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John Erskine  #4

Washington Capitals  Defenseman
NUMBER: 4 BIRTHDATE: June 26, 1980  (AGE 33)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Kingston, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 220 DRAFTED: DAL / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 2nd   (39th overall)
2013-14
Earned an assist vs. BOS (3/29) ... Tallied 15 PIM at PHI (3/5) ... Missed 37 games due to injury (10/12-10/19, 10/28-12/13, 2/6-2/8, 3/6-3/25) ... Scored his first goal of the season at MTL (1/25) ... Earned an assist at NJ (1/24) ... Was a healthy extra in seven games (1/21, 3/30, 4/4-4/11) ... Tallied five blocked shots vs. BUF (1/12) ... Sparred with Colton Orr vs. TOR (1/10) ... Registered five hits at TB (1/9) ... Recorded four blocked shots at CAR (12/20) ... Recorded two hits in 14:51 of ice time at CGY (10/26) ... Registered two penalty minutes in 18:13 of ice time at EDM (10/24) ... Earned an assist and registered four penalty minutes at WPG (10/22) ... Registered two penalty minutes and two blocked shots vs. CAR (10/10) ... Recorded four shots and two hits at DAL (10/5) ... Registered two penalty minutes and two hits in 19:15 of ice time against CGY (10/3)
OHL First All-Star Team (2000) Missed majority of 2003-04 due to ankle (December 27, 2003 vs. Columbus) and hernia (January 24, 2004 vs. St. Louis) injuries. Traded to NY Islanders by Dallas with Dallas' 2nd round choice (Jesse Joensuu) in 2006 Entry Draft for Janne Niinimaa and NY Islanders' 5th round choice (Ondrej Roman) in 2007 Entry Draft, January 10, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Washington, September 14, 2006. Missed majority of 2006-07 due to foot (December 16, 2006 vs. Philadelphia) and thumb (March 9, 2007 vs. Carolina) injuries. Missed majority of 2011-12 due to various injuries and as a healthy reserve.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round