The Washington Capitals recalled forward Andre Burakovsky on Thursday as they ready for a game against the Minnesota Wild.
It may be a sign that Michael Latta could miss some time after Tuesday’s violent contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets (with a Jared Boll hit possibly being what’s causing him his biggest issues), as the Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt notes.
To some degree, it’s almost a little surprising that Burakovsky was demoted in the first place. The 20-year-old has been a quick study at the NHL level in many ways, showing some ability to skate with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom (among other positive signs).
The Capitals sent him down to make sure he had playing time, however, and Barry Trotz provided some glowing remarks about Burakovsky to Prewitt a few days ago.
“Every time we’ve put him in the lineup, he’s done a fantastic job for us. And he’s still learning. He’s still learning. He’s bright,” Trotz said. “I’ve got Burt penciled in for top-six forward for the next 15 years in his career. That’s where he’s headed. Is he there? Some games he’s there; some games he’s not. He’s still in the development stage. But you’re not going to find a better person or a better player who’s eager to do well.”
Let us all note that his nickname is “Burt,” by the way. That information could be exceedingly useful in the future …
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals might not seem to scream “rivals,” but they’re exchanging enough pleasantries on Tuesday that there should be plenty of distaste between the two teams going forward.
Through two periods of play, the two teams have combined for 60 penalty minutes. There have been three fights, at least one injured player (Michael Latta), one player receiving a 10-minute misconduct (David Clarkson), some blood being scraped off the ice and someone even got … butt-hammered.
Savard just butt-hammered Glencross as he carried the puck into the #CBJ zone.
Wayne Simmonds’ power play goal at 5:04 of the third period gave Philadelphia a 3-1 lead Friday night.
The Flyers appeared headed for a win.
However, Jared Boll and Cam Atkinson scored to tie it 3-3 forcing overtime and Artem Anisimov netted the winner at 2:17 of the extra period.
It was the second time in as many meetings Columbus edged Philly in overtime.
The Jackets have now won three of four meetings between the two clubs.
“It’s pretty embarrassing,” said Sean Couturier per CSNPhilly.com. “We’re in the playoff hunt. You can’t have an effort like that. We’re not gonna go far if we play like that.
“If we want to, we can be one of the best teams in the league. We gotta play our game and start putting pressure and pucks on net and tight defense. The last two games have been pretty embarrassing the way we lose these games.”
It was the second time this week the Flyers have squandered a third period lead and lost in overtime.
On Tuesday night Philly was up 1-0 in the third on the Montreal Canadiens. Tomas Plekanec scored with less than eight minutes remaining and David Desharnais won it in overtime.
“There’s something wrong with losing these games the way we’re losing them,” Couturier said. “We got to fix what’s wrong and play better for 60 minutes. It’s not a 40- or 45-minute game.”
The Flyers are currently seven points back of Boston for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia will look to avoid a third straight loss Sunday when they visit Buffalo. The Flyers won the only other meeting between the two clubs 4-3 on Jan. 17.