Check out Alex Ovechkin’s buzzcut (Photo: Patrick McDermott)
The Washington Capitals and the Columbus Blue Jackets are division rivals now. Seeing as the last fifteen years of Caps rivalries in Southeast were pretty mild, that doesn’t mean much. Lumbus at Washington got off to a sleepy start, and by the time the pace picked up the Caps were already behind on the scoreboard. Some late-game dramatics from the summertime surprise we call Grabo got the Caps into overtime, where the Captain did his thing. You know how it is.
The first period happened and then it was over. I don’t remember much about it frankly.
The Capitals surrendered a shorty goal in the second as Troy Brouwer coughed up the puck to Brandon Dubinsky, who eluded Holtby’s poke check. Then Martin Erat fenced off the Lumbus D to set up John Carlson for a layup: tie game.
The Caps got their own shorty in the third when Joel Ward snatched up a hardaround and beat Bob. Lumbus locked it up at two as Jared Boll tapped in a long bomb. Mike Green and the top line gave Cam Atkinson a breakaway to take the lead, but Mikhail Grabovski tied it up using the mystical art of awesomesauce.
And then Ovi won it in overtime by crashing the goddamn net. Because he’s Ovi.
Caps beat Jackets 4-3 (Overtime)!
Shorties akimbo! That calls for a song.
Okay, that ended well. Alex Ovechkin is the beat. Convince me otherwise.
But it’s really not a good thing for the Caps to struggle so much about against a team like Lumbus. Three years ago the idea of getting outplayed by the Blue Jackets would be absurd. Now it’s reality. Marinate on that for a second.
And so ends the easy part of the season. Red Wings, Blues, Penguins: that’s the next 7 days. In the mortal words of Samuel L. Jackson in Jurassic Park: Hold on to your butts.
The Captain sports a new 'doo. Ovech-skinned. http://t.co/W2f9YVEca4
— Wes Johnson (@WesJohnsonVoice) November 12, 2013
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