Ovechkin celebrates during Nick Backstrom's hat trick effort in playoff win over Montreal Canadiens

[Ed. note – Our apologies, but tonight’s game mandates celebration.  We’re going to cut the recap short so that we can celebrate!]

Nick Backstrom scores his first playoff hat trick!

Nicky Backstrom secures his first playoff hat trick

Nearing the end of the second period, the Washington Capitals trailed the Montreal Canadiens 4-1.  But there was still the tiny matter of Nicklas Lars Bäckström.   The blonde swede superstar (who is still waiting on that new contract) made this a historic game all by his damn self.   Sinking his first playoff hat trick, Backy is definitely worthy of the “Nine Million Dollar Man” nom de guerre that Craig Laughlin bestowed upon him.  We’ll be talking about slapshot goal 31 seconds into overtime for months.

Captain America John Carlson scored the tying goal at the tail end of the third period, instantly carving his name into franchise history.  The 20-year old is frankly phenomenal, playing with more consistency than Norris slam-dunk Mike Green.

Also, Alex Ovechkin finally got on the board, tipping in a shot from… JOHN CARLSON.

It seems as if the Caps are writing the mythology of an epic post-season.  This rollercoaster of a game merits more rigorous analysis than we can offer tonight, so we’ll leave you with a few notes:

  • Does Semyon Varlamov start in Montreal on Monday?
  • Will Tom Poti‘s epic fight with Scott Gomez redeem his preceding gaffes?
  • Can Mike Knuble recover his tip-in magic?
  • Should our statue to Nick Backstrom be made of bronze or marble?

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  • Elle

    Love this! Except that all this back and forth of tying one goal lead shenanigans is NOT good for the heart.
    P.S. Lars Nicklas, would you play like that until June? Thanks

  • http://crzyjewishotaku.deviantart.com Rachel

    Marble. It comes in red. :D

    Go Caps!

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  • Hittman

    Carlson > Green…trade Green for “Cap” space, spend it on Backstrom and others. There’s a reason Canada left Green off the team. Green is treating the playoffs like a first time mother treats her baby. How about a sprawling dive on that 5th Canadiens goal, eh Mike? Bring in Jurcina!

  • http://capssnaps.blogspot.com/ Chirs G (Caps Snaps)

    Yes
    Sorta
    Yes
    Marble

    I was there. I can’t speak. Literally.

  • madcap

    Yes, no, yes, marble!! >Hittman, yeah i thought the same thing…”why didn’t you lay down mikey??” He has been disappointing again…I wish juice was healthy…and where has johnny erskine been???

  • BobbyG

    Trading goals back and forth, AND falling behind 4-1, AND giving up the lead goal late in the 3rd, AND going into OT again are not good for my poor old heart. The cure for what ails the Caps is to come out flying and DOMINATE the game from start to finish, taking no prisoners.

    To do that Green has to get out of funk, quit being a defensive liability. What’s up with him anyway? And the REAL OVIE has to come out to play, on the scoreboard and on the hits sheet. Nick just has to be Nick, but somebody please wake Alex Semin up.

    BTW, who wants to start a pool for who Coach BB will start in goal for game 3 and possibly 4? Was game 2 an aberration for Theo, or was it the start of the resurrection of some old issues? Stay tuned.

  • http://danielpholt.tumblr.com danielpholt

    Wow, i only just got a chance to watch the game (UK based fan, had to record it as i work nights) but holy mother of god i think i had 3 minor heart attacks in that final period.

    Anyway, I’d still go with Theo in Montreal. He’s done a job for us all season, and tbh it looked like anything they touched turned to gold (or goal) tonight.

    Yes
    Bloody Hope so
    Marble

  • Melissa

    Marble… Less reflection for when all the swedes come to DC to get their photos taken with it! And also, it does come in red!

  • breaklance

    1. I think Theodore goes back
    2. Poti’s fight was a major catalyst for the turn around, so yes.
    3. Knuble’s doing all the good things right, going to the net, creating traffic, something will happen eventually.
    4. Marble. It captures his austere serenity more.

  • Taylor

    1. Leave Czarlamov in goal until he messes up again.
    2. Sure why not.
    3. Yeah, that’s his thing.
    4. Marble, no one wants bronze, that’s like a third place statue. Definantly marble.

  • http://twitter.com/LynnLynnLynn_ Bobbielynn

    1. It’s very possible.
    2. Hell yeah.
    3. I believe so.
    4. Nicky should get only the best. I’m thinking pure gold.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Russian Machine Never Breaks

    Does Semyon Varlamov start in Montreal on Monday? Yes
    Will Tom Poti’s epic fight with Scott Gomez redeem his preceding gaffes? Maybe
    Can Mike Knuble recover his tip-in magic? Yes
    Should our statue to Nick Backstrom be made of bronze or marble? Can you make statue “Backstrom & Ovi”?

  • Kris D’Arienzo

    1. I don’t want that responsibility, thanks though.
    2. He gets a one game reprieve. Monday better be very strong or else.
    3. Yup. Yup. Yup. it’ll be a break in the dam. Small at first then a torrent.
    4. Marble. (see Rachel, Melissa, & breaklance)

  • http://www.pricebonus.com/ Amy

    Yes, no, yes, marble!! >Hittman, yeah i thought the same thing…”why didn’t you lay down mikey??” He has been disappointing again…I wish juice was healthy…and where has johnny erskine been???