The Capitals went into Bank Alamo Center 6-2 on the year without Alex Ovechkin (including 3-0 against the Panthers), and improved to 7-2 without #8 as they cakewalked their way to a 7-3 win against a Florida team that’s watching an unlikely playoff appearance getting less and less likely. Having just wrapped up the SouthEast division again, Washington moved to 6-0 on the season against the Panthers, completing the franchise’s first single-season sweep over the SE Division rival. With the win in Florida, the Caps are now just one road win shy of another single-season record (22 wins on the road). Jose Theodore looked solid (and athletic) in his first back-to-back start since the Olympic break and the Caps got strong performances from some of their workhorses as the team extended the momentum from Sunday’s game.
-B. Morrison finished the game with 2 assists and a goal (including a tough angled backhand shot) and seemed to be involved on every play (offsides be damned)
-Adding to the list of Capitals having career seasons, Brooks Laich netted two goals on the night, to push his total to 24 for the year (and added an assist too)
-I’m a fan of anyone who’s both big, and deceptively fast…and Jason Chimera looked both last night, on his way to his 5th goal against the Panthers in 7 games
-Florida’s Power Play was ranked #29th coming into the contest (Caps still #1) and that was ultimately one of the big differences in the game, with Washington going 2-4, and Florida limping to 0-3 (and only mustering ONE shot on their first Power Play)
-Speaking of Laich, his first goal chased Panther’s netminder Tomas Vokoun to the bench. Vokoun left having given up 5 of 21 shots
-I’ve mentioned this before, but looking at the stands just as the puck was dropped makes me wonder, again…why does Florida have major league sports teams?