Ovechkin on a loss to Bruins, Johansson on the first career goal, Chimera
Caps were outplayed again by the hot goalie and the team who preaches trap. Sounds familiar? Yep, this is how you can beat this team.
It's not the loss, it's how they lost it. Losing a game in October is not a big deal, but there was no creativity in offense, Tim Thomas saw every single shot coming at him. When will Caps learn how to screen the goalie and score garbage goals?
Alex Ovechkin is tripped up during the game against the Boston Bruins at the Verizon Center on October 19, 2010 in Washington, DC. Capitals lost 1:3 (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images via Yahoo Sports)
Ovi obviously was double teamed as usual. He stepped up in the third, but it was too late.
Ovi's stats after 2 periods:
-2, total ice time 13:54, shifts, average shift 00:59, PP 04:38, short handed 00:05, even 09:11, 1 shots on goal, 6 attempts blocked, 1 missed, 3 hits.
-2, total ice time 22:36, 22 shifts, average shift 01:01, PP 06:25, short handed 00:05, even 17:06, 5 shots on goal, 6 attempts blocked, 2 missed, 6 hits.
Zdeno Chara, for example, who spent the night shadowing Alex Ovechkin, limiting him to only 5 shots (not counting the puck he swatted into the net that was immediately waived off midway through the third) in 23+ minutes on the ice. Ovechkin finished the night a -2.
But the biggest piece of the Bruins win was another standout performance by backstop Tim Thomas, who turned away all but one Washington shot that he faced, and managed to stop a few that he didn’t see, as well.
The Capitals will get a shot at redemption Thursday night when the Bruins finally play their first home game of the season.
Corey Masisak, NHL.com:
Then Boudreau moved Ovechkin to defense (with the game still even strength) for the final five minutes. Toss in a double shift of more than two minutes at forward before the switch, and Ovechkin played 6:12 of the final 7:43 of the game for Washington.