Oh, look. Holtby’s mask came off during play again. This is fine. I am fine.
I’ll get to the Penguins-Capitals game, and the debut of Mike Sullivan, and Oshie’s big performance and everything, but first: it happened again. Braden Holtby’s mask came off again. I’m not making too big a deal about this. This is literally a disaster in the making and no one is freaking out enough in my judgment.
But let’s talk about the scoring first.
Nick Backstrom scored early on, snatching a pass from Oshie to beat Marc-Andre Fleury up the gut. Three minutes later, John Carlson took his own rebound and turned it into a two-goal lead, which the Penguins began eroding with Evgeni Malkin’s tip-in through traffic. TJ Oshie put the Pens back in the two-goal hole where they belong with a dandy wraparound in the third period. The Penguins got busted late in the game for having cranky pants, so TJ Oshie got another goal. Woo!
Caps beat Pens 4-1. 21 wins and counting.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 15, 2015
Joe B suit of the night
Well, that was a fun, end-to-end game with a bunch of highlights and big saves. Fans in attendance or watching on TV probably had a blast, which means the coaches are probably furious. The head coach is the natural enemy of the fun hockey (endangered status, currently can only be found in Dallas), so I imagine both teams will try to stop us from seeing a weird, 80-shot game like this again. Good while it lasted.
Also good: The Caps won again. Wow.
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