Morning Skate: The elephant in the room

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Morning Skate: The elephant in the room

Katie Carrera from the Washington Post says that ice time is the elephant in the room for Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals during their playoff run.

Bob Mand from the Hockey Writers says that the absence of Nathan Horton was instrumental in Bostons first round exit. I would agree on one level, but they still had enough to get by the Washington Capitals if other players were close to their normal level of production. The numbers before-and-after Hortons injury also have to take into account that Rich Peverley was also missing for a significant portion of that season chunk as well. But on balance I agree with the premise, and wonder how strongly Horton bounces back from his concussion issues next season.

CBC rink side reporter Scott Oake bares his soul to the world in a touching story about the loss of his son to drug addiction little more than a year ago.

The Senators are looking to sign Erik Karlsson, but theyre also hoping to do it on a budget after a monster season from the Swedish defenseman.

Mike Knuble, Keith Aucoin and Joel Ward have been dominant for the Capitals as a fourth line thus far during the playoffs. The Bruins could tell you all about that firsthand.

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Puck Daddy AKA Greg Wyshynski asks whether Dale Hunter is pushing all the right buttons, or whether hes simply an accidental genius.

Kevin Dineen goes over his first very successful year at the helm of the Florida Panthers, even if the Jack Adams voters felt it appropriate to skip him over for consideration.

For something completely different: the new Dark Knight movie trailer was released today and it caused a tremor in the geekosphere. Check it out.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

QUOTES:

"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.

 

NOTES:

* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.

STARS:

1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.