If it was a chicken dinner, it’d be a wing and a breast . . . but no legs. Three games in four nights, each in a different time zone. Other teams go through it – and many of them suffer the same fate, in this case a lackluster 4-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at
Alexander Ovechkin was the only Cap who showed any consistent spark. He led the club with four shots and was credited with seven hits, and looked for the most part to be the only Cap who had his legs delivered from
It would be tempting to find fault with a number of aspects of
Brent Johnson really deserves better than to be 0-1-2. His 2.53 GAA is better than Marc-Andre Fleury, Martin Brodeur, and Tomas Vokoun (all with winning records), and his .926 save percentage is better than Ryan Miller, Kari Lehtonen, and Dominik Hasek (all backstopping division leaders). He had another solid effort last night.
Last night’s scratches had an odd quality to them – Jamie Heward, Kris Beech, and Jakub Klepis. Assuming none of the trio was injured, one might think that Heward was merely being rested so Bryan Muir could shake some rust off (he didn’t have a bad game in almost 20 minutes of play, certainly no worse than most of the rest of the club), but one also supposes that a message was being sent with the other two. After averaging 16 minutes a game in his first six games, Beech was moved off the second line and averaged 10 minutes his next three. He was benched last night in favor of Boyd Gordon. Brooks Laich got a sweater for the first time on this trip at the expense of Klepis, who has not scored in eight games and taken penalties in each of his last three. The hunt for a second line center continues.
But not all was bad. Oiler coach Craig MacTavish said of the club after the game, "They played us hard; they are going to win some games."
And Glen Hanlon was even more upbeat with this effort than in earning a point against
We’ll see how far the boys have come when they visit on
-- The Peerless