Caps vs. Wild 11-13-2009 Post-Mortem
Not quite boring, not quite exciting... Onto the Battle Damage Assessment...
- No shots on goal for the Caps in the first seven minutes as they didn't get the "chase" part of the "dump and chase" style going. But 41 shots on goal over the last 53 minutes was impressive to us even though there are still those who think they didn't shoot enough.
- We have a Brian Pothier sighting! A game winning goal, for #2, his 2nd of the season, at the 2 minute mark. Anybody else noticing a pattern here???
- Against a team that was running at over 90% on the road in the Penalty Killing department, the Caps went 1 for 3 with 7 shots on goal. As a matter of fact, it was the Power Play in the first period that got the Caps offense going in tonight's game.
- Look, we don't enjoy beating up on Semyon "The Saviour" Varlamov on here but calls for him to be proclaimed the #1 goaltender after just under two games is absurd, especially since he let in another questionable goal. The Saviour is young, he'll be a good one but can we please keep expectations at a somewhat reasonable level right now?
- Against a goaltender with a 4.73 goals against average and .761 save percentage entering tonight's game. The Caps hung just two goals on him in 40 shots and allow him to lower those gaudy numbers to a slightly more respectable 3.92 GAA and .849 save percentage.
- The defensive effort overall was ok but with Jeff "Sergeant" Schultz and Milan Jurcina out of the lineup tonight, not a whole lot of crease clearing going on in the Caps zone. Too many pucks to the slot for our tastes tonight. That a big reason why the Caps allowed 30 shots on goal.
- If you haven't already heard it being reported in mulitple places, Mike Knuble is out 3-4 weeks with a broken finger. That's going to hurt we think from a leadership standpoint.
- And we've seen stupid penalties in our lives and Niklas Backstrom's cross checking minor in the first period is among the stupidest we've ever seen. Not only was the cross check late, uncalled for, but it was entirely weak. IF you're going to take a penalty like that, you should least get your $$$$$'s worth as far as we're concerned.
It has been... A TWO POINT NIGHT!!!
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