Guins Win

DC Sports Nexus ---- Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Washington Capitals lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Caps 4th straight loss and 2nd out of 2 under new coach Dale Hunter. Once again the Caps offense was a no-show taking under 20 shots (19 tues, 17 thurs) and only scoring one goal for the 2nd straight game.

There was a lot of intensity exhibited by the Caps, led by Ovechkin who was putting people on their backs the whole game. In the first period, John Erskine got some revenge on the Penguin's Asham as the two went blow for blow until Asham was taken to the ice. That ferocity wasn't enough to get the puck into the net and the Caps lost another one.

When you are playing the best team in the league and you basically shut down Sidney Crosby and Malkin, you really have a good chance to win. But if you can't score, you can't win, and the Caps have a serious scoring problem. (6 One Goal Games in the last 9)

Jason Chimera is the first Cap to double digit goals BTW, so I'll pay up if you had that one in the pool...

There isn't much time to worry about a loss to a bitter rival, as there are much more important things to think about like a win against ANYONE. Next game at home against Ottawa on Saturday...

Game Notes & Questions:
  • Semin had a good shot opportunity bounce right of his stick and I heard a few "boos" at Verizon.
  • For a "manly" game like hockey there are a lot of terms used by our announcers like pirouette, dipsy-do, and do-si-do.
  • I saw Crosby attempting the splits, to get his foot to the blue line. Does that mean a player is onsides if one foot is on the blue line?
  • This Dale Hunter extra dump & chase style offense doesn't seem to suit the Caps first line. It suits the 4th line more. But, its only 2 games so I'll give it some time.

1 comment:

Ben Dugas said...

The way offside works is that no player can completely cross the offensive blue line until the puck has. As long as a part of your body is still on the line your good.
Sometimes when a player is about to cross the blue line but they see that the puck has not yet gone in they'll sort of do the splits to keep their toe on the line until the puck has gone in.
Hope that helps.

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