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Capitals' unlikely winning streak
A look at the Capitals' last 10 games:

vs Boston: OTL 2-3
vs Carolina: L 1-4
at Boston: OTL 2-3
vs Atlanta: L 2-4
vs Toronto: L 1-7
at NY Islanders: L 1-4
at Tampa Bay: W 5-2
vs Dallas: W 4-3
vs Buffalo: W 7-4
vs Ottawa: W 6-2

Who would have predicted the results of the last four games given how horribly they played the first six? It's notable that Alexander Semin returned from injured reserve prior to the Tampa Bay game. With Semin, a player coach Glen Hanlon announced was "the best passer on the team," returning to the second line, as well as the resurgence of linemate Matt Pettinger, opposing teams have had to focus on two scoring lines instead of one, freeing Ovechkin to more easily do his normal work on the first line.

Oh yeah, and Olaf Kolzig's 144 saves out of an astounding 155 shots (.929 save %, 36 saves/game out of 38.75 shots/game) might have helped a bit as well.

If you haven't gotten a chance to see Ovechkin/Semin and the rest of the team play, coach Glen Hanlon has the team playing a fun style of high-energy hockey, and the Caps are a team you should make a point of checking out some point this season.

Posted by Bret Cohen at 12/8/2006 1:00:00 PM

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More Than Snow Piling Up in Buffalo
The Buffalo Sabres are 21-4-2 after a victory at Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Several Sabres, including head coach Lindy Ruff, expressed relief after the game that the team avoided its second consecutive loss. The Sabres' goal is to avoid consecutive losses FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON. Other than the NFL, where a short season actually makes that a reasonable goal, has anyone ever heard of such a thing? The Sabres have 55 more regular season games.

Posted by Ted Rossman at 12/6/2006 10:04:00 AM
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Let Them Play
I was disappointed to hear that the NHL Board of Governors did not modify the league's unbalanced schedule. I don't object to the high percentage of divisional games as much as I object to the lack of interconference games. I think that every NHL team should play each other team at least twice, once at home and once on the road. This is good from a fan's point of view, so that everyone has a chance to see everyone else, and could easily be accomodated by reducing the number of games against a divisional opponent from eight to four or five.

Posted by Ted Rossman at 12/5/2006 4:06:00 PM
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