Whole Latta Overtime Games: Caps beat Wings 4-3 (SO)

Oleksy - Dave Reginek

Just  a city boy / born and raised in North Detroit (Photo: Dave Reginek)

With the Metro division lead nearly within reach, the Washington Capitals headed to Delta City for their first date against the newly Eastern Conferencified Red Wings.

Brooks Laich opened up scoring– both for the game and the Caps’ beleaguered second line– with a solo expedition into Wings territory capped off with a nifty backhand goal. On the power play later in the first, Johan Franzen tied it up with a no-angler to Holtby’s short side. Tomas Tatar served up Franzen for another before the first period was up.

Danny Dekeyser caught a no-look, skip-a-man pass and scored a power play goal at the tail end of the second period to make it 3-1.

Early in the third, Alex Ovechkin chipped it in to put the Caps in striking distance. Michael Latta tied it in the final 10 minutes of regulation, backhand-swatting  his first career NHL goal. That tied the game at the end of 60 minutes, so — yet again– into overtime we went. Where nothing happened. So…

Zomg shootout bullets!

  • Holtby sent back Datsyuk’s soup
  • Grabo was forced wide
  • Franzen was denied the DC Hat Trick
  • Ovi put it right into Howard’s pads
  • Bertuzzi tried to spin and Braden was all, yeah okay pal
  • Nicky Backstrom WON IT

Caps beat Wings 4-3 in the shootout!

  • Again: Congratulations to Michael Latta on his first NHL goal. I didn’t know what to think when Latta came along with Martin Erat at the deadline last season (I forget who the Caps gave Nashville in exchange), but I’m pretty keen on the guy right now. The fourth line has been solid as heck with him as the pivot, and his jump up to the third was an instant success– tying the game and securing a point for Washington. Bright things ahead for Michael.
  • You guys have been mean to Brooks Laich lately. That was bad, and you should feel bad. Laich’s Rambo-style goal on Jimmy Howard was his 3rd of the season. Hear John Walton call it. I don’t know where you guys get off being so snarky and cynical about him, but I’ve got no patience for your bad attitudes and too-cool-for school repartee—-

  • Oh. Right. Nevermind then.
  • Chris Gordon tells me he’s got Johan Franzen (2 goals) on his fantasy team, so we’re all bad tonight.
  • The Capitals had nothing going until that Laich goal. They took back the puck for the remainder of the period– until the second Franzen goal, which was the result of plural defensive mistakes– including the Caps’ 3rd line and Joel Ward in particular.
  • Rough night for former Michigan resident Tom Wilson, getting busted for two penalties through 40 minutes. Detroit converted on the second– a rather soft holding call.
  • So here’s how I’m not a hockey coach. Detroit went up 3-1 with 18 seconds left in the period, and Adam Oates puts Alex Ovechkin in on the next shift. I’m all, “What good will that do? What a waste. Just run down the clock, ya bums!” Ovechkin drew a hold from Niklas Kronwall before the buzzer.
  • As some of you may revisit your opinions of Marcus Johansson as “soft” or “passenger”, please hold fast to the “yeah he never ever shoots the puck” characterization. On a crucial– and ultimately fruitless– third period power play, Mojo contemplated an empty shooting lane and open net until they ceased to be. If you think that one anecdote isn’t enough reason to change your mind about this stuff, I say: exactly.
  • Alex Ovechkin‘s third period goal was his 15th of the year. Setting up that five-on-five (yes) goal was Marcus Johansson. That’s two Ovi goals in a row set up by Marcus. On the tying goal, Michael Latta was centering Jason Chimera and Joel Ward. So does that mean Adam Oates is using his second annual lineup change? Seems like.
Joe B suit of the night: Statler and Waldorf

Joe B suit of the night: Statler and Waldorf

Huge win and two points desperately needed considering the upcoming schedule.

But the Caps have required a bunch of overtimes to decide games lately. What does that mean? I suppose it means they’re a team that wins or loses by one goal a bunch. That’s not super good: a one-goal win record is not so reliable (what’s up, Baltimore Orioles).

