“Hi Troy!” “Hi Alex!” (Photo: Patrick McDermott)
The Capitals haven’t played a whole lot of good teams so far. After a buncha seasons as a bad hockey team, the Minnesota Wild are finally looking pretty tough, and that was bad news for the Caps. The Caps were stymied for much of the Thursday night’s game, but they got enough peeks at Josh Harding’s net to make it interesting.
Here’s how it went.
Alex Ovechkin scored from the Ovi spot during a first-period power play, but Charlie Coyle tied it up with a power play tally of his own. Mikael Granlund chipped in Jason Pominville’s rebound in the second to give Minnesota the lead. In the third, Marcus Johansson tied the game with just three minutes and change left in regulation.
The Caps survived a late-game penalty kill thanks to some Holtby heroics. And seeing as overtime couldn’t reach a decision, it’s time for the…
Caps beat Wild 3-2 in the shootout!
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Like I said, the Caps have been feasting on some of the league’s weaker teams through the first month. The Minnesota Wildlings are no longer weak. They are proud free folk now, and they wouldn’t be easy pickings for DC. But the Caps pulled it out because their goalie was superb.
The Caps should consider themselves lucky to have gotten even a point out of this one– not to take away too much from Marcus Johansson‘s effort in that late-game tying goal.
Hey, look at that! The Caps have swept their homestand. But November is going to be a different type of month for them: tougher teams, higher stakes, more people wearing sweaters. Probably a turkey at some point.
See you guys Saturday. Caps vs Yotes in the desert!
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