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Matt Hendricks Not Forgotten By Washington Capitals Fans

Though Matt Hendricks was just a fourth liner for the Washington Capitals, he’s a player who Caps fans (myself included) still love and root for. Why is that? Well, there are plenty of reasons for Caps fans to love Hendricks.

First of all, he was a fan favorite because he gave it his all every moment that he was on the ice. Hendricks was never the most skilled player on the ice (unless it was a shootout), but he made sure that nobody outworked him. 

Hendricks won over Washington Capitals fans by standing up for his teammates on a consistent basis. He was a true enforcer. The kind of guy who if you cheap shotted Alex Ovechkin or any of the Caps, you were going to have to dance with Hendricks.

It didn’t matter who you were or how big you were, Hendricks would make sure to remind opponents that if they wanted to take liberties against the Caps, you were going to pay for it. When Rene Bourque elbowed Nicklas Backstrom in the head back in the 2011-2012 season, Hendricks took it upon himself to hold Bourque accountable.

The biggest reason that Washington Capitals fans love Hendricks was his unexpected expertise in shootouts. Normally, you’d think a grinder/enforcer like Hendricks would be awful to use in shootouts.

If that’s what you think, perhaps you should ask any number of the goalies who ended up on ESPN getting humiliated by Hendricks. Hendricks got his nickname “The Paralyzer” because his patented shootout move paralyzed and frustrated goalies.

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