Thursday, October 14, 2010

It Took 56 Minutes for the Caps to Beat the Isles

So said @dani3boyz last night on Twitter. And she was right.

Nino Niederreiter scored his first NHL goal in Washington. That will be one he will remember forever.

Dwayne Roloson made his first start of the season and proved why Garth Snow inked the veteran netminder for a two year deal. There was no 1st period let-down for Roli. He had given up three quick goals in each of his exhibition games, but it wasn't until 18:15 of the second that Alex Ovechkin managed to get one passed him.

Blake Comeau's roughing penalty late in the third led to the game winner by Nick Backstrom. It was actually a lucky break for the Caps. And as the Islanders had done against the Rangers, when opportunity knocks, good teams take advantage of it.

There was a lot of chatter about Matt Moulson's missed breakaway. While it would have been great if he made it, that's not really Matt's specialty. I'll let him slide on that one.

All in all, the injury depleted Islanders gave the Washington Capitals and the superstar of the league a run for their money. There is nothing to be ashamed of in that performance.

Now, how hard can they make it for the Penguins on Friday?

As a side note: I didn't get to watch most of the game because I was at Hofstra last night. I got a look at the WHUR studios and was really impressed with the facility! It actually looks better than some more well known radio stations.

So when I left the campus, I turned on 88.7 FM and started to catch Chris King calling the game. The production quality was very good, but the tempo of Chris' side-kick could have been a little better. I found him a little slow on the up-take. The signal was loud and clear until I was all the way to Bay Shore on Sunrise Highway. Then I had to switch to XM radio to continue to listen to the game. Of course on XM it was the Capitals feed that was being broadcast.

What was the first thing I heard the caps announcers talk about during intermission? The lack of an Islanders fanbase. I screamed at the radio.

1 comment:

TheBard said...

At least you missed Laughlin (or whoever the Caps announcer was) claiming Wisnewski should have gotten a 5 game suspension.