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Laich skates with teammates for first time since surgery

May 8, 2013, 12:33 PM EDT

Brooks Laich AP

Capitals forward Brooks Laich skated with teammates this morning for the first time since undergoing sports hernia surgery in April, reports CSN Washington.

Laich will not play tonight in Game 4 of the Caps’ series with the Rangers, and it’s reportedly unlikely he’ll be ready to go before the end of the first round.

But if Washington can get past New York, the 29-year-old may be back in action.

Injuries limited Laich to just nine games (1 goal, 3 assists) during the regular season.

  1. rsl22 - May 8, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Big game tonight….the fact is that teams that go 6-7 games with a few OT’s mixed in there in the first round rarely have the stamina to get to the Cup finals, much less win.

    The playoffs are simply too tough to be playing 7-game series every round. If the Caps can manage to get the win tonight, and get a healthy Brooks Laich back for the next series, they could become the team to beat out of the East.

    If the Rangers win, I don’t think either team will have the gas left to battle through the playoffs with Boston and Ottawa rested up.

    • kyzslew77 - May 8, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Bruins had three different seven game series in 2011. Not saying it’s the easy way to do things, but it’s been done recently.

      • rsl22 - May 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        True, but they also had a second round sweep against the Flyers. That helps a lot.

  2. bohman88 - May 8, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Agreed. Ottawa and Boston are two big physical teams. I’m sure I’ll catch a lot of heat for this one but, if the Pens advance and the Sens advance I don’t think Pittsburg will be able to match the physical play of the Sens.

    I pitty the team that plays Ottawa in the next round. Pending they advance, which I think is almost a safe assumption at this point.

    Other than that, GO CAPS.

    • rsl22 - May 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      I think both the Isles and Sens are a scarier matchup right now than the Pens.

      The story has been the same for three years now with the Pens: skate, shoot, win. As far as playoff teams go, they have a pretty weak D corp, Malkin forgot how to play hockey, and they are now going with Vokoun (who I believe has zero playoff wins under his belt) to try to save their season….

      If I’m the Sens, I’m loving the chance to face the Pens in round 2.

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