The Capitals are finally back from the bye week! The All-Star game was much less fun without Alex Ovechkin’s ebullient energy, but he got to rest, swim with dolphins, and spend time with his family. Because that’s punishable by suspension he was not available for Friday night’s game against the Calgary Flames.
So the Washington Capitals played a hockey game without Alex Ovechkin for the first time ever in franchise history and, somehow, won. Two newbies got good hugs, Tom Wilson stepped up in Ovechkin’s absence and became the team’s spiritual and physical hug leader, Kuzy did the Kuzy thing, and Braden Holtby FINALLY GOT THE GOOD GOALIE HEADBOPS HE DESERVES.