Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Capitals 3 Panthers 4

Another 1-goal loss as the Caps fall to the Panthers at the Phone Booth. After sleepwalking through the first two periods as the Caps have seemingly done for the past 16 games or so, something changed in the third period of last nights game. I'm not quite sure what it was but there seemed to be a belief that they could and would score. They had the Panthers reeling for most of the period and scored twice. Once by Alexander Semin at even strength and the other by Chris Clark on the power play. However, it was not enough to erase the deficit built over the previous two periods. We'll have to see if this will carry over into Wednesday's match with Atlanta, and I may be the only one who was actually encouraged by what I saw but let's hope that third period effort will continue.

Of Note:
  • After missing 9 games with an ankle sprain, Alexander Semin scored his first goal of the year. He batted the puck out of mid-air past the Florida goaltender.
  • Alex Ovechkin extended his most recent points streak to 5 games with an assist on the Clark power play goal.
  • Michal Nylander recored 2 assists on the night.
  • Brooks Laich has goals in back-to-back games. He scored a shorthanded goal, the second of the year for the Caps and the 4th of his his career.
  • The Caps out shot Florida 30 to 26 but were out drawn in face-offs 31 to 24.
  • The power play was 1 for 5 for the Caps, but they could not convert on a 5-on-3 in the second period. The PK did well stopping 3 Florida power play attempts.
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Shmee said...

Even though Nyls got two assists, I wasnt exactly thrilled with his play. I think he gets lazy out there at some point. Tarik pointed out that he has been taking overly long shifts, and that might be part of it, but even so...he is a vet, and should know better thent that.

Joe said...

I agree. It seems as if they are just trying to do too much. They need to just settle down and play hockey.

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