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Capitals need more wins like these

Dec 28, 2011, 11:07 PM EDT

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Even when things were at their most dour with Bruce Boudreau, the Washington Capitals probably didn’t qualify as a truly bad team. Instead, they have been disappointing, which can be even more frustrating.

Every now and then, they show the potential that made them a Stanley Cup contender going into the season. Tonight was one of those nights as they rolled over the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers 4-1.

This was one of New York’s worst performances in some time, but that shouldn’t totally tarnish a Washington win that almost seemed scripted. Alex Ovechkin had his first multiple point game since Nov. 4, according to Stephen Whyno. Alexander Semin looked like the sniper who used to be worth all of the headaches as he scored two goals and seemed dangerous throughout. Role players like Troy Brouwer had some ups (missed chances) and downs (a nice elbow grease goal) while Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 out of 32 shots for his 13th win of the season.

Yup, the Capitals came up smelling like roses. It’s a long season, though, and some might side with teams like the hard-working Rangers instead of the mercurial Capitals.

Then again, the Caps might look to this game when they’re making their New Year’s resolutions.

  1. trbowman - Dec 29, 2011 at 5:02 AM

    This is the type of win that could turn their season around.

    Maybe.

    • polegojim - Dec 29, 2011 at 10:18 AM

      Yes, turn around for a few games… at which point O will realize he’s been playing too hard and will mail-in a half-dozen or so straight.

      Sadly, this Caps team has proven ‘they are who we thought they were’… incredible talent with part-timers sickness, and no balls for the post season.

  2. danphipps01 - Dec 29, 2011 at 5:30 AM

    Now do that a few more times and I’ll actually be impressed by Capitals hockey for the first time since October.

  3. abrienza428 - Dec 29, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Multiple point game for Ovechkin. Does that mean he’s back on the steroids?

  4. jkay1818 - Dec 29, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Although the caps clearly arent playing to their potential and are much better than they have been playing, what’s with the islander treatment they received last night? Rangers starting their back up against a team like the caps? I know they want to rest lundqvist, but they dont even have back to back games.

  5. dcsportsfan44 - Dec 29, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Just wait until Green is back, things will greatly improve!

    • polegojim - Dec 29, 2011 at 10:21 AM

      @dc – What on earth makes you think that and why would you feel better about it if true?

      These guys have PLENTY of talent…way above most NHL teams… to have a ‘greatly improving performance’ hinge on ‘one’ player.

      You exactly prove my point about O and Co.

  6. jpelle82 - Dec 29, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    so semin decided to play tonight, season saved

    • danphipps01 - Dec 29, 2011 at 6:31 PM

      I love how when polegojim said something along similar lines about Ovechkin, the Caps patrol downvoted it into oblivion, but when someone criticizes Semin about how rarely he plays a good hockey game, no-one disagrees. I guess it’s the contract that has Ovi in Washington until 2305 that has the fanbase so unwilling to acknowledge how uninspired his play’s been lately. Unlike Semin, he’s not getting fired out of a cannon into Siberia anytime soon.

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