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Playoff goat? Dennis Wideman struggles

Apr 19, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

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Dennis Wideman recorded 46 points in regular season, but things haven’t exactly gone well for him in the first round. Wideman has been on the ice for five of the Boston Bruins’ seven postseason goals.

Maybe that’s part of the reason why he was limited to just 4:28 minutes of playing time in the first period of Thursday’s game.

Wideman is wrapping up a four-year/$15,750,000 deal and given that he only turned 29 on March 20, he should be in line for a very lucrative long-term contract. A bad playoff run might hurt him, but we’ve seen GMs overlook worse than that in the rush to land big name talent. However, what a poor showing over the Capitals playoff run is more likely to do is close the door to a potential contract extension.

Already it seems unlikely that he’ll stay in Washington, given how much his role has decreased since the playoff started.

  1. dropthepuckeh - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:55 PM


    Tonight’s 1st period goal is more attributable to the defensive muscle Wideman was paired with who hadn’t played since February. He punches from the soul but lets others score goals. He looked so confused it was almost sad….

    • therealjr - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      How is it more attributable to Erskine when the entire scenario was created by Wideman cluelessly pinching?

      • ravenscaps48 - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:17 PM

        How can you say that the goal was Erskine’s fault? He took away the other two players on the 3-on-1 and who was the last player up the ice? Dennis Wideman! Although, It should be split 50-50 on who’s fault it was… ATROCIOUS TURNOVER by Ovechkin

  2. sabatimus - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    The refs helped greatly to ameliorate the goat’s influence by calling all sorts of phantom ticky-tack garbage on the B’s and letting the Caps get away with a blatant open-field tackle by Ovechkin on Ference (directly leading to their first goal) as well as an obvious trip in the third period. Totally disgusted.

    • ithacamike - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:33 AM

      Child please. Ference fell in front of Ovie, that wasn’t even remotely a penalty. It was a well-played, well-officiated game…deal with it. The only non-calls Pierre McGuire mentioned were actually infringements by the Bruins against Mike Green (high-strick) and Matthew Perrault (slash- leading to a great scoring chance for Boston).

      The B’s lost a key game to a 7-seed playing without arguably their best player. That’s what you fans should be concerned with.

      That being said, you still have the upper hand with the series going back to Boston. The back-to-back games over the weekend should be incredible. I’m thinking this series gets decided in a Game 7 OT.

  3. steviep23 - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Please did you miss the no call on the high stick to mike greens face?

  4. kotteintheslot - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    The Bruins fans kept complaining about the Caps fans complaining and now they’re complaining….

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