Derpfaces akimbo (Photo: Patrick McDermott)
It has been a long, five days since the last Washington Capitals game. The world just feels different now, ya know? The temperature dropped 40 degrees for one thing. Alex Ovechkin surrendered the scoring lead to a tween for another. No matter: the Carolina Hurricanes came to town and we finally got our hockey back. If you were looking for an even-strength exhibition, whoops.
Jason Chimera scored– doesn’t matter how; he just did. Elias Lindholm scored the first goal of his career in the second, a weird one that bounced off of John Carlson’s skate.
Ugh, I hate weird goals.
Alex Ovechkin scored a weird goal by deflecting Steve Oleksy’s shot, introducing all kinds of brownian motion that Khudobin couldn’t savvy. Soon after that, Alex Semin tied the game by converting a 5-on-3 pretty much instantly.
The Capitals defense reasserted its crumminess in the third, as John Erskine (6’4″, 220 lbs.) was unable to box out Nathan Gerbe (basically Rudy from the movie Rudy).
Canes beat Caps 3-2.
Save by Qdoba. #CapsCanes
— Sam Wolk (@TheHornGuy) October 10, 2013
Not great, but not that bad. The Caps kept pace with the Canes for much of this game– in possession, in Russian Alexes, and cheap goals: dead heat.
I have a feeling more people will start to disagree, but I’m still not freaking. There are obvious things the Caps could do to improve their play (the lines are a mess), but the team seemed much stronger at evens. The defensive weaknesses are still… effulgent, but I truly do think there’s a good team in here somewhere.
Caps vs Varly on Saturday night. See you there. Or, ya know, here.
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