By Chris Gordon
Photo credit: Patrick McDermott
With both Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom out of the lineup for the first time in years and a mighty Sharks team crashing Verizon Center, it looked like the Caps might have a tough Tuesday. They did.
Just like Saturday, the first period did not go well for the Capitals, with the Sharks peppering Braden Holtby with shot after shot. The Caps got a few odd-man rushes, but nothing else. Joe Thornton converted on San Jose’s zone time with a tip in front of Holtby, putting the Sharks up 1-0 after one. The Caps were lucky it wasn’t worse.
But soon it was. Just two minutes and 36 seconds into the second, Mike Brown (no relation to Katie) popped in a rebound after Chris Tierney skated past a collection of Caps and crashed Braden’s crease. Less than five minutes later, Tomas Hertl made it 3-0 on another rebound put-back, set up by some nice forechecking.
Later in the period, we finally got some good news. Dmitry Orlov scored his first goal since March of last year. Alas, they’ve got this new-fangled coach’s challenge thing in the NHL now and Sharks coach Peter DeBoer used it. And then referee Tim Peel misused it. No goal. Nothing in the third, save for two empty netters. Pretty dumb game. Sharks blank Caps 5-0.
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The Democratic debate was tonight, so I’m gonna use that to go on a semi-coherent tangent. With Ovechkin and Backstrom out of the lineup, this game could have gone a few ways. The Caps could have come out like Hillary Clinton: battered, but still tough to beat. Or they could have been like Bernie Sanders: getting small contributions from the worker bees, perhaps enough to take down a juggernaut. Or they could have been like Jim Webb and put up a lackluster and irrelevant performance. Instead, they were Lincoln Chafee. You should completely forget about this one, but not before you switch to the metric system.
The Caps and the Blackhawks are coming to you from Verizon Center Thursday night.
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