The Caps are back on the east coast and everything is right in the world again. Besting bedraggled bench boss Bruce Boudreau’s Minnesota Wild at home, the Washington Capitals found the cure for what ailed them and delivered one heluva game for fans who needed to see one.
Here’s the part where I write about the goals. I shall begin by communicating the first goal in the most primal and raw way I know how.
Following 88 was Alex Ovechkin, ending a slump that had persisted since mid February. Evgeny Kuznetsov got in on the action with assist by fellow top-six center Nick Backstrom.
Matt Dumba opened up the third with a goal for the Wild, snuffing Holtby’s shutout. The Caps got into penalty trouble after that, enabling a goal by Caps killer Eric Staal to bring the Wild within one goal.
With six minutes to go, Jay Beagle put the Wild away with a breakaway goal.
Caps beat Wild 4-2!
The Capitals have returned from their California road trip that ended with no wins. If nobody talks about the California trip, it’s like it didn’t really happen. So, don’t mention it again.
The Capitals are now on a four-game losing streak in a division they can’t really be affording to be plunging in. Want some more bad news? They will be facing the Minnesota Wild who have been as dominant as the Capitals this season.
The good news is that puck drop is FINALLY back at 7:00 PM on CSN. Ahhhh to be home.
|Team||Record||SA%||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Washington Capitals||44-17-7||52.6%||103.0||21.3% (7th)||84.0% (7th)|
|Minnesota Wild||43-18-6||49.3%||102.9||21.1% (8th)||84.0% (6th)|
Bruce Boudreau met with the Minnesota media on Tuesday to discuss his teams status while Pominville and Parise are in isolation. The presser turned into a quote factory from Boudreau.
Over the weekend, nearly a quarter of the Vancouver Canucks roster showed symptoms of the mumps. Now the virus has spread to the Minnesota Wild. Forward’s Jason Pominville and Zach Parise have been diagnosed, according to the Wild’s twitter.
It’s all happening again.
Wherever Bruce Boudreau goes, talk of winning the Stanley Cup follows. Since the portly bench boss oversaw the Washington Capitals’ transformation from a sad franchise to a thrilling team that is of the league’s perennial threats, Boudreau has been a coveted head coach for teams looking to turn things around. He has never been out of a job long.
On Sunday night, Boudreau returned to Anaheim for the first time after spending parts of six seasons coaching the Ducks. He took the Ducks to the playoffs five times, once within one win of the Stanley Cup Final. But after his fourth straight Game 7 loss on April 28 of last year, he was fired for the second time in his career, only to be replaced Randy Carlyle, the man whose job he took over years earlier. One week later, Boudreau was scooped up by the Minnesota Wild.
The world lost a legend this week. In addition to being a virtuoso musician, prolific songwriter, advocate for artist rights, and a generally funky dude, Prince was also a favorite son of Minnesota. Before the Wild were eliminated by the Stars 5-4 on Sunday afternoon, Xcel Energy honored the late great genius.
Wednesday night, we saw our best impression of the 2009 Capitals since Monday: don’t try for 40 minutes, score goals, and see what happens. With Adam Oates in the house, the Caps decided to suck some more, getting outside 9-2 at the midway point of the first period. It got worse. Mikko Koivu scored a power play marker with just 42 seconds left in the feckless frame. In the end, the Wild outshot the Caps 12-3. Shot attempts were 23-8 in Minnesota’s favor.
In the second, BROOKS ORPIK SCORED BECAUSE HE IS INFALLIBLE EVERYDAY.
Later in the period, Nino Niederreiter took a machete to the Caps defense like it was a Top Gear special. Things looked bleak.
Sometime in the third, the Caps decided to try to win, which is something that can be pretty good at. Alex Ovechkin promptly tied the game with his fortieth goal of the season on the you know what from the you know where. He’s the Marco Rubio of goals.
Dmitry Orlov made some Euro softie moves and scored a goal that went in somehow, as if placed in the net by Oates’s divine hand. Caps beat Wild 3-2.
The Caps are at risk of doing that thing. You know that thing. That one thing where they lose two games in a row in rego. They haven’t done that yet and they don’t want to do that ever.
Playing guest at Verizon Center tonight is the Minnesota Wild, a desperate team and one not to underestimate. But they do have a pretty bad penalty kill, and Ovechkin is sitting at the cusp of 40 goals, so.
Time to do work. 7 PM on CSN.
|Team||Record||Possession||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Washington Capitals||44-11-4||51.8%||102.0||22.9% (1st)||84.5% (4th)|
|Minnesota Wild||27-24-6||48.1%||100.8||18.3% (18th)||77.6% (27th)|
This baby will never forget this night.
I could say that the Washington Capitals defeated the Minnesota Wild, but that wouldn’t be totally cromulent. A better way to put it: Alex Ovechkin defeated the Minnesota Wild. (Braden Holtby helped.)
Ovi scored, then Ovi scored, then someone else scored, then Ovi scored again. One of those was a power-play goal. Then Ryan Suter scored, and it was close all of a sudden, but it’s the Caps so they won. Chim-dawg got an empty netter and some Minny dude got a late goal, whatevs.
Caps beat Wild 4-3! Five wins in a row!
Hello, St Paul. The NHL’s best team is in town and they’re delighted to be here. Thanks for having them, now please be prepared to lose. Again.
The Wild are 1-7-2 in their last ten games and have lost 6 straight. As a Caps fan, you may be unfamiliar with the number in the loss column being bigger than the number in the win column. Basically, what it means is that the Wild have lost in regulation seven times in the last 10 games. The Caps have lost in regulation nine times all season.
Breathe it in, everyone. Soak it in and enjoy this. Remember how Andy Bernard said he wished that there was a way to realize that he was in the good old days before he left them? This 2015-16 season will be looked back upon as the good old days. Enjoy them. As Ben said #TheseAreTheDays
— Ben Scarbro (@1bscarbro) February 10, 2016
The game is at 8pm on CSN-plus.
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