I just got home from the long drive through the steady rain from Verizon Center to my not so humble abode, and after dealing with my wife wanting me to talk about buying carpet — I finally was able to sneak away to the computer.
I will write more on this Game 1 as time allows, but wow — what a scene. What a crowd! What a unbelievable resurgence into the hearts of the nations capital, Virginia and Southern Maryland — this Caps team has made.
Here’s a couple of bottom-line facts about the Rangers Game 1 win at Verizon, 4-3.
1. Jose Theodore played like — well — Jose Theodore was expected to play. Fairly good at times, bad at others. Not consistent enough, and allowed four goals, all up top — on 21 shots on goal. Not good enough.
2. The Caps defense, which Head Coach Bruce Boudreau described as having put in a very good performance — was awful especially on the the game winning goal by Brandon Dubinsky and the 3rd Rangers goal, late in the second period by Markus Naslund.
3. Alex Ovechkin as usual — was all over the ice. Shooting, skating, passing, assisting, hitting. He does it all. However– he didn’t actually score a goal (he was originally credited with the Caps first goal) and in the final sequence he had two blocked shots by Ryan Callahan.
4. Scott Gomez was really, really good on Wednesday night — huge considering Chris Drury was a no go.
5. The Rangers penalty killing late in the game was tremendous, and they block shots with the best of them.
6. Ryan Callahan of the Rangers was on the ice a lot when Ovechkin — was on the ice and he did his job — while the Great 8 also did his.
7. Sean Avery is a P-I-T-A. If you don’t know what that means, figure it out!
8. It’s been a long last few days. Time to recharge the battery. Had a great time at the game, and thanks to NHL Home Ice on XM 204 for having me on for several long hits. It felt great to talk hockey again — and to feel appreciated. It’s a great channel for those that love the pucks, like I do.