Some corrupted bastardization of the Washington Capitals summoned an eldritch win over the New York Rangers on Monday night. In a hockey year that has been hockey weird, this game was downright spooky.
There were lot of goals from the shambolic revenants who think they still play Caps hockey. For starters, Nic Dowd scored a rush goal, and Conor Sheary added on with a nifty assist from Michael Raffl.
Mika Zibanejad ended the first period and began the second period with a pair of goals, as he always does against Washington. The Rangers took the lead off Kaapo Kakko’s stick, but Garnet Hathaway tied it up late.
Four minutes into the third period, Daniel Sprong pulled off some more elite moves to restore Washington’s lead. Our only good son Nicky Backstrom fended off two Rangers D to extend the lead. Tom Wilson added an empty-netter.
(No “Bailamos” tonight. House rules.)
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) May 3, 2021
There was a tornado in Frederick tonight. We’re all fine in RMNB land, but it was scary. If you were caught in it, I hope you’re okay. I suppose I was just sorta distracted by it, which is a blessing. But for that distraction I can’t muster my usual outrage over Wilson’s smartness, or my worry for Ovechkin, or my tongue-clucking “boys will be boys” smirk for Kuznetsov and Samsonov.
Tonight was weird, but not really in a fun or funny way. I didn’t like Ovechkin playing and leaving. I didn’t like Tom Wilson being a dipshit. I didn’t like Panarin getting hurt. I didn’t like Kuznetsov and Samsonov being two little rascals.
But I like that the Rangers were officially eliminated, and that a bunch of winsome depth guys gutted it out and played terrifically while down two or three guys. So I’m conflicted.
Like I said: it’s been a weird year.
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