The night started with lightups and loud, and we mean, LOUD fans. And thankfully the house was pretty red–hardly a Pens jersey could be seen! Well done friends!!!!
The game started like we expected, physical and fast. Andre Burakovsky got things going with a little help from is friends Jason Chimera and John Carlson put the Caps on the board. The first period ended 1-0 Caps.
The second period started so slow we weren’t sure the were really playing. Fans thought there were lots of missed calls against Pens– probably right.
It was all good until the Pens (Ben Lovejoy) got one over on Holtby. Fans stayed loud and like the players, we weren’t giving up.
There was a lot of back and forth scoring; first Evgeni Malkin scored and then TJ Oshie got one past goaltender Matt Murry to even things out by the end of the second period. TJ came back in the third period, followed by Nick Bonino.
By the end of the third we were tied up again forcing the game into overtime.
The crowd could barely contain themselves.
OT started with a flurry of red nightsticks and horn blowing from Sam to get everyone one ready. Both teams clearly wanted the win, but it was Oshie who scored the game winning goal and the hats flew onto the ice!!!
The Pens challenged but nah- it was the Caps night.
Pens waiting for the review in OT
We kind Of like this team a lot.
See ya Saturday for Game 2. Go CAPS.
Optional practice Friday at 12:15 at Kettler which means a handful of the tired players will be there. Pens will also be at Kettler for anyone interested…(be classy Caps fans)
Morning skate is scheduled for 10:15 Saturday followed by Game 2 at 8 pm.
As the regular season draws closer to its conclusion the Capitals as a team are right where they need to be. There is only one thing that goalie Braden Holtby has left to accomplish before the postseason begins: Win one game to tie, two to own, the record of most games won in the regular season–a record currently held by three- time Stanley Cup champion goalie, Martin Brodeur. Recently Brodeur commented on the milestone that the young goalie is chasing: ”You need to play a lot of games, you need to be on a good team and you’ve got to perform,” said Brodeur who is now assistant GM of the Saint Louis Blues ”And he’s checking all the boxes.”
The compliments don’t stop there; Other goaltender greats like Roberto Louongo said, ‘It’s time to stop referring to him as a young goalie, He’s here and he’s one of the best in the league. I’ve always thought that he was a great goalie, but obviously this year he’s taken it to another level.”
And retired goalie Evgeny Nabokov said ”When the team got a little bit better defensively, I think now he’s at the spot where he can win close to 50 games. It’s been coming. It’s not like he came from nowhere.” Evgeny Nabokov was close to the record himself winning 46 games in the 2007-08 season with the San Jose Sharks.
Every time a goalie with as much dedication and motivation as Holtby has, plays the way he has, players everywhere take notice and respect for the determination of an outstanding player that is at the best of his career. To take a record from a goalie that shaped the way goalies play today is truly a complement to Holtby and his success.
He might not realize it just yet, but this is just the beginning! There are a lot more games to play and many more records to break but when you break a record that Brodeur held, you’ve done something few people will ever do.