After each of the Capitals’first three players --Nicklas Backstrom, Matt Hendricks and Alex Ovechkin-- in the shootout failed Tuesday night in Toronto, Coach Bruce Boudreau looked at his roster by age.
“I was going down the list oldest to youngest and I had [Jason] Arnott up,” Boudreau said. “I looked down and said, ‘Oh geez Knuble’s older.’ So I went with him. There’s no science or anything involved in that tonight.”
Not really a hunch or anything other than luck of the draw perhaps, Boudreau picked the right player. Knuble beat Toronto’s rookie standout James Reimer to seal the 3-2 win in the tie-break session. That tally was only the second shootout goal the veteran right wing has ever scored — granted Knuble’s only had seven tries in the tie-breaker over the course of his career.
“I did it once last year against Pittsburgh and once this year against Pittsburgh — and failed,” Knuble said of his shootout history with the Capitals. “He was looking at Arnott and then he gave it to me so if he was going by games he would have given it to Jason, but he went by age.”
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--A Caps’ blogger roundtable discussion on the upcoming postseason. [Homer McFanboy]
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