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Ribeiro’s game-winner gives Caps needed confidence-booster

Mar 14, 2013, 10:16 PM EST

Things looked pretty grim for the Washington Capitals early on in their eventual 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. They pulled it out thanks in part to this odd Mike Ribeiro winner late in the third, though:

At first, it seemed like Alex Ovechkin was going to get robbed off at least a point. He expressed his bewilderment to the Washington Times’ Stephen Whyno.

Ribeiro didn’t complain about that odd tally; he told the Washington Post’s Katie Carrera that he’d gladly “take the garbage back there.”

That ends what was an ugly three-game losing streak for the Caps, but it wasn’t all good news. Carrera reports that depth defenseman Tomas Kundratek needs an MRI after suffering a lower-body injury during the game.

  1. ludacrish05 - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Cool

  2. capsfan19 - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Ha i really, sincerely dont understand this team. Against the rags, we score a goal, they score a goal and we give up. Then we play canes, they score two goals right out the gate, we come back and win. If this team can get consistency, focus, and more leadership then we’d be right up there with the elite. (All the “experts” are going to chime in and say im wrong) but how do you explain the comeback against boston? And last night.
    Im happy ovi came to play tonight, but i still am adament that he shouldnt have the C. Def an A, but no C on his jersey. Its nice to get a big win against the division leaders, but we cant get a nice victory (ON THE ROAD WOW!!) and then slump for the next week.
    I think we have a decent squad, just think last year we were 1 win away from going to conference finals. One bad defensive breakdown at the end of game 5 (i believe) and we would be in. Yes, yes, different systems but same team at the core (the core, not the whole team relax im aware certain pieces came and went).
    Big game against boston and then home and aways with the jets. Gotta get those games.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      Inconsistency is one of the traits of a divided team with a lack of character and locker room leadership. The bench boss is nothing if the locker room leaders can’t unify the players.

  3. blackfoot11 - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    I dont thinks any Caps fan understands this team due to their wild inconsistency. I dropped my expectations after this recent three game skid that pushed us to 10-14, and back behind the eight ball. I now watch them knowing it is a Roulette wheel, and any scenario can play out. It was a good win last night and was made sweeter by shutting up that Canes talk prior the game about “Shutting the Door” on the Caps division chances.

  4. entreu - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    It was a pretty weak win for the Caps. Ovechkin, has been particularly weak (how many times did he drop passes or mishandle the puck?). I said it last year when all you Ovi fan boys were lauding the change to an offensive style system and I’ll say it again. He will be negative on the +/- charts for the season. Last year -8, this year he’s already a -6. It is a matter of attitude not talent.

    • wethog66 - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Try watching the game please.

    • blackfoot11 - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      Sure @entreu…coming back from a 2 goal deficit is a “Weak” win.

    • rg3isvictory - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      OVI could only score 10 goals the rest of the season, if he and the Caps fight like the did last night, people will be content. Especially considering, for all his miss handling of the puck, he’s done a fair job of setting up other players to score. Isn’t his fault the Caps have few guys that aren’t afraid to score! He’s not perfect, but last night wasn’t a bad performance.

  5. rg3isvictory - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Anybody heard from Lonespeed?

    • blackfoot11 - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      Not a word. Probable still stewing over the ‘Canes loss last night. I dont expect him to post.

      • lonespeed - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        I’m here. I didn’t guarantee a win against the Capitals. It’s not easy to beat any team twice in a row and the Capitals were far more desperate. Carolina lost focus after going up two goals and then tried to turn it on late, which they couldn’t do.

        That being said, a single game win or even two doesn’t disprove that the Hurricanes are a far better team than the Capitals top-to-bottom, and one is far more likely to make the playoffs than the other.

        But enjoy your win. Better hope that’s not your best win of the season as Locher was saying last night.

  6. obnoxiousDCfan - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    They would be no where without Ribeiro this year..

    • blackfoot11 - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      No doubt Ribbie is a key cog for the Caps this year. Playmaking and scoring.

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