Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Post-Game: Capitals @ Hurricanes

The Washington Capitals score three goals in the first period for a second straight game and dominated the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1.
  • Brent Johnson did not return for the second period. Johnny looked as though he hurt his hip making a save late in the first period. Brent made 13 saves on 14 shots in the first, and Jose Theodore saved all 13 Canes shots he faced.
  • The Young Guns combined for five goals and nine assists and were the only Capitals players to record points. Granted there were some times where the guys were getting "too cute" like always, but I don't think Gabby can bring that up with the top line's overall performance.
  • Nicklas Backstrom scored his first goal of the year (finally). Alex Semin has scored in the past five games against Carolina. Sascha now leads the league in goals... again. Mike Green moved into sole position of second place for goals by 'D' men. Alex Ovechkin scored for the second straight game. This line is hands-down the best in the NHL, and if they can keep it up on a night-to-night basis, the Capitals will be playing hockey in June.
  • The only negative aspect that Caps fans could take away from this game is the penalties. The Capitals were flagged for seven minors (three by Milan Jurcina, two by Semin, a rare minor by Boyd Gordon, and a trip by John Erskine). Carolina only capitalized on one, thanks to some great penalty killing. The PKers even killed off a 5-3 for over a minute in the first period.
  • Washington has now won their past four games and got points in seven of the past eight games. This brings them atop the Southeast Division, two points ahead of Carolina. Up next for the Caps is a home-and-home game against the New Jersey Devils before traveling out west for a four game road trip.
One last thing: Tonight I watched the game online through the Hurricane's feed. I could handle the announcers mispronouncing "Nylander" or even them ragging on Semin's ability to speak English, but honestly how could the network mess this up?

Sorry for the bad quality, but the old Capitals logo at the end of the clip is inexcusable... Every Capitals replay concluded with their OLD logo flying across the screen. C'om on, seriously?


richard said...

How long will Johnson be out for? i think Theodore needs to prove himself a whole game instead of 13 saves.

MPL said...

It's not that serious, he will backup Jose against NJ, and should be ready within a few games. Johnny is "day-to-day" as of right now.