Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Pre-Season Win: Caps 6 - Blackhawks 2

Well, that was fun…

…but let’s not get carried away, either. There was good, and there was bad in the Caps’ 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this evening.

Good: Mike Knuble notched a pair of goals on his only two shots on goal in the first 4:52 of the game.
Not so good: His last entry in the official play-by-play was a missed tip-in attempt at 16:06 of the second period. What happened?

Good: Alex Ovechkin got his first two goals of the preseason.
Not so good: He didn’t attempt a shot in the last 28:30 of the game (ok, we’re being picky)

Good: Three assists for Alexander Semin
Not so good: Semin had an awkward collision with Ben Eager. After his “tweak” earlier this week, it was a dicey moment.

Good: Boyd Gordon winning 14 of 19 draws.
Not so good: Mathieu Perreault losing seven of ten.

Good: The Caps took two penalties in the last 40:35.
Not so good: The Caps took four penalties in the first 19:25.

Good: The Caps were 3-for-6 on the power play.
Not so good: The Caps were 4-for-6 in penalty killing.

Good: Semyon Varlamov did not allow an even strength goal.
Not so good: It’s going to be hard to pick two goaltenders with three left (that’s not so good if you’re the guy having to do the picking).

Good: Nicklas Backstrom had a three-point night.
Not so good: Mike Green – eight shot attempts and nothing to show for it.

Good: Tom Poti – plus-1 and a couple of blocked shots.
Not so good: Tom Poti – three minor penalties taken.

Good: Using sticks to score six goals (ok, there was the one off a Knuble body part, which made Kanoobie the Ugly Goal Rally Mutt happy).
Not so good: Using sticks to commit five of the six penalties (high-sticking, tripping, slashing, and a couple of hooking calls).

Good: The top line going 5-4-9, plus-3.
Not so good: Guys on the bubble not playing badly, but not grabbing a roster spot by the throat, either (we did like what we saw from Quintin Laing and Kyle Wilson, though).

Good: A 6-2 win.


Anonymous said...

To the first two, The top line didnt play in the third period (I guess coach thought a little mercy was in order). Ovie only Played 16 odd minutes, very few of which were in the final 28. hard to shoot the puck when not on the ice. Should have watched the game Peerless

The Peerless said...

Actually, they did, just not much. Ovechkin and Backstrom didn't skate over the last ten minutes (neither did Semin). Knuble, though, did take some shifts deep into the third (and yes, I did see the game ;) )

Jimmy said...

I believe anonymous just got owned.

Anonymous said...

Knoobie makes me laugh out loud every time I see him.