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The Capitals dropped a week's worth of goals on the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, leaving Verizon 7-3 winners.
Justin Williams, Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Nate Schmidt, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, and Karl Alzner all recorded goals, and a juicy two points were Washington's weekend reward.
Here's Saturday night's Plus/Minus:
- Plus: Seven goals. SEVEN. And four of those before their opponent had even scored. Four different defensemen had goals, and points were falling from the sky like vulcanized manna.
- Minus: Braden Holtby has a niggling bad habit of letting in softies like he's getting ice cream delivered. Sure, he can make the stunning stops, but consistency is the name of championship goaltending. The Capitals are very close, but still not quite there.
And now, this...
Ten more notes on the game:
- Phew, that first period was a doozy, a regular burlap sack o' goals. The Caps were up 3-0 by the halfway point of the stanza, and it sure seemed the team heard the city's cries to NOT START SLOW AGAIN. 4-0 at the end of the first is a hell of a way to start.
- That the Caps then immediately gave back two of those goals to the Avalanche in the second period was a little less desirable. Talk between periods on the concourse was, "Oh no, not THIS movie again..."
- The new "Ovi Spot" on the powerplay - while the original still exists and is exploited - is to crank thundering one-timers from deep in the slot. Hey, if you can shoot with a rifle from range or with a shotgun up close, which you gonna pick?
- But never to worry, as the third period revealed that the Caps were not giving this one back. Goals by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov saw to that.
- Except for Stan Galiev (who had a wide open chance in the first period), every single Russian on the Caps roster scored. Is party now! )))))))
- Kuznetsov had himself quite the sneaky-sexy game, recording a goal, two assists, and three little words to make my heart swoon (in my fan-fic).
- Braden Holtby made a handful of spectacular saves as he does every game, but just as he also did in the bad old days, he let in a couple softies that he should have every day and twice on Sundays. A goalie's charisma is cool, but his consistency makes him a champion.
- Stanislav Galiev was back in the roster and generally had himself a solid game. We will have to see what specific skill sets Trotz was/is looking for, but the impression in-arena was positive.
- If it's a day ending in "Michael Latta woke up today" then Michael Latta recorded a fight, this time against Chris Wagner. Dude is like Rocky Marciano, in that...he fights, and...is Caucasian. (Full disclosure: I know very little about boxing).
- The Capitals scored more goals than is usually included in the standard packaging quantity of adult beverages known as beer. That number is six, which, of course, is less than the Capitals' seven.
Send the bill for the new goal light bulb to the entire roster, and keep partying on like Chuck Brown would want. Happy Saturday, Caps fans! These two points are all ours!