The Caps won 2-1 for the second straight night. Both wins were impressive for different reasons. Two nights ago, the Caps dominated and were able to survive a great goaltending performance. On this night, the Flyers controlled the 5-on-5 play for long stretches, but Jose Theodore was fantastic and the Caps have now won two in a row.
Here are a few notes/quotes before it is time for another long night of driving down I-95:
* Theodore has generally been solid to good since late December, but this was one of his best nights of the season. He turned aside 35 shots, including 18 of 19 in a second period that the Flyers decidely had the upper hand in.
“He was phenomenal,” Caps forward David Steckel said. “That save in the second period speaks for itself. He was huge. … If it wasn’t for him, it could have been 6-1 the other way.”
* Alex Ovechkin had his first multi-point game in eight games. Alexander Semin extended his points streak to eight games. Bruce Boudreau didn’t like what he was seeing from his top two lines in the first period, so he put the Alexes together and moved Viktor Kozlov to the second line. That worked out pretty well late in the second period when Semin made a great play to set up Ovechkin for the game-winner.
“It was a great pass by [Semin],” Ovechkin said. “It was easy to put it in the net. I think our key was to get it in deep and try to take the puck and put the puck in the middle to try and score goals. It was working when I score – it was a good job by my line.”
* The PK went 6-for-6, including three big ones in the first period. David Steckel said after the game that those three kills set the tone, and he is probably right.
* There were two goals waved off in this one. Anyone know what was different about the one Tomas Fleischmann put in and the one the Flyers were allowed to keep from Game 7 of last year’s playoffs? Bruce Boudreau deftly sidestepped that question.
* Without Sergei Fedorov, the Caps got killed in the faceoff circle (16-of-48). It should be noted that Steckel only took four draws, and that was because he played on the wing with Boyd Gordon. That was a direct result of Donald Brashear being out.
* Alexandre Giroux did not have a night to remember after being a late add to the lineup.
* The Caps have now won two in a row and five straight on the road. That’s probably not a bad thing since five of the next six are away from the Phone Booth.