October 27, 2008

Capitals Vs Stars 10/25/2008 Review

Alexander Semin celebrates winning goal with Shaone Morrisonn and Mike Green.

Capitals 6 - Stars 5 OT

It was back to "Run 'n Gun" style hockey, as the Washington Capitals out dueled the Dallas Stars in the final game of their road trip out West. Believe it or not, both goaltenders Marty Turco of the Stars and the Caps' Jose Theodore made plenty of fine saves, despite all the goal scoring that took place.

Obviously the netminding wasn't perfect. Theodore would probably like a redo on the big right up the slot rebound he set up the Stars first goal with. Turco had his own puck mishandling moments too, but for the most part, both played well. There were a few times at each end of the ice when the goalies were surprised by players who somehow made their way through the defense and ended up wide open, right on the doorstep.

Sergei Fedorov celebrates NHL goal 474 with Alex Ovechkin.

I'm not about to go back and add them all up, but it did seem like the Stars committed more turnovers than the Capitals. Washington was very aggressive, causing Dallas to cough up the puck via excellent forechecking. The Caps did fairly well on their puck possession time as well.

Among the Caps' goal scoring was Tyler Sloan, with his very first NHL goal during his third NHL game. It was good to get both defenseman John Erskine and forward Viktor Kozlov back from injury. Erskine's return meant Sergei Fedorov was put back at center, and that worked out very well for him and the Capitals. Fedorov scored two goals (#474 and #475), the first of which made him the Russian born player with the most career goals ever in the NHL. Tomas Fleischmann also put in two and came very close to a hat trick a few times. Meanwhile, even with only 12:12 total ice time, Michael Nylander managed two assists. Alexander Semin also had a multi point night, with two assists and the game winning overtime goal.

Tyler Sloan scores first NHL goal on Mart Turco.

It wasn't the most technically brilliant game. But even with all those pucks flying into the net and a lack of any real domination, it was still a very satisfying win.

All Photos from Associated Press - October 25, 2008.

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