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What’s that thing called? That thing when you have the puck and then you shoot it at the other team’s net? It’s a word that’s like “trying to score” except it’s one word instead of three, and I think Canadians pronounce it wrong.
Whatever it was, it was missing in Montreal for most of Thursday night. The Capitals played a lot of defense, but less so of the other thing until they had surrendered the lead. Then Alex Ovechkin did his thing: spat in the dirt, said nyet, and made this a goddamn game.
Enjoy this one.
It was the Canadiens who scored first, with Jeff Petry beating Braden Holtby after a penalty expired early in the second period. Joel Ward struck back with a lovely rush goal on an odd-man rush, and then Alex Ovechkin broke Peter Bondra’s all-time scoring lead with an Ovi shot from the Ovi spot. The Canadiens instantly returned fire with goals by Tom Gilbert and Lars Eller– thanks to bad defense and badder bounces, respectively.
The Caps earned a power play in the third, and Alex Ovechkin converted it to tie the game with nine minutes remaining. John Carlson unleashed a bomb from another power-play, maybe tipped by Joel Ward, to give the Caps a late lead. With Curtis Glencross in the box for a silly penalty, PK Subban scored a gorgeous game-tying goal to force overtime
Caps beat Habs 5-4 in le shootout.
Joe B suit of the night, ugh, that tie looks like a spring break portapotty
Once again, we dedicate the conclusion to Alex Ovechkin. This was his 15th multi-goal game this season and the 100th of his super career– but the dude still can’t get a hat trick to save his life. Twice he tied the game. He’s a force of gosh darn nature.
Had the Caps won in regulation or overtime, they could have passed the Islanders in the Metro. With the SOW, that didn’t happen, but it’s underscores this fact: anything can happen in this final week.
@russianmachine It appears Caps pass Islanders on greater number of points earned in games between 2 teams tiebreaker (tied on ROW)
— Steve Caimano (@CTRSteve) April 3, 2015
Hold on to your butts.
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