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Caps vs. Flames Recap: Ovi and Oshie Light Up Calgary 4-2

The Washington Capitals snuffed out the Calgary Flames Tuesday night at Verizon Center, riding a vintage performance from Alex Ovechkin to a convincing victory.

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The greatest goal scorer of his generation would only be denied for so long, as the Washington Capitals got right back to winning on the back of their superstar patriarch Alex Ovechkin.

Here's Tuesday night's Plus/Minus:

Plus: Alex Ovechkin, the Once and Future King, has returned.

Minus: Justin Williams took an utterly terrifying Dmitry Orlov slapshot to the head in the second period and crumpled like a sack of wet barber’s combs. Williams was alright, and returned to the bench after a brief check-up in the locker room.

And now, this...

Ten more notes on the game:

1. Today was the first Caps game day of Spring, and as roses and daisies and daffodils and dogwoods begin to bloom, the two-lips fans were focused on inside Verizon Center were on the face of the commemorative Braden Holtby bobblehead giveaway. As you may remember, the Capitals held a bobblehead election in November (unless you're like me and have Ctrl+Shift+Deleted all memories of the word "election"), and Holtby won. His polymer likeness is quite dashing, if I do say so myself. See ya on the aftermarket, baby!

2. Not to be outdone by a 6-inch plastic werewolf caught 70% of the way through the transition from beast to man, Andre Burakovsky also excited Verizon fans with his second game back from a broken hand injury. 7 minutes into the first frame, Andre picked Johnny Hockey’s pocket at center ice and took off the other direction. Bura laid a beautiful feed across to Evgeny Kuznetsov who hit the forehand-backhand three-wheel motion and slid a pancake far side like eating breakfast with Gary Larson. The horn sounded, and it was 1-0 Caps.

3. Lil’ Johnny Hockey Who Lost His Poor Sock Key (that doesn’t make sense, sorry, nursery rhymes are hard) made up for his faux pas foe pass just three minutes later. Gaudreau laced a fresh assist like threading a pine needle, finding Sean Monahan who beat Holtby high and hard to tie the game at 1-1. The score would hold through the intermission.

4. The Capitals came out firing like a Metro car in need of maintenance in the second. They dumped shovelfuls of shots on the Flames, recording 20 doorknockers to Calgary’s 6. None of them counted more than faith, trust, and pixie dust until just three minutes remained in the period. Alex Ovechkin perched on the goal line like a hawk, firing a beauty of a pass straight across the crease to TJ Oshie who pounded it home like a prodigal piledriver to make it 2-1. The goal was Oshie’s 30th on the season, the first time he’s ever broken that milestone in his career. It’s also the first time a player not named Ovechkin has been the first to 30 goals on the Capitals in 10+ years. Boy, this cat is going to be expensive.

5. Then, with just ten seconds in the period showing on the clock, New Kid On The Blueline Kevin Shattenkirk finally broke through like a tardy wrecking ball to make it 3-1 Caps. Shatty a.k.a. Shat Deuces a.k.a. Marty Shattenheimer fired an experiment from the point that found its way through traffic and into the back of the net. It was Shattenkirk’s first goal as a Washington Capital, and his 12th on the season. Bienvenido a la fiesta, mi amigo.

6. The third period was a battle of attrition, a World War One of robust backchecking, until oh my God can you believe it was seriously him Troy Brouwer finished off a tick-tack passing play and potted a puck that cut the Caps’ lead to 3-2.

7. But then, because as Alfred explains in The Dark Knight, “every now and then, people deserve to have their faith rewarded,” Alex Ovechkin blasted home a classic power play laser from his office courtesy of Kevin Shattenkirk to stretch the lead to 4-2.

8. That would be all she wrote. The Capitals head home two points richer, and the Captain, minus one whole heap of rust and one pesky dorsal monkey.

9. Alex Ovechkin looked to be back to his old self tonight, signing the guestbook to the tune of 11 shots, 1 goal, and 2 primary assists. Ovechkin also drew a penalty, and though he did squander a couple chances, was so vintage that your hipster little sister is asking to borrow his jersey. That makes my heart tingle and my brain inch ever-so-slightly further away from stress-induced aneurysm.

10. Nick Backstrom had 3 assists tonight, and has 7 in his last two games. He has more helpers than Santa; in fact, Backstrom is now tied with wunderkind Connor McDavid for the league assists lead with 57.

Now that’s more like it, huh? Great production from everyone tonight. Hit the showers, boys! Next up is the Blue Jackets at home on Thursday.

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