For the second time in as many games, the Washington Capitals relied on their recent trade deadline acquisitions to come from behind to win. Last night’s win at the Verizon Center completed the Caps’ season sweep of the St. Louis Blues, who have not won in DC since 2003. The Blues got on the board on a Alex Steen goal just over midway through the first on a 3-on-2 resulting from the top line of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Mike Knuble’s lack of checking after being held without a shot for the first 6 minutes. Scott Hannan tied the score early in the second, netting his first goal of the season from a nifty Ovie feed to the door step. St. Louis regained the lead on a John Erskine defensive blunder, only to be countered by Backstroms’ tomahawk-chop of a goal that resembled a Nationals’ spring training drill. The third period of Military Appreciation night was relatively quiet until Alex Semin showed of his hands, feeding Jason Arnott a beauty of a pass that he one-timed past Ty Conklin for the win. All seems well in the nations’ capital right now: the Caps are now riding a three-game win streak (their first in 2011), they’ve won their first back-to-back games on home ice since November, and are now one point out of first-place for the Southeast Division lead. Hopefully the momentum will keep a-rollin’ as they head to Florida to take on the Panthers (and Purim) on Sunday.
– Holy haymaker, Batman. Matt Bradley’s uppercut on Tyson Strachan was a thing of beauty:
– Michal Neuvirth holding down the fort for his Capitals’ rookie record setting 21st win of the season. Here’s to many, many more.
– Possible new fan favorite Matt Hendricks continuing to lay the hammer down with 5 hits in just over 12 minutes of ice time. Adding an assist and a takeaway is just icing on the cake.
– Have we seen the newly-retweeting Ovechkin return to his form of years past? El Capitaino now has 4 multipoint games in his last 8 played, and 12 points (including 5 lamp-lighters) in his last 10.
– Speaking of getting back on track, Mean Lars’ goal was his first at the Phone Booth since November 20th. Here’s hopin’…
– Lack of defensive smarts for John Erskine. We’re not asking much Big John, but always go with the “get back in the zone” option.
– The Blues average of 14.8 penalty minutes per game, and the Caps only get one Power Play? C’mon fellas…
– For a team that lead the league in 1st period scoring last season, my how the tides have turned. The Caps have allowed 38 first period goals so far this season – good for 26th in the league – while ranking last in 1st period goals scored. DC has now failed to tickle the twine in the first for six straight games.