Two Swedes, one box
George McPhee traded prospect Filip Forsberg away sometime in the late 80s in exchange for Michael Latta, who is a nifty fourth liner, and a skunked case of Labatt Blue. We drank the beer, and then Forsberg scored twice on the Caps in Nashville on Tuesday. Don’t care. The Caps are still the best.
Tom Wilson, of all people, was involved in the Caps’ first two goals. In the first he assisted Jason Chimera, and in the second he swatted a saucer pass from Marcus Johansson. Filip Forsberg, dammit, scored on a power play in the second period.
In the third, Justin Williams put the Perds in a two-goal hole with an impressive scramble in the Nashville crease. Marcus Johansson welcomed himself back with a goal of his own, but the Preds struck back with goals by Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg (oh come the frick on) in quick succession. Alex Ovechkin got the empty netter.
Caps beat Preds 5-3! Four wins in a row!
Al Koken suit of the night
We’re all insufficiently grateful for Braden Holtby, who recorded his 34th win. If this were 2010, and it basically is, the Caps would be handing four spots to every opponent and then the boys would have to do some nutty stuff to eke out wins. Now, with actually reliable goaltending, the Caps have a totally different vibe. Or at least they’re supposed to. Tonight was an exception. Yeah, that’s it.
I liked Marty Erat by the way. He got a ton of 5v5 assists that season.
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