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Fehr watches the puck go in from his knees.

Mike Green was a hockey Istari all Thursday night, but never more than he was in overtime.

In the first shift after rego, Mike Green piloted yet another controlled entry into the Columbus zone. Green’s fake shot forced Jack Johnson to revert to his initial form– the NHL’s version of Magikarp. Then Green sailed below the goal line, earning enough space to give Eric Fehr a gorgeous layup.

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Three Games in One: Caps beat Blue Jackets 5-4 (OT)

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Photo: Mike Munden

Ever notice how awful and awesome share the same root? Same with terrible and terrific. There’s some cosmic link between being great and being the opposite of great, which the Capitals illustrated brilliantly in their game against the Blue Jackets on Thursday.

The Caps started off well enough, scoring two in the first period. Joel Ward struck first, getting  a sharp-angle goal for the third 2b line. Before the first intermission, Michael Latta got a great pass to Jason Chimera, who sweeped in an easy goal to give a comfy two-goal lead.

And then they blew it. The Caps gave up two power-play goals in the second period– first to Jack Johnson and then to Nick Foligno. Penalties pocked the rest of the middle frame, and we left it tied.

Foligno scored one minute into the third to give Lumbus the lead, but Karl Alzner tied it up seven minutes later, tying his career high for goal-scoring (two). Michael Chaput scored his first NHL goal with four and a half minutes left in rego, taking a rebound while wide open. Troy Brouwer drove to the net to kick in (legally) Mike Green’s wizardly pass and force overtime.

Mike Green set up Eric Fehr to finish ‘em off in a flurry in overtime. Bacon bits!

Caps beat Blue Jackets 5-4 in overtime!

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Karl Alzner’s Skill Goal (GIF)

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Hockey is a funny. Sometimes the offensively inept Brooks Orpik scores the prettiest goal of the season in a 20-round shootout. Sometimes shy-shooting Karl Alzner scores a skill goal on Vezina trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, which is what happened on Thursday night.

I don’t get it either, but look at this.

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The second period of the Caps/Blue Jackets was insane. There were 42 penalty minutes in the middle stanza and three fights. The bout that kicked things off was Tom Wilson going up against 6’2″, 215 lbs enforcer Dalton Prout. Wilson has pretty much never lost a fight at the NHL level.

You might know Prout from his one-punch knockout of Milan Lucic.

Wilson fared a bit better than Lucic, but not much better.

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When are you supposed to lie down and slide in hockey? I don’t know. Maybe Alex Ovechkin doesn’t either. In the first period of the Blue Jackets game, Ovi made a consummate block, eliminating a scoring chance by Jeremy Morin.

He slid all the way to the end boards. Two Jackets had to hop over him.

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Caps at Blue Jackets Pregame: There is No Second Line

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The Caps still haven’t lost in #rego since December 2nd, so it’s important to not be a cranky grinch when they lose games in the 20th round of the shootout or make harebrained lineup decisions. We’ve had both of those things this week.

Washington will be hosted to a night of dating, discussion, and more by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Starting at 7 PM and airing on CSN, the Caps intend to keep their point-streak alive.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 14-10-6 50.8% 99.2 27.1% 77.5%
Columbus Blue Jackets 13-15-2 46.3% 98.2 22.5% 77.8%

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Introducing the John Kerry/RMNB Selfie

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John Kerry is now a friend-of-the-blog, I guess. Like us, he shares a passion for hockey. Kerry has been playing his whole life, from the varsity team at Yale to the Lawmakers team he led during his years in the Senate. A few days before the Bruins White House appearance in 2012, Kerry appeared at the State of the Union with two black eyes and a broken nose, injures he suffered during a pickup hockey game.

Back in February, I interviewed him before he dropped the puck as part of a ceremony honoring the Olympic athletes from the Jets and Capitals. We chatted just off the ice in the private quarters of Capitals owner Ted Leonsis.

“You know this guy?” Ted asked Kerry. Indeed he did.

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On Wednesday afternoon, ESPN’s Scott Burnside wrote about the “distinct lack of buzz” surrounding this year’s Winter Classic. One contributing factor, at least for me, is the lack of an alumni game. I was really looking forward to watching former enforcer Alan May crush everyone because he’s the only one still in shape.

Last week, Chris Gordon tried to divine the reasons behind the decision. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly has said the late deal between the Nationals and the NHL was a contributing factor. Commissioner Gary Bettman disagreed and gave RMNB something of a non-answer.

Burnside painted a clearer picture. According to him, the Nationals wanted to “minimize the repairs needed to get the field back in baseball shape.”

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The United States normalized its relations with Cuba, The Interview was cancelled due to hacking and terrorist threats, and the Washington friggin’ Capitals and Florida Panthers set an NHL record for the longest shootout. These were the headlines of the NBC Nightly News on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

When I heard the Caps mentioned, I nearly had an accident. I’m guessing this is the first time the Caps were on the nightly news. Anchor Brian Williams spoke about the “harrowing tie-breaker hockey” as Joe Beninati’s call of the game could be heard in the background.

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Photo: Tom Sorensen/USA Hockey

Capitals fifth-round pick Shane Gersich stays hot. After a tremendous start to the season with Omaha of the USHL that has him third in the league in goals, the Minnesota-native forward got the call to represent the US at the World Junior A Challenge. He’s done well there too.

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