The answer is in - the Caps can raise their level of play as much to meet the level of an opposing team as they can lower it. Tonight at Verizon Center an excellent game of ice hockey was played by both the Philadelphia Flyers and the Washington Capitals. At the end of the game the scoreboard read Capitals 4 - Flyers 2 - in short a two point night for the boys in red and a no point night for their opponents.
However, some folks are this joint are still not happy common complaints include:
a) no secondary scoring;
b) allowed the Flyers too many shots on goal;
c) didn't smile when they pirouetted during the swimsuit portion of the competition;
d) didn't score on the 5 on 3 even though Flyers Goaltender Ray Emery clearly was rooting for them [NOT];
e) and the list could go on.
To all those concerns I say - nothing wrong with Coach Boudreau and these highly paid professional athletes striving for perfection but we fans should step back and enjoy the game and the victory just a tad don't you think?
The following Washinton Capitals had really good nights:
1) Jose Theodore - stopped 41 of 43 Flyers Shots on Goal including 20 in the third period.
2) the SOB (Semin-Ovechkin-Backstrom) line was super with a combined 4 goals and 9 points.
3) Mike Gren and Shoane Morrison had good nights as well.
4) Tom Poti has had bettter games but his 5 blocked shots tied Mike Green for tonight's team lead.
The three stars of the game were: 1) Jose Theodore; 2) Nicklas Backstom (goal, 3 assists, and a + 3 on the night); 3) Alexander Ovechkin (2 goals, + 3 on the night) - Honorable Mention: Alexander Semin (1 goal, 2 assists, +3 on the night).
Next up - the Thrashers in Atlanta on Thursday evening.