Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Game 6 Caps @ Canadiens 4-26-2010 Wrap Up

The Local Yokels:

(Com)Post: coming back home, stopped cold, shot chartCaps.com.

The Neutral Observers:

NHL.com: Recap, game changerAP WireCanadian PressCBC.comESPN.com.

The Other Side:

Montreal Gazette: refusing to lose, busy night, starting to believe, big debut, more practice neededCanadiens.com.

Final Thoughts:

We posted the shot chart above to drive home our point from last night about the Caps taking too many shots from distance.  Only 14 of the 54 shots by our count came from in close and take a look at Joe Scorvo's shots.  He had a team high 10 shots on goal which included three from the neutral zone.  Again, we don't want to take anything away from Halak because he had an outstanding game, but the Caps have gotten away from the playoff style of hockey that they played early on in the series which is why we're now tied back up and heading into a Game 7.  Hopefully if the Caps back to crashing the net and pounding the Canadiens all over the ice, especially on the forecheck, the Caps can win Game 7.  But if they settle from shots from outside and don't do the dirty work that we've seen them do before, our spring will suddenly become a lot freer.

3 down, still 1 to go.

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