Tuesday, February 2, 2010 11:36pm
By Joe Beninati
Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau started this day reminding us all that you are never playing well when a winning streak is about to end. I could sense a slight bit of hesitation from the coach as sportswriter, after radio reporter, after TV anchor asked him just how well his team is playing right now. I'm sure that Bruce wasn't thrilled with the first period parade to the penalty box tonight. That he wasn't pleased with the power play goal that gave Boston a lead, seven minutes into the game. But Jose Theodore was ready to turn in a brilliant performance on what was to be a record setting day.The goalie was exceptional all night which allowed his team to get it's bearings straight and build a rally. The Caps found that extra gear that few teams possess to start period two. The Bruins could barely touch the puck over long spells and it was clear the visitors were going to get one.No one was surprised to see Mike Knuble at the doorstep to tip in Tom Poti's pass for the tying goal. The Boston players looked deflated, but their goalie Tim Thomas did his best to match Theodore and it was 1-1 through 40 minutes.The third period would decide a great moment in Caps history and Washington was ready to jump into the spotlight. Two goals in under three minutes from Brooks Laich and Boyd Gordon would tilt the game in Washington's favor. It was cool to see two blue collar grinding wingers produce the big goals that paved the way to this record. Alex Ovechkin would add an empty netter to salt the win, but this game was not decided by the Caps big guns. It was a total team hard working effort.Think about it Caps fans, 11 straight wins! Now all of us would gladly trade these for 11 straight in the playoffs, but still this is an incredible accomplishment.I do not get the sense the Caps are getting ready to exhale and fall flat in New York on Thursday. Their fathers are with them on this trip and advice from the dads would likely include the message they told them long ago when they were little boys: Play every game like it's your last, love what you do, and good things are bound to keep happening. See you from the big city on Thursday on Comcast SportsNet.