NHL Playoffs 2012: Mike Knuble Is Carrying the Washington Capitals

May 1st, 2012 by Robert Wood Leave a reply »
For the Washington Capitals to be successful during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, someone needed to step up and carry the team on his shoulders. 

But no one thought that someone would be Mike Knuble. 

The 2011-12 NHL regular season was the longest of Mike Knuble’s career.  Production from the 14-year veteran was down from the beginning.  As he began to struggle in the early stages of the season, Knuble was demoted by Bruce Boudreau, head coach at the time.  Boudreau took Knuble off the top line, where he had made a career out of playing alongside his team’s best forwards.  Knuble was no longer partnered with the likes of Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Alexander Semin.  Instead, he was relegated to the fourth line. 

This move did not help much either.  By the time Boudreau was fired on November 28th, Knuble had only two goals, with none since October 29th. 

Bruce Boudreau was replaced by former Capital great Dale Hunter, who was even tougher on Mike Knuble than his predecessor.  Hunter made Knuble a healthy scratch for 10 games, beginnin ...

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