Game 2: End of 3 – Carlson's goal sends us to OT

Halak.jpgJohn Carlson is well on his way to being a playoff hero for the
Capitals —  I’m going to go ahead and put him in that category.
Carlson’s goal on a delayed penalty with 1:22 remaining put that cap on
furious third period comeback by the Capitals, in which they were able
to finally tie the game only to see Tomas Plekanec put the Habs right
back ahead once more.

We’ll be headed to overtime in Washington
for the second straight game, and while Carlson has the big late minute
goal its the amped up performance by Alex Ovechkin that has made the
difference. He played much more aggressive, much more sure of himself
and made one incredible pass to initially tie the game at 4-4. He
suddenly has four points in the game, six shots and he’s showing the
emotion this team needed him to have.

Not to pass over Andrei
Kostitsyn, who has a hat trick and four points for the Canadiens, who
have taken advantage of some absolutely horrendous defensive play by
Mike Green and Jeff Schultz.

What has to be concerning for the
Canadiens is how Jaroslav Halak suddenly looks very beatable, as he’s
grown increasingly uncomfortable with the traffic in front that the
Capitals are creating.

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    Personal reasons: No Ovechkin for Caps tonight

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    Alex Ovechkin won’t play for the Washington Capitals on Tuesday because of personal reasons, the team confirmed.

    He entered the building considerably later than usual, but his presence at least opened the door for the possibility of No. 8 suiting up against the San Jose Sharks.

    Instead, the Capitals will face the hot-starting Sharks without Ovechkin (personal reasons) and Nicklas Backstrom (injury).

    That’s a tall order, yet it’s also an opportunity for Barry Trotz to prove his system is a difference-maker … and that the Capitals have the young players to take up the mantle when the big stars are out

    This is how Washington’s forward lines may look tonight:

    No, the Capitals have not shared details regarding what his “personal reasons” might be, by the way.

    Bruins put Morrow on IR, bring up Cross

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    Lower-level defense is not the biggest of many worries for the Boston Bruins, yet it might be another in a series of headaches.’s Joe Haggerty points out that Joe Morrow has been placed on IR while AHL stalwart Tommy Cross was called up.

    With a -3 rating and negligible offensive impact so far, few will really be missing Morrow (pictured). From the way Haggerty describes Cross, it’s a pretty cool story if he gets into the lineup:

    Cross was named captain of the Providence Bruins this season, and actually had a strong training camp as the hard-hitting, tough stay-at-home defenseman he’s developed into during his five years in the B’s minor league system. The 2007 second round pick was a highly regarded potential puck-moving defenseman when he was drafted prior to his Boston College career, but a series of knee injuries negated some of his speed and puck-moving capabilities.

    Granted, the Bruins would prefer a sure-thing improvement over a feel-good story right now, as this 0-3-0 start marks their worst beginning in some time.

    Injuries have been an issue in general, too, with Zdeno Chara‘s slow start mixed with Dennis Seidenberg on the mend and Brad Marchand in limbo.

    The Bruins’ next game comes against the Avalanche in Colorado. Maybe they’ll start to mend things on the ice?