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Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 05/01/2011

Bruce Boudreau on John Carlson: ‘I assume he’s playing’

John Carlson took part in the Capitals’ morning skate Sunday and Coach Bruce Boudreau said he expects the rookie defenseman to play in Game 2 against the Lightning at Verizon Center.

Boudreau added that if Carlson, who missed all but 36 seconds of the third period of Game 1 after a collision with Nate Thompson, is available, it won’t be a situation where he needs to be eased into the game.

“If he’s playing, he’s playing, but I assume he’s playing,” Boudreau said. “I don’t think it’s a big deal. Guys get banged up a little bit and it takes you 24 hours to sort of get better sometimes, and that’s where he is.”

Carlson didn’t reveal much after the skate, where he participated in all of the drills.

“I feel great. Had a day off, now we’re here,” said Carlson, who was asked if he could have played in the third period of Game 1 and only replied that it was a “coach’s decision.”

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