I will tread lightly here with use of the term “win streak”, for fear that in my next post I will be writing the complete opposite.
The Washington Capitals (4-9) have won two games in a row. Sound the alarms, drop the balloons, praise the hockey gods above. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet.
Yes, the Capitals shut out the Florida Panthers 5-0 Saturday, in front of a Verizon Center crowd that for the first time in a while appeared to witness a team with all the pieces in place. Multiple players scored, including two goals from Troy Brouwer and a long overdue goal from Alex Ovechkin.
And in yesterday’s dramatic overtime win, the Capitals were down 5-3 in the third period but were lifted by a goal from Eric Fehr. Then with 2:49 left in the period, Ovechkin showed up when his team needed him most, nailed a power-play goal to tie it up. Under a minute into overtime and Brouwer scores to get the Capitals their first back-to-back wins, and their first win on the road.
So yes, the Capitals appear to have gotten their act together in the last two games . Maybe it was the players’ only meeting held on Friday that gave everyone some perspective, especially Ovechkin, on how dire of a situation the team was sitting.
If the last two games reminded us all of anything, it’s that underneath a sea of miscommunication and an apparent state of confusion, the Capitals are a dangerous team when they are on point.
The Capitals have multiple players to turn to for scoring opportunities and when they have their s* together, they will be a handful. The team has also been capitalizing on power plays and currently rank fourth overall in the league, converting 25.5% of their power play opportunities.
But that all said, let us remember that the Capitals won two in a row against a team that is not exactly having a stellar season. Following yesterday’s loss, the Panthers (4-8) are now a league-worst at minus 16 goal differential and have a group of players that look more confused than a teenage boy trying to take off a bra.
Capitals goalie Braden Holtby says it best, “This win will do us wonders in the long run, knowing that we can come back…but at the same time, if we play like that against one of top teams, it’s real ugly.”
The Capitals should be tested in the last two of their three-game road trip. Thursday, the team will play Tampa Bay, who beat the Capitals in the January season opener 6-3. Then Sunday it's up to the big apple, where the Capitals will take on the New York Rangers.