Second verse, same as the first - could be better, could be worse.
I'll have my thoughts on the home-and-home later today or tomorrow, but for now, consider these stats from yesterday's win:
The Capitals beat Martin Brodeur and the Devils 4-2 in New Jersey. It was the first time that Washington has scored more than three goals in a game against Brodeur since Oct. 6, 2001, when the Caps knocked Brodeur out of the game by scoring five times in the first two periods of the season opener for both clubs.Oh, and there's more fallout from New York regarding Jaromir Jagr's "leadership," for those of you interested in that sorta thing. This article asks the following:
Saturday's game ended Brodeur's 11-game unbeaten streak against the Capitals (10-0-1) and it was the future Hall of Famer's first loss to Washington at the Meadowlands since Dec. 9, 2000. Brodeur had won seven games in a row versus the Capitals in New Jersey since then.
Now that Jaromir Jagr appears to be one bad haircut away from a Britney Spears moment, we have to ask: What do the Rangers do now?They miss the playoffs. That's what they do.
- Hart: Jarome Iginla (2G, including the game-winner, 2A, +2, 4 SOG, 2 hits)
- Ross: Jarome Iginla (4 points)
- Norris: Bryan McCabe (3 assists, +2, 2 SOG, 2 hits)
- Vezina: John Grahame (W, 28 saves on 29 shots against)
- Richard: Tomas Holmstrom (3G)
- Calder: Frans Nielsen (1st NHL goal is the game-winner, 1st NHL assist, +1, for the Dane in 3-2 Isles win)
- Aiken: Evgeni Nabokov (L, 6 goals allowed on 22 shots against)