Photo: Mike Munden
Ever notice how awful and awesome share the same root? Same with terrible and terrific. There’s some cosmic link between being great and being the opposite of great, which the Capitals illustrated brilliantly in their game against the Blue Jackets on Thursday.
The Caps started off well enough, scoring two in the first period. Joel Ward struck first, getting a sharp-angle goal for the
third 2b line. Before the first intermission, Michael Latta got a great pass to Jason Chimera, who sweeped in an easy goal to give a comfy two-goal lead.
And then they blew it. The Caps gave up two power-play goals in the second period– first to Jack Johnson and then to Nick Foligno. Penalties pocked the rest of the middle frame, and we left it tied.
Foligno scored one minute into the third to give Lumbus the lead, but Karl Alzner tied it up seven minutes later, tying his career high for goal-scoring (two). Michael Chaput scored his first NHL goal with four and a half minutes left in rego, taking a rebound while wide open. Troy Brouwer drove to the net to kick in (legally) Mike Green’s wizardly pass and force overtime.
Mike Green set up Eric Fehr to finish ’em off in a flurry in overtime. Bacon bits!
Caps beat Blue Jackets 5-4 in overtime!
Joe B suit of the night
If you want evidence of how playing dirty hockey doesn’t win games, check out how Washington’s shot attempts— the blue line– go flat in the second period.
Maybe there’s a way to play scrappy, fighty hockey and not be positively awful, but the Caps don’t know how and shouldn’t try. They’re a pretty good team when it comes to shooting and scoring and winning, but they’re not good at whatever the hell this was.
I’d link to think of this game as instructive. It’s a lesson to the Capitals on how to not have a hissyfit when things don’t go precisely your way in a generally good hockey game. When the Caps got back to playing that original style of hockey– with the shooting and scoring– they did just fine.
The point streak continues for Washington. I like that this team can be stale urine soup for twenty minutes of hockey and still win. Climb the standings!
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