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Where to begin after a great game 7 last night. Lets start by how this was by far the most entertaing series of the first round and a much different one than most people expected. Everyone heading into the series thought it would be goals galore for the Capitals. However in the end the Capitals would only score more than 2 goals during three games of the series including only 1 a piece in games 5-7. Yes the Capitals have super stars like Ovechkin, Backstrom, Semin, and Green, but when they try to do a to much by themselves this is the result. Backstroke and Ovechkin were at least noticeable during the series which is more than you can say for Green and Semin. Green took the first penalty on a stupid offensive zone penalty that led to the Bettering slapped at the end of the first and then overplayed the Puck that allowed the Moore goal with 3 minutes left. Semin failed to score all series and seemed to be mentally absent throughout the series. The team that I am most reminded of is the San Jose Sharks, who have always had a stellar offense but can not win at playoff time. For the Capitals this makes back to back exits in game 7’s in either the first or second round. Next year the Capitals become the Sharks, no one cares about the regular season its what can you do in the playoffs.
On the other hand the Montreal Canadians played the game of their lives backed by stellar goaltending, oppertunistic goal, and a lot of black and blue. The Canadiandians were lead by the stellar play of Jarslav Halak. Balance single handedly won games 5 and 6 for the Canadians before a total team effort in game 7 that saw the Canadians block over 40 shots. A Capitals blooger jokingly said this morning, “The sun came out this morning and some how Hal Gil didn’t block it.” The Canadians just seemed to want this series more than the Capitals. However the road does not get any easier now as the Canadians will start a 2nd round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.