While the Nationals played their very first World Series game in Texas, the Washington Capitals continued their road trip in winning fashion with a competent victory over the Calgary Flames.
After a scoreless first, John Carlson continued his absurd scoring with a wide-angle wrister that had no business becoming a goal. And yet it did, as did a “shot” taken by Chandler Stephenson from behind the Calgary goal line. So, uh, yikes for Cam Talbot. Elias Lindholm scored a power-play goal on the rush, and then Austin Czarnik tied the score with a layup as another power play had expired. Just ten seconds later, Alex Ovechkin took a rush pass from Nicklas Backstrom to restore Washington’s lead 3-2 heading into the third.
Tom Wilson extended the lead in the third period with some nice teamwork by Vrana and Eller, and John Carlson notched an empty-netter. The Flames got a garbage-time goal, but it was over.
Hey just to put it out there, yes, this happened tonight.
— Washington 👻 Capitals (@Capitals) October 23, 2019
I don’t know what to say about it. I think maybe we all need some quiet contemplation about what it means to live in a world where that just happened. If you need to take a moment before reading the rest of the recap, I’d understand.
same energy pic.twitter.com/MK5LC1T1y1
— ghost meme (@HellsDanielles) October 23, 2019
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) October 23, 2019
Not a flawless game, and I’m growingly increasingly worried about some pattern-level stuff (I’ll discuss in comments), but it was also an important road win against an improving team. I’ll take that any day.
I just want to thank everyone who stayed up late with me, especially if you shared photos of your sleeping pups with me over twitter. Warms my ice cold heart.
Headline photo: Gerry Thomas
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