Look how tiny Jagr looks. (Photo: Patrick McDermott)
I hate the way the Devils play. They stifle offense (i.e. fun, Capitals-style hockey) and execute the trap as if it’s not something to be ashamed of. Luckily, they did it poorly on Saturday night. What I expected to be a low-scoaring affair ended up being a crash-the-net party with a whole lot going on. The Caps exploded in the second period, but the Devils rallied in the third and won it in overtime.
For the Devils’ first shot, Marek Zidlicky got a dart past Braden Holtby on the power play. The Caps struck back with three goals in the second period, starting with Jason Chimera whacking in his own rebound from right under Brodeur’s nose. Mikhail Grabovski caught Eric Fehr’s pass right in the paint and knocked it in to give the Caps the lead, and Joel Ward crashed the net to make it 3-1 going into the third.
Jagr scored in the third period. I don’t want to talk about it. Alex Ovechkin was in the penalty box for that one, but he redeemed himself with an even-strength goal from the slot a few minutes later. The Devils rallied late: Zidlicky got his second of the night with a wide open one-timer, and Dainus Zubrus tied it with eight minutes left. That’s the way it stood at the end of regulation.
Game Over Andy Greene got a lucky bounce in overtime to win it for Jersey and save us all from the shootout.
Devils beat Caps 5-4 (OT).
“After all this time?” “Always.”
Well, that was unfortunate.
The Caps got a point, but they should have had two. Getting goals against the Devils ain’t easy, and the Caps should be glad they got four. But they didn’t give those goals the respect they deserved, and they allowed the Devs to sneak back into it. This one shouldn’t have been a loss. It should not have gone to overtime at all.
All those lovely even-strength goals for naught. Or, I guess, all those lovely even-strength for a stupid loser point.
That’s a bummer, but the individual efforts we saw here shouldn’t be discounted. Real solid scoring work by all the forwards. Hopefully the Caps can build on that next week.
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