After two games, it looks like the biggest problem for Caps fans this regular season is differentiating holdover Shaone Morrisonn with newcomer Brendan Morrison.
I for one took a period to adjust, not counting the first game which I was unable to see due to the DirecTV/Versus nonsense. But I digress. Through five periods Washington outscored their opponents 10-2, although a three goal rally by Toronto Saturday made their goal differential a little less gaudy. Ovechkin is on pace for 123 goals and 123 assists, Brooks Laich is threatening to officially expand the big four to the big five, and the Caps have four forwards on pace for over 200 points.
Semin looked dominant with two goals and an assist on the right wing of the top line, and I mean in the league and not just the team. Ovie, Backstrom, and Semin at home this year are going to continue to look like and And1 hockey commercial, as Boudreau managed to keep to keep Schenn away from the top line much of Saturday. Except of course for when Ovechkin worked him for the first goal. Knuble chipped in a rebound on a power play as part of the second unit, and one-N Morrison may have staked a claim to a shoot out spot with a great finish on a breakaway.
The biggest emerging storyline for Washington is whether or not Ovechkin can be the first player to go 50 in 50 since Brett Hull in 1991-92. He'd have to score 44 goals in the next 48 games – as J.P. points out, Ovie has never scored 44 goals over 50 games, so you can't call it likely. I do however think this is the year he hits 70 – 64 goals in 80 games is doable for a guy looking to join Gretzky and Orr as the only people to win three straight Harts.
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Written by Ryan Cleaver
Ryan Cleaver was born in Björk’s house in Iceland and grew up on Easter Island, where his parents were giant stone heads. He has the ability to fire beams of tacos out of his hands and he can turn his legs into tigers. On Sundays, Ryan enjoys reading Family Circus and traveling through time. His favorite color is greenish-transparent and his favorite movie is the one you just watched.