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October 11th, 2010

Hockey Night in Washington: Caps vs. Senators, October 11, 2010

Caps Sens Action
Washington’s Eric Fehr and Ottawa’s Chris Kelly. Photo by Roland Pintilie

I’ll be at Verizon Center again on my couch tonight tweeting live during tonight’s game between the Caps and Senators.  Click here for a link to my Twitter feed.  Looks like Michal Neuvirth is getting the start in goal tonight for Washington.  In the meantime, here are some previews from around the Caps blogosphere.

Capitals Insider
Ottawa Citizen
Mike Vogel
CSN Washington
Caps Message Boards
Peerless Prognosticator
Live in Red
Red Line Station
Sports Network

See you sometime between 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. U.S. EDT.

END OF FIRST PERIOD: CAPS 1 SENS 0: We’ve been told over and over again that there’s no substitute for hard work, but a combination of talent and a little bit of good luck came together to give Washington its 1-0 lead.  Put simply, the puck squirted free from a scrum deep along the left wing boards and ended up on Alexander Semin’s stick right on the doorstep of the Ottawa goal.  Looking at nothing but net, Semin wristed in the puck for his first goal of the season.

But while the Caps might be on top on the scoreboard, the play on the ice has been more even.  While the Washington PK kept a clean sheet in three opportunities, Ottawa had more than their fair share of good looks at the net.  Your goalie is always your most important penalty killer, and that’s been the case thus for for Washington, as Michal Neuvirth kept coming up with big saves during Ottawa’s three power plays.  But while he was getting the stops, he wasn’t getting a lot of help from his teammates.  It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Neuvirth either, as he gave up more than his fair share of juicy rebounds that Ottawa couldn’t manage to capitalize on.

END OF SECOND PERIOD: CAPS 2 SENS 1: While the teams traded tallies this period, the story of this game continues to be Neuvirth, who has 22 saves on 23 Ottawa shots.  Though the Senators only had 10 shots on goal in the period, they’re generating good scoring chances, and Neuvirth continues to have to bat away shots from point blank range.  The Sens tied the game at 9:57 when Jarkko Ruutu deflected a Matt Carknet shot from the right point into the net.  The Caps responded just two minutes later when Matt Hendricks passed the puck from behind the net onto the stick of Eric Fehr, who skated into the slot uncovered.  He tapped the puck into an open net to give Washington a 2-1 lead.  The PK continues to get the job done, killing off another pair of Ottawa power plays.

END OF THIRD PERIOD: CAPS 2 SENS 2: Credit the Senators for playing smart hockey with more than a dash of tenacity.  The game was tied at 7:20 of the third period by BC grad Ryan Shannon on the prettiest goal of the night.  Peter Regin might have been pinned against the left wing boards, but he somehow managed to get the puck to Shannon, who split the Washington defense, cutting past John Carlson and putting the puck past Neuvirth.  The story for the rest of the period was Washington’s continued futility on the power play, now just 1-for-13 on the season.  The Caps had a pair of chances in the third, but couldn’t cash in on either of them.

OVERTIME: CAPS 3 SENS 2: All night long the Caps let an inferior team hang in the game, only for their captain, Alex Ovechkin, to save their bacon again.  With just :32 left in overtime, Ovechkin sent a wrist shot through Pascal Leclaire’s five-hole to give Washington a 3-2 victory.  Over the course of a season, talented teams manage to win plenty of games like these when they’re outplayed by a more disciplined team.  Here’s hoping we see this scenario less often over the course of this season.

September 10th, 2009

Some Caps Q&A

The fine folks at the DC Pro Sports Report asked me to fill out a questionnaire on the upcoming Washington Capitals season, and I was happy to oblige.

1. Will the Capitals three-peat as Southeast Division Champs?  If not, will they make the NHL playoffs?

Barring significant injuries, the team will repeat as SE Division champs.

2.  Do you foresee a Washington Capitals Stanley Cup appearance this season?

The potential is there.  Pittsburgh and Philadelphia will be the major roadblocks.

3. If and when will youngster Semyon Varlamov wrestle the starting goalie spot from Jose Theodore?

Since he became head coach, Bruce Boudreau has always gone with the hot hand in net.  At the same time, he’s not just going to hand this job to Varlamov, the kid is going to have to win it.  If Theodore manages to keep the job out of camp, I can’t see Boudreau letting him have two bad games in a row before going back to Varlamov.  Theodore will have to play the best hockey since his MVP/Vezina season in Montreal to keep the job.

4. Seems each year there is a surprise offensive player?  Who would you project to be that player this season for the Caps?

If I already knew it wouldn’t be a surprise, would it?  Then again, it would be nice to see Eric Fehr break out and justify the high pick that was spent on him.  Some of the stats I’ve seen on him based on production/ice time seem to indicate that the potential is there.

5.  What player or type of player do you think the Caps need to make the push to win the Stanley Cup? 

A lot of folks have bemoaned the loss of Donald Brashear, but every team in the NHL could use some more sandpaper along the boards and in front of the net.  Washington is no different.

6.  What impact do you think 2008 first rounder John Carlson will make this season with the Caps?

Washington is playing the long game in terms of player development.  They didn’t rush Karl Alzner last year, and they won’t rush Carlson this year.  He’ll see some time with the big club, show plenty of promise, but will probably top out somewhere around 25-30 games.

7.  Finally, predict the Southeast Division in order from top to bottom.

The rest of the teams in the division have show some incremental improvement, but not enough to upset the top two:

1. Washington
2. Carolina
3. Atlanta
4. Florida
5. Tampa Bay