The Washington Capitals has more than a few heroes on board, and this is not to speak only of “Alex the Great”, Alex Ovechkin. During one game when Ovechkin merely did damage to Jack Hillen’s countenance, it was Alexander Semin that scored a couple of goals, leading the Capitals to win 7-2, seventh straight against the New York Islanders. This bout was held at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum last Tuesday night.
More about the Washington Capitals’ wins
On the next game, the Washington Capitals expects to add another to their list of consecutive wins, making it eighth in a row as it starts on a 3-game homestand versus the Anaheim Ducks. As for the New York Islanders, two consecutive losses have followed their 6 wins on Long Island.
It was during the first period of the Washington Capitals that Semin’s tallies arrived, chasing goalie Dwayne Roloson to the end. While the Capitals were able to score seven goals during this game, Ovechkin was not responsible for any of these goals, despite being a yearly Hart Trophy candidate. Ovechkin remained scoreless after ten attempts on the goal and having four shots blocked.
It was Brendan Morrison that gave the Capitals a lead of 1-0, scoring his very first goal since the 23rd of December, spanning a total of 15 games. At that instance all that Washington needed to reach to the scoreboard was 65 seconds. Following Morrison’s win in a face-off that took place at the Islander’s turf, John Erskine was able to forward a slap shot from Morrison, securing him his 11th goal. As Semin was able to gain control much ahead of Isles winger Trent Hunter, he twice increased Washington’s lead after scoring his 22nd goal of the season.
At 6:03, Rob Schremp halved the deficit on turf authority by taking a pass from Doug Weight, as he let go of a snap shot, beating Jose Theodore and making it 2-1. This was the sixth goal of Rob Schremp for the season.
During the concluding 1:47 of the period, the Caps scored twice, taking a 4-1 lead. As Sean Bergenheim suffered from a holding penalty, Mike Knuble was able to take top advantage of the game, scoring his own rebound against Roloson. Meanwhile Semin was able to outmaneuver Bruno Gervais, allowing him to score his second goal of the evening, with just a mere 5.2 seconds on the clock. It was during the beginning of the second period that Rick DiPietro replaced Roloson, scoring only four goals among the 12 shots.
Hillen’s bloody mess
John Erskin meanwhile put an end to the scoring deficiency as he maneuvered his way on the ice unscathed, scoring 5-1, after a scoreless series of performances beginning Jan 19, 2008. After Alex Ovechkin injured Hillen, the latter departed the game with 2:31 left during the first period. There was a pool of blood left on the ice where Hillen was whacked by Ovechkin, and after reaching the dressing room, the New York Islanders defenseman was taken to the hospital for tests.