Thursday, December 11, 2008

Game #29 Recap - Capitals 3 Bruins 1

The Capitals showed just why everyone had such high expectations coming into this season. The Caps took it to Eastern Conference leading Bruins 3-1 last night. The highlights reels will be plastered with Brent Johnson saves as the Caps' goalie stood on his head for the team. Only a defensive lapse in the final minute of the second period denied him the shutout he deserved. The Caps played their system and did something, I noticed, had been lacking in recent games. That was getting the puck deep into the offensive zone and pounding the Boston defensemen. It was good to see the physical game return to the Caps as 15 of the 18 skaters recorded at least one hit. The offense scored one goal in each period with Nicklas Backstrom opening the scoring with a power play deflection goal. In the second Alexandre Giroux converted a rebound on a Viktor Kozlov shot. The scoring ended with an empty net goal from Alex Ovechkin in the final minute.

Of Note:
  • Ovechkin, Backstrom and Kozlov had 2 points each. Ovechkin and Backstrom had a goal and an assist each. Kozlov chipped in 2 assists.
  • Alexandre Giroux netted the game-winner but was stopped on a penalty shot early in the third period. The Hershey call up was leading the AHL in goal scoring prior to his recall to the Caps.
  • Oskar Osala made his NHL debut with the Caps. The rookie skated 11:15 and recorded 1 shot on goal, had 1 attempt blocked and missed the net on 1 other shot.
  • In the win, Brent Johnson stopped 33 of 34 shots on goal and was named the #1 Star of the Game.
  • The Caps converted on 1 of 2 power plays and held the Bruins scoreless on 3 attempts.
  • In the face-off circle the Caps thoroughly dominated winning 44 of 72 draws (61%).
Official Recap
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