Saturday, January 05, 2008

Green Light

The longer this game went on, the more eerily reminiscent it became to another Caps game almost a month ago - that ended in exactly the same fashion.

On December 12, the Caps hosted the Rangers. Injuries had decimated the lineup and a couple of Hershey callups were manning the forward lines. The Caps fell behind by two early on, tied it up in the second and then jumped out to a lead on the backs of a two-goal performance. The Rangers then tied it up. The Caps pulled ahead again, and with less than ten minutes left the Rangers tied it up again. Mike Green topped off his two assists with the game-winner in overtime.

Fast forward, reset, reload, throw in a different team clad in red white and blue...let's do it again.

Today the Caps came out looking sluggish, falling behind on a power play goal in the first and relying on the sheer grit of Olie Kolzig to keep them in it. An early goal in the second found the Caps once again facing a defecit. And once again they clawed their way back into the game, as Ovechkin, Backstrom and Gordon found the back of the net to pull out to a 3-2 lead. The Habs tied it up, the Caps pulled ahead with Ovie's second, the Habs tied it up again with less than ten minutes left...

And Mike Green topped off his two assists with the game-winner in overtime. Spooky, right?

So the day after Canada showed Team USA the door in the World Juniors, the Caps traveled to Canada for a little revenge and came away with yet another victory from the Northeast Division. Today's win gives the Caps a stunning 4-0 record up north, with 24 goals scored against their opponents in those four games. It also gives them an important two points and puts them within four of eighth place.

We're off until Wednesday when the Avalanche come to town - good for the Caps to bounce back not only from a two goal deficit but a lackluster loss on Thursday. They'll have plenty of happy thoughts to keep them occupied for a while...

1 comment:

Shmee said...

Really happy thoughts beaming their way.