The Washington Capitals extended their undefeated streak from 6 games to 7 with a 7-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night in what was a great all around effort on the Capitals’ part.
Defenseman, Mike Green, was the game’s 1st star, notching 2 goals and 2 assists.
Goaltender, Tomas Vokoun, was named the game’s 2nd star, allowing the very talented Detroit Red Wings to only 1 goal on 33 shots.
Mathieu Perreault, had 2 goals on the night while being named the 3rd star of the game.
Close game despite the score
When you see a score like 7-1 being put up, you automatically think that the winning team absolutely dominated the opposing team. But if you look at the post game stats, you see that the Red Wings outshot the Capitals, 33-25.
Although the game turned out to be an easy win for his team, Capitals’ Head coach, Bruce Boudreau, was still impressed with the Red Wings afterwards.
"The score definitely wasn't a 7-1 game," Boudreau said, "I'm sitting behind the bench and going, 'That's one fantastic team.' The first 10 minutes, it came at you in waves. They are so fast and they know where everybody is. The difference was our goalie was better than their goalie tonight. I think they just ran out of steam, with their second game in two nights, in the second period."
Tomas Vokoun was humble having this to say: "Honestly, I was lucky a couple of times, some desperation saves. Sometimes they go in and sometimes you are just fortunate that the guy is not able to lift the puck or something, but saying that you battle and you work for your luck. [Detroit is] obviously a very good team. Very skillful, very tough, skate hard, put pressure the right way. I mean it was a whole lot closer game than 7-1 or whatever the score was."
Secondary scoring is key for Caps this season
This Washington Capitals team looks better than ever, they finally have a team that can beat you no matter what line is on the ice. This is no longer a team that only depends on Ovechkin or Backstrom. If Ovechkin is having an off night, the Capitals now know they have 22 different players that can contribute to the team’s success.
Mathieu Perreault had this to say after the game referring to the fact that the Capitals had 14 different players to hit the scoresheet on Saturday night (all 4 lines had at least 1 goal at even strength) : "It shows that we got a lot of depth and everyone can score every night," Perreault said. "It makes our team pretty tough to play against. You got to get out there with four lines ready to go every night because our four lines are ready to go every night. It feels pretty good right now."
Lidstrom hits 1,500 NHL game milestone
Detroit Red Wings captain, Nicklas Lidstrom, played in his 1,500th NHL game on Saturday night.
"It was nice to see the crowd's reaction when they announced it," Lidstrom said. "I was happy that the Capitals organization announced it, too. Class act on their bench, as well, for standing up and giving me an applause there."
Lidstrom finished the game on Saturday with an assist, 5 shots, amassed 22:33 minutes of ice time and was a -1. He is the 14th player to reach the 1,500 game plateau. Congratulations, Nicklas!