Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner’s post-game interview from yesterday:
I laughed watching this. So let me get this straight, Adam McQuaid (5 fights this year) and Shawn Thornton (5 fights) circling Matt Hendricks (6 fights – one already in the game with Nathan Horton) is the same as John Erskine (2 fights) and Hendricks (6) going after Tyler Seguin (0 career fights and one of our star players)? Ha, ok, sure. I understand that Alzner is just sticking up for his teammate, but I mean really, this was comical.
Apparently the Caps defenseman missed the part where Hendricks basically jumped Nathan Horton, gloves off and throwing before Horton knew what was going on. Hendricks’ hand seemed fine while he was throwing those haymakers.
But you wouldn’t do that because you’re not that type of team. Well damn right you’re not that type of team, the Caps aren’t much of a team at all at the moment. McQuaid and Thornton’s response was precisely why the Bruins are such a tight knit bunch, everyone has everyone else’s back. You’re going to jump one of our top players? Go for it, but you can expect someone to come knocking in the not too distant future. Apparently those qualities aren’t too high on the list in the Caps locker room. And that’s not to say that Horton even needed anyone to back him up, as he’s shown he can handle himself in these situations before, but he’s still one of our top players who hadn’t had a fight this year after coming off a serious concussion.
I’m sure the Bruins aren’t losing any sleep over Alzner or his comments. It’s just funny that this “was the biggest joke [Alzner has] ever seen.” As Milan Lucic said last year after Alzner’s cry-baby gesture (perhaps the most ironic part of this all) in the playoffs:
UPDATE (3/17 – 4pm):
The Washington Post had an article today with Hendricks’ response to the game yesterday, and it was much more in line with what you’d expect. “You do it [fight Horton] and you live with the repercussions. I figured they would be looking for me once the score got to 4-1.” If anything this makes Alzner look like a bigger whiner, but good on Hendricks for knowing his role and not taking the easy way out.
It was probably a good thing that it was the last place Florida Panthers that were at TD Garden last night to face the Bruins, because in what’s becoming a somewhat common theme this season, the Black and Gold didn’t have their ‘A’ game. Despite the game being a struggle, Boston earned two more points with a 4-1 victory, with goals from Zdeno Chara, Shawn Thornton, and Patrice Bergeron. Tuukka Rask was solid in goal, stopping 29 of 30 Panther shots.
Love it or hate it, the shootout has been part of the NHL and the extra point that comes from winning it can be crucial, especially in this year’s lockout shortened season. After clawing their way back from an early 2-0 deficit, the Bruins were able to draw even in the second period but needed overtime and the shootout to take the full two points from the Ottawa Senators. David Krejci had the winner in the fourth round of the shootout and the Merlot line contributed two goals for the B’s, who now sit just a point behind the Canadiens for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with three games in hand.
Shawn Thornton has been making the rounds this week recovering from his concussion, but it was announced yesterday that he has been cleared for contact and was back in the merlot jersey today at practice. He’d previously been skating on his own and has been feeling fine since last weekend. It’s still unclear as to whether number 22 will be in the lineup for tomorrow’s matchup with the Lightning or Sunday’s trip to Buffalo, but it’s certainly a positive sign that he’s not feeling any prolonged side effects from his injury.
If you’re a believer in such things you might say that the Bruins finally got what they deserved last night at the Garden, losing their first game in regulation by a score of 7-4 to the soon-to-be rival Buffalo Sabres. Thomas Vanek once again owned Boston, scoring a hat trick and adding two assists, and Ryan Miller made key saves when he needed to on the way to the win.