Caps forward Matt Hendricks knows how to spark a team. Plus, he's good for a few punches. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
The Capitals are unbeaten in regulation in their past nine games, so they're naturally a pretty happy bunch these days. But when they hit the inevitable bumps in the road, writes Post columnist Tracee Hamilton, count on Matt Hendricks to be there to loosen up the locker room:
Like most Caps, Brooks Laich chuckles when you mention Hendricks's name. What's up with that?
"Because he's such a good guy," Laich said. "He's a character guy and he's been a great shot of energy to our hockey team. He was out in the West, nobody really knew much about him until this year. He'd played for [Coach] Bruce [Boudreau] but not a lot of us players had seen much of him. He's come in and done a fantastic job. He's a physical guy, he'll fight, he's scoring a little bit, he lays the body every night, he's a fun guy in the locker room. I think he's been a fantastic addition and we hope it continues."