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|Posted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:00 am Post subject: Caps Today and Game Notes for vs. Philly
Tough road ahead – Tonight’s game starts a tough stretch of four games in six nights for Washington , including the Caps’ first back-to-back games. The Capitals take on Philadelphia tonight, in a meeting of two teams that have alternated victories in their last 10 meetings (since Jan. 9, 2007). Washington will then take on Atlanta on the road on Thursday before traveling back home to play the Islanders on Friday. Atlanta is a much improved team from last year that currently stands second in the Southeast Division. The Caps close out the six days with a game on Sunday against Columbus, a team the Caps didn’t score against last year – losing by 3-0 scores on Nov. 29 and Jan. 9
NOTE OF THE NIGHT
Going Green –Mike Green had a goal and an assist Saturday night, giving him points in five straight games (2g-4a). It's the longest point streak by a Capital this season and just one game shy of the longest by a defenseman in the NHL this year. After posting two points in his first five games, Green now ranks tied for eighth in scoring by a defenseman with eight points.
FIVE MORE NOTES NO MEDIA PERSON SHOULD BE WITHOUT
Rebounders –When Washington fell behind the Islanders 2-0 in the third period Saturday night it marked the first time this season that the Capitals trailed by more than a goal. They responded with two goals in 7:06 to tie the score and Brooks Laich's goal in overtime.
No way, Jose –Jose Theodore posted just his second win of the season Saturday against the Islanders, but he has deserved better. In his last three starts Theodore has a 2.06 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage. His .914 save percentage is his best in a season since 2003-04 (.925) and ranks ninth among goalies with at least five starts.
On a roll – Washington has won four games in a row after a 2-2-2 start. With a win tonight the Capitals would match the third-longest winning streak in Bruce Boudreau's tenure (they won seven in a row to end the 2007-08 season and again in December and January last season).
Just like that –Exactly three weeks ago the Capitals and Flyers locked up in a wildly entertaining 6-5 overtime win for Philadelphia at Wachovia Center . That game, which was also broadcast on VERSUS, was tied five times and featured a Mike Richards hat trick, along with two-goal games from Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin.
10 spot – Washington 's 6-2-2 record through 10 games is the team's best mark at this stage since 1997-98 (7-2-1) and three more points than it had at this point last year (5-4-1).