Have to be brief tonight, because tomorrow’s off day means my commute “home” tonight is five hours instead of 15 minutes (that’s a fancy way of saying I am surprising my mom for her birthday by showing up at 4 a.m.).
Anyway, as for the game tonight … the Caps are really [enter Jenny Slate’s phrase here] good. When the offense is firing on all cylinders, they are downright scary. Phone Booth patrons are 1-for-1 with the score at least five goals to get free wings promotion — there might be a whole lot of free wings nights this season.
A few other thoughts from tonight:
* Bruce Boudreau wasn’t happy with yielding three third-period goals. The players weren’t happy with yielding three third-period goals. Everyone used phrases like “We need to learn from this” and “The great teams don’t let teams back in it.”
Look, 6-1 is different than 3-1 or 4-1. It just is. The “great” teams DO let up when it is 6-1. Sure, Boudreau wanted to get the message across, but the Caps did lockdown the Bruins after it was 4-1.
* Semyon Varlamov was great for 40 minutes. When it was a well-played game (the first period) he 10-for-10. When it was pond hockey (the second period) he was 14-for-15. Again, there’s no reason to upset with his 3-for-6 in the third. One was fluky and the other two came because the guys had let up in front of him.
The one negative from getting up 6-1 often this season could be the GAAs for Varlamov and Jose Theodore.
* Chris Clark looked very solid again in his limited action. Bruce Boudreau mentioned his jump — he was buzzing around and creating chances.
The second PP unit of Clark, Brendan Morrison and Mike Knuble looked pretty good. It will be more convential, but with Ovechkin and Green on the points to bomb away and Clark and Knuble in front, it should still be effective.
* Vesa Toskala did not look very good. Jonas Gustavsson actually did — two of those goals were not his fault. Somehow, Ian White was a plus-3 for the Leafs (well not somehow … not playing at even strength against the top two lines is how).
* The Caps have four players with at least five points through two games, and Ovechkin has six.
Alright, it is time to hit the road. As stated before, the Caps are off tomorrow and will be back at practice Monday at 10:30. I am off again on Monday and wil join the team in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
The Caps will be in Philly to try and go 3-0 for the first time since … yeah, two years ago.