Caps @ Canadiens 2-10-2010 Post-Mortem
All good things must come to an end... Onto the Battle Damage Assessment...
- It took the NHL's highest scoring team 59 games to register a hat trick. Now the Caps have hat tricks in back-to-back games as Brooks "and Dunn" Laich turned the trick tonight for his first career hat trick.
- The selfish, cherry-picking, defensive zone slouch, Captain A.O. with two more assists tonight to run his season total to 46, good for 5th overall in the NHL. He now has 88 points on the season, 10 better than his next closest competitor, Henrik Sedin.
- By virtue of the Bettman Point and San Jose's 3-0 loss in Columbus, the Caps now have a two point lead on San Jose for the best overall record in the NHL. Should they end up tied, the Caps currently own the first tiebreaker with the Sharks (overall wins).
- Our top ranked Power Play went 1 for 7 tonight. Too many chances left on the table.
- The Caps have been living dangerously with the shots on goal allowed and tonight were once again outshot, 39-38. But the back-breaker was giving up 17 shots in the second period.
- The second line of Tomas Fleischmann, Alexander "Slappy" Semin, and Laich along with Tom Poti and John "Coach's Pet" Erskine Bowles were on the ice for goals allowed in the first minute of both the first and second periods. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on Bruce Boudreau for putting them back out there. Laich was an even player for tonight, Slappy a -1, and the rest were all -2.
- While the Penalty Killers were a respectable 4 for 5, it is still too many penalties to be taking against the second best Power Play. Especially two calls in the third period when you're trying to mount a comeback from three goals down.
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