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A New Home Away From Home?

When they lost Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series with the Flyers yesterday, the Caps also lost home ice advantage, meaning that they'll need to win at least one game on the road if they're to win the series.

But that may not be as difficult a task as it sounds, given that the Caps haven't lost in the Wachovia Center in more than two years. Granted, this followed a 16-game winless streak in the building that spanned from March 5, 1998 through February 10, 2006, but the last four times the Caps have headed up I-95 to Philly, they've left town happy. A brief recap of the four games:
  • November 4, 2006 - Caps 5, Flyers 3 (Alex Ovechkin two goals, including the game-winner)
  • December 9, 2006 - Caps 5, Flyers 3 (Ovechkin with a goal and two assists)
  • November 23, 2007 - Caps 4, Flyers 3 (OT) (Bruce Boudreau's first game as Caps head coach, Nicklas Backstrom GWG)
  • February 6, 2008 - Caps 4, Flyers 3 (Ovechkin GWG)
In six career games in Philly, Alex Ovechkin has five goals, four assists and two game-winning goals, and the last Flyer netminder to beat the Caps at home was... Robert Esche. Point being, this team should know they can win in Philly - now they just need to go out and do it.

Finally, in what can only be seen as a good omen (unless you're a shareholder, that is), Wachovia today posted a "surprising" loss, in part due to the fact that the corporation "has... been hurt in its capital markets unit." So there's that.