Monday, December 29, 2008

Post-Game: Capitals vs Maple Leafs

On a night where one of the Washington Capitals' greatest was immortalized forever atop the rafters at Verizon Center, fans got quite a show from the Caps young stud winger: Alex Ovechkin.

  • Ovechkin tallied two goals, bringing his total to 25 for the year. That's good for second in the league on he's on track for 58 goals. Ovie fired seven shots and now averages over six and a quarter per game. If he keeps up his scoring pace, he's looking at a new personal record of 113 points.
  • Brooks Laich had his fourth career two-goal game (all Caps wins) and has been on quite a tear of late. He's no longer being "too cute" for Bruce Boudreau, and picking up those dirty goals like he's supposed to.
  • Nicklas Backstrom has 30 assists in 37 games, including the two he had last night. He didn't get 30 assists last year until January 21st...I'm just going on record as saying that Backstrom has been my favorite player since 'Day 1' and I wear his jersey to every game.
Being at the game last night was quite an honor to witness history. Mike Gartner played before my time, but from what Rod Languay, Yvon Labre, and Dale Hunter said, he was quite a guy both on and off the ice. I would compare him to Art Monk in the sense that he was so great, but sincec he never showboated, he flew in under the radar.

Watching the video tribute and his jersey being rasied (video), it really sends chills down your back.

  • Oh yeah, and for those who still don't believe in Jose:
Jose is set to start his fifth straight game tomorrow against Buffalo, and has won three in-a-row.

And you've gotta check out this story:

Finally, here are some images my friend and I took during the game:

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