The Washington Capitals met with the New Jersey Devils for the last time this season, looking to sweep all eight scheduled matchups. Could the developers hold back the embarrassment?
Travis Zajac stayed wide open in the slot and made no mistake in opening the scoring. TJ Oshie slammed into the cage and deftly shot over Blackwood’s shoulder to tie the game. Conor Sheary had some luck to give the Caps their first lead. Alex Ovechkin hit a loose puck on a power play to extend the lead.
Yegor Sharangovich fired through a screen to bring the Devils back into the game. Carl Hagelin attacked understaffed after Garnet Hathaway deceived him splendidly. Evgeny Kuznetsov slipped home the Caps’ fifth goal thanks to a pass from Ovechkin. Jesper Bratt took advantage of some bullshit behind the Caps network to cut the deficit to two again. Travis Zajac got his room.
Caps beat Devils 5-4!
- That first period was ugly. The Devils are a bad team playing on purpose without one of their best forwards, and yet the Caps spent about 90 percent of the opening draw fighting in their own zone.
- Ilya Samsonov he had to make 17 saves in the first period and about six of those saves were from shots that seemed to come in when the Caps fought the Islanders last week.
- The Caps, with Dmitry Orlov and Justin Schultz paired in five against five in the first, were outscored 14-0 in attempts, in scoring they risked 6-0 and in high danger they risked 4-0.
Source close to Canucks situation: “This is the first wave I’ve heard guys question whether it’s worth playing or not.”
– Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) April 4, 2021
- Most of the second period was better, but without the heroics of their young goalkeeper, the Caps would have lost two or more goals after forty minutes. The Caps took a two-goal lead and then decided to forget that they still had more time to play.
- The numbers won’t really show it, but I thought Conor Sheary He was the best Caps skater in this game. He was rewarded with a bit of luck after his only timer struck a Demons player in front and caught MacKenzie Blackwood wrong. It was his eighth goal of the season in his 35th game.
- Alex Ovechkin he scored his 19th goal of his season and 725 of his career, scoring a loose puck in a man’s lead. The goal was also the 265th goal in Ovi’s power run, which tied Brett hull for the second-most power play goals in NHL history. Only Dave Andreychuk in 274 it remains in front of the Great Eight.
- I’ve already given Sammy props twice in this roundup, but he needs even more love for salvation than he did in Damon Severson. It was so good that Severson immediately went down the tunnel to hit a wall with his cane that now probably has 17 different pieces. My God, Sammy. That was ridiculous.
Flashbacks because dad chose today to apply some adhesive to the shirts for the letters to come. pic.twitter.com/xAm3x1eE3x
– Ovie the Bulldog (@OvietheBulldog) April 4, 2021
– Ian Oland (@ianoland) April 4, 2021
The Caps’ next step should be an exciting romance with New Yorkers. I hope they do not show up with the same effort as they did in the last appointment with the Islands.
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