Friday, February 6, 2009

Notable Game Despite Not Getting the W

On a night that didn't end the way the Capitals wanted, nevertheless there were several notable achievements.

Alexander Semin scored the first goal of the game just 15 seconds after the first drop of the puck, the fastest Washington has scored this season.

Alex Ovechkin scored the 200th goal of his NHL career in his 296th game. Only four players have done it faster.

Mike Green scored his fifth goal in five games, setting a club record for the most consecutive games with a goal by a defenseman.

Remarkable accomplishments all, but not enough to help the Caps overcome the Los Angeles Kings on a night when a team fighting to achieve a playoff berth in the Western conference appeared more determined to earn the win. Going into the third period, the Caps were down 4-2, and Ovi's 200th brought the Caps to within a goal of tying. With 1:33 left in regulation, the Kings scored an insurance goal. Brooks Laich's tip-in goal with 1:06 left again closed the gap to only a goal. The Caps took several face-offs in the Kings' zone in the last minute and fired shot after shot in an attempt to force the game into overtime, but Kings goalie Jonathon Quick continued to make spectacular saves on some of the best guys in the business to give his team the win. Final score: Kings 5, Capitals 4.

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