BOYD GORDON AND MATT BRADLEY

There is weird and then there is weird, and you can file this under weird.

Boyd Gordon and Matt Bradley are two important pieces to the emerging Stanley Cup puzzle that is the Washington Capitals. Although the team is led by Alexander Ovechkin, with a strong supporting cast that includes defenceman Mike Green and youngsters Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin, Gordon and Bradley are important elements on a team that will be challenging for the Stanley Cup for years to come.

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Bradley was drafted by San Jose back in 1996 but has been with the Caps for five seasons. The right winger is known more for his defensive work than his touch around the net, although he did manage two goals in fourteen games in the 2008 playoffs.

Gordon is a half a generation younger, having been selected seventeenth overall by the Caps in 2002. He has played all his NHL games with Washington, and he played for Canada against Ovechkin in the gold-medal game of the 2003 World Junior Championship.

Nothing can reasonably explain how and why this superstition came to be, but teammate Brooks Laich explains it as delicately as anyone, albeit between laughs: “Before every game Brads has to go over to Gordo and tap him in the jock.” Laugh. Pause. “It’s so funny,” Laich continues, “because neither can play unless he does it!”

And so the definition of superstition falls below the belt, as it were.

BOYD GORDON AND MATT BRADLEY

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