It took a while to get going, but the Capitals played a good road game against a good opponent to earn two huge points on Thursday night. It was game that, like so many others, serves to remind us how valuable Alex Ovechin is to this team. You might even say he’s the Most Valuable.
We waited with baited breath until past the halfway mark, when Zach Parise roughed up Tom Wilson and Wilson got a B.S. embellishment call. Alex Ovechkin responded with his 46th of the season, followed by Evgeny Kuznetsov’s snatch-and-score just 40 seconds later. Christian Folin extracted revenge right before the second intermission with a rush goal.
Ovechkin scored number 47 in the third period, which was amazing, and Jared Spurgeon hit a stand-up double on a late-game power play. Braden Holtby fended off a wild (get it?) attack in the final minute to win the game.
Caps beat Wild 3-2! The first time ever in Xcel!
— Good Tweet Pete 🌮 (@peterhassett) March 19, 2015
Joe B suit of the night is so disappointing. I am bored.
Good win on the road, and even gooder for the standings. Let’s talk about something else– now without deliberately bad writing.
I’m having a hard time collecting my thoughts about Matthew Wuest, aka Cap Geek, who died earlier today from colon cancer, which he had lived with for two and a half years. Cap Geek was a tremendously popular, valuable, and well-executed resource for thousands of people in our community. For fans, bloggers, journalists, and general managers, it was simply the go-to site.
But that’s just popularity. Cap Geek was also astonishingly accurate and well done. It was a nexus of nerdish craftsmanship, hardcore hockey fandom, and a singular selflessness. Wuest had the information and the skill– and he gave it away. He shared it. That’s a sign of a noble heart.
I wonder– I hope— that Matthew knew how appreciated he was. I wonder if there are any people in my life like Matthew: people who share their gifts because that’s just what you do. I think I’m gonna track down a few of those people this weekend and let them know how appreciated they are. Because life is fickle and fleeting, and evil is pernicious and spreading, and it’s never too early to say thank you, but sometimes it’s too late.
Thank you for reading.
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