Caps beat Habs 5-1: Alex Ovechkin is Good at Hockey

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Photo credit: Francois Lacasse

The Washington Capitals’ final road game of the season was a demonstrable blowout. The Montreal Canadiens, purportedly a good hockey team, played like a troop (sorry, troupe) of clowns led by their porous ringleader Carey Price. The Habs got just one past Braden Holtby, and the Caps served wings and discount pizza to their loyal fans.

Caps beat Habs 5-1.

  • Alex Ovechkin opened things up early with a five-on-five goal from his favorite powerplay spot. It was lazy-looking goal, but still good for Ovi’s 29th, still the league’s best. Better than all the rest.
  • Troy Brouwer followed up a few minutes later with an outside shot, possibly tipped in by Mike Ribeiro, whose name I totally spell right all the time now without even checking it yeah. Those two goals comprised an electric start by the Caps– tilting the ice and making Carey Price like a decent backup goalie on an off-night who just happens to be debilitatingly attractive to some of the population around me as I write this.
  • Troy Brouwer, despite struggling a bit on a talent-lite second line for much of the year, is producing like he’s in his prime. His second goal was a serene wrister from the circles, but hey it worked. And all of a sudden I’m regretting promising to wear zumbas to a party if Brouwer gets the hat.
  • Daaaamn, that was a pretty power play goal. It took half the game for the Caps to go a man up, but they made it count when Ovechkin set up Backstrom a the back door for a goal so pretty the war room in Toronto pretended it was under review so they could watch it some more.
  • The Capitals’ penalty kill rehabilitation tour continued in Montreal, where the PK unit withstood a whole bunch of man-down time terrifically, limiting the Habs to a handful of shots, maybe one or two real scoring opportunities, and a whole lot of effete French swear words.
  • In a game where the Caps dominated puck possession, Aaron Volpatti saw more pucks go against his team than the other guys. That ain’t good and I still don’t get it. Hashtag Wolski for Masterton.
  • A third period power play gave Alex Ovechkin his 30th goal of the season, and other sentences I did not think I’d write this year. I really do think Ovi is a real Hart contender, and I’ll explain why in the next day or two. For now, let’s just revel in the universally acknowledged and peer-reviewed fact that Ovi rocks your face.
  • As the game pressed on, more and more attention was spent on Braden Holtby and his ability to refuse every shot sent his way. In the end, Patches was the first and only Canadien to best Braden. Whatever, s-words are silly anyway.
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I wanna thank the PuckBuddys and Nellie’s for hosting a terrific viewing party. A good time was had by all, and enjoying a game like this is so much better when in the company of friends.

This win was big. Like literally big. I mean, not literally literally big, but definitely figuratively literally big. The Caps hold on to their lead of the Southeast, but Tuesday’s game against the Jets will still be literally gigantic.

Crash the net.

  • JenniferH

    Such a great game. Kept their 4-point lead through most of the game, and then recaptured it after briefly losing it. Ovi was on fire. Brouwer is besting his full-season tallies. Braden’s Holtbeast legend is growing. D-men were on. Offense was firing on all cylinders. Pressure, pressure, pressure against the Habs. It was a thing of beauty.

  • jennrubenstein

    that last paragraph, how drunk is peter?! =)

  • http://twitter.com/DCRothman David Rothman

    “for a goal so pretty the war room in Toronto pretended it was under review so they could watch it some more.”

    Peter…please keep writing while drinking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1005713165 Pat Magee

    Thrashers are going down!

  • http://twitter.com/aneuber7 arblcklnthewall

    Caps fans only get Wings for home games….

  • http://twitter.com/aneuber7 arblcklnthewall

    Though I suppose you didn’t specifically implicate the wings were discounted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidafoss David Foss

    “… Ovi rocks your face.”

    Well said sir, well said.

  • yv

    How about of those tons of articles with ‘anal’ysis’ of Ovi’s decline, never score 50, etc. Probably in the next game he will reach, practically in half season, his total of 32 on that crazy 2010-11 year, and then will almost reach the goals total of even more offensively challenging 2011-12, especially considering he scored only 1 of 7 ENers.
    Never underestimate Russian Machine!
    What’s left is to clip wings from jets/trashers in the next game. And it becoming more and more probable revenge series against Isles, to whom Caps lost all 3 games, and after that who knows where they end.
    Brouwer. seems very good learner, he shooting now from the slot almost as Ovi, this makes Caps even more deadly. And what’s going on with Erskine, until last 5 min in the 3d he practically skated the most minutes among all Caps, including MG52!? Everything mixing in the capital house!

  • GuestZ

    obviously not too drunk to have it make sense. seriously, it made sense. not seriously seriously, but obviously probably seriously.

  • scott

    Brouwer wanted that hat trick so bad at the end, so bad he missed a wide open ovi on his left to take that last shot. But it looked like they had a good laugh about it.