Photo: Ronald Martinez
This weekend’s game between the Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars had the makings of an epic Saturday night bout. The Caps and Stars are the two highest scoring teams in the National Hockey League. They boast three of the league’s top four goal scorers and five of the top 15 point producers. Both teams are the best in the respective conferences, making this a possible, albeit premature Stanley Cup Final preview. Instead of a title fight, we got an episode of Tiny House Hunters as we sat stupefied, trying to make sense of the madness — at least for most of the game.
The first period wasn’t pretty, but the Caps made it to the dressing room with the score nil-nil.
In the second, the carnage began. Mattias Janmark opened the scoring on a two-on-one less than two minutes into the frame. Despite Braden Holtby’s best efforts, Dallas’s deadly Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin went to work, hitting the back of the net three more times. By the time the period was over, the the Capitals were getting outshot 25-11 and Seguin was just four goals behind Alex Ovechkin for the league lead.
Ovi added a PPG in the third to ruin Kari Lehtonen’s shut out and put Seguin back in his place. The next shot the Capitals took hit back of the as well as Justin Williams made it a two goal game, somewhat making up for his idiotic turnover that cost the Caps a goal earlier in the game. Resident good at hockey lately person Andre Burakovsky added his 15th point in 12 games to make it a one goal game. But the hole was just too big. Dallas held on with despite ending of high drama. Stars edge Caps, 4-3.
Here's Todd Reirden perfectly summing up tonight's game pic.twitter.com/z0ieXe05kQ
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) February 14, 2016
Joe B. is the love of our life.
For 40 minutes, this game was garbage. The Stars are great, but the Caps we saw for two periods are not the same team they were at the end of last year. They authored a valiant comeback attempt, but it was one that shouldn’t have been needed in the first place. Nevertheless, that was a fun freakin’ period against one of the top teams in the league.
Let’s end on some high notes. Joe B. was back! He even had some words for you, dear readers.
If you’ve got a special someone, we wish you a fantastic day with whoever you hold dear. Even Peter, though he was probably too busy spending time with his girlfriend, a doctor, to express his goodwill towards you and yours. RMNB loves you too. Bunches. XOXO.
Finally, if you’re single like me, I have two points to make. First, if you’re a college-aged girl: hi! Second: Valentine’s Day is stupid.
Let’s slow dance.
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