- It was a game for the taking at the start of the third period.†One team took it; the other took bad penalties. Again. †
- Seventeen games into the 2007-08 season this is a Caps’ team without an identity.
- A thing of beauty:†The Caps’ first goal, when†Mike Green’s slick stickhandling and†even more impressive dish to Ovechkin rightfully brought Verizon Center fans out of their discounted seats. But the dynamic Mike Green has an inexperienced and maturity-challenged alter ego, which we saw†about 5 minutes later when he senselessly went stick swinging in Kolzig’s crease.††
Given Chris Bourque’s conspicuously meager minutes, one wonders what’s the purpose of his recall.
There does appear to be some offensive flash taking hold in Tomas Fleischmann’s game. He was outstanding in Ottawa, and he again seemed more confident on the puck tonight.
- We’ve watched Martin St. Louis eviscerate the Caps for nearly a decade now, and we keep wondering why no one can lay a heavy hit on him. Ever. It’s one of the least commented upon and most underrated aspects of his offensive game; nightly he†manages to keep himself out of harm’s†way and yet†himself down low among the danger in lethal fashion. †††
- Clearly there’s something distinctively atrocious about the Verizon Center ice. We’ve heard and read complaints about it really since opening night, and Saturday night the incidence of falling world-class skaters bordered on†the burlesque. We the television viewing were informed that a matinee basketball game was undoubtedly partly to blame. But that doesn’t explain the wretched surfaces on preceding weeknights, or the multi-use of other arenas without comparable stumblings in their hockey games. ††
Audrius Zubrus left his position as Senior Regional Sales Manager for the Capitals, but not before working one last game versus the Lightning and a post game send off at RNR Bar & Lounge. One guess as where he’ll be working next.
Acadie Bathurst Titan center Mathieu Perreault, the Caps’ sixth-round selection in the 2006 draft, has surged to the very top of the QMJHL scoring lead despite playing fewer games than almost all of his peers. He was named the Q’s PLayer of the Week for the week of November 5, and in his last three games he’s posted 6 goals and 5 assists. Last season, Perreault tallied 41 goals and 78 assists in 67 games for the Titan. He’s on pace to top 140 points in the Q this season.
2007 second round draft pick Ted Ruth, a freshman blueliner at Notre Dame, is a +10 in 10 games for the Fighting Irish. He skated a +2 Friday night in Notre Dame’s 2-1 upset on the road of no. 1 ranked Miami, and he is earning minutes as a top pairing defender with senior Brock Sheahan. USC was idle this weekend.