March 7, 2014

steve laidlaw

2014-03-07

 

 

 

What the Bruins did to the Capitals last night was clinical. It was a dissection. I know the Caps played last night and had to travel all the way from Philadelphia but that's embarrassing. The Bruins outshot the Caps 42-16, winning 3-0 and didn't even take a single penalty.

 

If you can avoid penalties against the Capitals you are going to win a lot of games because without power play chances this Caps team doesn't have much of an offense.

 

Alexander Ovechkin was limited to one shot in 16:43. Just couldn't get anything going.

 

Brooks Laich missed the contest with a groin injury.

 

If you are wondering what the Capitals' deficiency might be look no further than their top pairing of Mike Green and Jack Hillen. Those two combined for just shy of 50 minutes last night. I shouldn't have to tell you why that's a problem.

 

Braden Holtby made another start despite his miserable showing in Philly and Jaroslav Halak's arrival and was solid making 40 saves. I still figure we see more Halak than Holtby down the stretch but this is a good sign for the four of you who hung onto Holtby.

 

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Tuukka Rask recorded just about the easiest shutout you'll ever see but considering his play since late December hasn't exactly been otherworldly it's a positive all the same. That's not to say he hasn't been good, he's just been uneven.

 

Patrice Bergeron got first star honours recording an assist and firing off eight shots on goal. He's scored just five points in his last 11 games though. Just doesn't feel like it's his year, which is reasonable when you recall his laundry list of injuries at the end of last year's playoffs.

 

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The Kings had a pretty dominant win over the Jets as well winning 3-1 on the scoreboard with a 41-18 advantage in shots.

 

Marian Gaborik made his debut with the Kings and was pretty invisible to be honest but it was his first game. Can't expect that chemistry to be built right away. And one of the things with Gaborik is he can get hot in a hurry. 

 

I still have nightmares of his six-point game back in '07. That was the first year I ever played fantasy hockey and I didn't know then that guys could have nights like that. Totally unfair.

 

He was skating on the top line with