Game 10 Review: Listless Caps Shut Out by Miller, Sabres

Posted by Dave Nichols | Monday, November 03, 2008 | 0 comments »

Buffalo -- The Washington Capitals were dominated in every phase of the game, dropping a 5-0 shut out to Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night at HSBC Arena, a team reeling from consecutive 5-2 losses on home ice.

Miller saved all 29 shots faced and was rarely tested throughout the contest. The Capitals put up their best fight in the second period, when they out shot Buffalo 14-4, but to no avail. The Sabres also got two goals from F Thomas Vanek, who leads the NHL in goals scores with 11.

Derek Roy, Jason Pominville and Daniel Paille each added goals for the winners.

Buffalo seized control early, scoring at 1:12 of the first period. Vanek took a lead pass on the left wing, easily skated around D Mike Green, and beat G Jose Theodore five-hole. Theodore has given up two goals or more in the first period in five of his eight starts.

Coach Bruce Boudreau voiced his displeasure with several of the team's veterans after the game, calling out Green, C Sergei Federov and F Viktor Kozlov by name in the post-game press conference as "not ready to play".

LW Alex Ovechkin missed his second straight game visiting his ailing grandfather in Russia, but is supposed to be back with the team for Tuesday's game in Ottawa.

Washington was 0-for-5 on the power play. Buffalo was only 1-for-8 with the man advantage.

Ryan Miller shops Chris Clark up close. (Photo by Getty Images)

WAS: None.

BUF: Vanek (10) from Sekera and Spacek (1-1:12); Roy (2) from Pominville and Connolly (1-13:13-PP); Pominville (3) from Macarthur (1-19:36); Vanek (11) from Kotalik and Sekera (2-19:57); Paille (2) from Kaleta (3-11:59)


GOOD: Hmm. Wait, maybe something will come to me.

BAD: Jose Theodore. Five goals on 27 shots. He was beaten every single way, slap shots, backhands, wristers, tip-ins; you name it. His GAA is now 3.44 and save percentage at .877. That's just plain old-fashioned bad.

UGLY: Coach Boudreau's tongue-lashing. Here's the quote right out of the paper:

"I can definitely tell you there were guys out there not ready to play. We've got some great players, but Mike Green wasn't ready to play. Sasha didn't come to play, and Viktor, and you can go on with some of our skilled players not ready to commit to playing a complete game."

There are no minced words there. You play poorly, get shut out and embarrassed, you're gonna hear about it.
NEXT GAME: Tuesday, November 4 at Ottawa Senators from Scotiabank Place at 7:30 pm.

RECORD: 5-4-1-11, second in Southeast Division. One-game losing streak.

NOTES: Washington out shot Buffalo 29-27.

The Caps have lost seven out of their last eight games in Buffalo.