(Editor’s note: I spelt “here” wrong on purpose. Celebrating to some Nelly seems apropos.)
The last time that the Washington Capitals defeated the St. Louis Blues in Missouri, both members of this blog were seven years old. Now that we are fully-functioning members of society, we can properly analyze the Capitals’ 4-1 victory over the Blues. The Capitals are now winners of four straight and six of nine. It is getting quite hot in herre, but it’s cold, so there is no need to take off all of your clothes. Unless you’re naked reading this.
- Another quiet night for Alexander Ovechkin on the scoresheet (one assist, three shots), but his presence was definitely felt. His four hits were second on the Caps tonight (John Erskine had five) and his steamrolling of Vladimir Sobotka was a sight to see. But what was most significant was his decision to assist Nicklas Backstrom on the empty net goal. The Alex of old might have forced a shot on net, but instead he helped Backstrom score his second goal of the night. Ovechkin has 23 assists this season and is on pace for 70, which would be a career high and six short of the Capitals’ single season record.
- The power play is clicking at 40% in the last four games. Brooks Laich’s goal tonight was his seventh of the year, four of which have come with the man advantage. And all of them seem to come in the same fashion: deflections or cleaning up rebounds. Perhaps Laich is doing Mike Knuble better than Knuble.
- Semyon Varlamov, where have you been? In his last four games/return from injury, Varlamov has surrendered five goals and has a .939 SV% and 1.72 GAA this season. Plus, his save on Brad Boyes was, in Joe B. talk, “absolutely sensational.”
- The Capitals got to see their old buddy Jaroslav Halak for the first time since he helped usher them out of the playoffs. The Caps got some revenge and put three goals on him, including Boyd Gordon’s goal that seemed to ricochet off of Halak’s catching glove. Insert “shaky hand” joke here.
- On a juvenile note, there is only one thing I have to say to Halak. Or two.