Photo: Evan Vucci
The Capitals are mediocre when tied. It is most evident early in the game. You may have noticed this in the first half of Monday’s game against the Coyotes, when they sucked. The Coyotes controlled possession for the first 25 minutes during which Justin Williams kept hitting people in the face and Kevin Connauton, apparently a person who plays hockey, scored for Phoenix Arizona. It was the 11th time in 15 games the Caps have allowed the first goal.
Washington, however, is brilliant when trailing. After the enemy goal, the Capitals’ possession chart looked like an escalator when the Coyotes’ looked like a piddling moving walkway. Two and a half minutes Connauton scored, Evgeny Kuznetsov finger twirled his way to a tie game. The Caps continued to pressure the ‘Yotes, missing a few chances at some gaping nets.
In the third period, Ovechkin added a perfect snipe to give Washington the lead. Later that same minute, Mike Richards added his first goal with the Capitals. Baby faced Connor Murphy got one back for Arizona, which made us very nervous, but eventually very happy. Caps beat Coyotes, 3-2.
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— steph (@myregularface) February 23, 2016
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Forty-four wins and 92 points for the Caps. It’s February. Last year, the Caps won 45 games when the regular concluded in April. With 44 wins in 58 games, this is the greatest start in NHL history.
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