College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
Contrary to yesterday’s posting I am only going to choose one game tonight, rather then every game in the NHL, the NBA and the Toronto Blue Jays (although the Jays wrap up their four game set against the White Sox today). So tonight we’re going to the Nations Capital, south of the border, where the NHL Presidents Trophy winner the Washington Capitals play game one of their series against the Montreal Canadiens. There are so many reasons to choose this game – Washington’s high powered offence, a potential goalie disaster for the Caps, the history of the Canadiens. The biggest reason why I’m choosing this game is because of one thing – smack talk. Montreal forward Tomas Plekanec took a jab at former Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore, saying: “It’s not as though we were up against Brodeur or Miller. They don’t have a dominant goalie. And when you look at the season, you realize that this match up of goalies is useful for our team. I think you could say that our goalies have been better than theirs.” Theodore responded with this gem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7576g9Hg4nY. These two teams split the season series two games apiece, but there is no doubt that altogether Washington had a better year. The Caps ended the season with 121 and an incredible 54-15-13 record. They also led the league in goals with 313, 45 better then the second ranked club (Vancouver Canucks). Washington has a line up filled with net filler, starting with the Great Eight, Alexander Ovechkin (50G/59A), to go along with Alex Semin (40G/44A) and Nicklas Backstrom (33G/68A). They even get point production out of their blue line as well. Mike Green led all defencemen with 76 points (19G/57A) and is a key contributor to the Caps power play. Montreal on the other hand was 26th in the league in total goals. The Habs do have a lot of playoff experience. Starting with off season acquisitions Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta. Although neither played the entire regular season this year the duo has a combined 181 playoff games under their belts and 121 postseason points. In case you’re wondering should Theodore be worried about Plekanec. He led Montreal with 25 goals and 70 points.