Wednesday, January 27, 2010
By Joe Beninati
Once this team catches fire lately there has been no way for the opposition to extinguish it. The third period was a study in offensive excellence. The Anaheim Ducks have a very physical team, one of the few in the NHL that can match the Capitals pound-for-pound.You can make the argrument that Alex Ovechkin gave his team the jolt of energy it needed when he flattened Bobby Ryan in front of the Ducks bench. It was shortly after that, the Caps went on a tear. Goals for ShaoneMorrisonn, Mike Knuble, and two from the blistering hot Alex Semin sent the home team roaring to it's eighth win in a row.There were times in the first 40 minutes when it looked like J-S Giguere in the Ducks goal was ready to steal his team a victory. Giguere has taken a back seat to Jonas Hiller of late, but he was the only reason Anaheim was in the game through one period.The Ducks poked one pastMichal Neuvirth in the second to give themselves life. But then the most ruthless offense in the game took over. They attack in waves. They poured almost 50 shots on Giguere, who was valiant in defeat.There aren't very many goalies right now who could put a stop to Alex Semin. His backhand on the breakaway was extremely clever, his slap shot on the two man advantage was wicked. I thought Nicklas Backstrom was fantastic in the first half of the game. It was like he and Alex Ovechkin took last night's seven goal party without them personally. Both players had that extra gear this evening and it was only a matter of time before they steamrolled to victory.Bruce Boudreau told us that Jose Theodore wanted to be on the ice this morning, but they'll be cautious with the veteran's latest injury. Semyon Varlamov does not appear to be any closer to a return.Neuvirth made some critical stops at opportune times tonight. He'll need a few more of those this weekend when Florida kicks it off here on Friday.