The Washington Capitals needed one period to warm up against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. Once they were warmed up, they scored a whole bunch, making Pride Night at Capital One Arena a raucous and celebratory affair.
Artem Anisimov gave Ottawa an early lead with a tricky goal on the rush that Samsonov seemed not to expect. The Caps took over in the second period, starting with TJ Oshie’s slot goal, then a one-timer from Radko Gudas, and a lovely drive by Alex Ovechkin.
Oshie extended the lead early in the third period with a great pass from Nicklas Backstrom, then Lars Eller piled it on. That fifth goal chased Craig Anderson from Ottawa’s net, only to subject backup goalie Marcus Hogberg to a one-timer goal from Ovechkin.
In honor of Pride Night and the big-scoring game, here’s a house remix of Bailamos.
Justin Williams is at PNC Arena in street clothes tonight, and it is my understanding that in less than 24 hours he will be in PNC Arena in a Hurricanes uniform. Nothing is done or certain but it's getting close.
— Sara Civ (@SaraCivian) January 8, 2020
JOHN DENVER LESBIAN ICON
— Stream Archie &the Bird Brains on Spotify (@tictacbergerac) January 8, 2020
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) January 8, 2020
Getting real for a brief moment: Big News made it really hard to concentrate on — let alone enjoy –tonight’s game. I know intellectually it was just couple weeks ago that millions of people were contemplating peace on Earth and goodwill towards all, but that feels like it was distant history now. I’m not trying to make this space about world news or anything, but I just want to be candid in case you notice that my enthusiasm or focus is off. And, if you’re feeling the same way I am, well, at least now you know you’re not alone. I dunno. I’m grasping at straws.
Tomorrow the Caps will play in Philadelphia. It’ll be another Pride Night, which should be fun. I hope. See you then. Sleep tight. Peace on Earth. Goodwill towards all.
Headline photo: Washington Blade
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