The Edmonton Oilers were a bit drowsy after their loss on Saturday night loss to the New York Rangers. The Washington Capitals were rested, but they just aren’t a very good hockey team right now, which is a bummer, but not enough to keep them out of the win column.
Sunday’s game was scoreless through forty minutes, which maybe doesn’t illustrate how one-sided play was. Early in the third, Jujhar Khaira got a dirty goal from up close. Dmitry Orlov returned fire after an excellent pass from Tom Wilson, and we headed into overtime, which was buckwild but fruitless.
So here’s some shootout bullets!
Caps win 2-1 in the shootout! Somehow!
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) November 13, 2017
Even with the win, this was not a good hockey game, the Caps were really lacking in their performance, but that’s not the same thing as saying that 2017-18 Caps are bad. They might be right now, but the dreariness of nights like this isn’t immutable. Everything looks broken because the Caps are so stifled in their own end by a defensive corps that is so obviously lacking. That’s okay. It’s November, and Matt Niskanen isn’t playing. But if they’re stuck in the mud once Nisky is back, and they’re still icing Brooks Orpik for 23-plus minutes a night, and if Ness and Chorney are still on the active roster, then, well, woof.
Headline photo: Patrick McDermott
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