Sundays should be easy. Could someone please inform my hockey teams?
Penguins 2, Flyers 1 – OT
The past two seasons, the Flyers have ended big win streaks for the Pens. Not last night!! It took a while, until Crosby PPGed so hard he almost fell over. He is a little back-heavy, after all.
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Not for nothing, Sid got all these points without even brushing his hair.
Then everyone including Tyler Kennedy couldn’t believe that Tyler Kennedy scored the OT game-winning goal. Penguins win streak extended to 12 games!
Let’s love on Matt Niskanen for a minute. First of all, his middle name is Norman. It makes me think of the calf from City Slickers every time:
“Seat belts, Norman! Seat belts!”
Secondly, he’s been aces lately. Check out last night’s highlights [video] – the puck-drag around the shot block at 1:34, then the behind-the-back to TK for the winner! Nisky had the game-winner last week vs. Washington, giving him 4 goals in 25 games. Last year he scored 4 in 75. He needs a haircut something awful, but look at that smile:
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Also, last night… Capitals 3, Rangers 2 – SO
WELCOME BACK, PIGLET! At least we hope so. Mid-last week, Nicky Backstrom had only 3 goals on the year. THREE GOALS?
But last night, NB19 scored the Caps’ first and last goals – the second being the 4th round shootout winner.
So while the bonus goal won’t count toward the season total, we know it happened. That’s 3 goals and 3 assists in 3 games! Give us the return of this face and the Caps could give the playoffs a run for their money after all.
I will also grudgingly point out that Ovechkin has 6 goals in 5 straight games. The Caps have won 4 of those. Maybe (maybe, maybe) he CAN lead this team, at least on the scoreboard.
There’s no way out for the Caps without Ovi and Backstrom and no more time to wait. They jumped 3 spots in the standings this weekend, and are now 2 points out of 8th place. They host the Islanders, Sabres and Flyers this week – all teams just below them in the East.
Please let this elevator keep going up.
Side note: If you’re not following Ovi’s fiancée Maria Kirilenko (@mkirilenko), you are missing the most excited Caps-related Tweets out there. She might even be enough to make me like him.Tags: Alexander Ovechkin, matt niskanen, nicklas backstrom, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy, washington capitals