Irwin is an anteater. (Photo: Patrick McDermott)
It’s started as badly as you could imagine. After just 10 minutes, the Caps trailed the San Jose Sharks 3-0. But a stirring effort in the second period brought the Caps within striking distance. Remember, last season, when the Caps would go down two goals and you knew it was over? Well, now that’s over.
Matt Irwin connected for two in the game’s first five minutes, followed up by John Scott (seriously) five minutes later. Holtby out, Peters in.
The Caps got three back in the second period, including Ovi’s third of the year, but the Sharks led 4-3 going into the third.
Tommy Wingels kicked off the third period with either a hardnose goal or Carlson and Orpik just gave up. No matter, Ovi neutralized it with an Ovi shot from the Ovi spot with under 10 minutes remaining. Troy Brouwer stalked up to Niemi’s net like a panther before tying the game from the slot.
Overtime was thrilling but didn’t give us a result, so…
Sharks beat Caps 6-5 in the shootout.
Feels like it's gonna be a high-scoring game.
— Good Tweet Pete 🌮 (@peterhassett) October 14, 2014
Joe B suit of the night
After an awful start, the Caps played an inspired game. Two goals from their captain led the way and proved that Ovechkin lost exactly zero steps over the summer. Secondary scoring showed up, including a real fancy one from Troy Brouwer. The team survived adversity in those opening minutes and the debilitating depression of having seen John Scott score on you.
I think Alan May would call that thick and proud.
It didn’t end the way we wanted, but that was a damn fine effort, and it bodes well for the future.
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