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Saying Goodbye to 2009

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With last night's win over New Jersey in the books, the Caps have now played 82 regular season games (i.e. a full-season's worth) in calendar year 2009. Their record? An impressive 50-21-11. They've outscored opponents by an average score of 3.43 to 2.83, have scored on 25.3% of their power plays, and have killed off 80.6% of their shorthanded opportunities. And they've played to an average home crowd of 18,260 fans, or 99.9% capacity.

Offensively, the Young Guns have been blazin', with each averaging well over a point-per-game:


GP G A Pts +/-
Alex Ovechkin
73 56
52
108
+17
Nicklas Backstrom
82 26
65
91
+27
Mike Green
80 31
55
86
+29
Alexander Semin
70
34
45
79
+18

And the team has gotten fantastic goaltending from it's rookie phenom:


W
L
O GAA SV%
Semyon Varlamov
14 1
3
2.33
.919

All in all, it's been a heck of a year (with two games left) for the Caps (at least insofar as regular season accomplishments go), and one that makes even the most pessimistic among us hopeful for 2010.