UPDATE: Brooks Laich was credited with a deflection from the Ovechkin booming shot. Either way, your Washington Caps are 3-2 winners over Nashville. Thanks to @CapsOutsider for the email. What can we say? We were too damn busy writing the story.
It was an ugly performance. Down right ugly.
Enter --- Alex Ovechkin.
The Washington Capitals defeated the Nashville Predators in over time thanks to the Great 8, Alexander Ovechkin, who boomed a shot from beyond the blue line passed the Preds big goalie Lindback, to lift the Caps to a big 3-2 win. It was Ovechkin's 5th goal of the young season and already his second overtime winner. Credit Brooks Laich with the game winner, deflecting Ovechkin's booming shot in the goal.
The Caps put together, by far, their worst performance of the season in the first two periods of this game, as Nashville dominated the puck in the Caps zone and put up two goals in the first two periods to give Nashville a 2-0 lead at the second intermission. J.P. dumont scored the first Preds goal at ten 17:07 mark of the first period. Jordin Tootoo added a second goal at the 5:32 mark of the second period, as the Caps played some of their laziest hockey of the young 2010/11 season.
However, as the Caps often do, they came outing the third period and dominated puck time in the Preds zone. Alexander Semin started the scoring off, putting in a power play goal in front of Lindback at the 4:33 mark to shift the momentum of the game and cut the deficit to 2-1. Tomas Fleischmann tied game 2-2 off a rebound at ten 12:14 mark. That is where regular period hockey ended.
Caps had numerous scoring opportunities in overtime, but Ovechkin delivered the game winner, (actually it was Brooks Laich's deflection) a long, booming shot that slipped past Lindback, to give the Caps the win. It was Ovechkin's 5th tally of the season, on an otherwise quiet night from Great 8. Just like his last OT winner.
Michal Neuvirth was your player of the game, stopping 37 of 39 shots and once again bailing out poor Caps defense.
Caps improve to 4-1 on this young season.
DCPSR Player of the Game: MICHAL NEUVIRTH, stopped 37 of 39 shots and saved the Caps from poor defense.
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Nicklas Backtrom, 2 assists
Brooks Laich, 1 goal, 1 assits
* Alexander Ovechkin has scored a point in all 5 games, adding an assist tonight.
* Rookie D John Carlson has an assist and extended his point streak to 4 games.
* Rookie net minder Michal Neuvirth has won 4 consecutive games.