But hey, the Caps got a point. And then another one. And it’s Friday. And my bullpuppy is home and healthy, so on balance everything is good.

Blues tomorrow Sunday night. Be here. (update: woohoo I get the day off tomorrow!)

I leave you now with some photos of Detroit. Old Detroit has a cancer, and that cancer is crumbling infrastructure and the deliberate undermining of the social safety net crime.

detroit 2

detroit 1

I’d buy that for a dollar.

  • Yonder

    Backstrom just coldly buried that. BADASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • William

    NICKY AGAIN. I”M almost fully gay!

  • Jack Conness

    WHAT A WIN! YES!

    Backstrom TOO CLUTCH in the shootout.

    The Caps needed to show they could win games like this. Comeback win on the road, in Detroit! Couldn’t be happier with the W!

    Real quick though, Urbom and Oleksy…not good. Show me DIMA!

  • seandlax9

    and now we wait for “Dat Alzner GIF”

  • JenniferH

    So glad we won. Latta’s first goal was sweet Laich actually scored. Holtby was solid in net (none of those goals were his fault) and I loved his take-no-bs stance in the net during the shootout where he was the boss. But yeah, the going to OT and shoot-outs, sigh. We had SUCH good puck possession and dominance in the first period and then things kinda petered out… but we came back. And that’s what I’m liking this season. Even when we’re behind, even when we’re down… we’re coming back and winning!

    And Backsie’s BOSS-ness in the shootout is always awesomeness.

  • themav80

    For those that were able to watch the game (stupid work!): How did Strachan do?

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

    “Chris Gordon tells me he’s got Johan Franzen (2 goals) on his fantasy team, so we’re all bad tonight.”

    Hell yeah! Team Sexy Legs continues its utter domination.

  • Matt

    Yes, Mojo should have shooter there, but this game proved he deserves to be on the first line with his assist on Ovi’s goal.

  • Brouwer Rangers

    Love this write up.

    P. S. Blues Sunday, not tomorrow. (I hope. Because I have plans tomorrow.)

  • Dark Stranger

    I thought Wilson was a Canadian and not a resident of Michigan (but I could be wrong). I know that Oleksy’s from Michigan. Also, Detroit had scored both times Wilson was in the box.

    But, other than my notes, very comprehensive write up of the game.

  • William

    John Carlson with 32 minutes tonight. What a studley dudley.

  • Red

    Fantastic game by 23. Great to see our call-ups stepping up and playing well under pressure. That just gives me a warm feeling all over. That and winning. Winning’s nice…

  • Dark Stranger

    My mistake on Wilson whose junior team is in Michigan.

  • holidayblues

    I have Johan Franzen on my fantasy team too. Except I benched him. Welp.

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

    We do not use my name as a synonym for “fade away”

  • Jayleigh Cape

    “Bertuzzi tried to spin and Braden was all, yeah okay pal” Lol! This is why I love reading RMNB over all other game analysis write-ups. You guys tell it exactly how we’re thinking it! :)

  • RY

    *Blues Sunday

  • Don’t Stop Believing

    Interesting game tonight. Why doesn’t Ovi ever fake the #Ovishot from the #Ovispot to catch the PK off guard? I thought the OTPP tonight was the perfect time for an Ovi rope-a-dope. Oh well they got the 2pts anyway, and as always great write up!

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

    yay thanks

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

    yay I get the day off tomorrow!

  • bskillet

    He did great, looked strong I thought.

  • Mike Honcho

    He played well, good physical game, nice stretch saucer pass to grabo for a chance, no big flails that I can remember.

  • Owen Johnson

    Nice avatar. TYRANNOSAURS IN F-14S

  • JenniferH

    Better?

  • Kevin

    Call me crazy, but I thought Erat was everywhere tonight… Poor guy can’t score at the moment, but he played his ass off, and that’s always good.

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

    Yeah, that’s better. You totally jennifered it right up.

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

    he had been ice cold, so it’s understandable

  • H70

    YES! Where is the alzycelly RMNB?