Photo: Maddie Meyer
Ah, where were we? Yes, hockey! It’s like ballet on ice. You get the idea. Facing off against the Montreal Canadiens in their first game since Monday, the Washington Capitals got the jump early, showing no ill effects — but maybe a slight tan — from their Christmas break.
They pressed Habs netminder Mike Condon — minding the cage because Carey Price is out with a Michal Neuvirth — early, converting 6:45 into the game when Evgeny Kuznetsov redirected Nate “Heart Eyes Emoji” Schmidt’s slapper from the high slot.
In the second, the Caps jumped back on the board when Jay Beagle fired a rifle from the near circle on a three-on-four after an excellent setup by Tom Wilson. Montreal cut the lead in half on the next shift, as Washington’s second line repeated failed to clear the defensive zone. Eventually, Daniel Carr popped in the rebound off Andrei Markov’s wrister from the faceoff dot. The Caps continued to shower Condon in pucks, but the Canadiens reserve netminder held strong as Washington took a one goal lead into the final 20.
In the third, Jason Chimera picked up a loose puck, shot forehand, and flew one-legged toward victory. Caps top Habs 3-1!
Putting the Caps on the power play multiple times per period is a great strategy by a slumping Montreal team.
— RMNB (@russianmachine) December 27, 2015
Jason Chimera, your P/60 leader among all forwards on the PP, minimum 35 minutes. from War on Ice. pic.twitter.com/kLBgLz37kl
— Pat Holden (@pfholden) December 27, 2015
The Capitals have been winning ugly lately, which eventually leads to losing. Tonight, however, Washington was sublime, as they set up a forward operating base right in front of Mike Condon and refused to leave the offensive zone. The Capitals didn’t need Braden Holtby to bail them out this time, they just played great hockey. Seven straight wins for the boys in the retro red. They still have the best record in the NHL.
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