Monday, April 21, 2008

The Caps: Game 7

The Capitals won game six in Philadelphia tonight 4-2 to even the best of seven series three games apiece. Game seven is tomorrow night at Verizon Center. Yours truly bought a ticket after the Flyers won game three last Tuesday. There is nothing in sports comparable to a Stanley Cup playoff series game seven. I have been to three prior--1988 vs Flyers (win), 1988 vs Devils and 1992 vs Penguins (losses).

Tonight started badly for the Caps. With their season on the line, they were down 2-0 early in the second period thanks to goals from Mike Richards and Danny Briere. But these Caps, who thrive when their backs are against the wall, would not quit. First Nicklas Backstrom scored, then Alexander Semin tied the score 2-2!

We go to the third period and likely NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin came alive. Held without a goal for four straight games and frustrated, Ovechkin put the Caps ahead 3-2 scoring on a breakaway off a sweet feed from Viktor Koslov. Ovechkin then put the Caps ahead by two goals after slamming home a power-play goal. No lead is safe in the Stanley Cup playoffs so it was nail biting, edge of your seat time as the clock wound down. With less than a minute left, I started to get goose bumps knowing this team is playing in a game seven.

So it's a short turnaround for the Caps and Flyers as game seven is tomorrow night 7:00 PM at Verizon Center

In closing, 2008 Caps-Flyers is so much like 1988 Caps-Flyers:

April 10, 1988 Game 4 at Philadelphia. Flyers win in OT to take a 3 games to 1 series lead.

April 17, 2008 Game 4 at Philadelphia. Flyers win in OT to take a 3 games to 1 series lead.

The Caps would win games 5, 6 and 7 back then to win the series 4 games to 3. They've won games 5 and 6 now. This game won't be easy but for this old fan, it will be a lot of fun!

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