The Washington Capitals knew that Thursday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets was important. With the Jackets nipping at the Caps’ heels in the standings, a win would have a big impact on playoff seeding. The Caps played appropriately: shoveling shot after shot on the Columbus net, but that’s not always enough.
The Caps had a ton of offense, but the game remained scoreless after two. That’s when Seth Jones delivered from the blue line to put the Blooj on the board. Dmitry Orlov did the same, scoring on his comrade Sergei Bobrovsky from the other blue line to tie it up.
Rego and overtime passed without a decision, so here come shootout bullets!
Caps beat Jackets 2-1 in the shootout!
— Joel Wasserman (@joelw_762) March 23, 2017
A SCOARLOV on Russian Heritage Night pic.twitter.com/U9lMn7BsXd
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) March 24, 2017
Joe B suit of the night
Way too good of a performance to end in the shootout, but so be it.
Tonight was Russian heritage night at Verizon Center, and what appropriate timing. Russia is in all of our minds these days for good reason.
That reason, as we all know, is The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov’s posthumous masterpiece. Master is a scathing satire — needling the autocrats at the center of the Soviet Union as well as the feckless society that empowered them.
But more importantly to me, Master is about how, through courage and hope, people can defy authority and transcend their political realities. That wasn’t true for the author himself, but you can make it true for yourself. I have faith.
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