Reporting Sky Kerstein
For the Sixth game in a row the Caps were shut out in the first and for the fourth time in a row the Caps gave up the first goal, but it didn’t matter when Alexander Semin found Jason Arnott on a two on one with 5:19 left in the third to give the Caps the lead and their fifth win in their last six chances. The game didn’t start out well for the Capitals when Alexander Steen beat Michal Nuevirth a little past the halfway mark to give the Blues the one goal lead heading to the second.
In the first seven minutes of the second both teams went back and forth with each other. The Caps tied it up 3:08 into the period when Alex Ovechkin found Scott Hannan deep into the zone and he got his first goal as a Capital and first goal in 113 games, then the Blues came right back when BJ Crombeen found the back of the net, but then Mike Knuble passed it towards Nicklas Backstrom, it got deflected in the air, then Backstrom knocked it out of mid air and in to tie the game at two. Later Backstrom jokingly said that he’s been working out with the Nationals Ryan Zimmerman. The Caps got the better of the scoreboard in the second, but the Blues out shot then 13-8 in the period and had a 19-18 shot lead heading to the third.
With a little over five minutes left in the third, Brooks Laich knocked the puck away from a defender and the birthday boy, Alexander Semin, started a two on one breakaway and found Jason Arnott for the game winning goal and his first as a Capital. After the game Head Coach Bruce Boudreau said he especially liked the Laich, Arnott & Semin line. Michal Neuvirth had 25 saves in the victory the way to his 21st win, which is a new franchise rookie record for wins putting him ahead of Bob Mason.
The Caps have their first back to back home wins since November 26 and 28th of 2010 and their first three game winning streak since the Winter Classic. The Caps are now 35-20-10, 80 points and one point behind the Lightning in the Southeast Division, but have played one more game than the Lightning. The Caps are now 30-0-3 when scoring three or more goals. The Caps fly out to Florida tomorrow for the annual Dad’s trip and play the Panthers on Sunday and the Lightning in a huge game on Monday. Matt Bradley got the hard hat. Check out what Bruce Boudreau, Alex Ovechkin, Scott Hannan, Nicklas Backstrom, Matt Bradley & Jason Arnott had to say following the game.
2nd 3:08 Hannan (1), Ovechkin (41), Hendricks (13)
2nd 6:48 Backstrom (16), Knuble (11), Ovechkin (42)
3rd 14:41 Arnott (14), Semin (20), Laich (22)
Bruce Boudreau Postgame Audio
Alex Ovechkin Postgame Audio
Nicklas Backstrom Postgame Audio
Jason Arnott Postgame Audio
Scott Hannan Postgame Audio
Matt Bradley Postgame Audio
Sky Kerstein is 106.7 The FAN’s Capitals Beat Reporter and a fill-in co-host. Also you can find video recaps of every Caps game and post-game interviews on www.1067thefandc.com. You can get in touch with Sky on Facebook or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/SkyKerstein.