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Caps will have Erskine back tonight

Apr 19, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

As expected, John Erskine will be inserted in the lineup for the Washington Capitals tonight.

Most likely because he’s done this before:

Yesterday, Caps coach Dale Hunter told reporters that the big, tough defenseman could be used to limit the Bruins from taking liberties with Washington’s skill players.

“After the whistles and before the puck was dropped they were going after us. Lucic was going after [Nicklas Backstrom’s head], but we’ve got to play through it and protect the players on the ice,” said Hunter, as per “Right now, you know, we’ve matched them up. Erskine is healthy again and he’s a big, strong guy in front of the net. He takes the body and he’s an honest player.”

Today, Mike Green said essentially the same thing about Erskine: “He brings a sense of humbleness to the other team. And that’s what we need.”

The Capitals desperately need a win to avoid heading back to Boston trailing the series 3-1.

  1. onearmdragon - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Erskine, meet Thornton. Thornton, meet Erskine.

    these two will brawl before the first 5 minutes pass.

    • bcjim - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      Erskine isn’t coming in to injure his knuckles on some 4th liners jaw, he is playing zookeeper for that overgrown, ill behaved gorilla Lucic.

      Based on the video above, Lucic (if he can remember that long ago) ought to have a little more respect for his opponent tonight.

      • jasol20 - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:43 PM

        Everyone is acting like this video example is the only fight between Lucic/Erskine. Sure, Lucic lost this one and got tagged hard. But their other fight from 2010 is less one-sided. Anyway, I don’t think this fight will happen unless things get out of hand given that Lucic is a first line player and goals are at a premium in this series. No way Julien wants want his top line LW sitting out for 5 minutes.

      • onearmdragon - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:54 PM

        Lucic won’t fight Erskine, not in the playoffs. Thornton will take that challenge upon himself.

        That video is 4 years old. Lucic was a rookie, Erskine was in his 8th year.

        The rematch in 2010 didn’t go so one sided.

        But hey, didn’t mean to interrupt your fantasy with reality.

      • homelanddefense - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:02 PM

        you are out of your mind if you think our top line winger is going to sit for 5 minutes because you throw some scrub who hasnt played since January into the lineup. It would be a stupid trade.

        Erskine is a tough guy, and he definitely bested Lucic in that first fight when Lucic was a pup. But Lucic isnt affraid of him, Erskine being there isnt going to stop someone like Lucic from doing what he does.

        Im already waiting for the Caps fans to comment about how Lucic was affraid of Erskine because chances are they wont fight. (unless the game is out of hand)

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        Lucic was a 19 year old rookie there so simmer down

      • kantnockdahustle89 - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:49 PM

        I dont think either are going to fight. Boston cant afford to lose Lucic and Capitals cant afford to play with only 5 d-men. Erskine is there to add toughness to go against the bigger forwards. Its simple math here.

      • aodonne3 - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        Chill brosefs with saying how awesome Lucic is. That second fight he successfully learned how to bear hug and wasn’t trying to get his ass kicked again. More talk than he is fighter when he gets an even match-up

  2. jpelle82 - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    surprise surprise.

  3. mgp1219 - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Too little, too late.
    B’s still take the series in 5.

  4. bergeronforselke - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Surprised there haven’t been any updates on McQuaid.

    • bergeronforselke - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      still not skating apparently, status unchanged

  5. upyourstodd - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    It seems like the caps are more concerned with what the Bruins are doing rather than what they need to do….that will work to their disadvantage in the end.

  6. odj810 - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    smart move by the caps.

    • homelanddefense - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      its not smart at all. The Bruins play much better when their opponent engages them physically. Washington would be better off ignoring the scrums and using their skill.

      • odj810 - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        either way there hosed but are your really loosing that much talent drop off with erskine in. I’m not saying he should go start a riot but having someone who doesn’t cower when the bruins engage is a good thing. Maybe he’ll be a non factor but at the very least It shows the caps players that someones got there back. I don’t think it matters either way the bruins are going to win the series. how does it hurt having him in the lineup? Because if someone punches him in the mouth he’ll fight back? Turning the other cheek doesn’t work either (see Vancouver). You just have to pray they don’t feel like playing with the edge and if they do you have to stand up for yourself. Can’t let them intimidate you either. Just sucks to play them.
        GO BRUINS

      • homelanddefense - Apr 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        Having him specifically in the lineup doesnt hurt. Sending hom out there with the intention of getting physical does. Nothing seems to motivate the Bruins more than when a team tries to stand up to them.

