Caps 4, Red Wings 2. Ovie scores 32nd and 33rd and leads the NHL in goals again. My prediction's of a hat-trick came up one goal shot, but I am keeping the sign BUY for tomorrow. It's going to happen tomorrow. A hat-trick. Just go to bed early, Alex. Total ice time for Alex 20:42, average shift 00:59, 5 hits, 5 shots on goal. Alex is third in points behind Malkin and Crosby. With 7 game winning goals (GWG) Alex is socond in the NHL (Patrik Marleau has 8). In comparison Malkin and Crosby have 1 GWG each.
Ovechkin's and Boudreau's post game video interviews and game highlights courtesy caps365:
Q: Why do you always score in third?
Ovie: Maybe it's luck. I think in the first two periods I did not have a lot of chances and I was still kind of sleepy. I skated around and missed the puck and felt kind of frustrated. I had more chances in the third period and scored a goal and it helped me.
It's a huge victory for us. It gives us a lot of confidence. They were missing a couple of players, but it's very important to play an experienced team and this game meant a lot to us.
Boudreau: I didn't think [Ovechkin] or Semin were very good. That's why I broke them up... But Alex is one of those big, great game guys and if he's not having his greatest game you just keep throwing him back out there and throwing them back out there, and eventually usually something positive happens.
At the very end Boudreau gives unbelievable praise for Sergei Fedorov...
- "He has calming influence on anybody..."
- "When he talks, people listen..."
- "I don't even care he scores or not..."
and so on...
Capitals Insider, TWP, Jan. 31, 2009 "Caps 4, Red Wings 2"
In The Room, TWT, Jan. 31, 2009 "Post-game thoughts"