Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Game #67 Recap - Capitals 10 Bruins 2

The Capitals dismantled the Boston Bruins at Verizon center yesterday 10-2. The Caps had a 6-spot in the first period led by Alex Ovechkin who netted a hat trick and newcomer Matt Cooke who score 0:32 into the game. When the dust had settled 15 Capitals were on the score sheet. Ovechkin had 5 points including goals 50, 51, and 52. Nicklas Backstrom recored a goal and three assists. Cooke had a goal and two assists. Eric Fehr chipped in with three helpers. It was the largest goal output since putting 12 on the board against Florida in 2003. Boston starting goalie Tim Thomas was pulled not once but twice in the game. Donald Brashear had a goal and two fights. Matt Bradley and Brooks Laich each finished with two goals apiece. It was a most impressive display by the Capitals and that needs to carry over through the rest of the stretch run. The Caps now have a taste of just how well they can play, now they need to apply that same effort in each upcoming game. The team heads to Buffalo tomorrow for another huge game for the team.

Of Note:
  • Alex Ovechkin's five points gives him an NHL leading 90 points on the season. He passes Kevin Hatcher and is now alone in 11th place on the Capitals All-Time Goals list. His two assists tie him with the late Gaetan Duchesne at 27th on the Caps All-Time Assist list. He joins Dennis Maruk and Peter Bondra as the only Capitals with two 50-goal seasons. His second goal was his 22nd game-winner, good enough for 10th All-Time for the Caps. He also tied Maruk with his 55th power play goal, 7th most All-Time for the Caps. Needless to say, if he is going to be here for 13 more years he will own every Caps record known to man.
  • Somehow in all that scoring Alexander Semin, Sergei Fedorov, and Brooks Laich were a minus-1 on the night. The rest of the team was +28.
  • Cristobal Huet started in net stopping 20 of 22 shot but left after the second period with back spasms. Olie Kolzig played the third period stopping all five shots he faced.
  • The Caps out shot Boston 34-27 and out drew them in the face-off circle 31-26. In three games with the Caps Sergei Fedorov has won 30 face-off while only losing 12 (71.4%).
  • The Caps scored a season high 4 power play goals, however, Boston score their first goal with the man advantage. Both teams had 7 attempts.
Official Recap
Game Summary
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