It was another close one, but the Capitals won a physical 2-1 overtime affair with the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Here's a recap of the three bold predictions.
1. Kevin Shattenkirk will register his first point as a Cap - Correct
Shattenkirk certainly made me sweat this one out, but he did indeed get his first point, an assist on Nicklas Backstrom's overtime winner. It's fitting that it came on the power play considering how much time he has been getting on the man advantage.
2. There will be a coach’s challenge - Correct
You may not have noticed it, but there actually was a coach's challenge on Backstrom's overtime winner. No, I'm not making this up. The reason you didn't notice is because it was over so fast. The review was to see if Backstrom was offside, which he clearly wasn't. It was more of a Hail Mary from Dave Hakstol than anything else, but hey, what does he have to lose at that point?
3. There will be a fight - Close enough
I was patting myself on the back two minutes into the game as Justin Williams dropped the gloves with Nick Cousins. There was only one problem: It was called roughing. I checked on HockeyFights.com and they don't label this as a fight either. So I won't take a full point, but I'm taking half a point. Some refs out there would have called this a fight, I'm not losing a point just for semantics.
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