Thursday, December 13, 2007

Capitals 5 Rangers 4 (OT)


The Capitals night went much like Donald Brashear's first period fight with Colton Orr of the Rangers. Donald took some early shots, started trading blows for a bit and ended it with a knockout blow. The Rangers took an early 2-0 lead in the first. Joe Motzko scored the next two goals for the Caps with some nice setups from the Donald. Ovechkin deflected a Mike Green shot to take the lead early into the third. The Rangers came back to tie not once but twice after a Jeff Schultz tally to send the game to overtime. The knockout came when Brendon Shanahan tripped over the wonderful Verizon Center ice surface allowing Brooks Laich to steal the puck and race to the other end with Mike Green on a 2-on-1. Laich made a nice pass to Green who knocked the water bottle off the net behind Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist with a snap wrister. The Caps are now winners of 4 of their last 5 and have a date against Buffalo on Friday.

Of Note:
  • Joe Motzko's two goals were his first as a Capital.
  • Jeff Shultz scored a goal in his third consecutive game. He has 4 goals on the season and 4 points in his last 5 games.
  • Alex Ovechkin extended his scoring streak to 6 games and has scored in 15 of the last 16 games. Talk about consistant!
  • Mike Green recorded a 3-point night with a goal and 2 assists. His overtime goal was his first ever NHL game winner.
  • Donald Brashear's fight gives him 203 penalty minutes as a Capital and 2,368 in his career. That's nearly 40 games in the penalty box!
  • The Caps out shot the Rangers 35-23, including and 18-7 margin in the first.
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