Thursday night at Verizon Center was our first opportunity to catch up with Quintin Laing after his human sacrifice performance Monday night in Pittsburgh. Recall that in leading the Caps’ kill of a Pens’ 5-on-3 man advantage in sudden death OT then, en route to the Caps’ shootout victory,¬†Laing threw his body seemingly at each and every point blast the Pens tried. Like you, we saw a euphoric Alexander Ovechkin recognize Laing’s efforts on the bench at the end of overtime Monday night, and we wanted to know what the GR8 had said to him.
We also wanted to know how in a role that doesn’t necessarily lend itself to statistical analysis Laing evaluated his contributions to the team. On this question we received a most telling response:¬†He evaluates his effectiveness on whether or not the Caps win each night — he takes it most personally if the opposition scores a goal when he’s on the ice. And that conspicuous courage component of his? Here’s his creed: “If I had a broken bone I’d go out there — it’s the NHL, nothing’s gonna keep me out.”
Lastly, we wanted to know how his family reacted to the courageous and indeed at times dangerous style of play he’s adopted in D.C. It pains us at times to see the abuse he regularly absorbs. Imagine¬†the concern¬†his family must have!¬†¬†¬†¬†