The Washington Capitals hosted the NHL leading Vancouver Canucks last night at Verizon Center in Washington, DC and came up just a little short. It was not the Capitals best recent game, but it wasn’t their worst either. Three things to note: 1) The Canucks looked good. Really good. Good like last year’s regular season Capitals. 2) While the Capitals may not have played well enough to win, they got the short end of the officiating stick for the second consecutive game. 3) Eric Fehr took it in the right shoulder when he collided with David Steckel in the third period. Hopefully it’s not too bad, but it did not look good. Will @AndrewGordon10 be on his way back up to the big club? Will Brian Willsie make a rapid return? We’ll find out on Sunday.
Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (#30) sprawls to protect his net from Washington Capitals forward David Steckel (#39) and Matt Bradley (#10) during their NHL ice hockey game at Verizon Center although both Capitals would score later in the game
The Washington Capitals left last year’s Vezina Trophy winning goalie Ryan Miller sprawling last night getting three past him from Nicklas Backstrom, Matt Bradley and David Steckel. Alex Semin added an empty netter to seal the win at 4-2. Coach Bruce Boudreau mixed up the lines last night putting Backstrom on the second line centering Semin and Laich while moving up rookie Marcus Johansson to center the first line with Alex Ovechkin. I thought there was a lot to like about these lines aside from the fact that Ovechkin continues to be mired in…something. Despite the fact that the Capitals seem to be *gasp* making do without Ovechkin hitting the scoresheet in a meaningful way, am I alone in wanting some more Ovitine about now, please?
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