A photo of the entire Capitals offense by Patrick McDermott.
The Capitals banged up the Philadelphia Flyers last time they met, but for a while this sleepy Sunday matinee rematch between looked like it would go another way. From the very first faceoff, the Flyers had control but then, in the third period, Green started a raucous rally and a couple of Russians kept it going. Epic.
On a first period power play, Alex Ovechkin put a lovely pass to Marcus Johansson to put the Caps up 1-0 (
UPDATE: Ovechkin has been credited with this goal. A two-goal game. UPDATE UPDATE: The NHL has reversed the reversal). ROFL hit up Claude Giroux from behind the net to tie the game before the first intermission.
The game got away from the Caps in the second. Mark Streit made it 2-1 Flyers after an unwise stretch pass from Carlzner to the top line found an orange sweater.
Sean Couturier got an impossible shot past Philipp Grubauer to make it 3-1 early in the third, and then Voracek deflected what looked like the dagger goal just 80 seconds later. Mike Green’s wrister found the back of the net with 8 minutes left, and then Dmitry Orlov scoarlov’d a one-timer after the faceoff.
I thought it was over, but then Alex Ovechkin- OF COURSE– scored during 6-on-5. That guy. I love him, but now I’ve gotta rewrite my recap. Overtime yielded no decision, so son of a– here they come…
Caps beat Flyers 5-4 (Shootout).
I have rewritten this part of the recap three times now.
The Caps salvaged a very bad game. I had this whole spiel about learning lessons from defeat, but then the Capitals won– despite pretty much everyone getting smoked for 52 minutes. Carlzner got smoked. The top line got smoked. If Tom Wilson got more than 7 minutes of ice, he’d have gotten smoked. It was a smoke show. I don’t know what “smoke show” means.
But then Green stuck it to the haters, and Orlov continued to make his case.
And then Alex Ovechkin, who might as well get the Hart Trophy tattooed on his forehead, did the Captain thing. The specialty act had a goal and an assist. (
UPDATE: Nope. Two goals. Alex Ovechkin is amazing. UPDATE ON THE UPDATE: The people responsible for the previous update have been sacked.)
It’s like games against the Flyers are constitutionally incapable of being boring. When we thought all DC sports sucked– around 5:10– Alex Ovechkin must’ve taken a double whiff of smelling salts.
We need some more regularity, some normality, from the next Caps game. Let’s hope they play a boring team on Tuesday. Let’s check the schedule.
Welp. Okay, Xanax and chamomile it is.
After careful consideration, Georgia has decided to keep the fury leashed. pic.twitter.com/Nn8bMNK0B0
— Peter Hassett (@peterhassett) December 15, 2013
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