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The Washington Capitals’ only win under Coach Hunter came from the Ottawa Senators, whom they met again on Wednesday. It was their second meeting in a week, and it was freaking terrific.
Jeff Halpern recovered Dennis Wideman’s rebound to make it 1-0. With Vokoun and Erskine bobbling the puck, Erik Condra took a stab and tied it up. Nick Foligno combined speed and patience to score just as the power play expired. Brooks Laich set up Nick Backstrom, who roofed the tying goal on the power play. Alex Ovechkin looped around the Ottawa net, suckered his defender, and loosed the go-ahead goal. Troy Brouwer piled on 15 seconds later with his Gordie Howe Hat Trick goal. Milan Michalek needed like 5 milliseconds to score on a late-game power play. John Carlson sniped the empty netter. Caps beat Sens 5-3.
Can we play Ottawa every night? I know they’re not Cup contenders or anything, but we need this right now! The Hunter‘s Capitals are still embryonic and their confidence is fragile. Every win means the world to the team psyche right now, not to mention the conference standings, which… well, just don’t look right now.
So another win: the second of Hunter’s NHL career, the second against Ottawa. The bleeding has stopped, and maybe– just maybe– Ovechkin has turned a corner. The boys should be smiling on their trip home.
At least until they see the tarmac covered in snow.
Congratulations to Troy Brouwer on his first Gordie Howe as a Washington Capital!
Illustration by Ian Oland, who really does have a degree in graphic design.
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