Sunday, April 20, 2008

Cardiac Caps hang on to beat Philly 3-2 in game 5

I don't know who started that name, but I did think I was having a heart attack during the last four minutes of that game yesterday afternoon. The Caps came out flying hard in the first period and continued taking their game to Philly like they did in the heartbreaking overtime loss on Thursday night. This time they won.

Nicklas Backstrom netted another goal from a sick Alexander Semin pass on the power play almost halfway through the first. Semin also kept pushing the Flyers around and got a roughing penalty in the first minute of the game. Semin has been impressive this series and Backstrom is blossoming by not being suffocated by the top line defense.

Sergei Fedorov scored the 2nd goal and Semin got the 3rd with assists from Fedorov and Mike Green. The Flyers made it interesting when Derian Hatcher knocked one past Cristobal Huet (30 saves and more doozies) less than a minute later. The Caps then survived Philly's late game push through the last 4+ minutes. Whew...

Philly kept Alex Ovechkin scoreless again, but he played a good game and made his presence felt. He's getting used to playoff style hockey, too. I expect to see him score tomorrow night.

Back to Philly tomorrow.

Let's go Caps!

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