Friday, November 13, 2009
The two teams were determined to hammer their point home tonight. Thatwas an extremely physical game, and that has been a calling card forMinnesota for a number of years. So that makes me feel even betterabout our guys finding the resolve in the 3rd period to pull out their4th straight win.
It came with a price though. As we were racing off toDulles we learned that Mike Knuble would be lost for several weeksafter breaking his finger in the first period. Reports have said theinjury will require surgery.
The Caps put a good number of qualitychances on Josh Harding right off the bat this evening. NicklasBackstrom the Swedish center, not the Finnish goalie was magical withthe puck all night long. Not only was he stick handling in expertfashion, but he seemed to have extra jump in his skating legs. He mustknow that Alex Ovechkin will be back soon, possibly as early asSaturday night in New Jersey.
The Cap's power play remains on a niceroll. The best thing about that unit is that they are getting timelygoals. Mike Green's goal came shortly after Minnesota took the lead andappeared to deflate the Wild.
Wow! that Cal Clutterbuck loves to stirit up physically. He's fun to watch trying to hit everyone in sight. Hewas the only guy to solve Semyon Varlamov who is brimming withconfidence right now.
Good to see the Caps defense core chip in with 2goals in this one. Brian Pothier's snap-shot for the game winner wasthe product of the veteran defense joining the rush at exactly theright time.
Look for us on CSN Saturday in New Jersey. Two very hotteams collide in that one. And who knows? There could be a 8 sighting.