The last word from Game 3

April, 19, 2010

MONTREAL -- It would not be right to close out Game 3 without checking in with Alex Ovechkin on Jaroslav Halak. So, did he notice anything Monday night?

"I don't know about this game. I didn't see a replay if he was shaking or not," Ovechkin said. "But, you know, we scored three goals and they have to make some changes, the same as we did in the second game. It worked for us, but for them, it didn't."

No-so-special special teams

Now, as good as the Capitals were in Game 3, there is still the problem of the team's tepid power play, which went 0-for-7 Monday night and is 0-for-14 in the postseason. Dating back to the regular season, the Caps have not scored on the man advantage in their past 21 attempts.


"Yeah, we suck. It's the worst stretch that we've gone through," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. "But you know, it happens like that. … I thought we had some really good looks and good chances, but none went in, then you get frustrated. … I'm sure eventually we'll get a goal on it. Maybe not this series, maybe next year or something."

Strategically, Boudreau moved Ovechkin from his usual perch along the blue line down along the half wall and deeper in the offensive zone.

"They had really taken him away. I wanted to see their reaction when he played down low," Boudreau said. "Just sort of more see how much they would take him away and how they were playing him."

Depth, depth, depth

The Capitals are blessed with a plethora of forwards waiting to get in the lineup. On Monday night, Dave Steckel was out and Boyd Gordon returned after spending the previous game in the press box. He responded with a crucial short-handed goal and had five shots on goal, tied for the game high with Alexander Semin.

"We've got lots of talented guys, so if you're in, when you get your chance, you've got to try to make the most of it," Gordon said.

He explained why he didn't pass on the 2-on-1, even though he had never scored in the postseason before and could have passed to Mike Knuble.

"I didn't want to waste a chance or hit a stick and went in the corner, so I wanted to get it on net. Fortunately, the rebound was there and I was able to slap it in."

Scott Burnside

ESPN Senior Writer



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