The Capitals welcomed a revamped Ottawa Senators to their home ice. Even though the Caps were playing the team in the last rung of the ladder in the league, nothing was a sure thing.
The first period had us a bit worried. The Senators were busy scoring on Btaden Holtby while Caps fans waited to see if the team would even get a shot off. After goals by Oscar Lindbert on a wrist shot at 16:44 followed by Anthony Duclair on a slap shot making it 2-0 Sens at the 12:50 mark. The Caps finally found they could shoot at the 10:07 mark with a wrist shot by Andre Burakovsky–ya know the guy we all thought they would trade? Eventually Caps forward Tom Wilson got on the board and then 53 seconds later Lars Eller did his thing and tied it up 2-2 end of the second.
The Caps returned to the second period having shaken off the rust of the first period. John Carlson went first followed by Osh-babe (TJ that is) holy-moly Brett Connolly made it 5-2. They waited a few minutes before TJ did it again. Goalie Nilsson may have kicked the net off the moorings.We liked how the ref made sure we all understood that the Caps got the goal in first. At this point the Senators thought it wise to bring in Craig Anderson to fill the net. 6-2 at the end of 40 minutes.
Evgeny Kuznetsov took a puck to the hand and trotted on down the ramp to have it checked out. Thankfully he returned for the third period. And then he scored. Maybe the Senators weren’t aware that the game had begun. The period was rather uneventful, which is fine. We think Holtby enjoyed the rest. Game ended with a nice 7-2 finish.
Assisting in the win tonight were:
Alex Ovechkin (2)
Dmitry Orlov (2)
Nicklas Backstrom (2)