January 27, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Buffalo Sabres in the third period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Capitals Tally First Win Of The Season

Capitals fandom can heave a sigh of relief now that it’s assured the team will not go winless. And to add to the spirit of warm optimism, Alexander Ovechkin has scored his first goal of the season! Everything’s back to normal! It’s 2009 all over again!

Okay, so he’s tied with John Erskine and Joel Ward is currently leading in goals but there is no cause for panic. In fact, I have compiled a list of reasons we should be happy as Caps fans at this very moment:

-Joe B. and Locker have more dead air to fill, which means amusing banter! This is especially good if you watch the games with people who like to do Locker imitations. If you don’t, that is something you should rectify.

-If the Caps do really poorly, ticket prices will go back down! Maybe they will even reinstate student ticket night, with $35 upper bowl seats that come with a Chipotle burrito.

-Adam Oates’ lizard-face is good for a few minutes of commentary every game. This is fun if you’re watching with non-hockey fans.

-Lowered expectations for next year!

-Backstrom’s Geico commercial is pretty cool. Pro tip: the best hockey commercials involve not letting the players talk (with ONE NOTABLE EXCEPTION).

-Beagle, Crabb, Chimera: what other animal names can you come up with???

-I think I must have gotten distracted while taking notes during the game, because one bullet point just says “Ameritel: your hometown place for copiers.”

-Then I got back into the game, because I wrote “Neuvy — shaking off the rust?”

Neuvirth will be starting against Ottawa, which marks his 4th consecutive start. Not that he was particularly challenged in the game against Buffalo (22 saves on 2 shots for sv% .917), but I think the lack of a preseason and the shambolic nature of our re-rigged offense was not doing him any favors. The four starts also shows a fair amount of confidence in Neuvy and a de facto installation of him as our number 1 (or 1A) guy.

This, obviously, is a little unfair to Holtby, who was playing under the same circumstances but wasn’t given the chance to ripen, and now has been relegated to 1B. It’s too early in the season to tell who the weak teams are that we can throw him against. but Ottawa does not look like one of them. On the other hand, soon we play Toronto twice in a week…

Tags: Alexander Ovechkin Braden Holtby Goalies Joe B And Locker John Erskine Michal Neuvirth Washington Capitals

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