The Caps have been less then hot as of late to be honest and haven’t be able to get a solid winning streak going, but with getting guys like Mantha back in the lineup just in time for a serious playoff push should help give the boys some much needed momentum!
The Caps start their Canadian road trip on a high note with a 5-4 win over the Calgary Flames who have been extremely hot as of late (Suck it @jenkinsa81)!
The Flames made it a 2-0 ball game off a goal by Elias Lindholm from a saucy pass from Johnny Hockey. The Caps answered quickly with a goal of their own by (red hot) Conor Sheary off a deflected shot by Lars Eller to bring the Caps within one.
Then after a solid Ovi hit in the left corner the puck made its way in front of the net off Kuzy’s stick and then not giving up on the play Ovi beats the Flames tendy with a quick wrister top cheese.
Anthony Mantha tied it again with a deceptively quick release off a backhand deke then wrister to beat the Flames goalie again top right.
With around 8 minutes left in the game Nic Dowd put the Caps ahead for good beating the Flames, stop me if you’ve heard this before top right shoulder. Guess the Caps watched the tape on Dan Vladar because the guy couldn’t stop a cold with any shot above his left shoulder.
Ovi then got an empty netter to finish off the game even with Lindholm getting another goal for himself for the Flames the Caps were able to sneak away with a solid win.
The Caps may have gotten outshot, but they made the most of their offensive chances by putting pressure on the Flames D causing them to make costly turnovers in their end.
Alex Ovechkin is now tied third on the ALL-TIME NHL GOAL SCORING LIST with 766 goals with Jaromir Jágr. Ovi is now only 35 away from passing Gordie Howe for 2nd All-Time and 128 away from 1st place and the Great One.
Also another cool little stat of the night tonight’s game was Ovechkin and Backstrom 1,000th game played together such a cool milestone for two life-long Capitals who in my opinion will have statues outside the arena one day.
This was one of those wins that can really help finish the season on a high note and build for a strong start to the playoffs. The Caps are back in action tomorrow against the Edmonton Oilers.