Having won only one game in their last six, the Washington Capitals desperately needed to win tonight in St. Louis against a tough Blues team that has been struggling lately. The Caps beat the Blues 4-1 back on November 17th and tonight it was the same score different date and place as the they avoid elimination for one more night. This win tonight was Washington’s first regulation win since March 18th, and St. Louis has now lost three straight games.
Caps captain and winger Alex Ovechkin made some history tonight as he became the 10th player in NHL history to score 50 goals in five different seasons. He joins greats such as: Mike Bossy (9), Pavel Bure (5), Bobby Hull (5), Brett Hull (5) Steve Yzerman (5), Phil Esposito (5), Mario Lemieux (6), Guy Lafleur (6), Marcel Dionne (6), and Wayne Gretzky (9). Tonight was also the first time Ovie would score a goal at Scottrade Center, he recorded two assists as well.
Washington center Nicklas Backstrom also had himself a big game tonight scoring two of the Caps four goals, making it his 16th career multi-goal game. Caps goalie Braden Holtby, who was starting in place of Jaroslav Halak who requested not to start against his old team, ended the night with 28 saves. Blues goalie Ryan Miller gave up all four goals scored by the Caps and has now given up four goals in a game in four of his last eight starts.
Next game for the Caps will be Thursday night when they travel to Carolina to go for three in a row against the Hurricanes. Game time will be 7:00pm/ET.
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)