In a tight game, the Caps were able to sneak a couple goals by Dan Ellis after peppering him with 44 shots. In the third period alone Ellis saw 17 shots while Jose Theodore only saw 8 come his way. Washington controlled most of the game, while the Predators played more of a defensive game to try and halt one of the best offenses in the league. The first period didn’t start out too well for the Caps, but it was full of excitement.
Ryan Suter blasted a slapshot from the point behind Theo only 50 seconds into the game. Suter and D-partner Shea Webber were matched up against the Caps top line and kept Alex Ovechkin and company quiet in the first stanza. The game started to get pretty physical when Donald Brashear squared off against Wade Belak, and got dropped. He left the game with a possible concussion…
There’s been a huge debate in the NHL about fighting, and league officials have been meeting to discuss some rule changes. Read about it from Greg Wyshynksi of Puck Daddy.
The Caps went into the locker room down by a goal to a team that rarely loses after leading a game after the 1st. They were determined to win however and didn’t allow a goal the rest of the game–mostly because they were in the offensive zone most of the game.
After sustaining some pressure, Nicklas Backstrom broke through the defensive line of Suter and Weber and got a pass from Ovechkin to tie the game up with just over a minute to go in the 2nd. Tomas Fleischmann almost gave the Caps the lead after directing a rebound into the net with his foot in the third. Ellis continued to keep the game tied and an extra period was needed to decide the game.
Over two minutes into the period Semin continued his point streak feeding Viktor Kozlov deep in the Predators zone. Kozlov looked up to a streaking Fedorov coming from the point. He made a nice backhand move to put the puck behind Ellis and give the Caps the W. It was Fedorov’s 15th overtime game winning goal tying him for the all-time NHL record for most regular season OT game-winners.
Note: There was only 5 minor penalties in the game, but 6 fighting majors. Neither team had a powerplay goal.
* Dan Ellis *
** Sergei Fedorov **
*** Nicklas Backstrom ***