Posted by Dave Nichols | Wednesday, May 06, 2009 | , , | 0 comments »

Where to start?

In the final indignation, Shaone Morrisonn tipped a shot from the point by Kris Letang past a shocked Semyon Varlamov for a 3-2 Penguins OT win.

Varlamov stopped 39 of 42 shots, including several outstanding highlight reel saves.

The Capitals played poorly all the way around, save for the goaltender. They were beaten to every loose puck. They lost almost all man-on-man battles. They were out hit. They were outskated and outhustled. And as much as they were dominated, they still took Pittsburgh to overtime.

Pittsburgh had seven power plays to Washington's two. Personally, I have no problem with any of it. The Caps did nothing to draw any penalties.

Sloan played well again in place of Erskine, but had one shift where he looked lost.

I've stayed off the Nylander/Fleischmann soapbox, but neither played well. Flash is out of place playing with Semin and Backstrom.

In a seven-game series, you're gonna have a clunker. Let's hope this is a sole clunker. But despite the win in Game Two, they Caps were outplayed for most of that game as well.

To Pittsburgh's credit, they played a buzzing, desperate style of hockey that the Caps just had no answer for tonight.