With the Washington Capitals having clinched their playoff spot 40 games ago, and the Atlanta Thrashers mathematically eliminated from a post-season appearance earlier this week, there wasn’t much at stake from a wins/losses perspective for these two teams…and both teams played that way for most of the first two periods. Sloppy play in the second period resulted in both Thrasher goals in a matter of minutes, the first off of Brendan Morrison’s skate and the second a short-handed breakaway goal by Clarke MacArthur resulting from an Alex Ovechkin giveaway. Someone must’ve reminded the fellas shortly thereafter that there were some individual offensive goals within reach, as the Caps tied the game up with an Alexander Semin assist to Ovechkin that tied him with Crosby for the season goal lead. That’s about where the wheels fell off for the Thrashers.
– Jeff Schultz continues his stranglehold on the top spot of the League’s +/- list with a +4 on the game
– Sweeping Southeast Division rivals. Sorry Atlanta.
– While Ovechkin’s quest for the goal & point lead for season gets the lion’s share of attention (and set plays), Nicklas Backstrom had a huge night (+4, 2G, 1A) to become just the 4th player in franchise history to reach 100 points on a season.
– Ok…So Alex had a huge night too (+3, 2G, 1A) to retake the league lead in goals and points AND has now scored 50 goals for the 4th time in 5 seasons (a feat only matched previously by Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy)
– While the Verizon Center was rockin’ the red, our the Hershey juggernaut continued it’s assault on the AHL recordbooks by beating up on the Norfolk Admirals 6-1 to become the first AHL ever to win 60 games in a season. Yeah…that’s right. First ever. Alexandre Giroux scored a hat trick to reach the 100 point mark, matching Keith Aucoin, and marking the first time in franchise history the Bears have had two 100 point scorers. Aucoin, by the way, was named the AHL’s MVP today too.
– I got nuthin’. Maybe it’s the Kool-aid.