Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Game #74 Recap - Capitals 4 Predators 2

Washington started fast and held on late to beat the Predators 4-2 in Nashville last night. Cristobal Huet stopped 24 of 26 shots on the night. The Caps opened the scoring with 3 goals in the first but then took three consecutive penalties and allowed a Nashville goal four minutes into the second period. The Predators pressed the attack for the rest of the game, out shooting the Caps 19-11 in the second and third periods. The Preds drew within on goal at 12:37 of the third and had the momentum when Matt Cooke was called for tripping at 13:23. The Caps were able to kill off the penalty and with the Nashville net emptied for extra attacker, Alex Ovechkin cleared the puck out of the Caps defensive zone. The puck deflected off the boards and trickled into the net for his 58th goal of the season. Did he call bank on that shot? Yeah, he probably did. It was a good win for the Caps who kept pace with Philadelphia, who defeated Atlanta last night. The Caps moved ahead of Buffalo into 9th place in the conference and are 2 points behind Philly. The Caps play in Chicago tonight.

Of Note:
  • Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Matt Bradley scored the Capitals' fist period goal. Semin's goal came on the power play. The Caps went 1-3 on the power play on the game and the penalty kill was 4-5.
  • Bradley played his 200th game as a Washington Capital.
  • Ovechkin assisted on the first two goals of the game. The empty net goal was only the 5th of his career. His 3 points give him a league leading 102 on the season. The goal was also the 300th point of his career.
  • The 2 goal margin pushed the Caps overall goal differential to +1 on the season. The Caps have made the playoffs every season their overall goal differential was positive or even. In their history, they have never made the playoffs with a negative goal differential.
  • Mike Green and Brooks Laich recored assists in the game. Laich has 6 goals and 8 points in his last 8 games.
Official Recap
Game Summary
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