The Washington Capitals were back at Verizon Tuesday night meeting the Calgary Flames. Calgary is hanging on to the wild card slot and hoping a win will move them a little closer to clinching a spot. The first line was back to the Ovechkin Backstrom Oshie combination. We were hoping to see Nate Schmidt slide in somewhere, but unfortunately, he was scratched again with the return of Brooks Orpik…
Holtby in the net because after all it was Holtbeast Bobblehead Night!!
The Caps came out hard – shooting and all. Caps and Flames were four-on-four as Kuznetsov and Troy Brouwer shared a seat in the box. However….Kuzy bounced right back as the clock ran out and with a little help from Burky got the boys on the board 1-0. The Flames matched the Caps with a goal by Sean Monahan. Although the Caps were leading in SOG midway through the period, the teams ended with the Flames having 11 shots and the Caps with 10 for a very competitive game.
Back to the second period – not as strong a start for either team. after five minutes the Caps had three shots putting the Flames in a defensive posture. The Caps had a close call but Elliott in the net pushed back as the ref waved off what could have been a Burky goal. Caps finally went on the powerplay with Michael Stone hooking. By this time the Caps had plenty of almost a goal moments and twice as many SOG as the Flames. Unfortunately the Caps couldn’t make it happen.
But then again, TJ Oshie did score his 30th goal of the season and his first time scoring 30 goals in a season ever!! And he just turned 30. The magic number!! And Kevin Shattenkirk recorded his first goal as a Caps player. Second period ends with the Caps up 3-1.
Third period got off little fan fare; three shots between the teams after five minutes. With less then five minutes left in the third Brouwer scored his first goal against his former teammates closing the gap to 3-2. Not to be outdone, Alex Ovechkin scored his 29th goal of the season ending the game 4-2 in the Caps favor.
Congrats to Braden Holtby on his 300th game, a bobblehead, and a great game with some amazing saves. Winning feels good and to win against a team like the Flames feels even better!
Photos by Mel Abernethy