Expected. Ovie is the best player in the world right now, hands down IMO. He'd score multiple goals without us playin so poorly.
Im done. Since for some reason I cant watch,(not that it would be any less frustrating) I'll save myself the aggrevation and go spit shine my boots for work tonight, probably going to be more entertaining. Hope we get it together soon.
When Laakso realized that puck was going to sail over his head he should've been more concerned with the player (Ovechkin of all people) near him and not looking for where it was going to land. I'm pretty sure Ovie is going to go for it, so why not just play the man and not the puck? Also, why in the hell were Laakso and Klein paired together with Ovechkin on the ice?
A lack of discipline and a fluky bounce both allow arguably the best player in the league to score a pair, but the Preds were very effective creating chances off their controlled breakouts and didnít seem to panic like they were earlier this week when the Caps D was pinching down against the breakout.
Belak appears to be benched and with good reason. Smithson magnified the situation by taking the cross-checking call in front of the net after we killed off Belakís mistake. You cannot give the Caps back to back PPís early in the game. Belakís penalty was stupid, but it was being aggressive. Those calls are usually killed off. Smithsonís cross-check was stupid and unnecessary too, but that is the type of penalty that doesnít normally get the kill.
Franson looks good through one period of action. Very poised with the puck, although in his own end he is glued to the front of the net. Bouillon very active yet again, making plays, keeping things alive, but getting into trouble when he tries to do too much. Suter and Weber seem to be on the ice just about every shift. They are playing together some, but mainly with different partners each shift. Laakso was the victim of a horribly unlucky bounce on the second goal, but heís got to maintain inside position, especially on a bouncing puck against Ovechkin.
Like the offensive pressure we are getting. Need to take the puck to the net a little more and that will open up some room to the outside to work the cycle. Lines arenít that much different, but appear to be playing with some pretty good chemistry early. Gotta bury one of those two SH breakaways early. Thatís definitely gonna come back to hurt us, but alas we are still not out of this game.
Look for Washington to adjust to the ever changing Predators style (doing a good job making adjustments to the systems since I called them out on it Wednesday night). With a two-goal lead the Caps will become tighter defensively and look to pounce on turnovers by the Predators, but donít expect them to drop back into full on clock kill mode, that is simply not their styleÖ
The Preds need to come out with the same intensity level, mark Ovechkin whenever he is on the ice, and become a little less pickier with their shots. I thought that Ward had the best opportunity of the night thus far for the Preds when he backed away a little from the defense and unleashed a bullet on Varlamov just before the mid-way point of the period. On those long cycles, we have to find a way to get someone open somewhere in the slot to make a pass out to. Plenty of bodies heading to the net after every shot, thatís not the issue, but generating more high-quality opportunities at the net is what is going to lead to more opportunities to capitalize on some rebounds.