Undisputed number one: Caps trounce Wings 7-1 SaturdayPosted on October 23, 2011
If the top team in the NHL were voted upon like college football, there would be a clear winner of all the first place votes. Washington came out with tremendous jump against the only other undefeated team in the league Saturday night. All they did from there was score seven times and win 7-1 over Detroit at Verizon Center. The highlights (of which there were many) are below: The Capitals opened the scoring at the 14:00 mark of the first period when Mike Green scored on the power play to give Washington a 1-0 lead. Just over a minute later, Marcus Johansson upped the ante by scoring off a turnover, with a great feed from Alexander Semin to lead the game 2-0. With Detroit getting 10 shots to Washington's 8, the Caps took a 2-0 lead to the dressing room after one. There was more from Mike Green in the second period, when he picked up his second power play goal of the night to up Washington's lead to 3-0. Detroit finished the period firing 16 shots on goal, but could only manage a five-on-three tally from Niklas Kronwall. But Matt Hendricks fired a turnaround shot that sprung away from Red Wing backstop Ty Conklin, and Mathieu Perreault picked up his second in as many games to make it 4-1 after two. The third period only provided some pouring on, and the Caps showed why they're the last undefeated team standing in the NHL. Joel Ward scored his second goal in as many games to make the score 5-1, Perreault found his found his second of the game to pile on and Nicklas Backstrom punctuated a huge statement against the Wings by scoring his second of the year. Final score tonight, Capitals 7, Red Wings 1. My goodness, we seem to have something special brewing here in D.C. right now.