The Washington Capitals took on my old favourite team, the Calgary Flames, in a nice Saturday @1pm game. The Capitals are notorious for being really good in midday games, right?
The lineup for today’s battle was the following:
Vitek Vanecek was welcomed back into the net with open arms after a phenomenal performance against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday where he made 25 saves on 26 shots in a 4-1 victory. The saves he made were not all easy either, as the Devils had many prime scoring chances that VV Swiper no swiping swiped away from their hands.
Also worth noting that Connor McMichael was playing in his third straight game after Hendrix Lapierre occupied the third-line centre position for the first two games of the season.
The Flames got the scoring started early in the first period on a power-play goal by Andrew Mangiapane after a weeeeeeeaak roughing call on Garnet Hathaway.
They followed it up with a dominating shift and a second goal, this one a one-timer scored by Elias Lindholm from the top of the circle to make it 2-0 just over 10 minutes into the first period.
Lindholm would strike again in the first period as he scored a shorthanded marker for the Flames after bumping John Carlson off the puck *sigh* and deking out Vanecek before roofing it to make it 3-0.
Tom Wilson took what looked like a pretty serious bump to his knee in a collision at the blue line, but he appeared to be okay after slowly making his way to the bench right near the end of the first.
The Capitals came out with a bit more intensity in the second period, and who else but Kuzy got the boys rolling with a SHORT-HANDED BREAKAWAY GOAL (!) after stripping Johnny Gaudreau of the puck. He continues to buzz and him on the PK this year is something I just can’t get over how much I love.
The comeback effort was furthered by Martin Fehervary who scored his first career NHL goal shortly after to cut the lead to one. I won’t say what Stat Guy Blake did to himself after, but just know he was a happy guy.
The comeback was completed late in the third when, who else but Alex Ovechkin carried the puck down the wing and absolutely ripped it top shelf to tie the game at 3 heading into the third period.
Unfortunately, Vanecek’s night was done and Ilya Samsonov took over the net after VV let up 3 goals on 14 shots.
Things couldn’t be settled in regulation and this game went to overtime where, who else but Elias Lindholm buried his third goal of the game. It was just a squeaker that snuck through the legs of Samsonov after both teams exchanged chances all OT.
The Capitals definitely didn’t start on time and didn’t play their best game overall, but their offense bailed them out in a game they truly had no business being in. They grabbed a point in a game they shouldn’t have gotten one in so you can’t complain too much.
Kuzy continues to play like a stallion, Ovi continues to score and Marty buried his first NHL goal. Although the result wasn’t what we wanted, you still can’t be too upset with the Capitals after five games.