I wanted to like Monday’s opponent, the Buffalo Sabres. They’re a young team with a superstar rookie and a good coach. Amanda’s a fan and she’s got decent taste. But then a dude hurt Justin Williams and then that same dude hurt Michael Latta and then he stomped around the ice as if he needed the Hulkamaniacs to re-energize him. At that moment I decided the Capitals must crush the Sabres, which is exactly what they did.
Alex Ovechkin scored on the first shift of the second period, one-timing a pass from Nick Backstrom from below the goal-line. Jay Beagle made it 2-0 with a gift of a goal.
Caps beat Sabres 2-0! Braden Holtby is perfection!
But first: RIP Lemmy.
John Carlson did not play, a fact that has not been true since April of 2010, 412 games ago, back when the world was simple. (I predicted he wouldn’t play 82 last season, and I was happy to have been wrong.) Carlson is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, and I bet he’ll play game number one of a new streak very soon.
hockey players + smelling salts, feat. Deslauriers pic.twitter.com/hormlCMYsK
— steph (@myregularface) December 29, 2015
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Joe B suit of the night
We’ll see these guys again on Wednesday, when Eichel and Kane and Deslauriers will come to town. I have a feeling we’ll be hearing more about all three of those guys very soon.
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