Hockey Mom is usually lights out early (kind of like someone dumb enough to drop the gloves with the “Donald”) but for some reason I found myself awake in the middle of the night and of course, HAD to turn on the game. Just in time to see 2 Caps go to the box for sticking infractions against the L.A. Kings. Of course we rarely get to watch the guys in purple much here on the east coast, but HM’s brood kind of digs their marquee player Anze Kopitar as one of my twins sports the same number 11.
Second period, Brent Johnson and friends killed off the 5 on 3 with a monster effort by Brooks Laich, who without a stick, stopped several blazing shots with his glove hands. I love that guy – way to take one (or two or three -for the team)! Guys, way too much time in sin bin tonight….
Calder trophy candidate Drew Doughty tallied one for the Kings and Cap’s Nick Backstrom (currently on a sick scoring spree) scored yet again for the Caps to make it a 1 – 1 game. But the boys from Hollywood fought back late in the second with a power play goal from Patrick O’Sullivan.
What am I doing up blogging in the middle of the night? I wish I was dreaming that Sergei Fedorov, Alex Semin and Mike Green were not still injured…but good to see Shaone Morrison back on the ice.
In the middle of the third, AO took an interference penalty after getting knocked a bit woozy from one of his powerful hits, and the King's Dustin Brown netted another pp goal. The man of the evening Brooks Laich cut the King's lead with a red light goal of his own. But the Kings made 2 empty netters including one from Kopitar for a final score of 5 - 2 on the second stop of the Capital's western swing. So after a physical victory against the Ducks last night, the boys drop one on this three game visit to the land of stars and cars.
On a side note, a big high-five to the Cap’s marketing team for the new holiday commercial - what a great ad! I love the Caps drum set under the tree and especially Santa missing his front tooth – way cute! Speaking of ads, I’m thinking the league might want to pull the one featuring Carrie Milbanks with the Lightning’s former coach Barry Melrose. What drama down in Tampa, huh?
Next up, the Caps visit the Shark Tank– where the San Jose Sharks will be circling with a 10-0-1 record at home. I hope that all the guys are back to full health – now back to catch more zzzz’s.