“Red rover, Red rover, send Niskanen over!” (Photo: Rob Carr)
The Washington Capitals looked terrible for the first ten minutes of their home game against the New York Islanders, and no, I won’t blame the turkey. But instead of a lackluster affair, the Caps woke up and played a competitive game against one of the league’s best– a reward for the 18 thousand fans in attendance and the return of my personal Caps anthem below the jump.
The Capitals’ second power-play unit took the ice in the first period thirty seconds before Matt Niskanen unloaded his cannon through traffic to make it 1-0. A glorious snap shot from Marcus Johansson gave the Caps their first 5v5 goal in forever and made it 2-0, but hold on a sec. In the next 66 seconds, the Capitals’ bottom six allowed two goals– one from John Tavares and one from Anders Lee, to neutralize the two-goal lead before the first intermission.
Tom Wilson absorbed a bunch of Isles defenders to open up a seam for Alex Ovechkin to score halfway through the second period.
In the third, Evgeny Kuznetsov feasted upon his second-line spot, scoring at the tail-end of an offensive-zone shift, sliding into the high slot and ripping the puck top shelf. Joel Ward got the empty-netter and there was much rejoicing.
Caps beat Isles 5-2! Bailamos!
Five goals scored? Not a one-goal win? YOU KNOW WHAT’S COMING!
— RMNB (@russianmachine) November 28, 2014
Joe B suit of the night, lo-fi.
Here’s what a good effort after a slow start looks like, courtesy of HockeyStats.CA.
The Caps opened up in the second period. I bet they’ll say they allowed too many chances after that, but I really do think it’s a better way to play– plus it was fun. Lots of entries and duels in the end, less flummoxing and frustration at neutral. I like it.
So that’s a resolute W over a very good hockey team, won not just on luck but on superior performance. Aside from 66 seconds, this was an hour of hockey to be thankful for.
Thank you, Caps. Let’s do it again tomorrow.
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