Mike Brown #18 of the San Jose Sharks and Aaron Volpatti #24 of the Washington Capitals fight during the first period at Verizon Center on January 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
The Capitals welcome the Sharks to Verizon tonight for the first of two meeting this season. The Sharks come in missing potential rookie of the year, Tomas Hertl, and Canadian Olympic team snub, Logan Coulture. The Caps are abysmal against the Sharks (1-15-1), Sharks are also a team that starts well (outscoring opponents
51 make it 52-22) so Caps need to start and finish well.
Brooks Laich had a great chance early when he received a slap pass while he was sitting back door. He couldn’t handle the pass and was visibly upset with himself.
The first goal didn’t come until ex-Penguin (who we play tomorrow BTW) Tyler Kennedy tipped in a Jason Demers slap pass from distance. The beaut was the first goal TK had ever scored against the Capital despite his days with the arch-rivals. The goal made it 1-0 with 6:30 left to play.
Ovechkin tied the game at 1-1 with 7:16 left to play in the second. In his first shot of the game (yes really, I know right?!) from the bottom of the left faceoff circle. The shot beat Nieme above his head before he could get into position to make the save. Alzner deserves some credit for the goal, as he got the primary assist, his pass set up the Ovi one-timer.
The Sharks were tenths of a second away from putting themselves ahead before the break. Luckily the period ended before the puck found the back of the net.
The 3rd period was a spectaculor one for spectators. Attack both ways but no one found the back of the net. The Caps PP that came with 1:12 left in the period carried over into overtime. The to a shootout we went!
- Eric Fehr stoned
- Joe Pavalski miss wide
- Ovi shot wide
- Marleau scores
- Backstrom backhind wide, Caps lose another SO
- Laich had a perfect chance to score, has to put it home
- Volpatti fought, sadly that is all he can really do at this level
- Caps had 7 of first 8 shots, Sharks had 8 straight before goal
- Caps had a 10:18 shotless streak in first
- Annti Nieme was phenomenal early, and well the entire game (also Ovi scored when I was typing this)
- Alex Ovechkin was shotless until I started this bullet and he then scored, so there’s that
- Mark Edouard Vlasic, when he is not playing hockey he helps his family sell pickles by dressing up as a stork (no not really 😦 )
- Sharks got first pp, Cap got second with 58 minutes gone