If you’ve been curious about what’s up with Capitals forward Brooks Laich, there may finally be an answer.
According to Katie Carrera of The Washington Post, Laich had surgery for a sports hernia earlier this month and could be ready to return to action if the Caps make the second round of the playoffs. Laich has been dealing with a groin injury most of the season and has played in just nine games this year.
The report says Laich met with a St. Louis-based groin specialist on April 9 and that doctor has also performed sports hernia surgeries on Mike Green and Joel Ward as well. Connecting those dots seems to spell things out clearly as to what his ailment is.
Laich’s brief appearance this season saw him score a goal with four assists over his nine games with the Capitals winning six of those contests. If the Caps can advance past the New York Rangers getting him back would provide a huge lift and give their lines more balance.
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With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
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“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.