Caps vs. Rangers 3-6-2010 Post-Mortem
3 down, 11 to go... Onto the Battle Damage Assessment...
- Eric Fehr was sitting on pins and needles heading into the trading deadline and had to know that while he didn't get shipped out this time around, he was still under the gun with the players acquired. Fehr has responded by posting points in all three games since the deadline passed and scored a goal for the second consecutive game. He clearly doesn't want to sit.
- Jose "Alvin, Simon," Theodore with his first shutout on the season and the first one for the Caps since Semyon "The Saviour" Varlamov did it to the Ning back in December. Unlike The Saviour, Theodore didn't get hurt tonight and has come out of the Olympic Break playing really, really well.
- And while the Caps gave up 30 shots, the defensive effort and coverages were much, much better tonight. For whatever reason the Caps didn't seem to want to get the puck back from the Rangers very much but they had few breakdowns in front of Theodore and the team in front of Theodore deserve this shutout as much as Theodore does.
- Right now if it wasn't for bad luck, Alexander "Slappy" Semin wouldn't have had any luck tonight. Slappy was sent up perfectly on the Caps 5-on-3 Power Play chance in the first period and Slappy's stick disintegrates when he tries to take the shot. Not that Fehr was complaining very much... Then with another prime chance in the third period, Alex Auld came up with an outstanding save on Slappy.
- Another player suffering from an Olympic Hangover, Captain A.O., once again didn't look much like himself. Captain A.O. had seven shots on goal but none of them had the zip or explosiveness they usually do. Was that injury in the Russia-Canada game worse than everybody thought?
- Matt "Omar" Bradley was clearly and justifiably upset over being a healthy scratch on Thursday night, however his play tonight did nothing to justify further inclusion in lineup. He had a prime chance in the second period and instead of picking a corner on Auld, he tried to return a give and go pass to David "Bolt Cutter" Steckel that misfired because Steckel was well covered.
- Thursday night we chided the forwards for causing problems in their own end and tonight Shaone Morrrissonnn has probably the ugliest and worst turnover ever in the second period tonight. Luckily Theodore was able to bail out the winner of the John "Coach's Pet" Erskine Bowles Bonehead Play of the Game Award. But what Morrrissonnn was thinking with that pass is beyond us.
It has been... A TWO POINT NIGHT!!!
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