Found December 02, 2011 on Puck Daddy:
On Thursday night, there were two incidents that had some fans asking about supplemental discipline from the NHL: John Carlson's flailing headshot on Matt Cooke at the end of the Washington Capitals' game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Florida Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim's contact with the head of Mike Richards of the Los Angeles Kings that may have concussed him. Neither hit warranted a hearing from the NHL. We were curious why that was, and reached out to the Department of Player Safety. First, on the Carlson hit: According to the Dept. of Player Safety, Carlson's focus at this point in a one-goal game is to move the puck up ice and join the play. He's not seeking out a hit on Cooke. Before they make contact, Carlson cringes as he sees Cooke — according to the NHL's frame-by-frame analysis — and attempts to avoid contact. He flings his arm as he's "pretty much past him" and trying to force his way through. The NHL examined this one...

Jay Beagle's return to the ice a welcome sight for Capitals

Jay Beagle was just itching to get back onto the ice. The Washington Capitals' forward hasn't played in a game since Oct. 13 when he suffered a concussion in a fight with Arron Asham, and it had been three weeks since he last skated. Then came Friday night and Saturday ...

Capitals' Roman Hamrlik a healthy scratch against Penguins

Roman Hamrlik's play has raised the ire of fans for being responsible when opponents score on the Washington Capitals. His minus-10 rating and 18 penalty minutes haven't helped. On Thursday, the 37-year-old's seat was in the press box as a healthy scratch for the first time this season. "It's feeling," ...

Washington Capitals coach Dale Hunter gets first NHL win

Long-time Ontario Hockey League coach Dale Hunter nabbed his first win of his NHL coaching career tonight against the Ottawa Senators 12 seconds into the overtime period in front of the Washington home crowd. Dale Hunter, shown during his coaching days with the OHL London Knights, registered his first NHL win Saturday against the visiting Ottawa Senators. It happened...

Is Nicklas Backstrom This Season's MVP?

Through 23 games, the team's number one center is the leading scorer, even if his plus/minus isn't impressive.  He is coming off a sub-par season after a 30+goal, 101-point season the year before.  As a top draft pick, he has the pedigree and potential to take over games, and indeed, the entire NHL. The team isn't doing too bad in the grand scheme of things, still in...

Capitals' Alexander Semin scratched with bum shoulder, considered day-to-day

Alexander Semin stood by himself along the boards while his Washington Capitals teammates did line rushes at Saturday's morning skate. He stayed out on the ice with the young guys — Mathieu Perreault and Cody Eakin — well after everyone else jumped off. But he wasn't taking shots or any ...

Gameday 26 - Capitals

Pittsburgh Penguins (14-7-4) @ Washington Capitals (12-10-1) 7:00 pm/et TV: ROOT, NHLN-US, CSN-Wash Verizon Center - Washington, DC This will be Sidney Crosby's first game against the Capitals since "the incident." It's Dale Hunter's second game behind the Caps' bench. He'd love to get his first win as an NHL head coach...

Capitals win in a short overtime

Brooks Laich scores 12 seconds into extra period to give Washington a 3-2 victory over Ottawa.Brooks Laich scores 12 seconds into extra period to give Washington a 3-2 victory over Ottawa.

Boudreau aims to boost Ducks' confidence

Three days after the Washington Capitals fired him, Bruce Boudreau was in another rink on the other side of the continent, back at work on another NHL salvage job.

Offense is hard to come by for Capitals as they drop fourth straight, 2-1 to Penguins

If two games are a fair indication, the Washington Capitals under Dale Hunter will play a lot of low-scoring, one-goal games. Goaltender Tomas Vokoun thinks it's better this way. "One week we're scoring seven goals, the next week giving up five, six," he said. "You know what you're going to ...
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.