- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 24, 2008

BEST GOAL

Alexander Semin, 1/15/08 vs. Ottawa

Semin had a disappointing year mostly because of a lingering ankle injury, but he showcased his sublime skill against the Senators. He intercepted a pass near the right point, deked defenseman Wade Redden with an inside-out fake and then roofed a shot past goalie Martin Gerber after a similar maneuver.

BEST SAVE

Cristobal Huet, 4/17/08 at Philadelphia

It is hard to argue with the diving, left-to-right glove save Huet made to erase Scottie Upshall’s attempt on what looked a sure goal. The Caps led 3-2, and at the time it looked like a series saver.

BEST FIGHT

Donald Brashear, 12/29/07 at Ottawa

The Donald dropped the gloves 12 times this season, but his best showing was a pummeling of the Senators’ Chris Neil during a 8-6 win. Brashear rocked Neil with nearly two dozen lefts prompting the line of the year from team play-by-play man Joe Beninati: “Oh my goodness gracious. Chris, go down already.”

BEST GAME

Caps 6, Penguins 5 (SO), 12/27/07 at Mellon Arena

Plenty to chose from here, and Alex Ovechkin’s four-goal game with a broken nose tossed in against Montreal has to be 1A. This game came days after Sidney Crosby’s ankle injury, but the hockey world caught a glimpse of what could become the sport’s greatest rivalry, Ovechkin vs. Evgeni Malkin. Each had two goals and put on a show, including a bone-rattling collision and subsequent shoving match. Oh yeah, and Ovechkin and Alexander Semin scored in the shootout to give the Caps their first win in Pittsburgh since before the Ovechkin-Crosby era.

Corey Masisak


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