Sunday, April 10, 2011

Game #82 Recap: Caps 0 Florida 1

In a game that looked more like a scrimmage the Caps fell 1-0 to the Florida Panthers. Probable playoff game #1 starter Michal Neuvirth looked decent in the loss giving up only 1 goal on 23 shots. On offensive the Caps had 28 shots at the net but couldn't get one past Tomas Vokoun for the second time this season. Vokoun shutout the Caps in Washington back on December 9th for the fourth loss of their infamous 8-game losing streak. So the regular season is done and a little scoreboard watching showed that the Carolina Hurricanes were routed at home so the Capitals will face the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs. Hopefully, Washington will either forget the beat downs they took from the Rangers earlier this season. It should be fun and it all starts next week.

Of Note:
  • Alex Ovechkin had 6 shots on goal and 3 hits in the game and finished the season with a career low 85 points and 31 goals. However, he did tie his career high with 11 game-winning goals and finished the final 5 games with 3 goals and 5 assists.
  • Michal Neuvirth finished his first full campaign in Washington with a record of 27-12-4. The goalies for the Capitals combined for a save percentage of 0.920 which was a franchise best.
  • Scott Hannan led the rear guards with 4 of the teams 18 blocked shots in the game. The Capitals also set a franchise mark with a total of 1,257 blocked shots during the season. This is a good skill to be good at in the post season be sure to watch.
  • Washington was 0 for 1 on the power play while the Panther were 0 for 2. The Capitals penalty killers finished the season allowing 42 power play goals on 299 chances for an 86% kill rate.
  • Now its on to post season and thank you to everyone who has been following along for the 2010-11 Capitals regular season. I hope to see you back again for the playoffs.
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