Hendricks, Caps put up a fight in loss

Hendricks, Caps put up a fight in loss
March 16, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Matt Hendricks drops the gloves with Adam McQuaid

News and notes from the Capitals’ 4-1 loss to the Bruins Saturday at Boston’s TD Garden:

Challenging Hendy: Caps forward Matt Hendricks spent most of his afternoon in the penalty box. He fought Nathan Horton late in the second period and on his way to the dressing room was challenged by Bruins heavyweight Shawn Thornton. Early in the third period Thornton tried goading Hendricks into a fight before McQuaid made the same offer. Hendricks took on McQuaid and chewed up his right hand in the fight. As he left the ice for medical attention he took a few verbal jabs from the Boston crowd and gave the “I’m watching you” gesture to a fan.

Rippin’ Ribby: When Mike Ribeiro dropped the gloves with Brad Marchand late in the second period it marked his first fight in 764 NHL games. Ribeiro didn’t have much of a choice. Marchand dropped his gloves first and Ribeiro did more bobbing and weaving than punching.

Falling back: The Caps fell behind 2-0 for the fifth straight game. They’ve allowed the first goal in 13 of their first 27 games.

Hillen in, Schilling down: Defenseman Jack Hillen returned to the lineup for the first time since injuring his shoulder in the season opener. He played on a third pairing with Tom Poti. With Hillen back the Caps sent rookie Cameron Schilling back to the AHL Hershey Bears.

Erskine ready? The Caps are hoping defenseman John Erskine will be available to play Sunday night when the Buffalo Sabres visit VerizonCenter. Erskine has been sidelined the past four games with what is believed to be a hand or wrist injury.

Penalty trouble: Trailing 3-1 entering the third period, the Caps took themselves out of the game when Hillen slashed Jay Pandolfo, setting the stage for Rich Peverley’s power-play goal to make it 4-1 and put the game out of reach.