Found May 06, 2012 on Red Light District Hockey:
Throughout the Washington Capitals' postseason, their secondary players have been the ones making the big plays. Secondary scoring is indeed very important, but with the exception of Alex Ovechkin, the Capitals' big players remained mostly silent when it came to scoring.Before Game 4, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich, and Marcus Johansson, the team's leading forwards in scoring during the regular season, each had not recorded a goal since the first round.Behind Alex Ovechkin, the Capitals' leading goal-scorers in the postseason are third-liner Jason Chimera and Semin, who scored his three postseason goals in the first round."People, I guess, (have) been talking about it -- that we (top line players) need to step up," Nicklas Backstrom said. Eventually, it got to the point where coach Dale Hunter began reducing his top lines' ice time in the first two games of the series against the Rangers, instead favoring the bottom two lines, who were...
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