'Odd' victory for Caps

'Odd' victory for Caps
December 4, 2011, 3:01 pm
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Three observations from the Capitals 3-2 overtime win against the Ottawa Senators Saturday night:

1. The Caps allowed zero yes, zero odd-man rushes. In fact, theyve allowed just a handful of them in the three games since Dale Hunter began employing a 1-2-2 forecheck.

They didnt have any odd-man rushes, and thats the key, Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth said. Its making it a lot easier for goaltenders.

2. The Caps showed a different look on the power play but went 0-for-4. Alex Ovechkin was back at his familiar spot on the left point and leading goal scorer Jason Chimera was promoted to the top unit with Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Knuble.

Why the change? Hunter said he wants Ovechkin shooting more, creating rebounds for net crashers like Knuble and Chimera.

3. The Capitals scored a third-period goal. Whats the significance in that? In their first 25 games, theyve only scored in the third period 14 times. They are 11-3-0 in those games. They are also the NHLs best 4-on-4 team, leading the league with four overtime wins.