“Can’t lose.” – Me, 22 hours ago.
It’s hard not to sound like an amateur here. There are expectations when committing a game to print. We must write with a detached, sober tone befitting the excellent journalistic standards demanded by our audience.
Well, screw that noise. Tonight’s game deserves hollerin’, and hollerin’ is what we will give it. It’s not often that the Caps get a chance to redeem themselves against their biggest rival. It’s been only eight months since Washington sputtered out in that notorious game 7, and the memory is still fresh in our minds. But like Ray, Egon, and Venkman before them, the Washington Capitals have exorcised the ghost of that loss in tonight’s stunning 6-3 game. Vindication is the word you’re looking for.
Let’s exalt our returning heroes.
Alex Semin sent Tomas Fleischmann a glorious saucer and afforded him a crucial breakaway at the beginning of the third. Flash sniped the top corner and delivered the game-winning goal for the team. This is all well and good, but the real distinction for Tomas was the one monster hit he delivered. You know it’s a vicious game when sweet, softspoken Tomas gets in on the action.
So, the Capitals should be riding high right now. In back-to-back games they’ve dismissed both of last year’s Cup finalists. Tonight’s match-up represented the precise manner of depth and fortitude that can make a long and fruitful post-season possible. The psychological boost of burying the damned Penguins can’t hurt either. Historically, this is the time when the Caps can fall into a rut and start blowing easy games. And on that note, we’ll see you Saturday– when the Caps somehow lose to the Coyotes!
Oh, and a final note! The shirt remains undefeated. Скоро в России!
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