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Morning After: Staying Alive

Photo courtesy of the Washington Capitals

Two nights after going out and snagging a gutsy 2-1 win in Seattle, the Caps hit the ice in Vancouver…and did the same damn thing against the Canucks. It wasn’t always pretty, and it certainly didn’t feel like a sure thing until that final horn sounded, but the Caps put together another strong team effort en route to their victory last night. Despite falling behind early, they got timely scoring coupled with stalwart defense and goaltending to grab another two points in the standings.

Three Takeaways:

  • As his coach pointed out after the game, Ivan Miroshnichenko continues to show exactly that he deserves to be up with the big club, adding another point to his total – this time a beauty of an assist (his first in the NHL) that showed both skill and awareness to set up Tom Wilson in front of the net.
  • The Caps were fairly dominant in the second period, scoring both of their goals in quick order, but it was the third period that really showcased their team game, as Vancouver came at them hard in an attempt to tie things up and outshot them 11-4. Everyone was locked in – from Charlie Lindgren, who was stalwart in net once again, to Alex Ovechkin blocking shots and Hendrix Lapierre preventing goals.
  • One only has to listen to the things being said about him this weekend to understand what T.J. Oshie means to this Caps team, and observe the outpouring of love he’s gotten from all of us fans to see what he means to the DMV as a whole. It really felt like the team wanted this win for him, especially after he gutted out whatever made him a gametime decision – and the way they executed the win was, as Coach Carbery noted in the room after, a game played in true 77 fashion.

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