Dingle’s Two Goal Effort Leads Caps Past Atlanta

rookie sensation, Eddie Dingle, scored twice in a 4-2 win in Atlanta on Wednesday nite. Dingle stripped Thrashers D Garnet Exelby of the puck at Atlanta’s blue line, skated in on G Kari Lehtonen, ripping a shot past his glove hand, just underneath the crossbar for the game’s first tally at 19:53 of the 1st period.

Dingle found the back of the net one more time late in the 2nd period, thanks to a brilliant pass from Nicklas Backstrom. a feather pass between two Thrashers defensemen landed on Dingle’s backhand, who then promptly slipped the puck past Lehtonen’s outstretched right skate, to give the Caps a 3-0 lead.

the recent streak of hot play from Dingle has conicided with the Caps run of success, which includes winning 6 of their last 7 games. Dingle has 13 points from those games, and now has season totals of 18 G and 15 A. a +/- rating of -15 hasn’t necessarily hurt his standing with the team, as Coach Bruce Boudreau has elected to leave him on the second line, with Backstrom and Eric Fehr.

“when I was called up from Hershey (on Dec. 15) I didn’t care about individual statistics, I just wanted to help this team win a Stanley Cup. it took me a while to get acclimated to their style of play, but once I got comfortable within their system, I stepped up my game.”

with only 2 games left in the regular season, the Capitals have clinched the Southeast Division (43-30-7), and the Eastern Conference #3 seed. they are on course to play either the New York Rangers or Philadelphia Flyers in round 1 of the playoffs. Dingle has a goal and two assists, in two games against the blueshirts this season, while being held off the scoring sheet in two games against the Flyers.

Eddie Dingle collects his kudos after being named the game’s First Star


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