Sunday, November 16, 2008

Devils 6, Caps 5 (OT)

So I really don't think the Caps deserved that point, but we still haven't lost in regulation since the blowout in Buffalo, so I'm not complaining. Backstrom is out of his slump, that's for sure, and Ovie proved once again why he was the league MVP last year.

Some random thoughts:

  • The defense was terrible... can Alzner get up here soon enough?
  • I've always thought that when you don't notice defensemen with the exception of a few like Green than that's usually a good thing. But when you barely notice guys like Clark and Nylander on the ice than theres definitely a problem. Nylander's torrid preseason led me to believe that he was going to be back to form this year but their injuries from last year seem to be weighing on their bodies or their confidence or both. Not a good situation.
  • Fleischmann is turning into a force. That dangle-snipe was pretty.
  • JT60 was much, much better than the score indicated. He's been pretty good lately, and while I'm not sold on him being the unquestioned #1 behind Johnny, he's making his saves behind a very shaky defense.
  • Ovechkin and Backstrom are on fire right now. Hopefully 4 days off and a lengthy road trip won't hinder the duo.
  • The reactions of the Devils after Ovechkin's goal was priceless. Even more priceless was Ovechkins reaction.
  • The top four plus/minus's in the league right now are all Caps: Ovechkin, Semin, Backstrom, and Green.
  • Is it just me or do the Caps just suck in general in shootouts? A 36% winning percentage would seem to support such an assertion.
  • I love Gordo, but why him over say... Backstrom, Laich, Nylander?
  • After Parise was done in the shootout Theo's jockstrap was somewhere close to the moon. JT's game depends a lot on guessing and he guessed really wrong on that one.
  • I really dislike the Penguins. Just an observation.

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