The Washington Capitals inspired confidence with a well-rounded 2-1 overtime win against the Hurricanes. The Caps controlled the play in the first but couldn’t find the back of the net despite hitting three posts (two by Jason Chimera and one by Taylor Chorney). Braden Holtby didn’t have to do much heavy lifting at the other end.
The third period was pretty uneventful with not many shots or zone time for anyone. Some would call it boring hockey. I would call it boring hockey.
Alex Ovechkin won it in overtime. He was on the ice with Evgeny Kuznetsov which is like playing OT against the Red Army of the 80’s and simply unfair. But then the play was reviewed as Canes coach Bill Peters claimed Kuznetsov entered the zone with his skates ahead of the puck. Replay is awful.
The goal stood and the Caps won. Party time for the Caps, season killer for the Canes.
- With the theme of the last two weeks being slow starts, it was refreshing to see the Caps be the clearly superior team in the first period. They won the CF% battle 21-16 and had the better of the zone time.
- I try to avoid complaining about the officiating when possible. In the second period and throughout much of the contest it seemed the Canes, who we were reminded on the CSN-DC broadcast several times is the least penalized team in the league, sure seemed to get away with a lot of obstruction as a means to slow the Caps down.
- I am starting to think Orlov could use a few games off. Him and Brooks Orpik together are terrifying to watch.
- Things that were straight fire tonight: Alex Ovechkin. The Chimera-Johansson-Williams third line. Williams is a 3-D printer – a miracle that makes everything instantly better, a game-changer.
- Jay Beagle started overtime. Really, Trotz?
- Holtby stopped 25 of 26 shots. Most were from the perimeter but a few tough ones were sprinkled in. I thought he looked calm tonight.
The Caps earned that win. They won the first two periods by possession and generally seemed to have the better of the play. Kuznetsov and Ovie in OT are unfair. Onwards.