Braden Holtby was fantastic for the Washington Capitals on Saturday, making 32 stops in the team’s 3-2 shootout victory over the New York Islanders. Unfortunately, we can’t award him with the save of the game. That honor goes to Eric Fehr‘s stick.
No, not Eric Fehr, silly. Eric Fehr’s magical hockey stick.
In the third period, as John Tavares tried to bang home the game-tying goal with 1:04 left, he clanged the puck hard off the post. The puck ricocheted high into the air where a falling Fehr lost control of his hockey stick. Instead of falling to the ice like a normal hockey stick would, Fehr’s twig decided hey, lemme just make this save for Holtby while I’m up here.
What a day for Tom Wilson. In the first period, he executed a perfect double check with Jason Chimera. In the third during a fight with Matt Martin, the manchild nearly ripped the dude’s jersey in half.
That is an impressive feat of strength.
Nicklas Backstrom has been insanely good this year. Today has been no different. For the Caps’ first goal, he took the puck in the Caps defensive zone, skated around four different Islander players in the offensive zone, and put a perfect pass into Matt Niskanen‘s wheel house. Niskanen unleashed the Niscannon, going top shelf.
Even though he’s only two seasons into his NHL career, Tom Wilson has had a bunch of impressive highlight reel hits. Saturday against the Islanders, he authored another one. This time with his pal Jason Chimera.
As Travis Hamonic gathered in a puck behind the Isles net, Wilson and Chimera caught him with, what Craig Laughlin referred to as, a “double whammy.”
It’s hard to imagine Alex Ovechkin won’t win his fourth MVP award this season. Tonight he scored another amazing goal.
With the puck bouncing on his stick, Ovechkin skated into the Jets’ zone on a two-on-one break. There was a problem however. Ovi couldn’t settle the puck enough for it to lay flat on the ice. No matter, Ovechkin managed to get a shot off– right through Mark Stuart’s legs.
Ondřej Pavelec had no chance.
In the first period, John Carlson scored on a point shot off a face-off. Or so we thought.
The puck took about a half-second to reach the net, but when the footage is slowed down, you can see two Caps forwards may have got their sticks on it.
As the puck passes Troy Brouwer, it definitely ramps up off his stick.
Alex Ovechkin is the captain of the Washington Capitals. His teammates follow his lead.
Example: The Russian machine laughed after repeated cross-checks to the chest from Chris Kunitz in the third period last night. This must have resonated with Eric Fehr, because when Maxim Lapierre tried to rearrange Fehr’s face a minute later, Fehr played it cool– just like the captain.
Nicklas Backstrom doesn’t go to All-Star Games, receive NHL Awards, or get much attention of any kind. He’s just quietly one of the best players in the league making world-class plays every night.
On Tuesday, the NHL’s leading assist man delivered another juicy apple– this time to Joel Ward during a five-on-three power play. Backstrom, in the corner, fired a perfect cross-ice, cross-crease pass to Ward who one-timed the puck past Marc-Andre Fluery. It would stand as the game-winning goal and Nicky’s 44th assist.
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