Well I worked late up at a partner company's facility in Glen Burnie, MD (life can be hectic these days at ICx Technologies) so that when I turned on this evening's game I found the Caps up 2-0. Then I see a tough hit on Mike Green that results in a legitimate 4:00 double minor against the Devil's Patrik Elias for High Sticking. The Devils and Brodeaur do a good job of keeping Ovechkin from scoring on a "wicked hard" (please imagine the Boston accent I wrote that with) one-timer; only to have "the other Alex" Semin score on an equally "wicked hard" one-timer about 70 seconds later while the Caps are still on the power play. Score!!!!! Caps 3, Devils 0.
They just showed replays of all three goals: Green's 17th; Kozlov's 13th and Semin's 20th. Craig Laughlin just commented about how well the Caps have played this game and while I've only seen a little over 10 minutes of play, all 10 minutes are being played by a different team, with the same players, than the team I've seen the last 3 or 4 games. Huet just smothered a rebound in a way we haven't seen in these parts for a while. Donald Brashear SCORES!!!! on a rocket wrister after a no-look pass from Matt Bradley. It's Brash's 4th of the season. Caps 4, Devils 0. And in the end, Cristobel Huet gets a shutout in his first game as a Cap, how's that for a switch the Caps go to "The Rock" and shutout the Deivls and Martin Brodeur? How'd the Caps trade deadline deals look tonight? Well statistically, Huet stopped 18 shots and shut out the Devils; Sergei Federov won 10 of 13 faceoffs (77%), had 1 assist, and 3 shots in 15:48 of ice time - not bad for a 38 year old. Additionally, the line combination of Federov - Semin - Fleischmann is definitely a solid pairing and having two world class lines clearly opens things up for the first line of Ovechkin - Backstrom - Kozlov as well. Of course one game a season does not make but looking at the statistics and the part of the game I saw, there was "nothing but net" - the Caps entire Caps lineup played great hockey tonight. Tomorrow night at the "Phone Booth" against the Maple Leafs; LETS GO CAPS!!!!!!