The Washington Capitals came into Tuesday night’s matchup with the Vegas Golden Knights huge underdogs and a long shot to win. The defending champions were -155 favorites (ESPN) and had won 12 of their first 15 games, sitting at the top of the league standings.
But the Capitals, younger and scrappier than in years past, found a way to win, combining fantastic goaltending, opportunistic scoring, and hard work on defense.
Inside the victorious locker room, Capitals head coach Spencer Carbery shouted out four different players for their contributions to the win. Unlike his predecessor, who gave out postgame awards like axes and ninja headbands, Carbery kept it real.