Posted by TheHockeyGuy on 30th November 2009
The notion among most hockey people is this: Stop a guy named Alexander Ovechkin, and you’ll stop the Washington Capitals.
So here’s a bulletin for you: the Canadiens didn’t stop Ovechkin last night. Not by a longshot in this 4-3 shootout win by the Capitals. However, Carey Price did with a couple of splendid stops in the second period – after Ovechkin scored in the first period. And he stopped him again in the shootout when the Capitals sent the game into overtime with only 11.4 seconds remaining in regulation,
Ovechkin’s industry last night (eight shots on the net, eight of his shots blocked and two missed the net) normally would have been enough for the Capitals to leave the Bell winners in regulation.
Washington, after all, had scored the game’s first two goals on their second and third shots, but the game-saver (well, almost) on this night was when Ovechkin swept in alone on Price in the second minute of the second period – and was stopped. What I’m really saying is that a Canadiens team which didn’t play well in the first period and down three goals before the second period was two minutes old, likely would not have been able to come back even against a Capitals bunch which could have used a stimulus package last night.
Click here to read the full article – By Montreal Gazette