Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Caps Catch Cats Napping

Capitals 5, Panthers 2

In what I am calling the Bertuzzi/Brashear series, the Caps come out early and survived the first of eight against Florida. Todd Bertuzzi and Donald Brashear never dropped the gloves (Brash almost did late in the third against Mike Van Ryn, but just deked then skated away). Capitals scored 5 first period goals that held for the win.

Even with the scoring spree against the starting Florida goaltender Alex Auld, the Caps couldn’t muster a goal in the second and third periods. The Caps Power-play was dismal (0-5). They cracked under the Florida penalty kill pressure and couldn’t set up much in the offensive zone.

On the flip side, the Caps penalty kill looked pretty good. However, the Panthers scored their two goals on the power play. The Capitals were able to kill a 1:30 2-man advantage but were not able to gain any offensive spark after the long kill.

Overall Grade: 1st Period: A, 2nd and 3rd Periods: C-

Scoring is too sporadic. The Caps must work on their consistency when it comes to scoring goals. The fact that Alex Ovechkin has only scored 2 goals in 6 games concerns me. As it does, I am sure, for Glen Hanlon as well. Ovie needs to shake out of the rut of shooting 15-20 foot shots from the outside (all high save percentage shots).

Details, details, details, and Wash Post has them. The Caps play the Thrashers in Atlanta tomorrow night. Caps need to play a stringy defense, and the goal scorers have to get pucks to the net.

3 comments:

JP said...

I was hoping they'd continue to pour it on like Buffalo did to Philly the night before, but they really did seem to let up. Hanlon needs to convey that when you have your foot on your opponent's throat, you don't step off, you step down.

Maybe they were just saving themselves for tonight, though - at least that's what I'll tell myself for now.

Anonymous said...

1) We have to agree with JP in that the Caps did seem to coast the last 2 periods!
2) Nice to see the cats without Luongo! Finally they have a chance to beat this team!
3) Excited to be in Atlanta tonite to take in the game first hand!

Gary said...

JP: I'd just like to clarify that I am not the "gary" spamming your comments with adverts for other hockey-related website and no real content.

Real content: I predict Jacques Martin will play shorthanded the entire next game against the Caps to make them think they're on the powerplay. They'll have no chance of scoring then!