Things didn’t look good for the Washington Capitals heading into the last 20 minutes of Friday’s game. Down 3-1, Washington’s lone goal had come from a Brooks Laich breakaway to open the scoring in the first period. But under 12 minutes later, however, the Caps tied it. First, Alex Ovechkin put the team within one, registering the 386th goal of his NHL career, assisted by his new/old linemates Marcus Johansson and Nick Backstrom.

Then — and most importantly — it was Michael Latta, the grinder-cum-Jay Beagle replacement. In his 10th NHL game, Mike backhanded home a fortunate rebound after a bomb from the point off the stick of John Carlson. First career goal for Latta. Tie game for Washington and an eventual win. The fourth liner promptly freaked the hell out.

The 22-year-old, as you may recall, was acquired along with Martin Erat for Filip Forsberg back in April. After tonight, he’s got as many career tallies as Forsberg, which, of course, means absolutely nothing. Nevertheless, Latta’s goal sent the game to extras. The Caps took the game in the skills competition. Mazel tov! The kid’s dad was in attendance too!

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  • William

    Congrats! Nice to see him get his first

  • RESmith

    Latta is a Mike Richards clone and I see good things for him with the Caps.

  • My God, look at this photo from Dave Reginek. Awesome.

  • Jayleigh Cape

    Congrats, Latta!! So good to see! And his dad there to witness it.. even better!

  • Brackaphobia

    A thank you to the team for providing some photoshop gold this season

  • Graham Dumas

    This looks ripe for photoshopping…

  • Alex

    what, no shaving cream pie from ovi? poor kid

  • JenniferH

    I sure hope it’s coming later.

  • Myan

    That woman at the top left…Latta just made her night!

  • Ash

    Ovi only uses proper Verizon Center shaving cream. None of this road stuff.

  • concerned citizen

    why is ‘cum’ in italics? o.O

  • David Murray

    Is that Jeff Shultz’ little brother behind Latta?

  • Graham Dumas

    No, that’s NHLN’s satellite broadcast truck.

  • Margaret McGuire


  • H70

    Best. pic. ever.

  • Owen Johnson

    Hopefully you mean Mike Richards the hockey player and not Kramer.

  • RESmith

    Heh. Of course! This is a hockey blog, you know!

  • Dustie

    I babysat him and his brothers once back in the day. Good to see he made it to the NHL