Ken Campbell of The Hockey News joined tonight's postgame video to assess the Caps' 6-3 win over the Pens:
Yeah, it's just one regular season win. But this was a huge one for the Caps' collective psyche. They desperately needed it to delete all memory of their Game 7 loss in the semifinals last spring.
After tonight's 6-3 triumph, consider it deleted.
*First, here's Theodore's postgame presser in which he explains what the heck happened on Sidney Crosby's goal:
*After being held without a shot by the Red Wings on Tuesday, Alex Ovechkin mustered eight tonight -- two of which found the back of the net. But the "two" Ovechkin was most interested in tonight were the points his team earned.
"We have won five in a row and we just want to continue it," he said. "We beat great teams and the last two were in the Stanley Cup. The last game we played [against Detroit was] terrible and we still get the points. But today we started great and we finished great. It's a big sign for us."
"We want to be in that spot where [the Penguins] were last year," the two-time MVP added. "You know, if we want to play, we play great. if we do what coach says, I think nobody can stop us."
*Check out Steinberg's collection of quotes praising Alexander Semin's pass that set up Tomas Fleischmann's breakaway. Yes, the pass was so pretty it deserves its own entry on the Bog.
*The Caps dominated on faceoffs, winning 62 percent of their draws. That effort was led by Brendan Morrison (8 for 8) and Fleischmann (11 for 16).
*Washington's league-leading power play hasn't been getting many opportunities lately, but the unit is making the most of what few it gets. Tonight, even without Mike Green manning the right point, the power play went 2 for 2 and is 10 for 20 over the past seven games.
Coach Bruce Boudreau called this week a "great test". So far his Caps have knocked off Philly, Detroit and Pittsburgh. But the week isn't done. It will be interesting to see what they do against the upstart Coyotes on Saturday, whether they let up and relax or bear down and stretch their winning streak to six.