"Where's No. 8?"
That was the immediate question with 1:02 left in the third period and the Washington Capitals trailing the Anaheim Ducks by a goal on Tuesday night. Tomas Vokoun had been yanked for an extra skater; so where was No. 8 for Anaheim, Teemu Selanne, trying to tally the 23rd hat trick of his career with an empty-netter and complete a five-point night?
"No, stupid … where's the other No. 8?"
The Capitals had six skaters on the ice and none of them were Alex Ovechkin.
The captain. The dude with 306 career goals and 52 game-winning goals. The meal ticket, the franchise, the guy with the wax statue down the road at the museum.
As Coach Bruce Boudreau talked to his troops, Keith Jones of VERSUS was between the benches opining:
"If you're the Capitals' Bruce Boudreau, you want to get the guys that are going in this game on the ice. Ovechkin, of course, is going to be one of those guys. But why not have Joel Ward on the ice? Deserving of that because of the way he played in t...