What a crazy night!!! The Washington Capitals stepped it up tonight, pushing through the loss of three players to injury and take the win.
The injury parade began in the first period. Tom Wilson took a massive hit into the boards. He left the ice for evaluation and thankfully returned to play. T.J. Oshie collided with Riley Sheahan and went down the tunnel. Before long Lars Eller would follow him and right behind him was Andre Burakovsky. None of them would return to the game. Word is that Oshie and Eller will be evaluated Saturday.
Other than the injuries the only other real action on the Caps side were the two penalties by Justin Williams. The period would end with JWill taking a two minute for roughing that would fold over into the second period.
Second period starts with the Caps on the PK, compliments of Williams. With three players out there was quite a bit of line shifting. For the most part Coach ran 8-92-10 90-19-17 82-92-43. The Caps would take two more penalties this period., which is not a great thing when they are already dog tired from the missing three forwards. Nicky was pretty amazing, playing defense without his stick! Nicky had the most ice time for the forwards as well as shooting opportunities. The period ended scoreless as the boyz in red closed down a Red Wings power play.
Going into the third period the players seemed to have a renewed determination to score. Shots were still not all they could be but they were controlling the ice.
Finally 54 minutes into the game Jay Beagle scored his fourth goal of the season assisted by Dmitry Orlov who picked up his fifth assist. The Red Wings pulled their netminder and just as they go up a man they go a man short on a tripping call. Holtby fills the net and ends the game with a shut out!
Here’s hoping the injuries are minor. Coach says they are all upper-body injuries and will be evaluated. We should hear more on Saturday.