Monday, November 18, 2013

Caps best game of the season v St. Louis

Caps played their best game of the season against one of the top 5 teams in the West, the St. Louis Blues.  It was a tired Blues team, since they got in late and played yesterday.  Regardless, Coach Adam Oates orchestrated a great game plan for the match. The Caps kept the puck in the middle with tape to tape passing and made offensive noise early with Alex Ovechkin scoring at 7:27 and 12:34 in the first period. Mikhail Grabovski made it 3-0 before the end of the first.
The Cap usually stink in first periods this season and often look like they're sleep walking. Not tonight. They chased Jaroslav Halak from the net, after the deadly second line, oops I meant third line, scored that 3rd goal. 

Nicklas Backstrom contributed three assists and made some eyes in the back of his head plays. He's looking more and more like the pre-concussion Nickie, which is critical for the Caps. 
Marcus Johansson is making me eat my words about him. But, I like to be proven wrong if it means the Capitals get better. I'm still not sold on his ability to be an effective player in the playoffs and, for Caps fans, that is all that matters. He seemed to build his confidence playing on the 2nd line, while Ovechkin was out, and then slid back into the top line in Detroit and looked comfortable tonight and contributed with an assist and smart plays.

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Let's go Caps!

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