Monday, January 21, 2008

A Sweet Two Points....

Since I hate the Penguins as much as most Caps fans, getting two points against them in the shootout (even if they are sans Captian Crosby) is fun to watch. And, it was Alex Ovechkin (he of not much shootout success) and Alexander Semin who scored the goals. Evgeni Malkin and Ovie did their part to make the game exciting for their fans with 2 goals and 1 assist a piece, plus a brutal hit that sent Ovie flying. It looked like Ovie caused it as much as he suffered for it.

This game also showed me how important Shaone Morrison is to this team. Everyone's plus/minus suffered last night. Luckily, it appears he's only out with a bruised foot so I'm thrilled that he shouldn't be out long. He is the stay-at-home defense man to Mike Green's offensive minded ways.

The other amazing stat of the night, Nicklas Backstrom had the first back-to-back 4 point nights as a rookie in NHL history. He was being compared to Adam Oates (a high standard, indeed) and the sportscasters are now talking about him. I think the Caps may have a Calder Trophy contender on their hands for the second time in three seasons. That is simply astounding. I have a love-hate relationship, okay, mostly hate as I've called for his head more times than not, with GMGM, but I can't complain about Ovie (of course), Backstrom, Green or Semin. Wow, this team is fun to watch and they're playing without Clarkie and Pothier and tonight, Morrison, too.

Toronto is next. We want two more points.

Let's go Caps!

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