Tuesday night at the Verizon Center was another solid performance by the boys in red. Although expected, the Caps played a full 60 minutes. In the opening minutes of the game, the Capitals peppered Brian Elliott with a healthy amount of shots, which was the right way to start a tilt, by putting pressure on Elliott early, forcing him to make saves right off the bat.
The first goal of the game was courtesy of Evgeny Kuznetsov, off of a spectacular feed from Andre Burakovsky. Kuznetsov is looking like his regular self now, despite being cold for the first few months of the season. Since returning from the wrist injury, Andre Burakovsky hasn’t missed a beat, playing he never left.
In the second period, the Caps got two more goals, courtesy of T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom. For Oshie, this is his first career 30-goal season, and as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, his value is rising more than ever. Initially, Backstrom’s goal was given to Kevin Shattenkirk, who put a shot on net, which looked like it leaked through Elliott, but it was actually Backstrom that tapped it in.
In the 3rd period, the Caps were able to get one more on the power play, from none other than The Great 8 himself. Ovechkin’s goal gave him 29 on the season, and while he hasn’t been lighting it up, the Capitals’ power play has started to heat up and become lethal again.
Tuesday night’s victory over Calgary pushes the Capitals record to 47-17-8, giving them 102 points on the season. An all around impressive effort from Washington, as they get ready to face their next opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus has had a stellar season as well. Columbus head coach John Tortorella has really turned that team around, and just in time for the Stanley Cup playoffs.