The Washington Capitals finally returned to action with a rowdy game in Montreal. The Canadiens positively ran the show during 5-on-5 play such that a Caps goal-scoring explosion in the second period wasn’t enough to withstand the Quebecois domination.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi got the game going with his first NHL goal, then Lars Eller responded by scoring on Matt Niskanen’s rebound. Brendan Gallagher opened the second period with an early goal and another one less than three minutes later. The second period closed out with another goal from Lars Eller and a pair of even-strength markers for Alex Ovechkin.
The Habs tied it with three minutes left in the third period as Kotkaniemi cleaned up a scramble in front of Holtby. The game went all the way to overti – just kidding, Max Domi got a lucky break to win it with twenty seconds left. An empty-netter made it a done deal.
Caps lose 6-4.
Look at those hands by Kuzy to setup Ovi!!!
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) November 2, 2018
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) November 1, 2018
So. Defense. What does it even mean? The word itself. Let’s split it into parts.
Def is short for Def Leppard, which I thought was heavy metal music when I was seven and hadn’t yet heard Venom.
And then ense, which is the sound of sidechain compression on bass and hi-hat in one of those fancy techno songs you youngsters like so much.
Together: Defense. The concept remains a mystery, as we saw the Caps expertly demonstrate in this frustrating (but fun-to-watch) loss.
This team has some work to do.
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