Saturday, March 12, 2011

Game #69 Recap: Caps 2 Carolina 1

For the seventh consecutive game the Capitals come out the victors. As in 5 of the previous 6 the Caps won by just one goal. After giving up a goal to Carolina in the second period the Caps scored two in the third to come from behind and win it 2-1. Alexander Ovechkin scored the tying goal for the Capitals on a vintage Ovie wrister coming down the right wing. Marcus Johansson carried the puck over the blue line and dropped a pass that Ovechkin fired into the top left corner of the net. The Capitals then took the lead following a penalty kill when Matt Hendricks blocked a shot and the puck deflected to center ice. Just out of the box, Jason Arnott picked up the lose puck and headed in on a breakaway. Arnott was stoned by Carolina goalie Cam Ward but nobody picked up Hendricks who followed up the play and calmly knocked the rebound into the net giving the Caps the lead with twelve and a hafl minutes to play. Once again Braden Holtby was in net a was superb. He gave up 1 goal on 41 shots and made mare then a few great saves especially on the penalty kill. The Caps win, coupled with a Tampa loss, gives them a 4 point cushion in the SE Division. However, the Bolts do have a game in hand. Next up, the Caps face the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow at 12:30.

Of Note:
  • Alex Ovechkin scored has points in 7 straight games and has accumulated 11 points in those games.
  • The Capitals killed off all 5 Carolina power plays they faced but were unable to score on 2 of their own power plays.
  • The Caps were out shot 41-26 in the game but only allowed 3 shots to Carolina while they were on the power play. 
  • As a team Washington blocked 26 shots in the game. John Carlson led the way with 5 followed by Karl Alzner and Boyd Gordon with 4 each.
  • For Matt Hendricks the goal was his 8th of the year and 3rd game-winner.
  • Marcus Johansson, Mike Knuble and Jason Arnott each had 1 assist.
  • Jeff Schultz was +2.
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