Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Game #25 Recap - Capitals 3 Panthers 5

By all accounts, the Caps put out an uninspired effort and were rewarded with a 5-3 loss to the Florida Panthers. The Caps scored first but gave up 4 consecutive goals and were unable to come all the way back. The loss was the first of the year at home and with the injury situation does not bode well for the immediate future. If the Caps cannot get their energy up to play then we are destined to see more of these types of scores. The top line that had been so productive in the middle of November was on the ice for all three even strength goals against last night. Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Viktor Kozlov have a combined minus-12 rating in the last 2 games. Come on guys you have got to help out the inexperienced defense. The Caps next host the Islanders on thursday.

Of Note:
  • Tomas Fleischmann put up a goal and an assist last night and has 10 goals and 6 assists on the season.
  • Nicklas Backstrom and Viktor Kozlov each had a goal and an assist. Alex Ovechkin got an assist and leads the Caps with 31 points this season.
  • The power play connected twice on four attempts. Unfortunately so did Florida's.
  • The Caps were out drawn in face-offs 23-29. This was the second consecutive game that the Caps have been out drawn. They have won 50% or more of the draws in 18 of 25 games.
  • Bryan Helmer stat line: TOI 20:08, SOG 4, Hits 2, Blocked Shots 4. Not bad for the Hershey call up.
  • From the defense Shaone Morrisonn and Sami Lepisto each recorded an assist.
Official Recap
Game Summary
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