Monday, October 6, 2008

Preseason Game #7 Recap - Capitals 4 Bruins 5 (OT-SO)

The Capitals completed the preseason with a shootout loss to Boston. The Caps were out played in this one and were lucky to be close. The Caps allowed 44 shots on goal. Previous to this game the most the Caps had allowed was 31. Lets hope this was just a case of a game not meaning much and therefore not putting out the appropriate effort. If anything it will give Coach Boudreau something to harp on in practice. Even with the loss the Caps finish the preseason 5-1-1. Chris Bourque and Karl Alzner both have made the personnel decisions very difficult for the Caps. The Caps need to be down to a maximum 23-player roster and under the salary cap ceiling by wednesday.

Of Note:
  • Bourque scored a goal with just about 6-minutes remaining in the third period to send the game into overtime. Alzner assisted on the play as well as assiting on Chris Clark's goal to open the scoring. It was Alzner's first points as a member of the Capitals.
  • Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green scored the other goals for the Caps. Milan Jurcina, Alexander Semin, Michael Nylander, Eric Fehr, and Matt Bradley also had assists.
  • Jurcina played a very physical game recording 3 hits and a plus-3 rating.
  • Jose Theodore had a workout in net stopping 40 of 44 shots on goal. He made several unbelievable saves followed by some pedestian misses.
  • The team allowed 1 power play goal against in 4 chances and failed to convert on 2 power play attemps. The Caps finish the preseason 9 for 37 (24%) on the power play and killed 36 of 45 (87%) opponent power plays.
  • Ovechkin converted his shootout attempt but Nylander and Semin did not. Boston converted on their two attemps to win the shootout 2-1.
Official Recap
Game Summary
Super Stats

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