For much of this hockey season Caps’ defenseman Brian Pothier sat quite near what’s known as the “Blogger’s Ghetto” in the Verizon Center press box. I never approached him to ask any questions about his health and hockey hopes — to be blunt, the answers seemed too apparent and pessimistic. Obviously, there’s something special about Brian Pothier, and his story took a dramatic turn for the better in last night’s 5-3 win over Tampa: it was Potsy’s blast from the point that proved to be the game winner.
This morning, the Masterton trophy seems very much within his reach.
Pothier’s teammate Alexander Semin was a press box attendee last night, where he chatted some while with coaches and officials from the Russian national team. During the second intermission Semin, while discussing Pothier, told SovetskySport’s Dmitry Chesnokov, “I really want him to score.” So too, it seemed, did the 18,000 in Verizon Center last night — their standing ovation seconds after Pothier’s shot hit the back of the net was one of the more memorable moments in the home rink this hockey season.
Pucksandbooks was able to get to Pothier in the post-game locker room before the rest of the media, and asked him just where among all the goals he’s scored in his NHL career last night’s stood.