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Hangover #82: Hello Playoffs

The Washington Capitals wrapped up the regular season with a shootout loss against the visiting Boston Bruins. While a meaningless game in the playoff standings, the game within the game was Alex Ovechkin’s pursuit for the Art Ross and Rocket Richard Trophies. The Caps struck first with a nasty wrister by Alex Semin, who finally celebrated a goal as he hit his personal best of 40 goals. The Bruins answered with two goals by Mike Ryder, one of which was on the Boston power play. The Capitals resiliency and never say die attitude allowed them to bounce right back with a goal by Eric Belanger. The 2nd period was quiet. In the third it was a deflection off of Mike Knuble which put the Caps up until Marco Sturm’s slapper tied it up at three a piece. After a nail bitter of an OT, the Caps and Bruins took to the shootout in which Satan deeked Varly out of his jock and scored the winner for the B’s as they take two meaningless points.

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The Good:

Alex Ovechkin showed hockey critics everywhere he can play both ways as he single-handedly thwarted a 2 on 1 near the end of the OT period, helping the team take the game to the shootout.

Despite allowing  3 goals and two in the shootout, Semyon Varlamov look pretty good in net. He made some outstanding saves as he demonstrated his cat like reflexes as he stopped 35 of 38.

Jason Chimera showed some great grit and veteran leadership as he played like a man possessed, even picking some fights with Boston goalie, Tim Thomas.

The Bad:

I lied about Brooks Laich ditching the cage, As #21 skated once again with his face hidden from view. Tear.

Both Matt Bradley and Boyd Gordon missed their shootout attempts. But good move by Coach Bruce for giving these guys a chance.

Ovi, Nicklas Backstrom, David Steckel, Joe Corvo, and Brendan Morrisonn were all on the negative side of the plus minus for the day. Tom Poti‘s performance in the 1st made you want to bang your head against the wall. Luckily we think Bruce got a hold of him in the locker room as he played a bit better the remainder of the game.

The Ugly:

Ovechkin fell short of the Art Ross and might not win the Rocket Richard. More details on the outlook below.

Side Dish on the Rocket Richard:

Ovechkin now sits tied with Steven Stamkos with 50 goals a piece. The Lightning take on the Panthers, a team that Stamkos has notched 4 goals in 5 games, so a goal is likely. On the other side, Sydney Crosby is one back of both Stamkos and Ovechkin as the Pens will look to pad the stats of Skid the Kid as they take on the Islanders. If Crosby is held goal-less the Rocket may go to Ovi as he has played less games. If Crosby gets at least one, you can bet on your tinfoil hats because I’m sure the conspiracy will unfold.

Props to Henrik Sedin on claiming the Art Ross.

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