Sasha Fierce (Photo: Greg Fiume)
Shut up with your 1-4 record. When the Washington Capitals suited up to face the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night, their sole purpose was to rid themselves of the abysmal record they shared with a certain other Washington team. An explosive second period helped them do just that.
Edmonton’s Boyd Gordon scored first, seizing on a bad breakout by the Caps. After some feisty forechecking by the second line and Steve Oleksy on the blue, Brooks Laich scored his first of the year– a point-blank wrister.
The second period was a flurry of PPGs as Joel Ward knocked on the back door and Troy Brouwer got a one-timer from the slot. In the middle of that tasty man-advantage sandwich was a mean-ass slot goal from Alex Ovechkin.
Tough-acting Will Acton got a late one from the crease.
Caps beat Oilers 4-2.
Yeah yeah, we’re happy for you. Boyd Gordon. Now go be quiet 800 miles from here.
Whole bunch of Caps got on the board for the first time in this one: Ward, Brouwer, Laich, Alzner. Haha, okay not that last one. That was needed badly as the Caps couldn’t survive on a diet of OVI SCOAR FROM OVI SPOTs forever.
Exactly the kind of game I wanted to see from the Caps: stolid work by Braden Holtby, mid-level players overachieving, Alex Ovechkin bumping up against the ceiling of human perfection. It wasn’t without flaws– the set-up for Boyd Gordon’s goal should be in Stretch’s video playlist– but it was a great win.
Losing streak over. Let’s dance!
— Clare Conner (@rennoceralc) October 15, 2013
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