College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
The question in Montreal tonight is have the Canadiens woken up the offensive monster known as the Washington Capitals going into game three of their series. With less then two minutes left in the second period of game two the Habs were up 4-1 and looked to be on the way to a 2-0 series lead. Fast forward to the 0:32 mark in overtime and the Washington Capitals had themselves a 6-5 win and a 1-1 series. The last thing that Montreal wants to do is have this series turn into a shoot out – the Habs will not survive. It is safe to say that the Capitals are the most potent offensive team in the entire league. They have one of the most prolific scorers in Alex Ovechkin, but their talent doesn’t stop there. Including Ovechkin seven Capitals scored 20 or more goals this season. Mike Green (who had 19 goals) led all defencemen with 76 points. This team can flat out score – no ands, ifs or buts about it. In fact in game two Ovie had only one goal and it was Nicklas Backstrom who led the Capital attack with a hat trick, including the game winner. The only Achilles heal that this team has is in between the pipes and coach Bruce Boudreau is turning to his second goaltender tonight – Simyon Varlamov is expected to start. Montreal needs to get back to what worked for them in game one and for the first half of game two – aggressively fore check Washington’s defence, try to eliminate the Great Eight with Jaroslav Spacek and pray the other Jaroslav (Halak) will stop everyone else. Wow that is a lot to ask….