Late Monday night, the Washington Capitals landed one of the best players available ahead of the trade deadline, acquiring right-handed defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from the Blues.
Shattenkirk played six full seasons in St. Louis, including parts of five with former Blue and current Capitals forward TJ Oshie. Oshie spoke to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford about the trade and was very excited.
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Risking dropping their second straight game to a sub-par team, the Washington Capitals were rescued by none other than Jason Chimera, a healthy scratch just a game ago.
For Chimera it was sweet redemption and “especially nice” that it came against his former team, the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Despite the win, victory wasn’t easy for Washington with sloppy play plaguing the Caps throughout the night.
“We did not do a very good job tonight,” veteran center Jason Arnott said. “There were a lot of bouncing pucks, a lot of nonchalant plays that we don’t normally make … We have to clean up our own zone, it starts tomorrow with the video, and try to correct it and come up with a better effort to back our goaltender up.”
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau seemed to agree Arnott’s view that the Capitals must play better in front of young netminder Michal Neuvirth.
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