Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Game #45 Recap - Capitals 4 Senators 2

The Senators are sure glad they have no more games scheduled against the Caps this year. Washington swept the season series against the Sens with a 4-2 victory at Verizon Center last night. The Caps took the lead early in the second period with a power play goal from Mike Green. Green came in on the back door and deposited a beautiful pass from Viktor Kozlov. The Senators then tied the game and took the lead 2-1 at the 15:03 mark of the second period. 23 seconds later Alexander Semin stole a pass at the Ottawa blue line, absolutely undressed an Ottawa defensemen, and made Ray Emery look like a rented goalie (to steal a phrase). Now that is the Alexander Semin we all remember from last year. When Bruce Boudreau took over he said as goes Semin so goes the Caps. So it is good to see Semin starting to get his legs back under him. Alex Ovechkin converted a long rebound into a power play goal and Semin sealed the victory with his second goal of the game. The Caps are now within 2 games of .500 and are currently 1 standings point behind Florida and Buffalo.

Of Note:
  • Michal Nylander is scheduled for shoulder surgery today and is expected to miss 3 to 6 months.
  • Brent Johnson played well in his first start since coming back from a knee injury. He stopped 26 of 28 shots.
  • Brooks Laich had 2 shots on goal giving him 300 for his career. It was his rebound that Ovechkin score his 34th goal of the season.
  • Tomas Fleichmann recorded 2 assists including his first ever on an Ovechkin score.
  • Semin not only had two goals but recorded and assist on Green's score as well.
  • Ovechkin was credited with his 5th Game Winning Goal of the season. He has 18 in his career.
Official Recap
Game Summary
Super Stats

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