        Vancouver didnt really turn the cheek when you think about it. There was at least one fight that I can remember. There was also biting, late hits, etc.

        Im not saying you should stand up for yourself against them. But I certainly wouldnt be the first one pushing after a whistle, or instigating the scrums. Id try to avoid them. I certainly wouldnt be chirping in the media, or making gestures either. They feed off that crap.

  7. hairpie - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Stay classy Caps.

  8. dropthepuckeh - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Caps sound like a bunch of complaining little kids – “we aren’t going to make excuses but actually we will”. Mike Green is more concerned with how he looks and what kind of car he drives than he is about winning or playing hard. Erskine hasn’t played since when February?? Its terrific he landed punches on Lucic FOUR years ago when Lucic was a rookie but be careful what you wish for in fighting him again. Lucic, who plays on the first line, would be silly to fight this goon who can’t crack the lineup, better left for Thornton, but if he does, payback is a biatch with a huge fist.

    The reality is that the Backstrom got suspended for hitting someone in the head with his stick. No matter how much Hunter and Caps fans want to spin this, they cross check and refuse to drop the gloves for a fair fight.

    I am looking forward to seeing Seguin turning Erskine inside out when he scores tonight on that lug….

    • gianthatr - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      Sweet is this the same Tyler Seguin that has ZERO points in the series? Yeah he’s pretty good. I’m sure he’ll just magically be better tonight…get back to the southside bum…

    • dcdangles - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      What a clown comment this is… is clear you have no idea what you’re talking about. You don’t know Mike Green, and you have no evidence that he doesn’t give it everything he has on the ice. You just think it’s cool to get on a message board and type things like “oh, Green only cares about his looks”. Give me a break.

      Erskine throws punches from his soul. Even bout in the video above…no doubt, and it might be even if they fight again. Lucic is lucky the last punch didn’t connect.

      Bring on Thornton – I promise you Erskine aint worried about him.

      Your point about Backstrom is fair, and he got the appropriate punishment. But your pathetic attempt to generalize the entire Caps team as some cross checking / non fighting group of pussies is a joke.

      • pepper2011 - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        your right, Laich is good. I wouldn’t mind if he was on the Bruins- carlson seems ok, and Brouwer as a fourth liner wouldn’t be bad- other than that- menh; wouldn’t want any of the players

        And to all those saying Lucic is a goon- why are you matching up your top D against him? Why is it always Alzner or Carlson? I don’t see The Bruins running Chara or Seidenberg out against Matt Hendricks (he’s ok, actually) – If the Bruins were to ever lose Thornton I would want Prust, Rupp then Hendricks as tough guys who you can roll out there 10+ minutes a night and actually contribute

        Backstrom is a good player but has shown absolutely no composure- he did score the OT goal, but that was off a bad bounce turnover on Boychuck- still a nice shot. seems kind of like a diva though.

      • homelanddefense - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        Erskine and Thornton have fought 4 times, I cannot find vid of the first two matchups from about 10 years ago. Here are the last two.

      • gallyhatch - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:24 PM

        “Erskine throws punches from his soul.”

        Priceless, nothing more needs to be said.

      • dropthepuckeh - Apr 19, 2012 at 3:12 PM

        What I think is cool actually is the multiple times I had this summer to hangout with the Stanley Cup. You will not know that experience as your team has no soul – they are a bunch of flashy, ego driven, stats loving individuals who cave when the going gets tough. I have watched enough hockey to know that come April, the Capitals choke and exit “early” disappointing their bandwagon fans.

        Erskine probably does have a soul, unlike the majority of your “rocks stars” unfortunately he isn’t really even on the team is he? He can’t throw punches from the press box. That said, he’s more Bruin than anyone on your team and I think he gets the code unlike the rest of your p*ssy arse “team”.

        Is Alzner playing tonight or is he worried that he upset Lucic too much? Is he scared of Marchand?

        BTW – Green did a magazine article a few years ago, way before you pretended to like hockey, and bragged about his car collection, his modeling, his haircut etc. So yes, I do know. I would provide the link but I am going out to enjoy the sunshine before the big win tonight!

    • dcdangles - Apr 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      Did you use the word “arse”?

      Your done. No more for you.

      Enjoy your sunshine loser.

