Sunday, January 31, 2010

Perfect 10: Caps Tie Franchise Record

Caps' fans had a reason to toast this afternoon after the boys tied a franchise record for most consecutive wins, one the team hasn't seen in 26 years! Their 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning rose the roof on a red-rocking Verizon Center as the team earned their tenth straight win. Most people expected fireworks from the first faceoff based on the fight-filled last meeting between these two, but much of the action in the first two periods was a bit dull.

The Capitals held a 2-0 lead going into the third period, thanks to a power play goal from Nick Backstrom and a full-strength tally from Brooks Laich. The dangerous Martin St. Louis got the visitors within one when he scored with about 15 minutes left in the final period. The boys found themselves in trouble shortly after as Backstrom and Fleischmann were sent to the sin bin and the sparking Bolts tied the game with a power play goal from Steven Stamkos. Lightning goaltender Mike Smith pretty much frustrated Alex Ovechkin for most of the afternoon, but the reigning MVP kept up his barrage of shots and scored the game winner with less than seven minutes remaining! A huge Hockey Mom high five to the boys for this tremendous accomplishment (and without the services of  Mike Green). Let's make it 11 on Tuesday as you take on the team we met in the season opener, a struggling Boston Bruins club.

And in other hockey happenings, trade madness seems to be starting a bit early this year. The Toronto Maple Leafs made a significant trade today when they made a seven-player deal in exchange for human wrecking ball and former Calgary Flames defenseman, Dion Phaneuf. The Leafs also picked up a player who was a recent victim of the winning mojo at the Phone Booth, Anaheim goaltender J.S. Giguere. Things are just starting to get interesting...

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