Nothing is forbidden anymore. The Washington Capitals can seemingly surrender a two-spot to any team in the league just so they can have fun with the comeback effort. That’s precisely what we got in the home den of the New York Rangers on Sunday: a disheartening start, a soaring comeback, and lots and lots of fun hockey.
Taylor Chorney was the setup man in a lovely sequence finished off by Justin Williams for the game’s opening goal. Then it was all Rangers. JT Miller tied the game with a solo drive and a tricky release, then Chris Kreider got the lead by converting a broken play, then Dan Boyle converted a power play before the first period was up.
In the second period, the Caps clawed their way back in with a Russian team-up, Dmitry Orlov to Evgeny Kuznetsov, to make it 3-2, and then TJ Oshie crashed the net to tie the game again. An Ovi Shot from the Ovi Spot gave the Caps the lead, which Justin Williams doubled with a power-play gutshot from the slot late int he period.
Jason Chimera scored a shorthanded goal on relief goalie Magnus Hellberg. No, seriously. Evgeny Kuznetsov forechecked superbly to set up Marcus Johansson for the game’s seventh goal. SEVENTH. GOAL.
Caps beat Rangers 7-3! Hahahahaha))))
Obviously, this is a Bailamos game. OBVIOUSLY. Let’s dance. Take it away, Enrique.
Ovi's big hit behind the net pic.twitter.com/fhvNtGFJTc
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) December 21, 2015
— Pat Holden (@pfholden) December 21, 2015
Joe B suit of the night
Great night for everybody, really. The Caps scored seven goals! That’s a feat they haven’t done — jeez– only a month? (Wow.)
If I can be honest for a second, I was envious that I didn’t get to cover that thrilling comeback win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night. For that reason, I’m extra grateful to the Washington Capitals for not merely repeating the feat, but doing it even bigger as if it were a rare non-disappointing Hollywood sequel.
Let’s marinate on this for a second. We can’t let this go to waste. We’ve seen this team struggle and soar and struggle and soar and rinse and repeat. And we’ve seen them try some defense-first bullpucky that was boring and bad, a period of time when it was brutal to watch the team. But now they’re scoring five-plus goals with regularity. Enrique is showing up a lot. I guess all I mean by that is that I recognize how good this team is, and I appreciate it, and I’m enjoying it, and I’m ready for whatever’s next.
Whatever’s next is a game tomorrow night. See you then.
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