Thursday, March 09, 2006

About Time

Sorry for the hiatus, I know how you puckheads like to check out the blog every now and then. But sometimes life gets in the way of updating blogs and websites. Recently I have found myself with out employment, so right now there are other things that are important, like a paycheck. But this isn’t about me, is it.

Capitals 6, Penguins 3

The Penguins have never swept the Capitals in a season series, and it sure isn’t going to happen this year. The Caps finally put a good team win together to finally put the only team that has a worst record than them down.

A lot of hype about Alex Ovechkin and Sid “the Kid” Crosby, but the story really wasn’t about the two fantastic rookies and more about lucky bounces and solid team play. I thought the Caps played well, using one another for opportunities and seemed to buzz in the offensive zone.

Ivan Majesky probably had the goal of the night. In an attempt of an innocent clear on the penalty kill, Majesky lifted the puck out of his own zone, some 140 feet away, when the puck took a fortunate bounce over the glove of Sebastien Caron and into the net for his first goal of the season. Hey, it counts.

Ovechkin had 10 shots on goal, a goal, 2 assists and a +1. He set up a beautiful goal on a 2 on 1 to Chris Clark, and had even more explosive plays as the game went on, where as Crosby seemed content with drop passes. I guess he figured that he beat the Caps 3 times this season, and that would suffice.

Overall Grade: B

Wash Post and my man Tarik El-Bashir who covered the Daytona 500 during the Olympic Break is back doing what he does best. The Caps needed this win for Ovechkin if for nothing else to secure rookie of the year honors. They came into this game with a better work ethic than the Penguins, who looked a little shell shocked and tired.

During the game a pigeon decided it wanted a closer look and would land on the ice and buzz the referees from time to time. Pittsburgh may sign the bird to fill out their defensive line. Brendan Witt did not dress for this game, which means his trade is in a matter of hours instead of days. Where ever Witt goes I do wish he can make an impact.

Next post should be the review of this week’s trades. I will break down the winners and losers of the sweater switches. Some trades and recent signings have me already raising my eyebrows.

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