Morning roundup: An 11th-round knockout
Well, that one was interesting.
Alexander Semin has two goals, Chris Clark had the decisive tally in the 11th round of the shootout and the Caps beat the Isles, 5-4, last night.
"Even when we were down, I never thought that we were out of it," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It was too early. There were 50 minutes left in the game, we were down 3-1, but I thought we had a good chance of coming back."
The Capitals did just that, scoring three straight and taking a 4-3 lead late in the second period on a fluky goal by Eric Fehr. And for the first 15 minutes of the third period, they did a respectable job of protecting that lead.
Cliffhanger! Click here to read the full story.
And now, a small collection of fashionably late links:
* Washington Times on a balanced scoresheet:
10 players have scored goals since Ovechkin got hurt. 10 different goals scorers in four games -- that's some quality balance. The Caps have now scored 16 goals in four games without Ovechkin and 15 in the past three.
* Mike Vogel on Clark's assist streak:
In addition to wiring a rocket of a wrist shot for the deciding goal in the shootout - the first shootout goal of his NHL career - Clark collected an assist on Eric Fehr's third-period goal. The helper gives Clark a four-game assist streak, the longest such run of his NHL career. Clark has five assists in his last six games.
* PuckDaddy's No.1 star is Alexander Semin:
The Russian sniper didn't wait long to open the scoring at Verizon Center by scoring eight seconds into Washington's game against the New York Islanders. Semin would later tie the game at three in the second period and then scored Washington's first goal in the shootout en route to the 5-4 win. Semin also led all players with 11 shots on goal.
* Ed Frankovic on a strong line combo:
Boudreau's line combinations seemed to gel tonight but the line of Perreault, Clark, and Fehr seemed to especially make things happen all night even though they were together just under 10 minutes of ice time for the contest. Had the Islanders not converted late, Fehr would have had the game winner.
* Here's Newsday's recap, but you have to be a subscriber to read it. I'll save my thoughts on that for the How Not to Save Newspapers conference.
* Something about the number 26. Alex Ovechkin's name is definitely in there. All I got at this moment. (Bog)
* Top 10 hockey war veterans. (The Hockey News)
* Photo gallery to come in this spot shortly --> Update: Here it is!
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