For years, the Caps and the Sharks played a similar style of hockey that is exhausting but entertaining: fast end-to-end hockey with lots of goals in both directions. Some people hate that (e.g. coaches), but I love it. We got more of that on late Wednesday/early Thursday as Washington and San Jose played hot potato with the lead for three periods and then some.
Jay Beagle scored first, of course he did, by sweeping in a rebound from Brooks Orpik, who in turn was set up by Michael Latta’s strong play behind the net. Brent Burns returned fire in the second period with two goals inside half a minute. Alex Ovechkin served up Troy Brouwer to tie it in the second, but Logan Couture’s wraparound gave San Jose the lead headed into the third.
Jay Beagle got his second goal of the game after an official set a pick for him, and then John Carlson established the lead with six and a half minutes left. Joe Thornton knotted it up just a bit later, beating Holtby on the short side. That pushed us to overtime, where Joel Ward crashed the net for the win!
Caps beat Sharks 5-4 in overtime!