Alexander Semin led the Capitals with his hat trick tonight. Semin kept the game from going into overtime by scoring with just 1:47 left in regulation. His first goal of the game was the first he scored since November 28th. Semin missed a lot of those games due to injury, but was clearly happy to get the hat trick and the game winning goal tonight in Anaheim to end the Caps’ losing streak at three games.
The Ducks hadn’t had more than six goals scored against them this season, but their number one goalie (Jonas Hiller, who hasn’t gotten nearly the credit he deserves for Anaheim’s success this season) is injured as he has been on and off since getting hit with a puck in the head at the All Star game.
Tonight’s game in Anaheim was back and forth and neither team ever had a good lead. The largest lead was the two goal lead the Ducks had for just a little over a minute and a half in the middle of the game. There aren’t many one goal games with a combined total of 13 goals. The fans in attendance (a lot less than the 15,579 announced, sadly) really got a treat at the Honda Center tonight. They got to see a couple breakaway goals (including a great one by Alex Ovechkin), a short handed goal, a hat trick, a fight (started after the Ducks’ Sutton’s bad boarding hit on Hendricks). When asked about the hit, Hendricks said it sure felt like more than a two minute penalty hit, but I’m guessing they never do. I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of a hit like that.
The Ducks won’t be back in southern California until they host the Kings a week from now (Feb 23), but they play in Minnesota and St. Louis before that.