If there's anyone with the proper perspective to not get too discouraged by a scoring slump, it's probably Mike Knuble. He's been through most imaginable situations during his NHL career and always believed he'd snap out of the funk that saw him go 13 games between goals. It just didn't seem possible to keep getting chances without finding the back of the net eventually.
Tuesday at Madison Square Garden Knuble broke the streak of games without a goal but afterward quickly said that one didn't mean much of anything in the great scheme of a season.
Fast forward to the second period against Tampa Bay Thursday night. Knuble was skating backwards and had crossed the goal line by the time a rebound from Brooks Laich's shot popped out and when he reached out to flick the puck into the net he was almost behind the cage completely. It was his second goal in as many games.
"[Two's] better than one but I guess you want three. It was a funny goal but those are the ones that start going in," Knuble said. "You score on the funny chances instead of the bonafide great chances, score on a sneaky one. It evens out over time."
Knuble has three goals on 47 shots this season, not a great percentage right now but Coach Bruce Boudreau isn't worried. Through 16 games in 2009-10, Knuble only had three goals as well.
"He's on a 29-goal pace in my book," Boudreau said.
FROM THE POST
The game story from the Capitals' 6-3 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday and post-game blog entry.
Dan Steinberg finds out why folks on the Fox sitcom "Raising Hope" are wearing Caps t-shirts.
AROUND THE WEB
Tim Leone talks to Semyon Varlamov, who may start for Hershey Sunday, about his injury and conditioning stint with the Bears. (The Patriot News)