Thursday, October 22, 2009

Schultz has a 3 point night, seriously?

You know it's a weird night in Caps land when your scorers are not named Alex, but instead are named Jeff Schultz, Chris Clark, Eric Fehr, Alexandre Giroux (okay, one Alex) and Matt Bradley.   The Caps also got lucky which is in itself weird.  Luck usually runs against them, not for them, but when Jeff Schultz's 150 foot shot took a weird bounce on the soft ice and popped over the netminder's shoulder for a goal, that was lucky.

On the down side, they were lucky to win the game, at all.  Up 5-2 in the third period, the Caps let Atlanta get back into the game with goals from Maxim Afinogenov and Ilya Kovalchuk.  The Caps also went 0-7 on the power play which is just horrendous.  Contending teams don't play that sloppily and the Caps need to step it up.  Some will say it's only October, but I don't want to hear excuses, period.  

Other observations:
  • I love Mike Knuble.  I can't believe he used to be a Flyer, but I love him anyway.  It's fun to watch him muck it up in front of the net and try to shove pucks through the goaltender multiple times.  Too bad he ended up kicking in that one puck.
  • Eric Fehr's goal came on a beautiful outlet pass by Jeff Schultz (yes, I said Jeff Schultz and he played a great game last night and not just because of his scoring).  Fehr's goal was a beauty, streaking down the ice and shooting it over the left shoulder of the goaltender. I'm glad to see Fehr score.
  • Alex Ovechkin spent his night tied up by Pavel Kubina.  He is human and there are some players who play him really well.   He did not have a great night and he also got fined for slew footing.  I just hope that doesn't add fuel to the fire that he's a dirty player because it didn't appear as if there were any intent to injure on that play. 

Caps visit the New York Islanders tonight.

Let's go Caps!

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