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Dennis Wideman doesn’t think he’s the defensive goat you might believe him to be

Apr 21, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

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Washington’s Dennis Wideman always gets a lot of guff for his seeming lack of defensive prowess. While he’s been a solid offensive-defenseman wherever he’s played, asking him to do the other half of his job has sometimes been a struggle.

After being on the ice for five of the seven goals the Bruins have scored in their first round series, Stephen Whyno of The Washington Times asked Wideman for his thoughts on his play and he believes there’s an explanation for everything.

“I think [Thursday] night, trying to jump up into the play, the pass [from Alex Ovechkin] was just a touch behind me,” he said. “If it was on, the we would have had a pretty tight in three-on-two or three-on-one kind of thing, so I maybe pushed it a little much there.

“Other ones, other goals, the OT goal, what do you do there? And then the other ones were just rebounds.”

Wideman summed up his play saying he was at his best in Game 4 while just trying to do his best in the first three games. That might not be much solace for Caps fans who have Braden Holtby to thank for covering up more than a few mistakes in the series. Saying they were “just rebounds” might give some of his teammates reason to pause though as not covering guys on rebounds is a team effort sort of thing.

For the most part, however, Wideman’s ill-timed appearances on the ice for goals have been minor blemishes for the Caps defense. They’ve played outstanding and have kept the Bruins as far away from Holtby’s net as possible and have limited the B’s top two lines to just one goal. That’ll do just fine, fellas.

  1. kantnockdahustle89 - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    #55 Jeff Shultz is also a reason hes been on the ice for a lot of the goals.

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      I’d be willing to trade Jeff Schultz for a $25 Dollar Gift Card to T.G.I Fridays

  2. gianthatr - Apr 21, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Yeah the Double Nickel needs to go….Orlov is the future in his spot…

  3. watermelon1 - Apr 22, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    In all honesty… I was dogging Mike Green’s defense looking before Wideman ever got to DC. they just happen to bring out the worst in eachother. Caps need some sort of defensive mentor to teach these guys how to play defense. It gets so ugly at times, they are just lucky they have one of the best feeder systems for goalies.

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