The Caps’ 6-5 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday was a crazy game in more ways than one.
Here’s a recap of the three bold predictions.
1. Neither team will score on the power play - Super wrong
Alex Ovechkin drew a penalty in the first shift of the game and the Caps snapped their 0-for-17 power play drought just 1:14 into the game. Just for good measure, Toronto also scored on its first power play opportunity to make sure I couldn’t even claim to be half right. In total, three power play goals were scored in this game.
2. Nicklas Backstrom will finish with more points than Auston Matthews - Wrong
Backstrom was seemingly one of the few players held without a point in this game. Matthews, meanwhile, looked every bit the budding superstar with two assists, one of which came on a beautiful spin-o-rama move to set up Leo Komarov in the second period.
3. Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky will account for more points than any other line - Wrong
Considering these three combined for a grand total of one point, an assist from Eller, this one did not come close. John Carlson, Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Justin Williams each had more points by the themselves than the Caps’ third line.