Sunday, March 2, 2008

Game #66 Recap - Capitals 2 Maple Leafs 3

The Caps stumbled on home ice last night falling to the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2. The Caps not only failed to keep up with Carolina, who won 5-1 over Tampa, but also missed a chance to leapfrog the New York Islanders, who lost to Philly, into 10th place in the conference. The Caps trail Carolina by 5 points and New York by 1. Head Coach Bruce Boudreau was not very pleased with his team's effort giving them today off as a "metal health day."

The Caps scored first as Alex Ovechkin broke his goal scoring drought with his 49th goal of the season. In the second period a myriad of mistakes lead to two Toronto goals and the Caps could only muster 5 shots on goal in the period despite three power play chances. Another gaff in the third led to Toronto's third goal at 5:42 of the frame. Viktor Kozlov brought the Caps within one converting a rebound of an Ovechkin shot at 9:38 but the Caps could not get any closer despite numerous chances. The Caps must now look forward to Monday's match with the Boston Bruins.

Of Note:
  • Ovechkin's 49th goal of the season was his 147th of his career and moves him into 12th place on the Caps All-Time Goal scoring list one ahead of Steve Konowalchuk. His assist on the Kozlov goal ties him with Craig Laughlin for 19th on the Caps All-Time Points list with 283.
  • The Capitals power play sputtered going 0-5, including a 5-on-3 for 22-seconds with no shots on goal. The Caps only took two penalties but the Leafs converted on the second to tie the game 1-1 early in the second period.
  • The Caps led in face-off wins 33-21 with David Steckel winning 8 of 9, Boyd Gordon winning 8 of 12 and Sergei Fedorov winning 8 of 13. The Caps out shot Toronto 28-25.
Official Recap
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