Vokoun isn’t sure when this hug is going to end. (Via carrotbazooka.tumblr.com)
Coming into tonight’s game, the Capitals have won six straight at home. During that stretch, they’ve outscored their opponents 19-7 and have never trailed. Their recent dominance in front of their home fans has put the Caps back into contention for *gasp* — not only a playoff spot — but the Southeast Division lead as well. In fact, with a win tonight, the Capitals overtake world-beating Florida.
After a scoreless first period,
Brooks Laich Alex Semin started the scoring off in the second period with a high, short-side blast by Cam Ward. 2:46 later, Jussi Jokienen knocked in a pinballing puck on the power play. Dmitry SCOARlov scored his first NHL goal in the third period. And that, my friends, would be the game-winner. Caps beat Canes 2-1.
The Capitals will now turn their attention to the New York Islanders on Tuesday and try to finish their four-game homestand undefeated.
Finally, we have to give a shoutout to Alan May, who was inside the glass for the broadcast team tonight. Besides giving his usual straightforward insight, he also pretty much served everybody. While the Caps had an odd man break and Joe B and Locker were chatting, May interrupted, “Hey! I’m trying to pay attention to the game down here, guys.” After the Great 8 told an on-ice official to “check the replay” after a non-call, May responded, “Ovi was a lot nicer to the referee than if I would have been talking to him.” CSN, keep this man right here. We like it.
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