Game 1 Caps vs. Canadiens 4-15-2010 Post-Mortem
What??? Did you think it would be easy??? Onto the Battle Damage Assessment...
- Some will try to blame him but Jose "Alvin, Simon," Theodore played a good game tonight. He made 35 saves and came up with some big stops when the Caps needed them. All three goals allowed were not his fault.
- The Penalty Killing unit was aggressive all night and for the most part, took the play to the Canadiens. They were credited with 8 shots on goal on their 4 advantages but the Caps did a great job of keeping them off balance.
- 19 shots in the first period, only one goal.
- After badly outshooting Montreal in the first period 19-7, the Caps were outshot the rest of the way 31-28.
- That Captain A.O. didn't register a single shot on goal doesn't bother us as much his attempt to deliver a knock-out blow on Scott Gomez in the third period. Gomez simply side-stepped Captian A.O. and the defense started scrambling to recover, leading to Montreal's game tying goal. For those of you who love to yell "hit him" this is exactly why you need to pick your spots.
- We thought that the game was inconsistently officiated early on but what annoys us is that during regulation time, a TV timeout cannot take place after an icing call. Yet in overtime Montreal, having already burned their timeout, was lucky enough to get a TV Timeout type timeout after icing the puck when the ice crew came onto the ice to clear ice shavings. Why that rule changes in OT is beyond us but it doesn't surprise us if it actually does. Nor would we be surprised if the refs just simply blew it. This is the NHL after all.