The Caps snapped a 10-game losing streak against Roberto Luongo, and even got Bobby Lou yanked after two dominant periods. The 10 shots allowed by Washington is the lowest in franchise history (it was 25-3 in favor of the Caps after two periods). Brent Johnson didn’t have a lot of work, but he did earn his 100th victory of his career.
Michael Nylander scored on a penalty shot, the first successful one for the Caps since Matt Pettinger on Nov. 23, 2005. The Caps had been unsuccessful in their past six tries, including four by Alex Ovechkin. Speaking of No. 8, he did not record a point tonight — further proof of this team’s offensive firepower.
“I know, but that bodes well for the balance of the team,” Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I think I can state that he’s going to start scoring on a regular basis, and Nicky Backstrom is going to start getting points on a regular basis, so if the other guys can keep that up, then wow that’s pretty good.”
Boudreau would not offer any details on his future plans for Sergei Fedorov (who was really good) or the goalie situation.The Caps have three days until the next game, and Fedorov’s status could be tied to Viktor Kozlov’s availability.
According to a Caps spokesman, Kozlov is day-to-day (like us all) with an injury. Enjoy the NHL’s new policy on injuries, because that is all teams are required to say.
Finally, sorry about the irregularity of information from me the past few days. Between a family emergency over the weekend and a medical issue (I am also day-to-day with an injury, but I’ll say it is a back/neck issue), it has been a crazy week. I’ll be happy to get back into a normal routine in the coming days. I owe a hearty thanks to Tim Lemke, Ryan O’Halloran, Stephen Whyno and Bob Cohn for helping to fill in for me and keeping the hockey coverage flowing.
The Caps are back at K-Plex tomorrow at 11 a.m.