Jack Daniel's and Coca-Cola conspired to make me miss most of the latter two periods of the Caps/Oilers game last night, so I'll let you get your recaps from the professionals (the WaPo here, while the WTimes has a great article on Canada's love of AO).
Some quick thoughts from what I can remember of last night's game and what I can surmise from reading about it this morning:
- The Caps were absolutely abused in the faceoff circle, winning only 19 of 50 draws (a woeful 38%). Dainius Zubrus and Boyd Gordon were at 50% and Brian Sutherby had a bad night winning only 43% of his faceoffs, but Brooks Laich - back in the lineup in place of Kris Beech - was the real stinker, winning only 2 of 10 draws and losing every single neutral or offensive zone faceoff he too. Beech, who is fifth in the League in faceoff win percentage, will almost certainly be back in the lineup Monday night and if Laich gets a sweater in Calgary, I'd expect him to be shifted to the wing.
- Alex Ovechkin had a whopping seven hits last night, which perhaps can finally put to rest the "What's wrong with Alex?" questions. Matt Bradley had five hits last night, bringing his total for the year up to nine. Nice effort last night, and if Bradley is going to stick, he needs to be hitting everything that moves, as he apparently did last night.
- How 'bout them sluggin' Caps? After not having a fighting major before Friday, the team has now had a fight in back-to-back games as Shaone Morrisonn dropped the gloves last night. But I'm still waiting on The Donald's first fight in a Caps uniform before I dub this squad the F Street Fighters.
- Remember when Richard Zednik was good? Yeah, me neither.
- Hart: Sidney Crosby (3G, +3, 4 SOG)
- Ross: Jaromir Jagr, Tomas Kaberle (4 points each)
- Norris: Tomas Kaberle (3G, +2, 5 SOG, 1 hit, 4 takeaways, 2 giveaways)
- Vezina: Martin Brodeur (22-save shutout win)
- Richard: Sidney Crosby, Tomas Kaberle (3G each)
- Calder: Evgeni Malkin (G, 2A, +3)
- Aiken: Antero Niittymaki (L, 4 goals allowed on 9 shots against in just 22:41 of work)