This is what the Caps’ other goalie looks like. In case you forgot. (Photo: Patrick McDermott)
I don’t know what I was expecting from Thursday’s Caps-Blue Jackets game, but it wasn’t this. I didn’t expect the glut of special teams and an explosive start for the home team. The pair of goalie interference calls were the Spanish Inquisition of penalties. And while I guess I saw the Caps’ offensive doldrum coming, I didn’t expect that depressing finish. This was a weird one– and it was not particularly pretty.
A little over three minutes in, John Carlson released a point shot at the tail end of a 5v3. Eric Fehr tipped that in, though we think Alex Ovechkin might have had a piece of it. The Caps dominated much of the period, but Nick Foligno tied it up with a giftwrapped goal in the fifteenth minute. The second period went scoreless despite a four-minute power play for the Caps.
Troy Brouwer masterfully tipped in a wide cannon from Matt Niskanen midway through the third to put the Caps up, but Kevin Connauton got a weird shot from outside past Braden Holtby’s left flank to tie it just 99 seconds later. That’s how it looked at the end of rego.
Jason Chimera got sent to the Sasha box in overtime, where Nick Foligno ended it with a snazzy shot.
Lumbus beats Caps 3-2 in overtime.
JUST THE TIP IN
— RMNB (@russianmachine) December 12, 2014
Joe B suit of the night
Well, I loved the hot start, but the Caps couldn’t keep it up– nor could they keep up the solid 60-minute effort that led them to success in Tampa. I’m gonna consider this one of those weird games that just doesn’t make any sense. Unlimited penalties, huge swings in momentum, hard-fought goals for one team and a bunch of muffins for the other. I wash my hands of it. One point was enough to ask of this mess.
Tampa comes to town on Saturday night. Let’s party.
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