With less than a month before training camp opens in mid-September, we are taking one last look back at the 2018-19 season as we dive into the best goals of last year. We compiled our bracket based on the cumulative rankings of our Capitals team, from reporters to producers and everyone in between, and now is your turn to help us determine the best Capitals goal of 2018-19. Below is a Slack conversation between the members of our Capitals content team.
jmurph: The second round rolls on and we have a tough matchup today in a 3-vs-11 showdown between Oshie's Kung Fu kick coming up against Ovechkin's 50th goal. Who wants to get us started?
JJ Regan: We got the rankings wrong on these. I like the Oshie goal, I'm glad it advanced. It's very cool but....
Overrated *clap*clap*clap *
The Ovechkin goal is CRIMINALLY underrated and I am picking the upset.
bmcnally: JJ is out here handing out felonies for a difference of opinion. HARSH.
Rob Carlin: I’m with JJ. There’s a lot of flair on the Oshie goal. But probably didn’t necessarily need it. Very cool. But this is peak Ovi. He’s like the Bionic Man. They just built him bigger, faster, stronger. And you see it all on this one play.
jmurph: I think Braydon Coburn would agree with that assessment
JJ Regan: It's the total package. The beautiful pass, the goal, the hit, #50
jmurph: hey and Oshie is still technically advancing because he made that sweet dish through traffic
Rob Carlin: If not for the video, Coburn wouldn’t even remember this play. He’s buried it deep in his subconscious.
bmcnally: I'm reasonably sure Braydon Coburn doesn't remember this play since Ovechkin knocked him into next November.
timmcdonough: This Ovechkin goal is like Tom Izzo in March. Oshie looked at the draw and knew this matchup was a losing proposition. Great season, but you’re gonna lose.
bmcnally: It was vintage Ovi. It's a great goal and perfect for a 50th. But I'm bucking the trend here. I just can't quit a goal that features a kung fu kick. I've seen similar goals to Ovi's. I have never seen what Oshie pulled off at full speed in traffic plus the finish.
JJ Regan: Oshie is the victim of a bad matchup that should not have happened this round. Maybe the NHL set up our bracket?
Rob Carlin: Great comp. Oshie’s goal was UVA the last few years before the title. Had all the makings of a contender. Until they got Izzo’d. Plus, Oshie’s already through on the Backy pass from the last matchup.
timmcdonough: That said, let’s give the Oshie goal a parting gift of recognizing it was a super cool and unique moment, in a playoff game mind you, and deserves credit for getting this far.
JJ Regan: McNally going out on a limb there. You're by yourself on this one. THe Oshie kick was cool, but just flair.
Rob Carlin: That Kung fu kick will DEFINITELY be in One Shining Moment
jmurph: I hope to see many more of them in the future, but I also hope to see many more Ovechkin 50s
bmcnally: I will take my L and bow out gracefully
I was out here like Gerard Butler in 300. Just run down by the Persians but at least I fought until the end
timmcdonough: “The stick is kicked... and there you are...”
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