Caps beat Canes 3-0, How Good is Braden Holtby?


Awko taco (Photo credit: Patrick McDermott)

Everyone, including us, made a big deal about Alex Semin coming back to DC. But the star of Tuesday’s match-up between the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes wasn’t Sasha, it was the man, the legend, Joe Corvo.

Just kidding. That guy sucks.

The Caps put up a ton of offense from unlikely guys, including Erskine and Carlson — and also Backstrom, from whom goals have been scarce of late. The Caps took over possession in the second period and didn’t relent, firing a season-high 40 shots. On the other end of the ice, Braden Holtby was perfect. Great Caps hockey.

Caps beat Canes 3-0.

Save of the year candidate?

Save of the year candidate?

  • Joe Corvo is the guy from Crazy Town (cf. star tattoos) Please discuss.
  • Carolina’s Cam Ward was a stud, no moreso than when he piled up a horde of saves on Joel Ward shots, most of which came in the second period. Ward warded off one wonderful Ward shot for which he should be rewarded. Too bad his team left him out to dry.
  • No relation between those two, by the way.
  • Alex Ovechkin shots per game lately: 6, 5, 3, 5, 7, 4, 7. Tonight: 0.
  • Troy Brouwer puts stuff where his mouth is or whatever that phrase is, effectively smothering Sasha Minor when on penalty kill. Aside from a shorty attempt, Alex Semin was kind of a nonstory. Bad for pageviews, good for Caps hockey. We’re not exactly heartbroken over here.
  • Ba-room, ba-room, ba-room, baripity, baripity, baripity, baripity. Adam Oates has the power play running in high gear. That Nicky Backstrom goal (with shades of kanooblianism) was a finely tuned hot rod. The Caps have converted a PP in 9 of their last 10 games. And yes, that is a Bridge to Terabithia reference.
  • Nick Backstrom was terrific in general. Instrumental in the Erskine goal and executive on the power play, Backstrom looked more involved than he has all season. Breakthrough imminent so long as he doesn’t cut his lovely Swedish hair.
  • Maybe flip the script on that: cut your hair, scoar a dagger goal. Nice work by that clean-cut lad, John Carlson.
  • So Big John Erskine signs a 2-year contract, scores a goal, and then gets his head slammed into the boards by some Carolina twerp. Erskine retreated to the locker room halfway through the third period and returned maybe eight seconds later with a fresh bucket of rusty nails to chew on.
  • Light engagement tonight for Mike Green (just over 20 minutes on ice), whose groin had been making him groan of late and yes I do hate myself thank you for asking.
  • Jason Chimera will never score again. Ever. I checked with the future, and they confirmed it. That third period chance could not have been chancier, and yet he was still denied. He fired 7 on net tonight in toto. RIP Jason Chimera goals 2000-2012.
Joe B suit of the night

Joe B suit of the night

Braden Holtby, you guys. As bad as his start to the season was, he’s been absolutely incredibly in the last few weeks. The kid is earning his paycheck and so much more. For a team that has had a hard time winning, having to score just one goal is manna from heaven. Does he get the start in Philly?

We need to bottle this game. Bottle it and drink it again tomorrow night. Flyers tomorrow night. Crash the net.


  • Ovechkin had an assist tonight, I wouldn’t worry about the 0 shots on goal, he’ll show up tomorrow

  • Nice checkerward

  • Agree. I think he contributed in other ways tonight that made a difference. Nice to see the others step up like Nicky who has been quiet as of late.

  • It was sooo good to see them all working together as a team, rather than an awkwardly poised marionette.

  • serpent

    Think they’re related?

  • I understand that #28 was one of the “young guns” and a huge part of Caps history. However, if you are going to spend so much time writing about Semin, can you also throw #22 more love especially since we see him again tomorrow. He was a fantastic part of the run last year and we are stupid to have let him go

  • Yv

    Adam Oates system in full bloom now. Caps playing very organized, efficient hockey both in D and O-zones. Well done and many returns!

  • 28IS(still)GREAT

    Was bittersweet watching Sasha on the other team while in attendance – was hoping he’d at least score once to shut the boo birds up, which I thought was totally lame. It’s not like chose to leave – the organization chose to not re-sign him.

    Have to admit his early short handed breakaway got me up on my feet ready to cheer. Old habits are had to break. Anyway, great win for us!

  • Hockeynightincanada

    Joe B says so.

  • Hockeynightincanada

    My concern with Ovie wasn’t scoring goals. I always wanted to see him as a mutli-dimensional player on the wing and defensively. Not sure he will ever master backchecking, but it looks like Oates is smoothly transitioning him over to the right side, which will revamp his offensive game, however he is involved.

  • I know everyone is sick of my take on this, but:

    Ovi has to triple-down on scoring to counteract aging, NHL scoring trends, and recent Capitals focus away from scoring.

    He’s a once-in-a-generation talent, and I think every ounce of effort should be spent on putting his pucks on the other dude’s net.

  • The boo birds were completely classless… He spent 7 years of his career. He was let go. He had the 2nd most assists last season. Why does he deserve to be booed? Incredibly rude.

  • … Did you miss his comments about us or something? Unlike Semin, he’s actually done something to deserve to be booed.

  • CDizz

    “Ward warded off one wonderful Ward shot for which he should be rewarded.”
    You had so much fun writing this sentence.

  • I did indeed

  • Ward will have revenge on Ward, and then he will be able to move forward. Robbery. God I love this blog.

  • Dark Stranger

    That was my feeling also.

  • Ash

    I wasn’t hoping he’d score, but I did wish people would stop booing once the puck dropped. There are way more deserving players out there– on the ice tonight, even, not naming any names CORVO– who should receive the whooping and boos.

    I’m not so sure about him choosing to leave, though, vs. the organization not re-signing him. I imagine if he’d been willing to take a paycut in exchange for a couple years, maybe something would have happened. But his agent did him absolutely no favors with the Capitals organization. If Sasha really wanted to be re-signed, he would have told his agent to shut the hell up and not say the things he did that made the break with the franchise seem so much more inevitable. It’s not like the Caps just tossed him out on the street with his equipment bag.

  • 28IS(still)GREAT

    Couldn’t agree more. Those fans are just begging to be humbled.

  • He looks like he’s just feigning his happiness…. I feel bad for him for some reason.

  • freckleface81

    Couldn’t agree more.

  • 28IS(still)GREAT

    Amen! And watch Kanoobs get a standing O next time he’s in town. Idiots will just prove his point.

  • Red

    Couldn’t believe the massive boos. Classless and clueless (Taping over the number, are you kidding me?) I was rockin’ my Semin jersey and got into quite a few heated exchanges. On the bright side, got a photo op with Mr. Ovi Sr.

  • Rhino40

    How many necs would a Plekanec plek if a Plekanec could plek necs?