'Hawks offside at 17:41, there's been several 'Hawks' shots but no super chances yet. Theo is calm, Niemi is untried as yet. Announcer says "4 uneventful minutes so far"... then Niemi with a HUGE stop on Knuble, off a sweet pass from Backstrom.
I went to Twitter (I hate this site but it wanted to check something), and Ovechkin was the second word proposed for search. I clicked, and saw he had been ejected. Most people there are happy, it seems. Someone saying he's not been the same since the Olympics.
So I'm late, but I'm here. Let's go, Caps! 2-0 is nothing. I predict a hat trick for Knuble, tonight.
"Varlamov has been weak, in my opinion- should have had the first 2, didn't see the third."
Like you probably saw afterwards, the third one was deflected by Lecavalier with him arm, while trying to protect himself from a puck that seemed to go directly to his face. Varlamov could not do anything. But the other two looked like real softies, yes.
Let's hope Theo can keep us in this game until Knuble scores an ugly goal and Green adds one. Backstrom needs to wake up, too. Many guys can score, so having Ovechkin out is not that much of a problem, actually.
13:00 left 2nd, it's 3-0 Chicago on an easy redirect by Madden...
2:00 left 2nd... the real kicker in the Ovechkin penalty is he probably has drawn at least a 1 game suspension again, for a hit that the replay shows is clearly within the rules (and Campbell toe picks as he's headed toward the boards, so it really isn't even Ovechkin's fault that he hits as hard as he does). Yikes.
Belanger catches a post, but the puck rebounds directly under Niemi...
3-0 Blackhawks, end 2nd.
This message has been edited by reallycrowesnest on Mar 14, 2010 2:08 PM
And here's something from Bumper's site about the Ovechkin call:
TABLE 6 (Rule 20 Major Penalties) SUMMARY OF MAJOR PENALTIES THAT RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC GAME MISCONDUCT Description (i) Butt-ending, Rule 58 (ii) Checking from behind, Rule 44 (iii) Clipping, Rule 45 (iv) Cross-checking, Rule 59 (v) Fighting (after original altercation), Rule 47 (vi) Fighting (when aggressor), Rule 47 (vii) Fighting (second instigator in game), Rule 47 (viii) Fighting (instigator in final 5 minutes), Rule 47 (ix) Fighting (third instigator in season), Rule 47 (x) Head-butting, Rule 48 (xi) Hooking, Rule 55 (xii) Kneeing, Rule 50 (xiii) Slashing, Rule 61 (xiv) Spearing, Rule 62
TABLE 7 (Rule 20 Major Penalties) SUMMARY OF MAJOR PENALTIES THAT RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC GAME MISCONDUCT WHEN THERE IS AN INJURY TO THE FACE OR HEAD Description Rule (i) Boarding, Rule 42 (ii) Charging, Rule 43 (iii) Elbowing, Rule 46
Notice that in Table 6, a boarding is not listed as a mandatory game misconduct. Only in Table 7, if there is head or face injury, is the game misconduct mandatory.
So it looks like Ovie got a major, a game misconduct, and probably will get at least a one game suspension for something that even isn't in the rules. Nice.
WOW! I was on the phone, I heard some yelling from Kolbe, I guess, and it's now 3-3, and very quiet in the building. I put my headset back when the rink announcer was saying "Assist to number 19, Nicklas Backstrom", then checked the score sheet. Great. :D
Fabulous third period for the Caps, that they entirely dominated [not grammatically correct, but you see what I mean]. Theo had two saves to make in overtime, but Caps eventually took control again. Great to do that on national TV.
This message has been edited by marc_mehdi on Mar 14, 2010 3:11 PM
Can't believe that Backstrom doesn't serve Knuble on the 3-on-2. What a goal he scores. Trying one's chance in this situation shows a lot of self-confidence (or selfishness, but being a great passer, he can't be called selfish).
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