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CAPS 4, Penguins 3 (SO)

We all said tonight’s game was “just another game.” The players said it (it only took two periods for one, Eric Belanger to admit that it was “fun” and a playoff-like atmosphere), coaches said it, and even as fans we said it. But we were just trying to kid ourselves. It was evident minutes into this match-up that tonight’s game between Washington and Pittsburgh was anything but. Here are a few notes/observations/mindless ramblings from the game:

  • Tom Poti, you are my boy, and you made up for it later on, but I wanted to lose my mind when that puck shot over the glass not two and a half minutes into the game. Luckily, “There ain’t no Poti like a DC Poti,” and I was only mad at you for the next 2 minutes.
  • Tomas Fleishmann’s tripping penalty in the latter half of the first saved a goal and preserved Theo’s incredible first period shutout after facing 17 shots in the first 20 minutes.
  • Mike Knuble may have unintentionally written some new lyrics to Shaq’s (in)famous freestyle on the first goal of the game – insert ‘Fleury’ for Kobe and ‘a**’ for ‘jock’. That was such a Mike Knuble goal, too. Step 1) Crash net. Step 2) Locate puck, even if 7 feet in air. 3) Put puck in net.
  • Of course, the answering goal a little over a minute later by Max Talbot is something that occurs way to often for my liking. Even a few casual fans (shout-out to my Pops) noted how the team often gives up a goal shortly after scoring one of our own.
  • While I’m being a constructive critic – is that even a real thing? – our first (and only – more on that later) powerplay did not look particularly sharp. Not a whole lot of time spent in our offensive zone in possession of the puck and at least one shorthanded opportunity arose for Pittsburgh.
  • I always love the intensity the boys bring to start the third period. They were firing a lot of shots at Fleury and hitting the Pens hard in those first couple of minutes.
  • Whoever taught Crosby to act must have a few Academy Awards under their belt. That head-tilt whiplash effect on the Jeff Schultz holding call sold Mr. Devorski’s crew as the hand didn’t go up until his thespian skills shined.
  • Semin’s shorthanded goal. What.Did.He.Do? I would have been happy with a simple clear there but the individual effort was unbelievable. That goal was dirtier than a Metro handrail. I keep checking the score sheet though – why wasn’t Crosby credited with an assist there?
  • The Belanger-to-Green-to-Fehr tip in was pretty to watch. I find myself saying that a lot about goals that Belanger assists on.
  • In the first two periods alone, I counted 5 missed calls by Mr. Devorski and his crew. There was a trip early in the first period, a slash on Ovechkin after the play midway through the first, a hook on Ovechkin about 5 minutes into the 2nd down in our defensive zone corner, a high stick on Fehr during a rebound opportunity, and a hook that incidentally led to the high sticking call against Semin. Kudos to your crew, Paul, I actually expected you ti miss more That said, I was impressed with out PK throughout the night (although up against an admittedly struggling Pittsburgh PP unit without Malkin).
  • Finally, I know our Player of the Game was Alexander Semin, but for the first time in theCAPSlock history (the whole 20 days or so) no player received a 3-to-1 or 4-to-0 vote for the award. Stick-taps go to two other players: Mike Knuble who had the first goal of the game and the last – his first career shoot-out goal (good call Bruce). Secondly – a goalie stick-tap to Jose Theodore as he made some amazing saves once again en route to a 39-save victory.
  • One final note – get well quickly Brooksie. It was good to win without you, but it’s better to win with you. Hats off to your streak of 257 consecutive games played.

- L.A.

CAPS 7, Panthers 3

I’m going to apologize for the long layoff in between posts. Many locksmiths have been out “on business” or “away for the weekend,” whichever you prefer to believe. However, after a tiny break – we’re back, and on a night where your Washington Capitals completed the season sweep of the Florida Panthers (without the NHL’s best player). I love watching what this team can do without their number one star – everyone steps it up a notch and puts all other 29 teams on notice that we are very dangerous no matter who is on or off the ice. Overall, a very blue-collar victory where the entire team worked hard. What else did I observe tonight? Glad you asked…

  • Shaone Morrisonn and Tyler Sloan, of all people, sent a message early with two huge hits in the opening minutes of the first stanza. We were there to not only to come away with the W, but send a message: we can win without Him.
  • Jason Chimera’s goal was a hell of a play – just charging past the defense straight to the net as he’s rewarded by having a shot at the freakin’ ocean. A Knuble-esque effort there. As Nasty Nate says – “[Chimera's]  my boy.”
  • Brooks Laich had an outstanding game, stepping up in 8’s absence. “He was all over the place.” One helper, two goals, led the team with 8 shots on net. He was damn close to a hat-trick as well, except for Tomas Vokoun’s nutty save late in the 1st period.
  • Speaking of Vokoun – I just kept thinking of this after the CAPS’ 5th goal tonight. In 4 games against the CAPS, Vokoun has lost on all occasions, giving up 17 goals (4 on the powerplay, and one of the shorthanded variety).
  • And while we’re on the subject of goaltenders – Theo did a solid job in net tonight. Aside from the blast from Reinprecht where he had a clear view of the shot, I enjoyed what I saw from Mr. Theodore. After failing to get the puck out of our zone no one picked Kreps up on his rebound goal, and Florida’s third goal was also a result of a turnover deep in our defensive zone.
  • Eric Fehr.
  • Prettiest goal of the night, when nearly all seemed to come as a result of a rebound – Brendan Morrison. Vokoun’s effort to stop that dangle is summarized here.
  • I enjoyed seeing Ovi up in the press box enjoying the game during the telecast. Reminded me that he is human after all. I just hope somebody got him some nachos and a Coke (no diet).
  • Stick tap the penalty kill tonight at 100%.
  • One final note I just heard – Barry Melrose on ESPN: “Let’s get the rest of the league playing like Alex Ovechkin.” He went on to say the roughness of the sport is what makes it great, and how he fears sissies will once be able to enter the game. Amen to that, friend.

- L.A.