Caps @ Senators 2-11-2010 Post-Mortem
Maybe this Olympic Break thing isn't such a bad idea... Onto the Battle Damage Assessment...
- Reluctant to tinker with the forward lines during a 14 game winning streak, Bruce Boudreau finally shakes some things up by promoting Brendan Morrrissonn to second line. Morrrissonn notched only a single assist but was game leading +4 on the night. Both of his linemates finished +2.
- Probably the biggest beneficiary of the improved play at the center position on the second line was Alexander "Slappy" Semin who scored his third career hat trick and the third Caps hat trick in as many games. He added an assist to get a four point night for himself.
- The Caps had been giving up tons of shots on goal, especially in one period here recently. Tonight the Caps gave up 12 in the first period, nine in the second, and seven in the third. Not bad numbers.
- Once again, the league leading Power Play came up empty, 0 for 2 with just 2 shots on goal.
- The Senators blocked 29 shots that the Caps took. The Caps only got 24 shots on goal for the game. And to make matters worse, the Caps only blocked 5 Senators shots and no Caps blocked more than one. Anton Volchenkov blocked 11 by himself.
- We understand that the winning streak was over but Semyon "the Saviour" Varlamov looked like a goaltender who hadn't played a game in over two months. Both Power Play goals he gave up tonight were very soft and he may have needed more than one game in Hershey before returning to NHL action.
- And speaking of that Penalty Kill, 0 for 2 with only 3 shots allowed. Maybe we want to come up with some more blocks on the Penalty Kill when our goaltender is trying to regain his form? That was the difference in the game right there.
- It's a good thing that Bruce Boudreau loves Tomas Fleischmann as much as he does because we're beginning to think that this the only reason why Fleischmann is still on this team. Ok, so he scored a goal tonight, but he was on the ice for all four even strength goals the Senators scored tonight. He ended with a richly deserved game worst -3 on the night. He was 2-9 in the faceoff circle as well. Look we weren't going to call the Fleischmann as center a success after just one game but this continues a disturbing trend of Fleischmann's where he gets off to a very strong start and reverts to form as things roll along. If he can't handle playing the top two lines here in D.C., General Manager George McPhee will have to move him because he is even more out of place on the third and fourth lines.
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