The Washington Capitals used to never beat the San Jose Sharks, but the Washington Capitals just beat the San Jose Sharks. Here’s how.
Devante Smith-Pelly opened up scoring with a great deflection of John Carlson’s shot.
Alex Ovechkin made it 2-0 in the second period with an intrepid rush goal. San Jose’s Timo Meier cracked the shutout a few minutes later after a beneficent bounce off the boards gave him a prime shot from the slot. Before the third period was up, Brett Connolly scored a controversial goal thanks to some thrilling stick work from Kuznetsov and Ovechkin.
In the third, Jakub Vrana made it 4-1 showing some patience and positioning during a power play. That’s that.
Caps beat Sharks 4-1!
A brain for a brain makes the whole NHL concussed
— Tuesday? Back day. Best friend? Backstrom. (@tictacbergerac) December 5, 2017
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) December 5, 2017
Not for nothing, but that’s Philipp Grubauer‘s second win of the season – back-to-back with his first. Like the last one, the team in front of him again played well, but Grubauer deserves credit for making some saves that no Authentic Fan could reasonably expect.
The Caps have won five of their last six games. They have the league’s hottest goal scorer, a stout defense, and two solid backstops. They’re climbing the Metro standings. But they need TJ Oshie healthy too. Here’s hoping.
Headline photo: Patrick Smith
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