Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Caps sweep Sens for the season

When the NHL playoffs finally shake out, the Ottawa Senators are probably hoping that there is no round set with the Washington Capitals.

The Caps, continued their domination of the conference leading Sens on Tuesday night with yet another convincing if not bemusing win over Ottawa. The fourth and final one for the season pending further post season play.

Sens defenceman Chris Phillips conducted the post mortem for the four game sweep, suggesting that Ottawa went out and beat themselves in all four games, offering up the observation that "Every game we lost (to Washington) this year, it's our own doing," as well as admitting that the Sens miscues were quickly picked up and taken advantage of by the Caps, "Beating ourselves, making mistakes and they're capitalizing on them."

The Sens kept the game close going into the third period only to watch the recently richly re-numerated Alexander Ovechkin score the tie breaking goal, showing that 120 odd million dollars doesn't take one's mind off the game as much as you might think.

The final 4-2 score gave the Capitals their first sweep of the Sens since the 1995-96 season, at the moment the Caps are some twenty two points out of the eighth and final playoff spot, a placement which at the moment would set up a first round match up with Ottawa.
The Sens no doubt mindful of the Caps success will probably not be wishing them well in their bid to claim a playoff position for this year, after all four wins, such as the Caps have just put under their belts, is just the right number to take an opening round and ruin a perfectly good season for the Senators.
The Ottawa Sun--Curse of the Caps
Washington Times--Short-handed Caps get sweep

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