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by Paul on 03/05/12 at 01:16 PM ET
from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,
Calling it a “benching” or “matching lines” is getting caught up in semantics.
Fact is, Capitals coach Dale Hunter sent Alex Ovechkin over the boards just once in a 12-minute span after his offensive zone giveaway led to the Flyers’ only goal in a 1-0 loss Sunday night.
It should be pointed out that Ovechkin’s linemates, Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer, also sat for nearly the same amount of time after the goal.
It was a clear message that turnovers that lead to goals are punishable offenses, no matter the perpetrator. So, what did the other Caps think of Hunter’s hardball tactics?
“That’s Dale’s department,” Brouwer said. “We need everyone going. We don’t have any time to babysit right now. It’s not the time of the year for that. Guys need to know what they need to do right now.”
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