For the first fifteen minutes of Tuesday’s late-night game in San Jose, the Capitals seemed a bit rusty. But once the fourth line starting crashing the net, the flood gates opened. This was a clinic.
Melker Karlsson outraced Radko Gudas to put the Sharks up early in the first, but the Caps came back harder. Garnet Hathaway got one up close, then Jakub Vrana exploited some lazy defense, then John Carlson released a danger-close slapshot to make 3-1 after twenty minutes.
Hathaway scored his second goal of the game in the second period, taking a pass from Nic Dowd and paying the price for it. Jakub Vrana got jealous, so he scored his second goal of the game before intermission, making it 5-1 after two periods.
The Sharks pulled Martin Jones for the third period. The Sharks got one more past Holtby, but that was that.
It’s a late-night Bailamos! Listen at a reasonable volume or else you’ll wake up Aileen.
this is my new favorite celly pic.twitter.com/8Vws5PjQ79
— HockeyKot (@hockeykot) December 4, 2019
Most points by a defenceman prior to the 30-game mark since 1967-68
Bobby Orr (1974-75) 55
Bobby Orr (1972-73) 52
Bobby Orr (1971-72) 45
Bobby Orr (1970-71) 45
Bobby Orr (1969-70) 41
Al MacInnis (1990-91) 41#ALLCAPS John Carlson (2019-20) 40
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) December 4, 2019
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 4, 2019
— Ben Raby (@BenRaby31) December 4, 2019
Gudas skates to the locker room pic.twitter.com/Bc9kUDqQPB
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) December 4, 2019
— Good Tweet Pete 🌮 (@peterhassett) December 4, 2019
Woo. That was a lot of fun. The history of the Caps in San Jose has not been a happy one, but tonight/this morning did not follow that pattern. That was a genuine delight, even if was painfully late. I’d like to thank everyone who shared pics of your pets. I know it’s a goofy gag, but it sincerely warms my otherwise icy cold, somewhat bereaved heart. (You should definitely browse the good good photos.)
Now go get some sleep. We’re gonna do this all again in LA tomorrow.
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