Many in the hockey world saw last night’s match-up between our Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers as a heavyweight showdown. In one corner, the undefeated Capitals who’ve won despite stretches of sporadic play and missing superstars. The other, a rebuilt Flyers squad looking to prove their makeover wasn’t just for show.
And then enters Alexander Ovechkin. Consistently successful against the orange-and-black, Ovie didn’t disappoint as he helped the Caps blow the game wide open and stuck the Flyers with their first regulation defeat.
- The Caps remain undefeated in one of the team’s better starts in recent memory. They are the sole Eastern Conference team without a regulation loss; the Detroit Red Wings remain the sole undefeated team in the West.
- Alex Ovechkin slammed home two goals (one in the power play) after only netting one in his last five games.
- Mathieu Perreault continues to shine, getting the Caps’ first goal (unassisted) in the opening period and assisting on Roman Hamrlik’s first goal of the season in the third.
- Goalie Tomas Vokoun is proving he’s the Caps’ number one netminder, stopping 40 of 42 shots thrown at him.
- The Caps beat the Flyers. That’s always a good feeling…
It’s hard to find anything to really nitpick about with this game. If we had to jump on something, then going 1 for 6 on the power play would be it. But seriously, the Caps looked pretty solid last night – and they beat the freakin’ Flyers.
“He’s not going to go through the season with one goal, one deflection,” said coach Bruce Boudreau. “At some point he’s going to score some goals – it’s Alex Ovechkin.”