The Washington Capitals played a thoroughly Capital-y game on Monday night in Buffalo. For forty minutes they were a mix of boredom and badness, giving up chances and goals to a team they should be much better than. But then Alex Ovechkin heaved the entire 19-player roster onto his shoulders and carried them back into the game.
It began with Marcus Johansson setting up Victor Olofsson as the Caps blew a breakout. Jack Eichel made it 2-0 with a god-tier effort on a second period power play.
Suddenly, in the third period, the Caps were a different team — which is to say: a good one. Alex Ovechkin notched his 48th of the season, then Dmitry Orlov tied the game off Ovi’s assist. Brandon Montour “scored” late in the third, but the goal was washed due to Jeff Skinner’s interference against Braden Holtby, pushing us into overtime. There the Caps killed an Orlov trip to survive to the shootout, so here we go with the shootout bullets!
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) March 10, 2020
What are the chances??
Carly rims a puck around right into the photo hole.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 9, 2020
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) March 9, 2020
I have no idea what we just watched. Those first forty minutes were punishment. And then the last period was actually pretty darn fun. This team– I dunno. They need to figure out who they are, and then they need to let me know.
Anyway, they’re up above the Flyers for the moment.
Jeez. What was that game?
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