“Stuff happens in the playoffs,” Karl Alzner said Wednesday, after the Washington Capitals were done banging the puck around at Kettler Iceplex. Oh yes, stuff does. Lots of stuff. After-the-whistle stuff. Before-the-puck-is-dropped stuff. While-the-officials’-heads-are-turned stuff. And let’s not forget that old standby: after-the-game-is-over stuff.
“That’s what makes the game real hard,” Jay Beagle said. “Somebody gives you a cheap shot, and you want to punch him in the head. It’s an emotional game. But you have to skate away.”