The Washington Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in a hockey game. That sentence doesn’t make it sound like a special night, but it was a really special night. The game was played outside at the Naval Academy, which was neat, and the Caps played excellently, which is basically unprecedented these days.
Evgeny Kuznetsov kicked us off, scoring from the doorstep on the power play. Zach Hyman fired back with a screened shot to beat Braden Holtby. Alex Ovechkin restored the lead after a solid pass from Tom Wilson to make it 2-0 (and to record his 598th career goal). Before period one was up, Nick Backstrom added a rare rush power-play goal assisted by Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Nazem Kadri gave the Leafs some hope early in the second, but John Carlson responded less than a minute later. Jakub Vrana converted a solo breakaway to make it 5-2 and chase Frederick Andersen from net. Nothing much happened in the third period aside from a major power outage that was not at all a metaphor for anything, thank you very much.
Caps beat Leafs 5-2!
Oh my goodness. It’s a Bailamos game! When was the last time we had a Bailamos game?! Nothing is forbidden anymore, for one night only! Turn it up.
— Tyler George (@tgeorge1323) March 4, 2018
The lights went out! pic.twitter.com/Qwphc7HXyh
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) March 4, 2018
Leafs take the ice! pic.twitter.com/WlE3HNmqpx
— THEPEERLESS (@ThePeerless) March 4, 2018
You know what? We never get to do this. Let’s do Bailamos again!
Enrique I. Bailamos of the night
Listen, we have a lot more coverage of the Stadium Series – more than I can summarize here. Whatever turmoil the team is experiencing right now, we just had a great night. Annapolis and the Naval Academy were wonderful hosts, and the team really stepped up on the big stage. I had low expectations for the outdoor game, and now I feel ungrateful and underserving. This was a delight. Thanks, Caps.
Headline photo: Dave Sandford
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