OK, here are some other post-game tidbits/notes:
* Mike Green is really good, but this is getting crazy. He’s got 19 goals in 41 games (simple math says that’s a 38-goal pace over the course of a full season), including at least one in the past six games. He’s got 14 power-play goals, and now he’s a shorthanded one as well thanks to his 170-foot toss at the empty net to ice this game.
“It certainly has been Mike’s last two weeks,” Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Practically everything he is touching is turning to gold and I hope it doesn’t end. He can play for 30 minutes and never look tired.”
Also from Boudreau: “His shot is so accurate – it might be like a baseball player hitting a groove. He’s just hitting everything the pitcher is throwing to him. He’s picking the top corners pretty frequently.”
Boudreau also praised Green’s defensive work. Green logged 4:05 of shorthanded time in his team-high 25:53.
* Speaking of the PK, the unit earned some well-derseved love tonight. While the Caps did give up a goal when they only had four skaters on the ice, the Panthers also only had four so it doesn’t count. Florida’s power play went 0-for-4, the first time the Caps haven’t allowed a PP goal since the Carter administration. I kid, but it had been 13 straight games.
“I thought the penalty killers did a tremendous job today,” Boudreau said, also noting that Shaone Morrisonn’s major penalty was warranted and “not a smart play.”
Added Jose Theodore, who stopped 20 of 21 shots on the night for his 20th win of the season: “I think the PK did a great job today. You know you’re going to have to make one or two big saves. We though we played really well.”
And Mike Green: “We practiced our OK after the [Kings] game — not only our PK but our commitment as a team. Tonight we showed our character as a team and we bounced back. We’ve got to give a lot of credit to the PK tonight. That’s what won us the game.”