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Pro Sports Daily:
After missing nearly a month of action, Brooks Laich will return to the Washington Capitals lineup against the Anaheim Ducks, head coach Adam Oates confirmed Monday morning.
Laich last played on Nov. 27 against the Ottawa Senators and missed 11 games due to a groin injury. Unfortunately, this has been a reoccurring issue for Laich as he missed all but nine games last season to groin related problems. After undergoing offseason abdominal surgery he was hopeful that the issue was resolved, but sustained a hip flexor injury early in training camp. Ultimately, the injury was of little consequence other than acting as an ironic joke for some and an annoyance to others (mainly, Laich).
Of course, the real issue is whether the groin injury is going to continue to be a reoccurring problem. Groins are typically viewed as one of the more problematic injuries for hockey players because of how it can hinder their skating stride.
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Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau returns to the Verizon Center tonight for the first time since being fired by the Washington Capitals in late 2011. “I don’t want to anticipate anything, quite frankly,” Boudreau said, via NHL.com. “It’s going to be nerve-racking going on the bench for the first [time]. It’s going to be really exciting to see all the red again. I used...
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Yahoo Sports' Dmitry Chesnokov posted an eye-opening tidbit regarding a former Red Wing this morning (via RedWingsFeed):
#KHL's CSKA activated Sergei Fedorov as a player on the team's roster for the upcoming Spengler Cup. The long-awaited return?
— Dmitry Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) December 24, 2013
This rumor initially came from Hockeyfans.ch's Martin...
from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post,
“I’m a little nervous,” Boudreau said of returning to Verizon Center on Monday night to face the Washington Capitals for the first time since they fired him on Nov. 28, 2011. “It’s a little scary because I love going to that building and everything about it, and now you’re on the other side.”
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Joel Rechlicz's bobblefist night spoiled by second period antics.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hampus Lindholm scored the game-winner at 14:24 of the third period and the Anaheim Ducks rallied past the Washington Capitals 3-2 Monday night in coach Bruce Boudreau's return to the Verizon Center.
Andrew Cogliano had a goal and an assist, and Saku Koivu added a goal for Anaheim. The Ducks (27-7-5) extended their franchise-best winning streak to nine games...
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