No idea what is happening here. (Photo: Michael Dwyer)
March and its steady trickle of tough games began on Saturday with a matinee match-up against the Boston Bruins. Alex Ovechkin, perhaps still seething over his loss at the hands of Finnish goaltender Tuukka Rask, was terrific (again), but the Washington Capitals needed more than their captain to win this one.
Ovi scored from the Ovi spot in the first period, then ripped a terrific shot from above the circles in the second. Both goals came on the power play. Joel Ward went Rambo-style, scoring unassisted with a backhand on Rask. Boston struck back with a nifty powerplay goal by Patrice Bergeron and a lucky deflection off Mike Green’s stick. Eric Fehr got his own breakaway and beat Rask to make it 4-2 midway through the third period.
Caps beat Bruins 4-2!
@russianmachine We can trade Erat for a Toberlone and a copy of Shrek 3. Seems fair.
— America’s Moose 🇺🇸⚾️🏒 (@fenwaymoose) March 1, 2014
Don’t look now, but the Caps are streaking.
Missing two of their best players in Erat and Grabo, the Capitals got an important win against a Cup favorite. And they did it by combining a leading effort from their captain with some secondary scoring.
There’s a lot more trouble coming on this schedule, but if they’re playing like this, the Capitals might surprise some tough teams.
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