800 games for this big lug (Photo: Jeff Vinnick)
You shoulda gone to bed. The Washington Capitals blew the final game of their trip through Western Canada with a loss to the Vancouver Canucks. The Caps let the Canucks take a ton of shots, which would’ve been fine if Justin Peters could’ve been perfect for two more minutes.
The first period was a disappointing affair, but the Caps survived it without giving up a goal. Marcus Johansson scored in the second after a great setup from fellow Swede Andre Burakovsky to put the Caps up, but the Canucks came back with a burst of scoring. Within two minutes, Vancouver struck thrice– first by Henrik Sedin on the power play, then with two more by Bonino and Sbisa. Things looked grim for the Caps until Liam O’Brien scored his first NHL goal late in the middle frame.
The third period wasn’t fun at all. Radim Vrbata got a long bomb into the empty net with 61 seconds left.
Canucks beat Caps 4-2.
This dude is my dude. (GIF: @myregularface)
Joe B suit of the night.
Worst game yet.
My closing thought is of Justin Peters, who apart from those two tragic minutes, was a god-tier goalie. Particularly when the Caps looked deflated in the first period, Peters was tumescent. At a bargain-bin price, Peters is an excellent back-up for Braden Holtby, and that’s a good enough takeaway for a disappointing loss to end a disappointing road trip.
Better days are ahead.
Programming note: Chris Gordon will have your game recap on Wednesday night when the Caps take on the Red Wings. I’ll be in Amsterdam, where I’m sure I’ll be shampooing thoroughly.
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