Monday, May 11, 2009

Capitals Force Game 7

With elimination staring them in the face, Ovechkin, Varlamov and the Washington Capitals responded with a 5-4 overtime win, stunning the Penguins in their own building and taking the series back to DC Wednesday for the deciding game seven.

The Penguins goalie, Theo Fleury was not able to save even 80% of the shots launched at him. The rookie varlamov was again the difference, turning away more than 90% of the shots he faced and making 38 saves.

Ovechkin was held without a goal, but contributed 3 assists (and was +3 in plus-minus) on the night. Kozlov, the Caps Left winger, scored twice and was the first star of the game. Sid Crosby added a goal and assist for the losing 'Guins.

And it was the unlikely Dave Steckel with his third goal of the series that broke the tie and won the game at 6:22 of the first OT. Steckel, who missed an empty net in Saturday's OT loss, redeemed himself tonight with the game winner.

So, in our predictions, Nugs had the Penguins in 6 and I had the Caps in 6. Now we're both wrong - but the series winner is still up for grabs.


The Hurricanes lead their series against Boston 3 games to 2. My pick of the Bruins in 5 is laughably wrong - while Nugman's Boston in 7 still has a chance.

The Red Wings are up 3 games to 2 on the once mighty Ducks. Both me and the Nugman have Detroit in six, so no competitive rooting interest there.

The Blackhawks lead the Canucks 3 games to 2 (with game six in progress). In this case I had the Hawks to win in six, while Nugman picked Vancouver in 7. So I've got a chance there.

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