Capitals-Canadiens: Let’s Dig Deeper to Break Down a Turning Point

November 29th, 2009 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
Photos are a very important component of the game review articles. I take great care in selecting ones that I think will help tell the story. Let's take a look at the photo that heads this article and the game situation when it was taken. I believe it depicts a turning point in the game.

It was the third period of Saturday night's game. The Canadiens had come back after being down 2-0 to score three unanswered goals. There were 15.5 seconds left on the clock.

Paul Mara had just taken a minor penalty for hi-sticking. With Semyon Varlamov pulled for the extra attacker, the Capitals had a six-on-four advantage. Washington head coach Bruce Boudreau called a timeout.

The photo shows coach Boudreau huddling with his team during the aforementioned timeout. Courtesy of some good camera work, those watching the TV broadcast were treated to a preview of the play that Boudreau diagrammed.

Boudreau sketched the following play on his whiteboard. The Capitals' best faceoff man, David Steckel, was charged with the responsibility of winning the draw back to Tomas Fleischmann. Fleischmann would pass it rink-wide to Alexander Ovechkin, who would blast it ...

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