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Caps beat the Canucks 6-4 in a brutal game with two Ovechkin goals

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Washington Capitals followed behind the Vancouver Canucks. It was an ugly game with a happy ending.

First, Alex Ovechkin made a power play sign with a little help from Thatcher Demko’s pads. Elias Pettersson took a soft position late in the quarter after Darcy Kuemper’s mishandling, but Lars Eller was back in the second period by just a few seconds. Bo Horvat tied again with a rebound, after which Curtis Lazar made an unexpected detour into a forward goal for Vancouver. JT Miller transformed a power play that could come back to bite Evgeny Kuznetsov, and the Canucks took third place 4-2.

Dylan Strome scored strong early in the third half, after which John Carlson hit Demko’s short side badly and tied with eleven minutes. Then Alex Ovechkin gave a perfect pass to Conor Sheary for the player who won the match. Alex Ovechkin added another one for good measure.

Cap wins.

  • In this game from the first fall, the Canucks dictated the game. Boudreau may not have horses, but he knows how to ride them. Is this something people say? It’s done now. Combined with Washington’s frivolous defense, the Canucks put up a persistent attack that gave Vancouver the advantage, at least until the third period.
  • there are canucks blew a bullet I’m a little worried about Bruce Boudreau’s job in every game this season. He is still a world class coach.
  • Alex Ovechkin scored two goals: the first and second goals of the season – also the 781st and 782nd goals of his career. Nineteen behind Howe. I’ll smugly point out that the assist for the first goal came from Marcus Johansson, which I’m sure you’ll dare in the comments, but I think he added instant added value to his power play.
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov lost his temper after he missed his chance to score. His two-handed, post-game high bat against postmodern iconoclast William S. Burroughs may and will deserve some attention from DoPS. Get me two spades.
  • By the way, Kuznetsov made three assists.
  • First Caps goal Dylan Strome’s photo.Looks great to me so far. There are no numbers, it just detects ambient vibrations around it.
  • So what’s the party line about it? Darcy Kuemper do you smell? I think he was smart to play the puck or the Canucks would have taken a shot on the spot. What he didn’t expect was pocky ice passing by the puck stick at Capital One.
  • Peter Laviolette made some line changes in the second period. He moved Sheary from line four to first with Ovechkin and Kuznetsov. This clearly paid off with the winner of the match. Oshie, Strome, and Brown played together until Brown was injured. Oh, speaking of:
  • Connor Brown hurt. he has slammed by vaping enthusiast Noah Juulsen early in the third. It looked like a leg thing. He went down the tunnel and never came back.
  • A few minutes later, Kuznetsov hit a pretty hard four against four, but remained in the game because the concussion watchers were fake.

Smashing Pumpkin hanging out of the night

Joe B team of the night

This is one of those games where random things are more important. I’m worried about Brown’s injury and Kuznetsov’s discipline. I love that Sheary gets into the first six minutes. I’m worried about Bruce Boudreau’s job. But for the most part, I don’t like Caps being pulled out of the box by a clearly inferior team, even if they do get together late.

At least they didn’t lose to the Arizona Coyotes tonight.

Title photo: Pennybacker