Donald Brashear Interview
After Thursday night’s Caps-Thrashers game I caught up with Donald Brashear, who has 1 goal, 3 assists, and 114 penalty minutes in 57 games this season. Brashear had a nice fight with Eric Boulton of Atlanta on Thursday night in the second period when the Caps were up, 2-1, so I wanted to get his take on that fight and other things going on with the Caps. Here is the full text of the interview:
WNST: It looked like you and Boulton had a pretty good fight tonight and they let you go a bit.
Brashear: Well, it was just a long fight and that’s about it. I was trying to get something going. Sometimes even if we are in the lead and the pace is down I try to get a little bit more life back in the arena but they scored right after [the fight] and we scored right after my penalty was over so it was good.
WNST: Have you fought Boulton before?
Brashear: Maybe only once before. I don’t usually fight him, he doesn’t usually fight. I was just trying to get some action and get things going and our team needs a little life at times, especially when we play alot of games [in a short time] so that is what I was trying to do.
WNST: Your young rookie goalies [Simeon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth] are now both 2-0 at the NHL level. What does the team think about that?
Brashear: Those guys have been called up for a reason, to help out, and when we need them every time they jumped in they did good. That is a key and a plus for our team. We are just happy to have them right now.
WNST: What do you think you guys did well Thursday night as a team?
Brashear: For the most part I think if you look at the game it seemed like a boring game, it was a checking game, and we had to be careful not to have too many turnovers and not give up scoring chances. They were just sitting there waiting for us to make mistakes. I think we stood by our system pretty much the whole three periods.
WNST: It seems like your line and the third line have been doing alot of cycling and creating chances and tonight Eric Fehr got a big goal.
Brashear: That’s good and that is the way it is. I mean, for the most part your top two lines are going to get the goals and get some goals on the power play and the third line will get some goals once in awhile and your fourth line too. That’s what you have to do and the bottom line is you have to make sure we don’t get scored on when we go out. If we can spend some time in their zone and tire those guys out, especially their defensemen that play alot of minutes, then it is a plus for our team when our good players are on the ice.
According to Pierre LeBrun (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=3939771&name=lebrun_pierre) the St. Louis Blues may not be trading Keith Tkachuk after all because they are in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race. So much for my plan to get him here on a line with Sergei Fedorov and Alexander Semin to go along with the Alexander Ovechkin-Nicklas Backstrom-Viktor Kozlov first line.
Goalie Martin Gerber was put on re-entry waivers by the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. He currently makes $3.7M but on a re-entry move the goalie can be had at a 50% discount. Buffalo and Calgary apparently are interested (Ryan Miller is injured in Buffalo and Calgary’s backup is seldom used and unproven Curtis McElhinney).
Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post is reporting that Boston forwards Marc Savard and Milan Lucic may not play against the Caps on Saturday afternoon at 1pm (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitalsinsider/2009/02/boston_globe_lucic_and_savard.html)