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Wakeup Call: Capitals block Rangers’ path


Brief and to the Point …

>> Watching the Capitals and Rangers lie down all night and eat pucks made for some pretty lousy hockey. Washington usually doesn’t do it systematically, but New York does. It’s terrible to watch and no fun to play, either.

I’ve covered a lot of coaches/managers getting fired. I’ve never seen a group of players react with as much outright vitriol as when the Penguins fired Kevin Constantine, who had everyone on the team — except Jaromir Jagr – getting worn down by bruises and welts. Players hate it.

>> John Tortorella’s behavior in press conferences all through these playoffs should embarrass not only the Rangers but also the NHL.

This was his latest. It’s hardly an outlier.

On one hand, the league has an executive out there tossing roses toward ESPN after ESPN rips them in public, hoping against hope to be taken seriously. On the other, it allows Tortorella to behave like a petulant 2-year-old in settings that, yes, fall under league rules that are supposed to be followed.

Tell him he has to sit there and answer questions. Part of the job.

>> Stephen Strasburg is pitching in Pittsburgh tonight. Imagine what a big deal that would have been in the Summer of Strasburg two years ago.

Strasburg isn’t quite the freak he appeared to be then, but he’s still outstanding. I covered his big-league debut in D.C., but I’m also looking forward to this.

>> Erik Bedard was hurt. Back spasms in mid at-bat.

I tend to cringe when anyone describes an athlete as injury-prone. Most often, the injuries are unrelated, unfortunate coincidences. Ryan Doumit stood out in this way. He had some really goofy things happen to him, and few of them had anything to do with each other. But every time it happened, people would call him injury-prone.

Really dislike the term.

But Bedard is injury-prone.

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