      Caps in 7

  9. tobie1003 - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    If the caps can get past the initial rush of the bruins their skill players are better and will shine through in the end #gocaps

  10. cspsrbums - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Lucic is a bum he doesn’t belong in the game put him next to Mcsorley another class act from Boston. Game will not get like the other night if you saw the Pit /t Phili game refs will be calling everything tonight. Clean game and Bs will be in the box all night for their after the whistle antics that start the scrims advantage Caps

    • homelanddefense - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      Ridiculous comment. Pathetic really. I also love the Caps fans who pretend that Lucic is some kind of unskilled goon. He scored 30 goals last year, was 212 pts in 350 games in his career. 32pts in 58 playoff games.

      Its also pretty funny that you all think the Caps are angels.

      • gianthatr - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:24 PM

        Sweet How many pts does Lucic have this year? In this series? Not some magical run last year…right now? I’ll help…

        zeroPOINTzero…Oh but is he leading the team in …Wait for it…wait for it…

        You guessed it Penalty minutes…

        Your right…he’s not a goon…

      • pepper2011 - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:46 PM

        Hm… I guess if we use this logic Backstrom is a goon. He has two points and 16PIMS – that is twice as many as Lucic. Seguin that goon doesn’t have any points either, Jeesh. Hunter is an idiot, he is messing with the Defense which has actually played well, I assume Shultz will sit for Erskine, so I guess the 7 minutes of icetime will be eclipsed by him PIMs. Go ahead continue to lose your composure; the Bruins feed off of that. This is the wrong move Dale Hunter. The Rangers are the only team in the east that can match the skill and tough game with the Bruins. 5-1 tonight. lots of dumb penalties by the Caps as they get more frustrated; wouldn’t be surprised to see another suspension coming to them. Move perrault up? he is the type of player that boston struggles against; the small, fast guys – but he’s been averaging under 10 minutes a night; you better hope his conditioning hasn’t slipped.

      • homelanddefense - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:59 PM

        good call giant. We should judge a player on 3 games in this year’s playoffs instead of his whole career, regular and post season. Dope.

      • pepper2011 - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        I know- that would mean heading into last nights game Sedin was a goon! ahahahahahah.

      • homelanddefense - Apr 19, 2012 at 4:30 PM

        your argument about penalty minutes is so ridiculous its painful. Lucic has 8 penalties minutes in 3 games. You make it sound like he is leading the league. There are 36 guys in the playoffs with more PIM.

        The best part is he has half the penalties of Backstrom

    • crmgoodness - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      That is some fun delusional stuff. Some facts that might not help your argument. Lucic had only 4 fewer points that Ovie this year and I wouldn’t consider Ovie a bum. Love the over a decade old McSorley reference as well. Of Marty’s 961 games in the I, O, A and NHL a grand total of 27 of them were spent with the Bruins so I’m not sure you could consider him “from” Boston. As a matter of fact, I think he played in the same era as another class act…Dale Hunter.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      yeh that dbag lucec hes a #$## go cap!!1!1!!111!! #lookatmeloweringthebarforcapsfanseverywhere

      • ballistictrajectory - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        Careful… Some of them may actually think this is Twitter.

    • pepper2011 - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      Also pretty funny, because the Caps are the ones who are losing their composure.

  11. cspsrbums - Apr 19, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Why your in the sun.clown look up poke the bear part 1 and2 on you tube see what talk shows and the rest of the nation thinks of your goons. Caps even series tonight

    • drewsylvania - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      Stay in school folks.

  12. 8spokedb - Apr 19, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Lucic is not a goon… He is a power forward. So anyone who thinks he is a goon probably just started watching hockey after the lockout. A goon is a player who only plays on the fourth line and has no skill. If these fraud caps fans were real fans and watched hockey 20 years ago they probably would of thought cam neely and eric lindross were goons too. The most ironic part of this whole conversation is that Dale Hunter is the biggest goon in NHL history. There isn’t a player that is more well known for his cheap shots than Hunter.

  13. bigoldorcafromvan - Apr 19, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    It will take alot more than this knuckle dragger that Wash is bringing into the game to help them. Boston is 3x the team Wash is. Go Boston Go. And Lucic will fight him if he wants to go.

  14. pastabelly - Apr 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    The Bruins players don’t have big statistics and that relates to their style of play and use of four lines. They still outscored the Capitals this year.

  15. drewsylvania - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    The first goal tonight was simply given to the Caps, thanks to Ference being tackled in the open field.

  16. dropthepuckeh - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    And second was Peverly being far too fast for Erskine who hasn’t played professional hickey since Februrary and even that was questionable.

    dcdangles: Suck on that prediction although I was wrong it was Peverly not Seguin…..

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