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.
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.
— Dominic Kreiner (@DominicKreiner) February 10, 2013
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