Caps win 5:4. Mike Knuble scored on rebound from Ovi's shot in overtime. Ovi definitely played the third with some kind of injury, but he stayed there, this is what the Captains do and this is what Ovi did.
I had a bad feeling before the game, you know, at some point the streak should end, or maybe I was gloating over Crosby :-) too much? And it looked like the game 7 of the last playoffs after the first. Again, numerous mistakes by Caps defense, again Pens creating multiple turnovers in the neutral zone, and this is what they do for living, they are incredibly quick in transition.
We should thank Pens for showing Caps weaknesses again, but will Caps learn this time?
How could Crosby walk into the zone and score that first goal totally untouched? Poti, Morrison, Fehr, Chimera and Sloan were on ice. It was one of the worst games by Poti, no wonder he is no longer in the roster of U.S. National team. He had a bad turnover on the first Staal's goal as well.
Who in the world can win with such defense? Apparently only the team that has Ovechkin. No question, it was Ovechkin who singlehandedly won the game this time, but can he do it all the time? Unfortunately the song remains the same, Caps need to improve their team's defense. Jose was awesome again this time. If he could play like that in playoffs, Caps don't need a better goalie.
3 goals, 1 assist, +3, 2 penalty minutes, total ice time 25:36, average shift 00:56 (awesome), PP 05:50, 19:38 even, 6 shots on goal, 7 attempts blocked, 1 missed, 3 hits
Only Jeff Schultz has the same +3 for Caps.
42 goals by Ovechkin.
washcaps: Ovechkin is the first player with 40 goals every season since the lockout (only Ilya Kovalchuk can join him)
Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin scores a goal against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, in Washington.
Ovechkin breaks all the records, he also broke the goal-cam shooting through Fleury's 5-hole.
washcaps: Ovi after the game "the crowd was just pushing us in the 3rd ...it was sick"
nateewell: Really loud today. Organically loud, not prompted. Hearty. Unreal crowd. They earned their first hat trick of the year.
Three games left before the Olympic break:
60 WED FEB 10 CAPITALS CANADIENS 7:30 PM
61 THU FEB 11 CAPITALS SENATORS 7:00 PM
62 SAT FEB 13 CAPITALS BLUES 8:00 PM
Eric Fehr: It was great performance by Ovi. He took this team on his back and carried us.