Thursday, April 26, 2012

Caps Win Game 7

Just an incredible game last night. It was a perfect end to one of the greatest NHL playoff series ever. Every game was decided by one goal with four games going into OT - including Game 7. I was on the edge of my seat throughout. Dale Hunter must be smiling today that his philosophy beat the high-scoring Bruins and that the game winning goal was scored by Joel Ward - a grinder of a player, similar to Hunter in his playing days (although Hunter had way more penalty minutes).

Couple of thoughts - it is going to be interesting to see what happens with Ovechkin going forward. His minutes were cut way down because he gets lost on the defensive end too often. The Caps are going to need him to make plays, but finding the right balance with their system is going to be interesting to watch.

Second, will Alexander Semin continue to look like he cares throughout the playoffs. When the guy is on, he is a real force. When he is not, he is a major liability. He was great in the series.

Third, can Holtby continue his stellar play. He was awesome throughout most of the entire series. He had one or two bad goals, but he certainly outplayed Tim Thomas. Great goaltending is a must to win the Stanley Cup and right now Braden Holtby is providing it.

Finally, who and where do the Caps play next? I cannot wait.

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