An intense 5 minutes seals Caps 3-1 win over Florida
Shaone Morrisonn's 5 minute major left the Caps playing a 5-3 penalty kill for 1:05 following by the other 3:55 on a 5-4 to finish out the last 5:06 of the game. To say that the Caps penalty kill has struggled would be an understatement. They've let in goals in 13 straight games on the penalty kill so this situation presented a challenge.
As the phone booth vibrated with cheering Caps fans who had just "unleash(ed) the fury", the penalty killers did their job. David Steckel made a couple of the great clearing plays and Mike Green's 168 foot empty netter goal threw the crowd into a frenzy. David Steckel was awarded the 2nd star of the game since he blocked 4 shots, got credited for 3 hits and won 64% of his faceoffs in addition to making the great clearing plays on the extended penalty kill.
Mike Green should have been awarded a star in my opinion. He got the 2nd goal of the game off a beauty of a pass from Alex Ovechkin and his empty netter play at the end of the game sealed the victory for the Caps. He's on a roll and leads all defense men in goals and points.
The bad part of the game...the first period. The Caps looked awful and their passes were not hitting the market, at all, during that period. But, the Caps needed that SE divisional win and they got it. I'm glad since the Panthers give the Caps a fit all the time.
Caps head to New York to see the Rangers on Wednesday.
Let's go Caps!