Photo: Patrick McDermott
Welcome back, everybody! The Capitals returned to action on Friday night, hosting the New York Rangers and being good hosts by giving their guests the puck pretty much the whole time. What should have been a blowout ended favorably for the Caps, thanks to some singular efforts by a few players in red.
Mike Green cracked Rangers goalie Cam Talbot (yeah, really) with a nifty power play goal set up by Marty Erat. The Rangers evened it up in the second with a powerplay marker of their own, converted by Benoit Pouliot. After a ton of zone time for the Rangers, Steve Oleksy set Nick Backstrom solo upon the offensive zone where he put the Caps up 2-1 going into the third. Carl Hagelin got a shorty just a couple seconds into the final period, but Eric Fehr restored the Caps lead with a wrister from the circles.
Caps beat Rangers 3-2.
Tonight’s recap is a bit subdued, and for that I apologize. I’m a little under the weather, so I must rely on you guys to make the jokes and supply the figurative language in the comments. I am happy to report that I’m not suffering the same symptoms Linus Omark is suffering from– what my grandma would call a “north and south flu.”
The Capitals got the W despite playing kind of atrociously at even strength. That’s their first legit win since December 20th. Hopefully this will be the low-water mark on the team’s possession issues, and we’ll see some corrective moves made soon.
Can’t keep winning ’em like this.
Tweet of the night:
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