It was a boring yet wild night in Washington as the Coyotes took a visit to the Nations capital. Martin Erat and Mike Ribero, both former Capitals, made their return to the Verizon center to take on their former teammates. We’re not going to talk much about the 1st and 2nd period, you all know why.
So to the third we go. Let’s paint the picture for you. Capitals are down 2-0 in the third, looking as if they we’re about to lose again. Verizon Center sounded as if it was empty. But the legendary bearded man named Karl Alzner changed all that
Alzner’s second goal of the season, and his second goal at Verizon Center, sent Washington fans into a frenzy. The goal came 9:45 into the third. The Coyotes lead was cut in half.
When it rains it pours, Brooks Laich and the rest of the grinding shift made their way onto the ice, knowing what had to be done to keep their season still alive. A feed from Jason Chimera allowed Brooks Laich to burry the puck to tie the game 2-2 just minuets after Alzners goal. Brooks Laich told NHL “We said we need to enter the offensive zone cleaner, and that’s what we did. Chimmers slipped of his check but did a great job to get back on it and send the puck my way.”
As the game was winding down the Capitals were skating on the man advantage. Nicklas Backstrom ripped one which bounced off Mike Smiths pad and left a juicy rebound for Troy Brouwer. Brouwer smacked the puck into the back of the net to give the Capitals a crucial 3-2 lead with four minuets left.
The Capitals comeback win was a season saver. Two even strength goals were also huge for this team. Jaroslav Halak also looked good in his debut for Washington. A 31 save night was huge for this team. The negatives are simple and clear, this team needs to play a full 60 minuets. They haven’t done that since their 4-2 win over Boston.