NBC picked up Sunday’s matinee game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals because 1) the NFL didn’t have an early afternoon game, and 2) Caps-Flyers sounds good, or, at least, interesting.
And yet, for 40 minutes, it was anything but. But in that final period, the Capitals reminded us why they’re streaking so hard in 2017: it’s because they’re bananas for goals.
First, Andre Burakovsky ripped off his shirt, drizzled oil down his chest, and scored all by his damn self. Then, Justin Williams caught a pretty pass from Marcus Johansson and roofed it. Matt Niskanen got involved with two goals: one, a classic passing sequence from Nick and Ovi, the second, an outside slapshot that Steve Mason should have had. Feeling left out, Justin Williams scored again, chasing Mason and bringing Neuvirth to the cage.
And the Flyers couldn’t beat Caps goalie Philipp Grubauer even once!
Caps beat Flyers 5-0! Nine-game win streak! Back-to-back shutouts! Unlimited power!
Tonight we dance.
— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) January 15, 2017
"Come on, Vince. Smile for the camera!" pic.twitter.com/dS8yaa07ff
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) January 15, 2017
Pictured above: Caps forward Nick Backstrom holds Caps forward Andre Burakovsky
Joe B suit of the glorious afternoon
I thought this was the trap game that would end the Caps’ streak. I thought they’d sleepwalk into this game, commit too many penalties, and leave defeated. I was right on the first two points, and gleefully wrong on the last.
Thanks to Grubauer for getting Washington through those first two periods. Thanks to Yung Dre for showing some spirit in the first. Thanks to Niskanen for kicking it up a notch with Carlson hurt. Thanks to the Flyers for collapsing in the third.
Thanks for being so much fun, Caps. Let’s go for ten. Let’s dance.
Headline photo: @Capitals
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