The Caps barely beat Rangers 5-4

The Caps barely beat Rangers 5-4

On a gloomy Sunday afternoon, we hunched around the flat screen to watch the Washington Capitals take a big lead over the New York Rangers, then almost blow him up on national television.
After a scoreless first period, Tom Wilson took the rebound from Jakub Vrana and turned it into a goal. Alex Ovechkin added a non-angle deflection goal, then Wilson got his second of the day to make it 3-0 after forty minutes. It was fun, but it was over.

The Caps were way too loose in the third period. Evgeny Kuznetsov came in with the fourth row to give the Caps a 4-0 lead in the third period. Colin Blackwell put in the puck to get Samsonov’s shutout, then hit a close range to make it 4-2. TJ Oshie’s eighth goal of the season brought us to Bailamos territory. Alexis Lafreniere rebounded to make it 5-3, then Chris Krieder scored a power-play goal to make it a one-goal game.

The caps win! barely

Five more goals? Let’s blow up Enrique a bit.

  • The Washington Capitals lost one game in settlement, dating back to February 21.
  • National broadcast on NBC cast Tom Wilson like today’s game villain, but instead, he’s become the hero. Wilson had a fierce game, starting with a strong, clean blow on his first shift. He scored two goals, drew a penalty, and used his combat meditation skills to completely embrace the Rags and the broadcast team.
  • In the first period, Mika nearly scored his fifth goal in as many games, conceding an under-goal shot to the face of TJ Oshie. In place, Dmitry Orlov saved him.
  • Colin BlackwellThe two goals of his third period push had something in common: Jakub Vrana was on ice for both. Vrana saw the ice once more (not shown below). He played a total of 10:13.
  • Ilya SamsonovThe two-game shutout attempt ended 37 after shots were taken. He had been kept alive thanks to Orlov’s big backup and also a few remarkable pings from Artemi Panarin in the first half and Zibanejad in the second. Things got pretty rough for him in the third period, although the Caps also seemed to be losing their temper, giving the Rangers way too many stares. This team’s turtle strategy is in tatters.
  • Alex Ovechkin had a big turn in the second period to bring him to 18 goals this season. He has 11 goals this month.
  • The Caps’ power play remains freezing, going oh-for-three and scoreless PP in five games.

No Joe B. Yuck.

The Caps are now the undisputed leaders of their division, two points ahead of the Isles with a game in hand.

Although they are leaders in the standings, they are still in progress. The PP spits, their protection against the pellets is non-existent and they gradually alienate my special boy Jakub Vrana. Let’s see if they can make some adjustments.

Caps vs Rangers RMNB coverage

Screenshot courtesy of NBC Sports


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