Marianne Helm

Photo credit: Marianne Helm

The Southeast Division Farewell Tour kicked off with a battle between the Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets. The Capitals managed to continue their strong five-on-five play from Tuesday and convert it into two early goals. Big Buff and the Jets tried to mount a comeback, but the Caps stuck two more daggers in ‘em instead. And oh yeah: Braden Holtby had his fourth perfect game this year.

Caps beat Thrashers 4-0.

  • I don’t want to tell you something you already know, but yeah: Braden Holtby rules. That is shutout number four on the year.
  • Troy Brouwer kicked things off early with a goal well screened by returned hero Brooks Laich. I think Brooks might’ve gotten a piece of it, but I’m wrong about most things, so what is one more? Laich was great all over: driving play (plus-6 Corsi), screening goals, and threatening with some shorthanded chances.
  • Steve Oleksy fought James Wright and it went a little something like this:

  • I was gonna give Dustin Byfuglien credit for being Atlanta’s best player, but then he checked Mike Green into the boards after a whistle, so eff that noise. Mike Green is off limits, you guys. That goes for you too, Evander Kane, who gave Greenie a cheap shot in the final minute. We’re TPing their cars later, so let me know if you want us to pick you up in our Chinook. We gotta stop off at WaWa to pick up supplies first, so just text me.
  • Regarding Mr. GreenLife52, he looked pretty solid in his first game back. He certainly wasn’t getting soft minutes (around 23 minutes), and though he didn’t join the O too much, he looked great when he did. Let’s hope he can stick around this time. He’s too good to lose so much of his career to injury.
  • Gee, I sarcastically wonder if RMNB will have a post dedicated to that shift by Alex Ovechkin in second period where he unleashed a bunch of MonStar hits? Cause seriously– other than that, the second period was booooooring. And I say that as a fan of Downton Abbey and Infinite Jest.
  • Speaking of Ovi, he was the agent of the Caps’s second goal– feeding Marcus Johansson at the back door. I made some crack about Johansson being lucky to have such a great passer setting up him, but on review it was clear that Mojo put himself in position, got his stick on the ice, and let Ovi know to hit him up. It’s a gift to be wrong about a player sometimes.
  • I wrote a joke about the name of a Jets player, but then I deleted it for being borderline naughty. You can scan the roster and guess which one.
  • The return of the DOG. Steve Oleksy scrambled for a puck behind the goal line, chipping it over the glass in the process. DOG, old friend. Good to see you again. Now go away forever. Srsly, there’s talk that the over-the-glass rule might get rewritten for next year.
  • Alex Ovechkin twisted the dagger with a perfect power play goal from his favorite spot. In addition to being Ovi’s second point of the night, it was also Nicky Backstrom’s first primary assist on a PPG this season.
  • Ack last-second  bullet: Nicky Backstrom got a sneaky one-timer from the high slot late in the third and yeah he’s great no time to check grammar.
Joe B suit of the night

Joe B suit of the night

That was a terrific performance by your Washington Capitals. I’ll leave it up to you decide if it’s due in part to the return of Orlov, Green, and Laich. And while I’m still not keen on counting standings points, there’s no reason to be cranky about the Caps tonight. Big win over a divisional opponent, three-point night from Captain Alex Ovechkin, healthy roster for the first time since the Taft administration.

The best news of all: they get it to do it again tomorrow. A strange artifact of the lockout-shortened season: the Caps will play the Thrashers again on Friday night, right after JMU beats up on the Hoosiers. See you there? Naturally.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Chris Gordon

    You like Downton Abbey ?

  • @CapsFan1921

    Correction: I think you mean, Caps beat Jets 4-0!

  • http://twitter.com/dylanwheatley83 dylan wheatley

    You like Infinite Jest ?

  • Chris

    Good thing Brooks is back I need some more puns, Laich now

  • http://twitter.com/deniscarmo Denis Carmo

    Green-Orlov looking great together, Ovechkin with 3 pts and 2 major hits that crush some bones on the Jets. Holtby made a couple of big saves and was solid throughout the entire game

  • Akay15

    How happy are you guys that Brooksie had an assist! That breakaway reminded me a lot of Game 3 against the Bruins when he tied it up in the 3rd!

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    oh shit no, I thought I typed downtown arby’s those curly fries are the shiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    can’t you tell by my run-on sentences and masturbatory self-indulgence? I mean: yes. Yes I do.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Chris Gordon

    They are positively divine.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    classic thanks fixed please confirm

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    I’m hoping some of that Green offense rubs off on Orlov. I am not happy with his contributions yet.

  • Pete

    If you guys go to WaWa can you pick me up some Iced Tea. WaWa Iced Tea is the sh*t.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    I’ve been waiting for a nasty on-ice hit so I can make a Cousin Matthew joke.

  • http://twitter.com/RBoushell Ryan Boushell

    No need to scan the roster. Every time I hear ol’ Grant’s name I giggle. Because I’m almost 30 and that mature.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    haha ditto on all counts

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Chris Gordon

    TOO SOON

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1374634677 Anna Roscigno

    Downton Abbey is the jam! And so were the caps tonight..love the effort and hustle they had for periods 1 and 3. I’m in on the TPing…if they hurt Greenie again IT IS ON LIKE DONKEY KONG! (:

  • Yv

    How about that first line, each has goal and assist, 3g, 4a, 7 points and +6. Ovi feeding beauties to MaJo and Nicky. All lines and D looked solid. Are we getting somewhere good? Tomorrow do or die game.

  • http://twitter.com/priscillamay1 Priscilla Villanueva

    And more horsey sauce you shall have.

  • brian!

    Diet Lemonade Tea FTW!

  • Hockeynightincanada

    I get a sick pleasure in watching either Jets, Canucks, or Habs fans leaving games upset. Let’s do it again tomorrow!

  • vahockeymom

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only one that still calls them the Thrashers.

  • @CapsFan1921

    Yes sir. Just keeping you guys honest!

  • johnnymorte

    One time I drank a quart of WaWa diet Iced Tea/Lemonade and some Ginseng and I couldn’t sleep for three days! Rock the Red!

  • Rhino40

    hahahahaha caps 4 lose-a-peg nothing )))))))) best!

  • freckleface81

    While I agree wholeheartedly, I must also give a shoutout to WaWa chocolate milk. Necter of the gods, that stuff is.

  • http://twitter.com/deniscarmo Denis Carmo

    I believe it will, Orlov is still young. I think that’s a nice defensive pairing for the Caps