Caps tough one out to get 2 points in Philly
It's hard for me to decide which team from the state of Pennsylvania I hate most, the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Philadelphia Flyers. I think the Flyers have a slight edge right now as the Caps lost to them in game 7 in OT during the first round of the playoffs last year and they trounced the Caps 7-1 in December. On Thursday, at least, the Caps came out on top 2-1 at Philly for a nice mini road trip that ended with 4 points.
Alex Ovechkin scored, assisted and made the biggest defensive play of the game, by knocking the puck off a streaking Flyer's stick while sliding on the ice, for the first star. On the power play goal, Ovie shot to the net and Brooks Laich, perfectly positioned in front of the net, deflected the shot for the goal. The Caps win more games when they remember to park themselves in front of the net. Ovie's game winning 48th goal with a pass from Alexander Semin came with 2:41 left in the game. Semin interupted a Philly pass and sent it to Ovie in a beautiful move to get that goal.
The Caps penalty killers were stellar killing off 3 penalties in the first period and Jose Theodore made some highlight reel stops on Philly to get the 2nd star and keep the team in the game for the win.
The puck drops in two hours against the Carolina Hurricanes who are fighting for the 8th spot in the playoffs. They'll be hungry as every game counts for them so it'll be interesting.
Let's go Caps!