Chimmer with the game-winner. Now, let’s go eat a Turkey dinner. (Photo credit: Evan Vucci)
Two nights ago, Alex Semin was banished to the press box, a healthy scratch for the first time since his rookie year.
Five minutes and twenty-three seconds into the first period, redemption was his. Sasha Minor took Alex Ovechkin’s wizardly backhand feed and fired a rocket past Ondrej Pavelec on the 2-on-1 to open the scoring. The mustachioed Andrew Ladd got one back for the Jets, however, when he and Nik Antropov worked their on 2-on-1 magic. But, before I could even finish swearing — 12 seconds later in other words — Brooks Laich set up Jason Chimera at the top of the crease to once again give the home team the lead. Keeping with the back-and-forthiness, Kyle Wellwood tied the game up for Winnipeg again just three minutes later. Birthday boy Nicky Backstrom, though, didn’t let that stand when early in the second frame he whacked one five-hole on Pavelec to give the Caps a 3-2 lead. But the Jets didn’t run out of fuel there when, with eight minutes left in the third, Bryan Little wristed one past Tomas Vokoun to tie it for the gazillionth time. To overtime we went, and that’s where Chimmer shined once again — with an awesome celebration to boot. Ballgame. Caps beat Jets, 4-3.
What a game. The Capitals stepped up big time tonight. They killed off a 5-on-3, they outshot Winnipeg 37 to 25, and also imposed their will on their opposition. In the Capitals last meeting with the Jets, they did not compete. In fact, Bruce Boudreau was furious when they only tallied five hits in total. Tonight, according to friend-of-the-blog Jack Anderson, they had 13 hits in the first and 35 total — outhitting their opponents by eight.
Let’s hope that the Capitals can continue to build from tonight and can have similar strong outings on Friday and Saturday against the Rangers and Sabres respectively.
Have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow everybody. Look out for some new RMNB t-shirts on Black Friday at discounted prices! I’m so shameless.
Additional reporting by Chris Gordon and Peter Hassett.
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