Recap: Caps Beat Bruins 4-3, Jay Beagle For Hart

Good dog! (Photo credit: Brian Babineau)

Get your time machines. We’ve got to go tell the Caps from November to play exactly like this right here.

Alex Semin collected a rebound in front of the net and Alex Semin Sniped™ the first goal past Tim Thomas. Matt Hendricks got right into the crease and made it 2-0 within 25 seconds. Milan Lucic went five-hole on Vokoun to get the Bruins back in it. Marchand capitalized on an Orlov giveaway to tie the game. League MVP Jay Beagle finished off a sparkly pass from Semin. Brooks Laich scored on the PP–yes, you read that right, he scored on the PP. Boychuk scored with three minutes to go to make it a little uncomfortable. Caps beat Bruins, 4-3.

  • Tomas Vokoun was brilliant early to get the Caps a good start on the game, and John Carlson was so inspired by this that he also decided to play goalie on a Bruins PP. No question he saved a goal to keep the Caps two up in the first. Ovi-goalie? You’ve got some competition.
  • It was Dmitry Orlov’s very first multi-point NHL game tonight with two assists! Please take this moment to properly appreciate him, if you haven’t been doing so already. What a happy surprise that kid has been. We love him, and we don’t know what wonderful thing we did to deserve him.
  • Roman Hamrtrip spent most of his glorious return to the lineup taking weird penalties and covering imaginary people. To be fair, the Bruins also spent a curious amount of time flopping for how tough they seem to think they are, but Hamrlik was certainly less than impressive. Free….Erskine…?
  • What’s wrong with Ovechkin?? Nothing today, apparently. He had four shots on goal, an assist and a few fantastic hits. There were mistakes, but he was skating well for most of the game and seemed to be able to find a lot of open ice.
  • Marcus Johansson took a thunderous hit from Zdeno Chara in the first period that broke the glass, but he apparently survived in one piece. He should get some kind of commemorative t-shirt for this.
  • New Bruin Greg Zanon hit Mathieu Perreault in the second period the way you would hit someone if there were absolutely no rules in hockey. There was definitely some elbow action — Zanon got a penalty on the play, but two minutes is not good enough for me. Five minutes. A hundred minutes. Off with his head. I tentatively suggest a Shanaban, but really, who am I kidding? Rule 1385b. is that elbows on Capitals are A-OK.
  • Coherent power play setups spotted in their natural habitat! Shhh, nobody move too sharply, you’ll startle them away.
  • To be fair, the Bruins were uh, a bit shorthanded today. They don’t have anyone who looks nearly as sharp as Mike Knuble in a press box, or eats popcorn with quite as much panache, but they’re doing their best. You know what’s an even better look for Knuble, though? In a Caps jersey, on the ice. #Freed

Joe B suit of the night.

I hate golf. It’s not interesting, it’s not hockey, and I have no interest in watching the Caps play it in April. The Caps are still in eighth place, they cannot actually fall out of eighth place until Monday, even if they tried. The better news? With one more point, they can overtake the Florida Panthers, too — and we’ll do it without a zillion loser points too, thank you very much.

Hold the fort. Crash the net. If only they’d had fans like us at the Alamo, things would have turned out differently.

  • bailamos?

    Mas baile!

  • http://www.calacirian.org sonja n a

    That was the best game I’ve seen from this team in a long time.  My daughter commented, “Remember when a bad power play was one that they didn’t produce?  Now we call it a good power play when the other team doesn’t get any breakouts!!!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryantpthomas Bryant Thomas

    Don’t forget rule 1385a: “Any linesman who gives a Boston player a penalty over 2 minutes gets a game misconduct, and mandatory fine or suspension.”

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  • Anonymous

    Great writing, Ana. I love your sense of humor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1262029985 Alison Latimer

    I hate rule 1385b.  

  • http://twitter.com/VeggieTart Danielle

    Rule 1385c: The expunging of suspensions after 18 months does not apply to Capitals players.

  • http://twitter.com/PuckBuddys Puck Buddys

    Dear Caps, Crash me. Love, the net.

  • The Net

    Dear Net, It’s been so long. We don’t know how we stayed away, this seems so right. Love, The Caps

  • Shoquan1

    Keep up the momentum. Hope Hunter uses the same line for tomorrow. Pairing Ovi with Laich is a good idea in my opinion cause Laich can help Ovi calm down a little bit. Laich is the team’s voice of reason.

  • Yv

    Good win. Maybe DH kicking and yelling between 2d and 3d period with Tampa have launched Caps to some dizzying heights?!
    MK22 looks like earned himself a permanent place in the press box after that missed empty netter that should make 5:2 score and prevented traditional last minutes chaos. DH  is very short-tempered now when guys missing such opportunities.
    And Orlov should start calling Kuzzya and telling him how great is to play in Caps and in NHL. Otherwise, selling tickets, season tickets including, would be a challenge.
    Even Radulov seemingly leaving KHL to NHL. That should tell Kuzzya something, who, by the way, already played in playoffs game.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    The NHL.com’s video labeler has officially lost his mind: “Char’d Glass” “Sneaky Semin” (Yikes) “RE-VOK-E” and “Laich That”

  • Ian Hopper

    Uh, that doesn’t even make any sense. Did Chara set the glass on fire? Are Russians known for being sneaky? At least the Laich one is just hackneyed and lame.

    Next up:

    Chim-Chim-Cheree
    Perr-O-No-You-Didn’t
    Hammer-Lickin’-Good

  • shananagans

    Ain’t that the truth

  • serpent

    If Kanoobs had more time on the ice, he wouldn’t be so rusty.

  • serpent

    Uh, is that the same as tres bien?