John Erskine's Point Streak Hits 2 Games, Caps Lose To Sens

DC Sports Nexus ---- Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Washington Capitals started the game strong with a 2 goal lead in the first period, but the Senators fought back with help from a dominant 2 periods by Craig Anderson, and took home the victory, scoring a game winning power-play goal on a shady penalty call by the referees.

With under 3 minutes remaining former Washington Capital Sergei Gonchar placed in the timely power-play game winner sending the Caps out of the Canadian capital with their 4th loss.

The Caps played a strong first period outshooting the Sens 14-9.  The full court pressure was on, which according to Locker is called the "first man pressure".  The Caps scored 2 goals in the period, their first goal on a fast break where Wolski made a great pass to Brouwer, who made a tiny move and stuck the puck in the net.  The goal all started out with bad stickplay by the Senators in the Caps zone.

The second goal came on a Matt Hendrix faceoff win, as the Caps powerplay expired, Hendy got it to Erskine who knocked it over to Beagle who fired the puck towards goal that ended up being deflected into the net by the man who started the play, Matt Hendrix (that is how I spell it, cuz he rocks).

That's a 2 game point streak for John Erskine if you are counting.  Adam Oates was smiling like a mug after that goal (see the GIF here)

The Caps looked like they were going to take the game, but the Sens ended up getting a goal right before the end of the second period and then one quick into the 3rd period to even up the game.  The 2nd off a faceoff on a little nudge towards goal that went through Neuvirth's legs. Bad.  Then with time running down, Gonchar notched that BS power-play goal for the Seators win.

My favorite play of the game took place in the first period as Mike Green took the puck towards the Senators net.  He flicked the puck up in the air, a saucer pass that was more like a soccer cross about 7 feet in the air as Joel Ward crashed the net looking for the header. Well, he didn't actually try to head it in, he tried to baseball swing it in, but still, it looked very soccery.

Notes & Questions:

  • What the hell is "hooking off"? Sounds gross Locker
  • Neuvy almost committed a trapezoid penalty, which would have crushed me, damn trappy
  • What are these new NHL rules, what is "concealing the puck"
  • Your name is pronounced "Jack-Up" what the hell
  • Is Neal on every team?
  • Senator's coach Mustache...epic
  • Sort of get Cycling, is that like rotating to keep spacing in Basketball?
  • Hitting someone in the face with a stick is OK on a followthrough? 

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