Sunday, March 28, 2010, 8:08pm
By Joe BeninatiCapitals Play-by-Play
So that's what it looks like when a team comes out flat as a pancakeagainst a team that is fighting for it's life. Calgary took control ofthis hockey game from the outset, and the Capitals didn't appearinterested in playing this contest until it was too late.
The Flamesput three quick goals past Theodore. Two of them actually banking offthe veteran net minder himself before entering the goal. From themoment Ales Kotalik's goal squirted off Theodore and into the net, Ihad a bad feeling about this one.
Theodore had been such a quickstarter of late. He usually makes a great-looking stop in the firstthree minutes in the game that settles him into a nice groove. Thatdidn't happen today. He appeared to be fighting the puck.
SemyonVarlamov came off the bench and was warmly greeted by a Niklas Hagmanbackhanded goal and the 4-0 lead appeared insurmountable after just 20minutes. The home team came to life in the second period becoming moreaggressive along the boards, and more active around the net guarded byMiikka Kiprusoff.
The Flames are in severe jeopardy of missing theplayoffs in the Western Conference, and after a disappointingperformance in Boston yesterday, they knew they had to deliver in DC.Kiprusoff is a world-class goalie with carnival-like flexibility, andhe used that a time or two to keep the Caps off the board.
AlexOvechkin whipped one past his glove side on the power play to get thelocals feeling better about themselves. It is pretty amazing to watchOvechkin and the Flames' Jarome Iginlia trade big blasts, it goeswithout saying that they are gunners of the highest order.
Rene Bourquehad a fine game for Calgary and his spinning second period tallyagainst Varlamov gave the Flames much needed insurance. The puck rampedup off Varly's stick and over his head before finding a home in thenet. The Russian will not be pleased about that one.
Give MathieuPerreault, and David Steckel and their line mates credit for a solideffort in the last half of this game. Perreault is a boost of energyonce he laces on his skates.
Overall though, this performance is one toforget as the teams welcomes Ottawa to town Tuesday. We will see you onCSN.