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As playoffs become visible on the horizon, and with the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins both a substantial threat to the Capitals' playoff aspiration, and having failed to earn standings points in two of their last three outings, the Capitals skated onto a sheet of ice that hasn't been kind to them in recent years, against the team that's showed them the exit during their last two playoff appearances. The good guys brought home two tough points, and can now regroup to try to do the same on Tuesday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes.
Check back for our full recap later, but first, here's Sunday night's Plus/Minus:
- Plus: Alex Ovechkin. Ovi got the monkey off his back with a 5v5 goal in the first period, then got the powerplay off the schnide with, well, a power play goal. If this team expects to make any sort of spirited run, their strengths need to be as such, and this afternoon Ovechkin made sure that the channels from which the Capitals are used to seeing production, produced.
- Minus: Lazy play, lack of discipline, quick-in-succession goals against, end-of-period goals...is there any word that sums all those up? How about carelessness? No, let's go with slipshod. Slidshod play reinforced by superstar performances from Braden Holtby and Alex Ovechkin is just putting makeup on a Milbury. This team has got to ice some more collective contributions (and if you want an image of what that looks like, take a peek at the third period).
And now, this...
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