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Tuesday Roundup/Caps 4, Panthers 1

[NHL.com Recap - Official Scoresheet - Official Super Stats]

One of the hallmarks of a good team is the ability to win games you don't "deserve" to win. Now, I'm not saying that the Caps are a good team - or that they didn't deserve to win last night's game with Florida. But both arguments could be made, the latter more easily than the former. As has been the case often lately, Olie Kolzig was great and Dainius Zubrus and Alex Ovechkin were the best skaters one the ice. Undeniably, there's something beautiful about a game in which your stars truly shine.

The WaPo's recap is here (written by an Amy Shipley?!), the WTimes recap is here, and you can read reactions from all over the Caps Blogosphere (I'll hesitate to call it the Clogosphere) over at the newly-created Washington Hockey Daily, a site I threw together last weekend.

Cross-post of the Day:
Daily Awards
  • Hart: Ryan Smyth (2G - one PP, one SH - 3 SOG, 2 blocked shots, 1 hit, +1 in 2-1 win)
  • Ross: Dainius Zubrus, Derek Roy, Teppo Numminen, Alexander Frolov (3 points each)
  • Norris: Mike Komisarek (SHG, +4, 5 hits, 2 blocked shots)
  • Vezina: Olie Kolzig (W, 44 saves on 45 shots against)
  • Richard: Dainius Zubrus, Jochen Hecht, Ryan Smyth, Guillaume Latendresse, Alexander Frolov (2G each)
  • Calder: Guillaume Latendresse (2G, including game-winner, 4 SOG, 3 hits in just 10:11 of ice time)
  • Aiken: Cam Ward (L, 6 goals allowed on 33 shots against)