Tuesday night at Verizon Center, the Washington Capitals hosted regular-season game number 37 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The stakes were low, but by the end of the night, it felt like the Caps had won a playoff series.
Between the Russian hat trick of goals (Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov all scored) to the team’s multiple improbable comebacks, the Caps really wanted to win and their celebrations reflected that.
For instance, when John Carlson scored to tie the game 5-5 late in the third period, the Caps started to punch each other.
“GUYS I SCOARED” (Photo: Molly F.)
On Friday night, Troy Brouwer scored an OTGWG to give the Capitals a 5-4 overtime win over the Bruins. It was a classic Brouwer goal, a hard slap shot from the slot to the top corner of the net.
On Sunday, Brouwer contined his hot streak with a nifty goal. In practice. Unfortunately, his teammates weren’t really paying attention, so he let them know about it. For two minutes.
I’ll let long-time reader Molly F. (@WeWillBonzai) explain.
Photo credit: Igor Kleyner
Alex Ovechkin had a pretty good night at the rink Tuesday. The Washington Capitals captain almost single-handedly (okay, Nicky and Grubi helped) dragged the team out of the 3-0 hole they had dug. Four goals and an avalanche of hats later, Ovi’s night to remember was in the books. And that outrageously awesome tying goal celly – was Alex the Great going for a swim at center ice? Showing off a triple Salchow? Channeling his inner Superman? Whatever it was, it must have been something Alex devised ahead of time and saved for a special occasion, right?
Well, maybe not.
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