Thursday, February 19, 2009

Caps 4 - Montreal 3 (SO)

Another two point night at Verizon Center for the Capitals. Though thanks to three Montreal Canadien power play goals this win didn't come easily for the Caps. The Canadiens got on the board first with a quick power play goals from There was a highlight reel goal from Christopher Higgins at the 2:33 mark. Then at the 10:07 mark Alexander Ovechkin scored another GGGRRREEEAAATTTT highlight reel goal. The Peerless has a good description and a link to a video of it that I can't duplicate or otherwise match. I'll just use the word that Ovechkin himself uses to describe things like this - it was really sick! and that's sick in a good way.

At the 13:42 mark the Capitals in the form of Nicklas Backstrom took a 2-1 lead when he scored a power play goal of their own - his 14th goal of the season. However the Caps then surrendered the lead, allowing the Canadiens to tie the game with another power play goal at the 17:03 mark of the first period by Andrei Kostitsyn. The score then remained tied through the entire second period and well into the third until Montreal took the lead at the 8:57 mark of the third period when Tomas Plekanec scored the Canadiens third power play goal of the night. While the Caps seemed to generally control the game more often then not at even strength it took them until the 17:21 mark to once again tie the game. At that juncture, David Steckel tied the game up with another even strength goal. The game went into and through overtime and ended in a shootout. The Caps first two shooters Aleander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom both put the puck past Carey Price while at the other end Jose Theodore "took care of business" stopping shots from both Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Markov.

Mystery of the night: 1) How Markov gets the first star of the game?

Next up the Colorado Avalanche on Friday evening at Verizon Center.


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