Sunday, March 30, 2008

Game #79 Recap - Capitals 3 Panthers 0

With a 3-0 victory over the Florida Panthers, the Capitals keep pace with Philly and Boston in the race for the 8th playoff spot. They also got some help from Tampa who defeated the Carolina Hurricanes allowing the Caps to pull within 2 points of the Southeast Division Leaders. Cristobal Huet recorded his second shutout for the Caps since coming over from the Canadians at the trade deadline. After a scoreless first period, Viktor Kozlov opened the scoring in the second period with a one-timer that beat Florida goaltender Tomas Vokoun. Then Mike Green converted a beautiful feed from Alex Ovechkin for a 2-0 lead after two periods. Not to be out done, Ovechkin collected a loose puck mid-way in the third and fired it into the net for his 62nd goal of the season. The Caps finished their 6-game road trip with a 5-1-0 record. They face Carolina at home on Tuesday.

Of Note:
  • Huet stopped 34 shots for his 4th shutout of the season.
  • Viktor Kozlov had a three point night (1 goal - 2 assists) and Mike Green scored his 18th goal of the year. Both players broke the 50 point plateau on the season.
  • Tom Poti had 2 assists and Brooks Laich and Ovechkin had 1, as well.
  • The Caps were out shot 30-32 and out drawn in face-offs 28-24.
Official Recap
Game Summary
Super Stats

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