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: Here we go, Day 2 of our Goals of the Year Bracket. Today we pit the backhand sauce of Nicklas Backstrom (and a nifty finish in tight quarters from TJ Oshie) with the blistering speed of Jakub Vrana on a breakaway against the Rangers. Both goals from November, what jumps out to you right off the bat?
JJ Regan: I will be playing the role of Rob Carlin today because I know the Oshie goal is amazing, but I love, LOVE that Vrana goal.
He starts from behind the defenseman, beats him to the puck and takes it alone on net and finishes the play.
bmcnally: I LOVE that Jakub Vrana goal. He might be the only guy on the roster with the speed to take advantage of an opponents' mistake like that. Maybe Carl Hagelin can still do that, too. But just a great all around play and a filthy finish. You can virtually see the afterburners as he pulls away
Rob Carlin: The Oshie goal is everything the Caps are all about. Great teamwork, Backstrom wizardry & and a snipe of a finish. That puck was passed around 5 times just that we see in the video. There’s no Cinderella today. It’s Osh
bmcnally: I'm #TeamRob today. As much as I love the pure speed of Vrana, the hockey sense on the Backstrom pass is from another planet.
jmurph: I have to agree with Rob, the Vrana goal is a great individual effort, but the team effort on the Oshie goal, add in a little sauce, that takes the cake for me
Rob Carlin: Don’t get me wrong. Vrana’s goal is sick. Great wheels. Nice finish. But, c’mon
JJ Regan: Backstrom would make one heck of a quarterback. When you watch the play he does not look behind him, he sees Oshie making a break and just anticipates where he is going to be perfectly.
Rob Carlin: I don’t say this often — but JJ is right!
timmcdonough: Initially ranked Oshie very high - on a rewatch back-to-back the Vrana goal jumps off the page more than I thought it would...
jmurph: And unlike yesterday's #1 goal, the Oshie goal is just as good as the play leading up to it
JJ Regan: It shows you how amazing these 16 goals are that Vrana's can rank No. 15. I love that goal, but it is tough to argue with a no-look behind pass.
timmcdonough: It's crazy how easy Backstrom makes that pass look
Rob Carlin: I think we’re done here. It’s the Oshie goal. Sorry Ya-koob
bmcnally: Let's give some love for the keep in by Oshie, too. That all around play is incredible. Then to go hard to the net assuming Backstrom would find him
jmurph: Somewhere Joe B is sadly muttering JAY-COB VRAH-NA to himself repeatedly
Rob Carlin: Bigger question — Ovi’s one-timer or Vrana goal? Which advances from the play-in game?
JJ Regan: Oh, the NIT of Caps' goals!
jmurph: Well we do have another Vrana goal coming up (teaser alert) so I'm going Ovi one-timer
bmcnally: I'll say Vrana wins the banner no one really wants at MSG. Since that's where he scored the goal anyway
jmurph: With that, we've come to a unanimous decision, Vrana's goal was great, but Backy and Osh are moving on.
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