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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

60 Minutes of Hockey

Plus a possible overtime or two...

That is what this series between the Capitals and the Penguins is down to.

1 game. 60 + minutes of intense nail biting and frustrating, EXCITEMENT !!!

The networks could not be happier. Ovechkin, Crosby and Evgeni Malkin top the list of playoff point-scorers, in that order, and are each in the top five in goals and assists. Half of the games in this series have been decided in overtime, and five of the six games have been decided by a single goal.

Ratings have been through the roof.

For me, I've been facinated watching two very talented yet different teams battle it out.

In some ways, the Penguins have out played the Caps.

Offensively they have 226 shots on goal vs 159 for the caps. The Penguins ice check and shoot around the ice better and go for the feeds close in to the net.
The Caps seem to go for the quick setups and speed.

In other ways, Tthe Caps have been better...

Defensively, the Caps have Simeon Varlamov who has been outstanding in front of the net and the Caps have been effective killing power plays and clearing the zone.

The Washingtonpost has been keeping a really cool graphic stat comparing Ovechkin and Crosby.

And illustrates the differences in play and highlights the strenghts of the two best offensive weapons in the league.

This has been a great series between two great teams and I am sure there are lots of guys with less hair and shorter nails as a result.

However it turns out, this will definately be a series and a final game to remember!



Gimpdiggity May 13, 2009 at 1:34 AM  

Go Caps.

I really hate Crosby.

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