Let me begin by saying, thank God I didn’t leave early due to snow!
The Washington Capitals overcame a 3-0 first period deficit to the Boston Bruins to win in overtime 4-3 on a brilliant Eric Fehr goal.
If I were photographing the game from rink side (instead of the press box), here are the “snap shots” I would have taken.
Snapshots 1 – 26: Alex Ovechkin dominated the game in every category but goal scoring. He led all players (both teams) in shots (4), attempted shots (4), missed shots (5) – yes, the NHL keeps track of missed shots, times slamming in the Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (2) – no, the NHL does not keep track of that stat, penalties (3) – leading to two Bruins goals and takeaways (3). He also had 3 hits and 2 blocked shots.
Snapshot 27: Five minutes into the game, the Bruins take the 1-0 lead. On a Capitals powerplay, Bruins Brad Merchant has a short-handed opportunity with only John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin to stop him. Carlson falls down, leaving Ovi to play defense one-on-one. Ovi hooks Merchant, leading to a penalty shot. Merchant completely fools goalie Braden Holtby, shooting between Holtby’s legs. The goal looked too easy.
Snapshots 28 and 29: The Bruins complained about missing on several odd man rushes in the third period. True. However, the Caps had two odd man rushes themselves in the first period in which they didn’t even get a shot off. First, Ovi, Mike Ribeiro and Matt Hendricks. Ovi tried a pass thru the seam to Hendricks breaking to the net. Pass intercepted. Second, Ovi and Ribeiro had a 2 on 1. Ribeiro hesitated and didn’t make a pass or shot.
Snapshots 30 and 31: Braden Holtby first period, and Braden Holtby second , third and overtime periods. Holtby let in 3 goals on 9 shots in the first, and no goals on 24 shot in in the second, third and overtime periods. One goalie; two different players. His best save may have been 15 seconds into the third period. The game was 3-2 Bruins. An early period goal would have stopped the Capitals momentum and probably any chance to win.
Snapshot 32: The tying goal with 6 minutes left in regulation. Caps go coast to coast. Steve Olenksy to Nicklas Backstrom to Eric Fehr to Wojtek Wolski. Three vertical passes and a goal between two defenders. This seemed to be a pattern of the night – pass to the guy closest to the net.
Snapshot 33: The money shot. Eric Fehr. Falling down. Between two defenders. Over goalie’s left shoulder. The crowd goes wild.
Defenseman Steve Oleksy got his first career point – an assist on Mike Ribeiro’s second period goal.
Forward Tomas Kundratek got his first career goal, pulling the Capitals within one.
The Caps have won 7 of their last 10 games… is it time to start thinking about the playoffs?