Saturday, January 9, 2010
That was a devastating offensive performance. Aside from a few scarymoments early in the first period the Caps mauled the Thrashers withrelative ease. The passing combinations were awesome all night. It wasas if the whole game was one giant tic-tac-toe clinic.
Let's start thereview in the Cap's defensive zone. Michal Neuvirth was exceptionaltonight in goal. He made 18 saves in the first frame and several ofthem stoned Ilya Kovalchuk who was in prime scoring position. Michal Neuvirthhad his "A-Game" at the morning workout and it carried over into whatstands out to me as one of his best NHL performances.
Mike Knuble andAlex Semin each tallied twice in this outing. Knuble actually scoredtwo goals without technically shooting the puck. He was parked in frontof the net on both goals, tipping one in with his stick and steeringone in with his skate. Semin's two goals were beauties.
A shortedhanded wrister and a pretty passing play with Thomas Fleischmann. Flashhas warmed up nicely to that new center position. He likes the factthat he can flow freely with the play, and not have to be stopping andstarting all the time as he was when he was a winger.
Everyone got intothe act in the third period, and with each passing minute, theThrashers looked more and more demoralized. The Matt Bradley to DavidSteckel goal had just the right touch on it and when Semin found TomPoti for a back side layup on the power-play, the highlight reel wasall but complete.
It is almost a double bonus when you consider theCaps bagged eight goals and didn't have to have one come from eitherthe NHL's reigning goal scoring champ Alex Ovechkin, or the highestscoring defenseman in the game Mike Green. Both guys didn't have to beoverwhelming today, their teammates took care of that.
They played thegame at warp speed at times and made Atlanta look like they werestanding still. Newcomer Jason Chimera tacked on his first as a Cap toclose the scoring spree and put the finishing touches to an outstandingroad trip opener.
Check us out on CSN Tuesday from Tampa.