GAME REPORT--Game 67: Caps v. Pens, 3/8/2009

Posted by Dave Nichols | Sunday, March 08, 2009 | , , | 0 comments »


Penguins lead Caps 3-1 after two. SOG: WAS-18; PIT-12.

Penguins really took it to the Caps in the second period. Sergei Gonchar got the first Penguin goal on a 4-on-3 power play, with a blast from the high slot. Guerin was in the slot screening Theo--he had no chance.

Second goal came with Crosby beating Green to a puck on the boards, and he hit Guerin cutting. Guerin faked out Morrisonn and Guerin beat Theo easy.

Poti rang one off the post as the period was winding down. They reviewed it, but it was clearly no goal.

Orpik hit Green with a high stick with 33 seconds remaining. Caps have 1:27 of PP to start the third.


Caps and Pens tied at one after one. SOG: WAS-12; PIT-7.

Penguins got their goal from Crosby, completing a 2-on-1 with Guerin. Guerin took a long breakout pass form Kunitz, held the puck long enough for Schultz to have to commit, and slid it across to Crosby, who deposited it cleanly stick side against Theodore.

After a couple of penalties against Pittsburgh, Backstrom stole an entry pass from Letang and hit a cutting Semin in the slot, who faked and went backhand to fool Fleury. Very poor play by Letang.

It was a spirited period, as you would expect between these two teams. Penguins were credited with 12 hits, the Caps with 10. DC's biggest hit was Jurcina putting Kennedy THROUGH the glass behind Theo. Play stopped for several minutes as Kennedy was extracted and the glass repaired. Both players went off for roughing after hugging each other after the play.

The Caps had 1:39 of 4-on-3 play, but could not capitalize. Caps were 0-for-3 on the power play.