Wednesday night, the Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues played in a preseason game and for 59 minutes and 53.1 seconds, it made sense. There were goals, there were saves, there were penalties, and there was a fight – all normal things that happen in hockey games.
And then on the Capitals’ final shot of the game – everything broke. Nicklas Backstrom heaved the puck from the neutral zone towards Blues goaltender Evan Fitzpatrick. The puck bounced in the left circle on its side, changed directions, and beat Fitzpatrick cleanly through the arm and body.
So what I’m really trying to say is, you guys, Nicklas Backstrom scored the game-winning goal with 6.9 seconds remaining in the game.
It was nice!
“OH LOOK AT THIS!” NBC Sports Washington’s Joe Beninati yelled. “A skip shot from deep! A bad hop! Potential game-winner!”
Fitzpatrick threw his head back in disgust as he slid out of the crease.
The best part of the goal was all of the laughing.
Such as the goal hug.
And Backy’s skate back to the bench.
The postgame celebration too.
After the game, Capitals head coach Todd Reirden was asked if he thought Backstrom saw something which inspired him to shoot his shot.
“I think you guys have all watched him enough to know that he doesn’t really dump a lot of pucks on net normally,” Reirden said grinning ear-to-ear. “He’s as crafty and as creative as they come. I wouldn’t put anything past him.”
So in summary, Nicklas Backstrom used his infinite hockey wisdom and scored with 6.9 seconds left in the game to give the Washington Capitals, who crafted the very tweet below, a 3-2 regulation win.
WITH 6.9 TO GO SOMEHOW NICKY SCORES FROM V-LONG RANGE! NICE!
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) September 19, 2019
I think this download I had before the game was a sign.
Just updated my computer with the latest version of Firefox pic.twitter.com/DDERwlU15x
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) September 18, 2019
Headline photo: NBC Sports Washington
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