Leafs 7 v. Capitals 1: Quick-Strike Rout
Last night I had the pleasure of watching my sister in the role of Jacqueline "Jack" Ross in her high school's performance of Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men. Aside from the obvious star quality of my sister, the actors portraying Lt.-Col. Nathan Jessop and Daniel Caffee were not only very good but they sounded the part as well. All in all it was a good night. Maybe not as good as the Leafs night as they skated into Washington and drilled the Caps 7-1.
The Leafs spread out the scoring and benefited from big nights from Jeff O'Neill (1-2-3), Hal Gill (1-1-2), and Darcy Tucker who added his 16th of the season and ffith at even strength. Andrew Raycroft got the sort of restful night that will have him ready for tonight's game against the Bruins. He only had to deal with 11 shots over the last two periods as the Capitals sank beneath two scoring outburst that saw the buds score two goals in the first three minutes of the game and three in one minute in the second.
I'll be in attendance at tonight's game and hopefully I'll be able to get some video and pictures up on Sunday.
The Final Word
Defensive breakdowns. Soft goals. Inexcusable penalties. You name it, and the Washington Capitals committed it -- and probably more than once -- last night at Verizon Center, where Darcy Tucker, Jeff O'Neill and the Toronto Maple Leafs humbled the home team, 7-1.
Tarik El-Bashir, Washington Post, makes me angry that I missed a wonderful Leafs performance.
The Leafs survived Sundin's seven-game absence with four victories and gained an additional point in an overtime loss to the Bruins 10 days ago.
Tim Wharnsby, Globe and Mail, forgets to mention that the Leafs averaged 4 goals per game in compiling a 4-2-1 record.