Photo: Amanda Bowen
Mike Green returned to Verizon Center for the first time since, eh, I’d rather not talk about it. The Detroit Red Wings and Washington Capitals played another one of their agonizingly tight games, but it was actually pretty good hockey, so it was fun to watch. But if this game were played in May, I’d be vomiting my soul up right now.
The Capitals didn’t wait long to score. Justin Williams took advantage of a broken play by Detroit to score his 600th career point. A little later, a dumb icing call gave Dylan Larkin the opportunity to set up Henrik Zetterberg for a smooth-looking goal. Detroit took the lead in the second period with Tomas Jurco’s first goal of the season. The Caps drew two penalties in the third period, the second of which Alex Ovechkin converted by crashing the net. Tied at two, the game went to 3v3 overtime, which is basically just NBA Jam for hockey. The Caps had to kill a big penalty in the extra period to force the shootout.
Caps beat Red Wings in the shootout!
Braden Holtby's mask is off again. Ouch. pic.twitter.com/FKhU3gN0ZH
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) December 9, 2015
— Ted Leonsis (@TedLeonsis) December 9, 2015
No Joe B suit of the night. That wasn’t exactly a neutral game call, was it?
Goals by Williams and Ovechkin, fun and free 3v3 hockey, two standings points, a shootout gimmick. and seeing good ol’ Mike Green. I’ve had worse Tuesday nights. See you Thursday.
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