Yesterday was Cap's coach Bruce Boudreau's 55th birthday and to commemorate the occasion, the boys blew out the Atlanta Thrashers at Blueland with a final score of 8-1! Happy belated birthday Gabby - and HM hopes the boys got you a nice cake (along with your favorite: garden salad)!
The victory made this team the fastest team in Capitals franchise history to reach the 60 point marker and almost everyone in a white sweater seemed to get their shot at adding to the impressive goal total! Mike Knuble and Alex Semin each lit the lamp twice (as a result, Thrashers goalie Johan Hedberg got the hook to the bench in the second period), while Nick Backstrom, Tom Poti, Jason Chimera and David Steckel each tallied a goal. Poti's gave him his first of the season, while Chimera's marked his first goal as a Washington Capital. And while those boys were launching an offensive assault on the Thrashers, Caps' goaltender Michal Neuvirth gave an amazing performance of his own in the other end, pretty much standing on his head for much of the first two periods and stopping a total of 38 shots! Very well done boys, enjoy your day off and we'll see you on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning with Vinny LeCavalier and pals.
On another note, Sour Grapes Don Cherry is at it again, this time pretty much dismissing the incredible significance of Team USA's recent gold medal win in the IIHF World Juniors finals by dissing USA Hockey's National Development Program. Clad in my grandmother's drapes circa 1973 and accompanied by a freaky dancing Toronto Maple Leafs hamster, Grapes once again is unable to give credit where credit is due. Check it out at about the 4:34 mark:
When is someone going to take this guy and sit him in a corner with the rest of the relics?