For the first 10 minutes of tonight’s potentially series-ending contest, the Washington Capitals went through the motions and were subsequently dominated in every facet of the game by the Montreal Canadiens. It wasn’t until our once-lost-but-now-found Russian Supernova, Alex Semin, made one of the most selfless plays of his NHL career with 11:20 left in the first period that the Capitals finally woke up and started playing hard. But by then it was too late. Mike Cammalleri’s wicked blast from the circles at 1:30 made it 1-0. Then five and a half minutes later, after a terrible defensive breakdown in front of the net, Travis Moen went short-side on Varly and scored his first goal of the series, the eventual game-winner. Despite peppering Jaroslav Halak with 15 medium range shots in the first frame (and 38 overall), the Capitals had way too many defensive breakdowns. And as Brendan Morrison so accurately surmised: “We made too many glaring mistakes.”
The Capitals lose to the Habs 2-1. Let’s make some excuses:
There were so many cool things from tonight’s game though. Like as we requested on Wednesday Night, Caps fans loudly cheered O Canada. Eric Belanger – The Dentist (let’s credit Rebecca with the awesome nickname) – showed us how hardcore he is, by taking an errant stick to the face in the first period, ripping one of his teeth on the bench and then coming out for the next faceoff. Semyon Varlamov, Bruce Boudreau and “their lack of communication.” And how can we forget Alex Semin awakening from the dead? Though Sasha couldn’t cash in on one of his nine shots, his diving sweepcheck on a Montreal short-handed breakaway saved a goal and kept the Capitals in the game. Plus, in the second period, Sasha checked anyone who moved – clearly still fuming after his confrontation at the end of the first period.
It’s all too bad we couldn’t concentrate more on any of that. But really, all there’s left to say is enjoy the weekend Nads, because it’s all over for you Monday. We’ll see you then, you bastards.
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