25.That's how many turnovers the Caps had tonight. That makes 50 in the last two games...and that's too many.
I thought the magic number was .869 - Kolzig's save percentage in his last five games (.862 against Buffalo)
While both of those are good ones, I thought it was 5 . . . the number of times I looked up and said, "What is Donald Brashear doing on the ice in this situation.
DMG: Yeah, it's not great. He's been letting in some softies for sure, but a lot of that is also just that the Caps are limiting shots against in general. Not an excuse, of course - Olie needs to make the saves he was making earlier in the year.Christopher: You know, Brash didn't bother me tonight. I like the way he and Laich and Motzko have been working together and they had some good energy-generating shifts against the Slugs. A little bit of PP time doesn't bother me, either, as long as it's not EVERY man advantage (*cough*Hanlon*cough*)
A thought from Hershey, PA - listening to the game on radio last night, it sounded like the CAPS turn the puck over way to much, but the big moment in last night's game was the 2 minutes late in the third period when they couldn't clear the puck out of their own end. The "slugs" ended up scoring the winning goal on that sequence. (Empty net goals never bother me - I don't even count them). When you let any team be in your zone for two minutes, bad things are going to happen.
Scott,The Capitals did turn the puck over too much. But the only time they really hung Kolzig out to dry was on that play the resulted in the Buffalo's fourth goal. All around they played okay (not great) in their own end; good enough to win if they'd gotten solid goaltending.
The worst part is that it seemed as though all of those turnovers came in the third period.I blame Viktor Kozlov.
The ice was to blame on several turnovers. The puck just c r a w l e d on several passes (that worked both ways, BTW) but I also remember several times when a Cap would try to curl around, lose their edge...and the puck, at the same time.Thing is, is I don't remember that happening to the slugs. Makes me wonder about their practice facility, or the fact they don't curl around in the offensive zone that much.One other thing I noticed, and this, IMO, bodes well: I thought the Caps seemed to start slow against both the slugs and the rags, but they adjusted really well after the first intermission. Rather than not showing up in the second, as had been their wont, they really played well in the second in both games.
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