The Caps and Devils were humming along during a boring third period and then WHAM! Brooks Orpik happened.
As he skated into the offensive zone, Devils forward Travis Zajac sent Taylor Hall a weaksauce backhanded pass that Orpik read all the way. Orpik caught Hall in the left shoulder and the former number one overall pick crumpled to the ice. Hall’s stick broke in half.
Tom Wilson and Antoine Roussel each fought in the first period of Saturday’s game, but with different partners. Roussel face and Wilson’s fists were each bloodied, but neither left the game.
And that’s just not sufficient for Wilson. In the second period, he laid a huge hit on Roussel.
In 2005, the Capitals made six-foot, seven-inch Joe Finley their first-round pick. After getting arrested for throwing a kitchen table and lawnmower into a North Dakota street, Finley never caught on with the Capitals and only played 21 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders.
Friday, Finley — now playing for Liiga’s HIFK (Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna, Helsingfors) — destroyed more earthly objects, this time focusing his rage on 34-year-old forward Michel Miklík. Finley leveled the Finnish Elite League winger, forcing Miklík to be stretchered off the ice.
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Sunday night, TJ Oshie made Mike Hoffman an honorary Capital after knocking the Senators forward into the Caps bench.
Late into the third period, Hoffman dumped the puck into the offensive zone. Instead of allowing Hoffman to forecheck, Oshie finished his check, sending the left wing up and over the boards. I love the extra push he gave him.
Alex Ovechkin is a very unique human. He wears yellow laces in his skates, communicates in only parenthesis and haha’s, and celebrates his teammates’ goals more than his own.
He also plays defense in a very Ovi way.
Such as early in the third period, when Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek went for a wraparound goal. Ovi, who read the play perfectly, decided in that moment to screw the pokecheck and take the body. Hard.
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