The Washington Capitals had a successful game against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night. We were waiting to celebrate a star. we just didn’t know the star was going to be Nick Dowd.
David Perron lifted the pinch hitter to beat Charlie Lindgren to put Detroit on the board first. The Wings made it 2-0 off the stick of Oskar Sundqvist on a flawless pass from Jonathan Berggren (funny name to spell, definitely didn’t need to double check that one).
Nick Dowd scored two goals in the second period. Eleven seconds apart.
Lucas Raymond restored Detroit’s lead on a rush five minutes into the third period, but dynamo Erik Gustafsson ended it soon after. That earned us overtime.
Dmitry Orlov won it in overtime.
- Washington absolutely crushed Detroit in the possession game. The knife has always been on a Caps player’s stick, except when it wasn’t, and then it was on a horrendous attack against Charlie Lindgren. The Wings are a team on the rise and they’re a little heavy, but holy hell can they create quick chances.
- Nick Dowd, my favorite player of the year. He scored twice, the sixth and seventh, eleven seconds apart. His first goal. absolute skill to play with curling. His second, an opportunistic tip. He is on pace to surpass his single-season record of eleven. Many seem to think that Hathaway carries the brunt of the pairing. I think Dowd is special in his own right.
TWO GOALS IN 11 SECONDS FOR NIC DOWD 😱😱 pic.twitter.com/zUqLBkmMj6
— B/R Open Ice (@BR_OpenIce) December 20, 2022
- There was some controversy after Dowd’s second goal, with the Wings seemingly trying to get out of it legally. The appeal didn’t work and a bit of a donnybrook ensued the next turn with Mantha trying to take on three Wings players himself as my Genji while I try to heal him as Ana. By the way, this is an Overwatch link.
- Yevgeny Kuznetsov left the game with seven minutes left in the third. He nursed his shoulder after taking a hit (cross? elbow?). Moritz Cider. Kuznetsov has had a strange season so far, just one goal in five, but he is still a formidable playmaker; elite level in primary transmissions. Even if it looks like he’s having an offseason, the team needs him badly. Kuznetsov returned for extra time.
- I didn’t like it Lars Eller taking a free kick 190 feet from his own net. Sundqvist scored in that one. Eller saved himself with a beautiful pass to Eric Gustafson in the third.
When you’re hot, you’re hot pic.twitter.com/wmim2vWGnT
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) December 20, 2022
- Gustafson has been the subject of heated, vehement, protracted, venomous, sometimes violent debate RMNB Discord. This player, who I couldn’t care less about in September, is now a top-pairing D-boy and a critical component to them. offense-first-maybe-defense-later-if-too-very-very-bad attitude. I certainly love this, but people who think of “good” and “normal” hockey don’t.
- Alex Ovechkin Sounded the note on the power play in the second period, then he did it again in the third period. The ladder shot doesn’t count as a shot on goal, so it didn’t even count toward his other record pursuit;
- At Capital One Arena, fans chanted “Ovi! Ov! Ovie. during the power play. I don’t like it. It seems to me that it is arrogant. as if the power play is Ovechkin’s scoring factory, smaller than it actually is.
— good tweet Pete 🌮 (@peterhassett) December 20, 2022
Another great game. We’ve been whining here about the quality of the Caps as an entertainment product. After weeks of good games, most of them winning no less, that complaint goes on the shelf. Not sure if the Caps are still good (convo for another day) but for now they are fun. And that’s a lot.
See you on Thursday for a tour of Ottawa.
Header photo. @Senorferrree: