyon Varlamov emerged as the Caps starter in 2008-09, Johnson was not re-signed by the Caps and agreed to a contract with the Penguins.

In three years as a backup to Marc-Andre Fleury, Johnson went 62-29-18 with the Penguins but was not re-signed following last season. Now an unrestricted free agent, Johnson said hes hoping the NHL lockout does not signal the end of his playing career.

Im up in the air, he said. Well see what happens if and when everything starts up.
Yeah, Im concerned, but at my age you start looking at the future and what youre going to do next. Lockout or not, I still would have been in the same spot.

Johnson did not play during the NHLs last work stoppage in 2004-05. He said he believes that while the players accepted a salary cap in the last CBA they also helped pave the way for a sizable growth in player salaries. Since introduced in 2005-06, the NHLs salary cap has risen from 39 million to 70.2 million.

From the players standpoint, we sat out a whole year and ultimately gave up a years salary, Johnson said. In any type of business you try to help out the guys coming behind you and I think we led them on a nice path.

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Game 72 Capitals at Flyers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 72 Capitals at Flyers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

When: 5:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Flyers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Flyers game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.


The Capitals (41-23-7) take on the Flyers (36-25-11) Sunday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. ET in Philadelphia.


The Capitals-Flyers game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

4:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
4:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
5:00 p.m. — Capitals at Flyers
7:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
8:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
9:00 p.m. — Caps in 30


The Capitals-Flyers game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.


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Evgeny Kuznetsov considered day-to-day, will miss Sunday's game in Philadelphia

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Evgeny Kuznetsov considered day-to-day, will miss Sunday's game in Philadelphia

Evgeny Kuznetsov has been declared day-to-day with an undisclosed upper body injury, the Caps announced Saturday afternoon.

He will not play Sunday against the Flyers, marking the first time in four seasons that the durable 25-year-old center will have missed a game.

Kuznetsov, the Caps’ assists leader and first line pivot over the past week, was injured in the second period of Friday’s 6-3 win over the Islanders. On the play, he slashed on the arm by New York defenseman Thomas Hickey before he tumbled awkwardly into the end boards.


Kuznetsov did not return to the contest.

The Caps did not practice on Saturday as they made their way to Philadelphia, where they'll look to extend their winning streak to five games.  

The team, per usual, did not elaborate about the extent or nature of Kuznetsov’s injury. But it does seem to be a good sign that he was not listed as week-to-week—the designation the Caps typically reserve for more severe injuries. And with a two point lead on Pittsburgh in the Metro Division standings—and a game in hand—they can actually afford to be cautious with one of their most important players.


The injury does, however, come at a time when Kuznetsov appeared to be hitting his stride. Including the two assists he had racked up prior to leaving Friday’s game, Kuzy has amassed five goals and 11 assists in 10 games.    

Without Kuznetsov on Sunday, Nicklas Backstrom, Lars Eller and Jay Beagle will be the team’s most experienced centers. Travis Boyd and/or Chandler Stephenson figure to be deployed as the fourth pivot.

Coach Barry Trotz is expected to meet with reporters prior to Sunday’s game. It’s possible he’ll shed some more light on Kuznetsov’s outlook at that time.

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