Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Caps v Habs (Jan 18)

So tonight the Caps were relegated to the dark reaches of CSN+ because of the Wizards.  What do the Caps have to do to convince CSN to carry their games on their main station instead of the Wizards.  One team is good and one is god awful.  The only people on the CSN crew were Joe B and Locker so they each get a point just for showing up.

The game was a statement for the team after they put in a lazy performance against the Islanders last night.  Neuvy was huge all night and stonewalled three Habs' breakaways on his way to a shutout.  There were no signs of rust for Neuvy and he was a major reason the PK was perfect on a night they saw a ton of action.

The refs called an awful game.  They missed a ton of calls against the Caps and made some bad ones in favor of the Habs.  The result was the Habs had a ton of PP time.  However, the PK was on fire tonight and players were blocking shots all night. The PK play was highlighted by their kill of a 6 minute PP because of a Erskine triple minor. 

The offense was also clicking tonight.  Matty P got the team going early on with a shot that fans have come to expect from Semin.  MoJo got in on the action with a nice score after fighting through a few defenders, something that he has struggled with this season.  Ovie rounded out the goals for the night with an absolute blast from the point on a powerplay that found its way through a crowded front of the net.

Finally, Hendy stepped up and fought Borque a 1:15 into the game.  While he certainly didn't win the fight by any stretch of the imagination, his efforts really jumped started the team on their way to a big win.  There was really no signs of lay over from the game last night and the team really came to play.  Something to keep an eye on, MoJo limped off the ice after taking a heavy hit late in the third.  It looked bad but hopefully its nothing serious.  The Caps can't afford to lose another center.

 Caps play the Canes on Friday.  Hopefully its not on CSN+.  See you then!

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