On one of the PP's, I said to my wife, "If we just put Oates out there, the Caps could control the puck for the entire penalty and not take a shot."
They controlled the puck for most of the game. I wish I would have thought of doing a time of possession clock. It seemed to be heavily weighted towards the Caps.
Alfredsson-Spezza-Heatley wasn't playing.
Kind of disappointing that we couldn't pull out the win. However, if we can completely dominate a top-3 team without their 1st line, it probably means we can at least hang with their opening night roster.
I understand they didn't have the top line playing, it was just fun to watch. It was the same kind of thing on Friday against the Flyers. The caps ran around with the puck most of the game. They had a few breakdowns that lead to goals, but they owned the ice. This is a big reason the shot counts have reversed from last year. The Caps are also getting more PPs than PKs because of puck possession. If the PP actually starts to score occassionally, the Caps could win more than they lose.