Hangover #12 Caps top Leafs in a Shootout 5-4

Alexander Semin was like a strong breeze in autumn as he caused the Leafs to fall in the Phone Booth. Not only did Semin’s power play goal late in the 3rd breath new life into the Caps, his shootout goal blew pass Gustavsson to finish off Toronto. But how did the Caps get into such a sticky situation? Well…

Capital fell behind early with a goal by Toronto’s Nocolai Kulemine late in the first period. The ever resilient Caps bounced back in the second with consective goals by Mike Green, Jason Chimera and Tomas Fleischmann. Going into the third the Capitals would quickly find themselves behind the proverbial 8-ball after three in a row from Toronto’s Kaberle, Versteeg and Bozak. Down 4-3 in the waning minutes of the regulation comes Alex Semin’s gritty game tying goal.

Semin airplane


But enough of what you know, Make the Jump for the GB&U!


The Good

While its wasn’t Michal Neuvirth’s best performnce thus far, he held strong when the going got tough. He was a brick wall during the OT and especially so in the shootout.

Alex Ovechkin actually increased his shootout percentage. As one of the NHL’s deadliest shooters, Ovie struggles with shootouts we all know this. Not so much this year. He has capitalized on both a penalty shot and in the shootout this season.

Excluding the DJ King fighting major the Caps where actually fairly disciplined with only 4 minors. Sadly two were by Semin. The Capitals also manage to score on two of their four PP opportunities.

The Bad

I’ll leave this to the first 14 minutes and 22 seconds of the 3rd period. How do you blow a 3-1 lead and allow 2 goals with in 40 seconds? A little taste of our own medicine perhaps?

I missed the Orr-King dance-a-thon. Shame on me.

Schultz, Steckel and King were all a -2 on the night.

The Ugly

Once again the Capitals had to battle from behind. Well twice actually. Enough already. Where is the early scoring that was so potent last season? Caps continue the trend of being out scored in the first period.

Even with a goal, Mike Green was a -3 on the night. Ouchie-wawa Greenie, need I say more.