Here’s a segment from Blake’s awesome Super Bowl blog to hopefully get you feeling good about this game.
“While the Caps don’t generally play well in afternoon games, they do play well on Super Bowl Sunday matinee games. Overall they are 17-11-2 the day of the Big Game, including 8 straight wins, spanning Super Bowls XXXII-XLV (there were 6 Super Bowls during that time frame where they didn’t play). My favorite weird fact about the Caps Super Bowl Sunday history, is that when the Caps win, the NFC has won 11 to the AFC’s 6, but when the Caps lose, the NFC and AFC have split the games about evenly. This is clearly a causal relationship.”
Things you just love to see. SO, even after that Rangers loss, and knowing how terribly awful we did against the Flyers last year, you’re saying there’s a chance??
Here’s a pretty cool story about Maillet making his NHL debut at 28, which is wild in itself if you really pay attention to hockey, and minor leaguers and when guys are up and down. I mean around that age you’re thinking no chance, right? Just play out the AHL career, maybe go over to Europe on the back end, but nope, here’s your call up big man so let’s see what ya got. He played in 61 games for the Hershey Bears last year going 17G-27A–44 PTS and TBH no clue who he’s gonna be skating with. At the time of writing this, it looks like that Caps are going with the 11/8 lineup so he’ll be getting juggled around throughout the game. I mean, the roster is absolutely crippled right now, like we have NOBODY. Vrana to COVID protocol list, Osh babe hurt, Lars (maybe) back. Luckily, we hope, is that the Flyers continue to play like “an absolute fucking mess” as my good buddy and Flyers fan Matt Krep texted me this morning.
Lastly, the boys are in blue today again. Hopefully these are good luck or something, idk I think we’ll need it today. And we get to see the Great 8 rock these bad boys for the first time. That’s good for an auto two goals. Let’s fuckin’ rock blue.
Alex Ovechkin is very good at hockey. Like, very good at hockey. It’s the first period, but from what we’ve seen so far, he’s feeling it, and it’s one of those games. We’ll start with his goal on the pepper. Willy brings it in the zone on the right and just fires it board to board to a wide open (lmao stupid Flyers, literally wide open) Ovi who’s trailing in the zone, collects it, takes a couple steps in and just absolutely rips a fucking rocket over Harts left shoulder and the Caps are off and runnin’ with a 1-0 lead.
Think that was good? Watch this. Like I don’t even know what to write, just complete savagery out of Big O. Watching this live was insane. Collects it, into the zone, the vintage between the legs, does he lose it? No? Bouncing puck? Shit he’s got it.. oh he dished it.. OH THERE’S WILSON AND A 2-0 LEAD in the blue jerseys. That’s it, it’s official. Ovi is unstoppable in the blue jerseys (based on a one period sample size) and with that I say wear them everyday.
The Flyers would however cut into the lead with under two min to play as they’d break into the zone, drive the net and cause a fire sale in the crease where Scott Laughton would bury it home and with that we’re right back in a one goal game. Here’s the good news, we’re well on our way to hitting the over.
Two min left in the first, and a lil over two min into the second it’s the Flyers tying the game at two. I hate these early and late period tucks, total momentum killers and can just swing a game. It’s Laughton with his second and this is one I put on VV. He goes for a poke at a puck that’s coming in front of him cross crease where he has Panik and NO FLYERS near there. But, instead of letting it slide through, he make’s an agressive poke and sends the puck right to Laughton for his second of the night.
Guess who else has two goals in the game? Trick question answers OVI. (idk how a guess can be a trick question tbh) but the big man is having a game like I mentioned he might and was above in the first period recap. He literally turns and hammers a blue line bomb, get’s it blocked, and then gets it right back from Backstrom and hammers it home to give the Caps a 3-2 lead. My god I love Ovechkin.
About four minuets later the Flyers would tie it yet again as the Caps just can’t seem to find the time to settle in after taking a lead and running a shot at extending it. This one was a legit BOMB as Hagg walks into a drop pass from Aube-Kubel and just cranks it past VV and we’re in a 3-3 game, which means the over has cashed ladies and gentleman. Flyers would take their first lead of the game later in the period on an unassisted JVR snipe over Vanny and ladies and gentleman…. Washington Capitals Goaltender Craig Anderson.
Stop me if you’ve read this already in the blog; Alex Ovechkin is having a game. I mean, the entire FIRST LINE is having a game. Ovechkin is at 2-2–4, Wilson is 1-3–4, and Backstrom is good for 1-2–3. The first line was literally like… wait? Half the team out again? Ight we got this. What an insane game tho, we’re in for a treat in this third period. Stay hot L1.
Stop me if you’ve also heard this; early and late period goals are absolute killers. Flyers come out early and Couturier makes it a 5-4 game on a spin-o-rama pucks that finds it’s way under Anderson. Couts would then draw a 4 min minor and Chara get’s sent to the box for a high stick. Caps would kill it off while holding the Flyers to just one shot. Caps would buzz but no dice, Flyers would push down on a rush, get a puck on net, and a Laughton hattrick pretty much seals the deal. An ENG makes it 7-4. Over 6.5 $, Caps ML a fat loss. Enjoy the Super Bowl.