Recap: Former Cap Alex Giroux scored in OT to knock off the Caps, 4-3. Cam Atkinson, Maksim Mayorov (shorthanded) and David Savard scored the other 3 goals for the Jackets. Mayorov also had an assist.
Former Canadiens (reppin’ le bleu, blanc et rouge!) Jeff Halpern and Roman Hamrlik scored 2 of the Caps’ goals, while Andrew Carroll netted the other. Carroll’s and Hammer’s both came in the final 3 minutes of the 3rd period.
Steve Mason played the entire game, notching 27 saves on 30 shots. My man Braden Holtby played 2 periods, stopping 12 of 14. Phillip Grubauer, of whom I have never heard before this night, stopped 8 of 10 in the rest of the game.
Plus: Always nice to score against an old team, a euphoria which Alexandre Giroux experienced tonight.
Minus: Neither Holtby’s nor “King Phillip’s” (as he will now be known) stats were off-the-charts. Also, Ovechkin, Backstrom, Semin, and Green didn’t play. Carter and Wiz didn’t suit up for Columbus.
Nightly Nugget: After consulting Hockey’s Future, here is what is thought of King Phillip:
Grubauer’s full potential is a bit difficult to gauge at this point as he has been dominant on stronger teams but been less impressive playing on middle-of-the-pack or weaker ones. He had a less than stellar run as Kingston’s number one goaltender, and was sidelined in the playoffs due to mononucleosis. Long-term, Grubauer has the physical make up and natural ability to one day be a starter at the NHL level but his game is far from complete and he will have to work hard to reach that level. He may spend time with Hershey (AHL) or South Carolina (ECHL), where he’ll need plenty of time to develop. With the Capitals’ organization seemingly filled with young goaltending talent, Grubauer’s NHL opportunity might come with another club.
Can we consider Steffen Soburg his vassal?