Thursday, November 27, 2008

Game #22 Recap - Capitals 5 Thrashers 3

Alex Ovechkin led the Caps with his sixth career hat trick to a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers. The injury depleted team got just what it needed with a high energy performance and a return to the win column. Even with half the defense called up from the AHL the team held Atlanta to 18 shots on goal. The Caps offense was very effective on the forecheck and the passing was very accurate. Michael Nylander, Tomas Fleischmann, and Eric Fehr scored on a gorgeous 3-on-1 passing play. It was a good overall effort from the team and just what the doctor ordered.

Of Note:
  • Alex Ovechkin scored for the ninth consecutive game. He has 21 points (10g, 11a) in those 9 games. He also recorded the 25th game-winner of his career. Ovechkin had a career high 8 missed shots.
  • The power play scored 2 goals on 4 attempts but gave up 2 power play goals to Atlanta on 3 attempts.
  • Viktor Kozlov recoreded 3 points in the victory including a break away goal early in the third period.
  • 2007 first round draft pick Karl Alzner made his NHL debut. Alzner logged over 21-minutes of ice time with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot.
  • Sami Lepisto played his first game of the season and picked up the primary assist on Ovechkin's first goal.
  • Graham Mink and Chris Bourque combined for 7 shots on goal.
  • The Caps outshot Atlanta 33-18 and outdrew the Thrashers in the face-off dot 28-19.
  • Jose Theodore was solid early but gave up 3 goals on 18 shots.
  • Tomas Fleischmann had 2 assists in the game and has scored points in 3 straight and 6 of the last 7.
Official Recap
Game Summary
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