Monday, November 06, 2006

11-6-06: Capitals 4, Senators 3

Seriously, who doesn’t want to see DC fight Ottawa? But let’s face it, this is one of the only situations in which Ottawa might have been able to win.

What a weird game.

  1. Firstly, the Sens’ 3 goals were all nicely executed, but the fact that they all happened in the first 11 minutes of the game says more about the deficiencies of the Capital’s goalie than about Ottawa’s talent. Hypothesis: When one team scores excessively and exclusively very early in the game, they generally end up not winning. Why? Don’t know. Let’s see if it holds. Anyway, after the Caps switched goaltenders, Ottawa couldn’t get by again.
  2. Lots of rapid back and forth. Easy to get the puck to the other side of the ice, evidently much trickier to keep it there.
  3. I thought the Sens actually looked pretty good- fast, smooth, sufficiently aggressive. They played a solid game, and it’s too bad they didn’t win- they would have earned it. It’s also shame, because they seem to have a tough week ahead of them and that’s a discouraging start for it.
  4. The Capitals also played well, obviously, but they seem like a franchise designed to play in exactly the way that doesn’t appeal to me, and which (unfortunately) I just posted a longish rant about, i.e. they’re not really a team so much as group of guys who happen to be on the ice at the same time, some of whom are freakishly talented. I suppose I shouldn’t criticize, since it seems to be working for them.
  5. If I was going to give out a prize for most enthusiastic group hug of the season thus far, Washington would definitely take it.

In other news, Higgins is evidently more injured than previously thought and isn’t playing tomorrow. This makes me very sad, because he’s freakishly good in his own way and crazy fun to watch. I hope he’s alright.

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