Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Ovechkin Pointless In Three

Capitals 2, Bruins 3 OT/SO (1-2)
ScoresheetWash Post

The Capitals fall into penalty trouble late from an unlikely source. Alex Ovechkin, called for delay of game when he threw the puck over the boards into the crowd. Ovie called it the worst game of his life. Zdeno Chara may have had something to do with that, who was always out on the ice when Ovie was and did a fantastic job of keeping the all star forward to two shots and no points.

The Caps again found themselves in a tight game with the Boston boys. Even though we have heard different names scoring (Brooks Laich, Eric Fehr), the Caps are still falling short on getting second and third line scoring. And watching missed opportunity after missed opportunity is getting harder to watch.

Milan Jurcina has been doing a good job in a Caps sweater. Since being acquired from the Bruins, Jurcina played a solid game even saving a goal in the third by getting a kick save of his own. In the last three games he has been a +1 with 10 shots on goal.

Olaf Kolzig had another spectacular night, except for shoot out where Patrice Bergeron still has Olie’s number. Even so, Olie played another solid game, making difficult saves look easy. Kolzig has been the only bright spot for the Caps in the last two games.

The Bruins win the season series after winning all three games in overtime or shootout. The Caps get a chance to steal a game away on the ides of March against the Bruins in Boston. Caps will play LA Thursday at home next. The Kings have already decided their fate for the season, unloading their rosters in hopes of rebuilding the Kings for next season.

Caps get a point as a consolation, but need to start putting more 2 pointers up on the board and protect their home ice. The Caps may look back on this game as a disappointment, but they need to start pushing those close games over to their advantage.

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