Brouillette rides Oshie through the defensive zone. (Photo: Tom Gannam)
Put your knives away for one more night. The Washington Capitals played a tough road game against the St Louis Blues and came out victorious. Thanks to the novel concept of top-six forwards playing in the top six, the Caps survived an elimination game against a great opponent.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season in the first period, a signature Ovi shot from the Ovi spot. The Blues, who dominated even-strength play, got one of their own off Maxim LaPierre’s stick early in the second period, but Mikhail Grabovski fired a slapshot from the faceoff dot to restore the Caps lead a bit later. Ovechkin served up Nick Backstrom for a rare even-strength goal late in the second period, creating a two-goal lead going into the third period. Uh oh.
Okay, relax. Backstrom unleashed a wrister from the circles early in the third.
Caps beat Blues 4-1. Staying Alive!
Alex Ovechkin now has FIVE 50 goal seasons in the NHL. If you think he is a problem, YOU are the problem.
— Talk The Red (@TalkTheRed) April 9, 2014
“Every specific body strives to become master over all space and to extend its force, its will to power, and to thrust back all that resists its extension.”
— Nietzche, The Will to Power
The Caps would not go gentle into that good night, so maybe the Nietzche quote describes them. Or maybe it’s just a little epigram with which to string Jaro Halak. Given the latter is only relevant to Caps world for another few days, let’s say it’s about the rest of the Caps. They grabbed the W by the horns and hung on for sixty tough minutes. Bravo.
The Wings and the Jackets both won tonight, so Washington’s margin for error is gone. It’s win or LITERALLY DIE from here on out, but that better not be the only prism we look through for this team.
Each game has merit in and of itself. Each shift has something worth watching. Each play has the potential to be special. It just so happened that these plays and these shifts added up to victory, but should the grander context of the Caps’ season disappear before Thursday night, there’s still reason to watch. You get to decide what that reason will be for you.
I got your will to power right here, pal.
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