Halfway through the game with his team down 3-1, Adam Oates, Washington's coach, pulled goalie Braden Holtby, to stem the Ranger tide. It kinda worked because the Rangers only scored one more goal. The move by Oates was good, only thing he pulled the wrong player. The guy he should have pulled was his Captain, Alex Ovechkin. He was brilliant, for the Rangers.
Ovechkin got 22:26, got 4 shots, 2 hits and was a minus 3. He hung around the blue lines looking for breakout passes. He made a lazy pass at Derek Stepan through the neutral zone on a play where Stepan, (6), scored the tying goal. He then committed two penalties, credited with one, which led to two goals, Boyle's first and Callahan's 8th, off a beautiful redirect on a Rick Nash laser. Richards closed out the scoring with his 4th. If the Caps are smart, and I find it hard to believe anyone in Washington is smart, they will put him on the market at trading time.
The win was a good comeback for the Rangers following the last games third period debacle. Marty Biron played a good game making 29 saves, giving Henrik a needed rest. The team played well, but remember the Caps are one of the NHL's bottom feeders and are in a dogfight for 12th place. But at this time of the year and halfway through the schedule, every two points are huge and this is a good start to the roadtrip. Next stop. Another bottom feeder, Buffalo.
Will this man be impeached in Washington and removed from office?