By Chris Gordon
Happy times! (Photo credit: Patrick McDermott)
Finishing up their longest home stand of the season, the Washington Capitals took on new look (!) Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday. Facing a bunch of weak teams, the Caps didn’t do well in their last four games of their five game set at Verizon Center, posting a record of 1-3 and falling to 2-5 overall. Yesterday, Adam Oates had enough and went all “Screw everything! YOLO!” on the lines. Erat to the second! Fehr on the fourth! Grabo on the third! Other things! Par-ty!
No offense in the first frame. In the second, though, power play powerhouse Joel Ward rifled one top shelf on Sergei Bobrovsky to give the Caps the lead. Washington added to it about six minutes later when Brooks Laich popped in the rebound after Steve Oleksy’s inexplicably fancy stick work. The Caps took it home in the third with tallies from Troy Brouwer and Alex Ovechkin. Garbage goal for Artem Anisimov late. Wee! Caps top Jackets 4-1.
Let’s hope this isn’t a flash in the pan like the Oilers game. The Caps aren’t as bad as their record suggests, but this team still has structural problems — particularly at defense. Perhaps this isn’t the year for a last minute rental at the deadline. But enough of that! Seriously, stop listening to me. The Caps played great tonight. A win! Two points! Victory! Feels nice, eh?
Peter will be back with you Tuesday when the Caps go north to face
division rival some dudes from Canada, the Winnipeg Jets.
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