Blackhawks vs Capitals: Winter Classic 2015 Win Shows Washington Is Title Threat

January 1st, 2015 by Adam Wells Leave a reply »

The Washington Capitals have been perpetually disappointing during the Alex Ovechkin era, losing many playoff series to inferior teams and not being able to capitalize on all the talent they've had.

If there is going to be a turning point for the franchise, look no further than the 2015 Winter Classic against Chicago.

In what has turned into one of the marquee sporting events on a crowded New Year's Day calendar, the Winter Classic afforded the Capitals a chance to showcase where they are headed with a thrilling 3-2 victory against the second-best team in the Western Conference.

The game appeared destined for overtime before Troy Brouwer scored a power-play goal with 13 seconds left in regulation to give the Capitals a win on Thursday.

It also moved them to 19-11-7 and into third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Ovechkin, who got in on the scoring early with a first-period goal that gave Washington a 2-0 lead, seems to have matured in front of our eyes. The Capitals star has been criticized throughout his career for not being the leader this team needs, as Allan Muir ...

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