It’s over ladies and gentleman. Our Washington Capitals 4 game losing streak came to an end in the Verizon Center last night as our hometown hockey team beat the high scoring San Jose Sharks, 4-1. Thanks to a two goal, 28 second outburst by the great Alex Ovechkin, and a first period Alexander Semin tally, the Caps brought their streak to an end. It was the first complete game our Caps have tossed in a while, and it was nice to see.
Forgetting the injury to Jose Theodore, it was a banner night for Caps fans. I personally think Varlamov is a better net minder then Theodore, but Jose has certainly held his own during the early parts of this season. It was also the first “60 minute” game I have seen from the Caps this year. They played quality hockey from start to finish, even though Jeff Schultz was out there in defensive duty. Sorry Schultzie, but you look lost most of the time. The Caps offense controlled the tempo, while the defense responded to keep Joe Thornton and the high flying Sharks offense at bay. Finally, we got 60 minutes of quality hockey from our Caps.
I do believe that this team will be in the hunt deep into the NHL playoffs, as they are one of the top six teams. However, they need more games like last night, when they play a complete game, as opposed to relying solely on the Great 8 and the offense. As witnessed last night, they need 60 minutes of complete hockey…..or else, they will struggle.