Sunday, December 04, 2005

"Drought Over"

Capitals 5, Rangers 1

“All is right with the world, Alexander Ovechkin has scored…” said Joe Beninati. And Caps fans let out a collective sigh of relief.

Three other Caps that needed goals to get out of their 5 game slump. Along with AO, Dainius Zubrus, Jeff Halpern, and Steve Emminger all got a tally on the board.

Olaf Kolzig should have gotten a shutout, but two late penalties cut into Kolzig’s glory. The Caps finally get a game that goes their way. Along with a goal that opened the scoring for the Caps, AO got a playmaker’s 3 assists.

Jaromir Jagr had a nice homecoming only getting an assist on a 5-on-3 power play. Jagr wanted to score, to show off in front of his former team’s house. The Rangers just looked frustrated, relying more on their talent than a system. Only late in the game did New York finally get some pressure on Kolzig.

Overall Grade: A

The Caps hard work and opportunist attitude to scoring paid off. The Capitals still need to work on their power play which was 1-6 tonight. I was so impressed with Graham Mink, who was called up from Hershey. Capitals were so close giving Kolzig a shutout, which seems to be a rarity nowadays in the NHL.

Wash Post sings the praises of the Caps. I happy this team got a good solid win, against a hot team to end their streak. Now if they can turn this into more than one win.

Maxime Ouellet was traded to Vancouver’s system for a fifth-round pick in 2006 NHL Entry Draft. The Capitals must feel pretty comfortable in the goaltender department. Or is it a move to free up some more money for something else? Hmmm…

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will see you bright and early on Monday…


Anonymous said...

As a die-hard Rangers fan who attended the game last night, I've got to tip my hat to the Caps. They soundly and decisively out-hustled, out-checked, and just out-played the Rangers from beginning to end. It was as if the Ranger's were skating with their heads down the whole game. The Caps on the other hand were finishing every check, passing crisply, and not giving the Rangers any space. And of course, Ovechkin was stellar.

Garrett said...

No doubt, it was as if the Rangers were tenative which has been rare this year. The Caps have had this work ethic since they were blown out by Atlanta in 2 straight games. I just happy it has worked out. Teams in the Eastern Conf. are quickly learning that they may have the talent to beat the Capitals, but they have to be prepared for, what I believe is, the hardest working team in the NHL right now. It's just nice to see the puck drop the Caps way once and a while. Thanks for the comment! -G