There’s unlucky, and then there’s Mike Knuble.
Mike Knuble, who’s scored at least 20 goals in both his previous seasons with the Capitals, and in every year since the lockout, has been facing down a pretty tough season. He’s scored only four goals, and perhaps more shockingly, played only 61 games, benched by two different coaches for long stretches.
Before Tuesday night’s game against the Islanders, Knuble was on a 32-game scoreless drought, before finally scoring in exactly the fashion that Caps fans have come to expect — working hard, standing in the paint. In the second period, Knuble deflected a puck behind Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov while screening him to score the Caps’ first goal of the night, which eventually ended as a 5-4 shootout victory.
“You go to the net, and things happen,” Knuble told WaPo’s Tarik El-Bashir. They certainly did tonight! Last season after having one goal in the first 11 games of the season, Knuble once joked on DC101′s Elliot in the Morning he was going to have to sacrifice a goat to get his luck to turn around. Fortunately, he didn’t have to do that this time… as far as we know.
To celebrate Knuble’s long and painful journey to goal #4, our buddy Max Duchaine has created a video to the tune of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”. Enjoy.