Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/23/06 at 10:16 AM ET
Brent Johnson doesn't recall exactly what turned his game around last season, but it's easy to pinpoint when the transformation occurred. Johnson, the Washington Capitals' backup goaltender, went 4-9 with a 4.16 goals against average and a .876 save percentage before the Olympic break. He was 5-3-1 with a 2.40 goals against and .940 percentage after the two-week hiatus. "We talked in February, right after the Olympics," Capitals goaltending coach Dave Prior said Friday. "Brent recognized he was at a critical point in his career. He knew it was time to get it done, or he would be in the same boat again in the offseason, trying to convince some team that he could be a number two goalie."continued (reg. req.)...and this note too...
Left wing Alex Ovechkin returned to practice Friday after missing Thursday's skate with an undisclosed minor injury. He did play against the Penguins.
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