Anyone watching last night's game knows how good Carlson really is. He is so composed at the ripe age of 20. Having not played the minimum games required to be considered a rookie, he will be in the Calder race next season, and in my opinion, is the early favorite. If they Caps are to win the Cup, they need performances like this from players like Carlson. They need their depth to be strong. They also will need Carlson to be on the ice against every Canadian team they face. John Carlson = Canada Killer.
Gomez's fight with Tom Poti last night was possibly the dumbest thing the midget could have done. First, he tries shoving Ovechkin, cause, you know, Ovi is roughly 2 feet taller than him and weighs about 50 pounds more. So smart. When Poti steps in to tell Gomez that isn't going to fly, he picks a fight with Poti. I repeat: he picks a fight with Poti. Gomez, your team is ahead. The crowd is waiting to jump on something to grab some momentum. And your smaller and weaker than every single Capitals player except maybe Scott Walker or Brendan Morrison, and neither of them are on the ice. He subsequently got his clock cleaned by Poti, who doesn't fight often, and the crowd immediately got back into the game. That energy lifted the Caps to a come-from behind OT victory. It was possibly the stupidest fight since Carcillo decided to fight Max Talbot last spring, changing the momentum of the game and the series in Pittsburgh's favor.
It seemed that the Capitals were able to solve Halak last night, although after allowing six goals, he might not be the goalie they face on Monday. Either way, last night's game was huge. It was a coming out party for Carlson, and it reminded the Caps that they are the better team, and it's time to play like it.