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Morning After: Son-shine Day

The Capitals put together another good game, taking away a 4-3 win in Montreal. Where this team has been all season, I don’t know, but it’s nice for them to show up now (or maybe not, if you think they should be bombing for a better pick). Nonetheless, it’s good sign because it shows head coach Spencer Carbery still has the room and he is the future. Finding the right coach is everything.

It was awesome to see Sonny Milano back after nearly two months out due to an injury, because the Caps are just better with him in the lineup. He’s reliable defensively but also has a lot of offensive skill, and he scored on a nasty tip in his return to the ice.

On the flip side, as usual, just when the Caps think they are getting healthy, someone else get hurt. This time it was Martin Fehervary, who made it less than three minutes into the game before leaving with a lower-body injury that ended his night.

Three Takeaways:

  • Aliaksei Protas picked the perfect time for his first goal in his last 29 games – and it ended up being the game winner (the first GWG of his career), as well.
  • Anthony Mantha might have been the best Caps player last night. He left with a goal and a pretty secondary assist, and created a couple of other scoring abilities. He’s finally becoming the player the Caps thought they got years back. Shame it didn’t happen until now, when the team isn’t in a great place overall, but at least he could be raising his stock for the upcoming trade deadline should the Caps choose to move him.
  • The power play has looked so much better the last couple weeks since they have been moving around, especially when he gets to the point. It’s throwing teams off and opening up more space, letting the Caps to whip the puck around a bit more and create some golden chances.

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