November 5, 2008

Capitals Vs Senators 11/04/2008 Review

Brent Johnson makes poke check save on Senator's Daniel Alfredsson.

Capitals 1 - Senators 2 OT

The Washington Capitals suffered a disappointing loss last night in Ottawa, as the Senators beat them in Overtime. They certainly can't blame their goaltender Brent Johnson, who gave them an amazing performance to keep them in it to the very end.

It became fairly clear early on in the first period that both Johnson and Ottawa's Alex Auld would be playing solid in their opposing nets. Both made spectacular saves here and there throughout the game. Alex Ovechkin returned to play in this match, after missing two games while visiting his ailing grandfather, but his goalless streak remains unbroken. The Senators out shot the Capitals and had more scoring chances in the first period. Washington failed to catch up in those areas through the rest of the game.

Both goals scored in regulation came in the second period. Less than two minutes after Ottawa's Dany Heatley scored the first goal of the game at 3:26, Washington answered back with a beautiful shot by Tomas Fleischmann. That tally would turn out to just be a tease for Caps' fans.

Nothing got through either netminder in the third period, so on to overtime and 4 on 4 hockey. The clock wound down to 39.9 seconds left in OT before the Sens' Mike Fisher skated past the "puck watching" Caps and sent the game winner by poor abandoned Brent Johnson. What a shame. Brent had kept them in it for over 64 minutes, making 42 saves before his teammates were caught momentarily unalert.

Brent Johnson after Ottawa's Mike Fisher scored game winning OT goal.

The penalty killing went well for Washington, in this game. The power play was a no show, again. We know they have the tools. It would be nice if the tools would all show up together. At least Johnny was able to get them the one point for taking the game into OT. Now the Caps come home for the next four out of five games. The other good news is that three of those will be against teams in their own division. They will have a good chance to make up some ground there.

Nov. 4, 2008 Photos by Fred Chartrand - Associated Press / The Canadian Press

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