Originally written on Sportaholics Anonymous  |  Last updated 10/17/14
In Saturday night's game, the Washington Capitals beat the Montreal Canadiens because I muted the TV during the shootout.

You're welcome.

After Thursday night's shootout win over Boston, I promised to keep the TV muted if the Capitals were to play in another shootout.  In fact, the Capitals had to go to a shootout in the very next game.  I kept my promise, and it worked again.

The only problem ws that I also muted the TV throughout the entire game, hoping that would help the Capitals avoid the shootout altogether.  That didn't work out so well. 

The Caps jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.  Four minutes into the game, Alexander Semin retrieved his own shot after it was blocked and then fed Mathieu Perreault for a nice one timer past Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj.   Later in the period, Matt Hendricks, suddenly a dangler, put on some nice moves before assisting Jay Beagle on a layup.  But the Capitals surrendered a goal with only :22 left in the 1st period, and then gave up another goal in the 2nd period to lose the two goal lead. 

The game remained tied throughout the 3rd period, but the Capitals tilted the ice for the last minute or so of the game.  They seemed determined to earn their 2 points without going to overtime, but it was not to be.  They didn't earn the second point in overtime either.  And if it weren't for a stick save by Michal Neuvirth as time expired, the Capitals would have only earned one. 

But Michal Neuvirth got the Capitals to the shootout, and it was their time to shine.  Matt Hendricks went first, and used a toned down version of "The Paralyzer" to score.  Neuvirth smothered the attempt by David Desharnais, before Alex Ovechkin's shootout attempt was stopped for the second game in a row.  Max Pacioretty had a chance to tie the shootout for the Canadiens, but he missed everything.  Next up for Washington was Alexander Semin, with a chance to end the game.  Sasha knows a thing or two about shootout winners.  Semin tried to exploit Budaj's "five hole", much like Ovechkin had done, only Sasha was successful.  Two more points the hard way. 

So next game, I promise to watch regulation with the volume on, and I will only mute the TV if the game goes to the shootout. 

Now that I have a winning formula, maybe the Washington Capitals will qualify for games that aren't decided by a shootout. 

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