Saw the Caps the other night. Saw a little history…
Alex Ovechkin scored his 30th goal of the season at 8:31 of the first period on the power play to make it 1-0. Ovechkin joined Mike Gartner and Wayne Gretzky as the third player in NHL history to score at least 30 goals in each of his first 12 seasons.
…and then saw some excitement. The Post:
First, it was Daniel Winnik who celebrated by running into the referee along the glass, stumbling to the ice before a Washington Capitals teammate happily lifted him up. Justin Williams triggered the goal horn next, and his celebration was more subdued, with other red jerseys circling him for a group hug. Then it was Winnik again, falling in front of an empty net as he swung his stick to push the puck into it.
With the score tied 1-1 and five minutes left to play, the Caps caught fire and scored three times before the final horn. We were in the last row of the arena, but the experience was a thrill. In a year that seems like actually The Year for a team that makes nearly every year seem like The Year before it is suddenly not The Year, we felt lucky for a clear witnessing of the ice power and magic afoot.