A gap-toothed Troy Brouwer was the latest former Capital to make a cameo on NBC Sports Washington’s Greatest Hits series. Monday, the Capitals’ rights holder replayed the 2015 Winter Classic which pitted Washington against Chicago and was held at Nationals Park.
After 59:47 minutes of play, the Capitals and Blackhawks were tied 2-2. Washington had one final rush down the ice. And then Troy Brouwer became a god.
“All we wanted here was to get the puck (into the zone),” Brouwer began. “Ovi, they put a little slash on him. I can’t tell what he’s doing there, probably going for a call, but me, I see a loose puck, lift the stick, and do what we call a little turnaround jumper.
“Just because [Saad’s] stick is right there, I just turned around and fired it because I’m just trying to get it on net. Those turn around shots are pretty tough to pick exactly where you want to shoot and I was lucky enough that I put it under cross-gloves.”
Brouwer beat Corey Crawford to the far side of the net, eliciting a loud roar from the crowd.
Meanwhile, on the ice, Brouwer was mobbed by his teammates.
“I think I broke my neck in that celebration,” Brouwer said. “I just remember being in that pile and it was so much fun.”
Headline photo courtesy of NBC Sports Washington
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