Friday, April 17, 2009

Ugh...defense and goaltending kill the Caps

It was an intensely fought battle and, in the end, the Caps succumbed to poor defense and goaltending.  

Highlights and observations:
  • Jeff Schultz got owned by Brandon Dubinsky and then Jose Theodore muffed the save.  Just an unbelievably awful play. 
  • Alex Ovechkin came to play as he had 2 assists, 13 shots, 6 hits, 3 takeaways and played +2 hockey in 26:07.  Ovie got the first star for a reason.
  • Mike Green played 30:47 (a bit much in my opinion) and ended the night -2 with 3 hits.
  • Nicklas Backstrom won 72% of his faceoffs which is a huge improvement over his numbers in some games this season.  He learned how to play playoff hockey last year and I expect bigger things from him this year.  The Caps won 70% of their draws.  That's important in the playoffs.
  • Viktor Kozlov finally gets a goal in the playoffs.  It is about time.
Jose Theodore played unacceptable hockey in that game and everyone's talking about it.  Tomorrow night is probably one of the most important games of his career.

Let's go Caps!


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