Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Caps need to learn how to pass again

In a 3-2 loss in overtime to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, the Caps demonstrated some awful passing and I'll call out Alex Ovechkin on that since his cross ice pass in front of Jose Theodore's net led to the Bruins first goal.  The Caps seem to continually make these really bad cross ice passes that end up being taken away by the opposition and it's starting to tick me off. Stop. It. Please.  Carry the puck up instead of turning it over.

Other random thoughts:
  • Tomas Fleischman had a strong game.  He cleared the puck out of the zone very effectively during the penalty kill and also set up Michael Nylander on the Caps second goal even with a Bruin tying up his skates with his stick.  
  • The Caps penalty kill, other than Flash's stellar play, is painful to watch.  Tom Poti please come back soon.  He should be back on Saturday against Detroit.
  • The first power play for the Caps ended with a pretty goal by Mike Green from Alexander Semin and Ovechkin after seemingly endless passing by the Caps.
  • I still don't understand what people see in Jeff Schultz other than he's 22 and can still develop.  He didn't play well in that game.  I watched him flub a couple of passes that ended up with the Caps losing the puck in the offensive zone.
  • Jose Theodore had another strong game in net.  How many times have I said that now?  After his earlier rough patch as a Capital when Brent Johnson was vying for the #1 job, I never thought I'd say that.  I hope he keeps up his consistent play of late.
  • Watching Alex Ovechkin lying motionless on the ice after crashing into the boards when Zdeno Chara hooked him made my heart stop.  Thankfully, he seems to be okay as he participated in the team scrimmage today.

Caps get a visit from the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday at the ridiculous time of 12:30 pm. I not much into going to hockey games that early but it is what it is.

Let's go Caps!

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