Thursday, October 16, 2008

Cardiac Caps Survive the Penguins

The cardiac Caps are back. After an irritating two periods of hockey, the Caps showed up to play but by then they were behind 3-0. Amazingly, they answered back with 4 goals in that period and won the game at Mellon Arena. That hasn't happened very often lately.

What I liked:
  • Mike Green's open ice hip check on Evgeni Malkin rocked.
  • Boyd Gordon's game winning goal. It didn't light the lamp so play continued for another couple of minutes before the refs reviewed that play.
  • Matt Bradley, taking one for the team in an ugly fight which he lost by a mile, and coming back to play after numerous stitches.
  • Alexander Semin and Michael Nylander continue to be money in the bank (or goals in the net) for the Caps and were awarded 1st and 3rd star, respectively.
  • Tomas Fleishman had a 2 point night. Good, keep it coming.
  • Sergei Fedorov playing defense.

What I didn't like:

  • Alex Ovechkin hitting more than focusing on playing his game. He's struggling so far this year even if he's playing +3 hockey. I have no doubt he'll figure it out.
  • Nicklas Backstrom also struggling and not helping Ovie as a result.
  • Chris Clark is still working the rust off after his long-term injury so he's been invisible.
  • The ridiculous goal that Jose Theodore let in between the post and his pads. At least, he didn't let Sidney Crosby's first shot go in.

Next up, New Jersey Devils on Saturday. I'll be there rocking the red.

Let's go Caps!

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