It’s not over yet for Alex Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals and he’s not shy about letting everyone know it. Tonight the Caps come back home to the Verizon Center with their season on the line. A loss tonight ends the Caps record breaking season in a very disappointing and familiar way. Last season the Caps stormed into the playoffs and ran out of gas against the Flyers in the first round, but this year the Caps had a great overall season and had much higher expectations, yet find themselves in the same position. We’ve seen a lot of different playing styles by the Caps in these playoffs, but if the Caps want to extend their season they must play an organized, physical, and energetic brand of hockey.
I’m heading to DC now to grab my bar stool at the Greene Turtle before the game and I’m expecting nothing less than a win tonight. Down 3-1 to the Rangers at home, I think the Caps come out blazing and send the series back to New York. The fans will be rockin’ the red and the Verizon Center will be louder than it ever has been before, which is exactly what Ovechkin feeds off of. He’s a superstar and this is his opportunity to lead the Capitals in a must win game against the Rangers.
Tonight I predict a 4-2 Caps win. Ovechkin scores two goals and gets an assist, while both Laich and Semin score the remaining two goals. Also we haven’t seen any fights yet in the series…that changes tonight as Brashear is going toe to toe with someone (please be Avery!). As long as the Caps can control the puck in the offensive zone, cycle, and create traffic in front of Lundqvist the Caps win the game. It will be easier said then done, but I think Boudreau has the boys ready. Lets go CAPS!