by Tony on 01/20/10 at 01:09 PM ET
Let me begin by repeating my wish to Commissioner Bettman: Get the Penguins and Capitals in the same division again. It’s a downright travesty that these two teams (and fanbases, while you’re BS’ing) who have a complete disdain for one another (I don’t like to use the word “hate”, but feel free if you’d prefer) don’t play each other more than four times a season.
But, as it’s currently scheduled, it is what it is. Tomorrow will be January 21st, approximately 50 games into the regular season, and only now will be the first meeting of the year between the two former Patrick Division rivals.
It’s the first time the two teams have faced each other since a 6-2 blowout at the Phone Booth on May 13th in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference semi-finals. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped a breakaway by Alex Ovechkin in the opening minutes, and the Pens didn’t look back.
The Caps currently sit on top of the Eastern Conference with 68 points and a 31-12-6 record, including winning seven of their past eight games.
Ovechkin has now been awarded the Captain’s “C”, an obvious selection if ever there was one. He’s having another typical Ovechkin year again, with 30 goals and 65 points. I have to admit, I love the respectful but obviously intense competitiveness that Sidney Crosby and Ovechkin raise up to when these two teams get together. Doesn’t matter where the game is held, the excitement level just goes up a few notches.
This doesn’t need to be long, drawn-out post. It’s Capitals-Penguins, enough said.
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