Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Closer Look at the Energy Line

It’s easy to root for Ovechkin to break out of his goal slump, or Semin to stay on track for the league lead in points and goals, but which players’ goals are directly linked to wins?

Surprise, surprise: The fourth (energy) line of Boyd Gordon, Donald Brashear, and Matt Bradley. Since the beginning of the 2007-2008 season, when one of those three players scores a goal, the Capitals are a combined 18-0-1.

Although the trio only combined for an assist on the first goal last night (a nice one at that), the importance of their grind-it-out type goals should not be overlooked.

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