Photo: Alex Brandon
The Washington Capitals knew they needed points badly going into the Olympic break, and this game against the Winnipeg Jets seemed like a prime opportunity to get them. One problem: they didn’t really have the ingredients to make it happen. With Grabovski and Green out, Neuvirth sick, and a whole bunch of Hershey squirts filling out the blueline, the Caps had to get a little lucky to get two points out of this one.
Troy Brouwer put Marcus Johansson’s pass in the net about five minutes into the game, but a defensive-zone turnover tied it back up (Erat helped).
Dustin Byfuglien gave the Jets the lead in the second with a pretty goal allowed by some weak Capitals defense, but Tom Wilson evened it up in the third period by catching a rebound low in the slot. Alex Ovechkin recorded number 40 with a dirty one with 12 minutes left, and Troy Brouwer made it a two-goal game with a pretty sweet backhand move.
Caps beat Jets 4-2.
The Jets are an inferior team, so it’s hard to pat the Caps on the back for pulling out the W. Winnipeg has worse offense, inferior goaltending, weak special teams, and a subordinate alphabetical position. These were two points that the team kinda had to get if they wanted to be able to even talk about the playoffs with a straight face next month.
Despite all that crummy defense and unpowerful PPing, the Caps found the goals. Big Tom Wilson made a new argument for more ice time, Alex Ovechkin leveled up, and Troy Brouwer got an excuse to dance.
No Bailamos tonight. Maybe Saturday. This was still a mess. But the guys pulled it out despite roster problems that woulda sunk most other teams.
One game left before the Olympic break.
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