The Washington Capitals took down the Ottawa Senators in overtime as Caps fans got their first taste of the new overtime style. A style that favored the Capitals style of play. Michael Neuvirth proved his is a part of the future of the franchise. Hard work was the theme of the night since nothing else seemed to fit as a sloppy early season game ensued.
Credit must be given to both goalies who stood on their heads in front of two teams that looked discombobulated during much of the game. Pascal Leclaire was a tough tender to beat. It took the grit of Brooks Laich and newly signed Matt Hendricks to pay off for Alex Semin and Eric Fehr’s goals.
Sloppy is as Sloppy does, the Sens would have an answer for the Caps tallies as Jarkko Ruutu waved his magic wand and snuck a deflection by midway through the second period for the Senators. Ryan Shannon took advantage the Caps inability to get through the neutral zone, used John Carlson as a screen and busted one by Neuvi to tie it up in the third, sending the game into extra time.
Alex Ovechkin squeaked one by Leclaire in the waning seconds of OT to give the Capitsls 2 points on the night.
The technically sound Neuvi proved himself once again in his third consecutive start allowing only 2 goals on 31shots.
The Penalty Kill looked aggressive and intelligent. Sens were held without a goal in 5 tries with the man advantage. Have our prayers been answered?
How about Matt Hendricks? Gets his first point as a Cap (on the primary assist on Fehr’s goal) and his first intermission interview as his reward. Lets not forget to mention him throwing his weight around and leading both teams with 4 blocked shots. Welcome to the family Matt.
The slow start of the first period showed hints of playoffs past as the Caps had a bit of trouble entering the zone on the Power Play. The Caps power play put up a goose egg on 4 chances on the night.
Alex Ovechkin looked off tonight- his puck handling, passing and even his decision making seemed foggy as he spent a fair amount of time in the sin bin. El Capitan seemed to take the Columbus Day holiday off with the rest of DC. All was forgiven as he notched the OT winning tally.
Speaking of the holiday, did Caps fans take the holiday too? Although the boxscore said 18,000+ in attendance, it didn’t look like a sell-out crowd to me.
John Carlson looked like he was struggling again tonight to find his role on the defense. As with the Great 8, JC74 redeemed himself in the OT setting up Ovechkin’s game winner.
And on a side note – big shout out to my ever lovely wife for letting this displaced Caps fan pull the trigger for Center Ice…oh and making me brownies.