The Washington Capitals welcomed the better-than-I-thought Anaheim Ducks to town on Monday night for darn good hour-plus of hockey.
The only goal in the first period was when Tom Wilson scored his 100th career goal, a keen one-timer from low in the slot.
The second period got a bit out of control. The Zegras-Rakell-Milano line got two goals, sandwiching Carl Hagelin’s layup. Vinni Lettieri got a rush goal against the Ovi line to give the Ducks the lead, but then John Carlson cleaned up a rebound to tie it heading into the third period.
Alex Ovechkin went bananas in the third period but scored zero goals. Both teams, and both conferences, earned a standings point. Overtime was boring, so here’s some shootout bullets.
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With Washington’s lineup still dealing with gaping holes, Peter Laviolette started improvising lines late in this one. There was an Ovi-Eller-Oshie shift for a minute there. As much as Washington has been racking up points, this team is in another sense just barely getting by.
Also they’re trash at three-on-three overtime. But that doesn’t matter.
The Caps now get four days of rest before hosting the Penguins on Friday. I hope they perhaps stay apart, get healthy and off the COVID list. Maybe get a booster.
Headline photo: Molly (thanks!)
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