Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Game #35 Recap - Capitals 5 Rangers 4 (OT)

The Capitals were without half their starting lineup. They also spotted New York a 4-0 lead 5-minutes into the second period. Then the Caps performed their version of the Christmas miracle. Alex Ovechkin scored 2 goals including the tying goal to lead the Caps back to even. In the overtime, unlikely hero Shaone Morrisonn blasted a slap shot home to give the Caps a 5-4 victory.

The Caps now get a couple of days to recover and prepare for a match with Buffalo on Friday.

Of Note:
  • Alex Ovechkin's stat line: 2 goals, 1 assist, minus-2 rating, 13 shots on goal, 2 takeaways. As impressive as that is, it does not come close to the way he lifted the team and lead them in this comeback. Truly an MVP performance.
  • Nicklas Backstrom connected with 3 primary assists on the Caps first 3 goals. He now has 82 assists in his career and moves into 43th place on the Caps All-Time Assist Leaders list. He passed Doug Jarvis, Michael Nylander and Alexander Semin. Not bad for the second year player.
  • Tomas Fleischmann scored his 12th goal of the season on the power play. The Caps went 2 for 5 on with the extra man and held New York goalless in 3 attempts.
  • Viktor Kozlov scored on a brilliant shot from an even better pass from Backstrom. Kozlov now has 193 career goals. Who gets to 200 goals first, Ovechkin or Kozlov? Kozlov needs 7 but Alex is on his heels with 185.
  • With the win the Caps have won 8 of their last 10 games and hold a 8 point lead in the Southeast Division. Merry Christmas everyone!
Official Recap
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