Photo: Christian Petersen
I don’t get it. Twenty minutes in, the Washington Capitals looked like they almost had it figured out. Despite some sub-optimal lines, they held a lead over an inferior team. Then they stopped skating, surrendered the lead to the Arizona Coyotes, and then looked not much better than the Oates Caps. I don’t get it, but at least they had Eric Fehr to seal the deal.
The two players we expected the least from, Jason Chimera and Jay Beagle, combined for a skill goal in the first period when Chimera burst into the o-zone then dropped to the late-guy Beagle, who put it in the back of the net. The Caps had control for the rest of the period, but surrendered all momentum in the second, culminating in Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s goal into a practically empty net.
Nobody could score in the third, so we got to see the dry scrape– maybe for the last time. Then, in overtime, Eric Fehr crashed the goddamn net and won it.
Caps beat Yotes 2-1 in overtime!
Pretty elite Joe B suit of the night
I don’t get it. The team is excruciatingly close to being really good, but they keep on playing games like this. Thank goodness for Eric Fehr for salvaging what could’ve been a waste.
If they played sixty. minutes like they played that first twenty.
If they put their lines together coherently.
If Braden Holtby stayed in his net.
If they shot first and shot often.
Panicking is still silly, but some anxious confusion about what the heck the Caps are doing right now wouldn’t be unwarranted. At least they got two standings points and a happy ending.
We’ve got two scrub teams in our future– the Avs and the Sabres. The Caps need to look like a dramatically better team by Saturday, replete with scoarmoargoals and such. Let’s do it.
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