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Ovechkin, Capitals steal a strange one in shootout

Mar 29, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

If hockey was a sport based on merit alone – and thus devoid of bounces and luck – you’d have to think that the Boston Bruins would have creamed the Washington Capitals tonight. In a way, though, the teams’ strange game matched the flow of an old school professional wrestling match with Washington eventually gaining the 3-2 shootout win.

Caps hook the tights

Consider the Capitals in the role of the “heel” or villain – and not just because of a questionable hit by Jason Chimera on Adam McQuaid. They essentially snoozed through the first 40 minutes, managing just nine shots in that time yet keeping the score 0-0. Then one could say that Alex Ovechkin did his best Ric Flair impression, “hooking the tights” with two opportunistic assists to give him 14 points (10 goals, four helpers) in his last 12 games.

(Hey, you can say what you will about Ovechkin’s overall disappointments and the team’s tough season, but what about his work during the stretch run? It’s getting harder to say he isn’t “clutch” considering that he’s seemingly only being productive in clutch times in 2011-12.)

Naturally fitting in with the theme of the Capitals’ up-and-down season, the Bruins scored two quick goals to make it 2-2. Consider that turnaround the hockey equivalent to Hulk Hogan “hulking up” at what seemed like the brink of defeat.

Eventually Brooks Laich was the one who scored the “pin” by beating Tim Thomas with a beautiful backhand shootout move, but it was a wild one before that.

East bubble update

Regardless, the Capitals generated those crucial two points, although they technically remain in ninth place:

7. Ottawa: 88 points, 34 regulation/OT wins with five games left
8. Buffalo: 86 points, 31 regulation/OT wins with five games left

9. Washington: 86 points, 36 regulation/OT wins with four games left

The Capitals currently hold the tiebreaker advantage over Buffalo, which means the Sabres will likely need to finish with at least one more point to take the final spot (assuming that the Senators don’t stumble out themselves). It’s not an impossible request, but as we’ve discussed before, Washington is going to need some help to get in the playoffs. Especially since it appears that Tomas Vokoun aggravated his groin injury on just his first game back Thursday.

Luck was certainly on their side for most of Thursday night, though.

  1. subliminalnoize - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    HENNY SHAKE AND BAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • subliminalnoize - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      Oh yeah, If Chimmy gets any from of discipline on that hit Sharif Shanny needs his head examined.

  2. ajansen1 - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    tim thomas looked like a little boy

  3. rgee3 - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    how about that overweight goalie haha.

  4. Stiller43 - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Can someone get ovi to pull his sleeves down to his wrists for sh**s sake

  5. Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Did Tim Thomas find his jock strap after that shootout goal? Heard that Marchand was seen wearing his helmet leaving the locker room to hide his new do!

  6. ravenscaps48 - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:16 AM

  7. ravenscaps48 - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Awww… Orson Fall Down….

  8. dcfan4life - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    They tried to lose, found a way to win, and yet are any of us Caps fans really comfortable with the idea we are making the playoffs? I know im not.

    • dagnats - Mar 30, 2012 at 9:55 AM


    • wheresdapuck - Mar 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      The Caps D-men continue to falter and last night was no exception. Read: Clear the puck, even Ice It, when offense is in your zone for more than 30 seconds. Too often, the D-men are looking to clear it the weak side in the neutral zone and a trailing offensive player just turns and shoots.

      If the Caps go up against the Rangers in Round 1, they are 4 and done the way they are playing now.

      P.S. The two Alex’s are not the problem!

  9. bergeronforselke - Mar 30, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    To make things worse after two awesome backhand goals and that Hendricks goal, in his haste of going down the tunnel, Thomas falls.

    Poor guy needs some rest and a Rask to return.

  10. bergeronforselke - Mar 30, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    To make things worse after two awesome backhand goals and that Hendricks goal, in his haste of going down the tunnel, Thomas falls.

    Poor guy needs some rest and Rask to return.

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