Saturday, March 31, 2007

Quotable Caps

Recent quotes from Panthers/Capitals game:
"I would like to have that play back ... You think in overtime they would
let us play a little more."
-Steve Eminger
Welcome to the new NHL Em.
"We're taking penalties at inopportune times and the other teams are capitalizing. ... It's rough. But we've got to bounce back because we've got another game tomorrow." -Brent Johnson
When is a good opportunity to take a penalty?
"We needed to get a stop on the penalty kill." -Brian Potheir
Yea, that would have been nice. Although, the Caps did kill 4 of 6 against the Panthers Friday night. They didn't stop the goals (tying and overtime winner) that matter.
"Our penalty kill let us down. That's kind of been the story the past few games." -Glen Hanlon
And he's the coach! He should know.
"I wish the call went our way... It seemed inconclusive." -Glen Hanlon
Code for: "I'll let this one slide, but I better get a call next game!"

Pondering numbers:
  • The Capitals were called for 6 penalties, all infractions were committed by different players (Beech, Pothier, Jurcina, Semin, Morrisonn, Eminger). Four of the six guilty were defensemen.

  • The Caps are second in the league for goals against in the second period, allowing 100 goals slip past them (only 73 goals for in the 2nd). Philadelphia is first with 102.

  • Kris Beech was 28% in the faceoff circle. Compare that with Novotny with 57%, Gordon at 52%, Laich even at 50% and Clark with 80% (of players that took 4 or more faceoffs, Fleischmann and Brashear both were 100% after only one draw).

  • Ovechkin, Semin and Potheir combined for 22:25 on the power play against the Panthers. They combined for only 2 points (both assists) with the extra man. All three averaged :50 or more per shift for the whole game.

  • The last three goals scored by the Caps and Cats were all power play goals.

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