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The new-look Washington Capitals featuring Jason Arnott, Marco Sturm and Dennis Wideman took to the ice Tuesday night. After 61 minutes and 55 seconds of hockey, they had done exactly what the old team did only three days ago: came from behind and squeaked out a win against the New York Islanders, though it certainly it wasn’t how they originally expected to do it.
The Capitals controlled play early on, outshooting the Islanders 10-1 midway through first frame. Washington had a numerous quality chances in the period but Nathan Lawson — who came into the game with a record of 1-4-1 and a GAA of 4.56 — shut the door, and the game was scoreless after one period of play.
The second stanza was even more lopsided than the first for the Caps in terms of shots on goal — but not on the scoreboard. Just after the 10 minute mark of the period, the Islanders’ Matt Moulson finally netted the game’s first tally, scoring on a two-on-one odd man rush. But that would be all Washington netminder Michal Neuvirth would allow as he became impenetrable for the rest of the contest.
The third period looked grim for Caps fans as nothing seemed to be able to get past Lawson — that is, until the final minute of play. With just 48 seconds remaining and Neuvirth pulled, new Cap Arnott delivered a perfect pass to Brooks Laich in the crease. He chipped in the puck and just Laich that (See what I did there? It’s awful, I know.) we had ourselves a whole new ballgame.
In overtime, well, this happened:
Alex Ovechkin picked up the loose puck in his own zone and faked out Frans Nielsen. As Ovechkin blasted past the blue-line, Nielsen attempted to tackle the Great Eight. Undeterred, Ovi brushed him off using his brute strength. I think you know what happens next. Forehand. Backhand. Game over. Caps shock Isles, 2-1.
It’s official: Ovechkin is back to his old self. Time to get your Vuvuzelas ready because we’re partying like it’s 2010.
The new-look St. Louis Blues come to town on Thursday just a week after they acquired some new toys of their own. Won’t you join us? We’ll see you then.
Additional reporting by Ian Oland and Neil Greenberg, who was on the Sports Junkies yesterday.
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