Well, it’s rematch night in DC as the Caps host the New Jersey Devils, who eked out a 3-2 win in
“If you don’t bother to black out a tooth when you dress up as a hockey player for Hallowe’en and just knock that sucker out…youu-u-u-u-u might be a hockey fan…”
“If the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word, “Bauer” is that you need a new pair of skates instead of the character on the TV show ‘24’…youu-u-u-u-u might be a hockey fan.”
And Larry the Skate Sharpener Guy, what do you have to say?...
Uh…yeah. Bill, you have a theory on stupid hockey fans?...
“Well, I just hate stupid hockey fans. They should have to serve two minutes just for being stupid…like a fan penalty box. That way you wouldn't rely on them for any hockey smarts, would you? You wouldn't ask them anything. It would be like, ‘Excuse me...oops, never mind; I didn't see you in the penalty box’…I was at the game the other night, and a Cap had the puck down in the corner with his back to the play…and this fan with that neon orange nacho cheese dripping on his shirt yells out, “SHOOOOOOOOT!”…I’d just point at him and say, ‘two minutes for being stoopid.'"
Ron, you had to come in later then the other boys, is that right?
“Yeah, well…I got thrown out of a bar in
Quite a story, Ron…
So, it’s the Devils again, and they are now on a ten-game points-earned streak, having lost last night, 1-0, in overtime to the Rangers at
As for the Caps, fans got a rare glimpse of what this team is capable of in their 6-3 win over
This might be a good point to look at where the club is eight games into the Boudreau era (and let’s hope it’s an “era”)…
Goals for/against: 24/20
Power play: 6/32 (18.8%)
Penalty kill: 32/36 (88.9%)
It might not be a coincidence that Mike Green has four of his seven goals in the last eight games, either. In fact, six of the 24 goals scored have come from defensemen (Pothier and Schultz being the others.
That 4-3-1 record might not look like much, but it is a 92-point pace over an 82-game season. That’s little consolation at the moment, since the Caps are the last team to ten wins, but it is an improvement. For the Caps to take the next step, though, some other folks are going to have to step up, too. On that note, now that Matt Pettinger has ended his 16-game streak without a goal, folks might be looking at Viktor Kozlov (13 games) and Tomas Fleischmann (11 games) to warm up and light the lamp. This is not to say that this pair has played poorly of late – both had an assist against
It probably won’t take a lot of goals to win tonight’s game – this is likely to be a low scoring affair. The question is whether Marty Brodeur gets another start the day after an overtime loss, or if Kevin Weekes gets the nod for the Devils. No matter, the Caps – except for the stinker against these Devils on Friday – have looked better of late.
Caps 2 – Devils 1.