Game 20 Review: San Jose Sharks Take Bite Out of Caps, 7-2

Posted by Cheryl Nichols | Sunday, November 23, 2008 | , | 1 comments »

The Washington Capitals were eaten alive by the San Jose Sharks and lost 7-2 in their third game in California this week. Tonight was the Caps' first trip to San Jose in three years and marks the eleventh straight loss in the shark tank.

Caps faced the well-rested, Pacific Division-leading San Jose Sharks who hadn't played since Monday. Road fatigue and injured players proved to be major factors in the Caps sixth loss of the season at the sold out HP Pavilion.

Tom Poti and Tomas Fleischmann scored the two goals for the Capitals.

Sergi Federov was back in the lineup for the Caps after missing seven straight due to a sprained ankle and eased back onto the ice, going only 3:47. The Caps needed everyone healthy to have a chance against the Sharks, however, Alexander Semin missed his fourth consecutive game because of an undisclosed upper body injury and Mike Green missed his second game due to a shoulder injury sustained in Anaheim.

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THREE STARS OF THE GAME:

1. R. Blake - SJ (Goals: 0, Assists: 4)
2. R. Clowe - SJ (Goals: 2, Assists: 0)
3. M. Vlasic - SJ (Goals: 1, Assists: 1)
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CAPS NOTES:
Today marks the first anniversary of the Caps' hiring of coach Bruce Boudreau, who has transformed an underachieving club into one of the Eastern Conference's best.

Sunday, Nov. 23 is the 21st birthday of Nicklas Backstrom.
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NEXT GAME:

The Caps continue road trip on Monday, November 24 at the Minnesota Wild at 8:00PM ET.

1 comments

  1. bbison // November 23, 2008 at 2:21 PM  

    GO Sharks! Bummer that the Caps weren't at full strength. Maybe next time!