Photo: Dave Reginek
What a game. If the Washington Capitals could play the Detroit Red Wings 82 times a year, we’d be happy campers. After that tremendous 7-1 thrashing back in October, the Caps’ fortunes shifted dramatically. But here we are again– late in the campaign– and the Caps have that spark. If only they could keep it glowing for a full hour of hockey.
Marcus Johansson delivered a perfect pass to Alex Ovechkin, who fired a perfect one-timer from the perfect spot. Mike Knuble made it 2-0 by finishing off a smart passing sequence with Jason Chimera and Mathieu Perreault. Ovechkin got another by skating around the trainwreck in front of Jimmy Howard and wristing it. Kyle Quincey got one back in the second period with a long bomb that rang iron, but Keith Aucoin nullified with a spin-o-rama made possible by Alex Semin.
Just half a minute into the third, Todd Bertuzzi beat Holtby’s slow glove hand to give Detroit some life. Danny Cleary crashed Holtby’s net to make it 4-3, and things got tense. Jason Chimera defused it with an empty netter. Caps beat Wings 5-3.
Great win. The Caps came out in the first like a determined unit. They were creative and dynamic and exciting and fun. They scored on the transition, on the power play, in the scrum.
And then they sat on it. That’s… that’s just not gonna fly. That’s not the kind of hockey that captures hearts and minds. We’re not gonna build America’s hockey capital by sitting back on our heels. Three third period shots? Get real.
Sorry to complain. The most important thing is that this team can make the postseason if they keep it up.
Philly on Thursday. Crash it.
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