One again the Caps skated away victorious to another sellout crowd at the Verizon Center. You can hear the crowd from your living room the entire game–most likely from Clyde’s across the street as well–and it’s definitely making an impact on each home game the Caps play.
They are 24-5-1 at home this season and only 7 points behind the Eastern Conference leading Boston Bruins. Ovechkin now has 25 goals and 14 assists in 28 games at home this year. Mike Green has 31 points in 23 games at Verizon after adding an assist today. It’s safe to say the Caps are pretty scary to play at home this season.
After a lack-luster performance against Colorado the other night, Coach Bruce Boudreau put the team through a Herb Brooks like practice yesterday. The Caps came out ready to play in the first and struck on their first powerplay opportunity of the game. Backstrom and Fedorov made a similar give-and-go play from the Montreal game but instead of shooting it, Backstrom slid it over to Ovechkin for his 14th powerplay goal of the year.
The Pens Maxime Talbot managed to tie the game up on a 4 on 4 rebound goal, but it was soon answered by Alexander Semin and the Caps powerplay after a lucky bounce. The Caps took the lead going into the 2nd period and seemed to be getting under superstar Sidney Crosby’s skin.
The 2nd was owned by the Caps as they barely gave Pittsburgh an opportunity to break the puck out. Two snipes from Fedorov and Morrisonn, and a weak goal by Brooks Laich, warranted Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury a seat on the bench. The period ended with a huge hit by Mike Green, check it out while announcer Pierre McGuire enjoyed it from ice-level…”Oh! what a hit by Green”
Crosby was getting into it with Ovechkin during the hit and was also getting rattled by Brooks Laich a couple shifts before. Ovie continued to change lines and shrugged him off. Some harsh words were said in the locker room after the game, Ovechkin: “What, I can’t play hard against him? What is he going to do, cry?”
The Caps went into the 3rd period with a 5-2 lead and shut the Pens down to end the game with the same score. They had 5 different players contribute to the goal column as well.
Don’t worry about the Avs game the other night Cap fans, Bruce has the team back on track and will look to get some revenge on the Flyers this Tuesday.
Click here to read about some creative Caps fans and more about the Ovie/Sid rivalry