Caps @ Rangers 2-4-2010 Post-Mortem
How's it going to end??? Onto the Battle Damage Assessment...
- Jose "Alvin, Simon," Theodore had a strong game despite allowing 5 goals, many of which he could do nothing about. Though we would have liked a save on Vaclav Prospal's first goal just 10 seconds after the Caps tied up the game in the first period. However, Theodore came up with 16 saves in the first period alone and 33 for the game.
- Captain A.O. with two goals and an assist tonight running his career total to 501 points, 80 on the season taking over the top spot in the NHL in the Art Ross race. His 38 goals are also good for the NHL lead (he has the tie breaker over Patrick Marleau).
- Nicklas Backstrom with the game winning goal and four assists. He now has 69 points on the season and is quietly turning into a superstar player.
- Where the Power Play couldn't come through on Tuesday night, it cashed in tonight against a good Penalty Killing unit going 3 for 9.
- Make that three bad first periods in a row. We thought the Caps owned the first period?
- For a team with one of the worst Penalty Killing units on the road, the Caps played with fire by taking six penalties.
- We noted this morning that it was either feast or famine for the Rangers. The Rangers scored five goals but Marion Gaborik did get any of them. Figure that one out...
- The Penalty Killers were just 2 for 6 tonight. That just can't happen if this team wants to win.
- We're trying to figure out why Joe Beninati and Craig Laughin were heaping all the praise Tom Poti. Poti was on the ice for all four Power Play goals scored against the Caps tonight and made some really sloppy plays. Though we now understand why Bruce Boudreau won't use Poti on the Power Play. Twice tonight he telegraphed point-to-point passes on the Power Play that were picked off by Ryan Callahan. The first one was somewhat understandable, but the second one was downright inexcusable as Poti should have learned the lesson the first time. That's why it is the John "Coach's Pet" Erskine Bowles Bonehead Play of the Game.
It has been... A TWO POINT NIGHT!!!
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