The Washington Capitals were at the Staples Center in Los Angeles tonight to compete with the Kings, which was needed to catch up for a caps team drilled in Anaheim the night before. Could you find the much needed two points?
Alex Ovechkin started in the right direction and shot home from his office during the power play. Brett Connolly drifted through the slot with a tip and gave the caps a 2-0 lead after twenty minutes. Ovi did that again in powerplay to further extend the lead.
Alex Iafallo got one back for the kings. Ilya Kovalchuk added another.
Caps beat Kings 3-2!
- The first phase of Caps was very lucky, but they had a 2-0 lead and that's really all we can ask for. I think they did a good job limiting Rush odds, but the kings put a lot of traffic on the net during their time in the zone, and that declined Pheonix Copley This game could easily have been 2-2 in the break.
- Everyone should check out our insta story tonight (@rmnb_blog) as our own Cara Bahniuk continues to review the list of Los Angeles NHL arenas. Dope content from a Dope Human.
- This ball has nothing to do with hockey, but if you're a wrestling fan, you'll appreciate it (so probably two of them). The amount that took place tonight in Lafayette, Louisiana, for Monday Night Raw was frighteningly quiet as they delivered the most exciting show by hand for some time. I'm airing here because I can.
– Todd Stansfield (@tmstfld) February 19, 2019
- The second period was boring with a hint or two of some Kings offensive zones. Boring is good if you have a 3-0 lead and some bright spots from individual caps players are also welcome.
- Alex Ovechkin scored his 41st and 42nd goals of the season. He has now scored 57 goals this season, a sum he has not seen in his career since scoring 65 goals in the 2008-08 season. Dude is 33.
- Jakub Vrana used his effective speed, a concept that I had discussed in one of my last numbers for the last few mornings, to draw the two power games that Ovi converted. V used his speed to wreak havoc throughout the season.
- Some potentially scary injury news was avoided when Andre Burakovsky returned for the third period after leaving the second due to a blockage Ilya Kovalchuk shot with his arm / hand.
Hockey O'Clock is exhausting … ..plus realizes that the game is not on one of the channels we get at the hotel pic.twitter.com/GnZtnRO94w
– Ovie the Bulldog (@OvietheBulldog) February 19, 2019
- In the third period, a little Turtley felt, and the kings somehow made it to the caps. I guess. Otherwise nothing for you. This was a boring game, but if boring is equal to two points, give me the trigonometry of a hockey season.
- There were many celebrities in the house for this game. Bill Hader, Jessica Alba and Jack Barakat from All Time Low were all caught on Monday night / Tuesday morning.
- Cara said it sounds as if the Kings fans said "No means no" instead of "Go Kings go" and I could only hear it for the rest of the game. What a progressive hockey crowd.
- The said crowd also demanded a penalty for Ovi because the referees had decided to take full responsibility for a quick second place.
- Fantastic late penalty from the caps. Special teams have really won this game. First Caps wins in LA since December 14, 2005.
– Ian Oland (@ianoland) February 19, 2019
Next for the Caps is a return to the East, but no return home. They fly to Toronto to fight the soaring Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Go caps go.
Full RMNB coverage of caps at Kings
Cover photo: Katharine Lotze