February 1, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine (4) checks Philadelphia Flyers center Brayden Schenn (10) in the first period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Around the Beltway: Washington Capitals News and Links - John Erskine Suspension Edition

Hope everyone enjoyed a day off from the grind of the 48-game season. The Capitals are no doubt in a slightly better state of mind after grabbing their second win of 2013, finally making a third period lead stand up while holding off the Flyers on Friday night.

Of course it’s not all good news for the Caps, as John Erskine was suspended three games by the NHL for his elbow to the head of Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds. It’s hard to be too upset about Brendan Shanahan and company applying some discipline here, as the elbow was definitely extended in a way that was hard to defend. The NHL has shown that it doesn’t matter if the play in question draws a penalty or not (as this one didn’t). The video speaks for itself.

What else is on the minds of the people covering the Caps? Let’s go “Around the Beltway”:

  • Erskine’s suspension could mean that Tom Poti, who has been a healthy scratch for five games, returns to the lineup. The Caps must have been expecting the Shanahammer was coming down, especially given what happened to Nicklas Backstrom last year. (The Washington Times)
  • Greg Wyshynski called it a reckless elbow from Erskine and said it was not a matter of if he’d get suspended, but for how long. Wonder if Wysh thinks three games was enough… (Puck Daddy)
  • For what it’s worth, Simmonds didn’t play tonight for the Flyers and will be reevaluated on Sunday. The ‘c’ word is being thrown around (that’s be concussion), and I think I can safely speak for all Caps fans when I say I hope it doesn’t turn out to be serious. (NHL.com)
  • Braden Holtby will start again against the Penguins on Sunday. Coach Adam Oates says he wants to ride the hot goalie, and I guess given the way the season has started, one win qualifies as hot right now. (The Washington Post – Capitals Insider)
  • Should Troy Brouwer celebrate every goal with the “Gangnam Style” dance? Come on Troy, that’s so 2012. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

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