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Video: Capitals’ Erskine robs Jets…twice

Apr 24, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

A player like Washington Capitals blueliner John Erskine doesn’t usually make the highlight reels. However, the defensive defenseman has been having a strong season and Washington’s 5-3 victory against the Winnipeg Jets was a prime example of that.

Erskine blocked a team-high seven shots in 19:11 minutes of playing time, including this gem early in the game:

He also showed off his reflexes and determination when he managed to swat away a puck that was a mere moment away from sliding into the back of the net.

You can watch that potentially game-changing move below:

“That was just a reaction,” Erskine said in a Monumental Network video. He added, “I just stuck my stick back there and hoped for the best.”

All the same, he’s impressed his teammates with his efforts. He now has 59 blocked shots in just 28 games this season.

“He’s our third goalie right now,” Alex Ovechkin joked, according to the Capitals’ website.

  1. thehairychestsportsblog - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Read earlier comments about Caps fans wishing the Southeast division would stick around, I find that funny because the Caps regular season record against the Pens, Bruins, Rangers, Canadians, Flyers, Senators etc etc, is one pretty damn good.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      i dont know what point you’re trying to make considering the half the teams you listed still arent gonna be in the caps division next year either. caps didnt fare well at all against the atlantic (pitt, nj, nyi, nyr, phi – all new division rivals now) only winning 4 of the 15 games there. the other teams that will be in the new “patrick” division are columbus (who they didnt play at all this year) and then the familiarly bad carolina hurricanes…thats a total of 8 wins in the 20 games against soon to be division foes.

  2. dipthatchip - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Johnny on the spot baby. After those two plays, he probably had to tuck his humongous big member into his sock

  3. jpelle82 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    game savers by erskine. caps came out flat in the second period, was worried after the weak kane goal but they shut them down in the third…made them look elementary in the final 5 minutes – no shots on that pp then no zone time whatsoever in the final seconds. good win, maybe next year jets fans…chances look pretty slim now.

  4. blackfoot11 - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Erskine looked like Marty Brodeur last night with the double stacked pad save on the second close goal chance by the Jets. Erskine deserves the second star behind the Beagle line last night.

  5. caps4cup - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Let’s go Caps!!!

  6. hockeyflow33 - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    What is Blake Wheeler doing on that second video?

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