Anteater! (Photo: Patrick McDermott)
Were you expecting a low-key game following the literal fireworks at the Winter Classic? The Caps’ home game against the Florida Panthers was kind of sleepy for a bit, but in the end this was another thrilling example of Caps hockey. Nice start to 2015.
The game was scoreless after twenty minutes, but don’t worry: the second period more than made up for the boredom.
Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal on an Ovi shot from the Ovi spot in the second. Vincent Trocheck got a ridiculous goal to tie it for the Panthers, and then Dylan Olsen used an abundance of screens to put Florida up 2-1. No worries though, as Brooks Laich sniped an outside goal just past halfway through #rego to knot it up again. Karl “Dad Strength” Alzner and the second line beat Luongo to make it 3-2 going into the second intermission.
Top-liner Andre Burakovsky swept in a lay-up from the weak side to put the Panthers in a two-goal hole in the third period. Nick Bjugstad scored an impossible goal with an empty net and two minutes left to make it a one-goal game late, but the Caps emerged victorious over an Eastern Conference rival.
Caps beat Panthers 4-3. Big two points.
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) January 4, 2015
— Wes Johnson (@WesJohnsonVoice) January 4, 2015
Joe B suit of the mid-afternoon
That was a good game. The Caps did that thing again. You know that thing? That thing where they play get super sloppy and discombobulated in the second period before they pull themselves together in the third. In a sense I’m distressed that they can be unhinged this easily. In another sense I’m relieved that they can get past it just as easily.
Catch you guys on Wednesday for a game against the Maple Leafs. Muahahaha. Love playing them.
RIP Stuart Scott, who made “weird” and “silly” a little more welcome in sports.
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