Washington Capitals Penalty Killers Dominate as Alex Ovechkin Steals Headlines

January 9th, 2011 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
Alexander Ovechkin scored a highlight reel game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers on Saturday January 8. Much ink has been spilled over the goal Ovechkin scored while sliding on his back to give the Caps the 3-2 win. While fans and pundits fawn over Ovechkin’s 15th goal of the season, the Capitals penalty killing unit is quietly going about their business.

The Capitals penalty killing unit has been red hot as of late, killing off 27 straight power plays and only allowing one power play goal over the last eight games. The penalty killing unit currently sits at third in the NHL at 85.8 percent.

Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau told the Washington Post, "I think they're committed, is what they are. They're committed to the penalty kill and they're committed to having good numbers." 

The Capitals penalty killing is a true team effort according to Boudreau, "There's nine or 10 of them that kill on a regular basis. [Alex Ovechkin is] probably one, [Mathieu] Perreault would probably be the other and [Eric] Fehr are the only other guys that really haven't been killing penalties. But the other guys are committed, all six ...

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