E.J. Hradek's mailbag hits on a variety of topics: What's wrong with the Caps right now? Is Sidney Crosby truly a 'dirty player'? Are the Blackhawks going to miss the playoffs? Are the Stars going to be the surprise of May 2011?
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar was helped off the ice after being leveled by a knee-to-knee hit by Capitals star Alex Ovechkin during the first period of their Eastern Conference semifinals game Friday night.