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Make it seven: Caps embarrass Red Wings in battle of unbeaten teams 7-1

Oct 22, 2011, 10:23 PM EDT

Marcus Johansson, Alexander Semin, Mike Knuble AP

The Capitals came into tonight’s battle of unbeaten teams with the Red Wings expecting it to be a war. What they got instead was a rout ripping the Wings apart for a 7-1 victory to improve their franchise best start to 7-0-0. While it was Nicklas Lidstrom‘s 1,500th NHL game for Detroit, it would be Mike Green being heard for the Caps scoring twice and assisting on two others. If Lidstrom is an idol of Green’s, he paid homage to him pretty well.

Eating the loss for Detroit was Ty Conklin. After the Wings started Jimmy Howard last night against Columbus, it was the backup Conklin getting the nod in this weekend’s biggest game. We know it’s early in the season, but maybe Wings coach Mike Babcock should’ve done his goalie rotation in reverse this time around. Columbus is awful so tossing Conklin against them could’ve worked out just as well as Howard did.

Shoulda, coulda, wouldas won’t help Detroit on this night though as the Caps got it done in all facets of the game. Maybe, just maybe, this Capitals team is one that’s going to roll through the regular season and straight through the playoffs and into the finals. Green’s big night coupled by another solid game from depth guys Marcus Johansson (goal), Joel Ward (goal) and Mathieu Perreault (two goals) helped show that it’s not just the big stars that can get it done in Washington.

It’s safe to say now that this Caps team is looking like a true Cup contender.

  1. kiopta1 - Oct 22, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    Conklin stunk big time

  2. lapsncaps - Oct 22, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    As a caps fan, this game was wonderful to watch. Vokoun was a beast all night in net. Wish jimmy played though, don’t understand how you don’t play your top goalie going against a team like the caps. Worried about Edmonton, they are a good young team with a lot of speed. They will definitely cause some problems for the caps d.

    • polegojim - Oct 23, 2011 at 12:05 AM

      Yes, as a Red Wings fan, I would have like to seen Jimmy play. But – fact is no team will end the season undefeated, and Mike was sticking with his plan.

      That said, Kiopta1 is right…Conklin was…well…Conklin. Evidence as to why he’s a back up.

      Hats off, Caps were the best tonight. Ouch – that one hurt.

      Vancouver – is Luongo still up for grabs? I’ll pay for his plane ticket east.

      • danphipps01 - Oct 23, 2011 at 12:46 AM

        Is your ageless god of blue lines available?

  3. rsl22 - Oct 23, 2011 at 12:35 AM

    A couple games in a row, stats for Caps didn’t look great on paper, but the goals kept pouring in.

    5 of 7 wins against backup goalies and Roloson was in net for another. Why are teams keeping their goalies away from Caps?

    Mojo and Greenie have been Caps two best skaters this year. Vokoun has looked solid, great pickup for cheap.

    Too bad we have to wait until May for it to matter.

    • farvefromover - Oct 23, 2011 at 12:46 AM

      Bryzgalov is no back up, but he was certainly made to look like one

  4. rsl22 - Oct 23, 2011 at 12:50 AM

    Ok, that’s 1….who are any others?

  5. londonfletcher - Oct 24, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    I was at this game, and let me tell you, tv did it no justice. This was a big game for the Caps, and we at the Verizon Center let them know it. That win will carry on for a while and it could even linger if these two teams meet again in the post season, which the Caps have been better and better chances at, espically this season with better guys on D.

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