Ovechkin's 200th goal overshadowed by Caps loss
Once again, the Caps with a 2nd place standing in the Eastern conference let the 13th place team in the Western conference, the Los Angeles Kings walk away from the Verizon Center with 2 points. The Caps did not show up to play defense at all. The Kings scored on three breakaways. Seriously? I can't even imagine what Coach Boudreau had to say to those guys after the game. It was ugly.
The amazing thing is that the Capitals almost managed to tie the game up in the end of the 3rd period. That shows how good they can be if they'll show up and play 60 minutes of hockey. Props to Jose Theodore because he, once again, kept them in the game. How has it happened that the guy who played terribly at the beginning of the season is winning games for the Caps.
Alex Ovechkin's 200th goal came on a faceoff with good work from Alexander Semin on the pass. The Caps fan favorite joined elite company scoring his 200th goal in his 4th season as only Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy reached that level of scoring as quickly.
The Caps went into the penalty box 9 times which killed them. They've got to stay out of the damn box, particularly, during the playoffs. The defense also needs to tighten up their game in a big way. That's probably why Karl Alzner has been recalled for tonight's game against the Florida Panthers.
By the way, Caps, this is a division game against a team that beats you frequently no matter where they are in the standings. Right now, the Kitty Cats are in front of Carolina. Perhaps you should take them seriously.
I'll be there cheering.
Let's go Caps!