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Patrick Burke with the explanation.
added 5:10pm, Washington release is below...
Watch the hit here if you missed it earlier this morning.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was knocked out of Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals thanks to a vicious hit from behind by Washington’s Zach Sill, which is now being reviewed by the NHL Department of Player Safety.
The incident took place in the middle of the second period, and went without any kind of penalty call on the ice against Sill.
“They didn’t, I guess, seem to get a good look at it, or just seemed to think it was maybe two minutes at best,” said Claude Julien. “I had the luxury of going back to my office and looking at the replay. Obviously, for me, there should have been a call there.
“But you know we’ll see how the league deems it. It was definitely a hit from behind in my book, but we’ll let the other people take care of it as always.”
Watch the hit below...
via Isabelle Khurshudyan of Capitals Insider,
This Latta fight was in retaliation for Deslauriers hard hit on Williams. After Deslauriers landed several good punches and then had a takedown, he windmilled his arms up and screamed, getting the First Niagara Center crowd into it.
Capitals Coach Barry Trotz would later call that moment a momentum boost for his team, as players respected Latta for sticking up for Williams. But with any fight, there’s a risk of injury, and in this case, Latta suffered an arm injury, the seriousness of which Trotz said he isn’t sure of yet.
“He’ll get evaluated tomorrow, and we’ll see where that is,” Trotz said.
from Evgeny Kuznetov at the Players' Tribune,
How much I do I love hockey? I can’t even describe. In Russia, we don’t really have a Christmas break, but from December 31 to January 3, everything closed. Even hockey school. These were the worst days of my life. Four days with no hockey, I get so depressed. I can’t even sleep. Just sit watching YouTube of Kovalev and wait.
Some people in Canada understand this, I think. In my hometown of Chelyabinsk, hockey is religion. Only one sport. Hockey.
For me, it start when I’m little boy. I tell you one of my very first memories. My dad take me to the rink, and I see this older guy score goal, and he do a really cool celebration. Slide around on his knees, you know? I say to myself, I want to do that. This looks so fun.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Washington Capitals roll into the Christmas break on a six-game win streak, which is to say pretty much how they've played the whole season so far: In rarified air.
"It's crazy, I've never been part of a team that's had this good of a start to the season, I don't think," Caps top-four blue-liner Karl Alzner said over the phone Tuesday. "There's not much that you can be upset about these days, it's fun going to the rink."
The 25-6-2 Caps are finding a million different ways to win, as underlined by these stats:
Third in goals for per game (3.12)
First in goals against per game (2.15)
Second on the power play (25.7 percent)
Sixth on the penalty kill (84.4 percent)
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
There are imposters in our midst and they are wearing Rangers uniforms.
Suddenly, they are The Faux Blueshirts.
Sunday night, descending to unprecedented midseason depths with Alain Vigneault behind the bench, these guys turned a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes into a 7-3 defeat to the Capitals at the Garden that was only that close because Washington chose not to step on the throats of the vanquished after scoring its final goal against Magnus Hellberg — yes, Magnus Hellberg — at the 4:36 mark of the third period.
Henrik Lundqvist was pulled for the second time in his past five starts after he and his teammates simply collapsed once the Caps cracked the King’s façade at 5:25 of the second period, Evgeny Kuznetsov’s neat redirect at the right post cutting the lead to 3-2 after J.T. Miller, Chris Kreider and Dan Boyle had scored in the first period.
Watch the game highlights below...
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Chris Neil knows what he saw on the controversial hit that sent his centre woozily to the dressing room late in the third period of Wednesday’s game against the Washington Capitals.
“Red,” said the Senators enforcer, who believes Caps winger Tom Wilson deliberately hit Curtis Lazar in the head. “I’m seeing red. You don’t like to see one of your players go down.”
While Neil was given two minutes for seeking retribution, Wilson, who later insisted it was a clean “hip-on-hip” hit, was given a major and match penalty.
“It was the right call,” said Senators coach Dave Cameron, adding that “tomorrow will tell the tale” for Lazar, who has already suffered one concussion this season.
continue for more on the Sens 2-1 loss to the Caps...
Tom Wilson received five for boarding and a game misconduct.
Funny how the broadcasts of the hit differ. First the Florida point of view...
Below, the Washington side...
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