Washington Capitals, just when I thought you couldn’t possibly break my heart any more, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!
Pictured: Me rn
This is how the Caps beat the Penguins, then almost lost, then won off the stick of their worst player this postseason. This stupid, stupid team.
Nick Backstrom, with the patience of a majestic fox, scored a funky one on a first period power play. The second period went on for 78 hours but did not change the scoreboard. Evgeny Kuznetsov shook off his snakebite to score a patient goal of his own with ten minutes left in the third.
With two minutes left and an empty net, Evgeni Malkin positively destroyed the puck, scoring on the short side. With one minute left an the net still empty, Justin Schultz’s point shot got a good bounce to tie it. The Penguins forced overtime.
But in overtime, can you believe it, Kevin Shattenkirk won it on a power play. Hahaha. This team is so dumb, I hate that I love them.
Caps beat the Penguins 3-2 in overtime! The Pens lead the series 2-1.
So Marc-Andre Fleury's warmup routine includes doing cartwheels in full gear pic.twitter.com/ml0iyiasTw
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Chief O’Brien photo of the night
I had a great conclusion. It was full of flowery language. It was about how Braden Holtby came back from getting pulled to playing a shutout — no wait, scratch that — one-goal game — no wait, scratch that — cementing his legacy as one of the most clutch goalies ever to play beyond number 82.
I had a thing about how Game Four is the biggest game this franchise will play in a long time, which I suppose is still true.
That conclusion is gone now. Instead, for one night, let’s let Kevin Shattenkirk out of the Escape Goat pen. He’s an OTGWG hero, and that’s not bad for a Monday.
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