I can't begin to tell you how loudly I cheered after Semin's first goal. I was surrounded by Rangers fans who were in shock. They were somewhat polite, feeling superior still, and told me that was the only one that would get past their king. Minutes later... Boom! Semin was in the same spot putting in another one. It was a Seminal night for sure. :)
The Caps decided to show up. They dominated the Rangers and the win energized the Caps and pulled them together. If they can win the next one, I feel it will crush the Rangers spirit and they will collapse.
By the way, what is with John Tortorella's tie? It look's like a throwback to a 70's era Braniff airline economy seat. Maybe Avery can loan him one of his? Maybe he should wear it again Wednesday?
Speaking of Avery, he was off his game. He looked as if the Caps got into his head and it confused him. Taking a cheap shot at our goalie is not going to work as Varlamov is too focused. It's a blessing and a curse.
If we play the way we did last night, I think we have their number now. We have a young goalie that is quick and can make the simple saves.
It was great to see the Caps play their game correctly and not with fear. When Theodore broke their spirits in game 1, they started over compensating in the defensive zone, waiting for a mistake or rebounds and played too deep in their end. Varlamov's sharp play helped the forwards stay high and therefore we had a much quicker attack out of our zone into theirs.
I'm really happy that we have more hockey to play. And being down 2-1 doesn't look as daunting as 3-0.
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Author: Syd Butler | Special to NHL.com