Beninati: Stanley Cup Atmosphere

Beninati: Stanley Cup Atmosphere
March 25, 2010, 5:28 am
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Thursday, March 25, 2010 12:52am

By Joe Beninati
Capitals Play-by-Play

It was amazing tonight. All the elements of Stanley Cup atmosphere were present and the teams on the ice gave a first rate performance.This game had so many twists and turns it had to rank very highly on the list of most exciting games of the season.The Penguins were really strong in the first period, but Jose Theodore was standing in their way and he has been incredibly tough to beat. He placed rebounds in the corners, he moves with exceptional quickness. He made saves in clusters and the combination-type stops that let you know he's in complete command right now.Mike Knuble put Washington in front in the second period with a doorstop goalagainst Marc-AndreFluery. Knuble frustrates the heck out of enemy goalies.The Pens tied it on a fortunate bounce of their own. Credit Max Talbot for hustling up ice to keep the play alive and then for finding himself in front of an Orpik wrister.In the third period, Alex Semin's shorthanded goal was individual genius. Eric Fehr gave DC the lead with a nice tip-in of a Mike Green blast.The Pens deflated the crowd with a late tying tally from Jordan Staal, a beautifully placed wrist shot over the glove of Jose Theodore.In the shootout where the Penguins have been nearly unbeatable, the Capitals were remarkably clutch. The Penguins had two chances to close it out and Theodore
made big saves. Then consecutive scores from Ovechkin, Semin, and Mike Knuble capped a great comeback.We'll see you from Raleigh Thursday night in HD on CSN.