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Capitals win despite strange goal, big deficit

Mar 13, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

You’ve heard the cliche before: “hockey is a game of bounces.” Rarely is that statement revealed as the honest-truth quite like this wacky goal allowed by Michal Neuvirth.

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John Tavares ended up getting a gimme stat on that one, but he “earned” another tally and assist to show that it wasn’t just a night of flukes. (Tavares also found the net in the skills competition, by the way.)

That wacky goal seemed like it would tell the story of a disastrous missed opportunity once the score was 3-0 and 4-1, but give credit to the Washington Capitals, who redeemed their goalie by earning a 5-4 shootout comeback win.

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That triumph gave the Capitals four wins in a row and a temporary hold on the top spot in the Southeast Division – along with the third seed that would come with it. The Florida Panthers jumped right back into first place in the division with a 5-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but either way, things certainly look better for Washington now than they did when they were down 3-0 and 4-1.

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Perhaps this is the type of win Washington can build something special upon, but Neuvirth will likely just be happy to be able to laugh – a bit – at that bizarre goal.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Matt Hendricks is FILTHY! Made Nabby look like a Rookie

  2. bmoreredfury311 - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Shake and Bake Matty H, couldn’t get a call our way but who needs it.. CAPS

  3. dcfan4life - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Second straight comeback against the Islanders, down 2-0 the first time in the third, down 4-1 in the second tonight. Hope the winning continues. I did say the Caps would win at least 4 games on this road trip didnt I. Guess no ones laughing at that now.

  4. kotteintheslot - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    I dont want to jump the gun, but the Southeast doesnt seem to be as big of a joke as everyone has made them out to be. Florida is only 4 points behind Boston, who is reeling right now and the Caps are only 3 points behind Ottawa for the 7th seed. If your going to make fun of the Southeast, put the Northeast in that category as well. The Southeast is not that bad, but the Atlantic Division is just stacked.

  5. bcjim - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    I have to sit through a 30 sec commercial for *each* video? Really?

    People have been trotting out “this is it, must win” for the Caps for weeks but the next 5, literally, will make or break. 4 road, 1 home and 2 B-to-B’s. They get 6 of the 10 possible points I’ll be happy and they’ll probably be in. 5 points…eh I’ll take it. 4 points…not good less…disaster road trip.

  6. rg3isvictory - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    I’ve been talking about Hendricks hustle for the last two seasons and think his tuff guy image has made it difficult to be seen as much more. Hendricks=Heart and Soul of the Caps!!!

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