The Capitals entered the weekend only one point behind the flyers. Washington was looking to continue it’s road streak winnings. Next on the schedule was Boston.
With the Flyers beating the Rangers that day, the Capitals were looking to stay one point out of a playoff spot. The Capitals would have to defeat the Bruins at TD garden to continue their push to the playoffs.
Once the game started the Capitals strong for-check led to strong puck possession. The Capitals pressured the Bruins in their offensive zone a lot early on.
The pressure would lead to a Capitals power play. Everyone know’s the recipe. Dish it up to the point and form their send it to Ovechkin. That’s exactly what the Capitals did. And in doing so the Capitals took the 1-0 lead midway through the 1st thanks to the slap shot that beat Rask from Ovechkin. The Capitals entered the second with a huge 1-0 lead over the home town Bruins.
The Capitals got another chance at the man advantage. Due to a Chris Kelly tripping penalty against Jason Chimera. The Capitals dished up the same recipe as before, get it to Ovechkin. A tape to tape pass from Johansson to Ovechkin in the slot was as good as it gets. Ovechkin released his wicked slap shot and beat Rask again to give the Capitals a 2-0 lead.
Ovechkin’s goal wasn’t only the goal to give his team a 2-0 lead, but his 800th career point. After the game Adam Oates had this to say about the milestone “Oh, that’s not a milestone,” he said laughing. “For him, he’s a focal point of the league. He’s the face of our franchise. It’s important that he does well for all of us.”
But Ovechkin had other words about number 800 “It’s history, “You always wants to be in the history. You always want to be on top of everybody. I try to do my best, but without my linemates and teammates I didn’t get those kind of points.”
Midway through the second the Capitals and Bruins took a center ice face off. After the puck dropped the highly skilled forWARD Joel Ward fought his way to the puck.
After squeezing past two defenders (Pretty much like Datsyuk) Wardo found himself on the breakaway. A sweet deke past Rask gave the Capitals a 3-0 lead at TD Garden.
The Bruins would add two goals to scare Capital fans but a breakaway goal from Eric Fehr would reinsure the Capitals 4-2 victory over the Bruins.
It was now time to take care of the real business. The Flyers were coming to town and the Capitals were looking for a regulation win and a playoff spot.
The game started aggressively and stayed like that. It was classic Flyers vs Capitals at it’s best, and it was on national T.V. The home team would be the first to strike. A pass to the streaking Dimitri Orlov set him up for a perfect slap shot. The Russian Rocket’s 2nd of the season gave the Capitals an important 1-0 lead over the visiting Fyers. But six minuets later the Captain of the Flyers responded on the PP. Claude Giroux slapped a shot in the Ovi spot to beat Holtby and tie the game up.
But the Capitals responded quickly, really quickly A perfect pass from Jason Chimera let the Silver Medal winning Swede Marcus Johansson tip the puck in to regain a 2-1 lead over the Flyers.
Mid way through the second stanza veteran Adam Hall tied the game up at 2-2. But yet again the Capitals responded quickly A sequence of passing, which included a no look pass from Joel Ward, gave Jay Beagle an empty net goal to regain the lead.
Where am I going with this. We all know what happens. For the second straight game a young Capital, this time Dimitri Orlov, boards a Schenn. In doing so the Flyers go on the man advantage for 5 minuets, they score once. But just with one minuet left the Flyers tie the game up and win in OT. The Capitals get a loser point and still only sit one point out of a playoff spot.
The Capitals blew their 14th two goal lead. Something that needs to change in order for the Capitals to one, make it to the playoffs, and two for them to make a run in the playoffs. After the game Oates said: ”I understand you want payback, but you’ve got to be disciplined,” Washington coach Adam Oates said. ”You expect the other team to have a push. But let’s not give them the push.”
Orlov could be suspended up to five games for his illegal hit on Brayden Schenn.
In the GIF from RMNB you can clearly see Orlov propels off the ice and doesn’t slow down. He also lands the bulk of the impact right on the numbers. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was suspended. It’s sad to see a 2-goal game from the kid go to waste in a 5-4 OT lost.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock Ryan Miller was traded to the St. Louis Blues. A trade that was expected to happen. The Capitals have yet to make a trade but hope to trade away Erat. His one goal isn’t helping his cause though.