In their first game with the Capitals, Scott Walker, Joe Corvo, and Eric Belanger got a close-up look at what we’ve been seeing all season: The Caps play the most exciting breed of hockey in the league. In tonight’s narrow win over Tampa Bay, the home team battled through a series of staggered goals, a lengthy penalty snit fit, Mike Green’s gigantic floating head and quiet play from the team’s stars to beat the division rivals.
There’s so much more to talk about. Joe Corvo seemed like a good fit on special teams. John Carlson had some sloppy giveaways in the first period and is at risk of being downgraded from Captain America to USAgent if it keeps up. Brooks Laich and Lightning goalie Mike Smith clearly hate each other. Varly looked pretty sharp, but has more gaps in his game than we’d prefer. And the Caps give their fans wings from Glory Days for the 12th time this year. Not bad.
The Caps have won their last 12 games at home, and home is where they’re playing their next four games. March is looking good for the Washington Capitals.
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