December 8, 2007

Capitals Vs Devils 12/07/2007 Review

The evening started off with a ceremony honouring retired New Jersey Devils defenseman Scott Stevens. The recent Hall of Fame inductee, who started his NHL career with the Washington Capitals & also spent some time with the St. Louis Blues received an artist's painting which included images of Stevens in all three teams' uniforms. It was nice to see him getting the much deserved respect. It was also nice that the ceremony was much shorter than a lot of times these days. Stevens number 4 was retired in another similarly brief ceremony 02/03/2006.
The game itself wasn't quite as nice. For about the first 10 minutes, the Caps were looking decent enough. But after that, some of the players were as they say "phoning it in". You'd think that after a span of 5 days since their last game, they would have been well rested. Vitaly Vishnevski scored for the Devils first, on one of Brian Pothier's patented no look fling it up the middle giveaways. Vitaly himself, had committed a similar turnover shortly before that which turned out to be harmless for the Devils. Dainius Zubras also scored in the first period to give the Devils a 2 goal lead. Alexander Semin & Brooks Laich each had goals for the Caps. But, the Devils' Travis Zajac also scored in the third. His goal turned out to be the game winner.
So, another loss & a major ass chewin' from Coach Broudreau are the rewards for a mediocre effort by the Capitals. Let's hope our guys show up with a little more energy tonight when they return home to Verizon Center for a match with the Atlanta Thrashers.

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