Caps Call For Collins

Posted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel

Defenseman Sean Collins played in 15 NHL games for the 2008-09 Washington Capitals, the last of which was a Jan. 10, 2009 game against the Canadiens in Montreal. Today, he’ll be in the lineup for Washington and will play his first NHL game in nearly 27 months. With blueliners Mike Green, Tom Poti, Dennis Wideman and John Erskine on the sidelines with injuries, the Caps put out the call for Collins. “I’m just looking at it as an opportunity for myself,” says Collins. I just want to come in and do whatever I can to help the team out. Whether they play me 10 minutes or five minutes or 20 minutes, just play my game and do whatever I can to help the team out.” Collins skated with the Capitals this morning, but wasn’t officially recalled to Washington until after he cleared waivers at noon on Saturday. A native of Detroit, Collins made his NHL debut in Toronto on Dec. 6, 2008. At the time, the Capitals were playing without five regular defensemen – Brian Pothier, Tom Poti, Mike Green, John Erskine and Jeff Schultz – because of injuries. Collins became the fifth Hershey Bears blueliner to be recalled at that early juncture of the season. Four of those Hershey defensemen – Karl Alzner, Collins, Bryan Helmer and Sami Lepisto – were in the lineup that night along with veterans Milan Jurcina and Shaone Morrisonn – as Caps downed the Leafs 2-1 on goals from Alzner and Jurcina. That game was also noteworthy in that it was the only game in the 2008-09 season that the Caps won in which they did not get a goal from one of the “Young Guns:” Green, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin. Washington was 11-4 in the 15 games in which Collins played during the 2008-09 season. “It was a while ago,” says Collins of his previous NHL stint. “But when I played in those games I kind of developed a confidence and it showed me that I can play in this league. So it helps a ton.”

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