The Caps had little to fight for on Monday night in St Louis. They already had the division and home ice locked up with 100 standings points and counting, and the team was weary from having played in Pittsburgh just last night, but I guess playing spoiler for the Blues proved to be sufficient motivation.
Vladimir Tarasenko owned the lone goal of the first period, but the Caps came back furious in the second – first with Backstrom’s 20th, then a solo effort from Chiasson, then a highlight-reel goal from Andre Burakovsky. Patrik Berglund kept it close with a sharp-angle deflection to make it 3-2 heading into the third. Ovi got the empty netter in the third.
Caps beat Blues 4-2.
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) April 3, 2018
The Blues had about a 70 percent chance of making the loffs prior to tonight. That is lower now. This Washington win is a gift to the Colorado Avalanche. Now let’s just hope no one got dinged up too bad.
Headline photo: Dilip Vishwanat
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