The Return of Scoar Moar Goals: Caps beat Panthers 5-0

Greg Fiume

Photo credit: Greg Fiume

Early Saturday morning, some Caps fans sacrificed toy animals in hopes of courting the hockey gods’ favor. That night, the Washington Capitals put a five spot up on the Florida Panthers and generally looked like a darn good hockey club.

John Carlson shot a one-timer to Theodore’s far side that was tipped in by ample bottom of Troy Brouwer, the same gentleman who caught a monster saucer pass from Braden Holtby before unleashing a perfect slapshot on Florida’s Jose Theodore. Joel Ward capped off an offensive-zone takeaway with a snazzy goal from the slot. The Caps cracked the four-goal plateau for the first time thanks to a nifty one-timer by Ovechkin right after the faceoff. Mathieu Perreault earned his first of the year halfway through the third, chasing Jose Theodore from net in the process.

Hey, look at that. No goals against. Hmm.

Caps beat Panthers 5-0.

  • During tonight’s game I drank red wine. It was rather… high brouw.
  • No, but seriously: Troy Brouwer. The Capitals’ best social-media user was also (one of) its best players tonight. Brouwer had a two-goal night– screening and tapping in Carlson’s shot and firing one of the best breakaway slapshots I’ve seen in a long while. He was also a dynamic force on the power play as well. Fantastic effort.
  • Three or more. Former Cap Jose Theodore had a rough night, stopping just 16 of the 21 shots he faced. You gotta feel for Jose, a classy gentleman since he broke things off with Paris Hilton, but we are really thankful for him stinking up the joint tonight. (Insert double-agent joke here)
  • Fight! Longtime pugilist George Parros danced with John Erskine, in his first game back from suspension. It was a mostly pointless fight, but at least Erksine got the better of Parros.
  • O hai Ryan Zimmerman. No one told you about the dress code?
  • After becoming a scoring machine on the power play, Alex Ovechkin finally notched one at even strength. Moar please.
  • Ian is calling an audible: Voldemort is staying for right now.
  • Welcome back to the lineup, Mathieu Perreault! Perry cleaned up a rebound made possible by some smart fencing from Eric Fehr.
  • Have we left anything out? Oh yeah….
joe b

Joe B suit of the night

Braden freakin’ Holtby. After weeks of really crummy play, Holtby earned his shutout tonight. Florida outshot the Caps, and Braden had the solution to every one of them. There were some scary moments on the penalty kill, but Holtby was perfect. Absolutely perfect.

This was what this team needed. Not just a competent game, but an excellent one. The Caps were energetic on offense and flawless on D. After going up a couple goals, they kept their foot on the metaphorical pedal– pressing for another three.

I’m not saying this is where the team turns it around, but

Wait I am.

This is where the team turns it around. God help any rubber cows and chickens and miscellaneous rubber barnyard animals in the area.

See you on Tuesday, when we do it all again.

  • Jeff

    It’s great to see this team enjoying hockey again. I think you could see the weight lifted off their collective shoulders.

  • oh I can say is: moar please

  • JenniferH

    Fantastic game. BRADEN FREAKING HOLTBY! Hopefully this really was a turning point. They just played an excellent game all-around!

  • Yesssssss. No end-of-the-world comments!

  • Yv

    Happy MP85 was epitome of Caps tonight and hopefully in all other games. He said before the game that he and Caps will play desperate hockey and he would be everywhere, and he kept his promises. You should mention that Caps have only 2 penalties which is always a sign that they should win.

  • I feel like it’s been quite a bit longer than a month or so since we’ve seen the Caps play like that. Seems like it’s been years. If they can bring that level of effort and execution every night this season is far from lost.

  • tony.namb

    I sacrificed my rat-dog for this. TOTALLY WORTH IT.

  • Quinn

    wooo! that game made me feel just so happy. what solid play all around

  • Holtby is one of my fantasy hockey goalies BECAUSE YES

  • Matty P was so excited and happy after he scored he couldn’t even decide how to celebrate. It was amazing.

  • Hmm….add Perreault…subtract Johansson….end up with 5-0 shut-out….coincidence? Mojo was the wrong kind of mojo this season, methinks.