The GOAT (Photo: Patrick McDermott)
The Washington Capitals should have beat the Calgary Flames. They played well for the most part, but the Calgary Flames got the better bounces. So the slump continues, but at least the Caps got a standings point this time.
Calgary got on the board first when Lance Bouma stole a rebound that Mike Green didn’t see. The Caps struck back soon after as Nick Backstrom chopped Alex Ovechkin’s long bomb.
Mark Giordano got the best of some meh Capitals defense to give the Flames the lead in the second, but the Caps had a quick response thanks to a weird bounce in Marcus Johansson’s favor. The Capitals entered the second intermission with a one-goal lead thanks to a greasy 5v3 goal by Joel Ward.
The Flames got a freak goal of their own off Marcus Johanssons’ stick and Troy Brouwer’s skate with about five minutes left because hockey is cruel and hates your stupid narrative. Tom Wilson almost had a buzzer beater, but Hiller denied him.
Dry scrape! Overtime was exciting as hell, with tons of chances for the good guys, but it was the Flames who emerged victorious when Sean Monahan got the best of the defense.
Flames beat Caps 4-3 (OT). Five games without a W.
[scoots over, pats seat] Tons of room on the Nate Schmidt bandwagon for you guys.
— RMNB (@russianmachine) November 5, 2014
Joe B suit of the night
This changes nothing.
Try and tell me Braden Holtby was at fault for anything in that game. Do it.
We need to liberate ourselves from the stodgy idea that players have absolute– or even significant– control over which pucks go in and which don’t. All players can do is try to tweak the percentages by a point here or there with smart play and desperately hope that randomness doesn’t make them look like suckers in the short term.
The Capitals look like suckers in the short term. This has been a lesson for us all.
So the Caps played well again, and the mistakes were fewer and farther between, but it still wasn’t enough. Mike Green in particular is probably gonna have a rough couple days following this one.
Hurricanes on Saturday night. Maybe Semin will play or maybe he’ll be a scratch. Either way, let’s agree to meet here then and watch together. LYLAF Caps fans. Caps Hawks Friday too brah.
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