Hey, remember June 7? That sure was fun. Game three of the regular season didn’t have anywhere near the stakes of the Caps’ championship-winning night last summer, but the Vegas Golden Knights’ first trip to DC of the season was still fun as all get-out.
Evgeny Kuznetsov opened up scoring by finishing off a brilliant pass from Nicklas Backstrom on the power play. It was Kuznetsov again in the second period, this time setting up Ovechkin for a lovely rush goal. Cody Eakin struck back for the Knights with a nifty wraparound, but Holtby turned back the rest of Vegas’ attack until the second intermission.
The Caps kept drawing penalties in the third and punished Vegas for their insolence with a goal inverse to the game-opener: Backstrom from Kuznetsov. Reilly Smith returned fire with a net-crashing goal to keep it close with 13 minutes left. For his fourth point of the game, Kuznetsov took a pass from Brett Connolly to serve Ovechkin for the goal. Oshie got an empty-netter, and we all went home happy.
Caps win 5-2.
Goodness, another Bailamos game? Let’s dance!
Brooks Orpik goes down the tunnel after this hit by William Carrier. Orpik's head appeared to bang off the ice. pic.twitter.com/agGLmHdjYN
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) October 11, 2018
Now from the NHL:
Slew-footing is the act of a player using his leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent’s feet from under him, or pushes an opponent’s upper body backward with an arm or elbow, and at the same time with a forward motion of his leg, knocks or kicks the opponent’s feet from under him, causing him to fall violently to the ice.
Ovi on pace for an 82 goal regular season
— Holiday When You Get Candy Ryan Deem🦇 (@Ryan_Deem) October 11, 2018
the secret behind holtby's success pic.twitter.com/YjtB6UpKBE
— b. (@youripides) October 11, 2018
— Stephanie Mitchell (@WCStanley18) October 11, 2018
Joe B suit of the night, by way of Stephanie and company.
We’re three games into the season, and I sure like the headlines. There’s been more sloppiness than I’d want, and the depth isn’t quite as reliable as I’d hoped just yet, but it’s way too early to complain – and there’s not much time to do so anyway. The Caps are headed up to Jersey right now to face the Devils. See you here tomorrow night. Yay for hockey.
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