Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Capitals 1 Sabers 3

According to Interim Head Coach Bruce Boudreau in a winning streak the third win gets you over the hump, makes you believe you are going to win the next game. The Capitals couldn't quite get over the hump. A couple of mistakes by Michal Nylander and Tomas Fleischmann led directly to Buffalo goals last night. Nylander was snake bit all night. In the third period he had the puck behind Saber's goalie Ryan Miller and wasn't able to get it across the goal line. Moments later Alexander Semin set Nylander up with a nice pass from behind the net but Nylander was unable to get the puck past Miller. Alex Ovechkin had another highlight reel goal taking the puck from his own zone, racing down the left wing, passing the puck to himself through defender Brian Campbell's legs, shooting the puck on net, avoiding two more defenders and burying the rebound behind the goalie. The stop of the game went to Olie Kolzig who stopped Jochan Hecht on a rebound attempt. Hecht looked absolutely flabbergasted after his shot was snared by the diving Kolzig (see picture above). Hecht and Kolzig are good friends and play together on the German National Team. The Caps play again on Wednesday against Florida.

Of Note:
  • Alex Ovechkin's goal extended his consecutive points streak to 9 games. It also ties him with the late Gaetan Duchesne for 26th place on the Caps All-Time Points list with 225 points.
  • This was the 6th consecutive game the Caps had 30 of more shots on goal. They out shot Buffalo 31-25.
  • The Caps dominated the face-offs winning 40 of 66 draws.
  • The Caps did not allow a power play goal for the second consecutive game.
  • Steve Eminger recorded his first point of the season assisting on the Ovechkin goal.
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Shmee said...

I am more then a little frustrated with some Caps, who seem to think regular turnovers are fine and dandy. Judging my the quotes in the media today from Olie and Clark, I am not the only frustrated one.

Joe said...

I would agree, especially when the turnovers are turned into goals by the opposition. This coupled with the inability of the Capitals not named Ovechkin to put the puck in the net. Fleischmann, Nylander and Semin all had opportunities to bury the puck and didn't. This team needs to simplify its play and from what I hear out of BB that is his philosophy. Unfortunately, the team hasn't had one full practice with him since he took over. But I'm with you, I hate yelling "Just get it out of the zone!" at my TV as the Caps try to stick handle past three defenders at our own blue line.

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