Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Caps win 4-2 after 2-0 start to force game 7

How do you like me now? I can only imagine Alex Ovechkin had that thought for the Philly fans (and the media) after he scored the game winning goal on a breakaway pass from Viktor Kozlov to put the Caps up 3-2. Ovie got his 2nd goal of the night on a power play due to too many men on the ice for Philly to seal the Caps come from behind 4-2 victory.

Not that the Great 8 hasn't been contributing during this playoff series in other ways. He's drawn the top Philly blue liners and mixed it up with them all the way by hitting them and tiring them out. Plus, once Coach Boudreau made what is looking like his most brilliant change in this playoff series...moving Sergei Fedorov to center Ovie's line and putting Nicklas Backstrom with Alexander Semin the Caps have been buzzing and it was inevitable that Ovie would find space. So, let's see, is 2 game winning goals in a best of 7 series, 1 pp goal, 4 assists and 29 hits enough to convince people that Ovie can play in the playoffs? It is for me, but, of course, I'm biased.

Backstrom and Semin continued their stellar playing together again last night and they each added a goal to their point totals for the series. One was a multiple quick pass beauty that Backstrom snapped past Biron. Semin tied the game at 18:03 in the third. Semin gets called out, often rightly, about being a lazy player. He's been anything but in the playoffs by mucking it up with the Flyers, which surprised everyone, and showing his superior stick handling skills.

Cristobal Huet made 33 saves. His stick handling last night almost gave me a heart attack though. Huet's lucky that his pass that went directly to a Flyer's stick didn't end in a goal. He hung in there and will see how he does in back-to-back games, since that's never been his strength. But the Caps are on a high after being down 3-1 in this series and I expect Huet to bring his game again tonight.

This amazing season for the Caps continues tonight at the phone booth. It's another win or go home game and the Caps don't seem to want to quit yet. Boudreau certainly doesn't and that attitude says a lot. I hear it from the whole team, too. Well, guess what, Caps, your rabid and playoff starved fans want more hockey, too.

Let's go Caps!

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