Reunited and It Works So Good: Ovi Backy Oshie
The Florida Panthers came to Washington to win and it looked like they might the way Roberto Luongo was playing. The Cats were first on the scoreboard with Jarad McCann navigating around Kuznetsov to tip the puck in 1-0. There was a lot of speed on the ice but it seemed as if the Panthers were in control most of the period. There was that moment when the Holtbeast had an amazing save on a wrist shot–he just spread out post-to-post and the fans went crazy.
Dmitry Orlov was called for tripping with less than a minute left in the period and Florida would start the second period on the power play. BTW- did anyone else catch Dima’s little tap on the head of Vincent Trocheck before headed off to the box? Any way, the period ended with Florida holding the lead – the first time the Caps have trailed at the end of the first period all season 1-0 Panthers.
Also of note: Jaromir Jagr was back in DC playing for the bad guys and getting in the middle of a scrum that didn’t really amount to much other than a good photo op! Jagr left with a little over four minutes left in the second and never returned. Something about a cramping in the groin area…we’ll just leave it at that…
In the second period the Caps looked like they would pick up the pace and maybe take control of the game. On the Panthers side, McCann seemed to be all over the place- riding the Caps most of the period. Ovi was reunited back with TJ Oshie and finally with a shot from Ovi, OSHIE finds the net and WOO-HOO the arena was alive once again tiring those nasty cats 1-1.
There was a bit of confusion when Aaron Ekblad was called for a high stick against Macus johansson. First it was a two-minute minor and the Caps started on the powerplay. Then we hear there was blood and it was a double minor – and then it wasn’t. Penalty clocks were finally set for 2 minutes.
Luongo kept squeezing and stopping while the we keep waiting to see if the Caps could take the lead. Luongo just wouldn’t take a breath and let a goal in. We ended the second all tied.
Now the third period – that was when the Caps kicked it into high gear and stunned the Panther’s goalie. But first the Cats would score one on the Caps on a power play after a high-stick was called on Marcus Johansson. Reilly Smith backhanded the puck through Holtby’s five-hole giving the Panthers the 2-1 lead. Then Ovechkin would deflect a shot from Brooks Oprik and record his seventh goal of the season. Nate Schmidt got a piece of the assist too. Next up, Oshie would go top shelf and give the Caps the lead with this second of the night and sixth of the season. 3-2 Caps. The Caps were finally beating Roberto at his best when Lars Eller grabbed a rebound from John Carlson and a two-goal lead for the win at 4-2. Panther’s coach wasn’t too happy about it but the goal held as did the lead.
Caps ended a well-played game with their fifth win in a row!!