For the first time in their 35-year franchise history, the Washington Capitals took every regular season game from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Even having already secured home-ice throughout the playoffs with the NHL’s best record and the Presidents’ Trophy, the Caps still pushed hard the entire game, and answered the Pens everytime they seemed to find momentum. DC received goals from Alex Semin, Mike Knuble, Tomas Fleischmann, Matt Bradley, and a pair from Alex Ovechkin (whom is now tied with Sidney Crosby in the Rocket Richard Trophy race). Tuesday’s contest was another great example of Washington’s balanced offensive assault, with 9 players recording points tonight.
- Jeff Schultz for the 2010 Norris Trophy! 2 assists, 2 blocked shots, and +5 on the night is pretty damn impressive. Bonus? Ol’ 55 now leads the league in plus/minus.
- I really can’t get over how great a signing Mike Knuble was in the off season. His goal tonight gives him one in each of the 4 meetings with the Penguins this season.
- Nicky B must already have his cars picked out and mansion painted with all the zero’s that will be on his contract extension. Winning 62% of his draws and adding 3 assists and +2 rating on the night keeps driving that number sky-ward.
- When John Erskine missed the rest of the game with a lower body injury after skating only 4 shifts, The Caps had to manage with only 5 blueliners the rest of the game- I’d say (for the most part) successfully.
- Tomas Fleishmann might get a solid A for his second-period goal that sent Marc-Andre Fleury to the showers, but winning only 3-of-13 draws ain’t gonna cut it.
- For two nights in a row Joe Corvo stays out of the doghouse and Tyler Sloan takes his place for standing still on the power play while Sidney Crosby sent a howitzer at Semyon Varlamov. Now that we have covered what NOT to do, it’s time to work on the opposite.
- Eric Fehr seemed off all night. Two penalties and only two shots isn’t normal for 16. I hope this isn’t the product of an end-of-season burn out.
- Nice temper-tantrum, Marc-Andre Fleury. We all know emotion is a part of any sport, but what did that wall ever do to you?