The Washington Capitals dropped the Pittsburgh Penguins in a home-ice battle that had everything you love: Braden Holtby heroics, explosive Ovechkin goals, knee-on-knee hits, unpunished butt-ends to the face, runaway penalty jags, nearly blown Caps leads, and Sidney Crosby’s face.
Alex Ovechkin gave Pittsburgh a 35-second headstart and then scored with a delightfully retro drive. Ovi continued his tour through goals of yore with an Ovi Shot from the Ovi Spot in the second period. In the third Justin Williams worked his old butt off to give Washington a three-goal lead, which was good because the Pens pushed back hard.
Evgeni Malkin busted Holtby’s shutout with a goal on a dubious power play, but Nick Backstrom nullified it with a lovely layup assisted by TJ Oshie, who committed the slash that served up Patric Hornqvist’s power-play goal. Lars Eller got an empty-netter to summon bailamos.
Caps beat Penguins 5-2!
Nothing is forbidden anymore!
— Joe Beninati (@JoeBpXp) January 12, 2017
he is too precious. He gave my daughter his Courage cap after warm-ups pic.twitter.com/2upZNnEOLo
— JENN #ALLCAPS (@JennGH_CapsFan) January 12, 2017
Alex Ovechkin's 1st NHL point and 1000th NHL point side by side pic.twitter.com/NEv5nNMQTo
— 4th round sporps??? (@OVECHKlN) January 12, 2017
Alex Ovechkin and a horse with the same hair as Alex Ovechkin of the night
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 12, 2017
A very good boy of the night
Hey, friends, can we talk real quick? The world outside is an overflowing toilet, but in our tiny little corner things are good. Washington’s hockey club enjoys the sport’s best scorer and the sport’s best goalie, and we get to enjoy them both.
I’m bringing Dr. Girlfriend to Friday’s game against the Blackhawks (section 416, what up), and it’s perfect timing. The team is good and — more often than not — they are also bracingly fun to watch. Ovi is still Ovi, and he’s got a supporting cast that’s stronger than this club has seen in a long time. If they can knock off the knucklehead stuff, there’s not much than can stop them.
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