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What Stinks?

Posted By Ian Altenbaugh On May 14 2009 @ 2:41 am In Pittsburgh Penguins | No Comments

With all of the momentum in the series going their way and on home ice, the Capitals decided to play their worst game of the series to date. Here is my take on games five, six, and seven.

 


 

Game Five:

Orpik was open several days ago in his displeasure of how Ovechkin plays. As game five progressed, Orpik got more and more into Ovechkin’s face. By the end of the first period, it looked as though the two were going to square off at some point. The question is, will Orpik attempt Ovechkin’s knees the way Ovie did Gonchar?

The high-low slew foot from Ovechkin to Malkin in the waning minutes of the second period just among the numerous examples of the Russian star’s borderline play.

What’s the word in Ukranian speaks for clutch? Is there a Ukranian or is it Russian? Sorry to anybody on that part of the world who is reading this.

The Soviet Union had many different experiments going during the cold war that involved things such as psychic powers, telekinesis, and genetic engineering. They had their hands in the lives of their citizens, particularly those with public personas. So it is not unreasonable then to suggest that Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin may be the result of Soviet genetic engineering, in hopes of creating the ultimate professional athlete. The problem however, lies in the Soviet Union crumbling before they were able to see their Frankenstein’s monster come to fruition. Instead of breaking little girl's necks though he breaks defensemen's legs. He also scores a nifty goal now and again.

Who else can rocket a slap shot, standing still, at the end of their shift, from the high-slot, and score a goal?

 

Game Six:

 

The Penguins first PK demonstated their ability to dismantle the skilled Capitals powerplay.

Ovechkin has been given the greenlight to rove in game six but it seemed to be detrimental to his team’s ability to establish an effective transition game and forecheck, at least in the first period.

With that in mind, it seems as though the coach whom board trolls refer to as “BB” has given his whole team a license to kill.

I am convinced that Semin is playing with an injured hand. He does not have the control on his shot that he normally does yet he maintains the same velocity. His ability to distribute the puck accurate seems to have also been hampered.

The first period ended 18-5 in shots versus the Penguins yet that statistical does not completely illustrate just how dominant the Penguins were.

If Evgeni Malkin dominated early in the game, Crosby dominated late. While there may have been doubt on the scoreboard, really, the Penguins had control for the majority of this game. The Capitals have to be commended for their resiliency and ability to score timely goals but they are simply unable to maintain any sort of puck control in the Penguins’ zone.

The last two minutes was some of the most intense hockey I have ever seen. Without Varlamov this game could very easily be a 6-4 Penguins advantage.

Yet another overtime. While this series should have happened in the Conference Finals, as to best display the game to a national audience, it is nonetheless the most entertaining hockey I may have ever seen in my life. It is only fitting that it goes to game seven.

 

Game Seven:

 

Why don’t the Capitals play with more urgency before it is too late? By the time Jordan Staal scored the goal they were done. But the acted done after Craig Adams scored the second goal.

The superstars contribute, the defensemen score, and the muckers and grinders score. To top things off, Marc-Andre Fleury played spectacular. That’s the formula for a blowout win.

The superstars, namely Sidney Crosby, has not only shown up for the Penguins but proved without a reasonable doubt that he is the greatest big game player in the NHLer today. Crosby has posted 13 points in 7 games. While the same can not entirely be said for Evgeni Malkin, like the lumbering beast that is the team itself, Malkin woke up in game 3, and went insane throwing the puck towards the net 11 times, registering 9 shots and 1 goal to show. In game five Malkin became the dominant and creative playmaker that Pittsburghers have been watching for the past three years.

It has been the performance of players like Kris Letang and Jordan Staal however that hae been the difference makers this entire series and it is no coincidence they both scored in the ridiculously one-sided final game of the series.

The hit on Backstrom from Ovechkin at 5:17 left in the second typified the Capitals effort all game long. When they were not allowing the Penguins to dictate the game, the Caps were hurting themselves with their careless and often reckless style of play.

The Capitals had no answers for the Penguins. The flightless birds came in waves. The game's decision was secured after Bill Guerin's goal 28 seconds into the second period.

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