Capitals

Capitals

With one of the most talented forward groups in the NHL, the Capitals are going to score their share of highlight reel, tic-tac-toe goals. But what heartened T.J. Oshie after Saturday night’s 5-2 win in Vancouver was his team’s commitment to scoring the “greasy” ones, too.

We have a couple of key points before every game, and one of those key points was to get someone in front of the net, get guys there and get traffic. That’s one part of our game from last year, going into this year, that is getting better. Tonight was another step forward in that direction. The pretty plays aren’t always going to be there, even though we made some good plays out there that didn’t find the net. Sometimes you got to get a couple of greasy ones to open it up.

Marcus Johansson scored both of his goals at Rogers Arena from in close. On the first one, he cut through the slot and redirected a Matt Niskanen point shot while simultaneously interfering with goalie Jacob Markstrom’s line of sight. Johansson banged his second goal in on the power play, from the doorstep, after Oshie’s shot rang off the post and skittered across the goal line.

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