Ah, the loffs. My old friend. We only see each other but once a year, and by the time he leaves me my apartment’s a mess, my body is a dumpster, and my mind is on the very edge of insanity. I love my friend, the loffs, so hard.
Game One between the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes was, um, everything. There was violence, then an explosion of goals, then a tense detente, then a defensive collapse, and oh god are we going to do this all the way into June again?
So here’s how it went. The Caps got stymied for ten minutes, but Nicklas Backstrom broke through right after that, besting Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek on the second shot of the night. Backstrom struck again with a power-play layup assisted by Evgeny Kuznetsov, then Alex Ovechkin added a power-play goal of his own before the first intermission.
After a scoreless second period, rookie Andrei Svechnikov changed the game with two goals to snap the shutout and then make it a one-goal game. For a long while it was agonizingly tight, and then Lars Eller secured the empty-netter to put this one in the books.
Caps win 4-2! Caps lead the series 1-0.
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) April 11, 2019
A personal note: I spent all day Thursday in bed under doctor’s orders due to exhaustion. I had a restful day. I felt good. I stayed hydrated. And then this game happened. And it’s like my flu had the flu. I lost years off my life tonight. And I’m so glad I did.
We’re back, y’all. Let’s dance. See you Saturday.
Headline photo: Rob Carr
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