Thursday Roundup/Sabres 5, Caps 2Gamenight: Caps @ Hurricanes

[NHL.com Recap - SeSo Open Thread]

Quick hitters today, as it's all I've got the time (or the stomach) for:
  • When did Shaone Morrisonn start taking Brendan Witt pills? That's three multi-minor games in his last six times out. Not good.
  • The Donald fed Andrew Peters his lunch in the first. I actually talked with Donald for a few minutes at Clyde's last Friday night and shaking his hand was, as my friend DK described it, like shaking hands with a grizzly bear - so strong.
  • Jerky keeps blowing people up, this time Adam Mair in the second along the boards.
  • Late period penalties bit the Caps in the butt not once (Boyd Gordon) but twice (Jerky).
  • Jeff Schultz had a pretty lousy game.
  • Is it just me or did the Caps miss Brian Sutherby? The forwards just weren't hitting anyone or playing with much physicality, Sutherby's strong suits.
  • How about some of those bounces?
  • Christ, Emmy - play the body, not the puck on that Stafford rush.
  • Tomas Fleischmann had a nice pick-pocket early and a nice rush late.
  • You have to admire Alex Ovechkin for not blaming anyone else for his recent slump ("It's not my partners, it's me," he said), but let's be realistic - when your linemates are Jiri "Novo-Flop" Novotny and Alexandre "Rooster" Giroux, you have a limited opportunity to succeed. At least give the kid Chris Clark back.
That's it - you guys can take the discussion from here (and feel free to discuss the ugly Colton Orr/Todd Fedoruk fight).

Daily Awards
  • Hart: Jonathan Cheechoo (2G, A, +2, 3 SOG, 2 hits)
  • Ross: Jonathan Cheechoo, Joe Thornton, Tyler Arnason (3 points each)
  • Norris: Matt Carle (2A, +1)
  • Vezina: Roberto Luongo (20-save shutout win)
  • Richard: Jonathan Cheechoo, Drew Stafford, Milan Michalek, Sean Avery, Ian Laperriere (2G each)
  • Calder: Drew Stafford (2G, +2, 4 SOG)
  • Aiken: Dwayne Roloson (L, 4 goals allowed on 22 shots against in 34:17 of work)


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