The Washington Capitals have finally returned home to Capital One Arena, and their first game back was a qualified triumph over the New York Rangers.
The game kicked off quickly with a goal from Chris Kreider in the first 21 seconds. The Capitals looked sleepy as heck. But, Nicklas Backstrom saved the day with a goal late in the period. Only 21 seconds after that (a theme here), Michal Kempny scored a five-hole from the slot and gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead.
Tom Wilson scored his third power play goal of the season, but Brady Skjei scored a weird one for the Rangers to finish the second period with the Capitals up 3-2.
Once again, a quick goal from the Rangers tied the score at 3-3. Nic Dowd clearly didn’t want to lose this game, so he scored his sixth goal of the season. This was a game for those named Nick/Nic because Nicklas Backstrom tallied his second of the game for the boys in red. The Rangers tied it 5-5 with a couple goals to bring the game to overtime.
A final goal from Evgeny Kuznetsov in overtime secured two points for the Capitals. To be honest, the goal might have been from Ovechkin….but as Kuzy said after the game, “It doesn’t matter”.
Caps win 6-5 (OT).