After ten days at home, the Washington Capitals have hit the road, kicking off their middle-America trip with a win over Bruce Boudreau, Eric Fehr, and the Minnesota Wild.
As befitting the game in which Tom Wilson returned from suspension, a lot of raucous stuff happened in this one. Dmitry Orlov opened up scoring for Washington, taking a nifty pass from Lars Eller to beat Devan Dubynuk. The dude Tom himself followed up, converting an Orlov pass for a crash-the-net (maybe too crash-y?) goal.
In the second period, precocious young child Andre Burakovsky backhanded another neat pass from Lars Eller to make it 3-0, but Mikko Koivu exploited a bad clear from Michal Kempny to crack Pheonix Copley’s shutout bid.
Dmitry Orlov capped off a gorgeous three-on-two rush with Wilson and Ovechkin to restore the three-goal lead. A few minutes later, Nicky Backstrom faked a shot to set up TJ Oshie for another lovely rush goal. Matt Dumba (or was it Zach Parise?) scored a power-play goal from point blank in the third period, but that was that.
Caps win 5-2!