Photo: Andy Devlin
It’s too early in the season for late-night hockey, but okay, Thursday’s productivity be damned, let’s do this.
The Washington Capitals went into Edmonton with hopes of starting a perfect road trip, but a couple mistakes marred an otherwise solid game.
Justin Schultz scored about seven minutes in, directing Teddy Purcell’s clever shot behind Braden Holtby. The Caps tied it up with John Carlson’s power-play one-timer.
Mike Green scored a gorgeous one early in the second period, but a whiff by Ovechkin set Ryan Nugent-Hopkins loose to tie it up just twenty second later. With Jason Chimera in the box, Nikita Nikitin got one past a screened Braden Holtby to give the Oilers the lead.
The Caps fired furiously in the third, but couldn’t beat Ben Scrivens.
Oilers beat Caps 3-2. That’s the Caps’ first regulation loss.
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Joe B suit of the night.
Oh well. The Caps played great, but they made a couple goofs and it cost them their undefeated-in-regulation record. A hot goalie can do that, so let’s not get worked up about it. The Caps can play a carbon copy of this game in Calgary and come out with a 6-goal victory.
I’m not bummed, and you shouldn’t be either.
Maybe you went to bed before the game. That would’ve been nice. Maybe you watched the Age of Ultron trailer. I did not, and I will not, but I hope you loved it. Maybe you don’t have to spend all day Thursday flying to Chicago and doing grown-up business things in business suits. If any of this is true for you, you win– even if the Caps didn’t.
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