Monday, February 21, 2011

Game #60 Recap: Caps 2 Buffalo 1

In another low scoring game the Capitals found a way to pull out the victory. Mathieu Perrault connected off of a fluke bounce in the second period to put the Capitals up 1-0. Prior to that play it looked like the Capitals had run into another too hot to beat goaltender in Ryan Miller. In the first period the Caps were stopped on 4 power play attempts which included a lengthy 5-on-3 advantage. The Capitals pumped 16 shots on goal in the first and 18 in the second but only had 1 goal to show for the effort. Miller robbed Nicklas Backstrom on two golden opportunities. After Perrault's goal the Capitals' Brooks Laich took a goalie interference penalty and a screened Semyon Varlamov allowed a goal that tied the score at 1-1. In the third the Caps killed off an early penalty before drawing a power play of their own. The Caps continued to put pucks to the net and it finally paid off. Alex Ovechkin fired a slap shot on goal and the rebound when straight to Perrault who fired the puck into the net off Marcus Johansson who was in front of the crease. The Capitals held off the Sabres for the rest of the period for their 20th all-time win in Buffalo. The team now heads to Pittsburgh for the final game on the road trip.

Of Note:
  • Semyon Varlamov stopped 28 of 29 shots in the win. He has a 10-8-4 record on the season with a 2.29 GAA and a 0.923 save%.
  • Alex Ovechkin has points in 3 consecutive games with 2 goals and 3 assists in those games.
  • Mathieu Perrault had 1 goal and 1 assist in the game. 
  • Marcus Johansson got his first career power play goal and game winning goal.
  • Jason Chimera and Matt Hendricks also picked up assist in the game.
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