Photo: Al Bello
The Washington Capitals tolerated one period of boring New Jersey Devils-style hockey before they unleashed the fury. Lifted by goals from the Young Guns– Green, Backstrom, and Ovi– the less-boring team won this won soundly.
The Capitals struck twice in the second period, first with a furious slapper from Mike Green and then by Nick Backstrom’s patient wrister set up by Jay Beagle.
Alex Ovechkin scored a career-highlight goal seven minutes into the third period, executing the Ovi Move on two Devils defenders before backhanding the puck over Cory Schneider. Nick Backstrom added an empty netter in garbage time.
Caps beat Devils 4-0! Bailamos!
Yeah, you know what’s coming. Turn it up.
Schmidt loses waiver exemption after he plays in 9 more games. Prolonging that flexibility wouldn't be a reason to sit him, would it?
— BrooksLaichyear (@brookslaichyear) December 21, 2014
Joe B suit of the night
Again, the Devils are notorious for trampling offense in both directions and slowing the game to the pace of pitch, but the Caps dodged the wildebeest herd, generating genuine offense in the game’s back half. Those heroes– Green, Backstrom, and Ovechkin– are exactly the guys you depend on to defy probability and do something great. Tonight, at the Rock, they delivered.
Great hockey game! Thanks, boys!
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