What did you expect from the first period of Friday’s Caps game in Chicago? Did you expect two goals from Jay Beagle?
No you did not. Shut up. SHUT UP.
Get ready for a mean pair of beagle.jpgs.
Every game, Alex Ovechkin seems to do something that is jaw-dropping and reminds you why he’s one of the greatest hockey players on earth. Against the Flames on Sunday, Ovechkin made a pinpoint pass to Matt Niskanen, but it wasn’t with his stick. Ovechkin redirected an errant pass from Justin Williams using the heel of his skate. It landed right on Niskanen’s stick.
Check this out.
Entering Saturday’s game in Vancouver, Barry Trotz made a big change to the forward lines, bringing Tom Wilson into the top six. That move drew criticism from soft-handed, overeducated elites from websites such as R.M.N.B. dot com, but it worked.
Wilson scored in the first period after a dandy pass from linemate Evgeny Kuznetsov.
In the first period, Dmitry Orlov had the hit of the year, sending Matt Duchene head over heels. But he wasn’t done yet.
Later in the period, the Russian dynamo fixed all of the Caps’ power play woes, authoring a brilliant slap pass to Alex Ovechkin. The Russian machine one-timed the puck past Semyon Varlamov, scoring his first goal of the season.
The only reason Caps-Pens Game One went to overtime is because Alex Ovechkin didn’t finish off this golden chance set up for him by Nick Backstrom.
This pass is unbelievable.
Someone hose Evgeny Kuznetsov down; he’s on fire.
Tuesday night, Evgeny Kuznetsov continued his dominance in three-on three overtime, registering his league-leading 38th primary assist of the season on Alex Ovechkin’s game-winning goal. And it happened on Russian Heritage Night at Verizon Center.
Coming into tonight’s game, bearded beauty Karl Alzner had scored 15 career goals in eight NHL career seasons. Saturday against the Bruins, Alzner tallied number 16 and his fourth of the season. It was amazing.
Basically, Alzner forgot he was a passive, stay-at-home defenseman and started aggressively forechecking behind the Bruins net. What resulted was a pass and score that more resembled a goal connection between Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 41st goal of the season and 516th goal of his career in the first period of Caps-Maple Leafs game. Unlike many of the 515 tallies that preceded this one, Ovi didn’t really have to do anything.
Ovechkin’s Swedish BFF, Nicklas Backstrom, did all the hard work, authoring a brilliant saucer pass — on his backhand — right into Ovi’s wheel house. The Russian Machine then one-timed the puck home past Jonathan Bernier to give the Caps a 2-0 lead.
Andre Burakovsky hasn’t had many opportunities to score. A mainstay on the fourth line when he manages to crack the lineup, Burakovsky has hit the back of the net just a handful of times this season. But if you pair him with Evgeny Kuznetsov’s otherworldy passing, good things will happen.
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