Dennis Wideman celebrates his OTGWG. (Photo credit: Gregory Shamus)
For the third time in three games, the Washington Capitals required extra time to make a decision, and for the third time the Capitals proved themselves the better team. The Pittsburgh Penguins did their best to play a classy game of hockey, but then they realized they’re the Penguins and punked out. Read on and you’ll find out how.
James Neal was wide open to take a wide pass and make it 1-0 on the game’s first shot. Mike Knuble worked hard to kanoob the puck to tie it back up. Alex Ovechkin deflected a Mike Green shot that required a review to be called a goal. On a late power play, Malkin found Neal with a cross-ice pass to tie it up. Into OT and on the power play, Dennis Wideman put enough stank on the puck to evade Johnson. Caps beat Pens 3-2 (OT).
Okay, Alan May. This is just creepy:
That was like two hours before Ovi’s goal, so it’s time to be afraid of May’s hockeybrain.
Man, the Caps are not making it easy for us. These OT games are fun, but they’re also white-knuckle vasoconstricting mammajammas. Still, it’s probably good to make every game a high-pitched struggle that takes until the final tick to resolve. Like dogs slobbering before the dinner bell, maybe the Caps will respond to long hockey games by playing with leg-moving urgency throughout. Sustain that intensity for the full duration, knowwhatImean?
Who’s next? Senators? Who cares? This game was a monster, and the Caps are 3 and 0. Let’s take a day off and regroup on Saturday for hockey with some team from somewhere.
Let’s leave you with this image and remind you of a date: December 1st.
Additional reporting by Neil Greenberg, warden of the #fancystats.
UPDATE: From Dave Molinari:
Asham: Gestures after fight “uncalled for” and “kind of classless on my part.”
Everybody screws up, but it’s just the good people who apologize for it. Maybe we give Asham a mulligan on this one?
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