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The Washington Capitals are a perfect example of a team with nothing to play for. While the rest of the NHL, at least the team's that haven't been eliminated from the playoffs, are fighting for playoff seeding, the Capitals have already clinched the top seed in their conference. They also have a decent lead over the San Jose Sharks for the President's Trophy, something that many thing that the Caps should not even try to get, due to lack of playoff success associated with winning the Trophy in recent years.
The Ottawa Senators are one of those teams fighting for a playoff spot. While it is doubtful that they can get a top-4 seed and the home-ice advantage in the first round that comes with it, they currently have a good shot at keeping the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. However, every win counts for these Senators.
The Capitals had another horrible first period Monday, allowing 3 Ottawa goals, while only having Alexander Semin scoring one for the Caps. The Capitals, however, did fight back to claim the lead, 4-3, in the third period; however, a goal by Jason Spezza for Ottawa, on the powerplay, sent the game into overtime. A penalty by Nicklas Backstrom allowed the Senators to score the winning goal in overtime.
My three stars of the game.....
* - Jason Spezza, Ottawa
** - Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa
*** - Alexander Semin, Washington
Some thoughts on the game.....
- I have not thought that Alexander Semin has had the most fantastic year possible, but, he is only 1 goal away from tying his career high.
- Mike Green, who is the highest-scoring defenseman in the NHL, is only 2 goals away from becoming the seventh (I think) Capitals player with 20 goals.
- Jose Theodore did NOT have the most fantastic bounce-back performance. He had a sub .900 save percentage.
- The mediocre Capitals penalty kill was absolutely, disgustingly, incredibly bad last night. The Caps took 4 penalties. The Senators scored on 3 of them, including the game winner in overtime. The pk pecentage? 25%.
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