The score of this game should have been 5-1. But thanks to a pair of sloppy errors by Karl Alzner and Tyler Sloan, this game was much closer than it needed to be. Alzner whiffed on a clear after a faceoff, leading directly to a Brian Boyle goal. Later, Sloan failed to keep a puck in the offensive zone and Derek Boogaard scored on a break away against Michal Neuvirth. Two mistakes led to two goals and the Caps found themselves in a hotly contested hockey game.
No doubt, a win is a win is a win is a win. Did I mention that a win is a win? At the same time, November is the time for coaches to come down hard on their players for making costly mistakes. November is the time to emphasize mistakes, so then when March and April come around, the players are long past stupid early season errors. I hope Bruce Boudreau lays into Alzner and Sloan for those two careless blunders.
Aside from that, a nice game from the Capitals. Brooks Laich had a pair of goals to lead the way and Matt Hendricks had the game-winner. Time for Mike Knuble to breath a deep sigh of relief: he scored his first goal since opening night!
This has been a great three game win streak for the Caps who have dispatched Boston, Philly, and New York in the past five days. Washington must now get ready for a big divisional matchup on Thursday against Tampa Bay. The Lightning sit at second place in the Southeast Division.
Blog From Josh Fendrick–College Park Sophomore
freddy from boca
for a team that is 11-4 and seems to know how to finish off games the caps sure take on a lot of criticism. no one in the nhl has more points than the caps. 11-4. and it’s early in the season.