Thursday, December 07, 2006

Caps Stay Hot Against Senators

Capitals 6, Senators 2
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The Capitals fast start took Ottawa by surprise and then they finished the Senators off. The Caps are finishing their games. If they keep this up, the playoffs are a real possibility. Although Alex Ovechkin didn’t score, his presence was felt with three assists. The Caps are building on their successes.

Captain Chris Clark scored a pair and Matt Pettinger (who finished a -1 in this game if you can believe it), Brooks Laich, Alex Semin and Matt Bradley were the other Caps’ scorers. Dainius Zubrus also got a playmaker with three assists in his return from an illness. The Capitals are gaining ever more confidence as the season progresses. Ovie is getting goal support, which takes much the pressure of scoring off his shoulders.

The Caps special teams are getting better and better. The Caps were able to score a pair of power play goals and keep the Senators to a measly 1 for 8 on their power play. When the Caps penalty kill can keep teams from scoring and their power play can put pucks in the net, it’s a recipe for wins.

Olaf Kolzig could be the hottest goaltender in the east right now. Olie stopped 35 shots and has a winning record at 10-6-3 with a 3.00 goals against average and .917 save percentage. Olie is keeping his team in it, and his team is rewarding him with timely goals.

Overall Grade: B+

Caps have to keep this scoring touch going, ‘cause the once “Mighty” Ducks are coming to the phone booth. Anaheim has a way of shutting teams out, and winning big games. It should be quite the match up since both teams are on a little hot streak.

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