Sunday, December 11, 2011
The Caps only played one game this weekend in a game that could be referred to as a power play coming out party for the boys in red. In a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs all four tallies were scored on the extra man. It is hard to believe after the numbers of the past couple of weeks. I loved every minute of it as I’m sure every Caps fan did.
Dennis Wideman was the man of the night getting a point on every goal, finishing with two goals and two assists. The only sad part is that he originally was given a hat trick, but it was taken away the next day because of a tip-in by Brooks Laich. I’m sure Wideman wasn’t too discouraged the next morning. Other than him Brooks Laich and Nicklas Backstrom both had two point games with a goal and assist each. Tomas Vokoun also played a solid game, saving 26 shots for his 12th win of the season.
Washington has a three day break before they take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. The Flyers currently sit atop the Eastern Conference, and the Capitals are on their way up. Dale Hunter’s changes are finally being seen in each game, and I see a new team committed to it. I am not lying when I say that Alex Ovechkin has played two of the best games I have seen him play in a long time in the past week. Yes he's only logged one goal and one assist in those two games, but he has skated with that spark that he started his career with. He is changing his offensive game and playing with confidence. The past couple games he could’ve scored five or six goals with the chances he is getting. It is only a matter of time before things click and he takes off. You heard it from the creator of Caps Daily first; Alex Ovechkin will score a goal Tuesday and have a multi-point game.
I mean don’t get me wrong I know we are only on a two game winning streak, but it feels like something is happening. The players as well as the coaches are buying into the new system which means success. The Flyers will be a good test for the Caps and I look forward to it. Tune in Tuesday at 7 for the game. Rock the Red!
FUN FACT OF THE DAY: Dale Hunter beat Coach Ron Wilson on Friday when the Caps beat the Leafs. Wilson used to coach Hunter for the Capitals when he was a captain. Most importantly the two were a part of a Washington Capitals team that made it to the franchise’s only Stanley Cup appearance in 1997-98.
Player of the Weekend: Dennis Wideman (2 goals, 2 assists)
Stat of the Weekend: 4 for 6 (Caps PP)
Unsung Hero: Alex Ovechkin