The Capitals made franchise history last night by recording their eleventh straight victory over a struggling Boston Bruins club in a game that saw another spectacular performance by goaltender Jose Theodore. The first period saw way too many trips to the penalty box (Alex Semin was kind of having an all too familiar night where he used his stick to trip, hook, slash - everything but score and had another penalty hat trick. Thankfully, he redeemed himself later). As a result, Boston's David Krejci lit the lamp with a power play goal to get the Bruins on the board first - but that was the only scoring the home team would see the rest of the evening, thanks to the brilliant play of Theo. Theodore later stopped Krejci dead in his tracks on a penalty shot attempt. Hockey Mom hopes the team gave Jose an army of hard hats for his efforts, stopping a jaw-dropping 41 shots!
Despite a slow start, the team came together as a whole once again to claim the win in the latter periods. Massachusetts native Tom Poti had a terrific game and had a chance to shine in front of friends and family, setting up the goal netted by Mike Knuble in the first period. And in a pattern that's been par for the course as of late, Boston was the victim of the Capitals' offensive assault in the third period, which saw three goals by the guys in white. Alex Semin made up for those silly stick infractions in the first period by setting up a lovely tally by Brooks Laich, giving #21 his seventeenth marker of the season. And Boyd Gordon even got into the action less than three minutes after Laich's goal, smoking Tim Thomas once again to give the visitors a solid 3-1 lead. And in addition to scoring an empty netter, Alex Ovechkin led the team in hits. The human battering ram's target on this particular evening was Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. After exchanging third period pleasantries following a hard hit against the boards, Ovi lined up Boychuk with three tooth-rattling hits in succession.
This latest historical achievement by the Capitals is yet another example of the organizational awesomeness that represents the entire organization from the minors to the front office. The Capitals and Hershey Bears have an incredible combined record of 75-21-8! And with the scoring contributions coming from all corners, the Capitals have now outscored their opponents 51-22 and sit at the number one spot in the NHL with an impressive 82 points under their belt.
So congratulations on making history and for another victory - this is definitely an amazing time to be a Capitals fan for sure! The boys look to continue their run as they visit a discombobulated New York Rangers team tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden with their proud papas in attendance!