Sad Devils, happy Mojo (Photo: Patrick McDermott)
A game against the New Jersey Devils is supposed to be a subdued, low-scoring slough. Instead, the Washington Capitals came out hot, withstood an assault, and then came back even hotter. This team is really good.
Alex Ovechkin needed just half a minute to get on the scoresheet, wristing a rebounder for his fifth goal of the season. The Devils mostly owned that period thanks to two goals by youngblood Damon Severson (both heavily screened), but another newbie, Chris Brown, got one of his own for the Caps.
Marcus Johansson scored during even strength in the second period, which is baffling to me. Nick Backstrom deflected a muffin from Matt Niskanen to put the Devils in a two-goal hole early in the third. The Twins made that even deeper when Joel Ward banked a shot hard off the back boards, then off Cory Schneider’s skates, nothing but net. And then Burakovsky extended his ridiculous goal-scoring streak on the power play.
Caps beat Devils 6-2!
Bullets in a second, but first, glove kisssssssss via @myregularface!
Second-intermission topic of discussion: "Amber" is 311's only redeeming song. Discuss.
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) October 17, 2014
The Joe B suit of the night is brown like an Eagles album.
Put a five-spot up on a possible Vezina candidate, all during even strength. Watch a tightly wound Jersey team come undone. The Twins throw a party. Holtby does handstands. Not a bad Thursday night.
The Caps now have two wins and two (overtime) losses. That looks modest, but they’re really a good team right now. They got goals from all four lines tonight, plus a mostly positive performance from the blue line and a goalie who was perfect when not sabotaged. Nothing not to like except Marty Havlat’s face.
The Caps rule. Wherever Adam Oates is right now, he should stay there.
The Caps are outshooting the Devils 10 to 2 when Eric Fehr is on the ice during 5v5. Now imagine if Ovi took the 10.
— RMNB (@russianmachine) October 17, 2014
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