Sunday, January 6, 2008

Game #42 Recap - Capitals 5 Canadians 4 (OT)

What if, what if, what if??? What if the Capitals had been on the same pace in fist 21 games as they have in their second 21 games? Well they would have 52 standings points and be second in the Eastern Conference. In my mind I knew this was a better team than results in the first 21 games. Even with injuries to their Captain Chris Clark, their top 2 defensemen, and their second leading scorer from last year they still managed to go into Montreal and come away with a victory. Mike Green scored the game-winning goal yesterday and now the Caps are within a couple of points of getting back into the play-off race. Who would have thought they would be able to come back after getting behind by 2 goals early in the game? The Caps have started to believe that they have the ability to win in this league and they seem to be gaining in confidence with each game. The team is playing an exciting game of hockey that is suited to the talents of their offensive star Alex Ovechkin who now has 32 goals on the year. His two goals yesterday put him alone in second place in the NHL goal scoring race. The team is off until Wednesday where they open a 5-game home stand against the Colorado Avalanche. I look forward to seeing them turn around their home record that is 2 games under .500, and firmly put them in the post season race.

Of Note:
  • Mike Green had a goal and two assists giving him 11 goals and 13 assists on the season.
  • Alex Ovechkin's two goals gives him 130 for his career. He moves ahead of Alan Haworth into 16th place on the Capitals All-Time Goals list.
  • Michal Nylander had two assists moving him into 51st on the Capitals All-Time Assists list moving ahead of Keith Jones and Richard Zednik.
  • The Caps out shot Montreal 29-27 and out drew them in the face-off dot 32-24.
  • Other contributors on offense included Boyd Gordon and Nicklas Backstrom with a goal each and John Erskine, Tomas Fleischmann, and Jeff Schultz with assists.
  • The Caps are 5-2-3 in their last ten games.
Official Recap
Game Summary
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