This is from a play where Ovi thought he scored. He did not, but it’s a nice thought.
The Washington Capitals looked good enough on their season-opening homestand, but against the miserable Calgary Flames on Tuesday night they looked something otherworldly. A team of destiny, complete and competing. Maybe that’s just because the Flames are a mess though. Hey, let’s recap this thing!
The Flames scored first, but I wouldn’t fret too much over it. A bad clear by Brooks Orpik led to a turnover and an easy goal by the Gaudreau/Monahan duo. But I’m gonna put a paragraph break here to emphasize how much the game changed after that.
Andre Burakovsky tied the game after taking a stupid-good pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov. The second period was all Washington: Alex Ovechkin recorded his 900th NHL point excluding the preseason, postseason, and shootout. Then, within a minute Nick Backstrom and TJ Oshie each scored, thereby chasing Karri Ramo from net.
The Caps got meek in the third, allowing Mark Giordano to get up in Holtby’s grill and score to give the Flames some life. Jason Chimera promptly urinated on that life by scoring a decidedly un-hands-of-stone goal assisted by Jay “The Cornerstone” Beagle. Nick Backstrom hushed the Saddledome with a late goal assisted by Alan May’s new fave, Justin Williams. And that’s how a very good night ended.
Caps beat Flams 6-2. Bailamos!
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 21, 2015
Joe B suit of the night
That’ll do. For the start of a road trip, this modest 6-2 win will suffice. For a thirty-year-old Russian wing, 900 points by age 30 is sufficient. The other Russian with three assists is alright. The Swede who just got back from hip surgery and already has five points is adequate.
This team is okay. That’s enough for tonight. Don’t jinx it. For tonight let’s just dance.
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