Saturday, October 13, 2007

100 Goals And A Loss

Capitals 1, Rangers 3
Scoresheet - Wash Post

There goes the 82 and 0 season. The Caps just looked horrible in this contest. The Rangers took it to the Capitals at MSG and the score could have easily been 5 -1 or 8-1 rather than just 3-1. What hurt the most is the Caps just walked in expecting to win and that didn't happen (surprise). The Rangers were far more prepared than the Caps were.

Alex Ovechkin gets his 100th career NHL goal on a pretty deke and shot over Henrik Lundqvist's glove. It was the only bright moment of the game for the Capitals. Ovie, again, played one of his best games, as did Olie Kolzig - all for not. The rest of the team did not show up. Kolzig kept it close, but in the end it was penalties and sloppy play that caused the Caps first loss of the season.

Scott Gomez got his first goal as a Ranger which makes the home town crowd breath a sigh of relief. Jaromir Jagr was again the number one Cap killer and Lundqvist shut any hopes of a Capital comeback.

The last two games the Caps played, the team was doing a little standing around as the opposing team buzzed. The Capitals have to get back to their hard work roots. The Caps have to stay out of the penalty box and as a result of penalty after penalty the perfect penalty kill was extinguished.

Caps face off with the Sabres tonight. If they have any hopes of winning, they better show up to work. Or Glen Hanlon's going to take out some frustration during practice. Hopefully this loss is the kick in the butt the Caps need to battle the Sabres.

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