That just sucks.
The Capitals do not need a goalie. They need this guy back and two more veteran d-men on the roster. Goalies can only do so much when their D keeps letting them down.
Erat is on the top line. Clearly, Oates is at a loss. Erat can’t skate with the puck 20 ft before he falls down.
Alex has 31 goals. Ward has 12. That’s 19 more for Alex. I didn’t take the time to look up every team, but of the 12 that are in the top 3 spots in each division, none have their leader with twice as many goals as 2nd, save the Caps. We need some secondary scoring. Most of the other top teams have 5 guys with a range from 15-9 goals each. We need more guys scoring. Alex does most of this being double teamed. If he’s not the shooter, someone should have it easy. Several someone’s need to step up and take some of the weight from Alex’s shoulders. It’s a team sport.
Now I’m done.
Alex had 9 SOG. Respectable even for him.
No one else had more than three.
This is part of our problem.
Blame the defense as much as you want, but if Alex is the only shooter, we are no one’s competition.
Сaptain Alex Ovechkin - his coach asked him to learn a new position last season. He did and won his third Rocket Richard Trophy for most goals and won the Hart Memorial Trophy for MVP to his team in the NHL.
#1 D-man Mike Green - Game Over Green is back. He was a huge factor last season, healthy and driven. Can’t wait to see what he does this season.
Top Center, Nicklas Backstrom. His talent as center is underated. He is a natural and sees the ice better than most. His name should be on a very short list of top centers in the league.
Karl Alzner. His tandem with Mike Green last season was clearly one of the best d-pairs. And, having met him, he is the nicest professional athlete in the world.
Troy Brouwer. Solid talent, veteran presence, leader. Can’t say more about how great he is.
Brooks Laich. Missed last season. Has more passion on the ice than all of his opposing team! Can’t wait to see how driven he will be this season.
Braden Holtby. #1 of our incredible goalie team. So focused! He’s a magician. My favorite part of watching him is the look on the faces of his opponents when he magically snags that puck out of the air! DENIED!
Tomas Kundratek… had a great showing early last season until he was injured. He has great chemistry with several of the guys. Hoping he makes a good showing this year. He needs to stay in DC. Sorry Hershey.
Tom Wilson. If he doesn’t get a spot on the team, I will be very upset. He’s clearly too advanced to remain in the minors. He deserves the chance to make a difference to the team.
After more than 2 hours of foreplay, Mike Green FINALLY puts it in!!! And we all bask in the afterglow!
I’m posting it because of what he says about Adam Oates… Not because he looks cute with bed head/helmet hair… ;)