Wednesday, March 10, 2010

ReCAP (3/10/10)

Flash scores in OT to seal the win.

Scott Walker (24), former Carolina Hurricane. (ESPN)

The Washington Capitals roll on in their quest for the 2010 President's Trophy, awarded to the team with the most points at the end of the regular season.

Today, the victim of the power that is the Washington Capitals was A divisional rival, the Carolina Hurricanes. Perhaps rival isn't a good word to use, because the Caps are only games away from clinching the Southeast Division.

However, these teams have played close games all year. The Capitals took the first two games this season by scores of 3-2 and 4-3 (OT), while Carolina won the last one, on December 28th at Verizon Center, 6-3. This game has the distinction of being the most recent Capitals home regulation loss; they've gone 19-0-1 at Verizon Center since then.

Tonights game required overtime to complete. The Capitals got 1-goal leads, first by Semin, then twice by Mike Green. However, the Hurricanes kept on coming back and tying it up. After a scoreless 3rd period, the game went to overtime, where Tomas Fleischmann scored 1:40 in to seal the win.

Tonight's win gave the Capitals an NHL-leading 99 points. They are a full 6 points ahead of the next closest team in the NHL (San Jose), 15 points ahead of the next closest Eastern Conference team (Pittsburgh) and have an embarassingly-large 33 point lead over the next closest team in the Southeast division (Atlanta). The closest any team is to that amount of dominance in their division is Chicago, who has a 14 point lead over Nashville in the Central division.

Statistically, the Caps did reasonably well tonight. The team managed 39 shots on goal, compared to Carolina's 31. Jose Theodore had a decent but unspectacular .903 save percentage. The power play was 2 for 4, and the penalty kill was 4 for 5, pretty decent.

Overall, the Caps had a good game tonight. Somehow, Carolina always manages to be a challenging advisary, and I'm glad they're not likely to get a playoff spot. The team picked up a couple of points. All in all a pretty decent game.

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