Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Caps

Caps fans are getting to see the above post game celebration scene a lot now. Today the Caps beat Tampa Bay 3-2 for their tenth straight victory. This ties the club record set during the 1983-84 season.

They did not play their best hockey vs Tampa Bay. They lost a two goal lead in the third period but they still found a way to win the game thanks to Alex Ovechkin's clutch third period goal. By the way, since Ovechkin was named Captain of the team, the Caps are 12-1.

A couple quotes from this afternoon's game tells you about this year's team:

Brooks Laich:
"I think a sign of a very good hockey team is when they can win when they're not at their best and tonight I think we did that."

Coach Bruce Boudreau agreed with Laich's statement:
"When you're used to winning, you find ways to win," Boudreau said. "They found a way to win even though it wasn't our best game offensively. There were a bunch of guys who were a little off tonight."

Right now this team is on an incredible roll. In my opinion, this is by far the most talented team in Capitals history. I've seen this franchise through good times and bad time having followed this team every season since the expansion year 1974-75 where they went 8-67-5.

Obviously there's a chance this team fizzles in the playoffs but right now you have to say there's also a chance this team is just a machine all the way through the playoffs and wins the Cup in dominant fashion.

During the current ten game winning streak, they've allowed only 21 goals. If you can hold opponents to an average of two goals per game, you should be able to win.

The Caps can break the franchise record for wins on Tuesday in Boston. That won't be easy. And because someone who reads this will probably wonder...the NHL record is 17 wins set by the Penguins in 1993.

On a side note, Benjamin has taken an interest in the Caps. We watch a couple periods nightly before his bed time. Alex Ovechkin is his favorite player and he has a hat and a couple Caps t-shirts. I felt now is the time to take him (and Weena too) to a game. Thanks to the Caps Season Ticket holder ticket exchange (the Caps have been sold out the entire season), I was able to get three Club level seats for the Sunday March 28th game vs the Calgary Flames. Can't wait for our family day and yes, we will be Rocking the Red!

Let's go Caps!!!

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