Photo credit: Charles Krupa
After Thursday’s disappointing overtime loss to the Boston Bruins, Dale Hunter’s Washington Capitals redoubled their efforts. The result: another excruciatingly tight hockey game at TD Garden, but with a heluva lot more offense.
Troy Brouwer crashed the net to score to the game’s first goal after 38 scoreless minutes. Halfway through the third, Benoit Pouliot tied the game with a backhand off a loose puck in the slot.
And the overtime. Nothing. OT2 ended in a blink… as Nick Backstrom beat Thomas over the shoulder. Caps beat Bruins 2-1 (OT).
Series: Bruins 1, Capitals 1
Erase all your doubts. This team can do anything. They’re stonewalling one of the best offensive teams in the league.
Dale Hunter beat Claude Julien. Alex Ovechkin broke free of Chara. Nick Backstrom has re-awoken.
Be very afraid of this team.
We’ll have a lot coming before Game 3, but for now: liberate yourself of predispositions. The rookie netminder is electric. The flaccid Caps defense is impenetrable. The lightweight forwards are throwing their weight around.
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