Thursday, February 7, 2008

Game #55 Recap - Capitals 4 Flyers 3

This morning the Capitals find themselves in an unfamiliar territory. After defeating a very good Philadelphia Flyer team last night, the Caps have claimed the top spot in the Southeast Division. Their 57 standings points are 1 point ahead of Carolina and Atlanta. Brooks Laich, Matt Bradley, Viktor Kozlov and, of course, Alex Ovechkin scored goals as the Caps built a 4-1 lead with about 10 minutes left in the third period. The Flyers, winners of eight of their last 10, made a run with 2 late goals but Washington held on for the victory. Olie Kolzig play very well in goal stopping 31 of 34 shots. The Caps face Carolina on Friday in a game that should have a playoff type atmosphere in the Phone Booth.

Of Note:
  • Alex Ovechkin matched his goal total from last year scoring his 46th of the season. The goal turned out to be the game winner. The score moved him into a tie for 13th on the Caps All-Time Goals Scored list with his friend Sergei Gonchar.
  • The defense continued the offensive contributions with Mike Green assisting twice and single assists from Tom Poti and Milan Jurcina.
  • Vikor Kozlov scored his 11th goal of the season and seems to have been able to jump start the second line as he, Alexander Semin, and Tomas Fleischmann have been getting quality scoring chances. However, Kozlov has been a bit rusty on his face-offs. After a 1-10 performance in Columbus he was 5-9 last night.
  • The Caps were out shot 27 to 34 and went 29 to 38 in the face-off circle.
  • Since Thanksgiving, the Caps, under Bruce Boudreau, have won 14 of 21 1-goal games.
Official Recap
Game Summary
Super Stats

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