Ovechkin, Green power Caps to 5-4 OT win
After losing seven consecutive game and nearly putting this season in the column of irrelevant, the Washington Capitals have won back to back games for the first time since January 10. Mike Green scored in overtime to lift the Caps to a 5-4 win over Buffalo. The win improves the Caps to 24-21-8 for the season and tied for 5th in the Metro Division and sit one point out of the final wild card spot for the NHL playoffs.
Ovechkin had a four point night, collecting 2 goals and 2 assists to help power the capitals offense. Since returning from missing a few games for a lower body injury, Ovechkin has 3 goals and 3 assists in the last two games. Ovechkin;’s 37th and 38th goals of the season were the first two tallies of the night. Ovi’s first marker came right off the faceoff on the Caps power play when he hammered a one timer past Buffalo net minder Jhonas Enroth. The Ovechkin goal was assisted by Nicklas Backstrom and Troy Brouwer. Ovi’s second tally came on a shot from Mike Green and a deflection by Ovechkin, less than one minute later. It gave the Caps a 2-0 early first period lead. The goal provided Ovechkin his first multi-goal game since his four goal performance on December 10.
As has been customary this season, the poor Caps defensive play allowed Buffalo to respond and stay in this game until the end. Christian Ehroff scored his fourth of the season on a busted rush to the net to narrow the Caps lead to 2-1 into the first period intermission.
Cody Hodgson scored just 1:13 into thew second period on a Buffalo power play to tie the game up at 2-2. Mike Green would give the caps the lead back half way through the second intermission with a rare Green wrap around tally. It was Green’s 6th marker of the season. The goal was assisted by Dmitry Orlov and Jay Beagle. Phil Varone tied it up a minute later with his first on the season. The Caps woudl take a 4-3 lead into the second intermission on a power play goal by Troy Brouwer, who found himself in the center right in front of Enroth to bury home his 10th of the season. Brouwer;’s power play goal was assisted by Ovechkin and Martin Erat.
Typical of the 2013-14 Caps, once again, they failed to protect a lead. Hodgson scored his second of the game to tie it up at 4-4. It was the only tally of the third period and sent the game into overtime. Green tallied the game winner just a minute into overtime to lift the Capitals to a much needed win. Fortunately, the Caps offense came alive with five goals, unfortunately, the poor defensive performance made this a game. If the capitals make any moves at the trade deadline, clearly, the defense should be the focus.
The Caps power play unit was 2 for 3 on the night, getting PP goals from Ovechkin and Brouwer. Caps only sat in the penalty box twice, but got stung once.
Alex Ovechkin, 2 goals, 2 assist
Mike Green, 2 goals, 1 assist
Troy Brouwer, 1 goal, 1 assist