Lest we be intimidated by Calgary’s big scary 7-1-2 record in their last ten games coming into tonight’s contest with the Capitals, let’s remember how the Caps have fared recently against similarly big scary “hot” teams.
February 16 at Tampa Bay – The Lightning boast a 5-1-1 streak, threatening to become relevant in the Eastern Conference again. The Caps win 3-2, with Tampa’s late-game surge from a 2-0 deficit proving as fruitless as their previous attempted surge in the standings. Alex Semin finished off the scoring with three minutes left as Olie “Imminent 300th Win” Kolzig had one of his better games of the season with 39 saves.
February 29 at New Jersey – Oh those nasty Devils and their 7-0-2 mark going up against the Caps (that’s much better than the Flames’ 7-1-2). Cristobal Huet’s first game and first of what should be many shutouts in a Caps uniform. 4-0 was our final that day, with Green, Kozlov, Semin, and Brashear leading the rare four-goal outburst against decade-long nemesis Marty Brodeur. Sergei Fedorov positively sizzled in his first game with the Caps, setting up Green on the game-winner. Too bad he didn't get the recognition he deserved.
March 3 vs. Boston – We remember this one, don’t we? The Bruins came in with a 7-0-1 record, then proceed to flail around and lose 10-2 in their most pathetic non-multiple-late-5-on-3-advantages-aided game of the season. The fact that this monumental beat-down led the Bruins on a mini 1-2-2 slump was a welcome sight, as it would be with any team the Caps currently chase in the East.
So bring on the Flames. 7-1-2 turns into 7-2-2 in the blink of an Olie Kolzig milestone victory.