Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Canadiens burn down the Capitals
It's a series Washington Capitals want to forget. Four games ago, Washington Capitals was leading 3-1 in the playoff series against Montreal Canadiens and needing a win to finish off the series. Three games later the Capitals collapse as Canadiens took the series 4-3 moving on second round of the playoffs. Capitals now sit at home to watch the games on TV. This was thought to be an "easy" series for the Capitals. Where did it go wrong? Start at goal with unproductive play of Jose Theodore who gave up five goals including two in two shots in game 2 before getting pulled for Seymon Varlamov. No matter how much offensive power on the team make sure you have a goalie that can regularly stop shots. For the Canadiens they continue on their momentum from the regular season when they battled and got the final playoff spot. It carried on to the playoffs playing good defense and protecting around the goal with goalie Jaroslav Halak being clutch after given another chance to start for game 5. It paid off as Canadiens held the Capitals to a goal in games 5, 6, and 7 with Capitals running out of gas with uneven play. A 2-1 Canadiens win in game 7 completes the comeback moving to second round of the playoffs. It marked first time no. 8 seed knocked off no. 1 seed while down 3-1 in the first round. Capitals have rest of the offseason to wonder why did they go down in flames and questions at Alexander Ovechkin if he's playoff material.