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…