I score? I really score? (Photo credit: Patrick McDermott)
Coming into Tuesday’s game against the Predators, the Caps had been inefficient offensively, managing to score only one goal in each of their last three games. Would being confronted with two of the best defensemen in the league — Shea Weber and Ryan Suter — and a team that has played in 10-straight one goal games (7-3-0) somehow help their cause? Also, would an emotional pre-game ceremony honoring one of their team leaders, give the Caps a lift?
You bet your ass it did.
After the Capitals started the game off with four dominant shifts in the Predators zone, Alex Ovechkin — beautifully set-up by Karl Alzner — scored on a breakaway at 7:47 of the first. Later in the period, Nicklas Backstrom wrapped home goal number two of the night, his twelfth of the year. After a scoreless second period, Sergei Kostitsyn ruined Neuvy’s shutout bid with a twisted wrister from just outside the slot. Then Alex Semin decided he felt like scoring. Troy Brouwer, too! Caps beat Preds 4-1.
When the Capitals’ young guns bring their “A” game, this team is impossible to stop. “[Ovechkin] came out hitting and scoring and passing the puck,” Hunter exclaimed after the game. “He was a complete player tonight.” Sure was.
The Capitals, who improved to 5-5 under Dale, will now travel to New Jersey to face the Devils for the third time on Friday — an opponent they likely must pass if they are to qualify for the playoffs — before getting a two day break for Christmas.
So that gives you plenty of time to SEND US YOUR CAPS CHRISTMAS CARDS!
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