Friday, 20 April 2012
Winning Without Nicky - Caps Beat Bruins 2-1
The Caps truly were on the ropes before this game. Defense in the Game 3 shamble that was decided by an offside call was substandard, Holtby didn't play too great and Backstrom was shanabanned for Game 4, a must win game for the Caps. Let's be honest, the Caps aren't known as a clutch team who win when it matters (2008, 2009, 2010 were all bad game 7 losses), so lots of people thought their series would be effectively over once they inevitably lost Game 4. But this Washington Capitals side isn't like that. They won 2-1 in regulation instead. Here's why:
- The Holtbeast stopped 44 of 45 shots, over double Thomas' effort of 19 of 21 shots. Not a bad performance for an 'AHL Goaltender'.
- When the game was barely a minute old, Marcus Johansson scored a wicked snapper.
- After Rich Peverley had scored later on in the first, the game remained tied until 77 seconds to go in the second, when Sasha struck, sniping on the powerplay. This turned out to be the game winning goal.
-Knuble was in, and his veteran leadership may have really helped behind the scenes.
-Caps were disciplined! Holtby faced zero powerplay shots from the Bruins. Let's keep this up!
So onto the next one. Backy's with us again, and we have the momentum. The Caps won at TD garden earlier this series, so why can't they do it again? Holtby's on fire, Sasha cares, and Ovi's all ovi-the-place.
By the way, any Ovi haters out there, he leads the series in points with 4. Just saying.
Beat 'em in Beantown on Saturday, and use this momentum to take it in 6 at the Verizon Centre on Sunday. It's possible!
I'll be live tweeting during the games 5 and 6!
Let's go Caps!