- basically without even trying,
- against teams trying their faces off, and
- without their/the NHL's best defenseman (Green) for the past two.
Wishin' you were still in red, Brent?
I should note the Blackhawks have four wins in a row too; but the Caps beat them most recently, so tie goes to the awesome.
Other sweet things about tonight: (and why didn't someone alert me to the
- The Caps swept the season series from the Pens.
- The Pens are now 0-9-1 against the Caps (0-3-1) and Devils (0-6) this season, the East's #1 and #2 teams, respectively. But the regular season means nothing. Sure.
- Ovechkin potted two, and is now tied with Crosby for the lead in the Richard race (48).
- The Caps continue to get absolutely screwed on the penalty disparity against the Pens, yet equal them in power play goals. 1-4 for the Pens, 1-1 for the Caps. That's 15 games in a row where the Pens have had as many or more power plays than the Caps. Hmm.
- Jeff Schultz.
His presence would be at least a good thing, possibly a great thing. He was a +5 with 2 assists tonight while logging 25 minutes of ice time. He absolutely shut down Crosby (power play goal) and whatever other chumps pass for "scorers" on the Pens these days. My subjective memory tells me that Malkin has a hard time solving Schultz's well-positioned, large body. What I'm saying is, Schultz could just be the secret playoff weapon nobody is talking about. If tonight is any indicator, I am right.
So hooray to the streaking Caps, losing Pens, the magical Mr. Nasty and Ovechkin back where he belongs atop the goal-scoring charts. I cannot wait to see these dinguses in the playoffs.
[Image via REUTERS/Jason Cohn]