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Beninati: Hot Devils Cool Caps

Beninati: Hot Devils Cool Caps

Saturday, November 14, 2009

There is a reason why the Devils have won 8 in a row, they stick totheir game plan, even when their opponent scores two quick ones onthem.

Things started out beautifully for the Caps tonight. TomasFleischmann and Mathieu Perreault each converted off silky smoothpasses to give the visitors a two goal advantage. Maybe the Caps becamecomplacent, maybe they were out of gas playing their third game in fournights, but for whatever reason, they didn't maintain nearly the samezip with which they started the game.

After Colin White and JamieLangenbrunner tied the score, the Devils could see a surge in theirconfidence level. They move the puck very well, and when their passinggame is clicking, they tend to produce strong goal totals.

Alex Seminmade a critical mistake on the goal which gave the Devils a 3-2 lead.He should have played the puck in deep along the wall, instead heforced the pass into the middle which Travis Zajac turned into a quickcounter breakaway for Zach Parise. He put a pretty finish on JoseTheodore, and the Devils were on their way to another victory, theirthird straight against Washington.

Coach Boudreau was critical ofTheodore's play in net tonight. But I respectfully disagree with him.The goals by Langenbrunner, and Matt Halischuk, were very strong shots.I know Boudreau believes if an NHL goalie sees a shot, he should stopit. He is also not fond of any goals that go in on the short side. Butto me, in those instances tonight, you have to tip your cap to theshooters for those two tallies.

Bad news for Boyd Gordon, who appearedto re-injure his back in his first game back in the lineup after alengthy absence.

Good news it seems is on the rise for Alex Ovechkin.Most signs indicate he'll be ready to go against the Rangers Tuesdaynight. A game you can see on Versus.