Sunday, February 3, 2008

Game #53 Recap - Capitals 0 Thrashers 2

The Caps couldn't find a way to put the puck in the net last night. They fired 36 shots at Atlanta goalie Kari Lehtonen without seeing a red light. Olie Kolzig stopped 11 of 12 shots he faced and Atlanta got an empty net goal to put the game away. The Caps need to get more secondary scoring if they intend to make a serious run to the playoffs. The defense along with the third and fourth lines need more of an offensive presence. David Steckel was the last 3rd or 4th line forward to score and that was in Game 43 against Colorado. John Erskine's goal in Game 47 was the last by a defensemen. The Caps next game is Tuesday in Columbus then Wednesday in Philly. The team needs to string some victories together as they have dropped to 3rd in the Southeast and Tampa and Florida are not far behind.

Of Note:
  • The Caps held the Thrashers to 2 shots on goal in the first period and held a 36-13 overall edge.
  • Matt Pettinger recored his 500th career shot on goal, however, he hasn't scored a goal since December 8th.
  • Alex Ovehkin had 7 shots on goal giving him 1,107 in his career moving him past Dave Christian for 14th most in Caps History.
  • Nicklas Backstrom went 13-8 in the face-off circle and has improved his face-off percentage to 47% on the season. The team had a 32-30 advantage on the night.
  • For the third consecutive game the Caps failed to convert on the power play and have only 1 in their last 5.
Official Recap
Game Summary
Super Stats

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