Photo: Eliot J. Schechter
Friday night’s game between the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals could have been an exciting reunion of two former division rivals. Instead, the Capitals put up an uneven effort, and relied on special teams to keep up with a Florida team that was curiously strong on the puck. Grubauer kept the Caps alive despite a lot of action, earning the team a point in sixty-five minutes, but not the decision.
Scoreless through twenty, Dylan Olsen (who?) finally hit the back of the net after unlimited zone time for the Cats. Nick Backstrom tied the game during 4v4, but– wait for it– Florida scored soon after thanks to a bad Mike Green turnover and bad Mike Green D coverage. Joel Ward crushed the nut to re-tie the game late in the second, though that one required video review.
The third was pointless, so everybody got a pity point and we headed into OT, but that never does anything, so…. again…
Panthers beat Caps 3-2 in the Shootout.
Okay, not the best performance, but it turned out okay I guess. The Caps were lucky to get even a point of out this one considering their dreary performance in the first 40. They’re gonna need a bit more gumption on Sunday. The Flyers are coming to town, and I have a feeling they’ll be cranky. Might be a good time for Big John Erskine to make a comeback.
And let’s please get the thing finished in sixty minutes for once.
Have a safe weekend, everybody. We’ll see you back here on Sunday afternoon. The game will start pretty much as soon as you turn off football in disgust.
Here’s Ms. Carter. Goodnight, folks.
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