Washington Capitals winger Troy Brouwer has struggled this season. Maybe struggled is an understatement. He hadn’t scored a goal in 11 games, since early November, and his line has played so poorly that Peter called it the Black Hole Line.
Maybe breaking up with Brooks Laich meeting fans at Tyson’s Corner a few days ago did something to perk Brouwer up. He looked like a completely different player in the first period of tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators. He put up three shots and ended his 11-game goalless streak. After the goal he looked very, very confused.
After Eric Fehr put a shot on net, the net-crashing Brouwer powered up and somehow found the puck near the crease, managing to backhand it home. It was his 6th goal of the year.
“Our line’s been talking a lot more about just shooting the puck, not looking for that better play out there,” Brouwer told Al Koken at intermission. “We had a good cycle shift. Fehrsie just threw it to the net like we should.”
“I didn’t even know it went in,” Brouwer continued. “I was just whacking away at it. You could tell by my reaction!”
Yes, you certainly can.
As the Verizon Center spotlights found Brouwer, he looked to his right to find out who scored. It was you, silly.