Minus Alex Ovechkin, Capitals Tame Toothless Panthers 6-2

December 3rd, 2009 by Dave Nichols Leave a reply »
Washington, D.C.—The Washington Capitals received six goals from five different players, and goalie Semyon Varlamov was not dented until well after the outcome had been decided, as the Caps cruised to a 6-2 win over a very tired Florida Panthers team, before not quite a capacity crowd at Verizon Center. Florida was playing its third game in four nights, beating Colorado in overtime last night at home, and it really showed.  The Panthers never really had their legs, and it got worse as the night went on, as they took penalty after penalty, accumulating with rookie Mike Duco taking seven minutes worth of major penalty time for instigating and fighting (plus a misconduct and game misconduct) after he jumped Alexandre Giroux solely because Giroux had the temerity to finish a heavy check behind the Panther goal. Capitals coach Bruce Boudeau was pointed on his assessment of Duco's play, on which the Caps scored twice, putting the game out of reach. "You get a good hit, and not a hard hit, and you take exception to a hit?" he said.  "It's stupid.  It's a dumb thing and [Duco] took their team totally out of a chance to win the game." As for the Caps scoring, it was early, ofte ...

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