Three-on-three overtime was looking grim for the Capitals. Hemmed in the defensive zone for long while, the Caps were looking gassed. A Devils goal seemed inevitable.
And then Alex Ovechkin, seemingly annoyed he was still stuck on the ice, decided to level Jacob Josefson with an open-ice hit. It was about as powerful as the bodycheck Ovechkin leveled Jaromir Jagr with in the Olympics.
On February 6, 2016, In Game Recap, By Chris Gordon
Photo: Mel Evans
I got called into recap duty at about 12:50 as Peter was out buying a car with his girlfriend, who is a doctor and also his girlfriend. Both teams were equally groggy after Marty Brodeur’s ceremonial puck drop as the the Caps and Devils combined for just 12 shots in the first period.
In the second period, the Caps started tilting the ice in their favor. They got on the board in the middle of the frame when Evgeny Kuznetsov did the ol’ Evgeny Kuznetsov, with his behind the net pass deflecting off a Devils defender’s stick and then off off lil’ Andre Burakovsky’s knee.
The Devils tied it up early in the third when a questionable call on Mike Richards led to a net crashing power play tally for Joseph Blandisi. Adam Henrique gave the Devils the lead less than five minutes later as the trailing man on an odd-man break. Pay no mind though, because not Alexander Semin did what the real one never could: he scored a clutch goal. Paul Carey’s deflection from the slot was the his first career NHL marker and sent the game into a shootout.
Blandisi went wide.
TJ Oshie fired a laser beam.
Braden Holtby robbed a Swede.
Kuzy was stopped at the line.
“Reid Boucher” scored for the Devils.
And Alexander Mikhailovich “Alex” Ovechkin won the game for the Washington. Again. Caps beat Devils 3-2 (SO).
On February 6, 2016, In Pregame, By Margaret Stuart
Photo: Amanda Bowen
The rumors are true: Thursday night, the Caps finally won a game. YAY. Ovi sealed the deal in a triumphant 3-2 victory over the Isles, who really dislike Tom Wilson.
Incidentally, Saturday’s contest is against another Metro rival. The Caps, who are currently the NHL’s best team, are taking on the Devils, who are currently the NHL’s thirteenth-best team. Few things are more demoralizing than losing to the Maple Leafs in a shootout, but such was the Devils’ fate Tuesday night.
The teams last faced one another during the Caps’ home opener, which the Caps won 5-3. A lot has happened since then. The Caps have risen to become Stanley Cup contenders, while the Devils are as meh as the second season of True Detective.
Upon returning to DC from the All-Star break on Monday, Andre Burakovsky and Michael Latta posted photos from their dream vacation in the Bahamas. Both pictures involved posing with a dolphin, so naturally fellow brobean Tom Wilson was grilled by the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan on if he also took a picture with a dolphin or not.
Basically, Wilson said Internet had all the dolphin photos it could handle for a day & didn't want to steal thunder from Burakovsky & Latta.
The Washington Capitals hosted their 14th annual Military Night on Thursday night. As part of Military Night, the Caps wore camo jerseys during warm-ups that were auctioned off later in the evening. Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer’s specially designed military masks were also up for bidding.
We’ve said this before, but Braden Holtby is really good (even when he’s not actually playing in an actual hockey game). Against the Islanders on Thursday night, Holtby was tremendous, stopping 24 of 26 shots. His best save came in the third period on John Tavares, but we didn’t notice until NBCSN showed a slo-mo replay.
On February 4, 2016, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Photo: Amanda Bowen
Winless for what seems like weeks, the Washington Capitals looked a bit flat at home against the New York Islanders. The Isles had a free pass into the Caps zone, whereas the Caps looked aimless, dumping and chasing to get deep. But possession aside, the Caps were the better finishers and escaped a close game with a #rego win thanks to their returned Captain and his late goal.
The Isles’ opening goal stung– it was (ex-Cap) Mikhail Grabovski off John Tavares through a billion screens. TJ Oshie got his 16th of the season off a pass from Nick Backstrom. The Isles had the puck for a million years but didn’t actually score, so Andre Burakovsky tapped in a puck set up by Jason Chimera to give the Caps the lead. With a chip shot from the paint, Josh Bailey made the game new in the third period.
Caps beat Isles 3-2! So this is what winning feels like!