Photo: Carolyn Kaster
The Washington Capitals wrapped up a week of tremendously unimpressive hockey with a stunning comeback win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
It started off great with Alex Ovechkin generating four shots in the game’s first six minutes, but the Caps couldn’t sustain the pressure, giving the Coyotes the puck and plenty of opportunity to pepper first-time Capitals Jaroslav Halak in goal. Down two goals with ten minutes to go, the Caps summoned up some magic they hadn’t used since last week: even-strength scoar.
Brandon McMillan struck first, catching Keith Yandle’s stretch pass while the Caps were making a line change. Radim Vrbata made it 2-0 with a power play goal that dwibblwed between Halak’s pads.
But then! Karl Alzner tallied goal number two of the season thanks to a feed from Eric Fehr, and then Brooks Laich tied it up thirty seconds later. Life back in Verizon Center, and then everyone’s head exploded as Backstrom gave Troy Brouwer a layup to put the Caps up from the Ovi spot.
This stupid team. This stupid, lovely team.
Caps beat Coyotes 3-2.
I didn’t expect that.
I mean– I definitely expected the 5v5 suckiness, but I thought these were supposed to be the “mentally weak” Caps who can’t get up for games. Is that not the case? ‘Cause hell yeah.
Tomorrow’s snapshot is still gonna be brutal, but don’t let that overshadow this team’s achievement in the micro scale. They shook off a lot of bad vibes and offensive weakness in those final ten minutes. They squeezed goalmilk from some secondary scoring stones to squeak out a crucial rego win.
Remember this one. It might end up being really important come this time next month.
Pens up next. Plus, the new kid suits up. Should be interesting.
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